Oh Canada, we’ve come a long way to form the vibrant and diverse country we enjoy today. From coast to coast, our provinces and the varying types of natural (and human-made) beauty are numerous. As our country celebrates its 150th anniversary, what better way to appreciate this great nation than by exploring our backyard and discovering what it has to offer?
Unique food, breathtaking views, and unparalleled hospitality — we have it all. It’s time to see it.
“Splendour without diminishment,” is the motto for this mountainous province. If you’re a nature-lover with a wild side, it will envelop you and leave you clinging to its broad rivers and wide-reaching forests. There is much to do while in this naturally rich region — be sure to put it on your hit list.
As one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 5 Trendiest Hotels in the World,” the Opus Hotel takes style seriously. From contemporary furniture to unique artwork, to its spectacular lobby, it has an aesthetic all its own. Rooms are complete with spacious spa bathrooms, iPads, and cozy workspaces to make your stay comfortable. Also, be sure to grab dinner at La Pentola, Opus Hotel’s award-winning Italian restaurant.
Sunshine Coast Air
Take to the sky with this amazing ‘flightseeing’ adventure. By plane, fly over BC’s many coastlines, beaches, and islands and catch glimpses of the region’s wildlife. If you have the time, consider expanding your exploration to include glacier lakes, larger-than-life waterfalls, and snowy mountains. Don’t forget to take great photos from the classic de Havilland Beaver you’ll be flying in.
Situated on Vancouver’s scenic Coal Harbour, Cardero’s is a feast for your eyes as well as your taste buds. As one of BC’s most renowned seafood restaurants, it’s sure to leave you wanting more. Cardero’s menu includes classics such as Atlantic Lobster, but also includes seafood dishes which are perfect for a culinary exploration; like Fresh Haida Gwaii Halibut. Not to be missed.
Prince Edward Island
If you’re searching for relaxed excitement, the island life might be just what you need. On Prince Edward Island, visitors can expect to feel a sense of “islandness” while there. This distinct sensation is not the easiest to articulate, but it can be felt in the salty air, sandy beaches, and warm and inviting smiles from Islanders. And while small, this province is big on adventure and activities; certainly no shortage of things to do.
Located on the North Shore of PEI, this luxury vacation home is one of the best views on the island. As it sits on a private peninsula, conveniently within five minutes from Cavendish, Seaside Chalet is perfect for a romantic getaway, family vacation, or an adventure with friends.
Andersons Creek Golf Club
PEI is golf heaven, and Andersons Creek Golf Club sits in the centre of this idyllic golf universe. In fact, the club’s course has been featured in many top Canadian golf course lists. The club prides itself on being accessible to golfers of all levels; so whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newcomer, there’s something for you. The course is laid out over rippling lands complete with big greens, nine water hazards, and yes, an actual creek. Win or lose, the course’s beautiful views have everyone leave feeling like a winner.
The Pearl Eatery and Oyster Lounge
Reaching destination restaurant status doesn’t simply happen, it requires excellence, and that’s exactly what The Pearl Eatery is serving up. With a philosophy that sharing a meal that is fresh and creative is simply the way it should be, the restaurant uses local ingredients like edible flowers and seafood which dictate its evolving menu. Don’t miss the delicious Blue Dot Ribeye Steak & Lobster Tail when visiting this island treasure.
There’s no need to leave the country to get a taste of Europe, and Montreal is evidence of that. The Parisian-style infrastructure of Old Montreal will transport you into another world with its churches, sidewalk cafés, art galleries, and more. When you’re done with old-fashioned life, head back into the more contemporary areas of town for a dose of the vibrant and always- developing scene that displays this unique province’s diverse and colourful culture. One thing is for sure; this isn’t your typical Canadian destination.
Named the best hotel in Canada in 2017, The Ritz-Carlton is certainly deserving of such an accolade. Since opening in 1912, it has consistently earned the prestigious AAA Five Diamond award year-after-year, staying true to its historical roots while evolving and remaining contemporary. While there, enjoy amenities such as a stunning rooftop which includes a saltwater pool, sauna, and a terrace with beautiful views of the city. Don’t forget to unwind with the hotel’s spa and also enjoy Afternoon Tea, which originated at this one-of-a-kind hotel.
The Orchestra Symphony of Montreal
Perfect for an evening out, the Orchestra Symphony of Montreal showcases the high caliber of musical talent the province offers. Listen to a vast repertoire of symphonic music ranging from classical to jazz, played by an orchestra composed of more than 92 musicians, as well as a Chorus. As the orchestra plays nearly 100 concerts each year, it’s hard to miss this sonic treat for the ears.
The eclectic cuisine served at Chasse-Galerie is in step with Montreal’s affinity for incorporating international tastes with its own unique vibe. Here you’ll find flavours which reflect Quebec’s heritage, but also its spirit of openness to other cultures and newness. The restaurant’s strong ties with local producers make for unique, fresh, but accessible gastronomy in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Depending on your level of hunger and curiosity, Chasse- Galerie’s menu offers multi-course options ranging from 3 to 10 courses. Whatever your decision, this restaurant aims to deliver a legendary dining experience.
The Yukon is the smallest of the Northwest Territories, but that doesn’t mean it’s not as exciting. Exploring the fascinating history of this ecologically impressive landscape will leave you amazed with the wonders of nature; like the sun, which never sets during the summer months. The beauty of this region would be enough for anyone visiting, but it doesn’t stop there, Yukon has so much more to offer during your trip to this fantastic territory.
Northern Lights Resort & Spa
Located on a private 160 acres, but close to many of Yukon’s most acclaimed wilderness parks, Northern Lights Resort & Spa puts you in the middle of a seemingly infinite number of adventurous possibilities. A prime location to witness the Northern Lights, this resort is surrounded by pine forests, mountains, and near the Yukon River. After a day of enjoying the great outdoors, take advantage of its amenities which include a massage room, Finnish sauna, and a luxury outdoor Jacuzzi.
Ivvavik National Park
The first national park in Canada to be created as a result of an aboriginal land claim agreement, Ivvavik National Park is not to be missed. Its amazing landscape is versatile and provides opportunities to explore in many ways; like hiking, river rafting, and camping. Accessible only by charter plane, it is located in the extreme northwest corner of Yukon, above the Arctic Circle, on the Beaufort Sea. And if private exploration is what you’re looking for, then this 9,775 square km park, which only sees around 100 visitors per year, is perfect.
Housed in a newly constructed building known as Waterfront Station, The Wheelhouse is located on the banks of the beautiful Yukon River. The dining style is “Yukon Casual” and reflects the heritage of the territory with decor reminiscent of the 1930s. The restaurant offersan exceptional dining experience featuring remarkable food and friendly service in an inviting setting. The menu features dishes that are new and unique, but have a familiarity to them; like must try’s Elk Bolognese, Bison Shepherd’s Pie, or Chèvre Stuffed Chicken Breast.
There’s so much to discover in this vast and diverse country. Coast to coast, it’s evident that Canada’s provinces are worlds within themselves. From comfortable coastal island life to fast- paced cities with European flare, we have it all right here. With world class dining, beautiful accommodations, and adventures unique to the nation, why look abroad? If you ever feel like you’ve seen it all, take some time to explore Canada’s backyard and the treasures hiding in it.