In the past few years Canada has become known as a destination for those seeking employment. With the worldwide recession setting back the economies of most countries, Canada is one of the few which is actively encouraging people with various skills from all around the world to emigrate there where they will be offered a job.
But Canada is also a great tourist destination whose potential has not yet been fully realized. The vast expanse of varied landscapes and the multi ethnic cities have created a wide array of visitor attractions. Here are some of the fascinating attractions of Quebec Province in Canada.
Québec province is massive; so much so, in fact, that in order to get around, depending on the season you can travel by river, airplane, forest trail or even go cross-country skiing. As one would expect, there are a huge amount of domestic travel agents specialising in outdoor activities such as kayaking and hiking. To be sure you are getting the highest quality of service possible, make sure you book your trip with a member of Aventure Écotourisme Québec. If you are interested in fishing, or want to see wildlife up close, avail of the services of a Fédération des Pourvoiries du Québec member, as they offer a wide variety of tours including camping, motels, hostels or hotels. The choice is yours! There are 400 of these members, and you will find them all around Québec.
Now in operation for 13 years, Air Canada Centre is the top venue for events such as concerts, conventions and sports games and is one of the most popular attractions of Toronto. It is also the base of the Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey Club, Toronto Rock Lacrosse Team and Toronto Raptors Basketball Club. Over the years it has been the winner of over 25 awards and has been the venue of choice for thousands of events, attended by more than 26,800,000 people. The Centre is regularly refurbished to ensure it consistently offers up to date facilities. One of the most recent projects is the Maple Leaf Square extension. The committed fan service package on offer ensures that those hosting events make Air Canada Centre their first port of call.
Visit Canada’s Wonderland to see just why it is one of the most popular attractions in the country. It is an ideal entertainment destination for all the family, and will ensure that everyone has a great time! It is also an excellent place for groups of friends to hang out. This is the only park in the country to offer a Leviathan rollercoaster – a 201 kph thriller with an 80 degree drop – as the highlight. Other exciting rides include the Shockwave, 91.7-metre WindSeeker, Vortex and Behemoth. Children will love Dinosaurs Alive! and Planet Snoopy. Dinosaurs Alive! offers 2.8 fascinating hectares of educational displays, including more than 40 dinosaurs of actual size. As if all this was not enough, Canada’s Wonderland also is home to Splash Works, an eight-hectare water world with unforgettable rides such as Super Soaker, The Plunge and the Lazy River, to name just a few. Everyone is guaranteed to find a water ride here that they will love. Continue reading
In 2011, the Bond Place Hotel was totally overhauled to give it a modern, stylish look. Whether you are staying here for work or pleasure, you are guaranteed to be given the ultimate in friendly service. Smoking is not allowed in any of the bedrooms, which are equipped with spa bathrooms and flat screen televisions. One also has the option to upgrade to a suite, junior suite or business class room. Not only this, but the Bond Place Hotel offers an up to date gym, modern reception and conference rooms. An airport shuttle service will drop you off right on the hotel’s doorstep. It is perfectly located in Downtown Toronto, where Dundas and Yonge Squares meet. Hence the Eaton Centre and Toronto Theatre District are only a stone’s throw away, in addition to a host of great restaurants.
The Comfort Hotel Downtown is located in Toronto’s vibrant Bloor-Yorkville neighbourhood, so it is near many of the city’s prime tourist attractions, as well as unique stores and galleries. Its proximity to Downtown Toronto’s Financial District, in addition to its spacious meeting rooms with a maximum capacity of 100 persons, means it is also a perfect base for the working visitor. The hotel’s 113 stylish guestrooms have all the modern conveniences one could ask for, and the excellent restaurant provides room service. Not far from the Comfort Hotel Downtown are Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall.
One of Québec’s many claims to fame is the size and quality of its national parks. Through exploring these protected treasures, one can fully appreciate just how rich in biodiversity this province is. Each national park is special for its own reason; whether it be as the last remaining stronghold of an animal or plant, or the site of a distinctive geological feature, such as a rare type of crater or cave.
National parks are located just about everywhere in Québec province. These range from the most remote reaches of the Gaspé Peninsula to Abitibi-Témiscamingue. A large number are also easily accessible from cities such as Québec and Montréal. The majority are run by the Société des Établissements de Plein Air du Québec (also known as SÉPAQ). However, Parks Canada manages Mingan Archipelago National Park Reserve, La Mauricie National Park and Forillon National Park. The two organisations co-operatively run Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park.
The Montréal Biodôme, in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve district of the city, is home to 4800 creatures representing 230 species. There are also 750 species of plants. Here, the visitor is guided on a tour of four completely different ecosystems; start your journey in the Tropical Rainforest, continue on to the Laurentian Maple Forest, before entering the Gulf of St. Lawrence and finally the Sub-Antarctic Islands. Along the way you will marvel at the different mammals, birds, fish and plants that live in these diverse habitats.
The Montréal Biosphère is an environmental museum located at Parc Jean-Drapeau. It is situated in the former host building of Expo 67. It informs, educates and creates awareness on the importance of clean air and water, how human activities are influencing climate change, how we can all make small changes in our lives to halt this destructive pattern and environmentally responsible commerce. It does this through both temporary and permanent displays, events and workshops that encourage learning through fun. Guided tours for groups are recommended.