Unforgettable Canada: 115 Destinations by George FischerUnforgettable Canada: 115 Destinations by George Fischer

Unforgettable Canada: 115 Destinations

byGeorge Fischer, Noel Hudson

Paperback | June 14, 2012

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Featuring 15 New Destinations.

This beautifully illustrated guide features 115 of Canada's most remarkable destinations. Scattered across every province and territory, some represent dream excursions to the far reaches of the land, while others are closer to your hometown than you would have imagined. Each destination affords unforgettable vistas, unusual land formations or compelling glimpses into Canada's history and spirit.

From coast to coast to coast, you'll find some of the best places to visit in a land known for its diversity and its extremes. Whether you want to climb the world's oldest rocks or visit a Viking encampment, kayak with killer whales or tour a diamond mine, you'll find the perfect trip in Unforgettable Canada.

Among the 15 new destinations included in this revised and expanded third edition are:

  • Nova Scotia's Balancing Rock Trail
  • Jelly Bean Row in downtown St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Nova Scotia's Bras D'or Lake
  • Quebec's dramatic Acropole des Draveurs in the Charlevoix region
  • the Bay of Fundy's tidal bore
  • Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta and the Northwest Territories

George Fischer, is a photographer whose images have appeared in over two dozen books as well as in publications that include the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, L'Express, Mountain Living and Explore. He lives in Toronto. Noel Hudson has published fiction and non-fiction in books, magazines and newspapers and has written fo...
Title:Unforgettable Canada: 115 DestinationsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.5 × 7.5 × 0.75 inPublished:June 14, 2012Publisher:Boston Mills PressLanguage:English

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Read from the Book

Preface Photographer George Fischer and I were delighted to participate in the new, expanded Unforgettable Canada. The original book enjoyed several reprints, spent weeks as a Globe and Mail best-seller and was photographed in the hands of the Prime Minister. (We like to think he carries it with him wherever he goes.) In this edition, the publisher invited us to include 15 additional unforgettable destinations. Choosing the 15 proved to be almost as difficult as choosing the original 100. In a country the size of ours, there are far more than 115 remarkable places worth visiting, but we believe this list makes a great starting itinerary for your journeys. The 115 destinations appear in no particular order -- destination #115 is certainly no less worthy of a visit than is destination #1. We decided not to present our choices from east to west or west to east because we want to emphasize the incredible geographic diversity that Canada possesses. Some provinces and territories may be more spectacular than others due to their mountain ranges or coastal settings (or both!), but each province and territory has its own memorable sights. We have attempted to be as factually accurate as possible. Most of the information in this book was checked and double-checked against standard reference works as well as the most current national, provincial and/or municipal tourism sources, national and provincial parks services websites, and so on. Additional historical and scientific information was obtained from a range of authorities, although these were not always in precise agreement with one another. Please keep in mind that this is a book of proposed journeys and not a reference book. We would also like to note that we didn't set out to promote Fairmont Hotels. It just happens that in the late 1800s and early 1900s, Canadian Pacific Railway president William Van Horne built some of the grandest luxury hotels in Canada, at some of the most stunningly beautiful sites in Canada, and these hotels are now owned and operated by Fairmont -- The Empress, Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs, Le Chateau Frontenac. In Van Horne's own words: "Since we can't export the scenery, we'll have to import the tourists." As you enter these pages, we hope you'll allow yourself to be "imported" into Canada's unparalleled scenery, its magnificent parks and nature reserves, historic cities and charming villages, colourful festivals and uniquely Canadian activities. We hope you like where this book takes you.

Table of Contents

115 Destinations


    1 Iceberg-Watching, NL
    2 Dempster Highway, YT and NT
    3 Parksville Beach Festival, BC
    4 Le Pays de la Sagouine, NB
    5 North of Superior, ON
    6 Balancing Rock Trail, NS
    7 Dinosaur Provincial Park and Badlands, AB
    8 Kayaking with Killer Whales, BC
    9 Old Quebec City, QC
    10 Auyuittuq National Park, NU
    11 Cape Spear National Historic Site, NL
    12 Little Doctor Lake, NT
    13 Thousand Islands, ON
    14 Historic Lunenburg, NS
    15 World's Tallest Totem Pole, BC
    16 Land of Living Skies, SK
    17 Toronto's 501 Queen Streetcar Route, ON
    18 Tuktoyaktuk and Pingos, NT
    19 Lake Louise, AB
    20 L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, NL
    21 Montreal Jazz Festival, QC
    22 Kayaking the Admiralty Islands, ON
    23 Mary's Point Shorebird Reserve, NB
    24 Mount Robson Provincial Park, BC
    25 Big Muddy Badlands and the Outlaw Trail, SK
    26 Jelly Bean Row, NL
    27 Algonquin Provincial Park, ON
    28 West Edmonton Mall, AB
    29 Cape Breton Highlands and the Cabot Trail, NS
    30 Historic Whitehorse, YT
    31 Juan Perez Sound and Hot Springs Island, BC
    32 Gatineau Hot-Air Balloon Festival, QC
    33 Virginia Falls, NT
    34 Prince Edward Island National Park, PE
    35 Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, AB
    36 CN Tower, ON
    37 Hiking the Acropole-des-Draveurs Trail, QC
    38 Campobello Island, NB
    39 Cirque of the Unclimbables, NT
    40 Grasslands National Park, SK
    41 Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, NL
    42 The Inside Passage, BC
    43 Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse, QC
    44 Agawa Canyon, ON
    45 Nahanni National Park Reserve, NT
    46 Baffin Island, NU
    47 Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, BC
    48 Peggys Cove, NS
    49 The Ram Plateau, NT
    50 Canada Day in Ottawa, ON
    51 Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, BC
    52 Bay of Fundy Tides, NB
    53 Montmorency Falls, QC
    54 Calgary Stampede, AB
    55 Top of the World Highway, YT
    56 Great Sand Hills, SK
    57 Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, NL
    58 Beachcombing by Helicopter, BC
    59 Cycling the Waterfront Trail, ON
    60 Moraine Lake and the Valley of Ten Peaks, AB
    61 Confederation Bridge, PE
    62 Old Montreal, QC
    63 The Fortress of Louisbourg, NS
    64 Dawson City, YT
    65 Île Bonaventure and Perc? Rock, QC
    66 The Rocky Mountaineer Train Trip, AB
    and BC 67 Skating on the Rideau Canal, ON
    68 Cape Bonavista, NL
    69 Vancouver Seawall, BC
    70 Rafting on the Shubenacadie River, NS
    71 Glacier Lake, NT
    72 Magdalen Islands: Seals, Birds and Sandcastles, QC
    73 Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park, AB
    74 Cape Forchu and Cape d'Or Lighthouses, NS
    75 Mount Logan, YT
    76 Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, BC
    77 Killarney and La Cloche Mountains, ON
    78 Icefields Parkway, AB
    79 Cycling Isle-aux-Coudres, QC
    80 Shediac: Lobster Capital, NB
    81 Churchill's Polar Bears, MB
    82 Gros Morne National Park, NL
    83 Yellowknife: Canada's Diamond Capital, NT
    84 Halifax Citadel, NS
    85 Stanley Park, BC
    86 Grand Manan, NB
    87 Dogsledding in Quebec, QC
    88 Niagara Falls and Niagara Wine Country, ON
    89 Great Northern Arts Festival, NT
    90 Athabaska Glacier, AB
    91 Signal Hill National Historic Site, NL
    92 Brackendale Bald Eagles, BC
    93 Cape Enrage, NB
    94 Mount Royal and St. Joseph's Oratory, QC
    95 The Aurora Borealis, NT
    96 Gimli Icelandic Festival, MB
    97 Ice-Fishing on Lake Simcoe, ON
    98 Masset Potlatch, BC
    99 The Waterfalls Route, NT
    100 Quebec Winter Carnival and Ice Hotel, QC
    101 Bouctouche Dune, NB
    102 Waterton Lakes National Park, AB
    103 Tea at the Empress, BC
    104 Sailing Bras d'Or Lake, NS
    105 Kluane National Park, YT
    106 Canadian Mint, MB
    107 Entry Island, QC
    108 Della Falls, BC
    109 Lucy Maud Montgomery's Cavendish National Historic Site, PE
    110 Kitikmeot and Beechey Island Historic Site, NU
    111 Banff Springs Hotel, AB
    112 Reversing Falls, NB
    113 Wood Buffalo National Park, AB and NT
    114 Cruising the St. Lawrence, QC
    115 Salmon Fishing in the Queen Charlotte Islands, BC

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Index of Destinations

Editorial Reviews

The highlighting of these 100 very different destinations acquaints visitors with the diversity of Canada's landscape, as well as the vast array of potential experiences. Concise descriptions and engaging photography of superior quality by photographer Fischer make this guide a rewarding journey in itself.... Potential tourists are given the enviable choice of dozens of absorbing locales, while armchair travelers can immerse themselves in the luxury of seeing it all. This is an informative and visually rich indulgence that awakens the wanderlust in us all. Recommended.