Canada, Québec – A European Style City
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.
The capital has just over half a million inhabitants, lies on the left bank of the St. Lawrence River, which with its length of 1200 kilometers is one of the longest rivers in Canada. Quebec's Old City has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. Few cities in Canada have such a European character, as it is a city of French culture and history, which is literally embodied, for example, in the Chateau Frontenac building.
This building is a historic hotel, built in 1894 and now considered an iconic site. Other attractions include the Basilica of Ste-Ann de Beaupre, Place Royal, Old Town Square or Grand Allé, which was a former upper class home. There are still remains of the city walls in the city itself. The Basilica of Notre-Dame de Québec, originally built in the mid-17th century, and the Maison Chevalier, a group of 18th-century houses, also with typical French architecture, are excellent examples of old Quebec architecture.
As of city´s history, the city was allegedly founded in 1608 by the French researcher and diplomat Samuel de Champlain. This is the reason why Quebec is so strongly associated with French culture. The city is one of the oldest cities in North America and is the cradle of the so-called francophone population. During the 17th and 18th centuries, several battles took place in the area between the French, British, Americans and indigenous peoples. Until the end of the 18th century, Quebec remained only a small colonial city with a permanent population. Of course, there were later attempts to annex the region to America, especially during the American Revolution. But it never happened. Quebec became part of the Canadian Confederation in 1867.
GPS: 46°48'44.4"N 71°12'16.1"W
Text: Vendula Hrabinová
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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.
In Canada's southwest corner, near the US border, there is a city which is central to our today's article.
Ottawa has been the Canadian capital for more than 150 years. It played an important role in the construction of the canal that connects the Illinois River with Lake Michigan. Near Ottawa, there are large deposits of quality sand that can be transported by river. Thanks to them, the glass industry has developed a lot in the city.
Vancouver and its surroundings is filled with greenery. There are many parks, golf courses, forests, trees and skyscrapers.
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 Island is in the Pacific Ocean. It lies near Vancouver near its shore. It is also part of British Colombia.
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.
Canada is the second largest country in the world. It covers part of North America, neighbors wit...