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
Rich in history and wildlife, the Northern Peninsula is a highlight of any visit to Newfoundland. It is also not far from the fjords of Gros Morne National Park: a beautiful part of Canada.
Approximately 300 kilometres long and rich in history, the Northern Peninsula is a highlight of any visit to Newfoundland.
It is overflowing with stunning natural features, pre-historic sites and fishing villages dating back to the early days of colonisation. Every year the coastal waters welcome countless whales and from spring into early summer the sea is transformed by the annual parade of icebergs, fragments of millennia-old glaciers.
The land is filled with healthy populations of moose, caribou and black bears, while the rivers and lakes teem with salmon. In the south, Deer Lake is a good starting point to load up with fuel and provisions before heading to the fjords of Gros Morne National Park, widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful parks in all Canada.
Heading north, Hawkes Bay is an early 20th century whaling station and Port au Choix is an historic site dedicated to exhibitions of Maritime Archaic Indians and the Dorset Eskimos who lived here in 2,000 BC and AD 500 respectively.
At the northern tip of the peninsula lies L’Anse aux Meadows, thought to be the original landing site of Viking settlers over 1,000 years ago, while nearby Ship Cove is the isolated Canadian community where Annie Proulx wrote and set her award-winning book, ‘The Shipping News’.
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