Hidden Canada – Things to See and Do

by admin on May 20, 2013

Are you sick of picking up a rental car from Orlando airport and driving around the different Disney attractions and other theme parks? Why not do something completely different for a change? Why not go off the beaten track and make your way over to Canada, hire a car from Vancouver airport and start seeing some of the most amazing sights there are in the world. Best of all, you don’t even have to do the standard attractions like the CN Tower and Niagara Falls (although both amazing). Instead, you can get away from the crowds and build some memories that you will cherish forever. Let’s take a look at some of the places you could visit.

Churchill, Manitoba

Churchill
Make your way to Churchill, Manitoba to see one of the most amazing sights you will ever see in your life: the migration of polar bears. Did you know that Churchill is the only sub-arctic sea port in Canada? It has a wild coastline where you are likely to have Kodak moment upon Kodak moment. The wildlife here is like something out of a National Geographic documentary: arctic foxes, caribous, arctic hares, wolves, snowy owls, lemming, gyrfalcons ad more. It can be quite hard to actually get here, because you can’t simply follow a road to Churchill. However, try to find a way because you will never see anything quite like it. Make your way over to Winnipeg or Thompson and take the train to Churchill. It is worth it!

 

Kootenay Lake, British Columbia

Kootenay Lake
You can’t go on a driving holiday through Canada and miss British Columbia. However, Kootenay Lake is completely forgotten by tourists. Located between the Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges, it is one of the biggest natural lakes. It can be crossed by ferry toll free and you can drive your car onto the ferry as well. The area was originally inhabited by the Ktunaxa people, who lived off the land for millennia. Around the lake, you will find a huge amount of picnic grounds and other fascinating opportunities for activities for the entire family. Take the time to engage in some of the water sports as well, particularly if you have hit it on a warm day. Best of all, you can camp on the shores of the lake, which is a truly magical experience.

 

Aspy Bay, Nova Scotia

Aspy Bay
Aspy Bay is really secluded and can be found near the Hideaway Campground. It is a fantastic beach that stretches over 10 miles. The surrounding area is all the Cape Breton Mountains. It is a small island and can be quite hard to get to, but make the effort in order to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches and not having to share your space with hundreds of other tourists.

 

 

Shames Mountain, British Columbia

Shames Mountain
Another fantastic and unknown part of British Columbia is Shames Mountain, Terrace. It is a lift service hill with the highest amount of snowfall in North America. When they opened in 1990, 72 feet of snow was actually recorded. The views will quite literally leave you breathless. Interestingly enough, the lift is up for sale at present, probably because visitors don’t seem to know it is there. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go and take a look. In the car, it will take you around 15 hours to drive it from Vancouver, which isn’t that bad and it is a beautiful drive.

 

 

Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia

Haida Gwaii
Staying in British Columbia, you also cannot miss Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands). There is something truly magical about this place, where you will see giant Sitka spruce covered in beautiful green moss. The stillness is interspersed with the sounds of eagles and ravens. The water is visited by humpback whales and beautiful orcas and you will be observed by the many sea lions. The Haida lived here originally and their influence is still felt. Haida Gwaii is the most remote archipelago in Canada, and it is truly a place of magic, culture, beauty and uniqueness. You will find solitude here, walking through ancient villages. It is to the north of Vancouver and quite easy for you to reach. Best of all, there are ferry services meaning you can visit all the different islands when you are there.

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