Trail Canada Newsletter
Issue 16.0 - 28 November, 2007

It has been an interesting start to winter with temperatures high and low in places across Canada that you’d least expect it. This just goes to show that Canada always has some surprises in store and variety is what this country does best.

We have a variety of articles this issue with a guide to the Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights which is on right now and runs right through to January. Our BC adventurer Darren Susin takes us on some of his favourite back country skiing routes in British Columbia, and we also take a look back at Canada’s Legislative Buildings, why they exist and what you can expect to see when you visit them now.

In this issue:

Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights: Tinker Bell meets T-Rex

Back country skiing in British Columbia

Exploring Canada’s Legislative Buildings


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Niagara Falls Winter Festival of Lights: Tinker Bell meets T-Rex

By Dave Brown, Trail Canada

Christmas season is around the corner, and with it comes memories of taking decorations from storage, and of course, dragging out the strands of electric light sets and creating outdoor displays. Anyone looking for inspiration in decorating for Christmas would do well to visit the Winter Festival of Lights held in Niagara Falls. The festival traditionally begins on the first Saturday in November and ends after the first weekend in January. During its first year of operation in 1983, this Festival welcomed approximately 250,000 people and 35 motor coaches. Since then, the celebration has grown tremendously with attendance now over 1.2 million visitors and 940 motor coaches. This year marks the 24th anniversary of Canada’s largest light show, and it promises to be as spectacular as any of the past Festivals.

Enchantment of Disney

Children of all ages will enjoy the main attraction which begins at the base of Clifton Hill and includes many impressive multi coloured light featuring Disney characters. Walking southwest towards the Horseshoe Falls it is easy to appreciate the lights and the colours, but equally striking is the imposing size of the steel structures which hold the bulbs. From Snow White and Tinker Bell to ...

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Back country skiing in British Columbia

By Darren Susin, Trail Canada

Undoubtedly, Whistler and Blackcomb offer amazing skiing. Personal preference determines which is better, but they are both world class destinations. However, sometimes one doesn’t want the populated hills and gondola rides to the top. Ok, that’s a lie, we’d love gondola rides to the top, just not the population! We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite back country ski destinations passed Whistler and beyond. Whether you’re looking for a long day out or a 4 day adventure, we’ve got you covered

Mt. Brew

A great destination and only about 3 to 4 hours of skiing to reach the great hut. There isn’t a huge amount of runs here, but enough for a worthwhile overnight. Not only is the skiing great, the surrounding views are equally enchanting. Black Tusk is prominent, Garibaldi looms on the skyline, and the Tantalus Range looks amazing. With the relatively new ...

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Exploring Canada’s Legislative Buildings

By Susan Huebert, Trail Canada

Where is a good place to learn about the formation of a province or territory, or about the people who live there, or about what gives the area its unique flavour? Many people would probably think of a museum or community centre, but legislative buildings can be just as informative. A visit to a provincial or territorial legislature can be not only a good way to learn about how governments work, but also a chance to see the grand architecture and ornate furnishings that make legislatures good tourism material. A visit to any of Canada’s capital cities should include a tour of one of these impressive structures.

Ever since Canada became a country through the British North America Act of 1867 (renamed the Constitution Act and detached from British governance in 1982), a challenging task for the country’s leaders has been to govern a vast country stretching the width of a continent and extending far north into the Arctic. Delegating power has been an obvious solution, and even before Confederation, the area was divided into ...

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See you on the trail,

James Shearer
Trail Canada Editor

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