Monday, August 1, 2011

CANADA: The perfect destination

Canada is one of the most exciting travel destinations in the world. The second-largest country in the world, it is a nation of tremendous cultural and ethnic diversity. Anchored by indigenous First Nations’ peoples and settled by French and British pioneers, Canada is a mosaic of culture and home to citizens from all over the world.

Few nations can equal Canada’s range of wildlife, natural splendour and geographic diversity. Bounded by the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans, Canada features Rocky Mountain peaks, endless forests, prairie wheat fields, rainforest and desert. This extraordinary natural beauty is complemented by many vibrant cosmopolitan cities including Toronto, Montréal, Halifax, Calgary, Vancouver and Ottawa. Other exotic and unspoiled destinations include Banff & Jasper, Niagara, Whistler, Winnipeg, Churchill and Québec City.

Canada’s national parks contain some of the most diverse scenery on the planet. The rainforests to alpine glaciers, prairies to the Arctic, they support an immeasurable wealth and diversity of wildlife. Moose, deer, beavers, porcupines, elk, bald eagles and a great number of bears can be found roaming the wilderness of Canada. Polar bears, the fiercest members of the bear family, can be observed in Churchill, Manitoba.

A scenic rail trip is a must-do experience of a Canadian holiday to witness some amazing natural wonders, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife. Ride aboard the world-acclaimed Rocky Mountaineer train, across the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies, rolling plains, picturesque meadows and the pristine blue sky.

An awe-inspiring experience is the spectacle of the mighty Niagara Falls on the international line between the cities Niagara Falls, Ontario and Niagara Falls, New York. These twin cities are connected by three bridges, including the Rainbow Bridge, which affords the closest view of the Falls. The Falls were formed 10,000 years ago as the retreating glaciers exposed the Niagara escarpment, thus permitting the waters of Lake Erie to flow north, over the scarp, to Lake Ontario.

Calgary, nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, is a city that combines a thriving metropolis with Western roots and friendly small town hospitality. The city is home to the annual Calgary Stampede – ten incredible days of rodeo, chuckwagon races, music, food and fun. Also located in the province of Alberta are the serene mountain towns of Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise.

Vancouver is an urban adventurer’s delight. A city where you can ski in the morning, sail in the afternoon and still make it back to town for a drink in the evening. Vancouver offers a unique combination of big-city lifestyle and outdoor fun in close proximity.

Québec City is Canada's most beautifully located and most historic city. Vieux-Québec, surrounded by solid fortifications, is the only walled city in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its winding cobbled streets are flanked by 17th and 18th century stone houses and churches, graceful parks and squares, and countless monuments. A profoundly French city, with 95 percent French-speaking people, it is often difficult to remember which continent you are in as you tuck into a croissant and a steaming bowl of coffee in a Parisian-style café.

Canada has great amusement parks, public spaces, sports activities, games, casinos, spas, shopping centres, nightlife, hiking trails, parklands, fishing, golf, festivals, events and a wide array of exciting tours. The impressive natural surroundings offer fabulous outdoor opportunities, like hiking, skiing, rafting and fishing. The best time for outdoor activities is the fall, spring and summer. But if you want to enjoy skiing then you have travel during the winter months. Generally, spring runs mid-March to mid-May, summer mid-May to mid-September, fall mid-September to mid-November, and winter mid-November to mid-March.

Full of surprises, Canada is simply the most astonishingly beautiful country in the world. Take a scenic holiday into the heart of Canada. Keep exploring beautiful Canada.

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