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Canada

 

To be able to travel extensively in such a large country you need lots of time. Because of this we limited ourselves in exploring only the Eastern part of Canada but we are working on getting to the “other side” also.

Eastern Canada is spectacular. The most “exotic” part for travelers coming from the USA is crossing into Province Quebec. It is not only the fact the everybody speak French and the more North-East you go, the least English you are able to hear. It is the entire French culture that was preserved and cherished in this part of Canada that makes it unique. The Quebec accent is different by the language spoken in France and the tradition says that the language was preserved from the way it was spoken when the French colonists came to these areas. In spite of the dual language status for the entire Canada it is not easy to preserve the francophone tradition in a sea of Anglo culture and the local politicians peddled on the issue and organized referendums to the point of making Quebec a separate entity of Canada. The charm of Quebec City is hardly matched by other town in North America. With its bastions, towers and city gates that guard narrow streets converging toward the cathedral and Chateau Frontenac beautiful promenade, Quebec is a major tourist destination. Just a little East of the city is Charlevoix, or Nouvelle France with its pleasant little towns that spread all the way till Saguenay River and across it in Tadoussac. South of Saint Laurent estuary is the remote and beautiful Gaspe Peninsula whose north coast is full of quaint little towns and charming villages all in a landscape of primeval beauty. The tip of the peninsula is a paradise of the gannets of the Bonaventure island a major attraction so close to Perce, another charming town from where you start descending toward the southern shore in what the Quebecois call Baie de Chaleur.

West of Quebec are the Anglo bastions, the political, in Ottawa that sports a Parliament building that is as “British” as it can be and the business one, Toronto, closer in spirit and look with New York.

To the East are the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. When the USA got its independence, Nova Scotia was fighting on the revolution side. It would have been another USA state. But following the battle of New York won by the revolution, most of the loyalists were pushed north and they ended up in Nova Scotia tilting the decision balance in the other direction, so Nova Scotia, and a subdivision of it that became New Brunswick, were established as part of Canada. To visit these areas is like traveling in the past, most of the picturesque towns on the coast being strongly anchored in the American history.

 

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Canada Stock

9 hours of HD footage from these locations:

Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Tidal Bore, New Brunswick, Quebec, Charlevoix, Tadoussac, Gaspesie Coast, Gaspe, Perce, Bonaventure Island

1 hour of SD footage from these locations:

Quebec, Montreal, Quebec City, Tadoussac, Charlevoix