Oh Canada – 149 Reasons to love The Truth North, Strong and Free

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Happy Canada day from the land of maple syrup, Bieber and beavers. To celebrate our Country’s 149th Canada I wanted to  share 149 things to love about travel, food and culture from Canada. If you live here, cheers! If you’re coming to visit, here’s 149 reasons you should.

1. Space to roam. We have big skies, big mountains, lots of rivers, oceanfront playgrounds and trees. We have only four people per square kilometre compared to 232 people per square kilometre in Germany. Now that’s elbow room.

Haida Gwaii
Haida Gwaii

2. Haida Gwaii – my home and all around GORGEOUS swath of islands, mountains, forest and ocean. Oh and the people are the best too.

3-50 – Our 47 National Parks and Park Reserves. #Lifegoal to make it to at least half.

51 Joni Mitchell the queen of Canadian folk and 1960s cool. Her album Blue has likely changed more people’s lives than their first taste of ketchup chips (also Canadian)

52 Leonard Cohen and his version of Hallelujah and inspiration for Mitchell’s ‘Case of You’ (see above).

53 English Bay in Vancouver

54-57 Date nights in Vancouver: Mt. Pleasant, Downtown and Commerical Drive versions

58 Surfing in Tofino

59 Snowboarding anywhere in British Columbia

60 Camping in Alberta or Ucluelet, BC

61 We have 10 provinces and 3 territories.

62-63 Party on Garth, Groovy baby. Wayne from Wayne’s World and Austin Powers (aka Mike Myers) = from Canada

64 The cutest little draft dodger town in BC’s Kootenay region, including Nelson, B.C.

65 Get funked in vintage Victoria, B.C.

66 Hockey

67-110 – 43 Stanley Cups won by Canadian teams (Montreal Canadians 24, Toronto Maple Leafs 13, Edmonton Oilers 5, Calgary Flames 1)

The Hoodoos of Drumheller are a gorgeous and eerie.
The Hoodoos of Drumheller are a gorgeous and eerie.

111 Drumheller, Alberta – Dinos, glamping and hikes

112-113 Bob and Doug Mckenzie

114 Koo-roo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo-coo

115-116 Smoked meat sandwiches & poutine (thanks Francophone Canada!)

117 The Trans-Canada Highway – 7281 of gorgeous highway connecting Victoria, B.C to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Roadtrip anyone?

Scenes like this from the Icefields Parkway - not yours to behold when you're trying to beat the crying clock of your bambino. Photo credit: Walter Lam/Flickr/CC
Scenes like this from the Icefields Parkway – not yours to behold when you’re trying to beat the crying clock of your bambino. Photo credit: Walter Lam/Flickr/CC

118 The Icefields Parkway and a proper kid-friendly road trip plan

119 Camping food (see #60 above)

120 Roadtrips in the Yukon on Solstice

121 Azuridge, Canada’s only resort with a royally trained butler. Ooooh lala.

122 Prairie style – The Pretty Secrets, 204park, Inspired by Lynne, Poppy Barley

123 Artful Hotels like this

124 A Tribe Called Red – electronic pow wow music. I dare you not to dance.

125 Superb outdoor Farm to Fork dining – from Manitoba to PEI to BC

126 The Great Bear Rainforest

127 Some of the Interweb’s best travel Instagrammers

128-38 – 10 reasons to visit Jasper, Alberta in the Winter

139 Because we cheer on our neighbours like they are our BEST friends. Which they kind of are. Bro-mance anyone?

140 Endless cozy cabin getaway options

141 Canada’s Indigenous peoples and their fabulous communities and destinations to visit

142 Distinctly Canadian ingredients as noted by some top Canuck chefs

Ianco Bijou
Ianco Bijou

 

143 Saucy summer sips by sassy lady barkeeps across the country

144 Small town Canada

145 The Centre of the Universe, aka Toronto, aka Drake

146 Our French Canadian Cousins and their dang fine food

147 Rhymes with happy – a lovely Regina, Saskatchewan-based travel blog Travel + Happiness

148 You can sleep in spheres suspended in the forest

149 Because we’re just so dang modest, ay.

Salmon'n'Bannock cafe in Vancouver, one of Canada's best Indigenous destinations
Salmon’n’Bannock cafe in Vancouver, one of Canada’s best Indigenous destinations

Happy Canada Day! What do you love about Canada? Share your faves in the comments below.

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