Many visitors are drawn to Nova Scotia history and nature. The rugged Atlantic coastline is pocked by inlets and bays that are overlooked by tiny fishing villages. The interior changes from forests to low hills to lake settings. And that’s just for starters. Visitors also are immersed in a tableau of fascinating history and an intriguing mix of cultures.
It takes two hands to tick off the benies of skiing in Alberta and British Columbia: Big resorts, reliable snow, no altitude issues, two of North America’s biggest verticals, funky towns, historical hotels, and eye-candy scenery. Another big motivator is the exchange rate, currently providing a 25-30 percent discount off the American dollar (so that $995 Sunshine Mountain Lodge ski week package including five days lifts, lodging, lessons and some activities is actually closer to $750).
Here are my eight tips for planning and making the most of a journey on The Canadian: 1. It’s not all about the Rockies: Though […]
The Canadian, operated between Toronto and Vancouver by VIA Rail Canada, a government-owned corporation that is akin to the US’s Amtrak. Although Canada has invested even less in passenger train development than the US, the Canadian holds a special place in the national imagination, and is even featured on the back of Canada’s $10 bill. It is one of North America’s finest passenger trains.
Digby is known for two things not usually found on your standard travel itinerary. First it sits on the Bay of Fundy, which has the highest tides in the world and it is The Scallop Capital of the World. Plus, it boasts a wonderful grand old hotel.
The diversity of Vancouver’s multicultural population adds a kaleidoscopic touch. Many residents trace their ancestry back to Chinese immigrants brought in for construction of the Canadian-Pacific Railroad and during the country’s Gold Rush, both at the end of the 19th century. Many more recent arrivals came from the Philippines, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian countries.
The Canadian leaves are getting ready to change, farms along the roads winding their way north from the U.S. border are bringing in the hay and the last ears of corn are being harvested. Astride the St. Lawrence River, Quebec City’s walled old town is proof that restored reality can sometimes be more wonderful than fairy tales.
A rail excursion through the mountains of Western Canada aboard the Rocky Mountaineer has long been on my list of to-do train rides. And this morning, here I am: in Vancouver watching a quarter-mile-long train in stunning blue and gold livery ease to a gentle stop at the platform right in front of me.
The town of Banff is the center of excursions through the Banff National Park. The chachka-lined main street is oriented for a perfect view of the mountains towering over the town. Some of Canada’s top chefs have made this town their home, which has brought Banff’s culinary standards to the top of Canada’s food chain.
More than 30 Italian museums, including the Capitoline and Vatican Museums, as well as private collections, all loaned artifacts and masterpieces to “ROME. From the Origins to Italy’s Capital,” organized by and on view at the Museum of Civilization, in Quebec City, through Jan. 29, 2012.