Hi everyone! Today we propose you an article written by two canadian bloggers who explain why Canada needs to be visited.
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Did you know that Canada is the second largest country in the world next to Russia? Unlike many European countries that you can quickly drive through, Canada takes a lot of time to explore. We know how beautiful our country is but we never fully explored Canada. That’s why Kate & I decided to ditch the 9 to 5 lifestyle for a life of full-time travelling across Canada in our RV.
A month ago, we completed a 36 day 10,080km journey across Canada. We started from the East Coast of Canada in Prince Edward Island and made it to the opposite side of the country in Tofino, British Columbia. Along the way, we saw a lot of amazing things that make Canada a unique country for travellers. Below are some of the reasons why you should make sure that you add Canada to your travel plans soon.
Throughout Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories are 38 diverse National Parks and National Park Reserves. The aim of Canada’s national parks are to preserve and protect some of the pristine areas of our country along with the wildlife living within them.
Two of Canada’s most popular national parks are Jasper National Park and Banff National Park both located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. It’s here you can enjoy the stunning landscape that the Rocky Mountains provide through various outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, rafting, and more. The wildlife in these parks is also incredible. You’ll see elk, big horned sheep, deer, moose & the fierce grizzly bears.
One national park that we recommend that you do not miss is Cape Breton Highlands National Park located in Nova Scotia. It is here where the mountains meet the sea. The best part of this national park is the Cabot Trail – a scenic highway that climbs and curves through the park offering some of the most stunning sights you will see in Canada. During the fall when the leaves start to change colour is the best time to visit but visiting at anytime of year is spectacular.
In 2017, Parks Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation by offering free admission to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas for the entire year. This is HUGE! Normally, admission to national parks and historic sights will cost adults $7-10 per day. If you’re travelling as a family, you can save some serious money when visiting Canada’s national parks in 2017.
From coast-to-coast Canada has some fantastic world class cities that are worth visiting. Here are a list of the biggest and most popular cities in Canada.
Vancouver. Located on the West Coast of Canada, Vancouver is known for being a hot spot for travellers and it’s no wonder. The city is located on the Pacific Ocean but also has the mountains in the nearby distance creating a beautiful metro area unlike any other in Canada. Vancouver is also a fantastic walking city and features a plethora of parks to enjoy. Because of its unique climate, Vancouver is year round destination for those who do not like cold conditions and snow. Bring your umbrella, though, as Vancouver gets its fair share of rain.
Toronto. The capital of the province of Ontario, Toronto is also the most populated city in Canada with almost 3 million people. There’s a reason so many people want to live in and around Toronto. It’s a great city with lots to do and see. Toronto is a popular tourist destination for world travellers as it is a culturally diverse city. There are cultural neighbourhoods including Chinatown, Little Italy, Greektown, & Little India just to name a few. St. Lawrence Market is where many of these cultures converge in a large open space market where you can sample and buy foods inspired by flavours from all over the world.
Montreal. The second most popular city in Canada, Montreal is a great place to enjoy Canada’s French culture. The old part of Montreal is a must when visiting the historic city. It’s here you will be greeted with great shopping, stellar food, & wonderful architecture. Montreal is also home to a lot of great festivals including the “Just for Laughs Comedy Festival” which gathers many of the worlds best comedians in one place throughout a few weeks in July.
Canada is a country rich with delectable food options at every turn. A lot of delicious dishes are derivative of other cultures, that have been brought to Canada from all over the world. Then there are some Canadian delicacies that must be tried when visiting Canada.
Some other Canadian delights you can enjoy when visiting include:
Butter Tarts: a crumbly tart filled with a tasty mixture of butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Beaver Tails: a flattened fried pastry (like a doughnut) shaped like a beaver’s tail which is often covered in your favourite spreads and toppings.
Canadian Bacon: made from the loin of the pig, Canadian Bacon or as Canadians call it, Peameal Bacon is a thick cut of bacon that is brined and covered in cornmeal. It’s enjoyed with eggs or on its own on a sandwich which are popular in Canada.
Poutine. Some call it poo-tin while others call it poo-teen. Regardless of how you say it, everyone will agree that poutine is amazing. Fries covered in gravy and squeaky cheese curds may not be the best for your health but it will for sure bring a smile to your face. The traditional version of poutine is fries, gravy & cheese curds but these days there is a long line of variations to try. Common Canadian variations include poutine with pulled pork & even lobster. While you can get poutine just about anywhere in Canada, the best spot to try poutine is in Quebec – where the dish originated back in the 1950’s.
From the Atlantic Ocean, all the way west to the Pacific Ocean and all the way north to the Arctic Ocean, there’s a lot of diverse & changing landscapes throughout Canada. The best way to enjoy them all is by driving from coast-to-coast over the course of many weeks. Doing so will allow you to see the many different faces of Canada. Within these different faces are some of Canada’s most popular natural wonders which should be enjoyed during a trip to Canada.
Niagara Falls. In the province of Ontario and straddling the border of New York state is the world-famous Niagara Falls a collection of three massive waterfalls. The falls bring roughly 13 million tourists each year to the Niagara region to see the falls. If you want to do more than just look at the falls, there are some fun activities you can do in and around the falls. You can take a tour behind the falls into a tunnel which, from two observation areas, you can see the falls from behind. It’s also popular for tourists to cover themselves in a poncho and take a ride on a boat towards the falls where the mist of the falling water will shower you.
Bay of Fundy. Separating the quiet provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is the Bay of Fundy. Not only is the Bay of Fundy home to some of the best whale watching in Canada, it’s also home to the highest tides in the world. A visit to Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick will allow you to walk on the ocean floor. Hours later, the tides bring the water back and where you were standing earlier on the ocean floor, you would now be many feet under water. Watch the incredible tides here.
The Canadian Rockies. No visit to Canada would be complete without getting a glance of the Rocky Mountains from up close. The Rockies offer some of the best landscape views you can experience in Canada with the rugged rock face combining with pristine glacial lakes and thick forest. It’s this landscape that also offers the best wildlife viewing in Canada with moose, elk, bears, and wolves just to name a few.
We hope this list inspires you to visit Canada. It’s a fantastic country with some of the friendliest people in the world.
Written by: fulltimecanada.ca