When comparing Canada’s sheer geographical size and the vast distances between its cities to its overall population, a picture emerges of a country that is largely unspoiled. Canada is also far from identical to the United States. The original influences in Eastern and Central Canada are originally French, while the original influences in Western Canada come from a variety of ethnic groups who worked to expand the country westward. However, although English and French heritage is common, Canada has been home to many diverse cultures for a long time, preferring the model of the cultural mosaic to the American ideal of the melting pot. What all this means is that Canada is a welcoming and friendly country with a diverse cultural mosaic open for exploration. Outside cities and towns, remarkably vast natural landscapes unfold, attracting travellers from all around the world.
Eastern and Central Canada are the more historical and highly populated areas of Canada. While both these provinces and the Maritime provinces have their own share of natural attractions, travellers often enjoy venturing to the West to see the stunning Rocky Mountains. A great base for an initial exploration of the Rockies is in Alberta at the popular mountain town of Banff, which has many shopping and dining options as well as unbeatable, unspoiled natural surroundings. From there, travellers usually visit the famous waters of Lake Louise before heading north to Jasper, a picturesque town in a national park by the same name. Still in the Rocky Mountains, but further north, Jasper offers travellers pleasures distinct from those of Banff and, with nearby glaciers, a hint of what lies further north.
A popular travel option after driving west through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver is to set out on a remarkable cruise to Alaska, one of the United States but separated from the rest of its mainland territory by Canada’s vast landscapes. The cruise is its own reward, with astonishing sights such as Glacier Bay awaiting travellers. Juneau, Alaska is an example of the type of port of call travellers will encounter. Sightseeing tours or expeditions into Alaskan backcountry are popular activities for travellers. The Canadian North as well as Alaska are truly among the most sparsely populated regions anywhere on the planet and offer travellers the chance to truly connect with nature. The escorted holidays offered by Newmarket Holidays make for a great way to explore the Canadian Rockies and cruise to Alaska.