In its 150th year, Canada has become one of the most exciting travel destinations, with a host of events that include First Nations art installations, musical performances and free admission to its national parks. It’s really no wonder Travel + Leisure has chosen Canada as its destination of the year for 2017.
Canada may not have the exotic feel of some other top destinations, but our northern neighbor does boast some extraordinary cultural institutions, vibrant neighborhoods and amazing culinary talents, not to mention its unrivaled wilderness! The exchange rate has also been in our favor for the last year, enticing more Americans than ever before to travel north and experience Canada .
Thinking of booking flights to Vancouver, Montreal or trendy Toronto? Here’s our round-up of the top 10 things to do in Canada to inspire your trip:
- Banff National Park, Alberta – Great destination year-round in the Rocky Mountains. Spend your winter skiing and in the summer, take a hike!
- National Gallery of Canada, Ontario – This art gallery in Ottawa, the country’s capital, boasts some of the best art from Canadian artists in the country, plus it’s a stone’s throw from the Parliament.
- Le Château Frontenac, Quebec – Located in Quebec City, this is one of the most photographed hotels in the world. It was built in 1893 as part of a chain of luxury hotels and it’s nothing short of elegant.
- Lake Louise, Alberta – Named after Queen Victoria’s 4th daughter, Lake Louise is a post-card perfect lake in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. It’s a must-see for sure.
- Butchart Gardens, British Columbia – This botanical garden sees close to a million visitors a year and is located on Vancouver Island, near Victoria.
- Niagara Falls, Ontario – Take in the gorgeous Falls from the Canadian side and you won’t be disappointed. Nearby historic Niagara-On-The-Lake is also a treat.
- Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick – Discover the power of the tide at this New Brunswick spot that features giant eroded rock formations, standing 40-70 feet tall.
- Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia – This 185-mile trail around Cape Breton Island is so scenic and an iconic drive on the east coast.
- Gwaii Haanas, British Columbia – This archipelago is a top spot for spotting killer whales, sea lions and dolphins.
- St. Lawrence Market, Ontario – Visiting Toronto? Head to this spot to shop from 100+ vendors for treats including farm-fresh produce, bread, art and antiques.