» Canada, Vancouver Island – Experience for Mountaineers and Surfers
Canada, Vancouver Island – Experience for Mountaineers and Surfers
Vancouver Island is in the Pacific Ocean. It lies near Vancouver near its shore. It is also part of British Colombia.
The island is of a prolonged shape. It stretches from southwest to southeast. It is about 500 kilometers long and 80 kilometers wide. Around a half of local inhabitants live in Victoria (southeast edge of the island). Many other towns are on along the eastern coast of the island at the Georgia bay.
Ferries from various districts of Vancouver ferry to Vancouver Island. We traveled there from Horseshoe Bay Vancouver to Nanaima. The price for four people was about 122 CAD, one-way only. It is not cheap to travel to Vancouver Island but it is worth it.
The west coast is very diverse thanks to wild waters of the Pacific. It is much mountainous and humid than the east. Mountain ranges stretch along the whole island. Many mountaineers who want to explore the mountains of Canada mostly head to Rocky Mountains instead of the mountains on Vancouver Island. This suggests that these mountains are not that crowded.
The highest mountains are in the island’s center. These are Strathcona Mountains). The highest mountain is Golden Hinde (2 195 m). It is, however, not the only mountain that looms to two thousand meters in the island. Others are, for example, Elkhorn Mountain, Albert Edward, Victoria Peak etc. They are located in the island’s largest and oldest park Strathcona Provincial Park. Golden Hinde is an icy mountain that has a mountain lake at its foothills.
The most popular mountain is Mount Arrowsmith. It is located southeast from the Mt. Arrowsmith Massif Regional Park (between Port Alberni and Parkville). It will take you an hour of car ride to get at the mountain’s foothill. This easy accessibility further increases mountain’s popularity. Couple of trails of various difficulties lead to the top of the mountain. Some even run them in the summer. Mt. Albert Edward is another popular mountain bu more difficult. The hike is more than 30 kilometers long so you travel mostly two days. Really fit individuals can do it in one. There are, however, other interesting mountains so don’t hesitate and go. There is much to discover.
Climbing is not the most popular sport on the island. Many people visit it for other reasons, mostly surfing. At the west coast, there is Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. It is the most popular surfing area in Canada. Great waves is not the only thing which makes surfing great here. But it is also due to humid rainforests. So, if you plan also to surf, then a surf rental (neoprene included) plus insurance will cost you 39 CAD for six hours per person.
GPS: 48°25'21.2"N 123°21'53.1"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.
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.
Montreal ranks in the top of several categories - it is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second largest city in Canada and also the second largest francophone city in the world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vancouver and its surroundings is filled with greenery. There are many parks, golf courses, forests, trees and skyscrapers.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.
Our journey across the second largest country in the world takes us to the capital of Alberta province today.
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...