Coming into a new year, most people try to start it off right by sticking to a New Year’s resolution. It seems logical to begin 2019 by eating healthy or exercising more, but these habits typically fade away by February or March. Why not make your New Year’s resolution last by creating unforgettable memories?
This year you should resolve to visit Canada; the memories you’ll make will last forever. So pack your bags, book a flight, and make your way up North. No matter if you prefer the great outdoors or the hustle and bustle of city life, this friendly country has got you covered. Here are the top reasons to visit Canada in 2019.
Ski and snowboard at Whistler’s best resorts
If you don’t need a tropical paradise to enjoy your vacation time, Whistler could be the place for you. This BC town in north Vancouver is the ultimate destination for winter sport enthusiasts. Not only can you ski and snowboarding, you can easily spend your time tobogganing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.
For travellers willing to dish out a bit of cash on accommodations, consider staying at Whistler Blackcomb ski resort. You can purchase an all-inclusive package for lessons, rental equipment, and lodging. The resort has everything you could imagine, and not just legendary slopes. You’ll have access to family-friendly activities, spa services, and tons of dining and nightlife options.
Explore the charming streets of Old Montreal
There is no other city in Canada quite like Montreal. It is the largest city in the Quebec province, bringing tourists from all over the world year after year. Some of the biggest tourist attractions include Mount Royal, the Notre-Dame Basilica, and the Botanical Gardens. But you’ll be missing out if you don’t visit Old Montreal.
Strolling the streets of Old Montreal will make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a quaint French town. It is the oldest area of the city and dates back to the 17th century. Spend a day or two exploring the cobblestone streets; every block is home to charming cafes and unique boutiques.
Eat like a king at the 360 Restaurant in Toronto’s CN Tower
Visiting Toronto is a must for city lovers. This city has so much going on that most people assume it is the capital of the Ontario province (they’re mistaken, it’s actually Ottawa). The only place to get 360 panoramic views of this busy city is at the CN Tower. It is a whopping 350 meters tall, and at the very top there is a revolving restaurant.
The 360 Restaurant is the ultimate fine dining experience, but this isn’t the reason for its popularity. As you eat you’ll slowly revolve all the way around, so you won’t miss out on any of the city views. If you’re planning on dinner here, call ahead for a reservation.
Take in the quiet serenity of Banff National Park
Any travelers wanting to experience Canada’s great outdoors should check out Banff National Park. This is the oldest national park in the country, located in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. You’ll find yourself surrounded with hiking trails and more wildlife than you could ever imagine. Most importantly, though, Banff National Park is home to the magical Lake Louise.
Lake Louise is the pride and joy of the park, known for its bright glasslike turquoise waters. In the summers you can canoe or kayak, and in the winter it transforms into a large skating rink. If you’re wanting to get some skiing in, visit the Lake Louise Ski Resort.
Legal weed, need we say more?!
The fact that recreational weed is now legal throughout the entire nation might not appeal to everyone. But it is hard to deny that legal weed is a major perk of visiting Canada. As of October 2018, Canadians and tourists have reaped the benefits of legalized marijuana. You can even order cannabis products from online dispensaries in Canada like this one and others.
The best area to visit for cannabis enthusiasts is out west in British Columbia. Not only will you find the highest quality buds here, but you’ll have the opportunity to light up a joint before hitting the slopes. There isn’t much that compares to stoned snowboarding through epic mountain ranges.
Bundle up for Ottawa’s Winterlude Festival
Visiting the capital city of Ontario might seem like a better idea in the summer months. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Ottawa in the dead of winter. One of these reasons is the famous Winterlude Fest. Even though the weather is chilly, this annual wintertime festival draws more tourists than most summertime events.
Winterlude is basically a winter wonderland, featuring ice sculpture competitions, playgrounds made entirely of snow, and winter sports competitions. Be sure to grab a delicious Beavertail treat before you go ice skating on the Rideau Canal.
Get soaked on Maid of the Mist
Niagara Falls might seem like a cliche tourist attraction to some, but there is a reason it attracts so many visitors each year. You can experience these impressive waterfalls from both the US and Canada, but it is much more breathtaking from the Canadian side. You can stay busy in Niagara by visiting Fallsview Casino, the Butterfly Conservatory, and Maid of the Mist.
When you book a ticket with Maid of the Mist, you’ll definitely be in the thick of things. This is the best way to experience the falls firsthand; you’ll be taken by boat to the base of Niagara Falls, so be prepared to get wet. But don’t worry, you’ll be provided with rain gear and ponchos before the boat heads out.
Snorkel with beluga whales in Churchill
This activity isn’t for everyone, but if you can handle the cold waters of Churchill you’re in for an adventure. Churchill is in the far north of Manitoba where wildlife is abundant. You can see everything from polar bears to beluga whales in the surrounding Hudson Bay. Although the water is near frigid at times, this might be your only chance to snorkel with belugas.
Drink wine at Sperling Vineyards in Okanagan Valley
Okanagan in BC is well-known for its pristine parks and lush forests, but also for its renowned wineries. The fertile land of the valley here makes it the ideal spot for fruit orchards and vineyards. This means wineries are dotted throughout the area, so try as many as possible while you’re here.
One of the most prestigious of the Okanagan Valley wineries is Sperling Vineyards. They have been around since 1925, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to wine. Sperling has several entirely organic bottles to choose from, the most popular being the organic Speritz. Red wine drinkers should try the robust and flavorful merlot.
Stop and smell the roses at Butchart Gardens
Another tourist hotspot in British Columbia, Butchart Gardens attracts over one million visitors each year. The floral displays here have been deemed a National Historic Site of Canada since 2004. You won’t find gardens this colorful and well maintained anywhere in the world. This peaceful oasis is prettiest during springtime right after everything blooms.