Hello PACE friends! I’m excited to be writing today about a passion of mine: travelling. I’m sure by now international students have become well acquainted with Winnipeg. We have fantastic restaurants, a scenic river to skate on, and festivals galore. However, Canada has so many beautiful places to visit beyond the prairies, so I decided to share with you all my top 5 Canadian destinations to visit.
- Banff, Alberta
Banff is absolutely stunning no matter what time of year that you visit; I went on several family road trips to Banff with my family growing up. In the summer, you can hike amongst the Rockies, take a gondola up to a stunning view point, or enjoy the shops and restaurants in the charming town site. Banff is also a winter a sports lover’s dream with skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating. If you are not the active type, you can relax in the beautiful natural hot springs.
- Ottawa, Ontario
Canada’s capital is absolutely worth a visit! Visiting the parliament buildings is the biggest tourist draw, but there is so much more to discover. Art lovers should check out the National Gallery of Canada, and history buffs flock to the Canadian War Museum. Shoppers and foodies will enjoy ByWard Market and Sparks Street, and anyone would enjoy skating down the Rideau Canal.
Montréal is a unique mix of historical charm and big city excitement. Take a walk down cobblestone streets, hike up Mount Royal, or enjoy the nightlife. My favourite spot to visit is the Biodôme, an interesting fusion of a zoo/science centre; you are never too old for penguins! Don’t worry if you do not speak français – Montréal has a large number of English speakers.
If it weren’t so darn expensive, I would absolutely love to live in Vancouver. It’s a perfect mix of the outdoors and city life. On the one hand, you have all the concerts, shopping, and restaurants you could ever want in the city. On the other hand, in less than an hour’s drive you can find yourself hiking up a mountain. If you’re not super outdoorsy (like me), take the gondola up Grouse Mountain to enjoy stunning views and snack on a BeaverTail (not furry whatsoever – it’s a sugary dessert).
- Quebec City
In my opinion, Quebec City is the most underrated destination in Canada. Founded in the early 17th century, you have all the beauty and charm of Europe without crossing the Atlantic. History nerds like me will love walking the Plains of Abraham, and foodies can indulge themselves in real Québécois poutine. My personal recommendation: take a haunted walking tour. It’s beyond creepy (they take you in an old church with the lights off), and I still talk about it four years later.
So those are my top 5 Canadian destinations! I loved my time in all of these places, and if you have the chance to go, I know you will too. Happy travels!
Written by Erika Campbell -Public Relations, Marketing, and Strategic Communications Class of 2018.