In fact, the 38 mile drive to Stewart from Cassiar Highway makes the trip worthwhile. Wildlife viewing is a top summertime activity such as bears, salmon, moose, eagles, mountain goats and even orca whales.
The surrounding mountains and nearby wilderness parks, Mount Edziza and Spatsizi Plateau, provide excellent ground for a Canada hiking tour.
Stewart is also the place where you can charter a helicopter to get a look at the active volcano, Hoodoo Mountain. Stewart has a self-guided heritage walk, sightseeing charters, heli-tours as well as canoeing and other fun outdoor activities.
You can fly or drive from Vancouver to the local towns of Prince George and Quesnel. Set up a base there and then head out to watch the grizzlies fish for salmon.
Or you can enjoy some great hiking, canoeing or white water rafting. There are plenty of secluded fishing spots. The Chilcotin River and the Fraser River cut through providing a good place for a Canada fishing vacation.
There are plenty of boat tours available or, if you are more adventurous, you can go out in a canoe or kayak. It is also common to be able to spot them right from shore. This is one of the few places where it is almost a certainty to see whales every day. In fact companies like Northern Lights expeditions guarantee sightings on their kayaking tours.
You can dine out and sample some original West Coast delights or sample local wines. If you come in the summer, there is the Great International Bathtub Race. In August, there is a local blues festival. We have exciting local theatre and music. You can walk on the harbor-front walkway.
Whatever you want to do, it’s available in Nanaimo and we’re friendly. Nanaimo is perfect for your family vacation in Canada. Plus, we have Nanaimo Bars, a to-die-for chocolate treat.
It is also the nesting grounds of the whooping crane which is on the list of critically endangered species. Besides the bison and whooping cranes, there are over 47 species of mammals and 227 species of birds that make their home here. This makes the Wood Buffalo National Park a good Canada vacation idea for wildlife viewing and bird watching.
Yoho National Park is one of only three known sites of Cambrian fossils. A cool addition to your trip is a guided hiking tour to the fossil beds. Popular sites are the natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, the Takakkaw Falls and the Kicking Horse Pass National Historic Site. There are campsites for both vehicles and tents, so this is makes a trip to beautiful Yoho National Park an inexpensive Canada vacation idea.