Canada is one of my favourite things to talk about when I’m travelling. It’s not just for all the amazing things we’re doing (Exhibit 1 // Exhibit 2 // Exhibit 3) that everyone wants to know about. Everything from the food scene, beautiful landscape, and validating all sorts of myths about the country – “Do all Canadians live in igloos?”, “Do you guys really drink from bagged milk?” and “Do Canadians really say ‘oot’ and ‘aboot’?” are fair game. Despite 2016 being a year that most people are eager move on from, Canada is set to end 2016 on another positive note!
When it comes to travelling abroad, I am always treated with so much more respect and pleasantry once the airport / security / immigration / customs officials see my Canadian passport. When I am in a walking group tour, everyone seems to want to talk to the Canadians (and it’s not just my super engaging personality!) There just seems to be so much respect around the world for Canada – from Canada’s stellar reputation on the global stage, and the fact that we often tops metrics and indices used to measure quality of life. It’s safe to say that I am one damn proud Canadian!
Canada is #1 Country to Visit in 2017
I am privileged to call Canada my home. Constant travel and having lived abroad twice thus far have opened my eyes to how incredibly lucky I am to call the Great White North my home! That’s not all – 2017 is a really important year for Canada – it’s our 150th birthday!
And it gets better – Lonely Planet, the trusted expert and mother of all travel guidebooks out there, has crowned Canada as the #1 country to visit in 2017, beating out other travel destinations including Finland, Ethiopia, and Nepal! Being named the top destination to visit is no small feat – the decision on which countries / cities / regions to include in the book is a highly engaging, and involved process of the entire Lonely Planet community so we Canadians are humbled for the honour!
If you’re looking for inexpensive flights to Canada, I recommend using Skyscanner or downloading the App on your smartphones so you can always find the best deals for trip here! Don’t forget to also pick up a copy of the Lonely PlanetBest in Travel 2017 ($20.99, available here) at Chapters, or Amazon for even more travel inspirations! I hear it makes an awesome holiday gift if you’re still shopping for a secret santa present!
In case you are in need of some wanderlust inspiration, here are 7 reasons why you should visit Canada in 2017.
1. Be in touch with nature
Canada is a 9.985 million km² playground for adults, children alike. Canada, being the second largest country in the world, is blessed with an abundance of incredible sights, landscapes, and unparalleled beauty. Visit one of our 46 national parks during your stay – you won’t be disappointed! That’s not a typo by the way – Canada is home to forty-six national parks. On top of that, throughout 2017 the entry fees are waived to celebrate the nation’s birthday! Bring your family and friends – explore Canada’s rugged, and raw wilderness!
Read More: Postcard From | Calgary & Banff
Picking which ones of 46 national parks to visit is probably a daunting task. I highly recommend visiting Banff National Park – Canada’s first national park which straddles the border of Alberta and British Columbia. I visited Banff in June 2016, and the postcards / tourism pictures do it no justice!
Aside from our wonderful national parks, you can also go up north (Yellowknife, Northeastern Territories, Churchill, the Hudson Bay, Manitoba) to see the Northern Lights or visit Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries if you’re staying in / around Toronto.
2. We have an incredible culinary scene
In India you eat Indian food, in China, you eat Chinese food, but in Canada? You eat the world.
The magnitude of Canada’s multi-culturalism is reflected in the diversity of the cuisines you can find in cities like Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Winnipeg. From local favourites to fine-dining establishments, Canada’s food scene has exploded so much that it can be quite daunting to explore.
When someone asks me what is considered Canada’s national food, I used to be stumped and offer poutine, Ketchup chips and Tim Hortons doughnuts. Nowadays, I realize that the lack of just one official Canadian cuisine has allowed creativity to thrive resulting in a bold, eclectic, mish-mash of traditional cuisines being served up all around!
3. It’s really, really cheap to visit Canada now
The Canadian dollars took a nosedive in 2015 when oil prices tanked. It’s become a source of grievance for consumers, and those who likes to travel abroad as our money does not go very far anymore, but it’s good news for you! Visiting Canada with your Euro, US dollars, and even the British pounds will go quite far and you won’t be breaking the bank too much.
4. We are open, tolerant, polite, and really, really, really friendly people
Canadians are often mocked for our tendency to say “eh” and “sorry” a lot. But we know you’re only joking and making those comments in good faith. See what I mean? We Canadians know how to not take ourselves too seriously, we’re modest, and keep a level-head. In a world where extremes reign, you’ll find Canadians to be that level-headed, and calm with a “let’s talk this out” people.
One of my favourite things about travelling is meeting the locals, and experiencing local hospitality. Canadians are known as some of the friendliest people so don’t be afraid to ask for help – locals, police, transit / border / airport agents – we’re really nice people and will help you!
5. A lot of Hollywood movies and TV shows are filmed here
Twilight (Vancouver), Fifty Shades of Grey (Vancouver), Suits (Toronto), and Mean Girls (Toronto) are just a few examples of movies that were filmed in the Great White North. Plus, the Toronto International Film Festival brings many famous A-listers to Toronto so celebrity spotting is a favourite pastime in September.
6. We have a well-built infrastructure
Canada’s highways, road / train / bus systems basically gets you anywhere you want to go. It’s very easy to rent a car and drive coast-to-coast on the Trans-Canada Highway. We have well-established, modern, and clean airports and easy methods of getting to the city centre. Alternatively, if you have more time, you can take the Via Rail or the Greyhound to see more of Canada’s great wilderness first-hand.
7. You’ll be charmed by the urban centres and outdoor beauty of Canada
Whether you prefer to shop on boutique-lined streets of Yorkville, visiting Yorkdale / Eaton Centre malls, experience the raw, rugged, majestic beauty of the Rockies, eat to your hearts content in Montreal, or if you are the more adventurous kind, wanting to try out skiing, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, ice-fishing, cold-water diving, kayaking, canyoneering, whale watching, fishing – we have them all. Come during the winter or summer season, there’s always something to do and try out.
Have I convinced you yet? Come celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017 with a bunch of really awesome, friendly, polite Canadians!
Pin it for Later
I didn’t know you lived here before!! I’m glad you enjoyed your time and that you loved Toronto!
Canadian are very friendly and the nature of canada is stunning!
Thank you Claire ???? We are so blessed with beautiful scenery and an abundance of activities!
I would love to come back! I got to visit Niagra Falls with my grandparents when I was really little, but I want to view so much more!
-Clarissa @ The View From Here
We would love to see you in 2017!! I hope that you can come back soon and see more of Canada first-hand!
These are amazing reasons to visit Canada. We were actually planning to visit this summer , but didn’t get a chance because we went to Los Angeles. Hopefully next summer we will come visit your beautiful country , we can just drive 5- 6 hours to get there.
Nina’s Style Blog Giveaway __ Enter to Win $100
Thank you Nina!! Please do make your way to Canada soon ???? We are excited to celebrate our 150th birthday in 2017!
I would LOVE to visit Canada!
We’d love for you to come here too ????
HELLA YES. WE’RE FINALLY GETTING THE RECOGNITION WE DESERVE. I’m so proud to be Canadian that my suitcase has a cute Canadian-esque print all over it so people know I’m Canadian, /not/ American. I’m finding out about new Canadian national parks every year–just this week I found out about Gros Morne National Park, a stunning area in Newfoundland, but the landscape looks like something from the Nordic countries. Definitely something new to add to my travel list! And I love how diverse our cities are–a friend of mine visited recently and actually remarked on how diverse Toronto is, which makes me so proud.
So much from this week taught me how lucky / fortunate I am to call Canada home ???? I haven’t been to too many parts of the country except for Calgary and Halifax so I have a lot left to explore! I’ve only heard amazing things about Vancouver so I’m really eager to go there!
Girl! You don’t have to convince me at all! I have Canada on my wish list for my dream destination. It’s that nature that you will never find here in Singapore, the specific type of outdoors scene that isn’t what you’d get in south east asia without a huge ton of humidity for the most part. I would love to spend at least two weeks if I were to head over there for a trip of some sort and I really need to save up and plan. It won’t be next year but it’s on my list!
There’s still a lot of Canada that I haven’t seen myself! It’s nature at it’s finest ???? My favourite thing is that even as you drive through the highways, you’ll want to stop and take pictures! Come over to Canada soon – we’d love for you to visit!
I only have good memories of Singapore – it was my favourite destination as a child!
If only I didn’t need Canadian visa to enter the country, I would already be there ????
But I will definitely visit Canada in future))
Looking forward to it! There’s so much to see / do / eat and that barely scratches the surface!
I’ve always heard such positive things about Canada and always wanted to visit, even though I hate being cold! How’s the summers like haha
Maya Not Mya
We have incredible summers!! Not humid, and it rarely goes above 30-33C (unless there’s something wonky with the weather system!) We’ve got incredible seasons – visit any time of the year!!
We love exploring our little corner of Canada, and have great vacation memories from our trips to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and our favourite Newfoundland from our home province of Nova Scotia. The people are the so friendly and helpful.
I need to explore more of Canada as well – sometimes living in Toronto makes me feel as if I’d seen it all! I definitely have a lot to see still!
Canada is a beautiful country! I’m so glad to call this place home ???? I used to live in Vancouver before moving to Toronto for school but no matter where you go, this place is absolutely stunning!
Thank you Emma ???? Love this country!!
I’ve lived in Toronto for 7 years when I was younger and it’ll be forever my favorite place in the world to live. I really want to go back and visit again though (especially considering our election results), I miss it so much!