Canyon sights in Provence
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The Mercantour National Park is Provence at its most majestic. Europe's highest mountain pass, Col de Restefond la Bonette (2802m/9190ft), strides through the Vallée de l'Ubaye, the park's most northern and wildest area. Come winter, the Ubaye and its southern sisters, the Vallées du Haut Verdon and de la Tinée, offer fine skiing.
The Vallées de la Vésubie, des Merveilles and de la Roya offer a heady mix of gorges, ageless rocks and white waters, all within easy reach of the Côte d'Azur. The park is home to a dazzling array of birds, including the golden eagle and the bearded vulture. Its higher-altitude plains shelter marmot, mouflon and chamois (a mountain…