Reasons to Visit
The dramatic Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are thought to be the result of particles in solar winds emanating from the sun in the region of the magnetic North Pole. The Northwest Territories and the Yukon offer some of the best viewing of this natural phenomenon in Canada.
Canada enjoys a busy schedule of festivals and events, the majority of which take place during the summer months. Perhaps the most well-known of all the annual events is the Calgary Stampede, a ten-day festival which takes place in the second week of July. Dating back to 1912, the event showcases the area’s Wild West roots, with chuck-wagon races, a rodeo, bands, dancing and exhibitions.
There are approximately one million First Nations Canadians today. Their origins stem from the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, when nomadic tribes followed herds of bison and mammoth across the land bridge joining Siberia and Alaska.
Canada is well known for its salmon, as well as for fresh lobster. People travel from all over the world to fish in these amazingly clear waters, and both fish and seafood are a regular feature on restaurant menus.
Canada is blessed with some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery, from old-grown rainforests, deserted beaches and crystal-clear lakes, to rugged mountains, national parks and agricultural pastures, there is a different view to enjoy at every turn.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world, and therefore boasts a colourful maritime history which is proudly exhibited in a variety of museums throughout the country.
Canada is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. Each province offers a diversity of year-round activities, with walking, white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, horse riding, fishing, skiing and dog sledding amongst the most popular.
There are some spectacular rail journeys on offer in Canada, taking you deep into national parks and through the mighty Rockies. You can choose to travel in style whilst enjoying the scenery as many of the routes have comfortable cabins and excellent on-board services.
Canada has wonderful roads – scenic, safe and largely empty. Self-driving is a great way to explore the country at your own pace, enjoying the beautiful landscapes as you go.
Canada is rightly famous for its bears – black, grizzly and of course, polar bears can all be seen in abundance, but the country is also home to wolves, caribou, moose, must oxen, whales and an array of spectacular birdlife.
The Okanagan region of Canada, located in central British Columbia between the Rockies and Vancouver, is fast becoming a well regarded wine producing area with a unique micro climate that enables several grape varieties to be grown. The area is renowned for its vineyards, warm climate, rolling fertile orchards and its proximity to Lake Okanagan.
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Canada, Alaska & The Arctic
Constructed entirely from timber, Cathedral Mountain Lodge offers light and airy rooms, which maximise the views of the omnipresent mountains.
Located just outside Field, on the road towards beautiful Takakkaw Falls lies this utterly charming lodge. Constructed entirely from timber, the main lodge offers light and airy rooms full of natural light, which maximise the views of the omnipresent mountains. Despite not offering a lake-side location, the advantage is the peace and quiet and lack of day-trippers.
The main lodge has a spacious dining room and an adjacent lounge with a huge stone fireplace. Beyond this is a sun deck with wood fire and views of the Kicking Horse River. The dining room serves breakfast and dinner and hikers lunches can be provided; continental breakfast is included. In total there are 31 rooms, which are in either individual cabins that are dotted amongst the trees and have wood-burning fireplaces, or in the delightful cabins, which have a pot-bellied gas fireplace and either mountain or river views. Most rooms have a deep soaker bath tub, spa style shower head, fridge, Aveda bathroom products and locally made wooden furniture. Each is comfortably furnished with a delightful style, reflecting the personality of the mountains.
Guests have access to all amenities at Moraine Lake Lodge, including canoes, guided hikes and evening lectures, whilst nearby Takakkaw Falls offers some of the best hiking in the Rockies. The lodge also offers all Audley guests a complimentary half day hike or canoe trip at nearby sister property, Moraine Lake Lodge.
Field, situated in Yoho National Park, was created by the railway and this still dominates everyday life here. Nearby are the famous Spiral Tunnels, a veritable feat of railway engineering.
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