Calgary Stampede, exhibition and stampede (rodeo) held in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, annually since 1923. The world-famous rodeo festival was started in 1912 by Guy Weadick, a former Wyoming cowboy, with the backing of major Alberta cattlemen. Held in July,
it is a colorful 10-day celebration of the Old West featuring many rodeo events, musical performances, a parade, and other festivities; attendance exceeds one million visitors each year.
Originally named the Husky Tower, the Calgary Tower was constructed as a joint venture between Marathon Realty and Husky Oil to honour Canada's centennial and promote the downtown core as a part of a Calgary urban renewal program.
Today the Tower is a major tourist destination and popular dining spot.
"Founded in 1929, the Calgary Zoo is one of the city’s favourite family destinations. With deep roots spanning over 9-decades, we are internationally recognized for world-class animal care and habitat design practices and take pride in inspiring and educating generations of visitors about the importance of biodiversity and conservation during visits. For the last 30-years, we have led critical wildlife conservation work through the Calgary Zoo campus, the rural Wildlife Conservation Centre, as well as across Canada and around the world. As the Calgary Zoo continues our journey to be Canada’s leader in wildlife conservation, we are pleased to introduce the world to the Wilder Institute. The kind of conservation organization the world needs now. The Wilder Institute oversees the Calgary Zoo’s conservation portfolio, locally and globally, and will continue to be a force of nature for making the world a wilder place. The Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo is among the world-class zoos and aquariums that have achieved the rigorous accreditation standards governing zoo operations. We are proud to hold membership of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Visitors to accredited facilities, like ours, can be assured their visit is supporting institutions that provide the highest-quality animal care and are contributing to conservation initiatives that save animals from extinction.
Comprised of 125 acres, the zoo consists of animal habitats, restaurants, retail, seasonal concessions, playgrounds, banquet rooms, corporate meeting facilities, animal veterinary services, classrooms and an administration building. "
"Venue of some of the spectacular winter sports events of 1988 Olympics, Canada Olympic Park (COP) offers many of the similar experiences to tourists.
Formerly known as Paskapoo Ski Hill, the park is operated by WinSport Canada. It is currently used both for high performance athletic training, winter sports venue and for recreational purposes by the general public."
Its waters are the most amazing colour, a vivid shade of turquoise that changes in intensity through the summer as the glaciers melt. Set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal.
Sit lakeside and absorb the sights and pure mountain air, or explore further by canoeing and hiking. It’s an iconically jaw-dropping place that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
"Take a spin on La Grande Roue de Montréal, an exhilarating way to see Montréal differently. Open year round, rain or shine, La Grande Roue de Montréal is the highest observation wheel in Canada. Rising 60 metres tall above the Old Port, each 20-minute rotation affords sweeping, 360-degree views spanning 28 kilometres on a clear day.
Each of the 42 luxurious, climate-controlled gondolas comfortably seats up to eight people. Anti-UV tempered glass panes on all sides offer an exceptional vantage of the city’s iconic sights. There’s even a VIP cabin with a glass floor! Up top, admire the beauty of Mount Royal, the St. Lawrence River and Montréal’s eclectic architectural mix of old and new. Down below, enjoy an exceptional terrace featuring local flavours. Open daily, the bistro and café serve up a delicious array of nibbles and treats alongside a fabulous view."
Montreal Botanical Garden, French Jardin Botanique de Montréal, botanical garden in Montreal founded in 1936 by Frère Marie-Victorin, one of the greatest of Canadian botanists. Spanning more than 75 hectares (185 acres), the Montreal Botanical Garden has approximately 20,000 plant species and cultivars under cultivation and maintains a herbarium consisting of nearly 100,000 reference specimens. Of the garden’s many greenhouses, 10 are for public display and 23 for service functions and research collections. Its significant collections and special gardens contain commercially important plants, medicinal herbs, alpine plants, woodland plants, ferns, bonsai, cacti and other succulents, begonias, aroids, bromeliads, gesneriads, and orchids.
Other notable features include water gardens, a rock garden arranged by geographic region, a First Nations garden with plants of ethnobotanical importance to Native Americans, a collection of cultivated perennial herbaceous plants for home gardeners, and an arboretum. The Plant Biology Research Institute (Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale) of the University of Montreal uses some of the garden’s facilities, and, together, the two institutions form an important botanical research centre.
"Majestically rising up in the middle of the city, Mount Royal (“the mountain” to locals) is a symbol of the city’s heritage, history, geography, and inspiration, hosting founding institutions, beautiful hillside cemeteries, and Mount Royal Park, a 4-season playground.
Inaugurated in 1876, Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. It is a magnificent urban green space featuring 200 hectares of astonishing biodiversity and natural beauty. Green, clean and refreshing, the mountain is home to a wide range of flora and fauna"
Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal is located at the intersection of Notre-Dame Street West and Saint-Sulpice Street in the borough of Ville-Marie in Montréal. This jewel of Québec’s religious heritage was built by the Sulpicians over the years 1824 to 1829, to serve as a parish church. It is one of the oldest examples of Gothic Revival religious architecture in Canada.
At the time it was built, it was a daring, innovative edifice on a scale unequalled anywhere else in North America. The architect was James O’Donnell, an Irish immigrant to New York City. Its interior decor, which was overseen by Victor Bourgeau, along with its rich ornamentation, are unique and evoke a true sense of wonder in visitors. The Basilica is also one of the major tourist attractions in the city of Montréal.
"Parc Jean-Drapeau (French: Parc Jean-Drapeau) (formerly called Parc des Îles) is situated to the east of downtown Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in the Saint Lawrence River. It comprises two islands, Saint Helen's Island and the artificial island Notre Dame Island.
The islands were the site of the Expo 67 World's Fair. Notre Dame Island was constructed for the exposition, and Saint Helen's Island artificially extended at its north and south ends. The park was renamed in honour of Jean Drapeau, the late mayor of Montreal and initiator of Expo 67."
"Montréal’s performing-arts center is the nexus for artistic and cultural events. Several renowned musical companies call Place des Arts home, including Opéra de Montréal and the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, based in the acoustically brilliant 2100-seat Maison Symphonique. It’s also center stage for Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. A key part of the Quartier des Spectacles, the complex embraces an outdoor plaza with fountains and an ornamental pool and is attached to the Complexe Desjardins shopping center via an underground tunnel.
The six halls also include the 3000-seat Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, where Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal and the Opéra de Montréal perform. The 1500-seat Théâtre Maisonneuve hosts variety shows, dance performances and circus arts, while the smaller Cinquième Salle hosts cabaret, experimental theater and small concerts."
"Rising majestically above the cityscape is Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. It is the largest sanctuary dedicated to Saint Joseph and one of the world’s most visited pilgrimage sites with over 2 million visitors per year. In 1904, Brother André, a simple porter renowned for his miracle cures (which he attributed to God through Saint Joseph), set out to construct a small wooden chapel, which would ultimately become one of the city’s most impressive religious buildings. It wasn’t until 1967, thirty years after his death, that the immense sanctuary was completed.
The shrine includes a majestic basilica for close to 2,000 worshippers, with a dome that reaches a soaring 97 metres, the original chapel, a votive chapel, and a crypt. Here lies Brother André, canonized in 2010 as Saint André of Montréal by Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. Located in the heart of the Basilica, the Museum of Saint Joseph’s Oratory is dedicated to sacred art from Québec and abroad"
The Blast Tunnel was designed to divert the force of an explosion away from the main part of the bunker.
In the event of a nuclear explosion, anything inside of the tunnel would have been destroyed.
"Discover Canada's aviation and aerospace history—from the 1909 Silver Dart to the International Space Station—at one of the world's finest museums in its field. See more than 130 civil and military aircraft and artifacts, such as propellers and engines. Explore the story of flight through demonstrations, guided tours and more. And don't miss the largest surviving piece of the famous Avro Arrow plane, the original Canadarm used on the Endeavour space shuttle and the Lancaster Second World War bomber.
Depending on the season, you can fly over the Ottawa region in a real helicopter, vintage biplane, or Cessna (the latter flies year-round)! These flights depart from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum."
"Welcome spring at the world's largest tulip festival! This popular annual event features massive tulip displays, fireworks, family fun and more. Over 11 days each May, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates the seasonal flower’s beauty and its historic ties to Canada’s capital. The outdoor event takes place at Commissioners Park, where over 300,000 tulips bloom alongside the Rideau Canal's picturesque Dows Lake. Access to the site and select programming is free! Take photos and selfies amongst the dozens of multicoloured garden beds; visit the heritage display to learn about the historic gift of tulips which led to the festival’s creation; shop for fresh cut flowers, crafts, art and more at the tulip boutique; take the kids to the Tulip Town activity area; and enjoy lit garden beds and a blacklight boardwalk experience after dark. Consider getting tickets to special guided tours that delve into the fascinating flowers in the daytime (virtual option also available) and spooky historical tales in the evening. Additional programming includes photo workshops, bingo games, free outdoor movies, and the Victoria Day fireworks—a festival favourite!
The festival began with a special gift. The Royal Family of the Kingdom of the Netherlands took refuge in Ottawa during the Second World War, and Her Royal Highness, Princess Margriet was born here in 1943. Two years later, Canadian troops played a key role in liberating the Netherlands. In gratitude, the Dutch government has sent Canada a gift of tulip bulbs every year since 1945, inspiring what has become the Canadian Tulip Festival."
"The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history and one of the world’s most respected museums for the study and understanding of armed conflict. The Museum traces its origins back to 1880, when it consisted primarily of a collection of militia artifacts. The Museum opened at its new location on the LeBreton Flats site in downtown Ottawa on May 8, 2005. Its opening not only marked the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe (V-E Day) but also the 125th anniversary of the Museum itself. Since its opening in 2005, the Museum has welcomed approximately 500,000 visitors every year. The Museum’s exhibition galleries and public programs have been designed to emphasize the human experience of war. The Canadian Experience Galleries present the military history of Canada from earliest times to present day, as well as Canada’s history of honouring and remembrance. Each gallery highlights defining moments in Canada’s military history and the ways in which past events have shaped the nation.
The Museum’s collections are among the finest military holdings in the world, including rare vehicles, artillery, uniforms, medals, personal memoirs and 14,000 works in the Beaverbrook Collection of War Art. In total, the collection comprises more than 3 million artifacts, specimens, works of art, written documents and sound and visual recordings. The Military History Research Centre houses the George Metcalf Archival Collection and the Hartland Molson Library. These extensive collections of primary and secondary research material document Canada’s rich military history."
National Gallery of Canada, national art museum founded in Ottawa in 1880. Its holdings include extensive collections of Canadian art as well as important European works. Its nucleus was formed with the donation of diploma works by members of the Royal Canadian Academy. In 1911 the drawing collection was formed (1913–24) with important works by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt, and the photography collection was begun in 1967.
A new building opened in 1988; the Canadian Centre for the Visual Arts opened in 1991 and a multimedia learning centre in 1996. The museum circulates several hundred exhibitions to other cities throughout the country each year.
"The Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica is a Roman Catholic minor basilica in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada located on 385 Sussex Drive in the Lower Town neighbourhood. It was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1990.
The Basilica is the oldest and largest church in Ottawa and the seat of the city's Roman Catholic archbishop. Its twin spires and gilded Madonna are easily identifiable from nearby Parliament Hill and the surrounding area. The church was last renovated and restored in the late 1990s. Services are held in both French and English."
Parliament Buildings, structures in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, that house the Canadian Parliament (the Senate and House of Commons).
The buildings, which are designed in a Gothic Revival style, officially opened on June 6, 1866, about a year before Canada’s Confederation. On February 3, 1916, a fire destroyed all but the Library of Parliament. Reconstruction began later that year and was completed in 1927.
The Peace Tower is a campanile—a freestanding bell tower—connected to the Centre Block by a covered entryway. It houses a 53-bell carillon, dedicated in remembrance of the sacrifice and service of Canadians in the First World War.
Inside the Peace Tower is the Memorial Chamber, a space dedicated to the memory of those who gave their lives in service to Canada.
Rideau Canal, inland waterway between the Canadian capital of Ottawa and Lake Ontario at Kingston, Ontario. Completed in 1832, the 200-km (125-mile) canal uses both the Rideau and Cataraqui rivers and a series of lakes, including Upper Rideau Lake at its summit, to create its waterway. Built as a military project to provide a secure connection between Montreal and Kingston, the canal has been widely used for recreational purposes for the past century.
One of the oldest continuously operated canals in North America, with 24 hand-operated lock stations, the Rideau system was listed as a Canadian Heritage River in 2000. The canal was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2007.
Bonaventure Island, French Île Bonaventure, island in Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, eastern Quebec province, Canada. The island lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off Percé at the end of the Gaspé Peninsula. Although only 2.5 miles (4 km) long, its rocky cliffs provide sanctuary for thousands of nesting gannets from April to November,
in addition to auks, gulls, kittiwakes, and guillemots. It was originally named Bonne Aventure by Jacques Cartier, the French navigator-explorer, and was settled by Captain Peter Duval, a Jersey (Channel Islands) sea captain and privateer. In 1971 the provincial government purchased the island, which in 1985 was declared a conservation park.
Montmorency Falls, French Chute Montmorency, waterfall at the mouth of the Montmorency River in Québec region, southern Quebec province, Canada, about 7 miles (11 km) northeast of Quebec city. The waterfall makes a spectacular plunge 275 feet (84 m) into the St. Lawrence River.
A hydroelectric installation at the falls provides power for the region around Quebec city.
"Gatineau Park is the National Capital Region’s conservation park. The largest green space in the region, the Park occupies an area of more than 361 square kilometres, and is a place of rich and unique biodiversity. It is the second-most visited park in Canada, and a destination for outdoor enthusiasts to engage in recreational activities that respect the environment.
Gatineau Park’s vast territory is divided into several sectors, one of which is accessible from downtown Ottawa–Gatineau, and each of which feature various points of interest and historical places. Unlike other national parks, this park has several entry points, and some roads through it, leading to the northern and western sectors."
"Hudson Bay has a shallow and quite smooth floor, averaging 330 feet (100 metres) in depth, with a maximum around 900 feet (270 metres). The coast, situated in a region of permanently frozen earth layers, or permafrost, is a marsh-ridden lowland fed by lake waters and turbulent rivers. In the east and northeast the shores are high and sheer, but elsewhere they are low. Coniferous woods border the southerly James Bay, the shallowest part, but most of the shore is covered with dwarf birch, willow, aspen, and bushes, growing among moss, lichen, and grass.
The eastern coast is bordered, at a distance of some 200 miles (300 km), with a set of islands and has cliffs formed of geologically ancient Precambrian (more than 540 million years old) crystalline and sedimentary rocks. The only other islands are a small cluster at the bay exit. Hudson Bay has a severe continental climate. January temperatures average −20 °F (−29 °C), while July temperatures average only 47 °F (8 °C). Annual averages are 9.3 °F (−12.6 °C), but extremes range from −60 °F (−51 °C) in the winter to 80 °F (27 °C) in the summer. Spring is mild and cloudy, whereas summer is clear, though the bay itself is often coated with fog. Autumn starts cool, with frequent fogs, clearing later; early winter is very cold, clear, and calm, but this pattern is interrupted, after December, by strong winds and snowstorms. The spring thaw begins in late April."
With few concessions to modern life, like free Wi-Fi at inns, there’s a land-that-time-forgot vibe to Quebec's Les Îles de la Madeleine. On this archipelago in the middle of the massive Gulf of St. Lawrence, Madelinots speak their own singsong version of Acadian French. Catherine Chevrier-Turbide says the remote islands’ geography defines them. "We’re an open window to the Gulf of St. Lawrence," says Chevrier-Turbide, who works at La Méduse glassware studio and shop. "The winds shape our inhabitants, landscape, and its culture." Red sandstone cliffs jut out of the sea on the northern coasts of the 12 main islands. Sand dunes creating lagoons, adjacent wetlands, and miles of windswept beaches link most islands. While the islands' locals welcome travelers, it’s fishing—lobster, rock crab, scallops, mussels, and groundfish—that sustains the 13,000 year-round residents.
In summer, brightly painted red, blue, and white commercial fishing boats line the docks at Port du Millerand. And when winter snow blankets the cliffs and dunes, tiny ice-fishing huts in a kaleidoscope of colors dot the frozen lagoons.
The Citadelle of Quebec (French: Citadelle de Québec), also known as La Citadelle, is an active military installation and the secondary official residence of both the Canadian monarch and the governor general of Canada. It is located atop Cap Diamant, adjoining the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, Quebec.
The citadel contains the oldest military building in Canada, and forms part of the fortifications of Quebec City, which is one of only two cities in North America still surrounded by fortifications, the other being Campeche, Mexico.
Château Frontenac, château-style hotel in historic Old Québec, built by the Canadian Pacific Railroad Company in 1893 and designed by American architect Bruce Price. The Château Frontenac is an excellent example of the grand hotels developed by railway companies in Canada in the late 1800s.
Considered the world’s most photographed hotel, it was designated a National Historic Site in 1981.
Mont Tremblant Ski Resort (commonly referred to as Tremblant) is a year-round resort in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, Canada, located about 130 km (80 mi) northwest of Montreal.
It is best known as a ski destination, but also features Lake Tremblant suitable for swimming and two golf courses in the summer months.
A popular oasis in the heart of the city, the Montréal Botanical Garden is recognized as one of the world’s largest and finest. Its extensive collection of over 21,000 plant species and cultivars, 10 exhibition greenhouses, Tree House and some thirty thematic gardens make it an exceptionally beautiful attraction. Its cultural gardens invite visitors on a trip around the world, from China to Japan and the world of the First Nations.
Throughout the year, there are all kinds of events, activities and exhibitions to interest and impress its thousands of visitors.
"Majestically rising up in the middle of the city, Mount Royal (“the mountain” to locals) is a symbol of the city’s heritage, history, geography, and inspiration, hosting founding institutions, beautiful hillside cemeteries, and Mount Royal Park, a 4-season playground. Inaugurated in 1876, Mount Royal Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted of Central Park fame. It is a magnificent urban green space featuring 200 hectares of astonishing biodiversity and natural beauty.
Green, clean and refreshing, the mountain is home to a wide range of flora and fauna. The urban wildlife (a.k.a. Montréalers) is abundant and active all year round in a host of recreational pursuits: jogging, cycling, boating, skating, skiing, and tobogganing, not to forget bird watching, dog walking, picnicking and soaking up some rays. The Kondiaronk Belvedere at the summit has witnessed more than one eager suitor down on one knee to pop “the” question with a breathtaking vista of the city as a romantic backdrop. "
"The Musée de la civilisation, often directly translated in English-language media outside Quebec as the Museum of Civilization, is a museum located in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. It is situated in the historic Old Quebec area near the Saint Lawrence River. It was designed by architect Moshe Safdie, and opened its doors to the public on 19 December 1988. The previous buildings of the Banque de Paris and the Maison Estèbe, which were situated on Saint-Pierre street, were integrated in the museum's structure. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are held at the museum, usually related to humanities, and virtual exhibitions are also available.
The institution also hosts Quartier des découvertes (Discovery Zone), geared towards children, and offers other services such as guided visits, a French America reference centre, shows, souvenir boutiques, a cafeteria, and a leisure room."
Notre-Dame lies at the eastern end of the Île de la Cité and was built on the ruins of two earlier churches, which were themselves predated by a Gallo-Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. The cathedral was initiated by Maurice de Sully, bishop of Paris, who about 1160 conceived the idea of converting into a single building, on a larger scale, the ruins of the two earlier basilicas.
The foundation stone was laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163, and the high altar was consecrated in 1189. The choir, the western facade, and the nave were completed by 1250, and porches, chapels, and other embellishments were added over the next 100 years.
The Place Royale in the Lower Town is a modest cobblestoned square lined with some souvenir shops and restaurants, in restored buildings that span the 17th to 19th centuries, as well as Notre-Dame-des-Victoires, which dates from 1688 (making it the oldest stone church in North America). While it may be small in scale, it looms large in terms of its symbolism: This is where Quebec City was founded, in 1608, so it's a symbolic heart not just of the city but of the province.
The church, which sits in the middle of the square, has been rebuilt several times over the past three centuries; its interior has been extensively restored in recent decades to bring it closer to its original French colonial character. On the north side of the square, the Musée de la Place-Royale covers the long history of the square and its inhabitants, beginning with Samuel de Champlain.
"Toronto City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square Since opening in 1965, Nathan Phillips Square has served as Toronto’s premier public space and civic gathering place, a leading tourist attraction, and a national and provincial landmark. Every year, over 1.5 million visitors attend a variety of community and special events hosted on the Square. In 2007 the team led by the Joint Venture Team of Perkins+Will and Plant Architect Inc. were selected from over forty-eight final submissions taking part in an international Design Competition. The winning design for the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Project is based on the idea that Nathan Phillips Square has always acted as an agora, the ancient Athenian place of public and political exchange. The theme clearly defines the inner open space of theatre and square – a theatre for the city surrounded by a forested perimeter.
New program elements include a public pavilion with skating rink support facilities, food concession and an upper level roof terrace overlooking the Square, a new tourist Info Kiosk, a versatile new outdoor theatre and a new two storey restaurant. These program elements not only activate the square but serve as vertical connectors to the elevated walkway which defines the site. The first phase of the revitalization project has now been realized with the reopening of the City Hall Podium Green Roof during Doors Open Toronto 2010, as the city’s largest, publicly accessible green roof. Phase 2 revitalizations are now underway."
Toronto’s most iconic landmark is the 1,815-foot CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1976, when it was built, to 2007. when it was surpassed by the Burj Dubai building in Dubayy (Dubai), U.A.E.While the tower does serve a purpose—its 335-foot antenna is used to broadcast television, radio, and cell signals—it’s also the most popular attraction in the city. The concrete megastructure is home to a number of observation decks, a restaurant with the highest wine cellar in the world (at 1,151 feet), and the EdgeWalk, a thrilling attraction that lets visitors walk outside the structure at 1,168 feet above street level.
Tickets are required, with different packages providing different experiences. The CN Tower, ever-popular with tourists, can get loud and crazy, with hundreds of people jockeying for the best selfie vantage point on the main observation decks. There’s plenty of space up there, however, so you won't have trouble finding your sliver of calm
"Since 1997 Ripley Entertainment has thrilled millions of visitors with our top rated aquariums. At Ripley’s three aquariums, guests can enjoy the beautiful colors and peaceful serenity of the world’s most exotic coral fish, travel on moving glide paths, touch a sting ray or even dive with the sharks.
Visitors come face-to-face with thousands of fascinating fish and menacing sea creatures, everything from barracudas to sea turtles, to jellyfish, octopi, moray eels, and giant sharks!"
Royal Ontario Museum, art collection located in Toronto. Established in 1912 and opened to the public in 1914, the museum is especially known for its collections of Chinese and ancient Egyptian art, American ethnology, and Canadian arts and crafts.
There are also exhibits on the life and Earth sciences.
"Toronto Zoo, formerly (1974–98) Metro Toronto Zoo, zoological park in West Hill, Ontario, Canada, which ranks as one of the largest zoos in the world. The 287-hectare (710-acre) park was opened in 1974 by the municipality of Toronto and the Metropolitan Toronto Zoological Society. It replaced the overcrowded and outdated municipal Toronto Zoo at Riverdale. Originally called Metro Toronto Zoo, it was renamed Toronto Zoo in 1998.
The Toronto Zoo has a fine collection comprising about 3,800 specimens representing nearly 450 species. Its exhibits are arranged zoogeographically so that all the animals native to a particular continent are grouped together. Each area has a pavilion for displaying the smaller specimens and for housing those that cannot tolerate the cold Canadian climate. Plants indigenous to the areas represented are used in the pavilions to create the appropriate natural setting. Half of the African pavilion, for example, is designed to simulate a jungle habitat and houses gorillas and bongo antelope, while the other half holds swamplands for such animals as pygmy hippopotamuses and sitatunga antelope. Outdoors, the 20-hectare (50-acre) reproduction of the savanna is home for a mixed group of zebras, white rhinoceroses, and various other species of large mammals and birds. The “Canadian Animal Domain” is another of the larger exhibits, covering 166 hectares (410 acres). Visitors may ride a train through this section of the zoo to observe the large mammals displayed there."
The Aquabus provides frequent, daily passenger ferry service to all major destinations in False Creek.
Whether you are a tourist, casual rider, or a regular commuter, our comfortable vessels and friendly drivers let you travel with ease while you enjoy Vancouver's spectacular waterfront scenery.
"The First Nations Totem Poles in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia are the most visited attraction in Vancouver, British Columbia, and possibly all of Canada! There are a number of beautiful totem poles in Stanley Park at 2 different locations within the park. All but 3 of the totem poles along with 3 Welcome Gateways are located in a beautiful meadow setting at Brockton Point in Stanley Park.
There is one totem pole, Children of the World at Stanley Park Junction where the Miniature Train operates. Additionally, there are 2 other totem poles that are on the Minature Train route that can only be seen by taking the train ride during the day."
English Bay Beach, also called First Beach, located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St, is the most populated beach area in Vancouver's downtown area.
The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach.
Granville Island is a peninsula and shopping district in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is located across False Creek from Downtown Vancouver under the south end of the Granville Street Bridge. The peninsula was once an industrial manufacturing area, but today it is a hotspot for Vancouver tourism and entertainment.
Some Vancouver based tour companies, such as Discover Vancouver Tours and Vancity Tours, offer stops at Granville Island. The area was named after Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Earl Granville.
Vancouver’s Kitsilano – or ‘Kits’ – Beach has everything an ocean-lover could possibly want.
Whether you’re into water sports, sunbathing, beachfront jogging or just dipping your toes in the water, Kits has you covered, with stunning views of the nearby mountains sealing the deal.
Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whales are iconic species on British Columbia’s coast. These orcas rely on healthy waters in the Salish Sea and around Vancouver Island.
But they are facing numerous threats and their ocean home is being degraded.
Science World is a science centre run by a not-for-profit organization of the same name in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
It is located at the end of False Creek and features many permanent interactive exhibits and displays, as well as areas with varying topics throughout the years.
Grouse Mountain is one of the North Shore Mountains of the Pacific Ranges in the District Municipality of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. With a maximum elevation of over 1,200 m (4,100 feet) at its peak, the mountain is the site of an alpine ski area, Grouse Mountain Resort, which overlooks Metro Vancouver has four chairlifts servicing 33 runs. In the summer, Grouse Mountain Resort features lumberjack shows, the "Birds in Motion" birds of prey demonstration, a scenic chairlift ride, disc golf, mountain biking, zip lining, tandem paragliding, helicopter tours, and guided ecowalks.
Year-round operations include a 100-seat mountaintop theatre and a wildlife refuge. The mountain operates two aerial tramways, known officially as the Skyride. The Blue Skyride is used mainly for freight transportation, while public access to the mountain top is provided by the Swiss-built Garaventa Red Skyride, which has a maximum capacity of 101 passengers (96 in summer). Summer access is also provided by the 2.9 kilometre Grouse Grind hiking trail, which is open for hiking from May to October.
A high voltage electric skytrain crossing the river at fraser street in vancouver. Concrete condominiums and public electricity suspension entering under a skybridge in richmond.
Skytrain crane crossing vancouver river under fraser highway bridge. Urban waterway and skytrain on richmond street. Skytrain transit in downtown of vancouver.
"Ideally situated on a peninsula at the northwestern edge of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is one of the city's main tourist destinations, attracting approximately 8 million visitors each year. Featuring lovely beaches, miles of well-maintained paved and dirt trails, and an array of can't-miss kid-friendly spots (including a pool, water park, miniature railway and more), this 400-hectare (1,000-acre) haven is recognized as one of the greatest urban parks in the world.
As Vancouver's first park, with its ever-blooming gardens, pristine coastal areas and roughly 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees, Stanley Park has continued to live up to its ""greenspace"" designation for almost 130 years. For these reasons and more, this tranquil oasis is the perfect city escape."
The Butchart Gardens is a group of floral display gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, Canada, located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. The gardens receive over a million visitors each year.
The gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
"Overlooking Victoria's majestic Inner Harbour, the Parliament Buildings and surrounding areas are located in the traditional territories of the Lekwungen people. Visitors are invited to discover the architectural splendour of the Parliament Buildings and learn about British Columbia's Legislative Assembly.
Free guided tours of the Parliament Buildings are offered from Monday to Friday. We are closed on weekends and holidays."
Founded in 1886, the Royal British Columbia Museum (sometimes referred to as Royal BC Museum) consists of The Province of British Columbia's natural and human history museum as well as the British Columbia Provincial Archives. The museum is located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
The "Royal" title was approved by Queen Elizabeth II and bestowed by HRH Prince Philip in 1987, to coincide with a Royal tour of that year. The museum merged with the British Columbia Provincial Archives in 2003.
"The Victoria Bug Zoo opened its doors in 1997 and has been showing visitors of downtown Victoria our awe-inspiring bugs ever since. A visit to this must-see mini zoo offers an excellent opportunity to view and experience live tropical bugs from around the world. All the animals are alive and in tanks.
Discover roughly 50 fascinating species including giant walking sticks, beautiful praying mantis, glow-in-the-dark scorpions, hairy tarantulas, and Canada’s largest ant colony. Knowledgeable tour guides will introduce you to the wonderful world of bugs, give a wealth of information about the animals on display… No need to be shy, none of our critters are going to hurt you! Don’t forget your camera to document this unique experience!"
The Victoria Harbour - including the Inner Harbour - is one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. The harbour has had a long history, starting with its use by First Nations. Recreational vessels and small cruise ships can moor in the centre of this famous heritage city, just steps from its historic streets and distinctive architecture. During the summer months, the harbour is the focus of festivals, shows and music.
The harbour also serves whale watching and ecotourism businesses, float planes, an International Ferry terminal with connections to Port Angeles, Bellingham and Seattle, and a water taxi service.