The annual January Brackendale Eagle Festival in British Columbia can include a rafting trip through one of the densest clusters of bald eagles on Earth. Raft down the Squamish River to see the eagles, perched in trees as they gorge on chum and coho salmon that swim up the river to spawn and die.
Brawny Vancouver, with its huge container port, and sedate Victoria, with afternoon tea at the dowager Empress Hotel, illustrate the contrasting appeals of British Columbia's major cities.
Canada's English-speaking capital Toronto and its French-speaking capital Montreal present the two cultures of the country. Travel between them by Via Rail train, and then go beyond to the pure French-speaking city, Quebec City.