Lonely Planet named Canada the Best Country to Travel to in 2017 and the New York Times ranked it Number 1 in their "52 Places of a Year", meaning there’s no time like the present to join in the fun. If you weren’t already considering Canada for your next vacation, here are 10 reasons why you definitely should be now.
Dig into food and drink favourites
Canada has some of the best food and drink, even though it might be hard to pinpoint a particular regional cuisine. 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
Canada has an amazing array of national parks. Explore the country’s renowned nature at parks like Glacier National Park in British Columbia and Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto. What’s more? National parks are free in 2017.
Spot only-seen-in-Canada wildlife
Pretty much any trip up north will have you viewing wildlife you can’t spot anywhere else. Head to the East Coast and spot over 22 species of whales or check out polar bears and belugas in the Arctic.
Celebrate rich culture
As Canada turns 150 in 2017, appreciate its rich Aboriginal culture. Discover First Nations art in Northern British Columbia; explore human rights at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg; relive history in almost every province and territory.
Live it up at a festival
No matter your taste, Canada has 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 is a must-attend. There are also film festivals like Toronto International Film Festival and food festivals like Pemberton’s Slowfood Cycle Sunday.
Meet very friendly people
Chat up a local at a live music venue or sidle up to a new friend at a communal table to get insider’s tips on how to best explore your new favourite city.
Explore the longest coastline in the world
Head out on the open ocean in New Brunswick to spot whales putting on a show or get to know the West Coast by kayak or float plane. No matter which province or territory you visit, you’ll never be far from a pristine lake or ever-changing tide.
Find adventure wherever you go
Canada is set up to get your adrenaline pumping. Head into the wilderness and explore its 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
With four distinct seasons, Canada is 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 boasts a diverse experience for everyone. Whatever you’re passion, all you need to do is pick a place to visit and start exploring.