With 2017 marking Canada’s 150th anniversary, Vantage insiders took the opportunity to compile our favorite reasons to visit our neighbor to the north. From breathtaking vistas to spirited cities to culture gems, one thing’s for sure when it comes to Canada: You’re in for the adventure of a lifetime!
It’s virtually impossible to picture Canada and not imagine snow-dusted peaks, sparkling lakes, and verdant forests. Bursting with raw beauty, this country’s natural attractions put it high on the “must-see” travel list of any nature lover. And while there are many sites worth exploring, one destination continues to draw millions of visitors with its unparalleled beauty: Banff National Park. Experience it on our Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Lousie tour.
Part of the Rocky Mountain UNESCO World Heritage site and Canada’s oldest national park, Banff’s scenic splendor has been attracting travelers for decades. Landscapes here range from glittering glaciers and ice fields to dense forests and mountainous terrains.
Filled with singular metropolises, Canada has lots to offer in terms of urban culture. Take Vancouver for example, a bustling seaport with a thriving arts scene. From its natural charm and dramatic vistas to its vibrant culinary scene and spread of public art, Vancouver is one of those cities where there truly is something for everyone. Those who enjoy the great outdoors can relax on a sun-soaked beach or ski a snow-dusted trail; those who prefer city life can explore the craft beer scene (one of the largest in the country) or discover a new favorite dish at one of its many restaurants (Vancouver is known for having one of North America’s best Asian dining scenes, among other cuisines.) Want in on the local track? Head to the eclectic shopping district of Granville Island, the perfect place to soak up the local culture and grab a delicious bite to eat.
You can explore the colorful local markets, shops, and art galleries of Granville on Majestic Canadian Rockies by Train, Seaplane & Ferry.
Canada also enjoys an impressive cultural diversity; over a million people in the country identify themselves as an Aboriginal. The Canadian Constitution recognizes three groups of Aboriginal people: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, each with its own unique histories, beliefs, and traditions.
One intriguing First Nations group is the Ojibwe Tribe of Manitoulin Island, the world’s largest freshwater island. With native and non-native communities co-existing like nowhere else on the continent, Manitoulin has a heritage as colorful and diverse as any in Canada. Delve deeper into the island’s history by exploring the Cultural Foundation and many lighthouses, or simply wander the scenic vistas for unforgettable views.
Experience Ojibwe tradition intricacies for yourself as you attend a “smudging,” a ceremonial cleansing ritual, and “pow wow,” an expressive curing ceremony, on America’s Great Lakes.
While Canada certainly has its fair share of delicious food, the country is also a great cultivator of wine. Nestled in the heart of the peaceful Okanagan Valley, Kelowna has a prime location in the middle of one of Canada’s finest wine regions. The area cultivates an impressively diverse variety of grapes, from rich Merlots to buttery Chardonnays, as well as flowery Rieslings.
Raise a glass to this tradition with a visit to a local vineyard for a special tasting on Majestic Canadian Rockies by Train, Seaplane & Ferry.
Canada’s stunning vistas are much more than a pretty picture; they also provide the perfect stage for an arsenal of adventurous activities. From whitewater rafting and boating to fishing and hiking, there’s no shortage of active ways to enjoy the incredible beauty here. Whatever activity calls to you most, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to delve into the rich natural gems this country has to offer.
Celebrate 150 years with our neighbor to the north