Trail Canada Newsletter
Issue 14.0 - 31 October, 2007

This issue we are travelling the Cabot Trail along the coastline of Nova Scotia’s, exploring what the real Montreal Experience is all about and relaxing with some bird watching thoughts in Delta, British Columbia.

In this issue:

The Cabot Trail: A Taste of Scotland in Canada

The Montréal Experience and how to get it

Delta: bird watching

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The Cabot Trail: A Taste of Scotland in Canada

By Brigitte Mah, Trail Canada

Lobsters, whales, sweeping vistas, winding roads and the haunting sounds of the bag pipes; these are the heart and soul of The Cabot Trail, a 106-kilometer long paved road that meanders through Cape Breton Island, providing the traveller with year-round breathtaking scenery and an intimate experience with the Scottish ancestry of Nova Scotia.

Named after the famous explorer John Cabot, who was the first European to visit Cape Breton in 1497, the Cabot Trail is a must-do for any visitor to Nova Scotia. The best way to access the trail is with a car from the mainland, driving across the Canso Causeway. A word of caution: make sure the vehicle you are driving has an excellent braking system, as it will surely be put to the test. The drive is reminiscent of Scotland in more than its culture; it winds through mountainous terrain and hugs the rugged coastline, creating an almost roller-coaster effect in some areas.

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The Montréal Experience and how to get it

By Ronald T. Harvie, for Tourisme Montréal

If you're someone who thinks the rush to “globalization” has created an awful lot of “same-old same-old” in the world, you'll be heartened by a recent story in Gourmet magazine. In it, the journalists Jane and Michael Stern noted that the “onslaught of soulless fast food has been balanced by a resurgence of regional food” and applauded “a new generation who sustain what is now appreciated as local culture”.

Well something similar may be happening in the travel industry generally - at least in Montréal. Here, in one of the world's most popular cities, there's a whole new concept in touring called “The Montréal Experience”. Created by two of the city's most reputable and long-established hospitality companies, Guidatour and Visites de Montréal DMC (in co-operation with Tourisme Montréal), 54 (count' em) customized packages offer visitors authentic Montréal-style experiences. That is to say, a true and personal taste of Montréal's unique local culture.

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Delta: bird watching

By Jan Westell, Trail Canada

Visitors to Delta (between Vancouver and the US border) can enjoy panoramic views of mountains to the north, Georgia Strait to the west, and Boundary Bay to the south. Yet, despite great potential for aquatic adventures, it is bird watching that has become this community’s greatest tourist draw. Since the majority of Delta is rural and flat, with vast tracts of agricultural land that are wetland-rich, the area makes an appealing winter oasis for thousands of birds that head south along the Pacific Flyway migratory route.

All four types of migratory birds can be spotted in abundance in this area, at any time of year, which are: water birds (such as ducks and geese), raptors (such as hawks, eagles, falcons, osprey and owls), shore birds (such as cranes, herons, gulls, and sandpipers), and land birds.

One of the most spectacular sights in the fall is the arrival of thousands of snow geese, which travel approximately 4,000 miles from Wrangel Island, Russia, and tend to feed and rest on Delta’s Westham Island, often within the vicinity of the George C. Reifel Bird Sanctuary. The bird sanctuary features 344 hectares (850 acres) of managed habitat and estuarine marsh, with over 280 species of birds that have been spotted and recorded in the area.

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That's all for now!

See you on the trail,

James Shearer
Trail Canada Editor

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