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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Set in the Caribou Mountains, Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most beautiful parks. Guided walks or canoe trips are available where you might see black bears, deer, wolves and moose.
Wells Gray Provincial Park is one of Canada’s most beautiful parks and is renowned for its wildlife viewing, its many thundering waterfalls and remarkable white water rafting.
Set in the Caribou Mountains about halfway between Kamloops and Jasper, the park was established in 1939 across an enormous 541,000 hectares.
Most people enter the park via the town of Clearwater and travel to the heart of the park on the Wells Gray Corridor, with extensive interpretive guiding available from Parks Canada, to introduce the flora and fauna.
Black bears are commonly seen in May and June as they visit the valley floors to feed on new shoots while deer and moose are frequent sightings throughout the summer and wolves are also commonly seen. From June onwards alpine flower meadows transform the landscape above the treeline, with some of the finest found on Trophy Mountain, and provide a stunning backdrop to excursions on horseback, canoe and on foot.
The many stunning waterfalls include Dawson and Spahats Falls, but the most impressive of all is Helmcken Falls which plunges 140 metres into an abyss and, through the winter, freezes into a great tower of ice.
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