Canada: readers’ tips, recommendations and travel advice


Knocked out by Novia Scotia

Fly to Halifax and discover the wonders of Nova Scotia. Generations of immigrants entered Canada via Halifax’s huge harbour and you can listen to their stories at Pier 21, visit the Maritime Museum to learn about two major disasters, climb up to the Citadel, then refresh yourself at Tim Horton’s cafe. Look out for whales as you sunbathe on glorious Crystal Crescent beach.

Travel round Nova Scotia; clamber on the mighty rocks at Peggy’s Cove and admire the iconic lighthouse (left); take the Cabot Trail around wild Cape Breton; ride the Bay of Fundy bore up the Shubenacadie River; see life from the Carboniferous Period in the fossil cliffs at Joggins.

Soak up the atmosphere of ethereal Grand Pré and smell the wild roses at Kejimkujik National Park – and all this, and much more, can be reached in seven hours from Heathrow.

Sights to treasure

Visit Lake Louise early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the crowds. The rising sun on Victoria glacier is a sight to treasure. Don’t take the Trans-Canadian highway from Banff to Lake Louise. The scenic Bow Valley Parkway – highway 1A – is quieter and is a must-do. Wildlife can be seen in abundance. Visit Johnstone Canyon – a magnificent watery grotto. The Icefields Parkway is also spectacular.

Do take a picnic and sit by one of the aquamarine lakes. The bakery in Lake Louise village is a very good place to buy provisions. Fill up with gas at Saskatchewan River Crossing – it’s a long way to Jasper or Lake Louise from here. When visiting Peyto Lake, use the higher car park which the buses use – it’s a much easier stroll to the lookout and saves time too. The view of the green-blue glacia-fed water is magnificent. On the way along The Icefield Parkway, do look out for the Weeping Wall, Bow Lake, Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls. All are spectacular and free to visit.

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