Northern beauty: Canadian sights
The amazing country of the North American continent attracts, first of all, lovers of nature and outdoor activities. Numerous ski resorts, majestic national parks, picturesque landscapes, lakes, forests and mountains — all this can not leave anyone indifferent. At the same time, the historical and cultural heritage of Canada deserves a separate word. So far, part of the country is French-speaking, the other prefers English. Accordingly, the culture developed in different ways, and the sights are very diverse.
Many are stopped by a long flight, difficulties with obtaining a visa, but if you still overcome all obstacles and go to this amazing country, you should get acquainted with its main beauties and monuments in advance.
This is the oldest national park of the state. Canada, whose sights are, first of all, its nature, is rightly proud of this territory. Banff is located on the border of two provinces: British Columbia and Alberta. Huge distances do not involve moving around the park on foot, so you will have to join an excursion to Calgary, Vancouver or rent a car.
How can spend time in Banff?
- Ride on gondolas on Lake Louise.
- Play golf while enjoying the surrounding scenery.
- Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, where you can visit the sources of hot water with sulfur and an old bath, the end of the XIX century.
- Watch wild animals right in their habitat (if they succeed, of course, because they don’t go out to people).
Speaking about what to see in Canada, it is impossible not to mention the greatest miracle of the world, whose name translates as “thundering water.” However, the waterfall consists of several — «Horseshoe», «Bridal Veil», «American Waterfall». Nearby are two towns that are called the same — Niagara Falls, one of them belongs to Canada, the other — the United States of America.
The most impressive of the waterfalls — «Horseshoe» — the property of Canada. It is 800 meters. You can get to Niagara from Toronto by bus, and you can admire all this magnificence by sailing on a steamer or standing on one of the viewing platforms. All tourists are given a rain cover and a closed bag for personal belongings, because the spray of water will fly tens of meters.
Around Niagara is also in full swing. You can go down to the foot of the waterfall, where the “Cave of the Winds” is located, visit Queen Victoria Park, where cherry blossoms bloom in spring and many roses smell sweet in summer, or Niagara Glen Park, located in a deep canyon.
This magnificent nature reserve in the province of Alberta is famous for its mountain lakes, coniferous forests and excellent ski slopes. It is home to a huge number of birds, bears and wolverines, deer and moose, many other animals. Here come those who like the wild, primeval and not spoiled by civilization nature.
The city has collected monuments of various eras, styles and trends. Here you can wander endlessly, soaking up the amazing spirit of this metropolis. In Montreal, the following attractions are recommended.
- Basilica of Notre Dame de Montreal
Neo-Gothic cathedral, which is a landmark throughout the Old Town. It was built in the first third of the XIX century and attracts with pointed arches, passages, gilded sculptures and one of the greatest pipe bodies in the world.
- Oratory of Saint Joseph
The country’s largest Catholic church, whose basilica dome is the third largest in the world. Today inside the oratorio you can see a lot of crutches that were left by people who were healed by the founder of the temple, Brother Andre. Pope Benedict VII canonized a Benedictine monk who served in this church.
Reliquary deserves a special word, where religious and artistic values are stored, which anyone can admire.
This is a historic district of the city, most of the buildings of which are related to the period of New France. It is located near the St. Lawrence River in the area of Ville-Marie.
In Old Montreal, you can wander through the streets filled with the following attractions:
- Old port;
- City Hall;
- Jacques Cartier Bridge;
- Montreal Clock Tower;
- an old hospital called Hotel-Dieu de Montreal;
- Seminary «San Sulpice».
- Avenue Lurie
Not only the most fashionable, but also the most charming street of the city, named after the first French-speaking prime minister. Here you will see elegant buildings with twisted stairs, balconies, a lot of flower pots on the windows.
Fashionable thriving street with many large shops and fashion boutiques. Began to develop as a commercial center since the 30s of the last century. Today it is the heart of a city with many hotels, restaurants and cafes.
- McGill University Avenue
This street is named in honor of the largest English-speaking university. If you want to look at the skyscrapers, here they collected the maximum number in the city.
Upper Canada Village
This amazing place will allow you to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Canada in the second half of the XIX century. The whole village consists of houses that were originally here or were transported from abandoned settlements, subsequently flooded.
Residents of Upper Canada Village are dressed in reconstructed costumes and do everyday activities for an ancient settlement. They work in the gardens and in the bakery, weave and sew, grind flour and spin wool.
Visitors can change clothes in past-era costumes, take part in classes of the villagers, dine in a restaurant, look into a photo studio and ride in a carriage. Shops provide an opportunity to buy souvenirs created by local artisans.
Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver
Acquaintance with the city should definitely start with this attraction. The bridge was built according to the design of a Scottish architect at the end of the nineteenth century from a hemp rope and cedar planks. In the middle of the twentieth century, it was redone. The bridge will stretch over the Capilano River for more than a hundred meters. All tourists are breathtaking from the height, because the gap below them is 70 meters.
This bridge is privately owned. However, the company to which it belongs allows those who wish to overcome it. Residents of Vancouver do not have tender feelings for this place, preferring to bypass it. Walks here are considered entertainment for tourists.
Mill Watsons Mill
It is located in the village of Manotik in Ottawa and is the only currently operating flour milling structure in Canada. The interior of the building is thought out to the smallest detail, beautiful and harmonious.
Run the mill on Sundays in the summer, and, one of the millstones, grinding, original. The second is set for demonstration.
In the souvenir shop you can buy whole-ground flour and fresh bread, a large number of funny gizmos. Tourists also inspect the room where the crews and the miller’s house are kept.