Why Visit Western Canada in 2017
Everyone has a travel wish list, and Western Canada is probably on it somewhere. If it’s in alphabetical order, Western Canada could be near the bottom, but that means you’ll be postponing the jaw-dropping experience of visiting British Columbia and the magnificent Rocky Mountains. You’ll also be missing Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017!
Milestone birthdays are always an excuse for a big celebration, and the world is invited to this one. Named by Lonely Planet as “the best country in the world to visit”, Canada is the world’s second largest country in the world and is a natural destination for adventure tourism. The Rocky Mountains and Western Canada quietly boast a plethora of attractions and activities to thrill every serious world traveller.
Western Canada pulls out all the stops to showcase its magnificent mountain terrain, epic wildlife, pristine natural parks, world-class cities, white-water rivers, thunderous waterfalls and surreal glacial lakes. Adventures in Canada are sure to include unique natural wonders, from orcas to orchids, walruses to wolverines, glaciers to grizzly bears, and everything in between.
Here are four excellent reasons why you should visit Western Canada this year.
Exploring the Great Outdoors
Covering 2.9 million square kilometres, Western Canada’s outdoor wonderland is an endless vista of craggy peaks, dense evergreen forests and rushing rivers beneath big blue skies. Many of these areas are protected by national or natural parks, including Jasper and Banff National Parks with the scenic Icefields Parkway running through them. Waterton Lakes, Mount Revelstoke, Kootenay and Glacier National Parks are complemented by over 600 provincial parks in British Columbia, including Okanagan Lake Provincial Park, surrounded by fruit orchards and vineyards in the sheltered Okanagan Valley.
Adventure holidays in Canada will include wild open spaces which are home to some of the world’s largest mammals such as caribou, Eastern moose, wolverines, musk ox, black-tailed deer, black bears, cougars and Canadian lynx. Offshore, the restless waters around Vancouver Island are teeming with sealions, whales, colonies of seabirds and shoals of fish. Getting out on the water is one of the best ways to appreciate the diversity of Canada’s wildlife amidst nature’s infinite splendour, and every trip is uniquely different.
Exceptional Skiing and Recreation
There’s so much to see and do in Western Canada in all seasons, so where do you start? Spring cherry blossom gives way to summer alpine meadows while chilly autumn nights produce stunning red and gold foliage. This area is nature’s playground for adventure tourism and adrenaline junkies. It offers outstanding opportunities for mountaineering, white-water rafting, surfing, fishing, hiking through alpine meadows, kayaking, mountain biking, skiing, snowmobiling…the list of adventures is as long as your imagination!
Winter snow sports abound in a country that has hosted the Olympics three times in the last 41 years. Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains offer the ultimate skiing and snowboarding, with over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, glaciers, alpine bowls, world-class terrain parks and miles of marked cross-country trails. The Powder Highway fiercely competes for top slot with 1,300km of snow trails for downhill, cross-country and heli-skiing just north of the Washington-Idaho border.
Choosing a reputable and experienced local tour company is vital to the quality and success of any adventure holiday and our dedicated team offer a wealth of travel expertise. Sharing their local knowledge about the geography, flora and wildlife of the area adds immeasurably to the pleasure and success of any trip, so why risk anything less?
Drinking and Dining
After a day of exhilarating activities and outstanding wildlife sightings, you’ll be glad to relax and chill out in a friendly local bar or pub as part of your Canadian adventure. Rest weary limbs over a pint of amber ale from a local microbrewery or perhaps sip a glass of chilled sauvignon blanc from one of the 120 wineries in the internationally renowned winegrowing region of the Okanagan Valley. You can even include a fascinating wine tour and tasting as part of your trip-of-a-lifetime to Western Canada.
Food is as diverse and rich as Canada itself, particularly in this region of Dungeness crab, wild Pacific salmon, oysters, wild mushrooms, artisan cheeses and seasonal fruit and vegetables. Freshly harvested organic fare is offered in farmer’s markets, local supermarkets and top restaurants in the region, and you’ll taste the freshness, for sure.
Vancouver’s food scene is particularly noteworthy, making this area a top choice for foodies. From apricots to zucchini, you’ll dine well on juicy fruits, plump vegetables and award-winning local wines as part of your vacation, and not necessarily at a top Vancouver restaurant. This waterfront city has almost as many food trucks as restaurants, serving everything from tasty meat pies to French haute cuisine at street food prices.
More Good Reasons to Visit Western Canada
Easy to reach by air, Western Canada is served by Vancouver International Airport (YVR) which incidentally was named Airport of the Year 2016 by CAPA Centre for Aviation. With friendly English-speaking locals, outstanding untamed wilderness, awesome natural attractions and thrilling sports activities, adventure tourism in Western Canada beckons like never before. Visit soon!