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    Rocky Mountains

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Dec 27, 2011

    The Rocky Mountains or 'Rockies'as they are sometimes called are a range of Mountains in Western North America.They stretch from the Northernmost part of British Colombia in Canada to New Mexico in the Southwestern part of the United States.The Mountains were formed from 80 million to 55 million years ago,since then erosion by water and glaciers has sculpted the mountain range into dramatic valleys and peaks.At the end of the last Ice Age humans started to inhabit the mountains.After Europeans such as Alexander MacKenzie and the Lewis and Clarke expedition started to explore the range,minerals and furs drove the initial economic exploitation of the mountains,although the range itself never became densely populated.Currently most of the range is protected by public parks and forest lands and is a popular tourist destination especially for skiing,hiking and fishing.Popular parks in Canada include:Jasper National park,Banff National park both in Alberta and Kooteney National park in British Colombia.The Canadian Rockies form most of the boundry between these Provinces.

    Mountains in British Colombia Mountains in Alberta Mountains overlooking Jasper
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  • Trip From Chicago to Niagara Falls:

    by docamer99 Written Dec 26, 2011

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    It all started impulsively. One day during kids summer break I was sitting on the computer and it striked me that I have not seen Niagara Falls yet. Its funny I got up and ask my wife if she wants to take a trip. Of course she got excited and said yep so we got all the kids ready and took of. This turned out to be the best trip we ever took. On the way to Niagara we stopped in London Ontario and visited a Safari there. It was a blast kids loved it. At the Safari we drove our own car throughout and it was just great. You could see the lions and cheetahs and all other sort of animals walking around. The best thing was while we were driving we had monkeys jumping through cars. My kids just loved it.

    London Ontario Safari London Ontario Safari
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    Sea Kayak The Coast

    by RoscoeGregg Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    $s5Sea kayaking off the coast of British Columbia is an experience that should be on everyone’s list. It is a relatively safe way to get very close to the costal environment.

    The coast line is covered with seldom visited cove and beaches. The towns and small cities are interesting and welcoming.

    Like all biotic transition zones there is tons of wildlife.

    It was for me a life transforming event the first time I did it. I highly recommend it.

    If you are unsure there are guide services available. Many kayak shops even rent kayaks. I say old boy give it a go!

    The Vehicle to Bliss Barbara relaxes as we cruse under sail Even tide Our Hands After 10 days in the water Barbara Brings Up Her Kit
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    Bike The Ice field Parkway

    by RoscoeGregg Updated Oct 15, 2011

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    If you are looking for the best cycle tour in North America then this is it! It has it all.

    It is challenging but not so much that an relatively inexperienced cyclist will quit. It was my friend Barbara's first tour. The scenery is just mind blowing.

    It is easy to sag or do without support. The traffic is limited to 35mph and the shoulders are wide. There is great camping all along the way.

    At either end there are great towns to unwind in. With bus service for an easy shuttle.

    There are climbs and long rewarding downhills. There are mountains, rivers, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes and tons of wildlife.

    So tune your bike and make plans.

    From the year of the tandem Barbara Gloats Because We Are Riding Unsupported It is all down from here baby!! We met a lot of other cyclists here Crusin On The Parkway
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    Aurora Borealis

    by sheherezad Written Jun 12, 2011

    The Greater Edmonton Visitor Guide 2011 says: Suggested months: Sept to April.

    "Begin your tour at the Telus World of Science - Edmonton, to understand the cosmic forces that create this sky dance, in the evening, go to the Aurora Borealis viewing area to skygaze at galaxies and more through a telescope. An astronomer will be on hand to advise on how to get the best photograph the Aurora.

    Then head north on Highways 2, 55, and 63 to Fort Murray, Alberta's northern-most city, to experience the mysteries of constellations that spellbind residents and visitors alike in the crisp night sky."

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    The CN Tower

    by traveldave Updated Apr 16, 2011

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    At 1,815 feet (553 meters), the CN Tower was the world's tallest free-standing structure until surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2007. There are two levels where visitors can get panoramic views of the entire Toronto metropolitan area: the Look Out at 1,136 feet (346 meters), and the Sky Pod at 1,465 feet (447 meters). The Look Out level has the world's largest revolving restaurant, which revolves once every 72 minutes. It offers diners uncomparable views of the Toronto area. A high-speed outside glass elevator takes visitors to the Look Out level in only 58 seconds.

    The CN Tower was built in the 1970s as a transmission mast by the Canadian Broadcasting Company in partnership with the Canadian National Railroad conglomerate.

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    Newfoundland - Atlantic Ocean whale watching

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    While we were on the northern tip, we took the opportunity to go on a whale watching expedition. As we sailed out, the scenery looking back toward shore was spectacular and the trip got even better as we soon came upon a pod of Humpback whales. We were able to slowly come up behind them and it was amazing to see their vague dark outlines under the water just before they surfaced. Several times, we just sat bobbing on the waves with the engine off listening to the sounds of the ocean and the whales blowing as they surfaced! Other sighting possibilities in this area are the smaller Minke whales as well as some Fin, Sei and Killer Whales. We paid US$21 each for our great afternoon experience!

    A very comfortable and quite roomy replica Viking ship was used for the tour (2nd photo) - there was a considerable crowd onboard but there was lots of room to move around. Wet-weather gear is supplied as part of the package (and we needed it briefly as we passed through a shower at one stage).

    This replica of a Norse 'knarr' cargo ship was built and sailed to Newfoundland in 2000 to celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Viking landing in Newfoundland. After the ripples had died down, the ship was outfitted for whale-watching voyages out of St. Lunaire, very close to Saint Anthony. The Vikings had different types of ships depending on what their main use was. Shorter and wider (54 feet x 15 feet) than a raiding longboat, the Knarr was used as an ocean-going freighter. Because its deck was higher than a longboat, rowing was usually done standing up when entering or leaving harbour. There were small sheltered areas at both the bow and stern were some of the crew could take shelter from the elements. However, with no pumps, bailing was a constant requirement - usually the job of children when aboard. We had a great whale-watching ride on this craft with Viking Boat Tours!

    Humpback whale blowing Replica of a Viking 'Knarr'
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    Newfoundland - inland fjords

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Part way up the western peninsula is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne National Park. The Long Range Mountains on this peninsula of Newfoundland were formed hundreds of millions of years ago during the geological changes associated with the formation of the Earth's continents. During the Ice Ages, huge glaciers carved these 'fjords' in the resulting mountain ranges. Later, as the climate warmed, the glaciers melted and the surface of the earth gradually rebounded as the great weight was removed. As a result, these fjords were cut off from the ocean itself, forming trapped bodies of water, called 'Ponds' in Newfoundland.

    There are a couple of tour boats that provide an excellent voyage into the 16-km fjord, with bookings in nearby Rocky Harbour. In the peak tourist season of July and August, we were lucky to be able to book ourselves on the last cruise of the afternoon (summer departures for the 2-hour cruise are 10 AM, 1 PM and 4 PM) at a cost of US$27/adult (2004 prices). This view shows the sheer 2300 ft cliffs as our boat heads into the fjord as we enjoyed a running commentary on the various waterfalls, cliff features and wildlife that is encountered. As the tour passes close inshore to the various huge cliffs, you will have the chance to see many amazing rock formations formed over the years by erosion. The cold waters of the lake itself are 165-m (500 ft) deep and are home to Arctic Char, Atlantic Salmon and Brook Trout. There are frequent rock falls (geologically speaking) and the evidence can be seen on huge portions of the walls where the surface has been swept clean of all plant life. The boat operators mentioned that one tour about 10 years earlier had actually witnessed a section of the cliffs giving way and crashing down into the Pond. The 2nd photo shows our accompanying tour boat as we make our way back toward the entrance of the Pond. The floating dock nearby is where transfers to land are made for those who chose to hike into or out of here via the trail system in the Park.

    Entering the fjord of Western Brook Pond The view looking back out as a boat departs
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    The Niagara Falls

    by jamiesno Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I don't think the Niagara is Canada's highest falls or anything like that but it is arguably Canada's most famous falls.

    It is located in southern Ontario. I have gotten there on one occassion so far.

    Here is a great picture of the calls and I provided a couple of external web links.

    There is a tonne of things to do at this site including a boat tour right up to the falls, plan to get wet on this adventure.

    Happy Travels!

    The Niagara Falls, Ontario

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    Cullen Gardens- The miniature village

    by portgrl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a huge area with actual replicas of historical and contemporary buildings found in Southern Ontario. All are handcrafted by their staff. There are more than 160 buildings depicting homes, farms, churches, stores and cottages in the Village.

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    GRANVILLE ISLAND,VANCOUVER

    by richard4 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Granville island is the place to see and be seen,to hang out and enjoy the atmosphere and many,many,things to do and see,from cafes to the market stalls,street entertainers,it's just a cool place to explore.

    granville island,vancouver
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    THE COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS

    by richard4 Updated Apr 4, 2011

    ice snow mountains freezeing temperatures,a must do event,i've seen a glacier up close before but this was my reason to be here,big and dramatic,the mountains were blessed with good weather.
    for a big landscape fan like me these are the locations that make a trip,recommended.

    the columbia icefields
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    Victoria, British Columbia

    by Carmanah Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia. It's located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island - an island that has no bridges, so getting there by ferry or by seaplane is half the fun!

    Victoria has the most mild climate in Canada with warm dry summers and cool rainy winters. Often described as quaint and charming, it's a very small city with a strong British colonial history, and this aspect to Victoria is what makes it unique.

    Victoria is very touristy between May and September. Tourists (primarily Americans) love to visit Victoria by the busloads because of its apparent similarity to England. Perhaps it's the Union Jacks flying, the flower gardens, the Tally Ho! horse-drawn carriage rides, the red double-decker buses, several options for afternoon tea. Yet people who have been to England probably wouldn't find it English at all. People from the UK often find Victoria typically American - go figure!

    I've visited Victoria many times, often as day trips or as weekend getaways. My must-sees would include:


    The Royal Museum of British Columbia
    What I consider the best museum in the entire province for natural, indigenous and modern history.

    Butchart Gardens
    55 acres of lush, temperate flower gardens.

    Whale watching
    3 hours on the water to see orcas in their natural habitat

    BC Legislature Building
    For architecture buffs and an insider's look at the Canadian government.

    The Empress Hotel
    Take a quick look inside both lobbies and soak up its English colonial history!

    Craigdarroch Castle
    A Victorian mansion for architecture and history buffs.

    Shopping on Government Street
    Be sure to stroll through Market Square, Bastion Square, and Fan Tan Alley

    Cook Street Village
    Walk down Cook Street south of Fort Street to Beacon Hill Park to see non-touristy Victoria.

    The BC Legislature Building The Empress Hotel The Inner Harbour Bastion Square Market Square
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    Visit Sugar Shack

    by kenHuocj Updated Apr 2, 2011

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    Visit the sugar shacks, walk the paths of the heritage maple forest, taffy tasting, visit the Maple production unit, Tractor rides
    and enjoy Pancakes, with Syrup and all the other goodies made with Maple Syrup, of course !

    ScienceDaily (Mar. 30, 2011) — University of Rhode Island researcher Navindra Seeram has discovered 34 new beneficial compounds in pure maple syrup and confirmed that 20 compounds discovered last year in preliminary research play a key role in human health

    from http://www.maplesugarfest.ca/Taffy Rides & .. Entrance to Fultons Autumn / Fall Hues Shack , Sap & Snow
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    • Eco-Tourism
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    Parc Mont-Royal

    by traveldave Updated Oct 21, 2010

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    Parc Mont-Royal in Montreal is dominated by 767-foot (234-meter) Mont Royal. Called simply La Montagne, or "The Mountain," Parc Mont-Royal became a park in 1876, and was laid out by Frederick Law Olmstead, the noted landscape architect who is famous for designing Central Park in New York City.

    The terrace in front of the Chalet du Mont-Royal overlooks downtown Montreal, and offers spectacular views of the city below.

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