Canada has been named the top destination to travel in 2017 by a number of travel publications, as well as one of the coolest countries in the world for 2017. So it’s pretty easy to see that 2017 is going to be a huge year for the True North Strong and Free. Luckily, with favourable travel conditions, there’s never been a better time to visit.
But what makes now such a perfect time to visit Canada? Well there are three main reasons…
1. CANADA’S 150TH BIRTHDAY
Perhaps one of the most convincing factors of all is Canada’s 150th birthday taking place on July 1, 2017. This means there will be lots of parties, parades, and other not-to-be-missed birthday celebrations. Learning from the plethora of festivals and events that take place in Canada every year, the nation is taking from its past to venture into new celebratory territory in order to throw the biggest birthday party this country has ever seen! A few highly anticipated efforts are:
- Free admission to all National Parks, and heritage sites for the entire year
- Each province is throwing it’s own defining list of events that represent the culture unique to its borders
- Roughly 40 orchestras from across the nation creating a ‘sesquie’ score to broadcast across the entire country
Keep in mind that many domestic and international travellers alike are searching for their top destination to celebrate this huge event and accommodations across Canada are filling up fast – so book soon!
2. WEAK CANADIAN DOLLAR = A CHEAPER VACATION!
We’ve come a long way from using moose and beaver pelts as currency (yes, this actually happened…), but the epic story of the Canadian dollar versus the US has always been dramatic and interesting.
As the battle continues, the Canadian dollar continues to be relatively weak compared to US and other major currencies, and many US and international travellers have been using this to their advantage to explore Canada affordably. Fortunately, the dollar doesn’t seem to be making any dramatic kind of comeback in the near future.
3. BECAUSE IT’S JUST PLAIN COOL
Canada is known for being home to vibrant cities that are rich with cultural diversity, as well as stunning landscapes and an up and coming fusion food scene. Media sites portray many of Canada’s cities to have hip neighbourhoods full of DIY attitudes, and eco-activism that spreads far and wide. Furthermore, it’s newly elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has been one of the most popular nation leaders in the past decade.
You can do pretty much everything and anything in Canada – visit a desert, indulge in watersports, hike, eat great food, shop, mingle with wildlife, visit towns which look like they’re straight out of a western movie, have a very European-like experience (Quebec, anyone?), have a city centre getaway, and so much more. Canadian’s have been deemed some of the most inclusive, polite people in the entire world and people are still searching for that authentic, poutine experience. Need we say anymore?
All ready for your trip? We can’t wait to host you here in Canada!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
A few handy tips for tourists visiting this stunning nation, keep in mind:
- You do need a passport to travel to Canada
- We are a bilingual nation (English and French!)
- Our road signs are in kilometers, not miles. 1M = 1.6KM
- Our fuel is measured in litres, not gallons. 1G = 3.78L
- If you’re visiting the Rockies in the summer, pick up some bear spray
- Canada is a super big country. In fact, the second largest in the entire world. It’s easy to forget sometimes.
Don’t Miss This Pivotal Year for Canada
Don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of Canada’s weak dollar and endless events and celebrations. To keep even more money in your wallet, take a look at the deals we have on vacation rentals in many Western Canadian destinations. Be sure to call our Destination Experts 1.877.902.1616 to find out which of our accommodations have the best location for your needs, at the best prices.