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O' Canada, You're Just My Type

Niagara Falls
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Quebec, Canada
Bear, Canada
Peggys Cove, Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada

O' Canada, You're Just My Type

story by: Inspire USA

It’s the second biggest country in the world (excluding Antarctica), yet somehow Canada remains something of a travel secret. Covering nearly ten million square kilometres, the country is truly enormous and is packed with all sorts of amazing places waiting to be discovered by the inspired traveller. As you move between the different provinces, you might be surprised to find the culture changing almost as drastically as the landscapes.

NOVA SCOTIA
Steeped in Celtic history, it’s not uncommon to hear the warble of bagpipes drifting along Nova Scotia’s rugged coastline. Many of the best attractions like Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse are centred around the province’s close relationship with the sea. The Bay of Fundy, on Nova Scotia’s west coast, boasts the world’s highest tide. Each day, 176 billion tons of water flow in and out of the bay, completely submerging huge areas of the coast. To further explore the region’s marine life, take a whale watching tour and experience the sheer size of these enormous sea creatures. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Nova Scotia’s most celebrated cuisine is its seafood. Halifax, with its thriving pub and restaurant scene, is a great place to get stuck into the fresh lobster and salmon which the region is so famous for – delish!

GET LOST IN THE WILDERNESS
Ontario has an unreal balance of stunning natural wonders and hip urban centres. Wildlife lovers will be enthralled by the region’s huge open spaces, sprawling forests and diverse animal life, including polar bears, wolverines, moose and many more. Ontario is also home to some watery wonders including an unbelievable 250,000 lakes, which make up one third of the Earth’s fresh water, along with the powerful North America natural phenomena that crashes down on its border – Niagara Falls. The region is also home to the country’s capital, Ottawa. Expect to hear a mingle of English and French spoken on the streets and to see some impressive architecture that reflects the city’s proud heritage. There’s a great collection of world-class museums and art galleries to get you started! The Rideau Canal is also a must-see, as is Ottawa’s gothic Parliament Hill.

COUGARS, WHALES AND BEARS!
Massive, remote and untouched, the Great Bear Rainforest extends for more than 250 miles along the British Columbia coastline. The area is teeming with an abundance of wildlife including cougars, whales and the sacred Kermode Bear, also known as the spirit bear, among many others. There are a few accommodation options within the Great Bear Rainforest and a range of incredible nature tours.

CITY LIFE
French in style but Canadian at heart, Quebec City has enough culture and history to rival some of Europe’s best. The city’s piece de resistance is Old Quebec, a fortified 17th-century town of churches and vintage houses, topped off with the magnificent Château Frontenac rising high above the city. You’ll want to spend at least a couple of days here to take it all in. Hip and creative, is another great destination for those who want a full taste of Canada’s French history. From the city’s architecture to the nature of its people, Montreal is a true example of urban style and sophistication. Be sure to check out the city’s 30 kilometres of underground complexes, and don’t forget to try out some of Montreal’s famed restaurants – the food scene here is fantastic.

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