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Tilting in Canada

By Linda Tancs

They say that there are more varieties of English spoken in Newfoundland and Labrador than anywhere else in the world. One of those varieties is the Irish lilt in Tilting. Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Heritage District, it’s located on Fogo Island, the largest of the offshore islands in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. Irish settlers arrived in Tilting in the 1700s to fish its cod-rich waters, and their influence remains to this day despite becoming part of the Town of Fogo Island through an amalgamation of towns in 2011. In fact, the community’s Irish roots greet you from a roadside welcome sign (in English and Irish). For a more personal greeting, you’ll want to head to Foley’s Shed, a gathering spot teeming with Irish accents, where an illuminated shamrock in the window will usher you in.

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Hawaiian History in Canada

By Linda Tancs

Canada’s Gulf Islands are scattered across the Salish Sea between Vancouver and Southern Vancouver Island. Much of that natural oasis comprises Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, a place teeming with trails leading to mountaintop viewpoints, lighthouses and reminders of First Nations and pioneer pasts. Part of that pioneering past involves Hawaiians who homesteaded there. In fact, by the 1870s Hawaiians began settling in the Gulf Islands after the U.S. Government began passing legislation preventing them from becoming American citizens or owning land. In British Columbia they continued their work in the maritime fur trade and became landowners, farmers and fishermen. Part of that Hawaiian history is preserved on Russell Island at the Mahoi house, where descendants of Maria Mahoi (the sole heir to the island in 1901) share family stories about Kanaka (Hawaiian) settlement.

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Life on the Straits

By Linda Tancs

The Strait of Belle Isle is a waterway in eastern Canada that separates the Labrador Peninsula from the island of Newfoundland. You’ll get panoramic views of it from Point Amour Lighthouse, the second tallest light in Canada. You’ll also see icebergs and the wreck of HMS Raleigh in the distance. By car, the site is about 30 minutes north of the nearest airport at Blanc-Sablon, Québec, and is located in L’Anse Amour, a small village on the coast of the Strait that boasts the oldest known burial mound in North America.

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Canada’s Rainforest Islands

By Linda Tancs

Haida Gwaii is pristine, rugged and remote, a lush island chain off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Its southernmost reaches are preserved as Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve, National Marine Conservation Area Reserve, and Haida Heritage Site. Haida refers to the Indigenous who have inhabited the area for thousands of years and continue to do so today. You’ll find their weathered totems, ancient villages and partially carved canoes throughout the lush rainforest islands of Gwaii Haanas. The term means “islands of beauty” in the Haida language. It’s been little more than a decade since the marine conservation area was established, a place where orcas pass through and humpback whales feed, often in vast pods numbering in the hundreds. Enjoy a wildlife adventure tour with one of the many operators offering excursions ranging from flight seeing and day trips by motor boat to longer sea kayak and sailing expeditions.

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Top Vines in Canada

By Linda Tancs

In addition to being one of the warmest regions in Canada, the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia sports wineries seemingly around every corner. One of its many wine trails is The Scenic Sip, so named for the lakes (Okanagan, Wood and Kalamalka) ringing its route that provide a stunning backdrop. Okanagan is particularly impressive, considering that some areas have up to 2,460 feet of glacial and post-glacial sediment fill which were deposited during the Pleistocene Epoch. Consider pairing your wine with a little lakeside relaxation.

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Bugs in British Columbia

By Linda Tancs

Known by many as “the Bugs,” the Bugaboos are a mountain range in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. Touted as North America’s answer to the French Alps, they’re prized for their granite spires. Not surprisingly, the region is a magnet for mountaineers. In fact, some refer to it as one of the world’s great alpine rock climbing centers. That doesn’t sound like much of a bugaboo, as North Americans understand the term. Apparently, the moniker was coined by disappointed prospectors following a failed gold rush. If you drive there, be prepared to surround the base of your vehicle with wire, logs and rocks (provided on site) to protect its underside from porcupines with an affinity for brake lines. The Bugs are located within Bugaboo Provincial Park.

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Dino Might in Alberta

By Linda Tancs

Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, Canada, is aptly named. After all, over 150 complete dinosaur skeletons have been discovered there as well as over 50 species. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the park reportedly yields the world’s most complete record of the late Cretaceous Period. In addition to its ancient remains, the site features a badlands landscape similar to that of the Badlands in South Dakota. It’s located in the Dry Mixedgrass Subregion of Alberta’s Grassland Natural Region, the warmest and driest subregion in Alberta.

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A Tip in Canada

By Linda Tancs

Point Pelee is the southernmost point of mainland Canada, a slip of land (the “Tip”) that tapers to a sharp point as it juts into Lake Erie. The area forms part of Point Pelee National Park, where you’ll see waves of Monarch butterflies this time of year. The park also enjoys the distinction of being the first place in Canada where the Northern Cardinal was recorded. More than 390 species have been recorded there overall, a go-to spot for birdwatchers thanks to the park’s location along major migratory flyways. The migration phenomenon is highlighted at an outdoor exhibit at the Tip. A seasonal shuttle bus runs there through October.

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Golden Rules in Canada

By Linda Tancs

There’s good reason why the town of Golden, British Columbia, rules in western Canada. Sitting squarely in the Canadian Rockies, it’s surrounded by six of Canada’s most stunning national parks: Yoho, Glacier, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Mount Revelstoke. It’s also a pioneering town, once home to surveyors and explorers seeking lucrative trading routes in the Pacific Northwest. Those adventures led to the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR), using Golden as a base camp as the CPR created a cross-country network of rails. Later, the establishment of the Trans-Canada Highway transformed the area from a forest outpost to a vibrant community that now boasts one of the best backcountry skiing regions in Canada. Regardless when you visit, you’ll be wooed by the spectacular scenery, hiking trails, waterfalls, lakes and heritage sites of the national parks in your midst.

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A Mosaic of Habitats

By Linda Tancs

Biodiversity is the hallmark of Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario, Canada. A protected area of the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve (an ancient tree-lined ridge of limestone that stretches from Niagara Falls across Southern Ontario to the Bruce Peninsula), it marks the last unbroken stand of forest in the densely-populated Southern Ontario region. Draped with a rugged shoreline and clear, blue water, its diverse array of ecosystems like mixed forests, wetlands and lakes host an abundance of species. You’ll find black bears, red-shouldered hawks, owls and flying squirrels in the forests. In the park’s wetlands and lakes, the at-risk common snapping turtle shares turf with fish such as yellow perch and amphibians like salamanders and reptiles. Camping in the park is popular now, as is relaxing in the warm waters of Singing Sands Beach. The visitor center is located in the town of Tobermory.

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To limit the spread of COVID-19, attractions may be closed or have partial closures. Please keep those affected by the virus in your thoughts and be sure to follow the safety practices advocated by the Centers for Disease Control. Stay safe, and be well.

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