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.
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
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.
67-110 – 43 Stanley Cups won by Canadian teams (Montreal Canadians 24, Toronto Maple Leafs 13, Edmonton Oilers 5, Calgary Flames 1)
111 Drumheller, Alberta – Dinos, glamping and hikes
112-113 Bob and Doug Mckenzie
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?
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
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.
Happy Canada Day! What do you love about Canada? Share your faves in the comments below.
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