Most of Canadians live along the Canada / USA border but if you want to get off the beaten path and really explore Canada. If you are an adventurer willing to make the trek and see how the rest of Canada lives you should go to the Canadian north.
I have been fortunate to explore several parts of the Canadian north so far and in this tip I am recommending Iqaluit in Nunavut, Canada's newest territory!
It's home to an amazing House of Assembly, the Canadian Inuit dog, Inuit people, raw northern landscapes, unique cultures, polar bears and economic growth potential.
I have a link to a seperate Iqaluit web page here on VT however you are just scratching Nunavut's surface by getting to Iqaluit, as you will see from the map, it's hard to grasp how big and remote this territory really is. I trust you would enjoy your visit here!
Where is your sense of adventure?
Continuing with my Canadian North series of tips Yellowknife is a beautiful modern capital city located in the North West Territories.
The drive to Yellowknife is full of amazing waterfalls, wild buffalo, over 12 different aboriginal dialects, massive diamond fields and immense outdoor activity opportunities.
Arguably the best fish I have ever eaten was at a place called Bullock's in Yelloknife. I have a link provided to a page dedicated completly to this location.
The customer service, dining opportunities and shopping all deserve very high rating regardless of location but certainly in the north.
Put on your trekking shoes and take the challenge to get way up here north of the 60th parrallel.
Labrador is a very unique and distinct region of the Canadian North and part of the province of Newfoudland and Labrador.
Labrador is a very big region with three different aboriginal influences, a young history of european settlers to the area.
It is very remote and another area where you have to prepare for the challenge but when you get here there is ample adventure and landscapes for you to enjoy!
I have a special page dedicated specifically to Labrador and I hope you enjoy!!
The Yukon! Whitehorse is a very modern capital and what a place to live if you are into outdoor activities.
If you haven't been able to tell I am a fan of the Canadian north!
Every place has its own unique history and claim to fame! Here in Whitehorse it's the infamous gold rush!! This history is very rich and adds to the immense character of this region of Canada. I have a link specifically to a Whitehorse page.
The Yukon is also home to Dawson City, Canada's highest peak and a very close proximity to Alaska which makes for great day tripping from Whitehorse.
Beleive me there is something about this place you will enjoy!!! The bald eagles, rivers, valleys, mountains, the list goes on :-)
On the way to Banff National Park, we stopped by this beautiful glacier. The interesting thing was we learnt about the history of glacier formation and appreciated it even more. Considering the history of those glaciers, I'm most impressed by the grandeur. We also learnt about how the ice comes crashing down quite suddenly in an avalanche.
What makes this sight so special is the St. Roch. This two mast schooner has been completely renovated and sits inside a wing of the museum. The St. Roch is actually the first vessel to circumnavigate North America. No easy task when you consider the Northwest Passage. The voyage was conducted by the RCMP in order to reinforce Canada's soverignty over it's Artic Frontier. The exhibit of the St. Roch gives the observer a great idea how difficult an ordeal this voyage was.
In August 2001, on BC's Sunshine coast, on one of our excursions off the boat, we had a great view of these old spring board holes. These would have been cut into the base of a tree that was to be cut down. The 'spring board' was inserted in the hole and the faller stood on the board so as to cut above the area of butt swell on the tree trunk.
The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden is a chinese garden located in Vancouver's busy Chinatown. The garden was designed to resemble Taoist gardens in China where one went to experience tranquility. Being located in such a crowded and bustling section of Vancouver you will find that dropping in on the park can be a welcome relief.
The Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden was created in 1985-86 and was the first full scale Chinese garden constructed outside of China. It was created along the same lines as those of the Ming Dynasty. The plants grown in the garden are the same that you would find in China. Each plant is meant to set a certain mood. The garden is named after Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, considered to be the father of Modern China.
The hours of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden vary dramatically throughout the year. Check the website below for the time of season you will be visiting. It costs $8.25 for an adult ticket.
The garden is located at 578 Carrall Street,
west of downtown Vancouver.
Vancouver's Nitobe Memorial Garden is a recreation of a traditional Japanese. It has a pleasant atmosphere that will remind any traveler who has visited Japan of their tranquil gardens.
The Nitobe Memorial Garden is located on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Because of this and visit here can be combined with a tour of the Museum of Anthropology nearby. The garden covers an area of 70 acres and has more than 10,000 different kinds of plant species within. The garden is dedicated to a Japanese scholar who died while visiting Canada in 1933.
The Nitobe Memorial Garden is from Monday to Friday from 10am to 2:30pm. Admission is $2.50.
Not only you, but also the canadians dream about goping to Quebec, but if once you come in the winter, please pay attention in the surroundings of the city, and you will find a wonderful place in the mountains...
SAINTE ANNE!!! :)
In my opinion it is the best place for skiing in Quebec Province, at least it is not so Hollywood style like Tremblent.
I love Tremblent for sure, but in Sainte Anne you will be more in touch with the winderful Quebecois!
In 1815, Edward Pakenham was very busy fighting in the Battle of New Orleans, he was a nice british general who were born in the County Westmeath, Ireland.
If he were alive today he would be 227 years old, too old to ski in Pakenham Hill. He was born in 1778. But if he were alive he woudl see a nice and very pleasant little canadian town in Ontario that I had the honor to visit!
And I saw the only bridge in north america with 5 archs!;)
THE PAKENHAM BRIDGE!
Pakenham was defeated in Chalmottem, Louisiana, but at elast now he is a name of a city in Canada and he has a bridge in his name!;) Ohh and before I forget, there is also a Hill with his name as well!
I know that there is also another Pakenham town in Australia, but not as cold as our canadian villages!;)
The Laurentides - A real shelter from Montrealers are the Laurentides, a beautiful region of lakes and mountains where most of the people ahve their chalets!;)
I was sooo stupid, I was extremely convinced that I was at lake Superior, that famous and big lake in North America, but the real Superior was quite far from me!
And I just wanted to go there because I saw the roads signs, and we decided to make a stop there!
It is also a place for the bears in this province, but it was winter and for sure everybody was sleeping!
I love this picture, and I am sure you will like it too!
January 25th, 2005
The Haskell Free Library is probably the most unique library in the world. The building housing the library straddles the international border, and half is in Derby Line, Vermont and the other half is in Stanstead, Quebec. The library has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is also a Canadian historical site.
Most of the library's collection of books is on the Canadian side of the border, so it has been said that the Haskell Free Library is the only library in the United States with no books. The collection includes 20,000 volumes in both English and French.
The Haskell Free Library was built in 1904 in the neo-Classical style of architecture by American sawmill owner Carlos Haskell and his Canadian wife Martha Stewart Haskell for use by the people of both countries. The library has since been donated to Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec. It is currently run by a private international board of four American and three Canadian directors.
The black line painted on the floor marks the border between the United States (left) and Canada (right). When I took this picture, I was straddling the border, with one foot in the United States, and the other foot in Canada.
Outside the Haskell Free Library in Stanstead, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont, there is a stone border marker which marks the border between the United States and Canada.
There are no border formalities here. Visitors can freely cross between both countries to take pictures of the border marker, and to stand with one foot in each country.
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