When most people think about taking an international trip, it’s usually over to Europe. Hardly anyone remembers our neighbour just straight north that has a reputation as being one of the friendliest and most beautiful countries. If you get the chance to visit Canada, you should add these seven Canadian experiences to your bucket list.
1. Head Up to the Yukon to Catch the Northern Lights
The Aurora Borealis is one of the most astonishing natural sights on Earth, so they are a must-see for any bucket list. To see the dancing lights, visit the Yukon territory. Peak activity of the dancing lights happens between November and March. A remote, small town called Whitehorse is famed for Aurora Borealis tourism, and while you’re up there you can enjoy snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and dog sledging!
2. See Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is near-impossible to describe and really must be seen to be fully appreciated. At 167 feet tall (51 meters) and with a flow rate of nearly 85,000 cubic feet of water per second, Niagara is easily the most well-known waterfall in the world. Consider booking with a tourism company such as www.niagaratorontotours.com to enjoy the full experience with guidance from the experts.
3. Try Poutine
A dish with a strange name and an unrivalled reputation, poutine originated in Quebec before seemingly becoming the food that all Canadians talk about to their friends from the USA. Poutine is made from french fries, usually thick cut, smothered in brown gravy and soft cheese. Certainly not a low-calorie food, but you’ve got to admit that it sounds delicious, and given how much we’ve heard about it, it must be delicious, right?
4. Get Outside!
Whether it’s hiking, mountain biking, or canoeing that’s your favourite outdoor pastime, Canada has some of the best views the world has to offer. Complete with gorgeous views of the Canadian Rockies and crystal-clear lakes, the most outdoorsy of us could hardly feel more at home than in a Canadian National Park; of which there are more than 40 within the country.
5. Take a Trip to Haida Gwaii
Most people think of cold weather and cold weather activities when they think of a Canadian vacation, but these islands, also known as the Queen Charlotte Islands, off the coast of British Colombia form an archipelago that offers temperate rainforests, beaches, and cultural heritage sites. Both of the two main islands, North or Graham Island, and Moresby Island are home to a slew of wildlife, like the largest subspecies of black bear, in addition to much historical information and cultural experiences.
6. Explore St. Martin’s Sea Caves
Timing your tour right has never been more important as when seeing these beautiful natural works, as the tide fills them about every six hours. This is a trip reserved for the most intrepid explorers among us! The silver lining, though, is the feeling of being the first person ever to see the inside of the cave after the ocean washes away all signs of the previous explorers, not to mention the feeling when crossing under the giant sandstone arches that mark the entryways to the caves.
7. Be Inspired by the Halifax Citadel
Used as a defensive structure by the British in 1749, the fort here still watches over the town that has grown around it. The unique star-shaped architecture is well preserved, making the Citadel a huge pull for history buffs and sight-seeing tourists. It is officially named Fort George after King George II of Britain and is the fourth in a succession of forts built to sit on Citadel Hill.
These seven above are just a few of the many activities you could take part in when visiting Canada, but they are not to be missed. These are very popular tourist attractions – but don’t forget to have a chat with the locals to find out what they recommend. You could find some off-the-beaten-track gems and enjoy a trip you’ll never forget.