Canada: Harmony of Nature and Man

Canada: Harmony of Nature and Man

Huge lakes, endless pine forests, famous waterfalls, and tourist-rich cities await the traveler.

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Canada was a relatively young country, and it wasn’t until the twentieth century that Canada gained independence, but it was still officially the second British Queen. Elizabeth is the ruler of the country. Immigrants make up a large part of the population of nearly 40 million, which is why there is a mixture of cultures. The first European conquerors of the region were the French, who still adhere to their culture and language, and their citizens could also manage their official affairs in French.

There are still a few places in the world where man and nature live in such harmony with one another. Public safety is good, people are kind, and maybe a little closer to European culture than those in the United States. Everywhere there is wonderful harmony in this country inhabited by kind people without borders. Fans of delicacies are sure to be familiar with maple syrup, which is a typical Canadian dessert. In places visited by tourists, maple syrup, which Indians call only fresh water, is popular with tasters and is honey-like in texture.

Varied nature

With an area of ​​about 10 million square kilometers from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and the Arctic Ocean to the United States, Canada is the second largest country in the world, which also means that it has a diverse wildlife and very diverse natural values. The most famous of these is Niagara Falls, which separates the United States and Canada and is the most visited formations in the region. Over one hundred thousand cubic meters of water gush every minute over the not so high but wider waterfall. In addition to the private cities, there are many parks and rainforests that are popular for nature lovers.

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Western Canada is a hiker’s paradise, and one of the highlights of our trip is the Canadian Rockies, one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The habitat of pristine nature: crystal-clear lakes, romantic fjords, thundering waterfalls, huge ice fields, dark green pine forests and snow-capped peaks. Jasper National Park is the northernmost and largest of the four Canadian Rocky Mountain parks. It is located in the province of Alberta, north of Banff National Park. Next to the park adjacent to Banff is the Columbia Icefield, a remnant of an ice shield that covered Canada for 10,000 years and is hundreds of feet thick in many places.

To the steam room

Our ship docked in Vancouver harbor on a slightly cloudy morning. One day and one night, we sailed to reach the Rasuna point, and here we said goodbye to the swimming hotel at last and set out to explore the city. On the winding road of our bus, the downtown half of Gastown was bound. Here you will find a unique steam room in the world, which does not turn on or bend music at all times, but rather emits steam, to delight the onlookers. Life here brims with many restaurants, cafes and mummering on the streets to keep the onlookers entertained.

It is the third largest city in Canada with more than two million people. Its location is beautiful, many parks add color to the area. I think one of the must-visit parks is Queen Elizabeth. It’s located higher than the city, so you have a great view of the surroundings, allowing you to take the best photos. The park is famous not only for its flora but also for its fauna. It is inhabited by beautiful birds, including the smallest bird in the world, the hummingbird. Unfortunately, it was too far for the couple to prepare for their capture, so they ran away.

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Between the earth and the sky

Stanley Park is a 400-acre park that is a great recreation area. It is located on a peninsula with great views of the city. Here you will find the famous Aquarium, where you can get acquainted with special animals. In the adjacent part of the park there is a seaplane runway, which is a special and unique tourist attraction. The next stop on our trip is Vancouver’s famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, a suspension bridge that spans tens of meters deep and extends over 100 meters. Here we can say that we were between the earth and the sky. The tree canopies were attached to an additional suspension bridge, where we could wander for several hours, as the view of the rainforest was amazing.

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City of parks

Early in the evening, we took a ferry to Vancouver Island, Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. The city gets its name from British Queen Victoria, who ascended to the throne of the United Kingdom in 1837. There are many students in the city, and their higher education institutions are popular. Retirees are also happy to stay here, they love the region’s temperate climate, which is usually snow-free even in winter, and the tranquility of a small town.

Photo: Etelka Becsi

The next day we began sightseeing in the “most English” Canadian city of Victoria, where the flowers always open due to the Pacific climate. We visited the gorgeous world-famous Butchart Gardens, a multi-acre flower garden in a variety of styles. In addition to traditionally common European flowers, such as roses, we can find many other botanical compositions with special global colors and shapes. Amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, Queen Victoria “welcomed our group” in front of Parliament. We took a ferry to Vancouver to get back home to Hungary the next day. It’s hard to say goodbye, the natural and architectural treasures of this country, which offer so many extraordinarily picturesque views, are guaranteed to captivate anyone who sets foot in Canada and will surely long for it.

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