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2016 Travel Guide to Canada

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TRAVEL GUIDE TO CANADA C ruisers love Canada for many reasons. Sublime scenery, of course, is one. Inviting ports of call is another because each has a unique character, yet all promise stellar sites and intriguing outing options that turn shore excursions into sure bets. Factor in the endless on-the-water possibilities offered in a place that boasts Great Lakes, mighty rivers, plus three oceans and you'll understand why this country has everything passengers crave. THE PACIFIC Canada's signature cruise is undoubtedly the west coast one that traces the British Columbian shoreline from mid-April through October. Since it covers a hefty portion of the so-called Alaska Route, stunning vistas are guaranteed: indeed few sea-going experiences can compare with threading the island-studded Inside Passage, where snow-crowned mountains, glacier- carved fjords and abundant marine life vie for attention. Luckily, the ports you visit en route are as appealing as the sights you see from your deck chair. Take Vancouver. The nation's busiest home port drew over 800,000 passengers in 2015 alone, most of them travelling north on big-name boats; however, this vibrant city isn't just a convenient embarkation point. It delivers a full slate of urban enticements— top-rated restaurants, theatres and oh-so- trendy shops among them—along with easy access to the area's parks and peaks. Victoria, meanwhile, mixes a "high tea" tradition with high adventure opportunities. If you really want to go wild, eco-oriented outfi ts like Maple Leaf Adventures, Bluewater Adventures and Lindblad Expeditions (a National Geographic Society partner) have sailings that include Haida Gwaii, "The Galapagos of the North." THE ATLANTIC On the opposite side of the country, historic communities, towering tides and large measures of that legendary Maritime hospitality make the Canada/New England Route another classic choice from late April CRUISING IN CANADA SMOOTH SAILINGS BY SUSAN MACCALLUMWHITCOMB St. JoHn'S, nL • nL toUriSM CRUISING

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