Travel Guide to Canada

Travel Guide to Canada 2018 Travel Guide to Canada

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 20,000 SHADES OF GREY: 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 ( 2 BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS: 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…

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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, if travelling by air, an 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 ( If in doubt, consult Citizenship and Immigration Canada ( 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 when returning to Canada after 48 hours or more are 1.5 l (53 imp. oz.) of wine,…

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canadian signature experiences will delight and entertain

To the rescue comes Destination Canada’s curated list of Canadian Signature Experiences, a terrific collection of more than 200 once-in-a-lifetime possibilities. This extensive list could spur some new ideas, tempt your culinary pursuits, prompt exotic adventure, introduce cultural opportunities, or simply situate you—and your friends and loved ones—in the midst of Canada’s awe-inspiring scenery ( To further your own travel plans, here are just a few of the program’s possibilities: DISCOVERING NORTHERN DELIGHTS Have you ever wanted to truly experience Canada’s Northwest Territories? To see the beauty of the northern lights, sleep in an igloo, or feel the thrill of snowmobiling alongside a travelling herd of reindeer? Thanks to Tundra North Tours such experiences are possible, especially between February and April when reindeer are grazing in their winter range, and the northern lights…

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ottawa. it’s possible here.

WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE For visitors who like to get their feet wet, Ottawa delivers. Sitting on the south shoreline of the Ottawa River—renowned for its whitewater rafting and kayaking—the city is also the northern point of the Rideau Canal, Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. The Rideau Canal, an historic waterway connecting Ottawa and Kingston via a series of 47 locks, is a watery playground for paddlers and pleasure boaters. Rideau Tours in Elgin offers a guided voyageur canoe experience along the new Route Champlain. The brand new tourist route stretches 1,500 km (932 mi.) across the province of Ontario, tracing the journey taken by the great explorer Samuel de Champlain ( This year, between May and October, Le Boat makes its North American debut on the waters of the Rideau Canal. These…

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cruising in canada: bon voyage

PACIFIC PLEASURES 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 fjords 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 almost 843,000 passengers in 2017 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 oh-so-trendy shops among them—along with easy access to the area’s…

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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 more information on World Heritage sites visit the UNESCO website at: BRITISH COLUMBIA SGANG GWAAY (Anthony Island) Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage…