Unforgettable Canada: 115 Destinations

Unforgettable Canada: 115 Destinations

by George Fischer, Noel Hudson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781770850200
Publisher: Boston Mills Press
Publication date: 06/14/2012
Edition description: Expanded
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

George Fischer, is a photographer whose images have appeared in over two dozen books as well as in publications that include the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, L'Express, Mountain Living and Explore. He lives in Toronto.

Noel Hudson has published fiction and non-fiction in books, magazines and newspapers and has written for television and radio. A well-traveled Canadian who has lived in five provinces, he currently makes his home in Guelph, Ontario.


Table of Contents

Preface 9

1 Iceberg-Watching, NL 11

2 Dempster Highway, YT and NT 14

3 Parksville Beach Festival, BC 17

4 Le Pays de la Sagouine, NB 20

5 North of Superior, ON 22

6 Balancing Rock Trail, NS 25

7 Dinosaur Provincial Park & Badlands, AB 27

8 Kayaking with Killer Whales, BC 31

9 Old Quebec City, QC 33

10 Auyuittuq National Park, NU 36

11 Cape Spear National Historic Site, NL 39

12 Little Doctor Lake, NT 43

13 Thousand Islands, ON 44

14 Historic Lunenburg, NS 46

15 World's Tallest Totem Pole, BC 48

16 Land of Living Skies, SK 50

17 Toronto's 501 Queen Streetcar Route, ON 52

18 Tuktoyaktuk & Pingos, NT 55

19 Lake Louise, AB 59

20 L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, NL 61

21 Montreal Jazz Festival, QC 64

22 Kayaking the Admiralty Islands, ON 66

23 Mary's Point Shorebird Reserve, NB 68

24 Mount Robson Provincial Park, BC 71

25 Big Muddy Badlands & the Outlaw Trail, SK 74

26 Jelly Bean Row, NL 76

27 Algonquin Provincial Park, ON 79

28 West Edmonton Mall, AB 82

29 Cape Breton Highlands & the Cabot Trail, NS 85

30 Historic Whitehorse, YT 87

31 Juan Perez Sound & Hot Springs Island, BC 91

32 Gatineau Hot-Air Balloon Festival, QC 95

33 Virginia Falls, NT 99

34 Prince Edward Island National Park, PE 102

35 Head-Smashed-m Buffalo Jump, AB 107

36 CN Tower, ON 109

37 Hiking the Acropole-des-Draveurs Trail, QC 113

38 Campobello Island, NB 115

39 Cirque of the Unclimbables, NT 120

40 Grasslands National Park, SK 124

41 Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, NL 127

42 The Inside Passage, BC 130

43 Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse, QC 132

44 Agawa Canyon, ON 135

45 Naharini National Park Reserve, NT 137

46 Baffin Island, NU 140

47 Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BC 143

48 Peggys Cove, NS 147

49 The Ram Plateau, NT 148

50 Canada Day in Ottawa, ON 150

51 Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, BC 152

52 Bay of Fundy Tides, NB 155

53 Montmorency Falls, QC 159

54 Calgary Stampede, AB 161

55 Top of the World Highway, YT 164

56 Great Sand Hills, SK 166

57 Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, NL 169

58 Beachcombing by Helicopter, BC 171

59 Cycling the Waterfront Trail, ON 174

60 Moraine Lake & the Valley of Ten Peaks, AB 177

61 Confederation Bridge, PE 178

62 Old Montreal, QC 181

63 The Fortress of Louisbourg, NS 185

64 Dawson City, YT 187

65 lie Bonaventure & Percé Rock, QC 190

66 The Rocky Mountaineer Train Trip, AB and BC 195

67 Skating on the Rideau Canal, ON 199

68 Cape Bonavista, NL 203

69 Vancouver Seawall, BC 204

70 Rafting on the Shubenacadie River, NS 206

71 Glacier Lake, NT 209

72 Magdalen Islands: Seals, Birds & Sandcastles, QC 210

73 Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, AB 214

74 Cape Forchu & Cape d'Or Lighthouses, NS 216

75 Mount Logan, YT 218

76 Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, BC 220

77 Killarney & La Cloche Mountains, ON 225

78 Icefields Parkway, AB 226

79 Cycling Isle-aux-Coudres, QC 229

80 Shediac: Lobster Capital, NB 230

81 Churchill's Polar Bears, MB 232

82 Gros Mo me National Park, NL 235

83 Yellowknife: Canada's Diamond Capital, NT 238

84 Halifax Citadel, NS 241

85 Stanley Park, BC 242

86 Grand Manan, NB 244

87 Dogsledding in Quebec, QC 247

88 Niagara Falls & Niagara Wine Country, ON 248

89 Great Northern Arts Festival, NT 252

90 Athabaska Glacier, AB 255

91 Signal Hill National Historic Site, NL 257

92 Brackendale Bald Eagles, BC 261

93 Cape Enrage, NB 262

94 Mount Royal & St. Joseph's Oratory, QC 264

95 The Aurora Borealis, NT 268

96 Gimli Icelandic Festival, MB 270

97 Ice-Fishing on Lake Simcoe, ON 272

98 Masset Potlatch, BC 275

99 The Waterfalls Route, NT 276

100 Quebec Winter Carnival & Ice Hotel, QC 281

101 Bouctouche Dune, NB 285

102 Waterton Lakes National Park, AB 286

103 Tea at the Empress, BC 288

104 Sailing Bras d'Or Lake, NS 291

105 Kluane National Park, YT 292

106 Canadian Mint, MB 294

107 Entry Island, QC 296

108 Delia Falls, BC 299

109 Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, PE 300

110 Kitikmeot & Beechey Island Historic Site, NU 302

111 Banff Springs Hotel, AB 307

112 Reversing Falls, NB 308

113 Wood Buffalo National Park, AB and NT 310

114 Cruising the St. Lawrence, QC 312

115 Salmon Fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC 315

Acknowledgments 318

Photo Credits 320

References 321

Index of Destinations 322

Preface

Preface

Photographer George Fischer and I were delighted to participate in the new, expanded Unforgettable Canada. The original book enjoyed several reprints, spent weeks as a Globe and Mail best-seller and was photographed in the hands of the Prime Minister. (We like to think he carries it with him wherever he goes.) In this edition, the publisher invited us to include 15 additional unforgettable destinations. Choosing the 15 proved to be almost as difficult as choosing the original 100. In a country the size of ours, there are far more than 115 remarkable places worth visiting, but we believe this list makes a great starting itinerary for your journeys.

The 115 destinations appear in no particular order — destination #115 is certainly no less worthy of a visit than is destination #1. We decided not to present our choices from east to west or west to east because we want to emphasize the incredible geographic diversity that Canada possesses. Some provinces and territories may be more spectacular than others due to their mountain ranges or coastal settings (or both!), but each province and territory has its own memorable sights.

We have attempted to be as factually accurate as possible. Most of the information in this book was checked and double-checked against standard reference works as well as the most current national, provincial and/or municipal tourism sources, national and provincial parks services websites, and so on. Additional historical and scientific information was obtained from a range of authorities, although these were not always in precise agreement with one another. Please keep in mind that this is a book of proposed journeys and not a reference book.

We would also like to note that we didn't set out to promote Fairmont Hotels. It just happens that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Canadian
Pacific Railway president William Van Horne built some of the grandest luxury hotels in Canada, at some of the most stunningly beautiful sites in Canada, and these hotels are now owned and operated by Fairmont — The Empress, Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs, Le Chateau Frontenac. In Van Horne's own words: "Since we can't export the scenery, we'll have to import the tourists."

As you enter these pages, we hope you'll allow yourself to be "imported" into Canada's unparalleled scenery, its magnificent parks and nature reserves, historic cities and charming villages, colourful festivals and uniquely Canadian activities.

We hope you like where this book takes you.


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