Canadian Tourism and Travel Destination Guide

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Canada is separated into seven major regions: The Pacific Coast; The Cordillera; The Prairies; The Canadian Shield; The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands; The Atlantic Provinces-Appalachian Region; and The Arctic. Each region is unique and full of experiences to remember for a lifetime!

The Pacific Coast

The Pacific coastal region covers British Columbia’s coast and Vancouver Island. This area is lush with a temperate rain forest, and boasts the oldest, tallest trees in Canada: Western Red Cedars that rise an amazing 90m and date past 1300 years! Vancouver and Vancouver Island have humid climates, which contribute to flourishing vegetation in the summers, and light snowfalls (and abundant rain!) in the winters. This region also features the World renowned 2010 Olympic destination: Whistler. Whistler offers a spectacular European-inspired village with world-class accommodations, hotels, tours and activities. Vancouver Island (a 1.5 hour BC ferry ride from Vancouver) is a perfect vacation destination for spas, skiing, museums, gardens, beaches, wineries, and cozy bed and breakfasts. Vancouver Island is popular for retirement communities because of its beauty and serenity. Victoria (British Columbia’s capital city) is also located on Vancouver Island, and serves as a cultural center full of art, natural beauty, museums, and the University of Victoria.

The Cordillera

The Cordillera region covers British Columbia and mountains along Alberta's border, and stretches up to the high peaks of the Yukon and Alaska. This region includes the desert interior of British Columbia, which is well-known for its dryness, and the plentiful summer orchards of the Okanagan Valley. The Cordillera includes the Rocky Mountains (celebrated for their great skiing!), and the Coastal Mountains. The Rockies are a magnificent display of ancient glaciers, turquoise alpine lakes, waterfalls, canyons, and limestone caves. This regions also includes many vast and beautiful provincial parks: Chains Lakes Provincial Park located in the south eastern slopes of the Rockies; Cold Lake Provincial Park in north-eastern Alberta; Cross Lake Provincial Park; Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park; and Garibaldi Provincial Park to name a few. The Yukon province harbours Canada’s highest mountain ranges, where the highest mountain (Mount Logan) reaches an amazing 6050 metres!

The Prairies

The Prairies cover the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This region is recognized for it’s flat, never-ending fields of wheat. This area is one of the richest grain producing areas in the world! Alberta is also known for its fossils, which may be found in the wind/water blown sandstone formations called the ‘hoodoos’ (you can find these in Jasper Provincial Park). Alberta possesses some of the largest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in the world! Alberta is also home to the Nationally acclaimed Calgary Stampede, which is a 10 day Rodeo festival full of entertainment and activities for the whole family.

The Canadian Shield

The Canadian Shield covers Northeast Alberta, Northern Saskatchewan, Northern Manitoba, Southern Northwest Territories, Ontario, Quebec, and Labrador. It is a rocky region valued for its rich supply of minerals, gold, silver, zinc, copper, and uranium. The gneiss and granite rocks in this region are over 3.5 million years old! Besides mining, the Canadian Shield harbours industries such as farming and forestry. The Canadian Shield contains attractions such as rich coniferous forests, wildlife, and rocky surfaces that have been worn by millions of years of wind and water erosion.

The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Lowlands

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Lowlands region of Canada encompasses southern Quebec and Ontario: the two provinces containing Canada’s 2 largest cities. This is the industrial heartland of Canada and provides 70% of Canada’s manufactured goods. There is prime agricultural land throughout the Great Lakes area, which allows for the cultivation of grapes, peaches, pears and other fruits. In addition, Canadian Maple Syrup is harvested in this region, which was originally discovered by the Aboriginals in the area.

Atlantic Provinces – Appalachian region

The Atlantic Provinces include New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland (the smallest of all Canadian Provinces). The Atlantic Provinces provide some of the richest fishing grounds in the world, and consist of ancient mountain ranges, low hills and plateaus, and fertile valleys for agriculture.

In New Brunswick: Walk barefoot on the ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy; Kayak the shores of one of the last remaining white sand dunes - on the northeastern coast of North America; Swim in some of the warmest salt water north of Virginia; Experience the joie de vivre of the Acadians; Swing your partner at one of our many festivals and outdoor concerts.

The Arctic

The Arctic is highlighted by it’s Inuvik population, which braves the long, dark, cold winters, and the short hot summers. Experience the splendor of Canada's nature in the Northwest Territories: Go river rafting in the Mackenzie River, Kayak through the wild rapids of Slave River, or watch the sky illuminate with the fall/winter Aurora Borealis. In Nunavut, take an adventure tour to the iceberg capital of the world Qikigtarjuag (near Baffin Island), and observe ice bergs, seals, beluga whales, killer whales, and seals! You can also trek through trails, go dog-sledding, and try snowshoeing.

Contact Information
Canadian Tourism Commission
#1400-1055 Dunsmuir Street,
Box 49230
Vancouver, BC
V7X 1L2