Canada, the planet’s second largest country, stretches 5,500km from the Atlantic to the Gulf of Alaska. The country is far more than its Rockies, great lakes and craggy coasts: the extraordinary harbour cities, captivating culture, pioneering history and sensational cuisine make up a full-on North American experience. [ReadMoreMob]
Canada’s diverse range of cosmopolitan cities include the bilingual Montreal, with its compact, European feel, and bustling Vancouver, which is surrounded by ocean and mountains and is a true outdoor city. The country’s unique terrain is built for adventure. Good times abound on Whistler's mountains, in Nova Scotia's swells, the trails in the Northwest Territories and Prince Edward Island's pristine beaches.
Dining across the country presents a number of local Canadian specialities: the wild salmon in British Columbia, Québec’s poutine, and lobster in any number of maritime ports. Canadian world-class food is matched by its extraordinary range of red and white wines that hail from the country's vine-covered valleys. [ReadMoreDesk]
Canada’s remarkable history, particularly along its eastern seaboard, is evident in its architecture, museums and the spirit of its people, while music and art are also integral parts of the nation’s cultural landscape. Whatever discoveries await on a Canadian cruise, one thing for certain is the warmth of the welcome afforded any visitor to these lands.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
Built in 1856, the Citadel was built originally as a military fortification to protect the Empire from enemies, despite it never actually seeing any battle. Today the 19th century British fort, with its distinctive star shape to give the garrison sweeping arcs of fire, is officially called Fort George. It watches over the city and port and offers breathtaking panoramic views.
Halifax has a long maritime history. Of particular interest is the Titanic connection; three ships from Halifax were given the grim task of recovering the victims of the ship's sinking.
Parks and Gardens
Halifax has a Victorian-era gated garden right at the heart of the city. Point Pleasant Park has a number of walking trails amidst the trees as well as fort ruins and monuments.
St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada
Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site
Located just outside St. John’s, the Cape Spear Lighthouse National Historic Site is North America’s most easterly point. Here you can witness the rugged continent’s edge and the dramatic scenic coastlines.
Guglielmo Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal here in 1901. Cabot Tower at the summit commemorates the 400th anniversary of John Cabot's 'discovery' of North America.
St. John's is known for its vibrantly coloured rows of houses, helping to give the city its distinctive character.
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