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13 REASONS WHY CANADA ROCKS
The rugged Rockies might not seem to share much with the sandy shores of Prince Edward island comparing fertile fruit lands of Ontario with the awe-inspiring Artic is like comparing , well, apples and snow. Yet one ting all Canadian provinces and territories have in common is the fact that each is, in its own way incredible.
Wild Isles – British Columbia : The Remote Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve and Haida Heritage Site includes 138 islands rich in both biodiversity and human history. The name, meaning “Islands of Beauty”, is apt. Mountains and rainforest meet water filled with bobbing seabirds and breeching whales: mystical totem poles, meanwhile stand as a legacy of the ancient Haida people. As if that wasn’t enough, the archipelago to which it belongs (Haida Gwaii) is dubbed “The Galapagos of the North” due to the unique subspecies it supports. Learn more on Their Official Website
Glacial Glories: Alberta: On the Icefields Parkway, the journey really is as important as the destination. After all, the 144-mile (232 km) drive connecting Banff and Jasper offers views of snowy peaks, rushing cascades and gorgeous glaciers – including the Athabasca. One of the six emerging from colossal Columbia Icefield, it is the most accessible glacier in the world. Get an up-close look from a specifically designed Ice Explorer bus or step out on the new Glacier skywalks: a curving glass-floored deck that projects 918 feet (280 m) above the Sunwapta Valley. Learn more on Their Official Website
The Reel Deal: Saskatchewan: For many people, Saskatchewan calls to mind waving fields of prairie grain; however, this landlocked spot has real waves, too. In fact, 100,000 or so lakes and rivers come almost to a third of the province , providing some of the best freshwater fishing anywhere. Saskatchewan waters have yielded world-record breaking catches of turbot , northern pike and lake trout; trophy-sized walleye and monster sturgeon await anglers as well. Whether you are passionate about fly fishing or eager to try ice fishing experienced local outfitters can set you up. Learn more on Their Official Website
Bear Essentials: Manitoba: Polar Bears look adorable in zoos, but if you want to appreciate the true power of the worlds largest land predators, make tracks for Churchill. This tiny community on the western shore of Hudson Bay is one of the only human settlements where they can be seen in the wild. Because it sits on a polar bear migration route, hundreds pass through on their way to the ice floes in October and November. Cool Tundra Buggies – complete with oversized wheels and an outside viewing platform – take guests out to observe them on unforgettable day tours. Learn more on Their Official Website
The High Life: Ontario: Toronto’s iconic CN Tower may have lost its “World’s Tallest Tower” status when the Tokyo Skytree opened in 2012. Adrenaline junkies wont mind, though, because EdgeWalk- which holds the Guinness World Record title for the “highest external walk on a building ” – offers ‘X-treme conpensation’. Securely harnessed participants circle around the sky-puncturing landmark on a 5-foot (1.5 m) wide ledge located 116 stories above ground. The experience, available May through October, can make regular vacationers feel like Amazing Race contenders. Learn more on Their Official Website
Hurray for Soleil: Québec: Prancing animals, red-nosed clowns Calliope music were de rigueur before Cirque du Soliel founder Guy Laliberté threw out the old playbook. His theatrical version, born in the village of Baie-Saint-Paul in the early ’80’s, redefined the circus. Combining audacious acrobatics, extravagant costumes, surreal spectacles and a hipper-than-thou attitude, Cirque du Soliel is now one of Québec’s most famous exports. It has dazzled more than 150 million spectators since 1984 and currently has 19 shows running worldwide. Can you say ‘vive la difference?” Learn more on Their Official Website
Phenomenal Fundy: New Brunswick: If you had to pick one defining image of New Brunswick, it would probably be the Hopewell Rocks. Carved by the Bay of Fundy, these geologic oddities are both a postcard staple and tangible proof of what the planet’s highest tides can do. At peak times they look like everyday islands: when the tide is ebbs six hours later- sucking away billion tons of water – its another story. Fully exposed, the towering tree-topped formations with their terracotta-colored sides are giant “flowerpots” – a name given to them, believe it or not, by Robert Ripley. Learn more on Their Official Website
Sensational Seafood: Nova Scotia: Although Nova Scotia is rightly famous for its plump, sweet lobster there are other shellfish in the sea. Just ask the residents of Digby- the Scallop Capital of the World. This town is home to the eastern seaboard’s largest inshore scallop fleet, and the magnificent mollusks its draggers bring in set the global gold standard. Knowing a good thing when they taste it townspeople honor the catch during the Digby Scallop Days – a five day festival in August featuring scallop shucking contests, scallop net -knitting competitions and, of course lots of scallop eating. Learn more on Their Official Website
Evergreen Anne: Prince Edward Island: Anne of Green Gables Author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who was born and buried in PEI, introduced her titular red-haired heroine in 1908; in print ever since, her book has sold over 50 million copies. But its not just readers who adore ‘Anne with an E.” Theatre-goers are equally enamoured, something fans of Anne of Green Gables – The Musical would attest to. Alternately sweet and sentimental, the show has played to packed houses during the Charlottetown Festival since 1965, making it the world’s longest running annual music theatre production. Learn more on Their Official Website
Ice, Ice Baby: Newfoundland and Labrador: Every year, hunks of 10,000-year-old ice split off from Greenland’s glaciers float south toward Newfoundland on the Labrador Current, coincidentally arriving near the beginning of tourist season. The icebergs are big- they can rise 197 feed (60 m) above sea level and weigh up to 200,000 tons. They’re also surprisingly beautiful, thanks to tunnels, runnels and colors ranging from blinding white to celestial blue. Salute the site by raising a glass of Iceberg Vodka or Iceberg Beet – both are produced using oh-so-pure water harvested from the bergs. Learn more on Their Official Website
Golden Memories: Yukon: More than a century after the Klondike Gold Rusk ended, Dawson City remains a place where strange things are done in the midnight sun. Folks can still stroll streets with false fronted buildings, board a vintage sternwheeler, then try their luck – or watch can-can girls kick – at Diamond Tooth Gerties, Canada’s oldest casino. Even better there’s still gold in them thar hills. At Claim #6 on Bonanza Creek, wannabe miners may pan for free and keep what they find. On July 1, more competitive types face off in the Yukon Gold panning Championships. Learn more on Their Official Website
Light Therapy: Northwest Territories: No words or pictures can fully capture the aurora borealis – you simply must see the iridescent colors dancing across the night sky for yourself. And one of the primo places to do that is Yellowknife, where “The Greatest Light Show on Earth” is performed about 240 days a year. Set off by surges of solar and magnetic energy, this sublime natural phenomenon is at once soothing and exhilarating. Top viewing times are mid August through September and mid-November through mid-April. Astronomy North’s reports will keep you apprised of conditions. Learn more on Their Official Website
Lost and Found: Nunavut: Nunavut doesn’t make headlines often, but in September 2014 the news went viral: after 168 years, HMS Erebus – one of the ships from the fabled Franklin Expedition – had been found by a team of Parks Canada archaeologists in Victoria Strait. In 1846, Sir John Franklin, 28 crewmen and two vessels disappeared while attempting to traverse the Northwest Passage – and gain a lucrative trade route between the Atlantic and Pacific. Locating the ill-fated Erebus helps solve of one the world’s great marine mysteries. Learn more on Their Official Website