Rendez-vous in Canada – the Great White North

Rendez-vous in Canada – the Great White North

The second largest country in the world, Canada ­– or ‘the Great White North’ as it is known ­– is a land of rich natural beauty. We take you on a whirlwind tour around this beautiful part of the world.

Canada’s vast size means it is virtually impossible to do credit to this country in just one trip. Better to break it down and come visit more than once, focusing on one area each time. Although a country of vast proportions, the entire country contains a population smaller than that of Tokyo, Japan, ensuring there is always time and space to enjoy this impressive country at your leisure.

Canada contains more lakes than all the rest of the world’s lake combined. The Great Slave Lake outside Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories is one of the most impressive and also, one of the best places to see the northern lights, or aurora borealis. Under skies free of urban pollution, you can witness the natural wonder of the swirling red, blue and green lights from this perfect, natural vantage point. The capital city of the Northwest Territories, Yellowknife itself is worth a visit, to learn about the area’s frontier past and to immerse yourself in local history and culture.

Photo Credit: Martina Gebrovska/Blachford Lake Lodge

Whitehorse, in neighbouring Yukon Territory, also boasts a magical view of the aurora borealis and is a former gold rush settlement. While you’re here, why not try a typical Canadian pasttime such as dogsledding, ice fishing or snowshoeing? A visit to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve is also a must for those who wish to get up close and personal with friendly deer, moose, elk, caribou and bison.

While you’re in the region, head down south to Victoria in British Columbia for a spot of whale watching and the chance to enjoy this city’s maritime heritage and colonial charm.

Scooitng east to nearby Manitoba, the city of Churchill is famous for being the ‘polar bear capital of the world’. In winter, when Hudson Bay freezes over, bears are frequent visitors and locals even leave their cars unlocked in case unsuspecting pedestrians prefer to take photos from the safety of a vehicle!

Canada’s north west offers an unparalleled experience for those who wanting to combine adventure, natural wonders and wildlife viewing.

To learn more about visiting this exciting region, click here, or contact Qantas Holidays on 1300 443 485 for travel packages starting at AU$3,869 for nine nights featuring the following British Columbia and The Yukon-Whales, Bears and Northern Lights.


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