Northern Lights Holidays to Canada
Filled to the brim with wildlife, scenery, character and history, Canada, the second largest country on earth, is a country of incredible charm and welcoming hospitality.
Everything here seems on a larger-than-life scale, all the more so in the region which our Aurora Zone holidays are based; The Yukon, Canada's most westerly province. Here, the 35,000 inhabitants are more than outnumbered by the 250,000 migratory caribou, 6,000 grizzly bears, 70,000 moose and 10,000 black bears. On top of its remarkable wildlife, in the winter this is a part of the country which offers vast untouched wilderness - towering mountain ranges, flowing rivers and lakes and the largest non-Arctic ice field. Here visitors seemingly never fail to be dazzled by the landscape, all the more so come winter nights when breathtaking Northern Lights displays fill the skies with colour.Read more
In the winter, the climate is a cold one, with average temperatures of around -15°C and frequent heavy snowfall, which also makes it a much sought after destination for winter activities such as skiing, snowmobiling and husky sledding.
It is this winter climate that captivates so many visitors each season, who are drawn to explore this enticing pristine wilderness. The captivating history of the region also holds a unique appeal for many tourists, who travel here to get a taste of the 19th century Gold Rush and all the romance, danger and excitement this piece of history seems to exude.
The cuisine of the Yukon also reflects the tastes of Canada, both the diverse and the original. Chef's turn to the surrounding nature in the Yukon, serving up dishes of caribou meat and wild seafood such as the Kokanee salmon and Alaskan king crab. Here you will also find some of the country's most unusual yet well-known national specialities such as poutine (fried potatoes with cheese curds and gravy), butter tarts (butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry) and beaver tails (fried dough pastry in the shape of a beaver tail).
The city of Vancouver is a popular stopover destination for guests on our trips to the Yukon. A visit here showcases a stylish and thriving city, with a scenic location on a peninsula and a backdrop of trees, parks and mountains. A trendy, yet welcoming city, Vancouver offers a multitude of attractions – you can explore the trendy cafés of Gastown and the downtown region or relax in Stanley Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America. It is this scenic landscape as well as its convenient location close to both America and the wilderness of Northern Canada that make it a major tourist destination well worth a visit.
Image credits: Arctic Range Adventures Ltd, Robert Postma, JonathanTucker & Yukon Government
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