HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA!
From the streetscapes of Toronto, to the lonely lighthouses of Nova Scotia, every province and territory will celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on 1 July 2017. Visitors to the nation’s capital of Ottawa will revel in the biggest bash of them all, including an unparalleled display of fireworks set to explode across the night sky. The Alexandra Provincial Bridge on the majestic Ottawa River will host the after-party on 2 July as it transforms into the ultimate picnic site for locals and travellers to enjoy the water views, and celebrate everything that makes Canada great. Find out more about Canada’s year-long celebrations here.
YOUR BIRTHDAY GIFT
As a special birthday gift to the world, Parks Canada is offering free admission to all national parks, national marine conservation areas and 168 National Historic Sites for the entire year. Escape to the outdoors of Athabasca Pass in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, take a glimpse into the lives of 19th century lighthouse keepers on the stunning craggy headland of Newfoundland and Labrador, or hike Yukon’s famous Chilkoot Trail, where Klondike Gold Rush stampeders have trod before. For information about the free 2017 Parks Pass visit www.pc.gc.ca/
TRENDING NOW: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Prince Edward Island has been named one of the top-trending destinations by Airbnb, with bookings to the province increasing by 243% on Airbnb since 30 May 2016. One of Canada’s eastern Maritime provinces, Prince Edward Island is famed as the birthplace of Anne of Green Gables. Visitors make the pilgrimage to immerse themselves in Green Gables Heritage Place, cycle the spectacular coastline with its pristine white and red sand beaches, and devour some of the best lobster and seafood on the planet. Find out more HERE.
SHIP AHOY IN QUEBEC
Canada is proud of its French roots and nowhere is this joie de vie more evident than in Quebec. On 18 July, more than 40 tall ships from around the world will sail into Quebec City as part of Rendez-vous 2017, a transatlantic race covering 11,000 kilometres. Witness this fantastic spectacle, and while you’re there, soak up the historic architecture, feast on the best poutine in the country, and enjoy the French accents.
NEW! JUMP ON THE RAPIDS WITHOUT GETTING WET
Skywalk Saint John is set to launch in Canada’s Maritime province of New Brunswick in July, a dramatic glass-bottomed platform offering prime viewing of the waves and whirlpools of Reversing Rapids. The only Skywalk in North America to be positioned over water, the five-metre-wide, 17-metre-long stainless-steel structure juts out over the precise point where the Bay of Fundy’s highest tides in the world are forced into a narrow rock gorge, causing a reverse in the flow of the St John River, a fantastic spectacle for onlookers.