Mapmobility, one of Canada’s largest map publishers, makes Canadian maps available digitally through the Avenza PDF Maps app, a free app for the iOS platform that combines the detail of Mapmobility’s paper maps with the interactivity of a GPS tool. As someone that knows his homeland well, Carl Nanders, business director of Mapmobility, shared some of his recommendations of the best places to explore your way.
– Niagara Falls: Niagara Falls is an awe-inspiring vacation destination like no other. From the top of Skylon Tower to the base of Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls boosts beauty beyond your imagination.And it's not just the waterfall itself that ignites this area – Niagara Falls is bursting with activities making it one of top 10 places to visit in Canada. From vineyards, golf, casinos, dining and trails to fun on the Clifton Hill main street, Niagara Falls is an experience you'll never forget.
– Canadian Rocky Mountains: The Canadian Rockies are home to Alberta's most breathtaking mountains, lakes, waterways, and some of the best hiking and skiing in the world. Most famous areas are Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.
– Calgary Stampede: The Calgary Stampede is an annual Canadian rodeo that is held every July in Calgary, Alberta. The event is ten days long and is dubbed The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. The Stampede attracts more than one million visitors every year and features the world's largest rodeo. It also has a parade, midway, shows and concerts, agricultural competitions and exhibitions.
– Parliament Hill: Parliament Hill is located on the banks of the Ottawa River in downtown Ottawa, Ontario. Originally used as a military base in the 18th and 19th centuries, the gothic looking buildings now serve as the home of the Parliament of Canada. It contains many architectural elements of national symbolic importance. Three million people visit Parliament Hill every year.
– Old Quebec City: Old Quebec is a neighbourhood of Quebec City, the capital of the province of Quebec. Take in the stunning Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Basilica-Cathedral and after stopping off at one of the city’s many museums, take a walking tour or a horse-drawn carriage ride to get a true feel for this historic district.
– Algonquin Provincial Park: Algonquin Provincial Park is located between Georgian Bay and the Ottawa River in Central Ontario, and is the oldest provincial park in Canada. The park is currently more than 7,000 square kilometres and features more than 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometres of streams and rivers located within the park.
– Toronto, Ontario: The largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario, Toronto is a major scene for theatre and other performing arts, it's home to one of the city’s prominent landmarks, the CN Tower, and also features the Royal Ontario Museum, the Toronto Zoo and the Ontario Science Centre.
– L’Anse aux Meadows: Discovered in 1960, L’Anse aux Meadows is the location of an archaeological site on the northernmost tip of Newfoundland in the Canadian province. It is the only known Norse or Viking village in North America.
– Dawson City: Tucked away in the middle of the Yukon wilderness, Dawson City is a well preserved living and breathing cultural and historic remnant of a time gone by. Once referred to as the “Paris of the North,” its name is synonymous with the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. Today, Dawson’s ‘gold’ lies within its vibrant community of art, music, literary and natural history enthusiasts.
– Prince Edward Island: Many literature enthusiasts may know Prince Edward Island as the place where author Lucy Maud created and based her characters from “Anne of Green Gables.” The Canadian province consists of several islands and depending on the time of travel and which island is visited, Prince Edward Island provides various activities and festivals to attend.
An additional side note: check out an interview on me and my travels on Hipmunk.com here.