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Sep 01, 2015

Emerald Lake

If you’ve been following the Canadian dollar, you’ll know that our precious loonie has dropped in recent months, making a vacation close to home a solid 25% more affordable than going outside the country. Why spend the money, go through the passport hassles and leave your home country for a vacation when there’s so much to see and do in Canada? And if that’s not enough to convince you to explore the Great White North, then consider the natural beauty and awe inspiring vistas Canada has to offer from coast-to-coast.

The East Coast Trail nestled through small towns in Newfoundland is full of trails along the rugged coast that offer stunning views. From beginner to advanced trails, there is something for everyone. Glimpses of whales, and the majestic flights of bald eagles will leave you breathless. See the Sperwunk natural land bridge. Stay in one of the pretty cabins dotted along the trails. Take an hour walk, or gather your friends and spend a week hiking and camping together. Enjoy the hospitality that Newfoundlanders are famous for while you explore this ruggedly beautiful terrain.

Get a totally different cultural experience when you visit Old Québec in Québec City.  Filled with European influence, you’ll walk old brick-lined lanes, see window boxes full of flowers and explore a rich architectural heritage in its many historic buildings. When you need a break from the sites, stop in at the Erico- Creative Chocolate Shop and Museum where they make fashion, quaint homesteads and native Canadian artifacts out of chocolate. Sampling is encouraged!

The Rideau Canal, Parliament buildings and some of Canada’s greatest museums are the great draw cards of Ottawa. Enjoy watching as the Rideau Canal’s lock system are hand-turned to raise the water levels so boats can pass through the city centre. You can take a ride on one of the boats that explore the canal and actually be on-board as the locks are opened, filled and closed again. In the winter, the Rideau Canal is converted into one of the world’s longest outdoor skating rinks and is something every Canadian should do once in their lives.

Heading further south and east, you’ll find one of the seven natural wonders of the world right in our own backyard. Niagara Falls lures visitors from around the world every year and is truly an awe-inspiring force of nature. Come and feel the spray on your face as you cruise behind the waterfalls themselves to explore them close up and personal. At night, the Falls are lit up in changing colours and provide a completely different yet equally stunning site. Visit the lighthouse and don’t miss the historical displays and be sure to grab some pictures of the mists climbing into the clouds.

A visit to the western side of the country will have you exploring the natural beauty of Canada in all its splendour. Visit the Icefields Parkway inside the Banff National Park. With 231km of hiking trails with breathtaking views, hundreds of amazing glaciers with electric-blue coloured lakes and a slew of outdoor activities to suit every taste and skill level, you’ll have no shortage of things to see and do in one of Canada’s most well travelled outdoor playgrounds.

Continue heading west and discover the great outdoors in Whistler, British Columbia, with it’s unbelievable array of activities for every kind of outdoor enthusiasts. Try the thrilling sport of heli-skiing, explore Whistler Olympic Park, hike the Ancient Cedars Trial and enjoy one of the greatest ski areas Canada has on offer in Whistler, Big White Ski Resort or Silver Star Mountain Resort.

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