Canada, Gaspésie Park - To See Raindeers and Elks
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.
This national park is beautiful in every season, in summer everything is pretty green, on the contrary in winter you will find the highest ski peaks in the eastern part of North America. During the warmer months you can enjoy the beautiful landscape and enjoy the pleasant weather, in winter you can go cross-country skiing again.
Gaspésie National Park (sometimes you can also find the French name Parc national de la Gaspésie, because it is a province where both English and French are spoken) is located south of the city of Sainte-Anne-des-Monts in the province of Quebec. It is an inland area of the Gaspé Peninsula. In the national park we find the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains, Mount Mont Jacques-Cartier. This peak rises to a height of 1270 meters at sea. It is accessible, it can be reached along a hiking trail.
The Gaspé Peninsula is a sparsely populated area. Most settlements are on or near the coast, which means that the interior of the peninsula is relatively untouched. Gaspésie National Park is one of the southernmost places on the continent of North America, where the population of the polar reindeer can be observed in its natural habitat. It is the only area where reindeer can be seen, at the same time it is a place where you can see groups of moose.
There are two main and geologically different mountains in the park. The first is located west of the river St. Anny and it is the Chic-Choc Mountains. This massif is over 600 million years old and was created mainly from submarine volcanic activity. And it is the highest mountain in the Appalachian Mountains Mont Jacques-Cartier that is part of the Chic-Choc massif. By contrast, the McGerrigle Mountains are much younger, estimated to be 380 million years old. It was formed by magma flowing from the depths of the sea through cracks in the earth's crust. When it cooled during this process, it led to the formation of an underground granite toddler. Over time, the softer sedimentary rocks above the toddler died and only heat-resistant granite remained.
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Text and photos: Vendula Hrabinová
Every tourist heading to Rocky Mountains, Canada certainly visits Banff National Park that has a center in the town of the same name.
Today we will head across the US border to Canada. Together we will visit the small picturesque town of Vernon, which is perfect for relaxation. For example, there are beautiful nature parks or you can ride in a stagecoach like from the Wild West on one of the once largest ranches in British Columbia. It is also worth mentioning the local attractions in the form of a train made of apple crates. Alpacas that were brought here from the South American Andes are also waiting for you. And if you would like a little adrenaline, then you will definitely enjoy the local water slides.
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.
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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.
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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).
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.
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.
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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.
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