Canadian cities often make the “best cities to live worldwide” list. Perhaps partly due to Canadians embracing multiculturalism which has made Canada a truly vibrant and progressive country and an all-round great place to be. As versatile in culture as it is large in size, Canada has varied landscapes ranging from the Rocky Mountains to the beaches towards the west coast, from peaceful towns to the ever bustling metro cities, there is something for everyone. Check out Toronto’s hip neighborhoods and beautiful beaches and Canadian capital, Ottawa’s Rideau Canal which is popular with ice skaters during winter.
CANADA TOP 5 THINGS TO DO
Yukon mushing (dog sledding)
Travel by dog team through the spectacular Yukon wilderness, “Mush you huskies!.” Stunning winter scenery, excited sled dogs and a thrilling ride make dog sledding in the Yukon a unique experience. Learn the basics of mushing and form a close relationship with your dogs before setting off.
Cruise the Northwest Passage
Follow the paths of legendary early Arctic explorers and see the stunning fjords of the Baffin Island coastline and Greenland’s incredible icebergs. Lancaster Sound, the entrance to the Northwest Passage through the Canadian Arctic archipelago is home to Canada’s newest National Marine Protected Area.
Kayaking Iceberg Alley
Get as close as possible to towering icebergs on their journey down Iceberg Alley while watching breaching whales along the way. Iceberg Alley is one of the top places in the world for viewing icebergs. This section of coastline stretches from Labrador, south along the northeast coast of the island of Newfoundland.
Hike Skerwink Trail, Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador form the most easterly province of Canada. The beautiful 5.3 km Skerwink Trail located near Trinity, Newfoundland is one of the best in the province for rugged coastal scenery. This moderate to difficult 5.3 km coastal trail features whales, icebergs and eagles as well as views of the communities of Trinity and Port Rexton.
Churchill Polar Bear Expedition
Go deep into the heart of Canada’s polar bear country with polar bear tours, wildlife walking safaris and beluga whale encounters. A once-in-a-lifetime Churchill wildlife adventure in the Canadian Arctic Tundra is a must for adventurous travelers visiting Canada.
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CANADA TOP 3 FESTIVALS
L’International des Feux Loto-Quebec
Also known as the Montreal Fireworks Festival, L’International des Feux Loto-Québec is the most prestigious and largest fireworks competition in the world. It has been held annually in La Ronde over the Dolphins lake since 1985 and is called after its main sponsor, Loto-Québec. This is easily one of the highlights of Montréal’s summer season.
Skate on the world’s largest skating rink or play at North America’s largest snow playground. Winterlude festival goes on for three weeks and is celebrated in the month of February. A unique winter festival featuring snow and ice sculpture competitions, snow playgrounds, and skating and sporting events which transform Ottawa into a winter wonderland.
Just for Laughs
Just for Laughs is a comedy festival held each July in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Founded in 1983, it is the largest international comedy festival in the world. The city of Montreal hosts this festival annually in the month of July.
Language: Canada has two official languages, English and French. Most Canadians speak English and almost all French-speakers live in the province of Quebec.
Currency: Canadian Dollar.
Visa: Travelers planning to visit Canada will need to get a Canadian Tourist Visa also known as a Canadian Temporary Resident Visa or Canada Visitor Visa. Use these free online visa checker and calculator tools so you know if a visa for Canada is required (which will depend on the country you are from) and if so, how long it will take to process your visa and the cost.
Electricity: Canada operates on 120 volts with a frequency of 60 Hz. Buy a Universal Travel Adapter so you don’t need to keep buying new adapters for each new country you visit.
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WHAT TO EAT IN CANADA
Some of the most delicious, traditional dishes that you must try when in Canada are listed below. Don’t drool!
Tourtiere: Tourtière is a meat pie dish originating from the province of Quebec, usually made with minced pork, veal or beef, onions, spices and potatoes. This traditional French-Canadian pie is enjoyed throughout Canada and New England.
Beaver Tails: BeaverTails is a Canadian-based chain of pastry stands operated by BeaverTails Canada Inc. The chain originated in Killaloe, Ontario in 1978 and opened its first permanent store in Ottawa two years later. Its namesake products are fried dough pastries, individually hand stretched to resemble beaver’s tails.
Bannock: This is a flat loaf of bread that bakes up with a texture similar to a scone or biscuit, with a fluffy center that is slightly crumbly. It is great for breakfast with jam or served for a main meal alongside your stew. Bannock originates from Scotland but was adopted by the Indigenous people of Canada, particularly the Métis of western Canada. It is a simple bread, quick to make and useful for traveling and while out in the wilderness.
Poutine: Poutine is a delicious concoction of fries, brown gravy and cheese curds and is one of the most quintessential Canadian dishes!
Butter Tarts: Known around the world as a uniquely Canadian dessert, butter tarts are one of the tastiest things to come out of Canada. The small and sweet pastry tart consists of a filling of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg, baked in a pastry shell until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top. A butter tart is a type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine and considered one of Canada’s quintessential treats.
WHERE TO STAY IN CANADA
Canada is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Finding excellent accommodation in Canada is super easy because there’s so many options whatever your budget.
Hostels and dormitories make travel to Canada affordable for backpackers and any travelers on a shoe-string budget. Whether you’re a backpacker, flash-packer or a luxury vacationer, Canada will not disappoint you. A basic hotel room in Canada can cost less than $100.
If you’re looking for accommodation that includes luxury amenities and comforts then there will be endless options to choose from in the big cities and popular tourist hotspots like Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Whatever month you choose to visit Canada, it’s wise to book your accommodation in advance. Don’t wait until you arrive to see what’s available or you may be disappointed to find that all the best places to stay have been snapped up already. Canada is an extremely popular year-round destination with business travelers and tourists alike.
Jetset Bunny recommends using Booking.com for the best accommodation deals in Canada. However, if you are backpacking in Canada or traveling on a tight budget then Hostel World is another great option. Staying in hostels makes travel in Canada very affordable and is also a great way to meet new travel buddies where ever you go.
PLAN YOUR TRIP
BEST TIME TO VISIT CANADA
The best time to visit Canada is between April and October, this is if you want mild, reasonably warm or if you’re lucky hot weather. If you want to see Canada with hot weather and blue skies then aim to visit between May and September. July to August is peak tourist season right across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver, especially from mid July to mid August so prices will be higher during this time.
CANADA TRAVEL BUDGET
Canada is generally an affordable destination for travelers on all budgets. The cost of your trip to Canada really depends on the level of comfort you want. If you are backpacking and planning on staying in dormitories, hostels and eating fast food then budget between $50 to $100 per day. If you prefer to stay in 3-4 star hotel rooms and eat in mid-range restaurants you could spend anywhere between $100 to $200 per day. If you want to enjoy luxury 4-5 star accommodation and gourmet restaurants then budget at least $200 to $500+ per day.
IS CANADA SAFE FOR FEMALE TRAVELERS?
Safety does not need to be a huge concern for women travelers in Canada which is considered a generally very safe country to visit. As with any country you visit, always be extra careful when walking alone or at night. Some parts of Canada aren’t as safe as other areas so do your research before you go and avoid these places. Based on many years of travel around Canada I would never leave home without insurance and recommend checking out the travel insurance plan that World Nomads can offer you a few weeks before your Canada trip.
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CANADA PACKING TIPS
Packing for a trip to Canada, like most other places in North America, is a breeze. You really don’t need as much travel gear as you may think for a trip to Canada.
That said, the gear you do bring on your trip should be the very best option available for you and that doesn’t always mean the most expensive. Jetset Bunnies around the globe are always discovering the latest and the greatest in travel gear for women and this is where we share our awesome finds with you.
If you’re visiting Canada during the warmer months it will be much easier to travel light. Pack mainly lightweight and breathable clothing but still be prepared for cold mornings and evenings depending on the month you visit. You’ll need to wrap up warm between November and February. So pack a warm sweater, waterproof coat, gloves, scarves and a wooly hat if you’re traveling during winter.
Other essential items to pack for a trip to Canada include, most importantly, a good quality travel backpack. Choose the brand carefully and make sure you find the right size backpack for your torso. Believe me, doing this will make all the difference and prevent major backache. Read our related blog post with advice on how to choose the best backpacks for women travelers. Smaller items to pack include a padlock, sleep sheet and a money belt to keep important documents close to you.
So if you’ve found your travel inspiration, figured out the practicalities and got the travel gear it’s time to stuff it all in a bag and go right? Well, no, hold your horses, you see there’s an art to packing which we have (almost) perfected. Hop to our Travel Packing Tips for all of the latest on this topic.