Flight Centre's Canadian social media team, Gregg Tilston, Alicia Taggio and Jason Rundell each shared their ‘Top 5 Things To Do in Canada'. Below we have taken a few of their pointers to make our own Top 5 for you to work in to your Canadian itinerary. Matt Posaner one of our Canada specialists from Flight Centre has also added a few tips!
Niagara Falls, Ontario
First up on our recommendation list from our Canadian friends (and the rest of the world) is visiting the iconic Niagara Falls. Depending on which list you are looking at Niagara Falls is one of the ‘Seven Wonders Of The World'! The falls can be explored from the sidelines, or you can get up close and personal by taking a fascinating boat tour to the base of the waterworks or a walking tour behind the falls. If you are not travelling with children the Niagara Culinary and Wine Cycle Tour is a very enjoyable, rewarding and indulgent tour well worth doing!
Matt's awesome tip: Take a ride on the Niagara Falls ferris wheel on a clear day. If you look closely enough you can see the skyline of Buffalo, New York. At night take a walk on the famous Clifton Hill promenade where you will be dazzled by the lights on this Vegas style strip, and be taken back to your childhood with video arcades instead of casinos.
Explore the Rocky Mountains
Explore this beautiful region by taking a self drive road trip on one of the many passes. Alternatively book a tour to show you from Jasper National Park in the north to Banff National Park in the south. Go hiking, fly fishing, bathe in the hot springs, rock climbing, search for moose, bear, beaver or elk, ski, snowboard, get creative with some photography, or simply enjoy the views and clean air.
Matt's awesome tip: Spend a night or two at the Pocahontas Cabins, 25 minutes east of Jasper, where you are surrounded by nothing but forest and plenty of wildlife to keep you company.
Go to a National Hockey League (NHL) game in Toronto
By hockey we mean ice hockey. NHL is the sport of the nation and very worthy of a place in your top 5 to do list. Just like Australian's attach floatation devices to their young children, Canadians strap the children into ice skates as soon as they have learnt to walk! The Air Canada Centre in Toronto is the action packed venue where it all happens. The venue seats close to 20,000 people and will make for an awesome night of excitement, emotion, and fan crazed atmosphere with a nice bite of Canadian patriotism. Sit in the stand and chant “Go Leafs Go” and you'll fit right in!
Indulge in Poutine
Canadians love to treat themselves to Poutine, which is pronounced Poo-teen. Poutine is a bit like the good ol' Aussie chips and gravy with a twist. Fried hot chips in a bowl with cheese curds on the chips and super hot gravy poured over the lot. Poutine can be found in most eateries and restaurants from McDonalds to fine establishments.
Matt's awesome tip: The worse it looks, the better it tastes! Poutine was originally created in Quebec in the late 1950's. Ideally try the dish in Montreal then work it off riding a BIXI bike around the city.
Sea-to-Sky Highway Drive (Vancouver to Whistler), then ski Whistler!
This drive is debatably the most scenic and best drive in the country. There are a number of opportunities to stop and take in the Canadian beauty along the way. The return trip can be done in a day but spend a night (or a few) in Whistler to ski if you can spare the time. Stops to look into are Porteau Cove, Brittannia Beach (where you'll find the BC Mining Museum), Murrin Provincial Park, Shannon Falls and the view point just beyond the falls where you can watch the rock climbers brave the face of Stawamus Chief. Brandywine falls is also worth a look. Take a picnic basket and rug with you to make the most of the breathtaking scenery!
Ready to cross some of these adventures off your bucket list? Contact Matt Posaner, Canadian Travel Specialist based at Flight Centre Fulham Gardens on (08) 8355 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.