Is 2018 the year you experience everything that Canada has to offer?
With vibrant cities, jaw-dropping landscapes and the friendliest locals around, it is no wonder that Canada was New York Times’ ‘Top Destination to Visit’ in 2017. And 2018 is only looking brighter for the Great White North.
Here are some of the Canadian destinations you should add to your 2018 travel list.
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Situated around 90 miles off the coast of British Columbia and accessible only by plane or boat, Haida Gwaii is known for its mystical environment. The culture of the Haida people has been incredibly preserved in settlements dispersed throughout the island. Visit between October and May to enjoy surfing, fishing and water sports galore. Locals recommend you go without a plan and take in as much as possible including undiscovered hikes and trails, wildlife sanctuaries and even a totem pole trail. The famous island hospitality will welcome you with open arms no matter when you go.
Don’t Miss: Visit in August to attend the Edge of the World Music Festival. With a variety of acts from local Haida performers to indie, rock and reggae musicians, there is something for everyone.
Victoria, Vancouver Island
The capital of British Columbia, Victoria is known for being steeped in history – and also as one of the friendliest cities in the world. The culture of Victoria is varied and unique, being home to both First Nation settlements and also a heavy British influence, which is celebrated with double-decker buses, horse-drawn carriages and tearooms. Foodie culture of Victoria is focused on farm-to-table cuisine and the city is home to some of the top restaurants in Canada. Finally, Victoria is known for being incredibly bike-friendly, with hundreds of kilometres of paths to explore the city at your pace.
Don’t Miss: For four days each September, Victoria is home to Rifflandia, an arts and music festival. In addition to an eclectic list of performers there are skate ramps, gourmet food vans and unique shopping options, making this an unmissable event.
Often described as the prettiest town in Ontario, Niagara-On-The Lake is a charming town that visitors can’t help but fall in love with. Located in the heart of Canada’s wine region, this quaint town is known for its fascinating heritage district and stunning architecture. And – of course – as it is located just minutes from the iconic Niagara Falls, it is the perfect place to stay and tick one of the natural wonders of the world off your travel bucket list.
Don’t Miss: If you are a theatre lover, visit Nigara-On-The-Lake whilst the Shaw Festival takes over the town between April and October. Running since 1962, this theatre festival has become a Canadian culture icon over the year.
Churchill is the perfect location for wildlife lovers to visit in 2018. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, a visit to this Manitoban town provides the perfect opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Additionally, beluga whales are also a common sight on the shores of Churchill, and the town is seen as a bird-watching capital. Churchill is one of the ultimate eco-tourism destinations in Canada, so why not embark on an environmentally friendly wildlife-watching adventure this year?
Don’t Miss: Churchill is universally known as one of the top three places in the world to see the Northern Lights, so visit between January and March to enjoy premium views of the aurora dancing across the skies. Make this trip even more unforgettable by staying in one of the plexiglass ‘Aurora Domes’ to enjoy 360-degree views of the sky.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island is famous as one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Visitors can expect coast-to-coast golden sand, red soil and green pastures with hundreds of incredible photo opportunities no matter where you go. This island is home to the classic tale of Anne of the Green Gables and fans of the novel can even visit the Green Gables House! Prince Edward Island is also famous for its cuisine, and is seen to have some of the best mussels, oysters and lobsters in the world.
Don’t Miss: The Cavendish Beach Musical Festival attracts over 70,000 people in July each year. This festival is the largest in Atlantic Canada and boasts the biggest country music stars, camping and dining by the water for an unforgettable experience.
Which of these incredible destinations would you like to visit first? Get in touch with our specialists today to plan the trip of your dreams.