Canada, Edmonton – Gateway to the North
Our journey across the second largest country in the world takes us to the capital of Alberta province today.
If you have ever heard about tar sands and that oil is extracted from it then you should know that Alberta has one of the largest tar sands deposits in the world. Of course, Canada make good use of it. Tar sands deposits in the largest place of discovery of Athabasca equals to 1.6 trillion barrels of oil. Athabasca’s territory is of the size of Czech Republic and it is the largest oil deposit in the world. By the way, local famous hockey club (Wayne Gretzky was a player there) is called Edmonton Oilers (oil).
Every day about 500 million oil barrels are produced in Alberta. You can only imagine vastness of its riches and what it means for Canada. The other side of this coin is large pressure on the environment..
So it means that around Edmonton, which is the boundary of prairie and boreal forest. Especially there are little left of forests due to oil excavation and farming. On the other hand, the city of Edmonton has the most greenery per capita in North America.
Edmonton is something like a crossroads of oil pipelines and it is called the “Gateway to the North.” The city has traditionally been the center to the petrochemical industry. There are many important institutions concerned with R&D. The wealth of the city is enormous. About 900 thousand people live there and their average monthly income is about 8 thousand dollars.
If you consider yourself a tourist interested in regional history, then you should visit the Royal Alberta Museum. On its website, the museum boasts with more than 13 million visitors since 1967. Its scope is large as it covers natural sciences, life in the wild, ethymological exhibitions, or exhibitions focused on natives.
Everybody who likes railroads will appreciate the Alberta Railway Museum). You can see beautiful historical carriages in the open sky. Also, old railway structures. The official museum website hold historical photographs from the era of railroad construction.
Finally, we should mention the city has pretty lively artistic scene which concentrates mostly around Churchill square. For instance Street Performers Festival, Fashion Week, The Works Art & Design Festival on the area of 2.5 km 2 introduces to the public visual art and design. Churchill Square is also interesting because there are many galleries (for instance Art Gallery of Alberta), theatres (e.g. Citadel Theatre) or music halls (Francis Winspear Centre for Music).
GPS: 53°32'38.4"N 113°29'37.6"W
Text: Maxim Kucer
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Today we continue our trip around Vernon and the surrounding area. We will look at the production of honey, for example, or we will see various interesting works of art.
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.
Vancouver Island is in the Pacific Ocean. It lies near Vancouver near its shore. It is also part of British Colombia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every tourist heading to Rocky Mountains, Canada certainly visits Banff National Park that has a center in the town of the same name.
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).
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.
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.
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.
Calgary is a city people known mostly for its team the Calgary Flames. The city is located in the western part of Canada, in the province of Alberta.
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.
Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers part of North America, neighbors wit...