Susan Shure Travel

  • Rocky Mountaineer – This train rides from Vancouver to Banff or Jasper (you can do both as well) and has a glass domed roof, first class service, incredible food and stunning views.
  • See the Northern lights – Churchill, Manitoba, Canada is one of the best places in North America to spot winter wildlife — it’s known as the polar bear capital of the world, after all. And did I mention that it’s also one of the best places to see beluga whales and catch views of the Northern Lights. To spot this natural wonder the best time to visit is between January to April.
  • Watch the changing of the guard – At the parliament building in Ottawa, the changing of the guard takes place every morning from June through late August. It is really an amazing and fun sight to behold. While you are there, take a fascinating tour of the parliament building.
  • Skiing – Skiing and Canada go hand in hand, the only question to ask yourself is “where”? Whistler is hands down one of the best, and you won’t find many people willing to contradict that. The skiing is great, but it’s a fantastic destination for the whole family thanks to the boutiques, award-winning restaurants, active nightlife and beautiful hotels. Need I remind you of the quaint alpine village?
  • Ride the Maid of the Mist – About an 80 mile drive from Toronto, you will find Niagara Falls. The best way to see Niagara Falls is on the boat, the Maid of the Mist. Warning: you will get wet!!! The breathtaking falls are incredible!
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park – take a walk on the wild side in Capilano Park. The series of suspension bridges here will not disappoint.
  • Calgary Stampede – If you haven’t experienced the Calgary Stampede, do it! Every July, the Stampede rides into Calgary. The rodeos and shows are absolutely amazing and it is an experience for the whole family.
  • Ride the funicular in Quebec City – This FUNicular (so much fun), takes you from Dufferin Terrace by the Chateau Frontenac to Quartier Petit-Champlain. My kids loved it and begged to ride it over and over again!
  • Food festivals – The best time for foodies to visit Toronto is from June to August. During these three months Toronto is a foodie’s paradise with multiple food festivals every weekend. You really are spoiled for choice! You’ll find everything from a festival all about to the best beer and cider breweries, to festivals dedicated to junk food and tacos.
  • See the earth’s mantle – Ever wanted to see the soul of the earth? Turns out there’s only one place in the world you can see it, and it’s in Newfoundland, Canada. The whole thing is described as half a billion years in the making, and a result of the two continents coming together.  The earth’s mantle, or interior, is usually located far below it’s outer layer, but here you can literally walk right on top of it. Pretty cool, huh?  

One item not mentioned on this list that you can get almost anywhere in Canada is poutine. I highly recommend getting some the next time you are visiting Canada. Ready to go have some fun in Canada? Email susan@susanshuretravel.com.

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