This summer, southern Albertans will be heading out on staycations and some might even venture out to various regions in Canada — to check out what their very own country has to offer.
As the United States and Canada border remains closed to traffic between the neighbouring countries, many Canadians will seek out tourism from coast-to-coast. Sure, Canadians can fly to destinations elsewhere, but Canada can be a great destination to explore and experience.
There’s Montreal. Old Montreal is indeed a place to check out for a weekend or for at least a few days. Downtown Montreal is a unique and cultural place to stay, while checking out what else Montreal has to offer. Maybe a visit to the old Forum to check out where the Habs once played. The Cirque training facility is topnotch, if one can get a chance to tour it. The Bay downtown is a must for shoppers and the underground mall connecting many of the downtown buildings. And of course, there’s arts and cultural museums to see. One of the most memorable in Montreal is its food. Traditional poutine, crepes, smoked meat, tourtiere, sugar pie and craft beers are a must.
What about southern Ontario? It’s a blast and quite historical. Niagara Falls, Clifton Hill, Niagara On the Lake, the forts, the beaches, the lakes, Toronto, and the like — are all worth the trip. The Hill is like a mini Vegas for kids with arcades, museums, haunted houses, rides and so much more. The Falls are breathtakingly beautiful and still remains one of Canada’s greatest natural wonders. Word to the wise though is don’t go to Ontario in July or August — so humid and so hot. Like sweating-ly hot and gross. It is so unpleasant when the weather is at extreme temps. The fall is one of the best times to visit, as the trees are magnificent then. One memorable tourist attraction in Niagara Falls is The Flying Saucer restaurant. It is shaped like a UFO and its menu features wild and crazy names for food and drink.
Then there’s the West Coast and Vancouver and vicinity. Stanley Park is a great family getaway. Granville Island is too. When there, make sure to stop by the brewery and take a tour and sample some great brews. Whistler is also a great side trip. There’s also a little island with a perfect city to frequent called Victoria. So many places, so little time — when out west. The ocean is fantastic and ready for shell picker-uppers and swimmers of all ages. There is so much to do and a variety of side trips to be had, for the adventurous.
One locale on many a bucket list is the East Coast. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador are a few of Canada’s finest.
And there’s the territories too. Our own backyard can be the ultimate playground for Canadians. Whether it’s getting on a plane or taking a road trip across the Great White North — Canada is open for visitors, even if by Canadians. There’s so much to learn when travelling, especially about one’s own country.
We tend to forget how big Canada is. It’s an amazing place with so many cultures and ways of life. Summer is here and Canadians are beginning to venture out to see the world. It’s therapeutic to travel. It creates happiness, fond memories and teaches many things. Discussions can be initiated about travelling — close-by or abroad.
It can bring people together and people can add certain places to their dream boards after talking about travels. It’s a win-win — travelling. Canada wins, as Canadians see the country’s greatest attractions and travellers win because they get to witness the beauty of the country and learn about its history and all the best kept secrets.