Canada: 150 years

 

Canada is celebrating a huge milestone in 2017 as the country reaches its 150th anniversary. It’s a great time to visit and visitors can take part in a fantastic array of events throughout the year to soak up the excitement of this landmark birthday.

We have put together our top picks of places to suit you, whatever your needs may be. Whether you’re are looking for a bustling city, breath-taking mountain or wildlife adventures.

 

Vancouver

With its scenic views, mild climate, and friendly people, Vancouver is known around the world as both a popular tourist attraction and one of the best places to live. 

Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city’s oceanside location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. After a busy day, linger over a glass of BC wine and a locally inspired meal.

While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breath-taking views of the city below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it is possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon.

 

Quebec City 

Quebec City may be the capital of the Quebec province in eastern Canada, but its French heritage, architecture and language make it appear more like a charming European village. Perched on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River is Vieux Quebec, the city’s historic district. A walk along the cobblestone streets of the Old City offers encounters with attractions like the Citadel and the Place-Royale, the area where explorer, Samuel de Camplain, established the first North American-French settlement. The city’s icon, the stunning Chateau Frontenac, is regarded as the most photographed hotel in North America.

 

Nova Scotia

Located in Eastern Canada and almost completely surrounded by ocean, the province of Nova Scotia is a place where you can feel your pace fall in sync with the rhythm of the sea, as the clean salt air breathes life into an afternoon. Immerse yourself in culture that ranges from traditional to avant-garde, from bagpipes to world-class golf. 

Nova Scotia is the real deal. Its wild and wonderfully varied landscape is home to a diverse population of resourceful, hospitable folk, who love to sing and dance but who'd happily break you at dodgeball in a second.

Short-lived summers are a sheer delight, as the locals emerge from the cold to celebrate life: accommodations fill fast and prices hike. As difficult as the late spring and peak fall conditions are becoming to predict, these times afford spectacular scenery and a milder climate, while long, white winters are harsh but beautiful affairs.

 

Churchill

Churchill is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild. Thousands of visitors from around the world visit each Autumn for the excitement of seeing these magnificent animals. Prime viewing times are in October and November, when the bears begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory – the pack ice that forms every winter over Hudson Bay. Activities include Eskimo tours, dog sledding and whale watching.

 

Banff & Lake Louise

Banff National Park was established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system and encompasses some of the finest scenery in North America, if not the world.

The Town of Banff has an elevation of 4,537 feet (1,383 metres) making it the highest town in Canada. It is all about natural beauty and is known for its skiing. The three ski areas are on the same Tri-Area lift ticket, accessible by free shuttle bus from town. Sunshine Village, Mount Norquay, and Lake Louise combined offer more than 7,500 acres of fantastically varied terrain.

Lake Louise is highly worth a visit and is a place that requires multiple viewings. Aside from the standard picture-postcard shot (blue sky, even bluer lake, glistening glacier), try visiting at six in the morning, at dusk in August, in the October rain or after a heavy winter storm.

 

Rocky Mountaineer

If you can’t choose just one place, then why not choose to travel in pure luxury on the stunning Rocky Mountaineer. Within the unique world of rail travel, Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train. It's the key to unlocking a hidden world of unparalleled beauty as you carve through otherwise inaccessible terrain in the Canadian Rockies. And your job aboard the all-dome fleet? To indulge in the most luxurious journey you've ever experienced.

The Rocky Mountaineer operates five rail routes. The First Passage to the West is the company’s flagship route and takes guests between the coastal city of Vancouver and the Rocky Mountain resort towns of Banff and Lake Louise or Calgary, Alberta, while the Journey through the Clouds route travels between Vancouver and Jasper, Alberta. On both routes, guests overnight in the historic rail town of Kamloops, BC.

 

Due to Canada’s celebration of 150 years, the government of Canada has announced that all Canadian and international visitors to National Parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation will enjoy free admission in 2017 including favourites such as Banff and Jasper.

To book your Canadian Adventure, contact one of our Travel Managers today on 0203 535 9290, or write to us at info@simplexitytravel.com.

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