Canada, the second largest country in the world, with over 2,000,000 lakes i.e. the largest proportion of fresh water lakes in any country, is surrounded by oceans from three sides. Spreading from the Atlantic to the Pacific and having the Arctic Ocean mark its northward boundary, Canada’s coastline measuring a total length of 243,042 kilometres is the longest in the world.
Canada is also home to 17 UNESCO World Heritage sites. 8 of these sites belong to the cultural heritage category, while the rest to the natural heritage ones. These sites, provide discerning travellers with the exquisite opportunity to indulge in natural tourism, heritage tourism, wildlife tourism, adventure tourism, leisure tourism, archaeological tourism, eco-tourism and water-sports tourism among others.
Primary among these sites are the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. This legendary Park has them all. From lofty peaks to active glaciers; from vast lakes to massive waterfalls; from deep canyons to magnificent limestone caves: this Park literally embody the spirit and essence of Rocky Mountains. What’s more? It also houses one of the world’s most renowned fossil fields, the Burgess Shale Formation.
Yet another World Heritage site is the Dinosaur Provincial Park. A favourite joint for finding dinosaur fossils, it contains an expansive collection of cretaceous dinosaurs’ fossils like none other. Another peak into the history and evolution of our planet and its inhabitants can be explored at the Gros Morne National Park. This is where the theory of continental drift can be witnessed with the naked eye. Travellers here are awestruck with views of deep ocean crust and rocks those form part of the mantle of our planet earth.
Another way to experience history is to visit the site now renowned as Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. A site that bears testimony to the 600 years of ancient communal hunting practise wherein American bison herds were driven off the cliff in order to maim them and subsequently to kill them. Canada also allows its visitors to go back farther in time by visiting the Mistaken Point. This site contains fossils estimated to be as old as 560-575 million years. This gives us a glimpse of early multi-cellular life on planet earth.
Canada also has world’s largest non-polar icefield. The parks at Kluane / Wrangell-St Elias / Glacier Bay / Tatshenshini-Alsek consist some of the hugest glaciers and a mountain landscape that is tectonically active. Amid this landscape that imitates the polar region a number of endangered species flourish such as bears, wolves, caribou and sheep.
Canada also allows travellers to have a glimpse of oceanic and underwater history at Red Bay Basque Whaling Station. Armed with three specially designed warships and four small canoe like boats to chase, round off, and capture whales, this site is truly unique.
For those looking to simply spend some time in adventure packed leisure one can travel up to Manitoba. 14.5% of the surface area of Manitoba is covered by lakes. Hunting. Fishing. Boating. Beach cruising. Cross-country and downhill skiing. Groomed ski-doo trails. Manitoba offers them all. It is also home to polar bears and beluga whales.
Visit Canada. Experience the myriad hues of the nation beyond the obvious five lakes and Niagara Falls. Contact the travel specialist Tybros Holidays now.