Travel Guide to Canada

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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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7 min.
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 (www.parkscanada.gc.ca/pacificrim). 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…

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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 (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 when returning to Canada after 48 hours or more are 1.5 l (53 imp. oz.) of wine,…

6 min.
ottawa-gatineau: region on the rise

BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE The National Arts Centre has a grand new glass entrance, offering superb views of Confederation Square and Parliament Hill (www.nac-cna.ca). On the other side of the Rideau Canal, the airy new home of the Ottawa Art Gallery (www.oaggao.ca) has won acclaim for its architecture, its collection of works by local artists and its light-filled café. A sleek building at 50 Sussex Drive, overlooking Rideau Falls, has been transformed into the Royal Canadian Geographical Society’s new Centre for Geography and Exploration (www.rcgs.org/50sussex). There, visitors can see free exhibitions on topics such as Arctic research. On top of these changes, the single largest infrastructure project in Ottawa’s history is due to open late this year: the first phase of a new light rail transit (LRT) route, which will stretch 12.5 km (7.8…

2 min.
vice-regal residences: a glimpse into history

AT HOME IN OTTAWA Rideau Hall was originally the villa of stonemason Thomas McKay, who made his fortune as one of the primary builders of the Rideau Canal locks. Over the years, the house has been greatly expanded, and one of the architectural highlights is the Ballroom, inaugurated in 1873. With its pale blue walls, gilded ceiling and one-ton Waterford crystal chandelier, it is the grand setting for Order of Canada investiture ceremonies and other national events. The Tent Room, with its red-and-white-striped walls and ceiling, also makes a big impression on many visitors. Originally an indoor tennis court, it was sometimes redecorated with swags of fabric for opulent events. The tent-like look proved so popular that it became a permanent aspect of the décor. Visitors can also explore Rideau Hall’s pretty grounds,…

4 min.
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 over 900,000 passengers in 2018 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…

5 min.
ride the rails!

Built in the late 1800s, the railway soon enabled valuable freight to be moved, making our country a solid business proposition for all provinces. While freight was key for the growing economy, the railway was equally important for European tourists, eager to see this vast country. Soon tourist travel rivalled freight, and exploring the exciting young country by train became ultra-fashionable. Capitalizing on a profitable trend, the Canadian Pacific Railway Company built glamorous, luxurious hotels designed to rival the most elegant European châteaux. Located conveniently near the train tracks, the CP hotels invited guests to relax at the end of a day of touring. The combination of elegant accommodation, and this magical manner of travel, fostered a thriving Canadian rail tourism industry. Rail travel still entices tourists with train journeys topping the…