Travel shorts: Canada

As promised, travel fans (this accompanied a larger piece on Canada)

Of course, Canada isn’t just about le ski.

Along the St. Lawrence River is Quebec City, which should make European visitors feel at home – its amazing skyline is dominated by the Château Frontenac Hotel which sits atop Cap-Diamant. Also, the old town – Vieux Québec – enclosed by the city walls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, you can get back to nature with a whale watching trip with the mammals sometimes even visible from the river’s shores.

Take in two countries on one day on North America’s west coast – visit Vancouver’s beautiful galleries, parks and Chinatown, and then head over the border to Seattle, home of grunge, Frasier and the Space Needle. The fastest way is via Greyhound bus, but a ferry via the Puget Sound offers impressive vistas and sealife displays, or alternatively take a more leisurely and scenic land journey by train.

But railway lovers may prefer four days on ‘The Canadian’ – departing Vancouver and following 4000km of tracks through the western Prairies and the magnificent Rocky Mountains to Toronto – a massive urban conurbation and leading financial centre, but also a modern city with ample parks and vibrant neighbourhoods – nearly half of its population hail from outwith Canada. This makes for a multi-cultural atmosphere with arts, museums and sports, with the CN Tower prominent in its iconic skyline .

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