North of America is the second largest country in the world, Canada. Only Russia has more square meters. Since 1982, Canada has been independent and independent of the United Kingdom as a parliamentary constitutional monarchy. Actually in the same way as in the Netherlands is also arranged between the royal family and ministers. The connection between the United Kingdom is clearly visible with the image of Queen Elizabeth II on the Canadian dollar. There are now two folk songs, ‘O Canada’ and the national anthem of the United Kingdom ‘God Save the Queen’. Another link to the past is the language. Canada has two official languages, English and French. French comes from the time when the French first colonized the area that nowadays belongs to Canada. The French language is mainly used around the region of Quebec. Only after the eighteenth century did the English claim the land. During this battle, the original inhabitants of Canada, the Inuit and the Indians, were driven further and further.
The varied landscape and the associated changing temperatures offer many challenges. Canada is therefore loved by a wide audience. For example, the country is perfect for all kinds of sports such as mountain biking, golf, cricket, baseball, hiking, walking, Canadian Football (according to the Canadians a better version of American Football), curling, winter sports, water sports and of course national sports ice hockey and lacrosse. In 2010, the Olympic Winter Games were also held. Tourists often first make a choice between western and eastern Canada and then the trip is given. Canada lends itself perfectly for tours, where you can make a particularly nice change between visiting cities, villages.
One of the most striking and spectacular natural phenomena in Canada is the Niagara Falls ‘Niagara Falls’ in the province of Ontario. Because of the visible semi-rounding, the waterfalls are also called the ‘Horseshoe Falls’. Through a round trip you can come very close to the sixty meters down waterfalls. But from the top it is certainly no less spectacular. The Niagara Falls are both on Canadian American territory. In the United States is the part that is called the ‘American Falls’ and the ‘Bridal Veil Falls’. During the evening hours the water is illuminated in a special way.
Sight number 2 Vancouver
In western Canada lies the city of Vancouver, which for years has been regarded as the best liveable city in the world. A nice detail is that the city is named after the British explorer and officer George Vancouver, a man with ancestors from the Dutch Coevorden with the name Van Coever. Vancouver is now a popular holiday destination as a city trip. The city is divided into different and diverse neighborhoods, each with their own identity. In the West End you will find streets such as Granville Street, Robson Street and Hornby Street where you can shop, eat well or watch the crowds pass by from a terrace. In the harbor you can take a beautiful walk along the promenade that ends in the green heart of Vancouver, namely Stanley Park. With a bit of luck you will even encounter a seal on the way. But what you should not miss in Vancouver is a crossing to Granville Island. Besides a delicious ‘food market’ you will find beautiful artworks, remarkable street artists and unique shops. The crossing to Granville Island is best done with the Aquabus boats in False Creek. Besides a delicious ‘food market’ you will find beautiful artworks, remarkable street artists and unique shops. The crossing to Granville Island is best done with the Aquabus boats in False Creek. Besides a delicious ‘food market’ you will find beautiful artworks, remarkable street artists and unique shops. The crossing to Granville Island is best done with the Aquabus boats in False Creek.
landmark number 3 Banff National Park
In the middle of the area of the Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta, is the oldest natural park in Canada, Banff. The adjacent town of Banff attracts visitors throughout the year who enjoy the shops, nature, the many ski slopes in the winter months and hiking and cycling opportunities during the remaining months in the year. The most visited and perhaps the most photographed spot in Banff National Park is probably Lake Louise. The photo of this fairytale lake with a prestigious hotel on it is displayed on many a brochure. Banff National Park is a popular park and also part of UNESCO World Heritage. Other attractions on the Trans-Canada Highway and Icefields Parkway that run through Banff include Moraine Lake, Valley of the Ten Peaks, Bow Falls and the Upper Hot Spings. The area is perfect for camping and for various winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, but also for rafting, climbing, hiking and horseback riding.
landmark number 4 Icefields Parkway
In western Canada there are several routes to follow. A particularly nice route is the route through Alberta that runs through Icefields Parkway. On the way you will pass the most beautiful parts of the Rocky Mountains. Think of glaciers, snowy mountain peaks, vast lakes, impressive valleys and waterfalls. The route is about 230 km long and runs from Jasper to Banff and Lake Louise. On the route you will meet cyclists as well as motorbikes that share the road with other traffic.
landmark number 5 National Gallery of Canada
In the Province of Ontario, in the southeast of Canada, the National Gallery of Canada can be visited. The museum that was founded in 1988 can be found in the capital Ottawa. The National Gallery of Canada has diverse works by famous artists such as Rene Magritte, Piet Mondrian, Marc Chagall, Rembrandt Van Rijn and Andy Warhol. In addition to these established names, you can also enjoy “newcomers”. Every year the National Gallery of Canada selects many new artworks that are eagerly visited. Apart from a permanent collection, there are also regularly changing exhibitions to admire.
sight number 6 Emerald Lake
In British Columbia you can discover many beautiful lakes. Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park is one of them. When you arrive you can choose to walk through the bridge to the restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious meal and / or a drink on the terrace. Most visitors make a number of photos in advance to capture the first impressions immediately. The color of the water and the environment do not leave you unmoved. Another choice you can make is walking a walk around Emerald Lake. The walk is easy to follow and measures about five kilometers. You pass particularly beautiful lookouts, picnic benches and walk over bridges, ramps and rocks. Of course you can also rent a boat and admire the area from the water. If you want to enjoy it for a longer period of time, consider staying in the adjacent lodge.
landmark number 7 Newfoundland
The island of Newfoundland is part of the eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Newfoundland lies on the Gulf of St. Lawrence in the Atlantic Ocean. The most interesting of Newfoundland are the heritage of the Vikings at L’Anse aux Meadows. The settlement of the Vikings probably dates from the eleventh century. It was not until around 1960 that it was discovered by Helge and Anne Stine Ingstad. It points to the first European settlement in North America. In addition to a number of accommodations, bronze, metal and iron objects have also been found. Other attractions of Newfoundland are the whales and the nature reserves Terra Nova National Park, Gros Morne National Park and Torngat Mountains. In the capital St.
landmark number 8 Route 99
Partly along the coast and across British Columbia runs the most famous route of Canada, namely route 99. This is also called the ‘Sea to Sky Highway’. The ‘Highway 99’ running from north to south runs from Cache Creek to the border with America at Surrey. The length of the route is about four hundred and nine kilometers. More than once the route 99 has been declared one of the most beautiful routes in Canada. And that is not for nothing. The tour takes you along breathtaking landscapes, flowing rivers, erratic cliffs and green wooded mountains and hills where in many places the Indians have their roots. Along the way you will find various information about the original inhabitants of the area at various lookouts. More than once it even seems as if you are in the wild west, where you are warned about rattlesnakes. Places that you pass as Pemberton, Whistler, Fountain Valley, Lillooet and Vancouver, each have their own appearance with their own attractions. An incredibly beautiful trip through an incredibly beautiful landscape. each have their own appearance with their own attractions. An incredibly beautiful trip through an incredibly beautiful landscape. each have their own appearance with their own attractions. An incredibly beautiful trip through an incredibly beautiful landscape.
landmark number 9 Haidi Gwaii
The Haidi Gwaii island group is located on the north coast of British Columbia. The more than one hundred and fifty counting islands of Haida Gwaii are also known as ‘Queen Charlotte Islands’. Some of these islands fall under the protected area of Gwaii Haanas National Park. Here, among others, there are still villages of the original inhabitants, Haida Indians, and rainforests. Many of the handmade objects and art from the Haidi culture can be found in Old Messett. You can then go canoeing in the waters of the Yakoun and Kumdis rivers on the island of the same name and you can make the most beautiful walks in Naikoon Provincial Park on Graham Island. In Queen Charlotte you can enjoy art and culture.
landmark number 10 Quebec
This predominantly French-speaking part of Canada is located in the southeast of Canada. In 1535, the first Frenchman set foot on land and subsequently lost it to the English in the eighteenth century. More than once Quebec was the capital of Canada. However, in 1867 Ottawa was appointed as capital and this has not changed. Quebec is a wonderful city with a nice cultural background. The oldest part of Quebec ‘le vieux Cuébec’ has been on the list of Unesco World Heritage since 1985. It is seen as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. Among the sights are the stately parliament building from 1886, Château Frontenac a beautiful hotel from 1893 and the Citadelle of Quebec. Art lovers should not miss the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec. There are a number of remarkable pieces to admire and you can regularly participate in various workshops.