From Muskoka to Bobcaygeon, from Haliburton to Rideau Lakes, Ontario’s “Cottage Country” is the ultimate place to just relax and get away from it all.
Known as “The Great White North”, Canada holds the title of the second largest country worldwide. With a vast landscape of open prairies, mountainous peaks, lakes and rivers galore, Canada has much to offer every type of traveller! Encompassing a population of almost 34 million and still growing, this country is known for its friendliness to tourists from all over.
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)
Government: Federation with Parliamentary Democracy and Constitutional Monarchy
DID YOU KNOW?
- Both basketball and hockey were invented by Canadians.
- Canada has the longest coastline of any country in the world, at 243,977 kilometres.
- Canada is known as the home of large animals such as the moose and grizzly bear, but it is also home to about 55,000 species of insects and about 11,000 species of mites and spiders.
- The Moosehead Brewery in Saint John, New Brunswick, turns out 1,642 bottles of beer per minute.
- The world’s strongest current is found in the Nakwakto Rapids at Slingsby Channel, British Columbia. The current has been measured at speeds up to 29.6 kilometres per hour.
- The West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, was once the world’s largest shopping mall. It now ranks fifth, but it still contains the world’s largest indoor amusement park.
- The CN Tower in Toronto, Ontario, was the world’s tallest free-standing structure until Dubai’s Burj Khalifa took the title in 2007.
- The border between Canada and the United States is the world’s longest border between two nations.
- Hockey and lacrosse are Canada’s national sports.
- Canada contains 9% of the world’s renewable fresh water supply.
With such a large area to cover, Canada does not have one set climate. For example, the southernmost part of Ontario has moderately high and low temperatures, ranging from 30 degrees Celsius to -30. On the other hand, in the northern territory of Nunavut, temperatures range from well below the freezing mark for most of the year. The coasts change climate as well, with British Columbia known for its rainy weather almost year-round and the prairie provinces (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) known as being being very dry.
- Summer: June – August
- Fall: September – November
- Winter: December – February
- Spring: March – May
The earliest inhabitants of this vast land were prehistoric tribes from Asia who traveled across the Bering Strait. Barring the odd Viking visit, the Aboriginal people lived freely and developed their customs, languages, and traditions until the 15th century. In 1534, Jacques Cartier made the first claim for France and Samuel de Champlain founded Quebec City in the early 1600s. By the mid-16th century, Canada (East) was declared a French province.
The British entered in the 1670s and the hostilities between the two colonizers eventually led to the Treaty of Paris in 1760 when France handed Canada over to Britain.
On July 1, 1867, Canada East (Quebec), Canada West (Ontario), Nova Scotia and New Brunswick joined together under the terms of the British North America Act to become the Dominion of Canada.
Canada’s scuba diving capital is home to underwater caves, more than 20 shipwrecks, dramatic cliffs, flowerpot formations and, of course, the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island.
Lake Huron’s greatest treasure is a rocky island that’s home to historic towns, First Nations communities and the rugged outdoor charm that is the trademark of Northern Ontario.
Johnston Canyon is an easy hike in Banff National park, Alberta, Canada, famous for spectacular, pristine wilderness scenery all year round.
Banff, Alberta, is both a picturesque town in the Canadian Rockies and a popular national park. Surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, Banff attracts visitors year-round, thanks to its endless opportunities for outdoor activities in both winter and summer.
The emerald waters of Lake Louise, set against the backdrop of Victoria Glacier, is probably the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies.
Lunenberg, Nova Scotia is home to extraordinary sights, and rich Canadian history.
Erin visits friends on Kahshe Lake, Wayne builds his own version of ladder toss, Chefy cooks up a campfire fish fry, and we sail the high seas on the Real Muskoka Steamship Pirate Cruise.
When spring arrives, the city of Toronto comes alive. No more snow, slush and cold weather means the patios open, the gardens bloom and the markets come alive. Here’s how to best experience spring in this city.
From the quirky shops of Kensington to the history of the Distillery District, these photos will take you on a tour of Canada’s largest city.
Erin heads to the Land-O-Lakes region where Wayne solves his paddle storage problems by building a handy paddle rack, and Chefy makes some yummy BBQ satay appetizers for the cottage dock party.
It’s maple syrup season! Time to prepare your teeth for the sugar rush at these five sweet festivals happening throughout Ontario.
There are few Canadian images as iconic as Lake Louise, Here’s how to embrace the winter season by skiing, skating and dogsledding in this pretty piece of the Rockies.
Winnipeg is more than just cold weather and winters that go on forever. This Canadian city has come into its own and is showing off some of the best shopping and dining in the country.
There are still few weeks left in cross-country ski season. And our last post on best places to ski got so much love, we’ve come up with seven more awesome trails across Canada.
It doesn’t get much more Canadian than riding a wild sled pulled by a team of Huskies through the snow.
In a province known for its subzero temperatures, winter can be seen as something to tolerate rather than embrace. But if you accept the cold and celebrate it, there are plenty of ways to not only survive the season, but to fall in love with it.
Montreal is a city of many passions, from food to music to nightlife to festivals. Here are some recommendations for the solo traveller on how to get the most out of the city.
Montreal’s Nuit Blanche is a celebration of art, culture and Canadian winters. Here’s what you need to know to see it best—and to stay warm—during the White Night.
For a true taste of Canadian culture, head to Manitoba for Winnipeg’s Festival du Voyageur! He-ho!
It doesn’t get much more romantic than Montreal in winter. Check out our snowy gallery of this timeless Canadian city.
When you think of romantic retreats, Newfoundland might not be the first destination that comes to mind. But as Megan Venner discovered with her husband, St. John’s is the perfect city for a couples’ escape.
Forget the big names of Whistler-Blackcomb and the Powder Highway. As wonderful as these ski destinations are, if you want to really ski with the big boys, visit one of these off-the-beaten-ski-track British Columbia resorts.
Every February, teams of crazy boaters take off across the St. Lawrence in an outrageous feat of canoeing at the Carnival de Quebec. Here are four reasons the races will blow your mind.
In Canada, we warm up to winter with festivals all the way across the country. Here are four that will have you celebrating the cold rather than hiding from it.
Growing up doesn’t have to mean losing your love for the magic of winter. Bundle up, head outside and embrace Old Man Winter like you’re a kid again!
It’s time for the annual Carnaval de Québec, one of the most classic Canadian winter celebrations. Here’s why you absolutely must check out this Québécois tradition.
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If you’re hitting the slopes at Mont Tremblant this winter, check out one of these top dining experiences. You’ll need to refuel for your next schuss down the slopes, anyway.
It’s the perfect time of year to hit the ski trails, all across Canada. Here are eight of the best places to cross-country ski, from the West Coast to the shores of Newfoundland.
The snow is crisp and the air is cold, so get outside and embrace winter! Here are five snowy activities in Canada’s Algonquin Park that will get your adrenaline pumping.
Looking for the best powder in Canada? Then check out our round-up of the top places to ski in British Columbia, from heliskiing in the Kootenays to schussing the slopes at the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
On the longest night of the year, Toronto’s Kensington Market comes alive with lanterns, dancers, costumed actors and musicians. Come celebrate the winter solstice!
Nova Scotia’s lobster season is in full swing right now! And if you’re in the town of Yarmouth this month, you must hit up the Lobster Splash, where you can try 14 lobster dishes from 14 restaurants in 12 days.
Everyone knows the Big 5 of Africa. But deep in the tundra of Arctic Canada, there are animals that are just as rare and dangerous–and much less well-known.
In Churchill, Manitoba, polar bears rule the land. Bret Love and Mary Gabbett head to this northern Canadian outpost to come face to face with one of the animal kingdom’s most ferocious–and majestic–creatures.
In the barren tundra of Churchill, Manitoba, Bret Love is on the hunt for polar bears. But the search for these dangerous, elusive beasts has left him feeling anxious and on edge.
It may seem like wine season is over in Ontario, but in Prince Edward County, the party is just getting started with a holiday celebration that includes treats, singing and, yes, plenty of wine.
You may be surprised to discover that Prince Edward Island has become a foodie mecca. Sandra Phinney heads east and samples some of the best dishes the island has to offer.
Kayaking wine tours in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley offer the chance to explore pretty scenery and tasty wines — no designated driver required.
Our post on the best destinations for chocoholics had so many mouths watering, we just had to follow up. Here are five more of the best resorts, shops and chocolatiers offering the best chocolate on the globe.
Most tourists are surprised to discover a thriving wine industry in Nova Scotia. But with 14 wineries and a fall wine festival to celebrate the harvest, it’s one of the perfect destinations for oenophiles.
On a road trip through New Brunswick, Michele Peterson overdoses on lobster rolls and blueberry beer, and discovers that the Bay of Fundy really is the shore with more.
Take a break from the modern world, and time travel back to a slower period at Ontario’s Westfield Heritage Village. Amanda Lee gets a first-hand experience of life in Upper Canada, circa 1800.
Erin heads out on Lake Rosseau in the beautiful Muskoka Lakes. At the workshop, Wayne builds a dockside storage box and Chefy cooks up salmon burgers.
Host Jason Agnew surprises a house full of college students and a couple shows off their musical talents using items they find in their kitchen.
On a trip to the Garden of Quebec, Rosalind Cummings-Yeates finds lush vineyards, delicious chocolatiers and a rich locavore culture—and discovers you don’t have to travel far to find the greatest pleasures on earth.
They say if you shake a bush on Cape Breton Island, a fiddler falls out, and a step dancer is never far behind. On a trip to the East Coast, Sandra Phinney got swept up in the music and moves of the Celtic Colours festival.
Autumn in Nova Scotia’s Annapolis Valley means fun family festivities, such as superhero pumpkin displays, apple baseball, ghost tours and even a pumpkin regatta.
A cycling tour through Ontario’s Prince Edward County is the perfect way to take in the outdoors, sample local foods and enjoy the slow pace of island life.
Erin heads to Haliburton to meet up with some very active friends in cottage country near Haliburton. Wayne creates a cool new bench, Chefy prepares a yummy fresh watermelon and feta salad.
On a leisurely cycling trip along Nova Scotia’s Northumberland shore, Michele Peterson learned that the best way to appreciate a destination is to take it slow.
At Bruce Peninsula National Park and Fathom Five National Marine Park, the cast is taken on a once-in-a-lifetime hike, an orienting adventure, and savage mission on the coast. How much more can these tired feet take?
The Shards visit the ice fishing capitol of Canada, where fun on the water happens all year round.
Autumn is one of the best times to hit the hiking trails in Canada—or anywhere, for that matter. So lace up, take along these top tips, and get outside!
We visit Point au Baril, dance the night away at the historic Ojibway Club, Chefy cooks up his famous Cottage Seafood boil and Wayne builds a treasure chest.
Cheryll experiences gourmet pastries, VIP shopping, browsing for art, and a local brewery in vibrant Toronto.
It’s all glitz, glitter and glam in Toronto this month as celebs descend on the city for the Toronto International Film Festival—and T+E is stargazing! Who’s here? And who have you spotted on Toronto’s streets or in your travels?
Alan leads the cast to Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park where it’s all about the big blue sea… above and below the surface. The cast is faced with several days of water-based adventures: in a wetsuit, on a sailboat and in a kayak.
Just a short hop from Quebec City, picturesque Île d’Orléans is home to a treasure trove of homemade culinary delights like old-world cider, black currant cassis and artisanal cheeses. Here’s our road map of the most delectable stops.
Vancouver’s Seawall is the city’s top recreation attraction — 22 jogger-friendly kilometres of fresh ocean breezes and sea-and-sky vistas. Running it gave Kat Tancock that old familiar traveller’s feeling: could I live here?
The Cabot Trail is one of the world’s most scenic drives. But to really experience the “wow” factor, get off the highway and go hiking. Here’s our top picks for best trails.
When Veronica Leonard and her sisters, all in their 60s, headed out to Camp Fortune, Quebec to go ziplining, she was the only one who had watched the video ahead of time and knew what was in store.
On her road trip around the Gaspé Peninsula in Quebec, Sandra Phinney was delighted to chance upon moments of inspired beauty, magical realms and breathtaking vistas.
A drive up the Sea to Sky Highway, from Vancouver to Whistler, British Columbia, serves up some of the world’s most spectacular views. Here’s our picks for 3 top spots to stop.
Join Sandra Phinney as she road trips and eats her way around the diners of New Brunswick in search of the perfect lobster.
On a disaster-filled road trip across British Columbia with two university friends, Tammy Burns discovered that sometimes the worst travel adventures make the best memories.
Calling all wannabe directors! The Canadian Tourism Commission’s 35 Million Directors project wants your videos, photos and experiences to share with the world.
Door to Door travels to Niagara Falls and surprises a homemaker, a former Olympic Boxing Champ and a very enthusiastic young woman gets a chance to meet her neighbours and win money at the same time!
From one of the most northern roads in the world to an ice highway, this road trip leaves civilization behind. Pack spare tires and bring extra supplies.
When the Trans Labrador Highway opened up—making it possible to drive 1,072 kilometres from Labrador City all the way across the province to L’Anse-au-Clair on the coast—Sandra Phinney and her husband decided to make the trek.
Everyone loves a good roadside diner. How about a diner that also features a replica of Peggy’s Cove lighthouse, seafood restaurant, maze, pumpkin patch, garden centre, petting zoo and more! The Masstown Market is a must-stop in Nova Scotia.
With soaring mountains, thick forests and ocean vistas, Western Canada supplies road trippers with some of the most spectacular geography on the planet. Mattie Bamman recommends his favourite road trips, as well as activities along the way, such as wine tasting and skiing.
Canada is a vast land with enough rugged terrain, absolute wilderness and opportunities for travel adventure to keep you going all four seasons, from sea to sea.
Kat Tancock took a heli-tour of the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and was dropped on a frozen lake for an hour of calm, serenely quiet and chilly yoga in the ultimate yoga studio — the great outdoors.
Want to travel like the Paddling Bryans? You don’t have to go out of your way to experience canoeing on Ontario’s water trails.
Playing around in the tree tops isn’t just for monkeys and kids. Adults can do it too at WildPlay Whistler in British Columbia.
At Garden of the Glaciers in Quebec, you can really step back in time! Touring the glaciers and ice age exhibits is a great summer holiday activity for the whole family.
Though her friends think of her as a city-slicker, Tara Nolan embraces “the choose your own outdoor adventure” ethos of northern Alberta and goes fishing, birding, hiking and “quading.”
Canada holds some of the hottest destination spots in the world! We Canadians are proud to boast of our unique attractions that bring millions of tourists pouring into our country each year. Today we celebrate our wonderful country with photos of some of its most breathtaking destinations! HAPPY CANADA DAY!
A hiking trek deep into the woods of Northern Ontario takes writer Tammy Burns out of her comfort zone and into the path of the Sleeping Giant.
Veronica Leonard’s first response to seeing this cottage was, “Who’d buy this place?!” Turns out, she would. And thus began 10 years of perfect summer holidays among new friends at a cottage in Eastern Canada.
Though the terrain was flat, Jennifer Krissilas felt like cycling Manitoulin Island, Ontario, was an uphill climb, thanks to flat tires and bad weather. Luckily, she had a Plan B.
When artist and writer Victoria Ward left the big city and moved to a log cabin in rural Ontario, Canada, she thought she left art and culture behind. She was wrong. They DO exist in cottage country and here’s where you can find them.
Last summer, Jennifer Krissilas created her own pilgrimage and cycled hundreds of kilometres, from beach to beach, along the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in Ontario, Canada.
Cottage country in Ontario, Canada, is largely built on the Canadian Shield—which makes rock hunting a fun summer activity for all the rock hounds in your family!
While fishing on Lesser Slave Lake in northern Alberta, Canada, Tara Nolan kisses her catch—and it brings back fond cottage memories.
This weekend, Nik Wallenda will attempt a stunt that hasn’t been done in more than a century: tightrope walk his way across the famous and mighty dangerous Niagara Falls.
Summer weather always makes immersive travel writer Mariellen Ward think of the happy days at the cottage of her youth. Are your cottage memories similar?
From the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia to cruising through exciting cities such as Montreal and Toronto, Mattie Bamman picks a list of his favourite road trips in central and eastern Canada.
On a drive through the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, a road trip turns into a voyage of discovery.
Travelling to the remote islands of British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii — often called the “Canadian Galapagos” — is the perfect holiday for nature and wildlife lovers.
If you’re visiting Montreal you should make sure these 10 spots are on your itinerary.
Every three years, as the Tall Ship fleet sails up the eastern seaboard and into Halifax’s harbour, spectators are treated to a magical sight: the return of the Age of Sail.
Her first moose sighting while on holiday in a British Columbia forest helped Waheeda Harris to see the world in new, sustainable way.
Brooke’s knowledge of lobster comes in handy on this episode. On the other side of town, April has a difficult time “putting her finger on it” and Kelly proves that it pays to be a hockey fan.
Wayne builds a waterfront solution to keep boats from being damaged by docks and Chefy makes use of the leftover Thanksgiving Turkey.
On a trip to Iceland, a descendant of Viking legend Leif Erikkson inspires Waheeda Harris with his tale of sailing a recreated Viking ship from Iceland to Canada.
The Shards begin their trip south for the winter by sailing from Lake Ontario to New York City by way of the Erie Canal and the Hudson River.
Jason Agnew goes door to door, offering cash, trips and prizes to ordinary folks who can answer trivia about their hometown. Staying at home has never been so lucrative! Premieres May 2.
Sign the petition to get Anthony Bourdain to shoot season 2 of his T+E series The Layover in your city! In season 1 Anthony Bourdain visits Montreal as part of 10 worldwide destinations and if you want him to come to your town, we want to hear from you. Tell us why your city, restaurant, neighbourhood or local attraction is a “must see” stop on his season 2 tour.
As the journey comes to an end, the cast must put to use all of the skills they’ve learned from the very beginning. Only one of them will receive the title of Operation Unplugged Explorer – who will it be?
The Motorhead Traveler revisits one of British Columbia’s best tour operators, Toby Creek Adventures, for some of the most amazing sleddin’ on the planet.
Join T+E Senior Editor Gariné Tcholakian for a revealing behind-the-scenes look at the village that shaped Canada’s most celebrated chef in this T+E exclusive online broadcast! Here’s a sneak peak.
The cast is faced with a test of physicality unlike any other. A race up the mountain, a wolf tracking adventure, an ice rescue on a glacier and a rappelling mission that pushes the cast to their limits.
In addition to visiting the world famous Whistler village, we also take a night drive to the summit of Blackcomb mountain for a fondue dinner. Now this is roughing it.
From traditional farmers fields to the hills of The Plains, the cast face Mother Nature’s blustering heat and physical adventures that bring emotions to an all time high.
We’re hitting the big mountain backcountry of Mackenzie, British Columbia with the gang from Rocky Mountain Trench Adventures, for a little taste of what they like to call “Porch To Powder.”
Need a little winter warm-up or just want a relaxing getaway? You don’t need to get out of Canada – take a hot springs holiday in Banff, Alberta or British Columbia.
This week on the motorhead traveler we’re heading out to La Belle Province for an ATV trip through the Laurentian region to see the leaves changing colour in autumn
We toured along the seaside of Newfoundland at low tide to experience some amazing vista’s and unforgettable terrain.
8 technology dependent Canadians are unplugged and must go back to the basics in the wilderness with no guidance or survival skills.
The crazy Canuck version of Carnival is a moveable feast, a Decentralized Dance Party that roams the streets and gathers free-spirited travellers and adventurers in its wake. It’s a great way to tour a new city, have fun and meet like-minded party people.
Join Cheryll as she experiences the relaxing lifestyle of Vancouver before taking a side trip to beautiful Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.
Waheeda Harris gets caught up in the spirit of the moment as a dog sled race at Canada’s favourite winter carnival unites fans in a frenzy of good cheer.
Warm up with a cold one at the Winter Carnaval! Quebec’s specially brewed winter ales, laced with spices and bursting with rich, robust flavours, are sure to keep you warm on even the chilliest of winter nights.
Canadian writer Karen Briggs had never been on a snowmobile — until she got the chance to travel to a snowmobilers’ paradise in Charlevoix, Quebec. In Part 2, she seeks refuge from a snow storm and discovers remote luxury.
Canadian writer Karen Briggs had never been on a snowmobile — until she got the chance to travel to a snowmobilers’ paradise in Charlevoix, Quebec. In Part 1, she discovers snowmobiles are not as nimble as cats.
Do it up right! If you’re heading to Carnaval de Québec this week, remember that temperatures can drop to minus 30 degrees Celsius, but that keeping warm is part of the fun, from drinking Caribou to dipping into its Nordic Spas.
Think you have what it takes to spend the night in a hotel made of snow and ice? Tammy Burns tried it … and lived to tell the icy tale.
Sure, our travel dreams are usually about warm and sunny destinations. But winter is pure magic! And for some of us, it carries the warmest of memories.
Sweeten up your winter days with a visit to your local syrup farm.
Want to experience Canada’s history and winter conditions at their rugged best? You can’t do better than by travelling to The Pas in Northern Manitoba for the Trapper’s Festival.
Hiking in the Canadian Rockies is a euphoric winter activity, especially if you’re in Banff’s Johnston Canyon, one of the few hiking trails that remain open in winter.
What happens when you take a risk and walk on thin of ice to see the magnificent view of Lake Louise from the middle of the lake? What happens when you take that chance and try to seek out that rare peace and serenity that can’t be found in the summer, in the heart of Canada’s premier natural attractions? Find out!
Head to Western Canada’s largest winter festival and immerse yourself into the world of French Canada’s legendary fur traders. Enjoy the “joie de vivre” spirit of the early 19th century voyageurs, eat bannock, learn about canoe building and test your pioneer skills. After all, every traveller has a bit of Voyageur in them, don’t they?
Looking for some cozy Winter Wonderful accommodation? You don’t have to be an Eskimo or Inuit to stay in an igloo. Try igloo camping in a pre-made igloo or, better yet, make one yourself. Here’s how!
Want a fun way to warm up this winter? Ottawa’s Winterlude festival now features a Winter Wines and Beer event. Along with local wine, beer and cider tasting, you will be treated to live jazz and blues music. Cold never tasted so good!
Can’t make it to Banff just yet? Take this descriptive voyage through its hauntingly beautiful national park.