North America's oldest bird sanctuary is just two hours from Regina
Last Mountain Lake, Saskatchewan - Just a two-hour drive northwest of Regina you can visit North America's oldest bird sanctuary - Last Mountain Lake National Wildlife Area. Established in 1887, it's an important migratory stopover for hundreds of thousands of birds travelling between their northern breeding grounds and their southern wintering grounds.
Over 280 species of birds have been recorded here, including such endangered birds as the Peregrine Falcon, the Piping Plover, the Burrowing Owl and the tallest bird in the world (and one of the rarest) the Whooping Crane. During the fall its possible to see up to 50,000 Sandhill Cranes, 450,000 geese, and several hundred thousand ducks.
Last Mountain Lake Record-holders include: A Common Tern which was banded here in 1956, then recovered 12,000 km away in the Cook Islands (South Pacific) in 1960.
A driving tour lasting about one hour and covering a 16 km route starts near the Information Kiosk. There are also two self-guided nature trails, and an observation tower. Whooping Crane Photo courtesy Tourism Saskatchewan.
Where: Just a two-hour drive northwest of Regina.
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Welcome to a new feature on Canada Cool. I'll be presenting different 'Coolest' lists with my favorites and I encourage you to nominate suggestions from your own experiences. You can Twitter @CanadaCool or email Lucy@CanadaCool.com. Let me know what makes your suggestion exceptionally cool. Remember, by contributing your comments you are giving Canada Cool permission to quote you. Only a selection of submissions will be included, but all comments and submissions are greatly appreciated!
The first feature is: Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives
Here are some of my favorites...
The Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park, Alberta - This 229 km (142 mi) Rocky Mountain route from Banff/Lake Louise to Jasper passes 100 frozen rivers and nudges the base of the Athabasca Glacier - the most accessible glacier in the world. You can stop and explore it. It spills down from the Columbia Icefield, an area of ice so massive that you could fit the entire population of North America on it with each person getting at least a square metre of space.
The Corridor, Algonquin Park, Ontario – this 56-km stretch of Hwy 60 cuts through the southwest section of Algonquin Park. Less than three hours north of Toronto the park is a nature-lover's paradise with 7,725 km of lakes, rivers, forest, trails, camping, comfortable lodges and 2000 km of canoe routes. Offers hiking trails to stop and enjoy, but what makes it really cool is that it’s one of the best places in North America to spot moose (especially in May and June). And, on Thursday nights in August up to 600 cars will gather to listen to wolves howl.
The Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia – Driving this 303 km (187 mile) route is like riding a roller-coaster: the road snakes around hairpin turns, rises to heights over 365 metres (1200 ft), weaves around headlands revealing spectacular coastal scenery, and plunges down to sea level taking you into the heart of small fishing communities. The most dramatic scenery is between the Cape Breton Highlands National Park entrance near Cheticamp and Pleasant Bay, so go slow. And, plan some flexibility into your schedule, so you can drive it on a clear day.
And here are some of your nominations for 'Canada's Coolest Single Day Scenic Drives'...
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