Europe just not cutting it anymore, eh? Do you long to go abroad to our igloo-living, maple syrup chugging and moose-taming friends? Well now’s your chance. Take advantage of Canada’s vast landscape and diverse ecosystems by making the trip across the pond to these iconic places:
Banff and Jasper National Parks, Alberta
Imagine quiet, clear blue water completely surrounded by mountains. Throw in the occasional moose sighting, the constant fragrance of maple syrup, and the crisp fresh Canadian air. Okay, maybe one of those is exaggerated, but I won’t say which. Needless to say, the Banff and Jasper National Parks are definitely bucket list adventures for not only Canadians but people all over the world. From white water rafting on the glacial Athabaskan river, to hiking up to the Lake Agnes Tea House in the Sky, to kayaking along the quiet Lake Louise, there is an endless list of things to do and sights to see.
The best thing about Mont-Tremblant is that while it is most commonly known as a ski resort in Quebec, there is no shortage of things to do there during the warmer months. Take a walk through Mont-Tremblant Village to sample Canada’s famous Beavertails: donut-like pastries shaped like… well… a beaver’s tail, and covered with delicious toppings that range from brown sugar to maple syrup. Or rather, try a Canadian delicacy- poutine. Warm fries smothered in hot gravy and melted cheese curds… oh wait, this isn’t a food blog. Sorry.
But there are many activities aside from snowboarding or skiing. There are tons of beautiful hikes to choose from especially in autumn, when all the leaves are changing colors, as well as spas, casinos and helicopter tours!
Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island
One of Canada’s (only) famous beaches can be found in the tiny province of Prince Edward Island. Dig your toes into the naturally red sand and taste the saltwater in the air. PEI is also home to the famous house that inspired the Anne of Green Gables series, as well as [Proud Irish Trigger Warning:] their famous Cavendish potato farms.
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
Up for a hike where the sea meets the sky? Then the Cabot Trail Skyline route is the one for you. Either drive along this windy road with views on either side or park your car and go for a breath-taking hike. Either way, you’ll feel like a new person after experiencing this almost-spiritual walk above the clouds.