Do yourself a favour — take a trip. A one-day’s outing to that delightful village a few kilometres away, or a picnic at a quiet and enchanting park. Maybe visit that interesting local museum you’ve been wanting to check out but never found the time.
Take a week-long tour of your province’s interesting and charming nature hideaways. Or a month or so touring Canada, from coast to coast. Canada is a wondrous place to visit. We’ve got everything you’ve ever wanted to see, from whales to birds, from the preserved settlements of our earliest pioneers and native peoples, fascinating art galleries and museums, and a more open space than anywhere else in the world.
And with our buck taking a battering on the international exchange, 1998 will be a good year to “see Canada first.”
But what to see and where to go? First, take the opportunity to get some return on your tax dollars — pay a visit to the various tourist offices operated by the federal, provincial and civic governments. They’ve got oodles of first-rate brochures, maps and booklets free for the asking.
The following is a list of the major government-run tourist bureaus across the country. Most have toll-free “800” one numbers. Give them a call, or even better — drop in and browse through the mountain of available material.
- Travel Alberta: P.O. Box 2400, Edmonton, AB, T5J 2Z4. Phone (403) 427-4321 or 1-800-661-8888. Website: www.discoveralberta.com
- Tourism British Columbia, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C. V8V 1X4. Phone 1-800-663-6000. Website: www.tbc.gov.BC.ca
- Travel Manitoba, 155 Carleton Street, 7th Floor, Winnipeg MB. R3C 3H8. Phone: (204) 945-3777 or 1-800-665-0040. Website: www.gov.mb.ca/travel-Manitoba
- Tourism New Brunswick, Box 12345, Fredericton NB. E3B 5C3. Phone (506) 452-9500 Fredericton, (506) 658-2990 Saint John 1-800-561-0123. Website: www.gov.nb.ca/tourism
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
- Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism Marketing: P.O. Box 8730, St. John’s, NF. A1B 4K2. Phone (709) 639-9792 or 1-800-563-6353. Website: public.gov.nf.ca/tourism
- Northwest Territories Tourism, Box 1320, Yellowknife, NT. X1A 2L9. Phone 1-800-661-0788. Website: www.nwttravel.nt.ca
- Department of Tourism, Box 130, Halifax, NS. B3J 2M7. Phone (902) 424-5000, or 1-800-565-0000. Website: explore.gov.ns.ca/virtualns
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
- Tourism PEI, Box 940, Charlottetown PEI. C1A 7N8. Phone (902) 368-4444 or 1-800-463-4734. Website: www.peiplay.com
- Tourisme Québec, Box 979, Montréal, QC. H3C 2W3. Phone 1-800-363-7777. Website: www.tourisme.gouv.qc.ca
- Tourisme Québec (Ontario office) — 20 Queen St. W., #1504 Toronto, ON. M5H 3S3. Phone 1-800-363-7777. Website: www.tourisme.gouv.qc.ca
- Greater Québec Area — Office du tourisme et des congrès de la Communauté, urbaine de Québec, 60, rue D’Auteuil, Québec, QC. G1R 4C4. Phone (418) 649-2608. Website: www.quebec-region.cvq.qc.ca
- Tourism Saskatchewan, 500-1900 Albert St., Regina, SK. S4P 4L9. Phone (306) 787-2300 or 1-800-667-7191. Website: www.sasktourism.com
- Tourism Yukon, P.O. Box 2703, Whitehorse, YT. Y1A 2C6. Phone (403) 667-5340