Canadian vacations continue to attract an international audience. From hiking the Canadian Rockies or visiting Niagara Falls to spending time in Toronto or Quebec City, Canada offers a number of unique experiences for those planning Canadian vacations. Here are a few of our favorite places to visit and things you can do during your visit!
- Prince Edward Island: In recent years, golfing on Prince Edward Island has taken off. With over 30 courses ranging from 9-27 holes and landscapes spanning from seaside to hardwood forests, the island offers an incredible range of golfing experiences. In fact, according to Frommer’s, over 80% of golfers who visit once are likely to return. The varied courses, laid-back atmosphere and incredible people make coming back a real treat! Not only has Prince Edward Island grown famous for it’s golfing opportunities, but it’s fishing is some of the best in the world as well. From giant bluefin tuna to mackerel and herring fishing, fishing charters are abundant and allow tourists to plan half and full day outings on the water. Tourist love casting out and reeling in a huge catch – and it’s the perfect photo op!
- Quebec City: This beautiful, historic city is the perfect destination for your Canadian vacation. This quiet French Canadian town is home to all things French but in Canada. Walk down the cobblestone streets and smell freshly baked croissants, artisanal cheeses and fresh lattes. This town, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes tourists year-round with charming accommodations, delicious food and French Canadian culture. Book one of the many bed & breakfasts and enjoy a four course meal after roaming the streets on foot for the day. Quebec City is a very relaxed city, so you can explore at your own pace.
- Halifax: Nova Scotia has been a portal for millions of immigrants into Canada. It’s access to a natural harbor has meant it is not only an economic hub, but also a cultural one. Tourists can experience a multitude of festivals, art galleries and dramatic performances in the city while experiencing its historical aspects as well. Visit its many public gardens, the Citadel National Historic Site and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 for a glimpse into the history of this city and how it became what it is today. Enjoy the city by bus, ferry or foot and experience everything Halifax has to offer. Incredible seafood is a must as freshly caught Atlantic fare is just a boat ride away!
- Toronto: Looking for an urban getaway on your next Canadian vacation? Toronto offers the largest underground shopping mall and is home to the longest street in Canada. As the 5th largest city in North America, Toronto is home to a ton of cultural treasures like Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown, Roncesvalles Village, Little India and Chinatown. Each neighborhood offers a delicious and unique cuisine, and an atmosphere which is perfect for exploring. On a budget? Don’t rent a car! Toronto has extensive public transportation that makes it easy to see the city. Heading to Niagara Falls for a day? Take a taxi or rent a find a tour bus that will take you to the Falls for a fraction of the cost of a car!
- Banff: In the middle of the Canadian Rockies, Banff offers the feel of a Swiss ski vacation in Canada. Banff National Park is home to not only Mount Norquay but a number of lakes as well, all nestled in the valleys and providing the perfect place to set up a tent or grab a canoe for the afternoon. From skiing the slopes to the hot springs of Cave and Basin National Historic site, outdoor activities are abundant in Banff. Nature lovers will thrive here! Do you love the idea of the great outdoors but not quite ready to “rough it”? Banff also offers a number of high-end lodging options including chalets and villas. After a long day on the slopes, visitors can enjoy a hearty meal of elk, bison, venison or trout, all local specialties at a number of family-owned restaurants.
When planning your next Canadian vacation, be sure to check out the many different places and experiences you can have in this expansive and diverse country. In 2014, a large celebration is occurring on Prince Edward Island to celebrate it’s part in the creation of Canada as a unified nation. Learn about all the events and festivities at the PEI 2014 website. While you’re on the island, check out Scott Bruce Tuna Charters and plan a fun tuna fishing outing! Learn more about the captain, crew and boat here.