When it comes to exploring Canada, holidays can be as varied as you desire. From contemporary cityscapes to mountains and wilderness this historically rich country has it all.
On a recent Canada holiday I was treated to a myriad of diverse Canadian landscapes including breathtaking coastline, historic towns, dazzling seascapes and quaint islands.
The Canadian Maritimes
One endlessly attractive side to Canada’s natural beauty is the Atlantic coast, particularly a collection of regions known as the Maritimes. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island are rich with romantic maritime history, epitomized by their storybook lighthouses, rugged coastline and traditional harbors.
Fresh seafood in the cosy restaurants of Halifax, scenic drives long the coast of New Brunswick and whale watching off the Prince Edward coast making a visit to these wonderfully traditional regions is utterly unforgettable.
Another of the east coast’s gems is the region of Newfoundland. Here, you can journey in the wake of the Vikings on a tour along the aptly named Viking coast. The geology of the area forms dramatic headland where precipitous cliffs sweep into the rolling Atlantic drift.
Ending at the UNESCO World Heritage site Gros Morne National Park, there is the chance to explore North America’s only known Viking settlement and take a look at some of the world’s most unusual geological features.
If you’ve ever wondered what it looks like at the center of the earth, here is your chance to find out. Lunar like rock forced up from the earth’s mantle is a sight to behold at the Tablelands.
French speaking Quebec is a city full of charm, history and character. It’s European, yet distinctly unique vibe, feels familiar yet fresh, with French cuisine in courtyard cafes and
narrow cobbled streets lined with boutique shops. Taking a tour of the old town in a horse and cart is a fun and relaxing way to view the old stone buildings and fort.
The tranquil Promenade is also a great place for a morning stroll and a coffee.
It would be impossible not to mention the magnificent Niagara Falls located just a short distance away from the vibrant city of Toronto. With rainbows cutting through the billowing mist above churning white foam, the falls offer visitors a chance to come face to face with the awesome power of nature.