Reasons why Canada is the best country to visit in 2018
Canada is celebrated around the world for its natural wonders. From its huge mountains and calming lakes to the imposing glaciers and thick wild forests, Canada is a country that has much to offer. Voted by Lonely Planet as the "Best country for 2017", Canada has taken the top honours due to its many top-rated tourist attractions that attract people from all over the world.
Canada also happens to be one of the most multi-cultural countries on the planet with 2017 marking its 150th anniversary (known as Sesquicentennial celebrations) since it first gained independence on July 1, 1867. If you haven’t visited Canada yet, make it your goal to do so in the upcoming months with the beautiful winter months laying ahead of us with exciting sports such as ice hockey, snowboarding, and skiing to look forward to.
Here is a peek at the best reasons to choose Canada for your next destination in 2018!
The Ski Fields are out of this world
It is no exaggeration that skiing is possible in all 10 provinces in Canada year-in-year-out, with millions of skiing enthusiasts hitting the slopes every year at some of the best skiing resorts in the world. The skiing resorts are picturesque, state-of-the-art, and well maintained with popular resorts such as Banff, Whistler, and Mont-Tremblant that not only offer outstanding skiing but also hiking trails, spas, fine restaurants, hotels and shopping malls which are open all year round.
The skiing season in Canada usually spans from November to April, of course with variances depending on where you are. The favourable exchange rate in the country means it won't cost more than a few hundred dollars per person for a full week stay with lodging discount specials running throughout the season at various hotels, condos, townhomes, and private homes. Renting ski gear is also affordable, costing between $100 and $200 a day. You can also buy a full set at less than $300 including a lot more deals on second-hand equipment.
The best way to explore Canada is through the Working Holiday Visa where you can experience the country while you are working at the same time. This program allows you to make extra money that will help you fund your vacation further by doing temporary work. You can obtain a Working Holiday visa in Canada through the International Experience Canada (IEC) program.
Over 12 million people visit Niagara Falls every year. As we are approaching winter, the 12,000-year-old Niagara Falls will turn into a winter wonderland that will leave you speechless. Many events take place throughout the winter season, including the Winter Festival of lights which takes place from November all the way through January with the annual New years eve party comprising some of Canadas biggest musical acts.
Spring is equally a scene to behold. Niagara Park has a floral clock with 19,000 springtime flowers and the botanical gardens are 40 hectares of well-manicured gardens worth seeing.
Summer is popular with cycling routes running along 56k routes known as the Niagara River Recreation Trail. And then there is Clifton Hill where you can take a walk up the hill at night to see colorful lights from local shops and restaurants. Clifton hill is also home to some wonderfully quirky museums, such as the Guinness World Records museum and the Ripleys Believe it or not museum.
Some of the best activities anyone visiting Niagara Falls should try include;
- Riding the Whirlpool Jet Boat that is as testing as any and it takes you as close to the falls as possible.
- Going on the iconic aero car trip that is a Spanish style antique cable car that gives some of the most beautiful bird’s eye views of the waters.
Montreal turns 375
In keeping with the celebratory mood, the Canadian French city of Montreal will be celebrating its 376th anniversary in 2018, and to make sure there is not a dull moment during the celebrations and to honor the prestigious occasion, the city will be hosting more than 175 events across the city through the year.
The Quebec city’s planned events will showcase its best and brightest. The first real must-see festivals are Les Hivernales; which is Montreal’s Winter festival that will set off on Jan 2, 2017, to March 12 and will involve typical winter activates such as snowshoeing and outdoor hockey. The illumination of the Jacques Cartier Bridge on May 17 will be witnessed to commemorate the 375th anniversary of Montreal and the 150th anniversary of Canada, it’s not to be missed. The bridge will be fitted with 2,800 lights and the city is also throwing itself a $100-million bash that will include cultural and historic events and festivals running throughout 2017.
Alaska Highway turns 75
Also known as the ALCAN, the Alaska highway was constructed during world war 2 to ease travel of the US and Canadian armies during the war. The highway is 1,387 miles or 2,232 kilometers long and was opened to the public in 1948, running all the way through the Yukon capital, Whitehorse. The Alaska Highway will be marking its 75th anniversary in 2017. The historic highway that connects British Columbia, Yukon and Alaska offers so many picturesque sights that Canadians and road trip enthusiasts will jump into their cars and think nothing of a four-hour drive.
The highway passes near the Kluane National Park, home of Canada's tallest mountain (Mount Logan). The majority of the highway was built by the American army and in 1946, the US government officially handed over the Canadian portion of the highway to the Canadian government.
The castles in Canada are legendary and often catch new visitors by surprise at their sheer stature and imposing look. As Canadians celebrate their 150th anniversary, its castles will be at the center of it all. Visiting or staying in a castle is a great way to experience the richness and fame of these treasured monuments. In the 19th-century building castles among Canada’s rich and famous became very popular and turned into a bit of a craze.
Some of the most castles built in Canada include;
- Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Situated in Quebec, the castle has become one of the most photographed castles in the world. Opened in 1893 the castle was built in a Gothic style and was designed to stand out with the purpose of attracting wealthy tourists to Canada at the time.
- Casa Loma
Meaning Hill in Spanish, Casa Loma was a fulfilment of a childhood fantasy for a wealthy Canadian. built on a hill in Toronto, it is a flamboyant and majestic creation.
- Hatley Park
A National Historic Site in British Columbia, the 40-room mansion is a gorgeous estate that was converted into a University by the Canadian government in 1995.
- Craigdarroch Castle
Drawn on British Columbia’s Scottish heritage, Craigdarroch is now a museum that showcases lavish furniture from the 1880’s along with its gorgeous stained-glass windows.
The Northern Lights, also known as an Aurora or polar light, is a natural light display in the sky mostly seen in the Yukon. The Canadian territory that borders British Columbia, Northwest Territories and Alaska is covered in stunning wilderness and landscapes.
To experience the Northern Lights, you can either stay in Whitehorse and join the organized Aurora-spotting tours at night or spend few days staying in a cabin away from the city.
The Northern Lights are better seen than explained because it is one of the most amazing sights you are likely to see anywhere in the world.
Dependent on the aurora activity and clear skies, every appearance of the Northern Lights is special and unique. Take a trip to the Yukon and experience the exceptional wonder of the northern lights for yourself.
Visitors usually stay for good
Canada is one of the most diverse and multicultural countries in the world, with people from different countries and backgrounds. The people of Canada are friendly and very welcoming making it relatively easier for visitors to settle, the magic of Canada is that it allows you to meet and make friends from around the world as you are bound to find a variety of nationalities and in just one place.
Canada is full of opportunities and a chance to live a quality life like no other place in the world. There are inspiring stories of people who came to Canada on holiday or as students and fell so much in love with the cosmopolitan cities that always seem to have something going on.
With so many exciting reasons to choose Canada, we suggest applying for your Visitor's Visa Today!