After Russia, Canada is the largest country in the world, and spans over 3.8 million square miles in total. Each region offers a wide variety of different landscapes to see and experience, so choosing a particular Province to visit is always a difficult choice!
That said, if you’re looking for the chance to visit a big city (Toronto), while still being able to experience Canada’s famous nature, you can’t go wrong with Ontario.
With globally recognized landmarks, a multicultural landscape, and one of the best sports scenes in North America, Ontario has something to offer no matter what type of traveler you are! First time visiting? Here are a few quick things you need to know.
We’re very big fans of off the beaten path experiences, discovering destinations like a local, and really diving beneath the skin of a city.
And while we typically aim to avoid the crowds, and to blend in as a local, there’s defintely something to be said about the most touristy attractions – after-all, they’ve become so famous for a reason!
Toronto is Canada’s most popular city; it’s a sprwaling metropolis with an energetic spirit, and a global personality. There are vast green spaces to explore by day, and a buzzing nightlife to hit up at night.
And when it comes to culture & entertainment there’s an eclectic shopping scene, multicultural restaurants, sports, theatre, concerts, galleries, museums, festivals; Toronto is cultured, dynamic, creative, and fun.
If you’re hitting up the city there’s plenty to pack an itinerary, though consider sprinkling in some of these most famous attractions; even if you’re after the local experience, can you really say you’ve visited Toronto without having checked out these sites?!
Canada is one of the world friendliest countries; Canadians themselves have a well earned reputation for being friendly and polite, and the country is one of the most welcoming and safest places for travelers.
Being a laid back nation, there are many freedoms in Canada which can’t be enjoyed just south of the border; the drinking age is 19, unlike 21 in the USA, and there’s publicly funded health care.
But there are a few weird laws.
We’re not sure of the reasoning behind each of these, but some of them are so bizarre that we would definitely love to hear the story! Note that some of these are province / town specific.
Canada’s indigenous peoples are made up of three distinct groups which include its First Nations people, Inuit, and the Métis.
Well over one and a half million Canadians identify as indigenous and many are eager to share their history and culture with visitors.
Canada’s indigenous groups all have their own unique histories, languages, and spiritual beliefs. From First Nations Reserves to important historical sites and celebrations that recognize the aboriginal people of the country, there are many ways that travelers to Canada can learn about and appreciate these unique cultures.
First it was the election of a certain US president that led Americans to contemplate moving to Canada and now more recently it has been Canada’s better handling of the pandemic.
While Canada may have had a pause on both travel and migration for much of the pandemic, restrictions are now beginning to ease which is allowing people from all around the world the chance to once again relocate to the country.
Canada is on track to welcome the largest number of annual immigrants in its history. Nearly 40,000 permanent residents were admitted into Canada just in July 2021, with the possibility of reaching over 400,000 annual migrants by year’s end.
Canada has long been known for its generous acceptance of migrants, offering up a broad range of visas and a possible pathway to citizenship. The country attracts people from just about every country, transforming the nation into a diverse melting pot of cultures.
If you’ve considered relocating to another country, you may want look into moving to Canada. The following are just some of the many reasons why people worldwide are choosing to take up residence in the Great White North.
Whistler in British Columbia is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Canada. The famous winter resort town is situated just a two-hour drive from Vancouver, making it easily accessible for those wanting to hit its famous ski slopes.
While Whistler does attract travelers year-round, offering up incredible hiking and mountain biking during the summer months, its true appeal lies during winter. It held a number of Olympic events when Vancouver hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics, and this only solidified its position as one of the world’s greatest winter ski resorts.
Come see what all the hype is in Whistler as I introduce you to the top ten winter activities that continue to lure travelers from all around the world every year.
There’s no denying that smartphones and their handy apps have revolutionized travel. Whether it’s booking flights and hotels, navigating new cities and finding parking, or gaining insight on local attractions, phone apps make many aspects of travel much easier.
With Canadians aiming to be fully vaccinated by September, the easing of border restrictions will hopefully allow vaccinated travelers from around the world to enter Canada without having to get tested or go through quarantine.
To get you ready for your future Canadian holiday, I thought I’d introduce you to some of Canada’s top most useful travel apps. Whether you need a campsite in Banff or want to check the winter ski forecasts, here are ten incredible Canadian travel apps you should download before your trip.
Being that Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of land area, it should come as no surprise that it’s home to many incredible hotels and resorts.
Whether you’re looking at travelling to Vancouver in the west or Toronto in the east, there are luxurious accommodation options spanning the entire country from coast to coast.
Seclusion in the Canadian wilderness? Fun in the snow at world renowned ski resorts? Or maybe endless entertainment in Canada’s vibrant provincial and territorial capitals? There are hotels and resorts for every interest that easily stand out from the rest.
The following are Canada’s most luxurious hotels and resorts where you’ll be pampered like the many important guests who have stayed, including royalty, world leaders, and movie stars.
Made up of ten provinces and three territories, Canada is an enormous country for travelers to tackle. Stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific and deep into the Arctic, this vast nation is home to vibrant modern cities and large tracts of pristine wilderness.
When planning any trip to Canada, it’s important to not bite off more than you can chew. Because of the country’s sheer size, it’s better to focus on a single province or territory in order to get a thorough experience of what each region of Canada has to offer.
Alternatively, you could opt for a bit of city-hopping tour to get a sampling of the highlights, with Canada’s major cities all well-linked by flights with the country’s main airline Air Canada.
Whether you wish to gaze at the mighty Niagara Falls, hit the ski slopes in winter, or seek out wildlife along the west coast, there are a number of things to be aware of when planning your Canadian holiday.
Here is my ultimate beginner’s guide to travelling in Canada which will offer you helpful advice and planning tips for choosing your Canadian destinations and mapping out your itinerary.
Canada may be known for its pristine wilderness which is protected by national parks like Banff and Jasper, as well as the thundering Niagara Falls, but when you’re the world’s second largest country by area, you have plenty of hidden secrets to offer as well.
If you’re looking for some of the more unusual things to do and see in and around Canada’s major cities, check out these fun quirky attractions and activities.
When you think of wine, you probably think of France and Italy, or maybe Spain, Portugal, New Zealand or Chile. But there are wonderful wine regions in Canada and the United States too!
If you’re planning a trip to North America, and you’re interested in doing some tasting, here’s a select wine list to choose from.
Part of French Canada, just north of the US border with Vermont, Montreal is a unique city which mixes Old World European charm with a distinctly modern North American buzz.
An incredible city where centuries-old architecture is still very much alive, you can stroll down cobblestones streets, past heritage churches and 18th century facades, and the next minute be in a bustling metropolis.
Montreal is an energetic, modern city, that is also fiercely proud of its European heritage; it has many faces, and offers a conflicting yet captivating fusion of North American modernism and Old World Europe.
The city goes crazy over a festival, is passionate about its food, and has a proudly European flair despite being a Canadian metropolis. The great news is that you can experience all of this on a budget!
In today’s age, family get-togethers have become a rare occurrence. Even with growing social networks online, distant relatives hardly get the time to meet and spend time with each other.
Family reunions offer a great sense of belongingness, rekindle relationships and an opportunity to bond between the next generation. Though what if your family members are spread out across the world, or across the country?
Toronto (Canada) is a great place to plan a family reunion; a central destination which makes for easy travel, with a number of outdoor places and plenty of activities for everyone in the family.
Here is a short guide on how to plan a successful family reunion in Toronto.
While we don’t have a choice over the country we’re born in, these days we often do have control over whether or not we choose to stay.
There are 195 countries in the world today, which presents almost endless possibilities for those wishing to live overseas. And when it comes to setting up your life in a new country, most nations are very welcoming!
People move abroad for many different reasons; for business, study, wanderlust, or simply to seek better life opportunities. Either way, to experience life as part of a new culture and have the chance to discover an exotic new land is a romantic adventure quite a lot of people entertain.
If you’re considering moving abroad but haven’t yet figured out where you want to go, the following are the best countries to live in as an expat, as well as important things you need to know!
While Niagara Falls is famous for its amazing waterfalls, and is known around the world as a popular honeymoon destination, this beautiful part of North America has a lot more to offer.
When it comes to adventurous activities, there are plenty to choose from, and, despite being one of the most travelled destinations in the world (30 million people visit annually!), Niagara still manages to keep a few secrets.
If you’re planning a trip to the Niagara region, start by booking one of the many great hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada, and then make sure you set aside time for some of these things you probably didn’t know you can do!
Traveling to Canada is an experience worthy of any bucket list. But forgetting to pack the right items can turn any dream vacation into a tourist’s worst nightmare.
Use these expert packing tips for travel to Canada so you can spend less time and money shopping for things you forgot and more time enjoying your destination.
With Canada’s phenomenal wildlife and bubbling tourism industry, it’s no wonder that countless travelers and residents have chosen this country as their vacation or residential destination.
One of the largest industries, as well as one of the most popular, is the adventure travel and extreme sport industry. People from around the world flock to this country for the wild waters and beautiful scenery, and to enjoy the many exciting adventures it has to offer.
The jagged cliffs and roaring waters give this vast and diverse country its much-deserved reputation for being great for adventure seekers. For those who love being on the water, we’ve assembled a couple of ideas you won’t want to miss out on.
So you love being on the water, and always admired others who enjoy getting out on their own and kayaking away. But perhaps you’re worried that you’ll find yourself paddling around in circles for most of your day.
Even if you have never kayaked, there is no need to fret: there are plenty of fabulous spots for kayaking beginners all over the world. And the great news is that kayaking is a great sport for any beginner to learn.
It’s relatively simple to pick up kayaking, and this is a great way to get close to nature, and access remote sightseeing that you wouldn’t usually be able to enjoy on land.
The following are the best kayaking spots around the world for beginners. If you find yourself in one of these destinations, consider renting a kayak!
Ever since same-sex marriage was legalized in the Netherlands in 2001 (props to the Netherlands for always being at the front of progressive change), the legalization of same-sex marriage has snowballed throughout the world.
28 countries (26 with another two pending) now legally recognize the right for same sex couples to marry, so if you’re part of the LGBTQI community, and want to travel, live overseas, or plan a destination wedding, these countries will recognize your right.
More than 760 million people now live in countries where same-sex marriage is legal, and I encourage all travelers to support those countries at the forefront of equality and recognition of human rights. I also have one thing to say to my own country, in a slogan they coined: Australia, where the bloody hell are you?
About a year ago a message popped up on my Twitter feed. It said that all national parks in Canada will be free in 2017 to mark its 150th anniversary. Home to some of the most incredible scenery in the world, I immediately started planning my trip.
I rented a mid-size car from Edmonton for less than $80 a week. It was about a 4-hour drive to the entrance of Jasper National Park. Now, I’ve done a few amazing scenic drives in my lifetime, like the Pacific Coast Highway along the California coast, Hue to Hoi An in Vietnam, and Lisbon to Algarve in Portugal. But with exhilarating vistas of forest, craig, glacier, ice Fields and wildlife, the drive from Jasper to Banff takes out the top spot on my list. It’s easily one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
The following is a rough 5-day itinerary. If you’re thinking of a self drive adventure through the Canadian rockies, I encourage you to follow this route.
When it comes to the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls continues to intrigue. Created as water flowed into the Niagara River from the North American Great Lakes 12,000 years ago, these three spectacular waterfalls form the hub of a sightseeing and recreational area with enough outdoor and indoor activities to make a great weekend getaway or extended vacation.
As for what to do once you’re there, you can fill your days and nights nonstop or you can kick back and relax. Niagara Falls has something for everyone. Here are seven of them:
When most people think of visiting Canada, they rarely think of the east coast unless they know someone from that region.
But as east coasters, we have long been proud of our little piece of paradise and believe that its small town charm, welcoming atmosphere and beautiful landscapes will make you fall in love!
From seafood to vegetarian and gastro pubs, friendly locals and affordable stays, there are a thousand reasons to visit the Atlantic Provinces. The following are four places you need to visit along the Canadian east coast.
The Arctic region’s beauty crosses the borders of 5 countries: Canada, Denmark (Greenland), Norway, Russia, and the United States. Because of its immense size it contains some amazing sites, both natural and those that occur from the meshing of cultures.
There is simply no way you’re going to be able to take in all that the Arctic has to offer in one visit. So we’ve put together a quick list of eleven bits of awesomeness that should help you get started in putting together your Arctic adventure.
Canada is something of a haven for serious gambling fans, both for Quebec’s fully legalized online gaming and its wide selection of seriously top-notch casinos sprinkled throughout the country.
More than that, with Canada being the beautiful country that it is, many of its best casinos are situated near or even on some of its most breathtaking spots, including Niagara Falls and its Great Lakes.
Here are five of the very best casinos that Canada has to offer for casino tourism fans.
We spent three weeks exploring the Canadian Rockies. From Banff to Mount Robson, Icefall canyon to the Bugaboos.
We hiked and boated, played disc and checked out the hotsprings. We heli hiked and skied while marveling at everything this incredible country has to offer.
This is the best of Canada in three minutes. I guarantee after watching it you’ll be convinced to jump on a flight!