The Canada Vacation: Adventures in the Deep North
Canada could well be described through the taste of ice wine, its famed alcoholic export. This clear white wine is made out of frozen grapes. The sweetness is cut by the sharp tang of cold climes. Canada is also famed for its winters, but the image of a frozen landscape belies the sheer diversity of the second largest country in the world. We invite you to experience the transformative nature of its provinces, each of which offers a unique topography and a new promise of adventure.
Alberta is perhaps one of the most popular destinations, home to the Banff National Park, a thrilling eco-scape of glaciers, ice fields and alpine forests. This is the place to do some naturalistic treasure-hunting, and come up with gems like the striking blue Moraine Lake, reflecting ten snowy peaks. Jasper National Park, also in Alberta, is haunted by hikers in the summer, and skiers in winter. Regular inhabitants of these parts include cougars, grizzlies and foxes. This is a fairy-tale forest. Grannies would probably recommend that you don’t talk to wolves here. While there are plenty of energetic ways to explore this landscape, we’d suggest taking a fishing trip to capture the serenity in stillness.
British Columbia, on the other hand, is where you can see a different kind of beast, definitely more friendly. Victoria and Vancouver offer whale-watching tours to spot humpbacks and orcas, the most lively, spirited dwellers of the sea. If you get to see the famous high-flying humpback breach, you’re a lucky traveler.
If you’re starting to miss the babble of humanity, visit Quebec. The predominantly French-speaking Quebecois have a proudly distinctive culture. Street art and circus performance is vociferously alive here, evolved into the stellar perfection of the Cirque du Soleil. Quebec cuisine, influenced by both its French heritage and the hard old days of hungry fur-trappers, is hearty comfort food, exemplified by the poutine. French fries topped with cheese curd and gravy – what could go wrong? The poutine, like everything else, has evolved into a niche authentic experience as well as a gourmet experiment. We’d recommend trying both, because, really, what could go wrong?
From the mad hubris of the Gold Rush, Canada has settled into a national identity that’s famously polite, the subject of much friendly humor around the world. In keeping with the local vibes, we don’t forget our pleases, our thank yous and our sorries here. Call it one more way to love this beautiful country!
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A resort town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and part of Canada's oldest national park, Banff is an outdoor enthusiast's haven.
Barrie, located on the banks of Lake Simcoe, lures you in with its natural beauty as well as contemporary cityscape.
Blue Mountains is a town in southwestern Ontario, popular as a year-round destination for both leisure and adventure travelers.
An ever-evolving and dynamic cosmopolitan city, Calgary still maintains the tranquility of the Rockies.
Connect with nature at Canmore, a stunning mountain town within the Canadian Rockies in Alberta, Canada.
Churchill, a rugged outpost that sits on the western shore of Hudson Bay in Manitoba, is known for its seasonal residents – polar bears!
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This was my first adventure as a solo traveler. But while I may have traveled on my own, I was never alone. I was well taken care of by a superb team of planners, trip coordinators, guides and drivers.
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