New to Canada? Top 10 Things to Do This Summer

Canada is the second-largest country in the world. And while it’s amazing to think you can fit 13 countries the size of Chile into Canada, if you’re heading north for an upcoming trip, you may not know where to begin! If you need some help planning your upcoming Canadian vacation, the ideas below are a great place to start!

We have compiled a list of cool things to do from east coast to west. Read our Top 10 picks to help decide where to go and what to do in this great big country called Canada!

1. Feel the romance in La Vieille Capitale. Old European buildings and gorgeous sights make Quebec City the perfect place for a romantic getaway. Ah, l’amour!
2. Take in fresh air and sparkling waters. Alberta’s Lake Louise is famous for its stunning colours, majestic mountain views, and all-Canadian lodges.
3. Experience daylight for 24 hours. Visit the Territories during the sunny summer months, and sleep may not come until you’ve returned home again.
4. Learn to speak in Canada’s most unique dialect. Natives of Newfoundland speak a mixture of English, Irish, and French. Have fun testing your comprehension skills!
5. Set foot on the largest freshwater island in the world. If you’re already in Ontario, you can get to Manitoulin Island by car (from the north) or by ferry (from the south).
6. Fill up on our national dish. Created in Quebec in 1957, poutine (meaning “mess” in a local dialect) is a delicious mess of French fries, cheese curds, and gravy.
7. Discover the hometown of Winnie the Pooh. That’s right, Winnie (the bear) is originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba! (But his story was born in the London Zoo.)
8. Visit the home of Anne of Green Gables. Hop a flight to Canada’s smallest province, Prince Edward Island, and get to know where your favourite redhead is from.
9. Feel ‘wowed’ by a Canadian Powwow. Celebrate First Nations’ culture and history with three days of storytelling, song, and dance at the Kamloopa Powwow in BC.
10. Fall in love… with Niagara Falls! Did you know the Canadian Falls are more than twice the size of their American counterpart?

So many choices, so little time… If you still can’t decide where to go, think about your homestay location. Canada is such a large country that a flight from one side (BC) to the other (PEI) can take as long as it would to fly overseas (8 whole hours!). Bring this Top 10 list down to your Number 1 choice by considering timing, cost, and—most importantly—your interests.

Good luck, happy travels, and as always, don’t forget to bring your Ingle wallet card!

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