If you’re looking for the very best that Canada has to offer, look no further. With a constant stream of festivals, events, happenings, and sights to see, Canada has coast to coast entertainment and diversity. There is truly something for everyone in this majestic land of beauty, of culture, of art, of nature. Below are 12 of the most exciting and interesting travel experiences in Canada.
Saint John Farmers Market
Saint John, New Brunswick holds the title of North America’s oldest farmer’s market, starting back in 1876. Still holding true to form, the market is home to fresh produce, meats, fish, baked goods, and cheeses. With a focus on local products, this is as close to the farm as you need to get.
Montreal High Lights Festival
If you’re looking for an amazing ten days of arts, culture, music, theatre, and parades, look no farther. This annual event will take place in Montreal February 16-26, 2012, and features some of Canada’s top artistic, culinary, and musical talent.
Royal Ontario Museum
Ontario’s finest museum, the Royal Ontario Museum is one of the worlds best for natural history and culture. With an ever-changing series of collections, exhibitions, and galleries, it’s easy to get lost in the beautiful design and art within. And make sure to get a picture of the building; it’s a marvel in and of itself.
North by Northeast was started 18 years ago with inspiration drawn from its southerly neighbor, SXSW in Austin, Texas. Boasting much the same format, NXNE is known for its music and film. 2012 promises to be its best show yet, with 650 bands and 40 films filling screen and stage.
The mysterious and legendary narwhal – the unicorn of the sea. Known for it’s horn-like appendage jutting forward from it’s jaw, these whales are only found in the Arctic, and populations are worryingly shrinking with climate change. Be that as it may, you can go see these rare and beautiful creatures on a kayak trip in Northern Canada.
Anne of Green Gables
Prince Edward Island – where Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea were filmed – is one of the most beautiful landscapes anywhere in the world. For that reason, it’s worth looking into a sightseeing tour of the area. Even if it means renting a car and driving around the island, it is a trip that won’t soon be forgotten.
Music, fashion, art, haute cuisine, architecture, and culture are just a few words that Montreal represents. Take a stroll down Bernard Street for some of Montreal’s finest restaurants. Or head to the Agora de la Danse to see the latest performance at a world-class contemporary dance venue. Or maybe take a stroll through the various time periods of architecture, simply by walking the city streets. Regardless of your taste, Montreal truly has something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a beautiful, culturally-rich, and fun-filled place to visit, take a flight to Vancouver, hop on the ferry and look no further. Victoria boasts all of the above, and much more. Visit the Butchart Gardens for a relaxing and peaceful among nature. Then head to the Inner Harbor where museums and art galleries mix, and the regal Empress Hotel welcomes you with crawling ivy and traditional high tea. Enjoy the food, the music, the people, and the sights of the gem on the Pacific coast of Canada.
Celebration of Light
Vancouver boasts the Celebration of Light as the largest fireworks competition in the world, and never does it disappoint. For 21 years, this competition has been wowing crowds in Vancouver, BC and featured countries from the world over such as China and Spain. Make sure to book in advance for summer 2012, and prepare for a night to remember.
Toronto International Film Festival
If you plan to be in Toronto this September, you’re in luck. If not, find a way to get there. The Toronto Film Festival is one of North America’s premiere independent film events, drawing attention from critics and stars alike. The 2009 festival boasted 500,000 attendees, enjoying 336 films from 64 countries. This year the festival is being held from September 8th – 18th, and promises to be the best yet.
Every summer, Calgary is taken for ten days of roping, bull-riding, wrestling, and racing. The Calgary Stampede is fun for the whole family with nightly shows, competitions, parades, animal shows, and derbies. The events are heart-poundingly fast, rough, and bring out the cowboy in all of us. 2011 was the best year to date, and the Calgary Stampede's 2012 Centennial celebration promises to be even better.
World Pond Hockey Championship
In February 2012, Plaster Rock will be transformed into a town of hockey-filled madness. Not that it isn’t already, like most towns in Canada. The difference is, Plaster Rock will be hosting the World Pond Hockey Championship. With 120 teams from 15+ countries and features on ESPN and major news affiliates, Pond Ice Hockey has grown substantially from its humble roots. Fortunately it still features the same level of talent and athleticism as always, and promises to be an amazing event.