Calgary’s Canadian Culture And Heritage At Its Best

Calgary is a beautiful city located in the Alberta Province of Canada. The city lies at the confluence of the Elbow River and Bow River.  There are many tourist destinations in downtown Calgary like art galleries, shopping centers, museums, resorts, parks, and gardens.  Our brief stay with our friends Tommy & Sarah who run was amazing.  It is a beautiful city and the experience was quite adventurous.  Besides the beautiful outdoors, the vibrant nightlife and luxurious dining venues keep the tourists entertained throughout the year.  A few exciting places to visit in the city are as follows:

  • Studio Bell

Studio Bell was established by the National Music Centre located in Downtown East Village.  It is famous as Calgary’s National Museum of music history. Here you can find a collection of over 2000 musical instruments and relics. Some of the famous displays are Elton John’s pianos, TONTO synthesizer, and Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.  We had lots of fun at the interactive instruments gallery. The volunteers helped us with different musical instruments and also educated us on the history of their oldest exhibits.

  • Heritage Park Historical Village

Located at 1900 Heritage Drive, the Heritage Park Historical Village is the most visited destination in the city. Established in the year 1964, the museum is built on 127 acres of land. If you are in Calgary, you should definitely visit this place. With over a 100 historical exhibits the museum continues to be Canada’s largest museum of living history. The top attractions of the place are a steam locomotive, a roundhouse, a paddle steamer, an antique midway with park rides, and an aboriginal encampment.

  • Bow River

If you appreciate natural scenic attractions, you should certainly visit the banks of the Bow River where they have beautiful walkways adjacent to the shoreline. The waterfront path is popular among bikers and hikers. Fly fishing is one of the major tourist activities in this area. The view of the mountains and the foliage from the walkway is truly captivating.

What Does Gatineau Have To Offer For Its Visitors?

Whenever I think of a city to visit on a vacation, I would look for recreation, attractions, food, shopping, and nightlife offered. I found the tourist options of Gatineau to be very attractive and inviting. It had everything that I longed for and I must tell you that my trip to this wonderful city located close to the Ottawa city was one of the best cities I had visited for a long time.

Some of the attractions that I liked and recommend you to check out in Gatineau are:

  • Gatineau Park

There is a host of outdoor activities that you can do once you get to this park in a woodland and hilly area. You will fall in love with this place as it offers you activities like riding, swimming, fishing, cross-country skiing, camping, walking, and jogging. I visited this park during the autumn season and enjoyed my strolling on the footpath. I witnessed the leaves change its colors and it was an amazing sight. The other major attractions were the marble cave called Lusk Cave and the residence of the former Prime Minister Mackenzie King Estate.

  • Canadian Museum of History

This museum is located on the Gatineau riverbank and is a picturesque sight from the outside. There are more than one million artifacts on display at the museum and the displays are done at the Grand Hall, the Canada hall, and the First Peoples Hall. I enjoyed the trip to this museum and got to know more about the history of Canada.

  • Jacques Cartier Park

This is one of the major attractions for family tourists visiting Gatineau. There are activities on offer all year round. The winter time is a major attraction here as there are snow slides and Nordic skiing trails available. The summertime is also attractive for the travelers as they get to spend some quality time at the lakes.

London – A Tourist Destination Filled With Fun, Entertainment, And Relaxation

The city of London in Ontario, as I see it, is a fun city that has plenty of history, great culture, very attractive natural conversation places, and entertainment options. I am happy to have taken a trip to the London city or the forest city in Ontario as it has given me plenty of moments to cherish. There are plenty of attractions and activities that this London city has to offer.

  • London Museum

This is a museum that is home to over 45,000 artifacts and over 5000 artworks. The best part is that most of the arts and crafts featured here are made by regional artists. I thoroughly enjoyed the artwork on display at the museum as it helped me to understand the culture and the history of London.

  • Convent Garden Market

If you love to shop on your trips, then you should never miss this market. Here, you will get to see all the local farm produce and fresh products, unique London memorabilia and gifts, gourmet foods, etc. This was a market that helped me get to know more about the local community and what London city in Ontario is all about.

  • Fanshawe Conservation Area

I love adventure sports and was overwhelmed to take hiking trail in the Fanshawe Conservation Area. This place has over 20 kilometers of hiking and biking trails for all the fun and adventure sports enthusiasts. This space is spread over 3000 acres of outdoor area. The annual Fanshawe Dragon Boat Festival takes place on 10th June. Visit during that time to enjoy a wonderful boating event.

  • Storybook Gardens

If you have a family trip planned for London, then do not miss to visit this 60-year-old fantasy land. The garden is spread over 20 acres and is built based on the nursery rhymes and fairy tales. There are plenty of amusements offered for kids like puppet shows, water play area, play structures, musical shows, etc.

St. John – A Historic And Welcoming Big City

I was a bit skeptical when my family wanted to take a trip to the city of St. John in Newfoundland, Canada. I felt that it was an old city and would not offer anything other than age-old tradition and culture. But, I was totally wrong. The trip with family to St. John will remain etched in my mind for many years as it offered plenty of sight and sounds that gave me an out of the world touring experience.

  • The Provincial Museum

The museum is located on Duckworth Street and this is a heritage site. It has now turned into a cultural hub called the Rooms along with the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Art Gallery. Even though I am not an arts and culture person, I really admired all the arts and the different things that were on show at the museum and the art gallery.

  • Water Street

I am a water person and love to be surrounded by waters. This is what the Water Street, the St. John’s oldest street, is all about. This was once a commercial center of this large city of Newfoundland. It is the docking place for the cruise ship. The street is loaded with bakeries, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

  • Bowring Park

One of the most attractive and scenic-filled parks in St. John is the Bowring Park. It is in the Waterford Valley and was opened in 1914. The statue of Peter Pan and the sculptured duck pond are the major attractions in this park. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with my family at this park.

  • Cape Spear

I got to watch the sunrise from this place. It has two lighthouses and cliffs from where you watch the blue waters and the sunrise. Apart from the sunrise, this place also is a historic site and is the perfect place to spot icebergs and whales.