About Northeast Canada
Canada is the second largest in the world and she’s got a higher quality of life. And how not? Stunning sunsets, snow-capped mountains, forests and lakes are spread throughout. But most of uninhabited and most of the population concentrates on a small strip south but this is a plus Travel organized trip, as this can be seen, the few most impressive sites, one visit.
What interests in Canada, except landscapes, is the way a lot of different cultures live together under one constitution, uniting them, despite cultural differences. When visiting it, this tolerance is evident.
Canada is certainly a place you should go to it and to its size does not deter the tourists and make them think twice, travel company offers to join an organized tour.
Organized trip to Canada will visit the major cities but however well we’ll see nature in all its glory.
Let’s start in Toronto. Toronto will visit the C building. Ann towering height of 550 meters, at the Town Hall, and Parliament of the Province of Ontario. Also went to the St Lawrence River, to the 1000 Islands Nature Reserve, where we will sail the river and look at the islands scattered in it.
Toronto we walk toward Niagara Falls. Baram observed big water, then go to the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada most beautiful picturesque town, which attracts many visitors.
After Toronto will continue in the capital city of Canada, Ottawa. Ottawa will visit the World Heritage Site, the Rideau Canal, canal boat that links Lake Ontario and Ottawa. Also we will visit the parks, in Parliament and the national arts center.
One world heritage site will continue another World Heritage site, the old town in Quebec City. Quebec City is located on the St Lawrence River and is one of the oldest cities in North America. The walled city and its interesting sites are the Parliament House, Castle Frontak, Royal Square and City Hall.
Quebec City will continue to Montreal, Canada’s second largest city located on the island and is built around a mountain and then put Montreal.
Montreal is a very populated city and the vast majority of its residents speak French. Montreal will visit the Old City, which is the downtown business center of the city and beneath the lower city, which serves as a shopping center. More will visit the Olympic stadium and Nafil to the top of the tower Haolmfi, which is the highest vantage point in the world.
After visiting Calgary and Montreal will continue the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a city famous for its oil industry and other famous Festival Western Pleasure is conducted once a year. The festival is open to the public and besides rodeo has parades, concerts and children’s playgrounds.
Calgary is located a few hundred feet east of the Rocky Mountains, a long strip of mountains located within its borders of Canada and the United States.
Rockies are a tourist visitors from around the world, and the appropriate weather where you can enjoy various activities such as skiing in the winter and summer camping. Rocky Mountains there are several nature reserves is greatest when Jasper National Park. The park contains some important historical sites as the old data center, beyond Ilohd (yellow head), used by the local residents in prehistoric times and traders supply station, called a Jasper.
The biggest park we will park the oldest and the most popular, Banff National Park. In this park there are the ice fields starting Bbnaf bordering Jasper, North. The park has hot springs, waterfalls and lots of different glaciers.
Rocky Mountains will continue to Vancouver, prosperous and vibrant city. We will visit the city of Vancouver Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in the world, Granville Island, a famous shopping area, lively and colorful. Also we will visit the Vancouver Aquarium, which is considered an interesting attraction. Aquarium live for about 8000 species of different animals like tests, eels, octopuses and even sharks.
The city of Vancouver, cruise to Vancouver Island and Victoria, capital of British Columbia, a city with a charming colonial heritage.
We will visit the Empress Hotel in Victoria and we will sail aboard a zodiac to the Botsard gardens, with stunning botanical gardens, which grow more varieties of flowers from all over the world.
To get a taste of Canadian wilderness, we moved from Victoria to Tofino located in Pacific Rim National Park, the road surrounded by mysterious rain forests and parks with a primeval. Tofino go out to cruise with the goal, Search whales.
Canada incorporates not only the various ethnic cultures but also the urban landscape of cities developed alongside the amazing wildlife and breathtaking views. Many sites are eternal heritage sites which makes it unique and visit it, fascinating.
Keep your health when visiting northern Canada
Even though the United States and Canada are adjacent, sharing common borders, leaving one and entering another can be like entering a whole new world. There are different laws and customs to abide by, and you should do your research before embarking on a visit to either. Entering Northern Canada is even more extreme due to its climate and unique attributes, so here are some things you need to know before heading that way.
1. Northern Canada is also called the Arctic region, and for good reason – it is very, very cold! If you are planning to travel through this area, you need to pack accordingly. Proper shoes – closed toed, preferable more than ankle high boots – are highly recommended. While it may not be snowing when you go there, it will still most likely be cold. Check the predicted weather for your stay, but remember that weather there is often unpredictable. The general rule of thumb is to pack for the worst and hope for the best. Additionally, you need to be careful when eating food in this area – some of it is safe for ingestion, but some of it can make you sick or even be deadly.
2. Plan your destinations ahead of time. This is a very vast and remote area, so, quite often, shops and buildings are spread out few and far between. If you are driving, this means you will need to map out your gas rations and determine where your next fill up will be, or carry a spare fuel tank with you. If you are hiking or walking, this means it could become very dangerous for you if you have not carefully determined your path and your rest areas. While there are quite a few tourists who truly enjoy visiting this area and have a safe and enjoyable time, without proper planning things can get difficult. Get an appropriate equipment – and the most important of them – shoes! Get special hard lined thick work boots that can withstand the harsh weather conditions outside.
3. Have an emergency plan. Remember, many things are out in the middle of nowhere up here, and that includes first respondents. Firefighters, emergency medical service and police officers, while determined to get to you as soon as possible, will still have to cover long stretches of land or air to find you, and if you are stuck somewhere where you do not know your exact coordinates, it can be like finding a needle in a haystack. When you decide your travel route, take into consideration exactly how far you will be from medical facilities, search and rescue, and evacuation routes. Sometimes this can even be as far as hundreds of miles from the nearest emergency source. Think about the possible emergency items you might need, such as flares, warm clothes, food and other rations, fire-starting materials, and medical equipment, and pack those safely.
4. Medical, and other insurance, coverage is different in Canada than in most other countries. Always be sure before you leave that your health or auto insurance will cover you once you enter another country, particularly Canada. Especially, get a few remedies for hemorrhoids – hemorrhoids is a common problem in those area, especially because of the severe weather conditions and the cold.
Conditions in Northern Canada can be harsh, but it is truly a beautiful country to experience. There are many positive reasons to visit this region, and many people are able to do this safely. The biggest thing to remember is this is an area where you need to plan your trip ahead meticulously to ensure the health and safety of you and those who travel with you so that you can have a wonderful journey!
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Frag n’ Bag gaming tournament in Hudson’s Hope
HUDSON’S HOPE – The first ever forty-eight hour non-stop ‘Frag ‘n’ Bag’ computer gaming weekend was held in Hudson’s Hope at the arena July 16, 17 and 18.
“It happens most weekends from Prince George south,” said organizer Travous Quibell. However, this is the first time that one this size has been held in the north.
Quibell received donations from North Peace Savings and Credit Union and a computer company, plus he used money out of his own pocket because, “I really want to make this happen.”
Participants brought their own computers to play in tournaments individually or in teams to gain prize-winning points. The top prize was an ATI 9600 video card.
The computers are tied into a 100-port switch allowing players to interact. Quibell and another organizer, Ryan Herbison, used over 45 electrical cords for the set-up. They estimated that they could potentially use 30,000 watts of power.
Herbison and Quibell had hoped for more than the 40 participants that attended but they look forward to putting on another one now that they have the equipment.
Participating in the ‘Frag ‘n’ Bag’ was a first for some of Hudson’s Hope’s youth who had been looking forward to the event.
Gamer Joel Stark, one of the gamers would like to see it, “every once in a while at least.”
Legacy Tour a huge success
By Shaun Thomas
PEACE REGION – The 14 day Alaska Highway Legacy Tour wrapped up last week in Dawson Creek and everyone who was on the tour, which traveled from Mile 0 of the highway in Dawson Creek to Mile 1488 and the unofficial end of the Alaska Highway in Fairbanks, Alaska, was pleased with the results.
“From our point of view we believe it was a success,” said executive director of the Northern Rockies Alaska Highway Tourism Association April Moi.
“Our group was warmly received in all of the communities. We were delighted by various events that were hosted and were pleased by the strong response and support for the concept of preserving the wilderness and cultural values of the Alaska Highway.”
The tour included meetings with 16 different communities, First Nations groups and chambers of commerce. At each meeting, the attendees were given a brief overview of the tour and were able to review a draft of the memorandum of understanding, designed to bring those who depend on the highway together. It is hoped that the memorandum will be signed at the Alaska Highway International Forum in Dawson Creek on September 29.
“Everybody that we met with gave us their whole hearted support and I think that most of them have pledged that they will come down to the international forum at the end of September,” said Dawson Creek mayor Wayne Dahlen.
“I believe most of them are prepared to sign the memorandum of understanding and once that occurs we will be able to present a good solid lobby for the senior governments both provincial and federal.”
“What we really hope [the memorandum] will do and what people we visited with feel it should really be able to do is to link us all the way along the highway and bring us together along the highway,” said Taylor mayor Fred Jarvis.
Highlights of the trip included an afternoon of barbecue and entertainment at Wye Lake Park in Watson Lake, a dinner theatre production in the Beaver Creek Yukon, a community potluck in Delta Junction Alaska, andmeeting Santa Clause at his home in North Pole Alaska.
“One of the things that came out of the tour is that there is a sense of community along the highway,” said Dahlen.
“Everybody that we talked to was very pleased that we did take that initiative, so it is very gratifying.”
In addition to signing the memorandum of understanding at the forum, the group hopes to present a report recommending ways to improve the highway, such as increased signage for historical sites.
“If there was better management of funds that go into the sections it could do a lot more for the whole highway and help everybody,” said Jarvis.
Annual Canola Festival in FSJ showcases local talent
By Shaun Thomas
FORT ST. JOHN – The third annual Canola Festival took place on July 17 outside of Cosmic Grounds coffee shop and this year’s festival had something for everyone.
“This year we had 30 performers and that ranged from acoustic artists to electric stage bands. The bands include some punk, some blues, some bluegrass, some modern rock, another band that sings like the Beach Boys, others that are more moderate soft rock and some Irish dancers,” explained festival organizer Dan Gauvin.
“It’s very exciting and that’s what Canola Fest is all about. It originated around the open mikes we had at Cosmic Grounds and from there we started to give the performers a chance to get on stage. When they get on stage they get a chance to just build up that much more respect towards each other and their confidence just grows ten fold”
In addition to the bands playing the stage, there was a tent set up featuring ten local artisans displaying their talents and, in some cases, marketing their art. “It’s great because a lot of these artisans don’t necessarily get a chance to display their work,” added Gauvin.
The festival ran all day Saturday and wrapped up on Sunday evening with a concert featuring local artist Ryan Hennessey opening for The Northern Pikes at the North Peace Cultural Centre.
B.C. announces partnership with Yukon
By Shaun Thomas
PEACE REGION – The provinces of British Columbia and Yukon will now have a better framework in place to improve intergovernmental relationships in a number of areas thanks to a new partnership agreement announced on July 9.
“Our border intertwines with the Alaska highway which goes in and out of B.C. so there is a need for us to figure out how we cross-jurisdictionally do the maintenance, which we’ve done,” said Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie.
“It’s an agreement spawned by the fact that there are so many common interests and concerns in our border area.” According to B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell, the partnership will not only benefit British Columbians living along the border, but people across the entire province.
“The partnership between B.C. and Yukon will help us work together to fight forest fires, improve resource management and develop our off-shore oil and gas resources for the benefit of all of our citizens,” said B.C. Campbell in a press release announcing the agreement.
As part of the agreement, the two premiers signed a Cross Border Wildfire Agreement that establishes an area along the border where the two provinces will share cost related to fighting forest fires and crews from both provinces will work together. In addition to natural resource management, the agreement outlines ways that the provinces will work together in areas like tourism, fuel and tax investigations, and health and long term care.
“There are facilities in the Yukon which may help citizens in places like Lower Post (community just outside of the Yukon border near Watson Lake) which uses a number of the services in the Yukon for its citizens, including a multilevel care facility. This protocol gives us clarity and helps us ensure that nobody is being left out when it comes to health care, regardless of where they live,” said Fentie.
“It’s a real positive step for us to take on behalf of the citizens in our respective regions.”
It is hoped that this new agreement will help reduce inter-jurisdictional disagreements when addressing large-scale projects like the proposed Alaska Highway pipeline and the Alaska to Vancouver railway. The agreement is just one of many partnerships between British Columbia and other western areas like Montana and Alberta.
“We hope that our agreement with Yukon will build on that spirit of cooperation,” said Campbell.
“I think that the B.C. Yukon partnership agreement speaks volumes to what it is we’re doing in the west as jurisdictions, provinces and territories,” said Fentie.
Peace prepares for Communities in Bloom judging
By Shaun Thomas
PEACE REGION – With judging for the Communities in Bloom scheduled to take place in the Peace Region later this week and into next week, the participating communities will have to impress the judges in a number of categories to get their blooms.
“There are eight judging criteria including tidiness effort, environmental awareness, community involvement, natural and architectural heritage preservation, urban forestry, landscaped areas, floral displays and turf and groundcover areas,” explained Julie Despatie with Communities in Bloom.
“The judges will be looking at the municipal sector, the commercial sector and the private properties sector.”
The scores in each category are calculated into a percentage of the total score and that is used to determine how many blooms each community receives. Up to 55 per cent is one bloom, 55 to 63 percent is two blooms, 64 to 72 per cent is three blooms, 73 to 81 percent is four blooms and 82 plus is five blooms.
Despite the heavy scrutiny the towns will be under, Peace Region communities say they are ready.
“The first year we got special mention for tidiness, then the second year we got special mention for community involvement and this year we’re hoping to do better than that,” said Ellen Caillou from the District of Chetwynd, which received four blooms nationally in the 5,000 to 10,000 population category last year.
“The Communities in Bloom program is something that everybody is already doing. Everyone just takes such big pride in participating and making their area and their homes beautiful that the program just makes sense here.
We’re really very proud to just participate.”
Dawson Creek received three blooms provincially last year and a special mention for environmental awareness.
This year the Communities in Bloom committee hopes to improve on that and compete nationally in the coming years.
“If you get four blooms, that [national competition] is an option and it is something we would definitely consider,” said Communities in Bloom Committee Chairperson Debra Chaffee.
To help achieve the four blooms, a number of hand painted barrels have been planted by Dawson Creek City Council around the Mile 0 Post, and trees are being planted in the downtown area.
Last year, Fort St. John finished second in the 10,000 to 20,000 category, finishing just behind Wetaskiwin, Alberta, despite receiving five blooms.
“We came very close to winning national, only one point out I believe. We did very good but not good enough,” said councilor Peter Vandergugten.
“This year looks great. We’ve got some super new programs to add to it.”
Winners from this year’s competition will be announced in October.