When the everyday monotony of life weighs you down, it’s time to pack your suitcase and hit the road. A change of scenery—even a short one—works wonders for your mental and physical health, let alone productivity and an overall wellbeing.
While your body is aching for a break, your bank account might not be able to take the hit of heavyweight travel expenses. The good news is: you don’t need to go far or big to satisfy your craving for adventure.
Why Head to Canada?
When most Canadians make holiday plans, their imagination takes them overseas. Canadian cities, unfortunately, doesn’t rank high on their list even though the country abounds with cultural, historic, and natural gems laying in plain sight right in their backyards. Whether you’re a die-hard Canadian or just sampling the country, make a stop in these cities to get to know Canada a bit better.
Beautiful British Columbia
When people typically think of Canada’s westernmost province, they talk a lot about the big city of Vancouver with its beautiful parks and wonderful entertainment, or of the capital, Victoria, with its unparalleled gardens and historic architecture. At the same time, British Columbia has so much more to offer from the fruit orchards and sand beaches of the Okanagan to the cozy mountain district which is home to Chetwynd. With over a dozen glittering lakes nearby or several beautiful rivers in the neighbourhood, there are plenty of fishing and lake activities such as boating, tubing and more that can be enjoyed in Chetwynd. Hunting enthusiasts and other outdoorsy folks who enjoy hiking in the summer or snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding in the winter will not be disappointed by all that the area has to over! If you’re looking for nature and a quaint place to take in the scenery, Chetwynd does not disappoint! So Make your stay in Chetwynd hotels.
Even though the Klondike Gold Rush is long gone, Whitehorse proudly holds on to its glorious past that still permeates its architecture and layout. The largest city in Canada, Whitehorse stretches along the Yukon River boasting scenic landscapes and historic sites. Take a canoe off the riverbanks in Whitehorse on the Yukon River to enjoy spectacular northern. And if you don’t spot a goldfield, you can immerse yourself in the Gold Rush era by the S.S. Klondike sternwheeler.
If the roads well-travelled no longer satisfy your travel bug, get off the grid in some of Canada’s most remote areas. Iqaluit, the only city in Canada’s northernmost province of Nunavut, is most welcoming in the summer. Due to its harsh tundra climate, most tourists visit the city between May and September. While the high season in Iqaluit is short, it’s very eventful. The city hosts spectacular art festivals that feature Indigenous filmmakers and musicians, runs kayaking, canoeing, and fishing tours, and showcases the unique Inuit history in all its richness.
As the proud capital city of Alberta, Edmonton has seen some major changes in the past few years. Along with an fast-evolving downtown core with a new hockey arena and high-rises, the city’s culinary and coffee scene has welcomed some rich new flavours. One of Edmonton’s best features is the River Valley—the largest urban park in Canada connecting biking and hiking trails, parks, recreational facilities, and golf course on the banks on the North Saskatchewan River.
Also known as the Paris of the Prairies because of its seven bridges, Saskatoon is one of the sunniest cities in Canada. Did you know that the city was named after a berry? Carved out by the South Saskatchewan River, Meewasin Valley in Saskatoon is one of the city’s top outdoor attractions. Its winding trails that cut through dense trees along the riverbanks attract hordes of cyclists, walkers, curious travellers, and casual walkers.
Winnipeg has been dubbed Canada’s Gateway to the West due to its well-established railway and transportation infrastructure. If you’re a skater, book your trip to Manitoba’s capital city in winter to enjoy the longest skating rink in the world winding along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers for over eight kilometres. After a long day in the cold, warm up at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, first national museum outside of Ottawa.
Not only is Moncton the largest city in the province of New Brunswick but is also one of few bilingual cities in the Maritime provinces. Make sure you visit the city during the popular Shediac Lobster Festival to savour the best lobster dishes in Canada.
St. John’s might offer just the right mix of rural charm and urban development—the easternmost city in North America is set at the intersection of lush forests, high ocean waves, top-tier restaurants, and artistic hubs. If you’re into hiking, hit one of the East Coast Trail sections to enjoy the grand views of the ocean.
Wherever life and your interests take you, Canada has something for everyone. Take your next vacation in the great north and you’ll have memories of a lifetime.