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Oh Maple, you sweet sweet Syrup

Oh Maple, you sweet sweet Syrup

The sweet nectar the runs down the valleys of Canada

Its not joking matter that one of the biggest stereotypes of Canada is its syrup. Maple syrup is big on flavor, and big on money in Canada. Canada produces the vast majority of the worlds maple syrup, 91% of which is produced in Quebec. Canada’s maple syrup producing regions are located in the provinces of Quebec (primary producer), Ontario, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. There are more than 8,600 maple syrup businesses in Canada. Maple syrup is 100% natural and the producers of it are made to stick to strict guidelines during production.

Maple syrup is made by first tapping a tree. By doing this the producers are able to extract the syrup directly from the maple tree. This process is done in the spring time when the nights are still cold. It causes the tress to take up more water from the ground. During the day when the temperature increases a change in pressure causes liquid to flow back to the bottom of the tree, enabling easy collection of the sap. This all happens between March and late April and collection takes place for about two weeks.

A tree can be tapped for sap extraction if it measures at least 8 inches in diameter. In order for a tree to be tapped to extract maple sap, it must be deemed suitable based on the criteria of health, diameter and growth rate. Up to a maximum number of three taps per tree per season is allowed per regulation

Once the sap is harvested in the woods, the sap is taken to a sugar house where it is boiled to become syrup. While this boiling is happening, pipes from storage tanks feed sap along a narrow ridged pan which is called an evaporator. The evaporation causes the syrup to become denser and sweeter. About 10.5 gallons of sap boil down to make about 1/4 gallon of syrup through this process.

Viewing the Northern Lights in Canada

Viewing the Northern Lights in Canada

My favorite destinations

Today I bring to you some of the best places to view the heavenly northern lights while on your trip to Canada. Whether you are traveling to Canada specifically to view the northern lights, if you have it planned as part of a larger trip, or merely if you are just in the planning phase of a trip, the information here should be of great interest. Canada is one of the best places in the world to view the northern lights, and its true. The best time of year to view the northern lights in Canada is in the fall and winter, along the auroral zone.

Iqaluit, Nunavut

If you are looking to have a northern lights experience accompanied by a cultural experience, I suggest you visit Iqaluit, Nunavut. Here you will be able to view the lights and interact with Canada’s indigenous people. One can also enjoy polarbear viewing, ice fishing, and kayaking in this arctic destination.

Northern Labrador, Newfoundland

Probably the most popular aurora borialis viewing, and the most famous, is in northern Labrador, in Labrador and Newfoundland. The spark of adventure brings travelers here on snowmobile with the promise of exceptional viewing at night. There are more the 1500 km of trails that span the providence, and the attractions of hunting and fishing add to the experience of viewing the northern lights.

Rocky Mountains, Alberta and British Columbia

Some of the most amazing viewing of the northern lights in Canada can be done from the top of some of the most pristine peaks in North America. The Canadian Rockies are home to Banff national park (one of my favorites!) which has exceptional aurora borialis viewing. There are low pollution levels here which make for some of the best possible viewing situations in the whole country. For the best viewing experiances, head out and find a lake, sit back, and enjoy!

Top 20 sights to see in Banff National Park

Top 20 sights to see in Banff National Park

A list compiled by a professional

There is a reason Banff is my number one choice in Canada. Its beyond beautiful. If you love nature and  the outdoors, visiting pristine lakes, viewing majestic peaks or even climbing, snowboarding, and skiing, Banff has it all. A paradise for the outdoor enthusiast, you can climb, check out ice fields, go camping, look for wildlife, hike to your hearts content and even go paragliding. Check out this awesome video compiled by Tracker Productions for your viewing pleasure.

  1. The Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
  2.  Banff Upper Hotsprings.
  3. Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
  4. Bow Falls.
  5. Surprise Corner.
  6. Mount Norquay Green Spot.
  7. Vermillion Lakes
  8.  Lake Minnewanka.
  9.  Two Jack Lake.
  10.  Johnson Lake.
  11. Bow Valley Parkway.
  12. Johnston Canyon.
  13. Morantz Curve.
  14. Moraine Lake.
  15. Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise.
  16. Icefields Parkway.
  17. Bow Lake and Num-ti-jah Lodge.
  18. Peyto Lake.
  19.  The Columbia Icefields.
My favorite destinations in Canada to visit

My favorite destinations in Canada to visit

Hello! Welcome to my Canada travel blog.

On my blog I will be posting all things related to travel in Canada. From culture to climate, means of transportation, necessary documents to enter the country as a tourist, activities for various groups, and so much more! I am excited to be able to share my love for Canada with everyone, so here we go…

Canada has a varied, vast landscape with wide open spaces, beautiful forests, massive mountains and wonderful bodies of water. Throughout my time spent in Canada, I’ve found a number of my favorite places to visit and want to share them with you here, so that you too can enjoy the greatness that is Canada!

Listed starting at my most favorite destination:

  1. Banff National Park
  2. Whistler
  3. Old Quebec
  4. Vancouver
  5. Toronto’s CN Tower
  6. Ottawa’s Parliament Hill
  7.  Old Montreal
  8. Churchill, Manitoba
  9. Bay of Fundy
  10.  Gros Morne National Park

My favorite thing about Canada is that the people are so nice. Everywhere you go people are kind and friendly, always willing and wanting to lend a helping hand to a traveler. I never had any problems while traveling in Canada, and it was always an amazing experience. I look forward to sharing more information with you coming up soon! Stay on the lookout for my next post about the beauties of Banff National Park! In the mean time you can get all the up to date information from Canada’s Official Travel and Tourism Website Here.


Dont hesitate to reach out with any questioins!

Famous Festivals in Canada

Famous Festivals in Canada

Canada, what a beautiful country! This North American country is vast, is home to 10 provinces, and millions of people. Often times Canada is famous for its fabulous views and state parks. As beautiful as these phenomenon’s are, Canada also has something unique to offer: festivals!

Each festival in Canada has its own time frame, depending on the season and the festival purpose. Regardless of what festival you want to plan, Canada can sure throw a party! Below is a small list of famous festivals that are held amongst the 10 provinces in Canada.

Vancouver Festival of Lights. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada’s most western province), the Vancouver Festival of Lights offers the largest firework competition for its visitors. This is not simply a bunch of people blowing off fireworks. The even encompasses food vendors, concerts, and the popular seawall challenge. This festival happens in July.

Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede surely has history on its side, dating back to 1912! This festival happens across the span of 10 days in July where they aim to preserve western culture and heritage. From tournament style rodeos, to rides, you won’t be bored during this festival!

Toronto International Film Festival. Though they do not seem common, film festivals are great entertainment and a great resource for film-lovers everywhere! Here you can view first showings of various films—from professional to indie—and even learn a thing or two about the art of film. This event attracts thousands of visitors from across the world and held annually, in September.

Winterlude Festival. Located in Ottawa, the Winterlude Festival takes the cold winter months to the next level. This festival is held during the first 3 weekends in February and is held in Canada’s capital: Ottawa. Here visitors have the chance to ice skate on the world’s largest ice skating rink, and view beautiful ice and snow sculptures. This Canadian festival takes winter to the next level by also offering concerts and even a snow playground during this festival.

Celtic Colors International Festival. Located in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia (specifically on the island of Cape Breton), the Celtic Colors International Festival is celebrated by the whole island of Cape Breton! This festival is held during October, which offers some of Canada’s most beautiful scenery. Compliment the scenery, the festival incorporates all things Celtic. From music to entertainment to food; this festival is here to celebrate the Celtic heritage.

This short list of famous festivals in Canada is certainly not a complete list. There are a variety of other activities and festivals that Canada has to offer its locals and visitors, and there is only one way to experience them! If you are looking to travel to Canada, make sure you know when you want to go, and look up what famous festivals are going to be held during that time frame. Not only will you get the tourist version of the country, but you will also get a taste of Canadian culture as well!