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Canada: What to see and do
Although renowned for the geminate mother tongue of its inhabitants, Canada comprises a collection of multifarious cultures diversely ensconced within the bilingual domain as the regions within hold much to offer in the way of sights, scents, and sapidity; with the Eastern ends leaning closer to the local Francophile climate than their central and Western counterparts. Spread across six time zones, the Great White North houses a spectrum of skylines, with metropolitan enclaves interspersed by sweeping landscapes of forest-blanketed vistas, snow-capped summits, and thriving parks (both urban and sequestered in their own reserved sprawl); in addition to being one of the world’s few locations with resident herds of moose - apart from Russia, Alaska, and Scandinavia. Similarly diverse in its culinary repertoire, a cross-country binge would yield platefuls of freshly-caught wild salmon and buttered lobster offerings in the Western and Maritime provinces, while sharp cheeses, crisp wines, and the essential poutine make up a round of hearty Canadian nosh.
Dwelling in the country’s Eastern reaches, the wing of which spans the breadth of Ontario all the way to the ends of Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia. Acclaimed by Lonely Planet for its mix of panoramic neighbourhoods and solitudinous swathes of greenery, the stretch abounds with lush camping sites and scenic cliffside vistas owing to the neighbouring wash of the Atlantic Ocean and the Hudson Bay. Tucked away from the Atlantic coastline, Ottawa sits comfortably atop the American border and hoists its reign as Canada’s capital. Matching the administrative and legislative significance bestowed upon the city, the distinctive collection of buildings atop Parliament Hill hold sway over the surrounding enclave of riverside urbanity, projecting its ornamented neo-Gothic structure while punctuated by the sky-piercing Peace Tower. Delving further into a dazzling array of showy architecture, choice constructions here come bespangled with luminous glass components like the shimmering multi-panelled cuboid anchoring the middle segment of the Canadian Museum of Nature, or the shielding crystalline shell of the National Gallery of Canada. Offering a warm hearth a few degrees East, Montreal embraces the chilly clime whenever wintertime rolls around, frosting the European-angled churches and airy terraces with snow. Far from freezing to a halt, the city chugs on with resorts basking in the snow-peppered ambit and skaters zipping past the St Lawrence River, as well as a network of up to 2,000 stores in its sprawling Underground City - hailed as the largest subterranean complex in the world.
Heading on over to the Western cusp of the world’s second largest country, the tract covering the provinces of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia proffers equally thrilling escapades amid similarly picturesque coastal mountains, revitalised towns, and fjords lapping in from the Pacific Ocean. Affectionately known for its gardened public spaces and a former affinity for old English charm, Victoria embodies its christening as the City of Gardens with pristine ecosystems abound with inhabiting wildlife, brilliant floral plumes, and photo-ops. From the vibrant tinge of pink and violet within the greenery in Victoria Butterfly Gardens, to the spectral palette of blossoms in Butchart Gardens, visitors can find much to savour in the efflorescence of native and exotic florets. Waltzing in with a swagger hearkening back to classic Americana, Calgary sticks out from its ensconcing in Alberta with homages to the Old West - perhaps best demonstrated through sightings of the Calgary Police Service’s Mounted Unit who keep guard over community events and parades. Sporting similarly novel and peculiar glimpses, the city’s walkways and parks often play host to a variety of public installations and art, like the illuminated Chinook Arc in Barb Scott Park; while the vicinity of East Village holds a public spectacle of colourful murals and illustrated narratives adorning the river walk.