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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Emerald Lake Lodge has a rustic character and set in a stunning location with a variety of outdoor pursuits on its doorstep.
The beauty of Emerald Lake will captivate you before even a step has been taken inside the lodge. Despite attracting lots of day trippers, the numbers here are far fewer than at Lake Louise or Moraine Lake. This lake, with its vivid aquamarine colour, is just as beautiful as its two better known cousins.
The lodge is reached across a short wooden bridge and the reception is housed in a delightful timber building with cathedral ceilings and fieldstone fireplaces. Here there is a sitting room with fire, a bar area with outside terrace and the Mount Burgess dining room. This is the fine dining restaurant of the lodge, serving breakfast and dinner. Cilantro on the Lake offers more casual dining and stunning lake views during peak summer months. There is also a deli window at the lodge serving coffee, tea and sandwiches. Upstairs in the main lodge is the Yoho lounge bar and a terrace offering breathtaking lake views.
A room of great charm is the games room with a wonderful antique snooker table. The club house is located in an adjacent cabin and contains a dry sauna, treadmills and an outdoor hot tub and sun deck. Of the 85 rooms there are several types, but each has a wood-burning fieldstone fireplace, plantation blinds and a balcony, but there are no televisions in the rooms. The deluxe rooms are particularly recommended as these have guaranteed lake views.
There are also some stunning walking trails in the area, the most popular of which is the 5.5km hike around the lake. In addition, canoes and fishing rods are available to hire. Jet-boating and white water rafting are available on the nearby Kicking Horse River.
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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