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1 WHALE TALES: BRITISH COLUMBIA In some places, red-breasted robins announce the arrival of spring. On the western shore of Vancouver Island, it's the return of the grey whales—some 20,000 of which swim by as they make the 8,000-km (4,970-mi.) trip from the balmy breeding lagoons of Mexico to feeding grounds up north. Whale-watching boats depart from towns like Ucluelet and Tofi no. But since the massive mammals follow the coast closely, you can also observe them without leaving land. The peak viewing time in Pacifi c Rim National Park Reserve is from March through May ( www.parkscanada.gc. ca/pacifi crim). 2 PANCAKE PANDEMONIUM: ALBERTA Hungry attendees will be happy to hear that pancake fl ipping is as much a part of the Calgary Stampede as bull riding and barrel racing. In fact, an estimated 200,000 pancakes—topped with 454 kg (1,000 lb.) of butter and 1,728 l (380 gal.) of syrup—are served at free breakfasts hosted city-wide each July during the 10-day event. Many also come with a side order of entertain- ment. The tradition started in 1923, when chuckwagon driver Jack Morton began inviting random folks to share his morning meal; now it serves as edible evidence of that legendary Western hospitality ( 3 REEL LIFE: SASKATCHEWAN For many people, Saskatchewan calls to mind waving fi elds of prairie grain, yet this landlocked spot has real waves as well. In 13 REASONS WHY CANADA ROCKS BY SUSAN MACCALLUM-WHITCOMB Canada, being the world's second largest country, covers a lot of ground. So its far-fl ung boundaries encompass many diff erences in terms of geography and culture. One thing, however, remains constant: wherever you go in this vast land, you're sure to fi nd something remarkable. Here are 13 of the reasons why Canada rocks. FISHING • TOURISM SK 12

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