3 Reasons to Visit Canada in 2017

Canada is the second largest country in the world, and if you asked any Canadian what the best country is, and we’d respond with an enthusiastic “Canada!” So, at least for us, it was no surprise when Lonely Planet named Canada the number one place to visit in 2017.
One of the biggest reasons is that in 2017, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday, which means lots of festivities. However, there are many reasons why you should book your ticket to visit us next year!

Toronto, Canada © Stephanie Mayo

1. Canada’s 150th Birthday

Canada celebrates its birthday every year on July 1st. But in 2017, we’ll be partying up large by celebrating ALL year long. Starting on New Year’s Eve, the party will begin with grand finale style firework shows, concerts, and so much more all across the country, and the festivities will continue throughout the year. From Vancouver to Newfoundland and Toronto to Nunavut, there will be festivals, parties and a ton of extra events.
The biggest party will be on July 1st, Canada Day. When each big city across the country will try and outdo the next. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – considered the birthplace of the Confederation, will do it up large with a ten-hour concert, a regatta and more. On the other side of the country, Vancouver will host a full day music concert, parade and fireworks. They are also hosting an eleven-day First Nations Festival. But Canada’s capital, Ottawa, is already boasting about having the BIGGEST party with an awesome firework display on Parliament Hill, live musical and theatrical performances, the new Cultural Village, a giant street party, and more to be announced.
Related: Toronto City Guide for Budget-Minded Travelers
Don’t underestimate your neighbors to the north, Canadians know how to party, and party we shall!

Bruce Peninsula National Park
Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario © Stephanie Mayo

2. Free National Parks

Canada is a wildly diverse country. From the incredible Canadian Rockies in the west to the unbelievable Bay of Fundy in the east, Canada is home to so many different habitats. This makes our National Parks some of the most beautiful in the world. And thanks to Parks Canada, you can enjoy them for FREE in 2017. In celebration of our 150th birthday, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all of its National Parks.
But wait, there’s more! They are also opening up the doors of its National Heritage Sites for free too. There are over 45 National Parks in Canada and over 150 Heritage Sites. That adds up to huge savings and great incentive for budget-minded travelers!
Not sure where to go? Some of the most popular National Parks include Alberta’s Banff and Jasper, Ontario’s Bruce Peninsula, and Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park.
Related: Banff Lake Louise, Canada

Banff Lake Louise
Lake Louise, Alberta © Jackie Nourse

3. Budget Friendly

Whether you’re on a budget or not, Canada really is a budget friendly destination for 2017. Along with all the free events, concerts and celebrations going on in 2017 for Canada’s birthday, there is also free admission to National Parks and Historic Sites. And on top of all this free stuff, the Canadian dollar is weak right now. So, if you’re traveling from abroad, or just across the border, 2017 is the perfect time for the budget-minded traveler to visit Canada.
Related: 10 Tips for Visiting Banff Lake Louise on a Budget
A trip to Canada in 2017 is a must for everyone. Even if you’ve been before, come celebrate with us in your best red and white. If you’ve never been, then allow Canada to knock your socks off in 2017!

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Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper © Jackie Nourse
By Stephanie Mayo