Glaciers, crystalline lakes, huge mountains of white peaks and virtually virgin ecosystems characterise this little explored area of Canada as a natural treasure to be discovered.
When the mineral wealth of Yukon was discovered in 1890, this forgotten and rather solitary corner in northern Canada began to fill with onlookers. The gold rush seemed to end in anonymity.
Larger than the state of California, but with only about 37,000 inhabitants, this huge wedge between Alaska and Canada, which starts on the north coast and extends all the way west to the southern part of the country, bathed by the Beaufort Sea. It is also a territory where gold, zinc and copper sprouts, among other minerals, and a paradise of wildlife.
Isolated by some of the highest peaks and glaciers in the country, it is inhabited by animals and ecosystems that remain virtually intact. On the west coast of Canada, however, it is not uncommon to get lost among the wonders of nature.
The adventure begins in Calgary, the fourth city with the largest metropolitan area in the country, famous for its cowboy spirit and an economy based on the oil industry.
The National Park of Banff, the oldest in Canada, is the next stop.
Surprise with its rocky landscapes, forests, waterfalls and glaciers that can be seen crossing an immense network of trails.
It has more than 25 peaks that exceed 3,000 meters in height. Elk, foxes and brown and black bears walk peacefully.
Rafting, trout fishing and helicopter rides complement the offer of activities.
It is worth giving yourself time to enjoy one of the most famous lakes in Canada, Lake Moraine, a beautiful mirror of water that became the image of Canadian on the $20 bills.
Then Lake Louise appears, from where you can see the Victoria Glacier, one of the most incredible in the world.
Towards the area of Montana Castillo, which prides itself on being a busy sector of Banff, and in summer, Bow and Peyto lakes sprout.
The adventure continues in the Jasper National Park, which is part of the Rocky Mountain Park, a World Heritage Site since 1984. By bus it is possible to reach the Columbia Ice Field, considered the largest, south of the Arctic Circle. .
Take advantage to travel on board the Ice Explorer, a set of vehicles capable of reaching all corners of the park regardless of the season. It is worth going through the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island, a journey in which with some luck it is possible to encounter whales.
Take an exciting tour of the Pacific Rim National Park.
A wildlife reserve of 130 kilometers, populated by lush forests, beaches and often you can observe eagle families furrowing the skies.
To the south of this oasis is a 75-kilometer trail, designed for the enjoyment of travelers with a more brave spirit.
In the centre of the reserve, a group of islands and islets that is known as Broken Group. And to the north are the lovely white sand beaches of Long Beach, 11 kilometres to relax, and walk along the seashore, and where the waves tend to rise several meters attracting surfers from all over the world.
To end this journey through the Canadian west, a wonderful region, but still unknown and unexplored by many tourists , many prefer to visit the traditional destinations of the east, what better way to travel the rocky mountains to Vancouver then aboard a train with a glass roof, which allows you to contemplate the immensity of a landscape in which man is still a spectator.
Although the majority of tourists are local – during the first nine months of last year they left 57,700 million dollars – from foreigners, mostly Americans, who dare to explore the second largest country in the world.
A territory of more than 35 million inhabitants, which captivates with a perfect blend of modernity and the freedom that emanates from nature and its wildlife.
Polar Adventure -”The earth that never melts”
That is the translation of Auyuittuq , the name with which this immense and icy park was baptized for on the island of Baffin, home to polar bears and mountains covered in white.
A bit of the Arctic inhabited still with Inuit or Eskimo peoples of these cold regions of the American continent. Its sizes, patterns and fabrics captivate travelers; as well as the irregular peaks and huge cliffs that seduce hikers, mountaineers and skiers.
A corner to the north of the planet, that is worth knowing.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.