The Ultimate Canadian Bucket List Travel Guide in Honor of Canada’s 150th Birthday

Canada is enjoying a moment—not only because of Justin Trudeau mania and the country’s post-U.S.-election appeal, but also because it’s celebrating its sesquicentennial. That’s right, 2017 is the 150th anniversary of confederation, a milestone that will be celebrated countrywide. It’s no wonder then that Canada is topping the 2017 must-travel lists. If you’re considering a trip to the Great White North, here are nine amazing ways to tour the country from coast to coast.

Traverse the country on the Trans Canada Trail.
The Trans Canada Trail—a recreational trail linking the huge country coast to coast—was a wild dream when it was announced in 1992, and will finally be complete for the 2017 celebrations. At a projected length of 24,000 kilometres, the epic “trail of trails” will be the longest network of recreational trails in the world. The trail is made of greenway, water, and roadway, and the preferred methods of transportation are hiking/walking, cycling, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, paddling, and snowmobiling, or even swimming. If you’re  looking to plan your visit, the new app can help simplify the process.

Ride the rails through the Rockies.
The Rocky Mountaineer is a luxe ride on the rails that takes you through the most scenic stretches of the Rocky Mountains, Canada’s jewel. A pianist plays while guests board the train in Vancouver and days are spent taking in the incredible scenery from your plush seat (while nights are spent in hotels along the way). The train traverses crevices and tunnels that are otherwise inaccessible, and then swerves around corners to reveal endless stretches of birch, pines, lakes, and snowcapped peaks. The attendant in each private car plies guests with B.C. Okanagan wine and aged Canadian cheddar between delicious meals in the dining car, and will alert you to sightings of mountain goats, eagles, elk, and, if you’re lucky, moose and grizzlies.

Watch a Winter Ocean Storm, in Tofino, B.C.
The power of 10-foot ocean waves slamming against the rocks, may be most alluring from the picture window of a plush hotel room. The Wickinninnish Inn, in Tofino, offers storm-watching packages as now do its neighbors, the Pacific Sands Beach Resort and Crystal Cove Beach Resort. Check in, get cozy, and pray for bad weather.

Warm up in a skating hut in Winnipeg.
Winnipeg’s annual skating hut competition has drawn some big names over the years. And this year is no exception. Celebrated sculptor Sir Anish Kapoor was tapped to design Stackhouse, a building of minimalist whirls made entirely out of ice blocks. It will be one of six huts along the frozen Red River Mutual Trail that will stay up until the first thaw. (In Winnipeg, first thaw means you’ll likely have many, many winter months to go check it out.)

Canoe on Ontario Lake.
It’s an essential Canadian ritual: canoeing on one of the country’s many lakes. So take a paddle to appropriately named Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park, Ontario, and visit the cairn erected in memory of the Group of Seven artist Tom Thompson, whose mysterious death 100 years ago is still a prime topic of discussion. For everything you need for your trip, head to Algonquin Outfitters. Or start at Killarney Outfitters on the northern tip of Georgian Bay, an area known for its clear, azure waters; boreal forest; and a queenly set of white quartz mountains known as La Cloche that were painted by the Group of Seven.

Trek across the ocean floor in New Brunswick.
Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick, located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, is the site of some of the world’s highest tides (during new moons, tides can reach 46 feet, or about the height of a four-story building). Once the waters recede, you’ve got the ocean floor and its incredible rock formations to yourself for about three hours. Sign up for Kevin Snair’s photography-based tours of the alien landscape.

Hike a gourmet mountain trail in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Mont Tremblant, the mountain resort in the Laurentians, has hatched an idea that only a bon vivant Quebecois could think of: Tremblant Gourmand is a fall-weather gourmet-themed hike up the mountain, irresistibly combining food and fitness. Hikers trek and fuel up along the way at seven strategically placed food trucks offering treats like oysters, Goliath shrimp, and waygu beef sliders.

Drive the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia.
Often called the most beautiful drive in the world, the Cabot Trail Coastal drive (about four hours from Halifax) is a 300-kilometer jaunt that loops around Northern Cape Breton Island. Friendly locals are quick with suggestions: Try this small fishing village for the best lobster and that hidden beach cove to enjoy it in a picnic. Stretch your legs in a hike along the Skyline Trail at sunset. Or get in some whiskey tasting and golf or crash a Gaelic kitchen party.

Float next to an iceberg in Newfoundland.
Icebergs calve annually in Greenland, and in the spring they float down what’s known as Iceberg Alley off the coast of Newfoundland. You can get up close to these behemoths in a kayak or zodiac with Linkum Tours.

 

Article Source: Vogue

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