Sweet as maple syrup, fresh as Rocky Mountain air, fine as Niagara ice wine and daring as mountain heli-skiing, Canada connects culture and adventure coast to coast.

Oh Canada! On Canada Day in Ottawa we stand on guard for fun and frivolity. Every Canadian needs to experience this explosion of unabashed patriotism at least once. Let loose your inhibitions and wave your Canadian flag with fellow Canucks through the party-filled streets. During the day, Parliament Hill is marked with a rousing rendition of the National anthem and a thrilling fly pass of the legendary Canadian Snowbirds aerobatic team. Nosh on beaver tails at the Byward Market. Discover Canada’s rich history at the Canadian War Museum and National Art Gallery. A spectacular fireworks display over Parliament Hill and spirited concert by Canada’s best musicians cap off the day. It’s not only patriotic – it’s great fun.

Canada Day GirlsOttawa TourismNiagara Falls For Wine For more than a century the Niagara region and its natural wonder, Niagara Falls, has been attracting honeymooners. Now it’s attracting lovers of the grape. A short drive from the Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake boasts 28 wineries. Oenophiles can visit Canada’s only winery devoted to ice wine. Take a wine tour by bike and stop for a picnic in beautifully landscaped parks along the Niagara escarpment. Dine in style at the town’s award-winning restaurants. Catch a performance at the world acclaimed Shaw Festival featuring the works of famed playwright George Bernard Shaw.

Rocky MountaineerRocky MountaineerRiding the Rails Rediscover Canada by riding the rails from one coast to another. One of our country’s greatest achievements is its transcontinental railway, built chiefly by the Canadian Pacific Railway in the late 1880s. Today, rail travel offers a relaxed and scenic glimpse into Canada’s vast landscape and diversity. On the east coast, Via Rail’s Ocean train travels from Montreal to Halifax while the new Canadian, launched in fall 2011, takes passengers on a memorable journey from Toronto through the Prairies into western Canada and on to Vancouver. For the ultimate in rail comfort and spectacular scenery take the legendary Rocky Mountaineer as it travels through the jaw-dropping Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia – one of the world’s greatest train journeys.

Quebec CityQuebec TourismQuébec City Discover a distinct French culture and joie de vivre in the only fortified city north of Mexico, where European appeal blends harmoniously with North American culture. History is around every corner – no wonder the Old City was named a UNESCO World Heritage treasure. Cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, bistros and intimate bars make romance a natural state of affairs, so it’s no miracle people fall in love with Québec City. But if you are in need of a miracle, visit the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Shrine, the oldest pilgrimage site in North America and place of miracles for more than 350 years.

WhaleShutterstock/ibskyA Whale of a Time Guilty as observed. Whales on all three of Canada’s coasts are guilty of the following behaviours: breaching, spyhopping, lobtailing, slapping and lunging. You can watch these giant marine mammals and their “unruly” behaviour from the safe confines of a tour boat. While British Columbia boasts the highest killer whale population in the world and the north offers encounters with narwhals, it’s Newfoundland that offers diversity with more than 22 species available for your spotting pleasure. From May to September, belugas, humpbacks, sperm, minkes and pilots display their acrobatic talents. Visit in June and you may be able to catch whales against a backdrop of massive icebergs. Feeling brave? Put on your snorkeling gear and get up close and personal with humpbacks.

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