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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Nestled in Victoria's downtown Inner Harbour, Laurel Point Inn is surrounded by the ocean and a lush Japanese garden. The city's bistros, shops, museums and art galleries are just a ten minute walk away.
Nestled in Victoria's downtown Inner Harbour on a six-acre park peninsula, Laurel Point Inn is a recently renovated hotel surrounded by the ocean and a lush Japanese garden. The city's trendy bistros, shops, museums and art galleries are just a ten minute walk away. The hotel features 200 guest rooms, each with a delightful water view and private balcony. Particularly recommended are the Erikson Suites, which are tastefully decorated with modern furnishings and offer large balconies with patio furniture, a sitting area and spacious marble bathrooms. The Aura restaurant is one of the most exciting and innovative restaurants in Victoria and worth trying on at least one evening of your stay. In addition, there is an indoor swimming pool, a hot tub and valet parking.
The Inn at Laurel Point has achieved four Green Keys (out of a possible five) in the Green Key certification scheme, which awards accommodation facilities for exemplary environmental stewardship.
Named for Queen Victoria, this garden city is situated in the south of Vancouver Island and is the capital of British Columbia. It's ideal to go whale watching from as there is three resident pods of orcas here.
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