Canada, Vancouver I – Bird’s Eye View
Vancouver, a port city, is to be found in southwestern British Colombia, a Canadian province. The city is surrounded by area known as Lower Mainland. Some city districts are within the said area. This was problem for us when we entered an address to the navigation as Vancouver makes only a part of this territory.
You have to always enter exact place of Lower Mainland (e.g. Surrey, Burnaby...) else you won’t find your address. The city shore enters the Pacific Ocean thanks to which the city boasts with very specific atmosphere. Downtown is surrounded by the ocean even in the north, south and southwest.
As for tourist activities, many holidaymakers rent a bike and ride along the ocean. You can rent a bike for the most affordable in Denman Street. It would cost you 15 CAD (around 290 crowns) for six hours, enough for a pleasant ride. Also you can rent roller skates in this street. Lower Mainland has many nice parks and also very popular bike trail that goes along the ocean .
The most common means of transport in the area is SkyTrain (something between a subway and a train). It rides above ground on its own bridge. If you happen to be heading to downtown, the bcackground to skyscrapers will be green (or white, in case it’s winter) hills often veiled in mist.
Are you interested how the city looks up from the hills? One tye of view is fromGrouse Mountain, North Vancouver. You can get to the foot of the hill by riding the skytrain (either yellow Millenium or blue Expo line) to Waterfront, the terminal station. There you cant miss arrows that would guide you to the SeaBus – a boat that operates within municipal public transportation. The boat would take you up to North Vancouver. The catamaran departs every 15 minutes. It will take you right to the bust station. There you sit in the bus number 236. It rides below Grouse Mountain where the terminal station is. A one-day ticket costs 9,75 CAD (about 190 crowns). Be sure to plan such a trip when the weather is nice or else you wouldn’t see a thing in dense cover of clouds.
You can get to Grouse Mountain either by cableway or afoot. Should you decide to hike, then you have to enter the trail to your right if you stand at the visitor center facing the mountain. You can recognize it thanks to fence boards warning about the steepness of the trail. It is truly difficult. The trail goes across private property that is fenced at some places. In 17:00 the gate closes down.
The trail going up the mountain is called Grouse Grind. There are 2830 steep steps either from natural stone or artificially made. The climb would take you 1 hour 15 minutes. You can bet that couple sportsmen would pass by you on your way (but don’t take me as if I underestimate you). These guys run Grouse Grind up as part of their workout. What is special about this trail that it is one-way only. It is forbidden to descent it. To go down you have to take a cableway for the price of 10 CAD (about 190 crowns) per person.
Before you go back continue to the top of the mountain around cableways and ski slopes of Grouse Mountain ski resort. On its top there is is a propeller where is a platform to observe the ocean, Stanley Park and skyscrapers (15 CAD, about 290 crowns). Finally, there your view doesn’t have to avoid the trees.
Another special thing about Grouse Mountain is Grizzly bear. You can observe these animals from safe distance from behind an electric fence. It is truly fantastic to see them from up close and to compare the size of their claws compared to the body. Of course, it is much different experience than to meet them somewhere in nature.
GPS: (Grouse Mountain) 49°22'19.9"N 123°05'58.1"W
Text and photo: Martina Brožková
When it comes to Canada and national parks, most probably think of the western part of Canada, mostly British Columbia and Alberta. Today, however, we will be talking about the eastern part of Canada, the province of Quebec. Come and be carried away by the untouched nature of the Gaspésie Park.
Vancouver Island is in the Pacific Ocean. It lies near Vancouver near its shore. It is also part of British Colombia.
Toronto is one of the most sought-after Canadian cities in the Czech Republic, as it is located in the eastern part of the country, and is therefore a few hours closer to us than cities in the west. From the Czech Republic you can get to Toronto by direct flight from Prague. You will probably arrive at Toronto International Pearson Airport, which is a larger airport and serves most flights to and from Europe. There is another smaller Toronto Island airport in Toronto, but it is used more for domestic flights and flights to nearby cities in the USA.
The Sea to Sky freeway running between Squamish and Whistler (BC) offers you wonderful vistas. Don’t, however, let it to decoy away from the turn to Garibaldi Lake. It would be simply a sin to not to see Garibaldi Provincial Park.
In the eastern part of Canada is the Labrador Peninsula, on which lies the province of Quebec. It is the second largest and most populous province in all of Canada after Ontario, with which it is collectively referred to as central Canada. In the province you will find full of natural beauty, but also cities with a rich history. In this province is the eponymous city of Quebec City, about which you will learn more today.
Do you prefer peaceful walks on pebble beaches with the soothing sounds of the ocean? Do you want to look into the beautiful Canadian nature? Forillon National Park offers a wide range of experiences by the sea, along the cliffs, but also in the woods. You can even go snorkeling, discovering underwater plants and underwater life. You can even watch whales here. And it's really an experience!
Mountain village of Whistler is to be found in western Canada (BC). It is built to the middle of forest surrounded by high mountains. This place used to be possessed by other creatures – black bears. Righteously so they peak into the village. Simply put: Whistler is the land of bears.
When one says the Rocky Mountains do you know what mountains he is talking about? The so called Rockies embellish western part of North America.
Ottawa is a pretty big city. You can do there a lot of things. Today we look at some landmarks like museums, galleries or so.
When we asked at tourist information center, Whistler, where to hike in the area, the recommendations of the lady at the reception were same as the recommendations we got from our friends. They knew the area around Whistler very well. The weather got much better after two days. Therefore we decided for the most difficult trip in the area – to Wedgemount Lake located high in the mountains.
One of the roads in the Banff National Park where you wont meet more than several dozens of people are roads around Bow Lake. We arrived at lake at 7:00 and parked our car by Num-Ti-Jah Lodge (there is a parking lot with dry toilets). Mountains were mysterious, still in morning mist, and sun was hidden behind mountain peaks. Local atmosphere was silent, and really freezing – hat and gloves are necessary.
Another great place of Jasper NP is about 29 km southwards off the town of Jasper. You will get there by following an ascending road going through dense forest. There are many turns and a parking lot at the end in 1762 m. There starts the Trail below Mount Edith Cavell.
Should you be a person loving mountains, a person that is or has been in western Canada, you certainly know about Jasper National Park. It might have been one of the reasons why you visited the country.
Should you plan to do some hikes in Canada to see thick forests and green hills, and experience some adrenalin, or meet local residents – moose, bear, and there are many of them. They say you meet here more bears than people. You have to see Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Colombia.
Are you of excellent fitness? Are you tourist that really enjoys it? Regardless the two options, we have a trip that will give you the best view of the town of Jasper and gorgeousness of the national park of the same name surrounding it. The hike is to the Mt. Whistlers (2466 m).
Every tourist heading to Rocky Mountains, Canada certainly visits Banff National Park that has a center in the town of the same name.
We have already spent some time with Canada on our travellers’ website. Mostly, however, we have taken you to its nature. Today we go to the city. As the name of the article suggest, our destination for today is Toronto.
Last week we concluded our story about Toronto with a short mention of Ontario Science Center. It would be pity to don’t spend more time at this great institution.
South hills of Whistler village we have came to known already. But what can we find in the north? Around the village there are many bike trails called Valley Trails. The area is quiet, only the road no 99 (Pemberton - Vancouver) runs across it.
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.
Last time we learned about some of Ottawa’s architectonic sights. Of course, the best thing is to see Ottawa on your own. Today, we continue in our wanders in the city and certainly you will learn something interesting.
Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers part of North America, neighbors wit...