Canada Pictures, Main Attractions

Polar bear eye contact, near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada

A Polar Bear near Churchill, Manitoba

Visiting Canada

Canada is not just a greener, gentler version of USA but a huge, picturesque, sparsely populated country with a multicultural identity, outstanding parks (parcs in Canada’s French-speaking region) and an interesting mix of English and French influences that is particularly enticing for outdoor holidays, winter sports lovers in winter and hikers, bikers, kayakers in summer, especially. . . more

Peyto Lake, Banff NP, Alberta Province, Canada

Peyto Lake, Banff NP, Alberta. Photo by by Tobias Alt.

Alberta’s larger urban areas are fine for work or mad summer festivals, but hardly a tourist must-see under normal conditions.

They are, however, important transit points for Canada’s two best national parks, the sensational Rocky Mountains and lakes and National Parks of Banff and Jasper.

Vancouver seen from Englishmans Bay, British Columbia Province, Canada

Vancouver seen from Englishmans Bay by Jester7777. British Columbia Province.

Vancouver is a dreamspace for outdoor lovers with its dramatic waterfront lined by beaches, panoramic views over to snow-capped mountains and lush forests and easy access to multiple activities. But this lively eco-minded city also offers the tourist a bright, innovative and English-speaking culture, even if it rains interminably in winter and the architecture is frequently dreary. Just two hour’s drive away is the magnificent activity resort of Whistler that used to be all about winter sports but does a fine line in summer activities too, especially mountain biking and hiking.

Quebec City overview, Quebec Province, Canada

Quebec City, Quebec Province. Photo by by Smudge9000.

Old and beautifully preserved Quebec City is the biggest tourist attraction in the province of Quebec.
The biggest city, Montreal, although suffering the usual urban traffic problems still has some stylish buildings old and new, excellent museums.

A moose in Quebec, Canada

It looks dumb but is powerful and hates being disturbed, the moose is a common sight in the many massive national parks in Canada.

Toronto city centre on a winter night, Ontario, Canada

Toronto city centre, Ontario Province. Photo by by John Vetterli

Tourists in search of a lively and sophisticated urban holiday could do a lot worse than a few nights in Toronto, Canada’s biggest city and champion at the ancient art of eating, drinking and making merry. The city is well set up for walking.

St John

St John’s, Nova Scotia in the Atlantic Provinces.

Canada’s four Atlantic Provinces – Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador – are a step back in time, offering charming little rustic fishing villages, relaxed and affable people, dramatic coastal views, glorious uncrowded beaches, great rugged hiking and biking, terrific golf, horse riding and superb seafood.

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail near Whitehorse, Yukon, Northern Canada., Canada

Hiking the Chilkoot Trail near Whitehorse, Yukon, Northern Canada. Photo by Anthony DeLorenzo.

North Canada is considered to be the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut, encompassing over one half of Canada (an area the size of Western Europe) but with just 100, 000 human inhabitants.
We’re throwing Manitoba’s Churchill into this chilly pot of a page too since it’s also part of the vast and icy northern bleakness dominated more by nature than by man, where the long winters are white tinted with technicolor Northern Lights and the short summers a colourful mass of wild flowers.

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