Above: Sunrise at Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff, Canada
Regarded as a winter wonderland by many, Canada offers one of the most breathtaking stages for thrill-seekers wishing to experience the snow and slopes but it doesn't stop there. With Canada reaching deep into the Arctic its no surprise that this untamed wilderness presents the perfect location to see the Northern Lights, a truly unmissable spectacle. As the second largest country in the world, there is certainly a mixture of cultures here with a blend of French and British ancestries occurring all over this massive expanse of snow-clad land. The raw beauty of Canada has ensured its protection with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites all over the country from the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks and Dinosaur Provincial Park to the Historic Old District of Quebec. Niagara Falls lies on the Canadian/US border and is one of the most photographed locations in Canada so don't forget to stop by and have your picture taken too! Get up close and personal with Canada's most intriguing natural wonders from the Beluga's of Manitoba and Polar Bears of Churchill to the magnificent Banff National Park and Whistler Ski Resort. Tap to the beat at the Montreal International Jazz Festival if you're visiting in July whilst the Winterlude in February offers a plethora of winter themed attractions for the whole family. Highly associated with the maple tree, Canada offers the world some of the best maple syrup and is a must-try during any visit with some even trying it with crispy bacon! Canada is a major wilderness but is also home to some large cities that offer a more modern way of life. Head into Quebec City and you'll find a grand mix of French architecture and UNESCO Heritage in the old town whilst the modern city of Vancouver, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, is truly cosmopolitan. Come and see what this natural land with the worlds longest coastline at 202,080 km has to offer you.
Banff, the ultimate in Alpine Adventure playgrounds is nestled on the edge of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and provides nearly 8000 acres of ski and snowboard slopes for you to relish in. The main attractions of this area are the winter sports provided within the Banff National Park and the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort offers a prime location to experience it all. Arrive here during the summer months and you'll be able to take to the Banff Legacy Trail that offers stunning mountain vistas and can be enjoyed on foot or by mountain bike! The Banff Centre is the hub for all creativity in the arts world of Canada and offers an inclusive programme of music, photography and theatre for visitors to get involved in. Venture to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies and listen to the story of Canada from its humble aboriginal beginnings to the more cosmopolitan land it is now. Tunnel Mountain is another striking peak to visit during your time in Banff and offers a great array of hiking and biking trails whilst when viewed from the North and East it resembles a sleeping Buffalo. Find out where Canada's National Park system began at the Cave and Basin National Historic Site which is also home to natural, warm mineral springs and an emerald coloured basin that provides a unique photo opportunity. The city of Calgary neighbours the Banff Rocky Mountains and offers a wealth of activities to get involved in from the Calgary Stampede and Calgary Zoo to the Heritage Park and Historical Village.
Nearly 4000km East of Banff is Southern Ontario which shows the immense size of Canada's vast lands. Here the climate is warmer but still enjoys heavy snowfall in the winter time leading to great ski and snowboarding runs for those avid adventurers. This region also borders with Northern U.S.A and is home to the aforementioned Niagara Falls so stop by and get your photo snapped or don the waterproofs and get up close with a Niagara River cruise! UNESCO have listed the Rideau Canal as a World Heritage Site and at 126-miles long it is a magnificent site to behold, if you're visiting during winter head to the part that passes through central Ottawa as it becomes the worlds largest skate-way! South Ontario is home to Canada's Great Lakes (a series of interconnected freshwater lakes) and one of the best places to stay if you want to explore them all is Club Cranberry which is nestled on the banks of Georgian Bay. Toronto is a mere 1-hours drive away from Club Cranberry and is the most populous city in the whole and Canada and boasts a variety of exciting adventures for every visiting holidaymaker!