Apr 7, 2017

Kristine McCarthy's Top 5 in Canada


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Quebec Maple Syrup

Maple syrup has long been part of Canada’s cultural fabric. Canada produces 71% of the world’s pure maple syrup, 91% of which is produced in Quebec, in eastern Canadian.

Everyone knows maple syrup is synonymous with pancakes, but why not try it in a salad dressing, on bacon, stir some into a cocktail or make candied nuts.

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PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola

Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a 4.4 kilometre journey that connects the high alpine terrain of both mountains.

PEAK 2 PEAK holds two Guinness World Records: Longest unsupported span (3.024 kilometres) and highest lift of its kind at 436 metres above the valley floor. It is also the longest continuous lift system on the globe.

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Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress

Victoria’s Fairmont Empress has been serving afternoon tea since 1908. This beloved ritual features house-made signature Empress scones, pastries, clotted creams and strawberry preserves with a choice of 21 loose leaf teas.

Fun fact: afternoon tea is served to approximately 95,000 guests annually

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Moose

Another Canadian icon is the moose. If you are lucky enough to see one in real life, here are some interesting facts to impress your friends and family: the average weight for a male moose is 400 kg and average length is up to 3.2 m.

The moose becomes a powerful swimmer within days of birth, sometimes diving 5.5 metres or more for plants at the bottom of a lake!

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Totem Poles

Many people think of the totem pole as belonging to Aboriginal cultures all across Canada, but in fact only six West Coast First Nations carved totem poles before the arrival of the European explorers.

Totem poles are emblems of individual families and clans. They tell about family and clan relationships, accomplishments, adventures, rights and stories.