21 reasons to visit Canada
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Will this be the year you join a polar bear tour, or yodel in the Canadian Rockies? Will it be the year you finally visit Fogo Island, or witness the Northern Lights and their stardust dance? If you choose to visit Canada, the answer could be, “Yes!”
To provide some travel inspo, Fresh Tracks Canada and our team of Canadian Insiders present 21 compelling reasons to follow the compass north.
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We've got polar bears!
Did you know over two-thirds of the planet’s polar bears call Canada home, and that Churchill, Manitoba is the best place to see them? Join a polar bear safari during their annual fall migration.
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Our lakes are so blue they look fake.This is especially so in the Canadian Rockies where the glacial silt suspended in the water turns it an unreal turquoise colour. Bonus fact: Canada has more lakes than any other country in the world!
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You can learn to surf.Tofino, B.C. has an incredible break for newbie surfers, plus it’s an all-around awesome town for nature lovers thanks to surrounding old-growth rainforest and opportunities for whale and bear watching.
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Our Parliament looks like Hogwarts.The Gothic Revival-style architecture of Ottawa’s 150-year-old government buildings resembles a famous fantasy franchise.
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One word: poutine.This drool-worthy Quebecois dish of French fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds is reason enough to visit Canada; specifically, Montreal or Quebec City.
We’re an emerging wine region.The Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario and the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia are becoming renowned for their unique terroir and award-winning vintages.
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We have our own Big 5 wild animals.Africa as lions and rhinos; Canada has polar bears and moose. In fact, a northern wildlife safari will let you experience more than massive land mammals — you can see orcas, beluga whales and narwhals, too.
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We’re one of the world’s safest countries.Canada ranks second for safety, according to the 2020 Best Countries report, which means it makes an ideal family destination. Take the kids to Waterton National Park in the Canadian Rockies (pictured).
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Learn what on earth a toque is.Canadians have unique words for everything from a dollar coin (loonie) to a case of beer (two-four), which makes a visit here very endearing. By the way, a toque is a knit cap you can wear while dog sledding!
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We’re Hollywood North.Those sweeping vistas from Brokeback Mountain? Alberta. The rugged wilderness pictured in The Revenant? Also Kananaskis Country, Alberta.
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We have Fogo Island Inn.Voted the third best hotel in the world as part of the 2020 World’s Best Awards, this architectural marvel — perched on the rocks of remote Fogo Island, Newfoundland — is worth every kilometre of the long journey to get there.
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Our air is some of the cleanest in the world.In addition to plenty of wide-open spaces, Canada’s is also one of the planet’s least-polluted countries. Remember to breathe deep while fly fishing at Maligne Lake in the Canadian Rockies.
We have the only fortified city north of Mexico.Quebec City is still encircled by a stone wall, which is what makes it feel more like Europe than North America.
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Canada invented heli-skiing and heli-hiking.Try this summer pastime where a whirly bird spirits you high into the alpine to bag a peak or touch a glacier.
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Farm-to-table dining is a thing (even on a train).
Yes, you can eat wild-caught salmon and foraged berries paired with B.C. wine on the Rocky Mountaineer train that travels between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies.
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We’re funny!We have a great sense of humour, as shown in CBC’s award-winning comedy Schitt's Creek (filmed in Canada with a Canadian cast). Not only are Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara Canucks, all those other comedians are, too: Mike Myers, Samantha Bee, and Seth Rogen.
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We have the best seats for viewing the Northern Lights.Long, dark winter nights are the best conditions for seeing the aurora borealis, particularly in far north destinations like the Yukon and Churchill, Manitoba.
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Canada has all the best natural wonders.If you can’t cross an ocean to visit Norway’s fjords or Victoria Falls, that’s okay because we have Gros Morne National Park (pictured), Niagara Falls, and more.
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We have 291 ski resorts.If schussing in Banff or at Whistler (pictured) isn’t your thing, try cat skiing or heli-skiing in Canada’s vast virgin backcountry.
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We’re nice to a fault and say sorry a lot.Life in Canada isn’t always campfires and candy apples, but we’re a welcoming bunch and we like to have fun (and make sure you do, too!).
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The maple leaf!Canada’s flag is a recognizable symbol that you’ll see everywhere. Like that Joe Canadian Molson beer rant from the 1990s, it screams: “I am Canadian!” That pride of a nation is reflected in pride of place, no matter where you travel.
Now that your 2022 destination is decided, the only challenge will be narrowing down where to go. Contact a Fresh Tracks Canadian Insider and start planning your dream Canadian vacation today.