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To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« on: September 28, 2012, 05:52:05 AM »
I am planing with some friends to visit Canada in 2013-2014 so we must plan a very good trip.

Which Canadian national park you think is the best for landscape and wildlife?

Which month of the year is the best to visit these places in order to have great results

Any other advice you may have i would be more than happy to listen too.
thanking you all in advance.
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Re: To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2012, 07:25:29 AM »
Rex, I am in Vancouver and I would love to welcome you here on your trip. The best time for Vancouver is June until October. Since tge beinning of July until now, we had 1 (!) day of rain!
If you decide to fome to my area I will give you tons of tips!
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Re: To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2012, 07:25:51 AM »
Hi REX (aka TG)

Posted this at the same time as Stef... and like STef, I will try to help you.

"Which Canadian national park you think is the best for landscape and wildlife?"

Oh gosh, we could start a national war here. :P  Naturally, I'd vote for Alberta, but it is a huge grand country and there is lots to see from coast to coast. I've traveled in all provinces and territories over the years.  Lots of great things to see and do. 

A few comments in general.

-- Canada is VERY big and covers six time zones.
-- Unless you plan to spend 2 months here, you will have to limit travel to only two or three regions..a few days at each place.
-- do not consider traveling between regions by train...it is slow and expensive. 
-- Weather is huge factor in all regions..some more predictable than others.
-- July and August are busy and expensive.
-- August skies in the west are often hazy due to the dryness, dust or smoke...depends..varies.
-- For Alberta, I'd tend to suggest late August or the first part of September..we can get cold weather anytime after mid September..but it can be a great month like this year...fabulous weather all September. 
-- The west coast and the eastern Maritime provinces have better weather later in the autumn..well into October.
-- June can be nice, and not too crowded yet....but can be cool and wet in some regions.
-- If you like big cities, go to Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver.
-- Ontario and Quebec can be hot and humid in July and August (that is relative....you will like heat more than me... ;) )

Landscapes
-- every region and province has great scenery ..some more accessible than others...
-- the eastern provinces and British Columbia (BC) tend to have nice autumn colors...more so than the prairie provinces. 
-- the fall (late September to October) colors in Ontario can be breathtaking..and in Quebec, the Maritimes and BC. 
-- the big scenic mountains are restricted to BC and Alberta.
-- National parks are indeed nice, but expensive and crowded..there is lots of nice scenery outside of the parks BUT you are unlikely to see much wildlife outside of the parks.
-- Newfoundland is a very pretty province.
-- Prince Edward Island is pretty but very small....


Wildlife
-- this is huge topic...I've seen the gannets at cape St. Marys in Newfoundland and this was a great experience...but it is a risky place...they get 200 days of fog every year....we were lucky
-- I can't comment on national parks in eastern Canada.
-- Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta and very popular places for scenery and wildlife.
-- I live close (130km) to Waterton Lakes National park .. it is small but scenic....wildlife is "hit and miss" ..we've tried to photograph bears for a few years and had the best chances just last week.
-- At least in Alberta, September is a good month for wildlife...bears are down low feeding on berries for winter...elk start to muster in their wintering areas...but can be hard to get close to...few animals are confined in enclosures in our national parks...so they roam where they want and therefore they can be anywhere and not easy to find in the forests sometimes...
-- depending on your budget, you could hire an outfitter in a park to take to by horseback to see wildlife that many of us can't get to.

Questions
How long will you be here?
Who is coming?
What month is best for you to come?

Regards,

Clive
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Re: To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2012, 06:48:45 PM »
Hi REX (aka TG)

Posted this at the same time as Stef... and like STef, I will try to help you.

"Which Canadian national park you think is the best for landscape and wildlife?"

Oh gosh, we could start a national war here. :P  Naturally, I'd vote for Alberta, British Columbiabut it is a huge grand country and there is lots to see from coast to coast. Most of it in British Columbia I've traveled in all provinces and territories over the years. I haven't. No need. British Columbia is the most beautiful part Lots of great things to see and do. 


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Re: To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2012, 11:18:35 PM »
Thanks a lot both of you for the quick response, i really feel very warm when i have friends like you.... :)

For the moment we are only two persons interested but we may be more until the end of the final plan.The time we find free time to come is end of March until middle of April and end of august until middle of September

Thanks a lot for the information's and really if i come to Canada i will try to see you and have a drink or go somewhere together for photography :)
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Re: To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2012, 04:12:53 AM »
Hi again

"end of March until middle of April and end of august until middle of September"

1) With 15 to 20 days you will have to decided which one or two regions to visit.

2) I'd strongly recommend September. Canada is "usually" wet or cold in April...we routinely get snow in April and sometimes into May. Th coast of BC can have nice weather in April and will be green but I suspect it is also wet. Those roads in Waterton I showed in my post will still have snow on the in April and I think that road is closed until May.

You could see parts of eastern Canada for (say) one week (very rushed) and then fly to Calgary or Vancouver and spend a few days here or there.  BTW, I am away every year for 8 days in September. In 2013, that will be Sept 5 to 13...but will be here in late August. Id be pleased to show you around southern Alberta for 2 or 3 days.

Good luck with your plans.

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Re: To my fellow Canadian mebers...
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2012, 10:28:59 PM »
When it coems to the weather question I actually agree very strongly with Clive. Come in August September and at least for B.C. I can pretty much guarantee sunshine non-stop. Snow? Clive? What is snow???
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