Exploring Canada from Sea to Sea Author:National Beographic Society Exploring Canada From Sea to Sea takes you on an epic journey. Nine authors traveled thousands of miles to capture the mood and texture of life in Canada. In these pages they recall stirring moments from the past and introduce Canadians who cherish a shining vision of the future. — Your transcontinental adventure begins in booming, bilingual Mont... more »real. There you visit a climate-controlled subterranean arcade for shoppers and diners, listen to the blare of rhythm and blues music in a cellar discotheque, overhear the animated voice of French Canada, and savor French Cuisine at gourmet restaurants.
Moving on to Quebec, you stroll the gently rolling plains of Abraham, where British troops wrested an empire from France. In the Maritime Provinces salt air fills your lungs, gulls squabble above the fishing boats, and bagpipes shrill in villages where Gaelic is still spoken.
Traces of a Viking settlement speak of the past at a quiet cove in Newfoundland where Norsemen--perhaps led by Leif Ericson himself--landed 500 years before Columbus began his voyages. You sense the surge of the Future of Churchill Falls. There engineers are building North America's greatest hydroelectric installation.
Exploring Canada moves westward with the thrust of the nation's history: to Ottawa, the capital; to vigorous Toronto; to wooded waterways that rang with the songs of the voyageurs as they paddled the birch-bark canoes of the fur traders. You cross the muskeg to Hudson Bay, and the prairies to Regina, where the legend of the Mounties takes on bone and muscle. Then the Rockies soar above you like a breaking wave, and you wind through splendid mountain parks: Waterton, Kootenay, Banff, Yoho, Jasper. Bears wander across golf courses, bull elk battle on the fairways, and deer window-shop in the town of Jasper.
Near the Alaska border, you venture into ghost towns that roared with violent life in gold-rush days. You climb the heartbreaking trail through Chilkoot Pass, where men drove themselves upward in an antlike line to reach the gold fields of the Klondike.
On the west coast two jewel-like cities welcome you: Vancouver, proud and gay, with 40,000 pleasure boats on its waterways, and Victoria, sunny and reserved, where afternoon tea is a tradition and cricket a popular sport--but where box lacrosse is played with reckless abandon.
Here, then, is Canada, vast, varied, eye-filling. More than 200 full-color photographs present the marvels of the great cities, the majesty of the Rockies, the mystery of the northland.
Exploring Canada From Sea to Sea is the first of the Society's new series of Special Publications for 1967--the year of Canada's Centennial and of its World's Fair, Expo 67.« less