A Vacation Guide to Canada

If you are looking to spend your summer in an exciting new place that hasn’t yet been exploited by waves of tourists, look no further than Canada. This country has something for everyone: there is plenty of nature for those who like to spend time outside, incredible hotels in bright cities, delicious food, and wonderful people. Below is a list of must see destinations:

The Rocky Mountains

This is an obvious destination for tourists wanting to experience the true composition of Canada’s various geologic wonders. The Rocky Mountains sit along the west coast and serve as a barrier between Canada’s west coast and the rest of the country. The Rockies are perfect for hiking, mountain biking, camping, skiing, and snowboarding. However, if none of these activities interest you, the incredible view will entice you to pay it a visit regardless of your outdoor affinities.

 

A Great Canadian City

The word ‘great’ is applied liberally to describe the following cities, as they are simply the most popular tourist attractions in Canada. Montreal, Toronto, Quebec City, and Vancouver may be strewn across the face of Canada but each offers its own take on Metropolitan living. All have a rich history that can be traced on tours of their streets, buildings, cathedrals, and museums. If history is not something that interests you, don’t worry. Each of these cities boasts incredible restaurants, beautiful hotels and spas, and shopping that can leave a hole in your wallet. No matter what you are looking for in a vacation, a day trip to any one of these cities will be worth your while.

A Beautiful East Coast Province

While the American east coast is famous for its preppy shirts, houses in the Hamptons, boater shoes, and pressed trousers, the Canadian east coast is much smaller and more relaxed than that of its southern neighbour. Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador have long served as escapes for Canadians longing for a change of scenery. These coastal communities are quaint and welcoming and allow for a peaceful getaway among fresh seafood, salty air, and incredible views.

Cottage Country

As a Torontonian, all I seem to hear from my friends is talk about their cottages. If you mention cottages to someone I know, prepare yourself for a never-ending rant. Cottages are meant for city goers looking to retreat from their hectic lives into a nature filled and quiet landscape. This usually includes getting in a car to drive a few hours north of the city to a part of Ontario that is peppered with pristine lakes, tranquil forests, quiet evening barbecues, roasting marshmallows, and air that clears your mind. Travelling to a cottage is an experience best shared with friends and family, like most trips, because the isolation of nature allows you to bond and create exciting memories. And if you really don’t want to sit in a car for that long, let me share a secret with you: if you take the right highway you will come across the most amazing burger joint that serves food in the middle of cottage country. The burgers became so popular that they built a bridge over the highway so that you could get a burger both to and from the cottage. If this doesn’t entice you to take a weekend trip to a cottage in Ontario, there is something wrong with you. I don’t eat meat but would undeniably forget all my principle to eat one of these burgers. I’m completely serious.

by Luise S.