The Flowerpot Rocks at Hopewell Cape are seen here at high tide. Sea kayaking is popular on the Fundy coast in New Brunswick.
We may not always put our hands over our hearts while singing the anthem or swing the flag with as much energy as our neighbours to the south, but we Canadians are quite proud of what we have to offer and this summer there are more reasons than ever for it. Here’s a look.
British Columbia – The new “Cliff Walk” expansion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver offers a unique way to take in the rainforest vegetation. Not only are you walking out on walkways suspended from the granite cliffs above the Capilano River — in some places you’re doing it on a glass floor.
Alberta – Heritage Park, Canada’s largest living history museum, has been around for years but a recent expansion and renewal project makes it a must-visit. There’s an 1860’s Hudson Bay Fur Trading Fort and Aboriginal Encampment; an 1880’s wild west pre-railway town; a 1910 railroad town with Main Street and a 1930’s Heritage Town Square. With 127 acres to play in and the magical Rocky Mountains and Glenmore Reservoir as bait, spend the day (or opt for an overnight sleepover for the kids) and never run out of experiences to try.
Saskatchewan – The tall black boots, the scarlet red jacket, that hat . . . who doesn’t want to be a Mountie? The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Heritage Centre in Saskatchewan offers insight into our Canadian heroes. With the on-site “Depot” — the last training academy stop for all officers — visitors can take in historical exhibits with the newest recruits in their midst.
Manitoba – It may be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year but the Winnipeg Children’s Museum is brand spanking new. A $10-million campaign is doubling the original six galleries and promises to offer families a new way to be educated and entertained in the popular Forks area. Grand re-opening is June 4.
Ontario – The Agawa Canyon — 183 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie and more than 500 feet from tip to floor — is a highlight of the Canadian Shield. And with brand new coaches that offer up the newest in technology you can relax on the day long tour with stories about the Ojibway, the fur traders and the explorers who have all made their way through the pristine forested lands.
Yukon – In its heyday, Dawson City was the party spot for gunslingers, gold seekers and gamblers. Fast forward just over a century and while it is (mainly) law-abiding tourists who come through now you still get the feeling of that amazing time with visits to the can-can show at Diamond Gerties’ saloon or catching the Gaslight Follies at the Palace Grand Theatre.
Northwest Territories – Must-see stops include Yellowknife, Tuktoyaktuk, Great Slave Lake, the community of Norman Wells, the Mackenzie Mountains and the Arctic Ocean. The wildlife scenery and hot springs will make it worthwhile.
Quebec – Sure, there are top festivals, but there are also beavers and deer and rare birds and black bears; wildlife set in scenes that will steal your breath. Try the Laurentians or the Charlevoix area for a combination of cute artistic villages and a river cruise in the Hautes-Gorges-de-la-Rivière-Malbaie National Park.
New Brunswick – You sit on the cliffs overlooking the highest tides in the world at high tide at the Bay of Fundy, then climb down and walk on the ocean floor at low. Along the way peek up at the Hopewell Rocks (see if you can distinguish the one nicknamed “mother-in-law” from the one nick-named “E.T.”) and behind you the pristine Fundy National Park.
Prince Edward Island – An Arts and Heritage Trail launches this summer. Jump in your car for a self-guided tour chock full of experiential hands on stops, musical interludes, family products and more. When you’re finished, try one of more than 75 “authentic island experiences” (including learning an Acadian dance or feeding your foodie passion on the “flavours” trail).
Nova Scotia – The popular Pier 21 just became the first national museum in the country to exist outside of Ottawa. Recently renamed the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, the Halifax Museum is now on a five-year mission to expand its exhibition space, take exhibits on the road and tell the broader story of the immigration experience in Canada.
Newfoundland – It’s not everywhere that you can walk on the Earth’s “mantel” — the term for the third layer below the earth’s surface. But you can do it here. The UNESCO World Heritage Tableland Mountains in Gros Morne National Park offers a sub-arctic (and somewhat Mars-like) alpine terrain perfect for viewing local caribou, moose, fox and more.
Credit – This awesome article is by Lisa on Canadablog.y-axis.com