If you weren’t already considering Canada for your next holiday, you definitely should be now. Why? Lonely Planet just named us the Best Country to Travel to in 2017, meaning there’s no time like the present to join in the fun -- as they put it, it’s a destination you cannot afford to miss. If you were already considering a trip across the Pacific, here are a few Canadian experiences to give you a little extra push.

Dig into food and drink favourites

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Sure, it might be hard to pinpoint a particular regional cuisine when it comes to Canada (bacon? poutine?), but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some of the best food and drink out there. Head to Churchill, Manitoba for delicious food in a remarkable setting, discover the best restaurants across the country, or sample up-and-coming brews while visiting innovative breweries in places like Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Travel through over 45 national parks

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Outdoor enthusiast? Then Canada’s probably already on your bucket list thanks to its amazing array of national parks. But even if you’re not a seasoned hiker, parks like Glacier National Park in British Columbia and Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto provide plenty of opportunity to explore the country’s renowned nature. 

Spot only-seen-in-Canada wildlife

We’re known for bears, whales, beavers and more. And if you play your cards right, pretty much any trip to Canada will have you viewing wildlife you can’t spot anywhere else. Head to the east coast and spot over 22 species of whales or check out polar bears and belugas in the arctic.

Celebrate rich culture

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Being around for over 150 years, Canada has a few stories to tell. From coast to coast, you’ll find people, culture, and communities that encapsulate the past of the country, while looking forward to the future. Appreciate the rich Aboriginal culture across the country; discover First Nations art in Northern British Columbia; explore human rights at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg; and relive history in almost every province and territory. There are plenty of ways to discover Canada’s past.

Live it up at a festival

No matter your taste, we’ve got a festival for you. Into music? Check out Oshega in Montreal or RBC Bluesfest in Ottawa. If comedy’s more your thing, Just For Laughs in a must-attend. There are also film festivals (like Toronto International Film Festival) and food festivals all across the country (like Pemberton’s Slowfood Cycle Sunday).

Meet very friendly people

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It’s true, we’re pretty polite. But more than that, we live in some of the best cities in the world and we’re willing to show them off. Chat up a local at a live music venue or grab a seat next to a new friend at a communal table to get insider’s tips on how to best explore your new favourite city.

Explore the longest coastline in the world

We have more water than anywhere else on the planet and this means a whole lots of coastline. Head out on the open ocean in New Brunswick to spot whales putting on a show or get to know the West Coast by kayak or float plane. No matter which province or territory you visit, you’ll never be far from a pristine lake or ever-changing tide.

Find adventure wherever you go

Nature equals adventure, meaning Canada is set up to get your adrenaline pumping. Head into the wilderness and explore Canada’s rustic side or stick close to the city and discover an urban adventure. Exhilarating excursions can be found just about everywhere — from the Badlands of Alberta to the windswept mountains of Baffin Island.

Discover the four seasons

It’s not always cold up here. In fact, it’s probably warmer than you think. Canada’s host to four distinct seasons, making it a great year-round destination. Head into the trees to discover the fall colours, celebrate winter at a festival in Quebec City, lay out on a beach in Prince Edward Island in the summer, or discover spring coming to life on a hike in Ottawa.

Take in the diversity

From culture, to food, to experiences, Canada certainly boasts a diverse experience for everyone. No matter what you’re passionate about, we have something to offer — all you need to do is pick a place to visit and start exploring.

Check out this video to get a taste of what you could experience on a trip to Canada:

Ready to explore? It’s time to start planning.

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