Canada, that large but quiet country on the other side of the pond, is calling. The country flows with maple syrup this time of the year, the last snows fall and the great winter freeze finally let’s up. Tourism is Canada is booming but what’s all the buzz about?
During the last quarter of 2009 the Canadian government increased their spending on tourism in Canada after seeing that both domestic and international visitor numbers were growing. North America as a tourist destination has been steadily growing in popularity during the last year, making governments willing to invest a little more in their cities and cultural programmes. For the first time since 2008, tourism in Canada is looking up! (Statistics Canada)
Statistics Canada pointed out that there is an increase of 1.2% in air transport from international travellers. These overseas visitors are also spending a lot more on hotel rooms, food & beverages and tourist attractions than before. One of the few aspects of tourism in Canada that has declined is the number of car travellers from the USA; this is partly due to the increase in fuel prices.
So what is it about Canada that makes it the ideal travel destination any season of the year? There is a lot more to Canada than just moose, beavers, Mounties, maple syrup and igloos. Canada has some of the most ranging landscapes in the world, unimaginable wilderness, wildlife and metropolitan cities. Work your way from coast to coast and you’ll see the variety in cultures and meet the friendly faces that make up this nation.
Here’s our top 10 things to do/see/eat in Canada (in no particular order of course):
- Paddle through the lakes and rivers in Algonquin Park (Ontario) by canoe or kayak and practice your loon call.
- Take the elevator to the top of the CN Tower in Toronto, one of the tallest structures in the world, to see how big Lake Ontario really is!
- Sit on the grass in front of the parliament buildings in Ottawa while eating a beaver tail (a delicious Canadian pastry).
- Get your photograph taken with a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- Spend an afternoon wine tasting in the Niagara Region after visiting Niagara Falls.
- Snowboard or ski down the steepest slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Whistler or Banff.
- Tap a maple tree during the first thaw of spring.
- Whale watch in the Bay of Fundy (Nova Scotia) in hopes of spotting a North Atlantic Right Whale, one of the most endangered and graceful whales in the world.
- Experience the Montreal Jazz Festival at least once, the biggest jazz festival in the world.
- Sleep in an igloo, or at least an ice hotel.
Don’t just sit there, search for cheap flights to Canada and discover this country for yourself this summer. Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax are among the most popular flight destinations. From there hire a car and explore! Have you ever visited Canada? Tell us about it!