Whenever I travel, I’m always so proud to say where I’m from. There is something about Canada that warms my heart, and after spending the past few years travelling it quite extensively, I’ve found some real gems. My friend Pamela from SpunkyGirl Monologues asked me to share some of my favourite things about Canada, so without further adieu I present to you my favourite things about Canada and why you need to experience them for yourself:
What to See: Hopewell Rocks
Located in New Brunswick, Hopewell Rocks has the highest tides in the world, and they happen twice a day, everyday! This is usually a hot spot in the summer, but going in the winter is also a neat experience. I went when the tide was low and explored the beach area. It was so pretty seeing the rocks covered in snow and frozen waterfalls along the way. You’ll want to visit the Hopewell Rocks during both high tide and low tide so you can truly appreciate it. The time span between low and high tide is aprox 6 hours. This presents a unique opportunity to walk on the ocean’s floor before low tide until 3 hours after. Be sure to check the tide tables before you visit.
Where to Ski: The Powder Highway, BC
British Columbia has practically become my second home and every time I return, there is always something new to fall in love with. Although there is a lot of hype around ski resorts like Whistler, you haven’t experienced BC until you’ve experienced the Powder Highway. Located on the east side of BC, the Powder Highway (situated in the Kootneay Rockies region) is known for it’s award winning ski resorts. I had a chance to experience Fernie, Panorama, Kicking Horse and Revelstoke and documented the experience in this video. I recommend starting in Fernie and working your way west ending in Kelowna for some well deserved Okanagan Wine ;)
What to Eat: Fresh Lobster
If you’re on the east coast, you hands down MUST try some fresh lobster. Need help shucking one? Ask a local and they’d be more than happy to assist! You see, east coasters are some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. They are also super fun to drink with. (It’s no wonder some of Canada’s best beer comes from here). If you find yourself on the west coast: be sure to try Lobster Poutine at YEW at the Four Seasons in Vancouver. Created by Executive Chef Ned Bell, my tastebuds nearly exploded the first time I tried it.
What to Drink: the Caesar
Although Canada has some excellent craft beers, you simply cannot visit this country without trying our Canadian Cocktail. In fact, more than 350 million Caesars are enjoyed by Canadians each year! Every time I have friends visiting from other countries, I make sure they experience this drink for themselves. I can guarantee you that every bartender in Canada knows how to make this spicy concoction, but as my friend Clint put it, “ask for a Caesar outside of Canada, and you’ll get a bowl full of lettuce, croutons, and anchovy salad dressing.” It should also be noted that Caesars make excellent hangover cures ;)
Where to Stay: ALT Hotel/Planet Traveler
Over the next couple of years, ALT Hotel is going to be expanding rapidly across Canada and quite frankly, this company is reinventing the concept of a hotel stay. I had a chance to stay at their new ALT Toronto Pearson location and fell in love with everything about it. From the colourful wall mural made from Instagram photos, to self serve check-in, this is definitely an experience not to be missed.
If you’re looking for something with a smaller price tag, be sure to check out Planet Traveler Hostel located in the heart of downtown Toronto. Coined as North America’s greenest hostel, this hostel is cozy, yet modern and offers travellers free wifi, a rooftop patio and Mac computers in the lobby.
I could obviously go on forever about the amazing things you need to experience in this beautiful country, but I think it’s best to hear it from the other people that live and breathe it every day. So I’m tagging my fellow Canadian travel bloggers Arienne from seeyousoon.ca, Karin & Kieran from K and K Adventures, and Cameron & Nicole from Traveling Canucks. Be sure to follow the hashtag on Twitter #MyCanada to stay posted on what other amazing things Canada has to offer!