28 February 2021
The world’s second-largest country by size but only its 39th by population is one vast outdoor playground of glaciers, mountains, tundra, forests, beaches, islands and National Parks (41 of them), punctuated by hip modern cities, characterful towns and fascinating indigenous and other historical sites. The array of cultural experiences on offer in such a vast and diverse country is, understandably, quite stunning. The following are just a few of our favourites; I can include these and many more on an itinerary made just for you.
A world in itself, covering about a sixth of Canada’s total area. The charming historic cities of Montreal and Quebec City are its focal points, while its national parks (including Mont Tremblant) and other epic landscapes are the settings for year-round adventures, including hiking and skiing.
Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
This hotel so drenched in heritage that it runs guided tours of its spectacular buildings, built by the Canadian Pacific Railway company in 1893. Other on-site activities include wine-tastings and cookery demonstrations, and you can sign up for guided walks to the Plains of Abraham, site of a major historical battle in 1759, and walking tours of the UNESCO-listed, walled Vieux-Québec and the Petit Champlain neighbourhood.
The province’s most famous specialities are poutine (chips with cheese curds and gravy) and toutière (a meat pie, sometimes made with wild game), while amazing restaurants in Quebec City include Chez Boulay: Bistro Boréal, using ingredients found in Canada’s vast boreal forest, including wild mushrooms, fir tree essence and birch syrup. Food tours are another great way of getting under the skin of Old Quebec.
The Klondike region
Famed for its Gold Rush, this is a fascinating area in which to connect with the region’s deep-rooted First Nations culture via their heritage centres and authentic experiences such as river trips between Carmacks and Dawson City and past the historical site of Moosehide Village.
The Northern Lights
The Yukon sits at the ideal longitude and latitude from the Earth’s magnetic poles for sightings of the otherworldly Aurora Borealis, with the best viewing times between mid-April and mid-August.
Kluane National Park and Reserve
A UNESCO World Heritage listed wilderness areas of forest, towering peaks and ice fields, with trails, bear-watching and the Da Kų Cultural Centre presenting the many sites treasured by the Champagne Aishihik First Nations.
The city regularly voted the world’s most liveable blends metropolitan living at its finest with an outdoorsy lifestyle thanks to its dramatic setting between ocean and mountains. In the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, the Kia'palano has displays on the lives of BC's First Nations people, including original totem poles.
One of the world’s finest ski and snowboarding resorts and also a summer playground with the likes of hiking, bear-watching, whitewater-rafting and via ferrata, Whistler traces the history of the local First Nations people in its Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre with its interpretative forest walk and interactive craft area.
Quaaout Lodge and Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort
This indigenous-owned lakeside lodge midway between Vancouver and Calgary offers unique cultural experiences including Smudges (Secwepemc traditions to cleanse the body), Walk the Lands tours with a guide teaching you about Shuswap landmarks and history, and Kekuli (traditional pit-house) storytelling.
A tailor-made itinerary can include any area of Canada, including the Rockies, Banff and Lake Louise.
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