After countless years of making and breaking my New Year’s resolutions, 2017 will be the year when I will finally make a resolution that I want to keep. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, I am dedicating this year to explore the national parks, heritage spaces and unique spots all across this big country. Starting this winter in Alberta, I will be dedicating each month to explore a new province or territory in Canada aiming to visit all thirteen by the end of the year. This is a great time to explore Canada as celebratory events and activities will be popping up throughout the country during 2017 that are not to be missed. To help you plan your vacation, here are my suggestions of when and where to go in Canada during the 150th year. For more inspiration, take a peak at 40 small towns in Canada that you probably haven’t heard of, but should visit.
Winter is the season where you should embrace the cold and the snow by visiting some of the most picturesque vistas in Canada. Get outside and explore the snow-covered Rocky Mountains in Alberta or head over to the Yukon to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights while you snowshoe under the stars. Quebec also transforms into a Winter Wonderland with as Carnival season keeps the locals and tourists in warm spirits all winter long.
The springtime is one of the best chances to head up north and visit the Northwest Territories or Nunavut. Travel to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories for the annual reindeer crossing or catch a glimpse of the wildlife in Artic Bay or Resolute Bay in Nunavut. Manitoba is also picturesque at this time of year where the lush lakes region is in full bloom.
As the weather gets warmer, the Maritimes are the place to be. Whether you are lounging on the sandy beaches in Prince Edward Island, catching a glimpse of the Icebergs floating to the shores of Newfoundland & Labrador, exploring the natural wonders of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick or strolling through the seaside towns in Nova Scotia, head out east for the summer to explore Canada’s coastal life.
Spend those crisp fall days exploring Canadian wilderness as the leaves change colors. From hiking through the numerous coastal national parks in British Columbia to cycling your way through wine country Ontario, leaf chasers are bound to fall in love with the spectrum of colors found in Canada. Harvest season along the prairies of Saskatchewan is also a wonder to see the rows and rows of hay transforming into one of their greatest exports.
Images courtesy of Destination Canada.