Traveling to the Sights of Canada

Canada is the world’s second-largest country by total area, occupying most of northern North America. Extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and northward into the Arctic Ocean, Canada shares land borders with the United States to the south and to the northwest.

Canadian culture has historically been heavily influenced by English, French, Irish, Scottish and Aboriginal cultures and traditions, and over time has been greatly influenced by American culture because of its proximity and the interchange of human capital between the two countries. As Canada is a geographically vast and ethnically diverse country, there are cultural variations and distinctions from province to province and region to region.

Among its main tourist attractions are the Spring Festivals in the Nova Scotia and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia. There is also the Ottawa Festival of Spring and the Calgary Exhibition. Travelers to Canada will also enjoy the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival in Ontario.

torontoOntario is the most populous and second-largest province of Canada, home to the Canadian capital city of Ottawa, as well as Ontario’s own capital Toronto, Canada’s largest city. The city of Toronto also plays host to the Canadian component of the Niagara Falls, which is often called the Horseshoe Falls because of its horseshoe shaped cradle where the water falls.

Another great sight in Toronto you don’t want to miss is the Georgian Bay, a picturesque waterscape with its row of pine-filled islands. The largest and best known of Ontario’s more than 200 provincial parks is the Algonquin Park. Other tourist spots that Canada’s travelers should take special note of are the Quetico Provincial Park, the Lake Superior, the Polar Bear Park in Hudson Bay and the Kakabeka Falls.

Canada has some of the premier resorts and facilities designed to fit the needs of snowmobilers and other winter sport enthusiasts. The vast snowy landscape along with the predictable wintry conditions are ideal for taking a snowmobile through the thousands of miles of trails that are wonderfully maintained throughout the area. Several provinces in Canada also contain organizations and facilities that strive to make the snowmobiling experience even more thrilling and enjoyable.

British Columbia
The province of British Columbia offers travelers in Canada a little something for everyone. You’ll want to spend at least some time outside of the main cities in this region, and if you enjoy a very active and adventurous vacation, there are many options here to explore.

Mount_robsonTravelers to Canada will not be disappointed when they see the snow-capped Mount Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rocky Mountains at 3954m (12,972f), which can be found in the Mount Robson Provincial Park. “Ecotourism” is an often mentioned attraction in this part of Canada. Whether backpacking in the majestic forests or coast mountains, or kayaking through the many groups of islands, getting off the beaten path is sure to lead to a memorable trip.

British Columbia is an ideal place for snowmobilers in Canada to enjoy the favorite winter activity. With an astonishing 50-70 feet of annual snowfall, the conditions in this region make for thrilling experiences in the great wide-open landscape. The Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours – a British Columbian Company in Revelstoke, British Columbia – is a government licensed tour facility that has also won awards for the their highly-acclaimed snowmobile tours and operations. They offer vacationers great options for renting the latest in snowmobile in technology along with accessories and safety equipment. They are dedicated to providing guests with the best possible options by replacing their equipment often and maintaining the equipment that they have. Most of their snowmobiles are equipped with two-inch tracks, ideal for traveling through deep snow and doubling as flotation skis for gliding over areas of water. In addition to the rental equipment, the Great Canadian Snowmobile Tours Company offers a variety of private and open guided snowmobile tours to fit the skills of any snowmobiler. Most of the tours are package deals that provide all of the essentials needed for a long snowmobile trip, including safety equipment and meals along the way. Most tours involve small groups of five or six snowmobilers, so there is a greater chance of trips customized to fit the needs of each group participant.

One of the premier winter resorts in the British Columbia area is the Glacier House Resort in Revelstoke. This is an ideal place where many tours begin their trip. The resort offers guests a fireplace in their private lodge-style rooms along with an indoor pool and Jacuzzis in the bathrooms. The resort also provides a variety of specialized spa services and a lodge-style tavern with a large projector screen in the meeting area that plays snowmobiling DVDs throughout the day. It also provides guests with daily trail updates and an avalanche danger rating so snowmobilers will know what the conditions are like before heading out for the day. Surrounded by the Frisby, Turtle, and Boulder Mountains, Glacier House Resort affords guests glorious views from the private balconies.

Quebec, whose name was derived from the Algonquian term which means “a place where the river narrows,” promises travelers to Canada a mix of the old and the new.

Travelers can visit the French-style hotel Chateau Frontenac, which is located in the Old Quebec district and the Tadoussac, where whales congregate near the mouth of the Saguenay fjord. Travelers to Canada can also enjoy a little bit of fishing experience in the little fishing villages in New Brunswick and in Concepcion Bay, one of Canada’s many coastal inlets. The island of Newfoundland also affords travelers in Canada the best in music entertainment. It also boasts the country’s finest landscapes with its flat-topped peaks and glacier-gouged lakes, which can be found in the Gros Morne National Park.

The waters of Lake Louise, which can be found in the Banff National Park, is the main attraction in the province of Alberta. A lake of glacial waters, Lake Louise reflects on its surface the surrounding Rocky Mountains and forests, making it a great sight to behold.

Wedged with Alaska and British Columbia is the Yukon Territory famed for its mining industry. In fact, one of its bustling towns during the gold rush period, Dawson, is now a tourist attraction. Travelers in Canada just love the Gaslight Folies variety show, a recreation of the entertainment during that period in history. They are performed at its Palace Grand Theater. Southwest of Yukon Territory is the Quill Creek, which flows from the Saint Elias Mountains that contains the highest peaks in Canada as well as the waters that flows in Yukon’s extensive natural water system composed of creeks, lakes and rivers. The Kluane National Park and reserve is one place that travelers in Canada’s Yukon province should not dare miss. Found in the Kluane Ranges and Saint Elias Mountains, the park offers a sight of Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan as well as a number of glaciers and ice fields.

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