The 4 M’s – Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup
If you are a tourist coming to Canada, you are likely expecting Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. The good news is that we have all of them.
Now, Canada is admittedly more than mountains. Still the mountains range from rolling hills in Quebec and Ontario (the northern part of the Appalachian Mountains) to the stunning heights of the Rockies out west.
Three oceans lap at our borders. The prairie provinces stretch out in plains further than they eye can see … to the horizon and beyond. Our lakes are beyond counting, estimates say there are more lakes in Canada than the rest of the world combined. Forests of many types. Rivers than run from raging torrents in the wilderness to great seaways.
Deserts? We have them too. Tundra? Polar ice? You bet. Volcanos? We have them. In fact, Wells Grey Park (Clearwater BC) has move types of volcanic formations than any other place in the world. A lifetime isn’t long enough to see it all.
You might hope to catch a glimpse of the iconic mountie or member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). The mounties still patrol most communities but the red serge uniform you likely envision is for ceremonial purposes not daily duty wear. Still in almost every community you will find a member or detachment of the RCMP.
Moose? Yes we have moose. We also have deer; antelope; caribou; elk; bison; mountain sheep and mountain goats. There are bears (black, grizzly, polar) and lions (okay, mountain lions or cougars but still lions). 195 species of Mammals, ranging from tiny shrews to polar bears and grizzly bears call Canada home.
There are also more than 600 species of birds, 1000+ species of bird, over 150 reptiles and amphibians. If you want to count insects, molluscs, sponges and other assorted critters there are more than 20,000 species. Whatever kind of wildlife viewing you want to do, we have something for you to see.
Cooked down from the sap of ample trees, Maple syrup is a delight. It is used as a condiment on pancakes, waffles, French toast (pain perdu) and more. It is used to flavour cookies, make fudge and other delightfully sweet foods.
Canada produces about 90% of the world’s supply (about 70% comes from the Province of Quebec). Maple syrup can be found in most grocery stores in a variety of grades.
If you are fortunate you may also find birch syrup (syrup from sap of the white birch). Light than maple syrup it adds its own unique flavour to cooking.
Cosmopolitan cities, quaint fishing villages, ghost towns and more await your exploration. Indigenous (first nations) cultural centres can be found in many places. Museums, galleries, sporting fields and arenas are here aplenty to be enjoyed.
The people… oh the people. Canada is a nation of immigrants and together they have woven a cultural tapestry that must be experienced. The words I hear most often to describe Canadians are “nice” and “friendly”. Visit us. Meet the Locals.
Visit Clearwater BC and Wells Grey Provincial Park. We have mountains, moose, mounties and even maple syrup. In the Clearwater BC area we have airplane tours; parasailing; white water rafting; horseback riding, canoeing and kayaking; hiking; snowshoeing; cross country skiing; mountain biking and more to enjoy. We have so much more for you than you can imagine. Make sure to plan at least a couple of days here. You won’t regret it.
When in Clearwater, be sure to stay with us at Valley Hideaway Guest House. If we happen to be full we would be glad to refer you to another one of Clearwater’s many fine B&B’s.
So, come to Canada for the Mountains, Mounties, Moose and Maple Syrup. Be prepared for so much more.
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