If you weren’t already considering Canada for your next holiday, you definitely should be now. Why? Lonely Planet just named us the Best Country to Travel to in 2017, meaning there’s no time like the present to join in the fun -- as they put it, it’s a destination you cannot afford to miss. If you were already considering a trip across the Atlantic, here are a few Canadian experiences to give you a little extra push.
Dig into food and drink favourites
Sure, it might be hard to pinpoint a particular regional cuisine when it comes to Canada (bacon? poutine?), but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some of the best food and drink out there. Head to Churchill, Manitoba for delicious food in a remarkable setting, discover the best restaurants across the country, or sample up-and-coming brews while visiting innovative breweries in places like Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Travel through over 45 national parks
Outdoor enthusiast? Then Canada’s probably already on your bucket list thanks to its amazing array of national parks. But even if you’re not a seasoned hiker, parks like Glacier National Park in British Columbia and Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto provide plenty of opportunity to explore the country’s renowned nature. Bonus: National parks are free in 2017.
Spot only-seen-in-Canada wildlife
Celebrate rich culture
Turning 150 in 2017, Canada has a few stories to tell. From coast to coast, you’ll find people, culture, and communities that encapsulate the past of the country, while looking forward to the future. Appreciate the rich Aboriginal culture across the country; discover First Nations art in Northern British Columbia; explore human rights at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg; and relive history in almost every province and territory. There are plenty of ways to discover Canada’s past.
Live it up at a festival
No matter your taste, we’ve got a festival for you. Into music? Check out Oshega in Montreal or RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa. If comedy’s more your thing, Just For Laughs in a must-attend. There are also film festivals (like Toronto International Film Festival) and food festivals all across the country (like Pemberton’s Slowfood Cycle Sunday).
Meet very friendly people
Explore the longest coastline in the world
Find adventure wherever you go
Nature equals adventure, meaning Canada is set up to get your adrenaline pumping. Head into the wilderness and explore Canada’s rustic side or stick close to the city and discover an urban adventure. Exhilarating excursions can be found just about everywhere — from the Badlands of Alberta to the windswept mountains of Baffin Island.
Discover the four seasons
It’s not always cold up here. In fact, it’s probably warmer than you think. Canada’s host to four distinct seasons, making it a great year-round destination. Head into the trees to discover the fall colours, celebrate winter at a festival in Quebec City, lay out on a beach in Prince Edward Island in the summer, or discover spring coming to life on a hike in Ottawa.
Take in the diversity
From culture, to food, to experiences, Canada certainly boasts a diverse experience for everyone. No matter what you’re passionate about, we have something to offer — all you need to do is pick a place to visit and start exploring.