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Reasons to Visit Canada

  • Aurora Borealis

    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.

    Aurora Borealis
  • Festivals & events

    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.

    Festivals & events
  • First National culture

    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.

    First National culture
  • Food

    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.

    Food
  • Landscape & scenery

    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.

    Landscape & scenery
  • Maritime history

    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.

    Maritime history
  • Outdoor activities

    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.

    Outdoor activities
  • Rail journeys

    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.

    Rail journeys
  • Self-drive

    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.

    Self-drive
  • Wildlife

    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.

    Wildlife
  • Wine

    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.

    Wine

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Visit Whitehorse, Canada

Whitehorse is named after the river rapids that reminded gold prospectors of the 'flowing manes of albino Appaloosas'. Highlights today include tours of the old paddle steamer, SS Klondike.

SS Klondike Paddle Steamer, Whitehorse

Whitehorse

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Whitehorse is named after the rapids on the Yukon River that reminded gold prospectors of the 'flowing manes of albino Appaloosas'.

It was built by prospectors who flooded into the region at the height of the Klondike gold rush.

They set up camp after surviving the arduous Chilkoot Trail from Skagway, and before negotiating the perilous waters of the Yukon River and Miles Canyon, that still blocked their route to the goldfields.

The paddle steamer SS Klondike

Today Whitehorse is an easier place to reach and, with 23,000 inhabitants, is by far the largest town in the Yukon. Urban highlights include tours of the SS Klondike, one of only two surviving paddle steamers, Old Log Church Museum, the MacBride Museum and the Yukon Brewing Company.

The area’s mineral wealth might be exhausted, but the surrounding mountain wilderness, speckled with tranquil lakes, is beautiful and wholly unspoiled: it will make you want to put on your boots and explore.

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