Barefoot Abroad in Canada

A country of contrasts

The scale of Canada really takes your breath away. When I first touched down in Canada, picked up my winnebago and set off into the wilderness, I truly fell in love with Canada. I can recommend this method of travel as it really gives you a sense of freedom. As you head up towards Banff there are so many picturesque stopping places that you may never reach your intended destination. But that is also the beauty of camping in Canada. The campsites are well equipped and allow you to actually light real camp fires!! And the sounds that echo in the darkness in the wilderness are a wake up call to the uninitiated. A land of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown.

moraine-lake-canada-9727405-1024-768Skiing and Sightseeing

Probably one of the most famous sights in the world, the Niagara Falls is certainly one not to be missed. Made infamous by Marilyn Monroe in the film of its namesake, you too can have your Monroe moment by taking one of the many tours on offer.

A North American natural wonder, Niagara Falls flows with scenic might through Niagara Falls State Park. And just beyond its waterfall vistas, Niagara is filled with splendid discoveries and fantastic attractions.

Pictures are great, but getting close enough to touch Niagara Falls inspires genuine awe. Millions of gallons of water rocket over Niagara Falls every minute – about 750,000 gallons each second! There’s no closer place to “feel Niagara’s flow” than from the decks, boats, vista points and trails of Niagara Falls State Park – America’s oldest state park.

With sparkling scenery, thrilling attractions, family-friendly and interactive exhibits, miles of hiking trails and  delectable dining options, Niagara Falls State Park gets you closer to the Falls than anywhere else. The park features classic adventures and vacation amenities to make the most of your trip, and no passport is needed to experience an unforgettable and breathtaking Niagara Falls vacation.

Dine at the Top of the Falls Restaurant, stand within feet of the Falls at the Cave of the Winds Tour, meet the legends and daredevils of Niagara in the Niagara: Legends of Adventure movie, make friends with the sea life at the Aquarium of Niagara and let the water cascade around you during the Maid of the Mist® boat ride. But there is more to Canada than Niagara Falls, a vast sprawling landscape, modern cities, a thriving finance centre and a great outdoor life, Canada has so much to offer and always delivers.

But enough about Niagara, what about the skiing? Well, apart from the fairytale mountain scenery, excellent resorts, great food and even better skiing conditions, you could not ask for more from a skiing holiday. The terrain is suitable for all abilities and there are great options for snowboarders too.

toronto_canadaCities

From iconic Toronto to Vancouver the vibrant cities of Canada offer a diverse and mulitcultural experience. Vancouver aims to be the world’s greenest city by 2020. When I visited in 1997 it was pretty green and spectacular then, so I can only imagine what plans they have to incorporate more green initiatives. Vancouver boasts world-class parks, from the 404 hectares (1,000 acres) of prime downtown land that forms Stanley Park, to the many smaller parks that host recreational facilities, community centres, and specialty amenities such as off-leash dog areas and skate parks. Vancouver has close to 300 City-run parks, beaches, and gardens.