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A Wild Year in Canada

俞祎君 Aggi Yu 2017-05-03 13:44

World’s longest trail 


Throughout 2017 all of Canada’s national parks are completely free, and even better, they are working to complete the longest continuous recreational trail in the world – The Great Trail. 


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Moraine Lake 


It has taken 25 years to create, starting in 1992, and will finally be completed this year, to coincide with Canada's celebrations. They still have 9% of the trail to go, at time of writing, with 21,500kms of a total 24,000 completed, connecting 15,000 communities, and passing through 13 provinces and regions. The trail stretches from the city of Victoria in the east all the way across the country to Newfoundland and Labrador in the west, with other branches that split off and connect Calgary, Alberta, with the far north all the way to Tuktoyaktut on the Beaufort Sea. The new Great Trail largely replaces what was the Trans Canada Trail. 


It's hard to say how long it would take if you wanted to trek the whole length of the trail, and you will find a lot of hard decisions along the way. Whether you're looking for the rugged outdoors, or if you're a wine lover or a history buff, you'll find something along the way to suit your interests. 


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For incredible scenery the Banff trail is one of the best, especially for fit hiking and biking enthusiasts. This mountainous route extends from the town of Canmore to Banff, where you'll be rewarded with great dining options, shops, and nightlife. Bighorn sheep and elk dot the landscape here, from the mountains to the meadows, so don’t forget to pack your camera! Along the Saskatchewan River you can take the trail on either side of its banks to get a different experience of the city of Edmonton. Taste the local culture and walk down Whyte Avenue, which offers not only a glimpse of history, with most heritage buildings here, but several classical theatres, restaurants, bars and clubs. The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) houses nearly six thousand pieces of artwork in its newly constructed facility. 


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Explore New Brunswick 


Just half an hour south of Victoria the majestic mountains give way and, nestled in a calm bay, the Cowichan Valley is home to the country's finest vineyards. This area is a foody's paradise - try the cheese making course and the tasting to experience really local flavour. Walk in the footsteps of the past at Thunder Bay City, full of popular historical and cultural attractions. At Fort William Historic Park you can see a recreation of an old fur trading post just as it was in 1815, and learn more history of the area at Thunder Bay Historical Museum, which looks back to ten thousand years ago. All that time travel will make you hungry, and the area has fantastic options, with cool delicatessens, gourmet bars to the seafood market… so you make sure to come with an appetite. 


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Lower Consolation Lake 


From July, people around the world can walk the full length of this trail, across mountains, and through rivers. While walking in Canada you can see the most beautiful scenery, and if you challenge yourself to climb up and find a lake in the mountains, the glorious spectacle alone is reason enough to take a trip here. 


More ways to celebrate 


The number of Chinese people visiting Canada in 2016 reached 610,139 people. This total marks a year-on-year growth of more than 24 percent, making Canada the third most popular destination for Chinese travellers, after the USA and Britain. 


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Throughout the year there are a wide variety of activities celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary and the policy of free admission to all national parks is an attractive added incentive to visit. There will also be a series of unforgettable and breathtaking celebrations, including the "150th Anniversary Ceremony" on July 1st, Canada Day, which will be held at Canada Place located in Vancouver, British Columbia. During this time, a full-fledged Canadian celebration weekend will take place at the Toronto waterfront. Activities include interactive events and sailing, as well as live music and delicious local cuisine. In June, The Northern Canadian Conventional Vessels will be held in Yukon, showing the waterborne vehicles of the country from over 150 years ago, allowing more people to understand the importance of ships in the history of Canada’s development. 


Additionally, Quebec will host the 2017 Rendez-Vous exhibition in July. At the appointed time, there will be more than 40 high-masted sailing ships arriving in Quebec City. 



THE WORLD'S LARGEST RUBBER DUCK

 WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT THE ONTARIO 150 TOUR 


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One cannot visit Canada on such a momentous event and not take back a few souvenirs. Luckily, from March this year onwards, Vancouver International Airport's One World duty-free stores have introduced the option for shoppers to pay with the popular Alipay app using RMB. There are also more than 90 flights every week from 11 Chinese cities to Canada's major cities of Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal. Happy Birthday Canada! 



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