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Look Down, Look Up Dramatic coastal scenery, abundant marine life and specacular night skies all form part of Canada’s appeal to travellers. Stuart Forster looks at four attractions, below and above OCEAN CRUISES Of all the world’s nations, Canada has the longest coastline — running more than 125,000 miles — and an archipelago of over 36,000 Arctic islands. That and a rich array of marine wildlife, such as migrating whales and colonies of northern gannets, mean ocean cruises are a great way of accessing aspects of Canadian heritage. Baffin Island, part of Nunavut, is nearly 2.5 times bigger than Britain. Its fjords and the serene landscape of Auyuittuq National Park feature on One Ocean Expedition’s (oneoceanexpeditions.com) 11-night Canadian Arctic and Greenland cruise. The company runs a handful of cruises to the region, offering travellers with interest in historic exploration opportunities to visit locations associated with Franklin’s doomed expedition to discover the Northwest Passage. The Saint Lawrence Seaway proves a route for ships operated by the likes of Viking Ocean Cruises (vikingcruises.co.uk) and Princess Cruises (princess.com) to navigate between Montréal and the cities of the USA’s eastern seaboard. Ships turn southwards past Forillon National Park on the eastern tip of Québec’s Gaspé Peninsula (quebecmaritime.ca).
The Labrador Sea is a prime spot for seeing icebergs
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The five-night Northern Lights of the Yukon tour includes two nights’ accommodation in Vancouver, either side of flights to and from Whitehorse, for Northern Lights viewing, where a city tour and room-only accommodation is provided. Prices start from £1,269pp, including international flights. canadiansky.co.uk
Canada’s east coast is one of the world’s best locations for iceberg viewing. The Labrador Sea, off Newfoundland and Labrador (newfoundlandlabrador.com), is nicknamed Iceberg Alley because of the many mountainous chunks of ice that float southwards each springtime. The best time to see icebergs off eastern Canada is from late May into early June. The long, sunny days are ideal for combining iceberg spotting with other sightseeing. Cape Spear Lighthouse, a National Historic Site at North America’s most easterly point, is one of the best land-based locations for iceberg viewing and makes an interesting day trip from St John’s. Being on the water offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate an iceberg’s scale and beauty. Ocean Quest (oceanquestadventures.com) runs kayak tours throughout May and June. Meanwhile, Iceberg Quest (icebergquest.com) operates boat tours from St John’s, combining iceberg viewing with opportunities to photograph whales, seabirds and the rugged coastline.
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