Travel Guide to Canada

Travel Guide to Canada 2017

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The Travel Guide to Canada is a comprehensive guide on all travel opportunities available in Canada. There are sections on each of Canada’s 13 provinces and territories as well as essays on numerous travel themes.

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13 reasons why canada rocks

1 WHALE TALES: BRITISH COLUMBIA In some places, red-breasted robins announce the arrival of spring. On the western shore of Vancouver Island, it’s the return of the grey whales—some 20,000 of which swim by as they make the 8,000-km (4,970-mi.) trip from the balmy breeding lagoons of Mexico to feeding grounds up north. Whale-watching boats depart from towns like Ucluelet and Tofino. But since the massive mammals follow the coast closely, you can also observe them without leaving land. The peak viewing time in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is from March through May (www.parkscanada.gc. ca/pacificrim). 2 PANCAKE PANDEMONIUM: ALBERTA Hungry attendees will be happy to hear that pancake flipping is as much a part of the Calgary Stampede as bull riding and barrel racing. In fact, an estimated 200,000 pancakes—topped with 454…

5 min.
canada 150: celebrating a nation

Want to join in the fun? One of the best opportunities will be on Canada Day, July 1, when communities large and small will celebrate with fireworks, concerts and more. Here are just a few of the many, many other ways to enjoy Canada’s big birthday party throughout 2017. GREAT PERFORMANCES In Toronto, the TIFF Bell Lightbox—headquarters of the Toronto International Film Festival—is running a free program of Canadian movies all year long (www.tiff.net). Movie buffs can also check out National Canadian Film Day 150 on April 19, when more than 600 screenings of Canadian movies will take place nationwide (www.canadianfilmday.ca/about-ncfd). North: A Pan-Territorial Celebration— mid-October to mid-November—will be a series of events featuring performers, artists, and Dene, Inuit and Arctic athletes from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (www.north150nord.ca ). The Toronto…

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travellers’ tips

ENTERING THE COUNTRY First impressions count, so the Canada Border Services Agency makes entering the country comparatively easy. Vacationing citizens of Britain and most EU or Commonwealth countries need only a valid passport and Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Visas aren’t required; however, a return ticket and proof of sufficient funds may be requested. American citizens travelling between the U.S. and Canada must produce a passport or other WHTI-compliant document, such as a NEXUS card (www.cbp.gov/travel). If in doubt, consult Citizenship and Immigration Canada (www.cic.gc.ca). There are no limitations on what personal effects can be brought into Canada. Gifts must be valued at $60 or less each. Duty-free limits for adults are 1.5 l (53 imp. oz.) of wine, 1.14 l (40 imp. oz.) of spirits or 8.5 l (287 imp. oz.) of…

6 min.
ottawa: the capital of excitement

In addition, Ottawa will host both the Juno Awards for music and the Canadian Football League’s Grey Cup championship. And, of course, you can still enjoy activities ranging from the Changing of the Guard ceremony to skating on the Rideau Canal. Here’s just a taste of what you can expect in Canada’s sixth-largest city in 2017. ARTISTIC FLAIR Whether you’re a fan of theatre, music, dance, photography or painting, you’ll be able to enjoy your favourite cultural treats in stylish new surroundings. The NAC recently renovated its largest theatre, Southam Hall, but that’s just the beginning of the big news at the city’s flagship home of theatre, music and dance. On Canada Day (July 1), the NAC is set to unveil a multi-storey glass atrium overlooking the National War Memorial, Confederation Square and…

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cruising in canada from sea to shining sea

WESTERN WONDERS Canada’s signature cruise is undoubtedly the west coast one that traces the British Columbian shoreline from mid-April through mid-October. Since it covers a hefty portion of the so-called Alaska Route, stunning vistas are guaranteed—indeed few sea-going experiences can compare with threading the island-studded Inside Passage, where snow-crowned mountains, glacier-carved fj ords and abundant marine life vie for attention. Luckily, the ports you visit en route are as appealing as the sights you see from your deck chair. Take Vancouver. The nation’s busiest home port drew 830,000-odd passengers in 2016 alone, most of them travelling north on big-name boats; however, this vibrant city isn’t just a convenient embarkation point. It delivers a full slate of urban enticements —top-rated restaurants, theatres and ohso- trendy shops among them—along with easy access to the…

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canada’s 18 world heritage sites

In 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established, and continues to update, a published list of cultural and natural heritage properties around the world considered to be of outstanding universal value to humanity. The goal is to encourage the preservation of the identified properties both at a local and international level. Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites, where the revenues are kept to support visitor services and facilities. This means that every time you visit a park or site you are investing in its future—and in a legacy for future generations. For Canada’s 150th throughout 2017, admission will be free for all Canadian national parks, national historic sites, national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada and lockage at…