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Canada encompasses a very broad spectrum of landscapes, attractions and activities that captivate the most discerning visitors.
From the frosty wonders of northern territories and the wilderness areas of western and central provinces, to the metropolitan appeal of eastern cities and the island charm of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward, Canada is both thrilling and beguiling to explore.
Whether you’re wishing for western-style wonders, radical golf games or a chance meeting with a moose, the province of Alberta can accommodate any such vacation preference.
Wild West Adventures
Many Alberta towns present their own summer weekend rodeos with genuine cowhands, calf-roping, and steer wrestling events. Canada’s “True West” thrives in a rootin’, tootin’, cow-pokin’ land not far from Alberta’s metropolitan areas.
For ten action-packed days each July, “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” comes to life at the annual Calgary Stampede. Make arrangements to attend the Chuckwagon Races, where you can cheer your favorite wagon-runnin’ cowboys on to victory.
Learn practical ranching skills like milking a cow and using a real branding iron at the Bar U Ranch, listed as a provincial historic site.
Are cowboys creative with words? Absolutely! The town of Pincher Creek hosts its annual Cowboy Poetry Reading one weekend each June. Local cowpokes brush off their boots to share their softer, poetic sides.
On summer Saturday evenings, don’t miss Hill Spring’s Great Canadian Barn Dance for old-timey, two-steppin’ fun plus tasty beef vittles fit for a real cowboy.
Check out our recommended locales for spotting and photographing Alberta’s abundant wildlife. The Lakeland Region between Lac La Biche and Cold Lake reportedly contains two black bears per square kilometer, so you’re likely to see a few of them during your visit. Elk Island National Park is a promising locale for sighting bison. Jasper National Park has a large visible beaver population. Banff National Park is tops for seeing bighorn sheep. Banff and Jasper town sites are noted for frequent elk encounters. Kananaskis Country is moose country. Waterton town site and Waterton Lakes National Park are good locations for views of mule deer.
The province of Alberta has more than 280 golf courses to try out, including the top-rated Links at GlenEagles (Cochrane); RedTail Landing Golf Club, a public course that caters to everyone, from beginners up (Edmonton); Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a winning Stanley Thompson course (Jasper); Wolf Creek Golf Resort, and a course by Rod
The 27-hole Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course, another gem designed by Stanley Thompson (Banff Springs); SilverTip, a challenging multi-elevation course on Mount Lady MacDonald (Canmore); and Mount Lorette and Mount Kidd, the Robert Trent Jones greens at Kananaskis Country Golf Course (Kananaskis Country).
For more information, contact (800)-ALBERTA; TravelAlberta.com
From wild rivers and migrating whales to sedate gardens, cultural centers and wineries, British Columbia welcomes you.
British Columbia’s earliest residents left traces and traditions that are equally fascinating to learn about today. Cultural centres, parks and museums tell their engaging stories.
(Queen Charlotte Islands)
The territory of the Haida Gwaii Island People may be explored at Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Step inside replicas of traditional Gitxsan homes at ‘Ksan Historical Village and Museum. Be sure to look toward the sky at the lofty totem poles.
In British Columbia’s Cariboo region north of Williams Lake, the Xats’ull Heritage Village introduces visitors to Aboriginal sweat lodge ceremonies and bannock, a fried bread recipe from the 1600s.
See Aboriginal art, masks, shaman’s healing tools and a Big House at the Royal British Columbia Museum on Vancouver Island. At Thunderbird and Beacon Hill Parks, visit a carving studio and admire imposing totems designed by famed Kwakwaka’wakw artist, Mungo Martin.
From Tofino, take a water taxi to Flores Island, site of the Ahousaht people’s Walk the Wild Side Trail. You’ll trek for six miles past pristine beaches and green forests.
University of British Columbia’s Museum of Anthropology exhibits art and artifacts of the original Pacific Northwesterners. While in the city, treat your taste buds to a customary Potlatch Platter at Liliget Feast House, a restaurant modeled after an Aboriginal longhouse.
Ktunaxa Kinbasket Interpretive Centre in St. Eugene Mission Resort displays reproductions of traditional canoes and tepees, as well as contemporary Aboriginal artwork.
Numerous species of whales pass British Columbia on their annual migration routes. Naturally, then, the BC coastline provides a very promising setting for whale-watching. Sightings are seasonal, with most frequent views between May and October. Stay alert for random sightings while fishing, kayaking, ferrying, or beachcombing. Otherwise, guided whale-watch tours are readily available in Bamfield, Tofino, and Ucluelet on Vancouver Island, Johnstone Straits between the Mainland and Vancouver Island, and Granville Island.
One may not think of Canada as hosting must-see gardens, but it certainly does. The green thumbs just happen to be tucked inside mittens for big chunks of the year, that’s all.
The island’s own garden tour begins in Brentwood Bay at Butchart Gardens, continues through Milner and Woodland Gardens at the center of the island, and concludes in Holberg at Ronning’s Garden. All offer terrific selections.
There are 20 distinct gardens plus a lily pond and a waterfall, all tended to perfection by local volunteers at Government House, the Lieutenant-Governor’s official residence.
Minter Gardens features 11 themed botanic sections, a maze, topiary creations and a glass conservatory.
The University of British Columbia maintains both a Botanical Garden and the Japanese Nitobe Memorial Garden, where you can enjoy a most pleasing combination of evergreens, waterfalls, classic Japanese bridges, and, of course, delicious tea.
The Thompson-Okanagan area, the oldest wine producing region in British Columbia, is not only famous for its vineyards but for its orchards, varied landscape and event filled wine festivals held all-year long. During the IceWine festival in January wine is paired with winter sports. The Spring Wine festival, which is celebrated throughout the region in May, focuses the palate on wine and food. The Summer Wine Festival combines outdoor cultural activities and wine, while the Fall festival, one the largest of it’s kind in Canada, involves harvest celebrations. The Okanagan Wine route features 60 unique wineries and tasting rooms ranging from grand to small and intimate and stretches from Osoyoos in the south to Salmon Arm in the north.
For more information, contact (800)435-5622; HelloBC.com
From long sandy beaches and wildlife watches, to historical sites and a fabulous array of festivals, Manitoba gives you lots of good reasons to visit again and again.
Considering that the city of Winnipeg alone hosts approximately 130 annual festivals, there is simply no shortage of celebrations to attend in Manitoba.
The world-famous August Folklorama reflects the many cultures represented in the city’s diverse population. Home-cooked international foods and ethnic entertainers are stationed throughout the city for the popular multi-site event. July’s Fringe Theatre Festival presents more than a hundred theatre companies in dramatic action. Winnipeg Folk Festival (Also in July) at Birds Hill Provincial Park is a musical patch work quilt of folk-tune artistry.
Celebrate Franco-Manitoban heritage and culture with lively tales of the fur trade each winter at St. Boniface’s Le Festival du Voyageur.
August’s Corn and Apple Festival features a parade and musical performers, plus sweet corn and fresh-pressed apple cider.
Meet New Brunswick on a scenic drive or by sampling seafood delights at local festivals. The natural bounty of the province is also evident at lovely botanic gardens and parks.
You can experience many of the natural and commercial wonders of New Brunswick while cruising along five designated scenic drives that cover much of the province.
North of Edmundston to Sussex
There’s plenty of side trips to be had along the River Valley Scenic Drive. Pull over for a stroll on hiking trails check out farmers markets, and witness a grand waterfall, historic towns and a cathedral.
Charlo to Perth-Andover
The Appalachian Range Route carries you through thick green forests, past freshwater lakes and rivers, into maple syrup country, and up, up and away to the Maritimes’ tallest point at Mount Carleton.
St. Stephen to Aulac
The Fundy Coastal Drive introduces you to whales and sandpipers, the radical cliffs of Cape Enrage, St. John’s colorful city market and a museum dedicated to chocolate.
Charlo to Aulac
Take the Acadian Coastal Drive if your idea of a good time is partaking in the fun at inviting beaches and sandy dunes, scenic wonders such as Chaleur Bay, an aquarium, and the “joie de vive” of the Acadian culture.
Choose your favorite delicacies fresh from the deep blue sea at New Brunswick’s merry string of summer seafood festivals: Campbellton’s Salmon Festival runs from late June to early July; Shippagan’s festival des peches et de l’aquaculture du Noveau-Brunswick (New Brunswick’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Festival) is held in mid-July; Maisonnette’s Oyster Festival, early October; Richibucto’s Scallop Festival is a mid-July celebration; Shediac’s Lobster Festival arrives in early July; and the Atlantic Seafood Festival in the City of Moncton takes place in mid-August.
Southern New Brunswick is graced by four wineries welcoming visits from interested travelers and tasters.
Since 1932, four generations of the Hawkins Family have owned and operated Tierney Point Winery and Hawkins Farms. The site currently produces a selection of blueberry and cranberry fruit wines, as well as a signature strawberry-rhubarb wine.
The Gillis of Belleisle Winery overlooks Belleisle Bay, the perfect spot for a wine tasting or an afternoon stroll through a vineyard. And the Gillis Family’s resident donkey adds a little something special to the scene. Their Euro-style, custom-designed winery houses a tasting room, shop and production facilities, where their vineyard’s Baco Noir and Cayuga grapes and seasonal fruits are processed.
From rugged coasts and mountain peaks to winning golf courses and inviting seas, New Brunswick’s parks are great vacation playgrounds.
Kouchibouguac National Park of Canada is the perfect stopover for swimmers, hikers, bikers, and bird-watchers, who might spot an osprey or endangered piping plover.
Parlee Beach Provincial Park’s warm salty waters traditionally make it one of Canada’s favorite swimming beaches and New Brunswick’s own “summer capital.” Be sure to grab a fresh-boiled lobster for lunch while in the area.
For more information, contact (800)561-0123; www.TourismNewBrunswick.ca
What can you do in Newfoundland and Labrador? Rise early to catch a glimpse of the continent’s first sunrise, or spot a thriving population of Atlantic puffins. Then amp up the action and board a snowmobile for a wild ride into caribou country. That, and a whole lot more.
Greeting the Sunrise
In Newfoundland, you’ll be positioned to observe North America’s initial light of day at the continent’s easternmost point. Grab a cup of joe, find a lofty perch, and be ready to secure those bragging rights. Get up with the birds in the wee morning hours outside the capital city of St. John’s and follow Cape Spear Drive out to coastal Cape Spear National Historic Site for a private “first sun-up” celebration.
The good news for bird-watchers is that both Newfoundland and Labrador attract large varieties of seabirds during the months of May through September. The bad news is that you might have left your binoculars back in the motorhome.
Cape St. Mary’s
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is famous for its huge nesting colony of white-winged gannets.
Bay de Verde
On the Avalon Peninsula at the end of the Baccalieu Trail, Baccalieu Island Ecological Reserve is a major breeding ground for eleven species of seabirds, including the world’s largest (3,000,000-strong) colony of Leach’s storm petrels.
During the summer season at Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, get ready to see plenty of Atlantic puffins, as well as humpback and minke whales.
Terra Nova National Park in central Newfoundland is a promising locale for sighting bald eagles.
With quite large expanses of pristine land and sea, Newfoundland and Labrador are super destinations for hiking enthusiasts.
In addition to Labrador’s untouched spaces that beckon highly skilled hikers to find their own adventures, there are also developed trails suitable for trekking on beaten paths. Pinware River Provincial Park in the namesake town features a marked trail overlooking river. Birch Brook Trails guide hikers through northern forests to sweeping lookouts of local lakes and mountains throughout Happy Valley – Goose Bay.
The Alexander Murray Hiking Trail in King’s Point affords lofty views of Atlantic icebergs, the Gaff Topsail Mountains and Hall’s Bay. You can take a challenging hike through Corner Brook Gorge past Gull Brook’s waterfall and on to Corner Brook. On trails at Gros Morne National Park, A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Rocky Harbor, the feeling of hiking on the moon may overtake you as you trample the overlaps of tectonic plates on cliffs above fjords. Woody Point’s Tablelands Trail leads you on a walk past ancient boulders from the earth’s shifting lower layers, and on Woody Point’s Heritage Walk, you can take a self-guided tour of historic downtown Woody Point, western Newfoundland’s trade center in the early 1900’s.
On both groomed and backcountry trails, Newfoundland and Labrador have some of the best snowmobiling opportunities anywhere, from the white winter season through the month of April. In Labrador, might we recommend The Labrador Winter Trail System which encompasses the western White Wolf Trail, Lake Melville’s Grand River Trails, and the southeast’s Basque Whalers Trail, plus many groomed interconnecting trails.
For more information, contact (800)563-NFLD; www.newfoundlandlabradortourism.com.
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES – NUNAVUT
Big sky, big land, tumbling water, and the radiant Aurora Borealis are just a few of the wonders you’ll encounter in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. And for history buffs, the legendary “North’s” vibrant past is well preserved at parks, landmarks, themed trails and mission sites.
Keep your eyes on the skies in the Northwest Territories. The colors won’t disappoint you.
The Aurora Borealis is a vivid “Northern Lights” sky show caused by the sun’s energy affecting the earth’s upper atmosphere. Aurora shows are readily visible around Yellowknife on clear, dark nights from late summer through springtime; guided tours are available. Luminous waves of yellow, green, red and violet adorn the upper reaches of the sky. And while you’re looking up, venture outdoors at dusk to fully experience the region’s glorious sunset shades of purple, orange and pink.
Tumbling waters flow and thunder in the Northwest Territories. Fortunately, you can see fabulous cascades without too much effort. Several waterfalls are easily accessible from major territorial highways.
Alexandra Falls plunges dramatically through a splendid gorge en-route to Great Slave Lake. At Lady Evelyn Falls on the Kakisa River, follow a staircase to the bottom of the cascades to go swimming or angling.
Hunt for fossils at the Trout River’s Sambaa Deh Falls, or just view the tumbling waters from the comfort of your vehicle on the highway.
contact (800) 661-0788; WWW.EXPLORENWT.COM. (866)NUNAVUT; www.NunavutTourism.com.
Nova Scotia invites you to celebrate almost everything at an appealing assortment of festivals, but there’s more to Canada’s southernmost island province. You can also swing your golf clubs on luxurious greens or learn about Nova Scotia’s bygone days at awesome historical sites.
From traditional games and music on the river to boats, apples and airplanes, Nova Scotia promotes all kinds of themes at its festivals.
October’s Celtic Colours International Festival showcases the province’s customary music and dances.
You’ll see Scottish brigadesmen decked out in kilts and expert stepdancers at mid-July’s Highland Games in Antigonish.
In early August, the Riverfront Music Jubilee presents a nice variety of concerts in the great outdoors.
Since 1933 Nova Scotians have welcomed the joys of spring at the annual Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival.
September’s Nova Scotia International Air Show focuses on the diverse wonders of aircraft, both on the ground and in the air.
Dancing, drumming, and bagpipe playing are the main events at the Nova Scotia International Tattoo (early July), where acrobatic acts, comedy routines, and feats of magic fill the bill at August’s International Busker Festival.
Time-honored maritime customs are the focus of August’s Bay Wooden Boat Festival.
Also in August is the Folk Harbour Festival, where you might find yourself singing a sea captain’s song or dancing a jig.
First-rate greens and exceptional surroundings make Nova Scotia’s many golf clubs shine. Following are just a few of the province’s best courses.
At Digby Pines Golf Resort and Spa, you’ll enjoy a classic game of golf at a 75-year old course fringed by an evergreen forest.
Northumberland Links Golf Course beguiles golfers with Scottish-style play amid spectacular seascapes of Northumberland Strait.
The award-winning Bell Bay Golf Club, perched high above Cape Breton’s inland sea, hosts a wide variety of championship tournaments.
Ingonish Beach. The Highlands Links Golf Course is a certified Audubon Co-operative Sanctuary in the center of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The popular course boasts 18 holes nestled between mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
Delve into Nova Scotia’s vibrant past at some of the province’s remarkable historic centers.
Learn about the mastermind who invented the telephone and researched complicated projects such as the world’s speediest boat, the phonograph, oversized kites and airplanes at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site of Canada.
Step back 250 years in time at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site of Canada. Become part of a fascinating, replicated 18th-centurey fortified town with ramparts, homes, taverns, costumed guides, gardens and restaurants reminiscent of the 1700s.
Lunenburg and Halifax
Serving as Nova Scotia’s official nautical ambassador, the Bluenose II schooner is replica of the original vessel. The ship has home ports in both Lunenburg and Halifax.
For more information, contact (800) 565-0000; novascotia.com.
Are you ready for a memorable wine-tasting excursion, a round of really great golf, or a leisurely drive with picture-perfect views? If so, then point your rig towards Ontario for the vacation destination of your dreams.
Canadian wine? For sure! Learn winemaking and wine-pairing secrets, fine-tune your tasting skills, attend a wine ‘n’ dine gala, or simply enjoy the ambiance of idyllic vineyards in Ontario’s splendid wine country.
Lake Erie’s North Shore and Pelee Island
Canada’s original grape-growing region is located at the southernmost reaches of the country. Be sure to experience the benefits of both mainland and island vineyards during your tour.
The largest wine-producing area in Canada encompasses forty-some wineries, many of which have earned international accolades.
Prince Edward County
The country’s up-and-coming wine territory lies southwest of Kingston and east of Lake Ontario, where the grapes are widely recognized for their distinctive, robust flavor.
Ontario contains a whopping 700 golf courses, and the clubs recommended here are just a few of the province’s shining stars.
Deerhurst Highlands Golf Course is a visual and practical masterpiece with an onsite golf academy.
Because the course at Rock Golf Club on Lake Rosseau fits flawlessly into its natural surroundings, it provides golfers with a distinctive back-to-nature experience.
Thundering Waters Golf Club, Whirlpool Golf Course and Legends on the Niagara are all conveniently close to the world-famous falls.
Oakville’s Glenn Abbey Golf Club, planned by Jack Nicklaus, shares its location with the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. St. Andrew’s Valley in Aurora features a challenging course worthy of champions. Award-winning Eagle’s Nest Golf Club in Maple presents 18 impeccable holes designed by Doug Carrick.
The recently opened Black Diamond Golf Club combines an exquisite natural setting with an engaging course layout. The combination can’t be beat.
Fabulous lakes and bays, plummeting cascades, and wading polar bears provide non-stop visual delights on Ontario’s designated scenic roadways.
Sault Sainte Marie to Thunder Bay…
Lake Superior’s North Shore Drive offers opportunities for wilderness train rides, museum tours, wildlife watching and lessons about fur trading and amethyst mining.
Cochrane to Timmins to Sudbury to North Bay to Cochrane…
The Prospectors and Polar Bears Loop Tour runs full circle over old trade routes, past a “big white bear” swimming pool, green pine forests, and a gold mine.
Sudbury to Tobermory to Owen Sound to Midland to Parry Sound-and back again
The Georgian Bay Way is another loop tour winding past cliffs, caves, beaches, mountains, glass-bottom boat rides, shipwrecks, and countless unspoiled islands.
Niagara Falls to Hamilton to Port Dover–and back again
The circle tour of Niagara Falls to Grand River Run carries lucky roadsters past five dozen waterfalls, a 19th century castle, steadfast Fort George, the Welland Canal and on to the aptly named Grand River.
For more information, contact (800)-ONTARIO; www.ontariotravel.net
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Glorious gardens and engaging golf games are just part of the vacation fun on Prince Edward Island (PEI). The province is also hailed for a pleasing array of summer festivals and well-marked scenic drives designed to lead you to the island’s best nooks and crannies.
The plentiful blooms of Prince Edward Island are world-famous, and may be admired seasonally at many botanic locales, such as…
Caernarvon Gardens features 70 types of roses, delicate lilies and a gazebo with a sweeping view.
Explore 30 spectacular, large-scale model castles, English gardens, fountains and shops stocked with gifts, crafts, and antiques at the 45-acre Woodleigh Replicas & Gardens historical theme park.
New Glasgow Country Gardens & Butterfly House offers variety, from tropical butterflies amid colorful flowers to walking paths, performances by classical musicians and even a miniature train garden.
Award-winning designs, top-notch course amenities and splendid scenery make Prince Edward Island a top golfing destination. Check out some of the province’s twenty-something courses, including our following favorites.
The award-winning Mill River Golf Course offers 18 memorable holes set in a parkland of forests, lakes and streams.
Stratford near downtown Charlottetown
Fox Meadow Golf & Country Club, another top-rated Canadian course, is the home site of the Canadian Golf Academy.
Plan to attend some of Prince Edward Island’s summertime festivals, such as the community-spirited gems found in O’Leary
In late July at the PEI Potato Blossom Festival, you can see a parade, farm show, and Miss Potato Blossom pageant, or join the action at the car rally and mashed potato tug of war. Our advice: wear a raincoat!
Mid-July marks the Summerside Lobster Carnival, with special events including a spelling bee, sidewalk sale, magic show, and mouth-watering Lobster Suppers.
From mid-June through late September, the Charlottetown Festival presents the original musical theatre production of Anne of Green Gables. Don’t miss the art gallery, shops and outdoor café. Mid-August is the time for Old Home Week, Charlottetown’s annual celebration with livestock contests, craft displays and the exciting Gold Cup & Saucer Harness Race.
Two official and clearly marked PEI auto tours are not to be missed.
Points East Coastal Drive, marked by square blue, white and gold starfish signs, rolls you for 400 kilometers past dozens of eastern beaches, fishing wharves, tidy golf greens and lovely lighthouses. A few communities on the route are Mount Stewart, Naufrage, East Point, Montague, Cape Bear and Cherry Valley. Another gem is the North Cape Coastal Drive, which meanders past the island’s northwestern farms, fishing towns, cliffs and beaches. Designated signposts for the North Cape tour display a vivid rendering of blue sky and water, white lighthouse, red cliff, green grass, and setting sun. Towns on the 292–km route include Summerside, Cap Egmont, West Point, North Cape, and Lennox Island.
10 Years after the 12.9 kilometer, (8.1 miles), Confederation Bridge opened in may 1997, this awesome structure connecting PEI to mainland Canada is celebrating a 10 year anniversary. A marvel of civil engineering, Canada’s longest bridge and the world’s longest bridge over iced waters is very popular with photographers and bridge enthusiasts. Spanning the Abegweit Passage of the Northumberland Strait, the two-lane Confederation Bridge joins Borden-Carleton in Prince Edward Island and Cape Jourinam in New Brunswick. Driving at a normal 80 kilometers per hour, it takes a car approximately 10 minutes to cross the bridge. There is also a free shuttle service for pedestrians and bicyclists.
For more information,contact (888)PEI-PLAY; www.peiplay.com.
If you’re passionate about food festivals or radical snow-based sports (and who isn’t?), be prepared to discover a whole host of ways to spend a rewarding vacation in Quebec.
Warwick (in June)
Festival des Fromages (Cheese) incites 40 of Quebec’s finest cheese makers to converge on the town of Warwick to present North America’s biggest and best cheese party.
Saint-Clement (in July)
If red meat is your bag, better set your sights on Festival du Boeuf (Beef), where beef-eaters revel in their ultimate meaty meals, including an enormous side of beef skewered and roasted in the great outdoors.
Sainte-Perpetue (in August)
Pigs and men might compete in games of skill at the Festival du Cochon (Pork), but the main attractions at the summertime event in Sainte-Perpetue are delectable pork dishes cooked in every conceivable way.
From tundra turf to crabapple blossoms to oriental-themed gardens, Quebec is blessed with botanic attractions that definitely merit some attention.
The Parc National des Grands-Jardins or “Great Gardens” is an all-natural territory dominated by tundra plant life, a black spruce forest, and the rugged realities of taiga shield and tundra. Lucky visitors catch sight of the park’s wandering caribou herd.
The city’s Botanical Garden and Insectarium showcases world-class plants and close-up images of living bugs. Stroll past gardens with Japanese, French and Sonoran Desert themes, tour ten greenhouses brimming with foliage, and explore cool native woodlands.
As you might have surmised, Quebec’s heavy snowfall earns raves from winter-sports enthusiasts. Cross-country and downhill skiers and snowmobilers find plenty of grand opportunities for snow-based fun.
Widely acclaimed as one of the world’s best areas for snowmobiling, Lanaudiere and surrounds deliver more than 2,000 km of developed snowmobile trails along eight distinct routes.
The city of Quebec is home base for top-rated downhill ski resorts like Stoneham, Le Massif, and Mont-Sainte-Anne, the latter two of which also contain extensive cross-country ski trails.
Considered the world’s capital for skiing after dark, Montreal’s’ Saint-Sauveur and nearby Bromont Resort reserves a mountain’s worth of slopes for novice skiers.
For more information,contact (877) BONJOUR, extension 843; www.quebecvacationguide.com
Saskatchewan consists of one-half forest, one-third farmland, and one-eighth fresh water. Those numbers add up to load of outdoor activities such as fishing, golfing and hunting which are understandably popular throughout the province. And so are heritage experiences that demonstrate where the resourceful people of Saskatchewan have been, and where they’re going.
Individuals from many cultures contributed to Saskatchewan’s growth and development. Their unique tales are told at a variety of provincial heritage sites.
Western Development Museum’s Heritage Farm and Village demonstrates the realities of Canadian farm life in the early 1900s.
Wanuskewin Heritage Park National Historic Site chronicles the
6,000-year story of the North Plains people. Walk interpretive trails, breeze through an art gallery, and step into a buffalo pound or tepee.
Western Development Museum’s Story of People is devoted to the history and diverse cultures of immigrants who settled western Canada.
Western Development Museum’s History of Transportation displays vintage planes and cars and takes visitors for seasonal rides on a Short Line Railway.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Centennial Museum traces the “Mounties’” rich history at the site of RCMP’s academy for trainees. A new RCMP Heritage Centre is presently being developed on the campus.
Saskatchewan’s lakes and rivers contain more than 60 fish species, some of which you can find in the following locales.
Lake Athabasca in the northwest region is a good spot for catching northern pike, lake trout and Arctic Grayling, known as the “sailfish of the north.” Little Amyot Lake near Beauval is your best bet for hooking brook trout. Pagan Lake near the west-central town of Meadow Lake is promising for yellow perch. Tobin Lake’s deep waters in east-central Saskatchewan are recommended for snagging walleye. Lake Diefenbaker in the southwestern part of the province is the place to angle for rainbow trout.
A wide variety of course designs and uncrowded greens make golf a preferred pastime in Saskatchewan.
The Willows Golf & Country Club offers 36 holes that accommodate all skill levels. Moonlake Golf and Country Club features a challenging Scottish links-style course. Dakota Dunes Golf Links shines in a natural sand-dune and prairie grass setting. Nipawin’s Evergreen Golf Club is a top-rated course fringed by piney woods. Avonlea is the home of Long Creek Golf & Country Club’s championship course.
Abundant wildlife populations and interesting terrain make Saskatchewan a hunter’s paradise. Check out our suggested zones and enlist the skills of local guides for optimum experiences. Central Saskatchewan’s parkland area is a good hunting ground for white-tail deer.
Northern Forests such as Porcupine Hills, Pasquia Hills, Cumberland Delta, Wapawekka Hills and Meadow Lake are recommended for tracking black bear and moose. Southern Saskatchewan and flyway patterns such as Quill Lakes, Lake Diefenbaker and Qu’Appelle Valley are hot spots for geese, ducks and other waterfowl. Also in the southern region in rural areas with tall grasses and low shrubs, in valleys around Frenchman River and Qu’Appelle and in the hills and plateaus of Big Muddy Badlands, pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge are found. Ruffed grouse are prevalent at the borders of thick forests in Northern Saskatchewan.