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Fodor's Canada 2001
     

Fodor's Canada 2001

by Fodor's Travel Publications, Eugene Fodor (Other)
 
Fodor's Canada 2001

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Fodor's Canada 2001

"Fodor's guides cover culture authoritatively and rarely miss a sight or museum." - National Geographic Traveler

"The king of guidebooks." - Newsweek

No matter what your budget or whether it's your first trip or fifteenth, Fodor's Gold Guides get you where you want to go.

Insider info that's totally up to date. Every year our local experts give you the inside track, showing you all the things to see and do — from must-see sights to off-the-beaten-path adventures, from shopping to outdoor fun.

Hundreds of hotel and restaurant choices in all price ranges — from budget-friendly B&Bs to luxury hotels, from casual eateries to the hottest new restaurants, complete with thorough reviews showing what makes each place special.

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Full-size, foldout map keeps you on course.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679005674
Publisher:
Fodor's Travel Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/12/2000
Series:
Fodor's Travel Guides Series
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
944
Product dimensions:
5.03(w) x 9.05(h) x 1.67(d)

Read an Excerpt

Destination Canada

Let's gace it -- Canadians have an image problem. To most people we come across as a bit, well, dull. Nice enough and certainly polite. But boring. Good at driving in snow, perhaps, and excellent at helping little old ladies across the street, but not the kind of people you're likely to run into in a soap opera or a gunfight. Not heroic or sexy and certainly not nasty. Canadians can't even curse each other without adding a faintly interrogatory "eh" at the end, as if seeking approval for the harsh words. As in "Go to hell, eh?"

Flavors

Canadian fine dining really began in Québec, where eating out in a good restaurant with a good bottle of wine has long been a traditional part of life. Eating out was slower to catch on elsewhere, however, and until the early 1970s, Toronto was notorious for its poor food and barbarous drinking laws. But immigrants from places like Italy, Greece, Portugal, Japan, China, and India changed all that. Soon, even the stuffiest Torontonians were learning how to pronounce things like velouté, forestière, tagliolini, manicotti, and tzatziki. In Vancouver there is plenty of West Coast flair and creative use of local specialties from salmon to Pacific halibut and Dungeness crab. The country, of course, is rich in the basic ingredients -- native cheeses from Québec and Ontario; lobster, mussels, salmon, and sole from both oceans; fine beef from Alberta; and lots of local delicacies like fiddlehead ferns, wild rice, and game meat.

The Great Outdoors

Most Canadians live in towns and cities within 325 km (202 mi) of the American border, but the country does havea splendid backyard to play in. Even major cities like Montréal and Vancouver are just a few hours' drive from a wilderness full of rivers, lakes, and mountains. A network of more than 30 national parks, from Kluane in Yukon to Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia, is backed by dozens of provincial and regional parks. All this wilderness provides opportunities for bicycling, camping, canoeing, hiking, boating, horseback riding, mountain climbing, skiing, white-water rafting, and fishing. The coasts of British Columbia, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Atlantic provinces are also ideal for whale-watching.

Nightlife and the Arts

Canadians rejoice in their cities, which are clean, safe, and lively. A night on the town still means just that. Dinner, a play or concert, drinks, and maybe even a late show can be squeezed into an evening. And you can walk or take public transport from one event to the next. If you prefer, you can just stroll the brightly lit, crowded streets and do some people-watching.

Musically, Canada has managed to hold its own against its giant neighbor to the south. Festivals celebrating everything from fiddles to fugues ornament summer schedules across the country and provide showcases for local talent. Names like Teresa Stratas, Anne Murray, k.d. lang, Joni Mitchell, Céline Dion, Alanis Morisette, and Bryan Adams are already familiar south of the border. In French there are the heartbreaking lyrics of traditional chansonniers like Gilles Vigneault and Felix Leclerc and the carefully crafted pop rock of Daniel Bélanger. On the classical scene, conductor Charles Dutoît has given the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal international luster, and Toronto's Canadian Opera Company is highly rated.

Shopping

Distinctively Canadian items include furs from Montréal, fashions from Montréal and Toronto, wood carvings from rural Québec, woven goods and hooked rugs from the Maritimes, quilts from the Mennonite communities of Ontario, Inuit carvings from the Northwest Territories and Nunavut, native art and prints from the West Coast, native handicrafts from the prairies, and antiques from Montréal, Toronto, and Victoria. Some of the most distinctive Canadian products, of course, come from the maple tree -- sugar, syrup, taffy, candy, and even liqueur. Québec, in fact, produces more than three-quarters of the world's supplies of such products.

Sports to Watch

Officially, Canada's national sport is lacrosse, but the nation's dominant passion is hockey. There are only six Canadian teams in the NHL -- the Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Montréal Canadiens -- but American teams are well stocked with Canadian-born stars. Getting tickets to NHL games is only slightly less difficult than getting a royal audience, so try going to see a Junior A or college game instead.

Other sports do have their fans. There are two major-league baseball teams -- the Montréal Expos and the Toronto Blue Jays -- and two National Basketball Association franchises -- the Toronto Raptors and the Vancouver Grizzlies. As for football, Canada has its own version of the game played with three downs on a bigger field than the American version.

Winter

If asked, most Canadians would probably claim they hate winter. But the fact is, the country revels in winter. There are major carnivals celebrating the season in Québec City, Ottawa, Montréal, Winnipeg, and Edmonton. Every town and village has at least a few skating rinks, and everyone has a favorite toboggan hill. In January and February anglers erect whole villages of little huts on frozen rivers and lakes, and dog teams yap through the forest as soon as the snow is deep enough. There are thousands of miles of cross-country ski trails, and first-rate downhill ski resorts in Québec, Alberta, and British Columbia. Several major ski magazines have rated the Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, north of Vancouver, the best ski destinations in the world; in the Laurentian Mountains in Québec, the revitalized Tremblant resort at Mont-Tremblant is winning new fans. One of the fastest-growing sports is snowmobiling. A network of 112,255 km (69,600 mi) of trails with its own restaurants, road signs, and maps crisscrosses much of the country, but purists head for the backcountry to roar through untracked powder.


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