10 Reasons Canada is the Best Place to Travel in 2017

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If you weren’t already considering Canada for your next vacation, you definitely should be now. Why? Lonely Planet named us the Best Country to Travel to in 2017 and the New York Times ranked us number 1 in their "52 Places of a Year", meaning there’s no time like the present to join in the fun — as they both put it, it’s a destination you cannot afford to miss. We’re sure you have your own reasons to venture up north, but here are a few more to give you a little push.

Dig into food and drink favorites

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Sure, it might be hard to pinpoint a particular regional cuisine when it comes to Canada (bacon? poutine?), but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some of the best food and drink out there. 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

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Outdoor enthusiast? Then Canada’s probably already on your bucket list thanks to its amazing array of national parks. But even if you’re not a seasoned hiker, parks like Glacier National Park in British Columbia and Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto provide plenty of opportunity to explore the country’s renowned nature. Bonus: National parks are free in 2017.

Spot only-seen-in-Canada wildlife

We’re known for bears, whales, beavers and more. And if you play your cards right, 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

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Turning 150 in 2017, Canada has a few stories to tell. From coast to coast, you’ll find people, culture, and communities that encapsulate the past of the country, while looking forward to the future. Appreciate the rich Aboriginal culture across the country; 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 — there are plenty of ways to discover Canada’s past.

Live it up at a festival

No matter your taste, we’ve got 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 in a must-attend. There are also film festivals (like Toronto International Film Festival) and food festivals all across the country (like Pemberton’s Slowfood Cycle Sunday).

Meet very friendly people

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It’s true, we’re pretty polite. But more than that, we live in some of the best cities in the world and we’re willing to show them off. 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 favorite city.

Explore the longest coastline in the world

We have more water than anywhere else on the planet and this means a whole lots of coastline. 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

 

Nature equals adventure, meaning Canada is set up to get your adrenaline pumping. Head into the wilderness and explore Canada’s 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

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It’s not always cold up here. In fact, it’s probably warmer than you think. Canada’s host to four distinct seasons, making it a great year-round destination. Head into the trees to discover the fall colors, 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 certainly boasts a diverse experience for everyone. No matter what you’re passionate about, we have something to offer — all you need to do is pick a place to visit and start exploring.

 
Check out this video to get a taste of what you can experience on your next trip up north:

Ready to explore Lonely Planet’s #1 country for travel in 2017? What about the New York Times' top place to discover? It’s time to start planning.

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