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All-Canada Favourites: Six Photos from The True North Strong & Free

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My favourite photos from Canada’s top travel destinations.

In This Photo Essay You Will Discover:

  • Amazing Destinations in Northern Canada
  • Why I Love the Prairies
  • BC’s Best Fishing
  • And More!

I love Canada – it’s my home and it also offers some of the most diverse, unique and exciting travel opportunities of any country in the world.

Why do I love Canada so much? Here are six photos that represent My Canada — those places that typify the True North:

Mike Wiegele

Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing, Blue River, BC

There is nowhere in the world that offers heli-skiing like British Columbia. It’s geographically predetermined: simply put, BC is the only place in the world with such incredibly large, empty expanses of skiable terrain. That’s why operations such as Mike Wiegele Heli Skiing are legendary from Vermont to Val d’Isere.

Galliano Island, BC

The Southern Gulf Islands, BC

The Gulf Islands are Canada’s Caribbean. Don’t laugh! Some of the warmest water north of Mexico can be found in British Columbia, and the gorgeous natural environs of these islands are second to none. Galliano Island (pictured) is one of the best examples of an authentic Gulf Island, as it has escaped over-development and is characterized by the rugged stone shorelines and thick coastal temperate rainforest that typifies the BC coast.

Arctic Adventure

Motorcycling the Dempster Highway, Yukon/NWT

The Dempster Highway is Canada’s Greatest Adventure road – it takes the brave on an all-encompassing tour of everything that makes the North so amazing… from the mountains to the rivers to the taiga to the tundra and more. The Canadian Arctic is untouched Earth, and to visit it is to glimpse back in time and to step way outside the urban safety most of us reside within. This photo, to me, represents the “rambling vagabond” nature of exploring our North Country.

Fernie Fly Fishing

Fly fishing in Fernie, BC

Canada’s answer to Patagonia, the Kootenay Mountains of southeastern British Columbia offers some of the finest fly fishing for trout and char that can be found anywhere in the world. Visiting rivers such as the Elk, Wigwam or Lodgepole and you’ll find fishermen from around the globe – proof of the area’s popularity. But beyond the Kootenays, one can truly dub Canada as a whole as the greatest fishing destination on the planet – from the salmon of the Haida Gwaii to the trout of the Rocky Mountains to the char of the Northern Territories to the Atlantic salmon of the Maritimes.

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Alberta & The Prairies of the West

I love the Prairies – and this area, spanning three provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba) is all-to-often overlooked by visitors. The towns and cities are wonderful examples of the heartland of Canada, and the sunsets alone are worth the price of admission. This photo was taken in St. Albert, Alberta, during a late – 10:00 p.m. – summer sunset.

Yellowknife, NT

Great Slave Lake Floathomes, Yellowknife, NT

Once again I must head back to the north, to the floathomes of Great Slave Lake, around Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. While less-well-known than Klondike destinations like Dawson City and Whitehorse, Yellowknife is your jumping off point to some of Canada’s greatest outdoor adventures: canoeing the great northern lakes and rivers; world-class fishing; wonderful wildlife eco-adventures; cultural tours of First Nations settlements; hiking and camping in the desolate and beautiful taiga and tundra; plus the area offers the best Northern Lights viewing in the world (winter)… if you love the outdoors, you must visit the Northwest Territories.

OK – you may have noticed I’ve only included the West and the North. Well, Canada’s just too big and too great for one post! Stay tuned for the Best of the… East!

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About the author: David Webb is a Vancouver, BC-based travel writer, photographer and magazine editor.

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