Please note: This is a guest post from Jess, owner of a little blog based in Toronto called Jessihearts. Here she talks about her favourite things in fashion and beauty.
Kate and I bonded recently over our love of travel. We’re both seasoned travellers and love to explore. Like most of us, there are so many places that we want to visit and for Kate, Canada is high on the list. Luckily for her (and you), I’ve got a must-see bucket list for a coast-to-coast trip across Canada. Read on to learn which 6 things to do in Canada, I recommend.
#1 Eat Fresh Lobster in Halifax
Halifax is an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada and it has some of the freshest, most delicious seafood I’ve ever had. If you’re a seafood lover you need to visit and try their lobster. Even if you aren’t keen on seafood, lobster is such a different dish to eat, particularly when compared to the stereotypical English diet, so it’s something you must try.
Of course, with people having such diverse dietary needs in today’s society, I understand not everyone will be up for giving lobster a try. Not to worry. Aside from this, Halifax offers great historic landmarks to see like Province House, Historic Properties and St. Mary’s Basilica plus the most adorable lighthouses. If you like your photos, these offer great spots to capture stunning photography that really highlights what a beautiful world we live in.
#2 Go-To the Quirky City of Toronto
Toronto is well-known as a hub of arts, culture and fashion. It’s a city that never sleeps and will always welcome you with open arms. From the tastiest Thai food at Salad King to the wonderful wanderings at Kensington Market. Toronto has so much to offer foodies, photo-junkies and wanderlusts in general.
Top sites to see:
- CN Tower
- Tour the Niagara Falls
- St Lawrence Market
- High Park and Toronto Island Park
- The Air Canada Centre
#3 Visit Alberta for the Calgary Stampede
Literally a cowboy round-up. The Stampede takes place at the beginning of July every year and runs for two weeks. Cowboys and the country western lifestyle is a big part of life in Alberta. There are no words for the spirit of the Stampede. You really need to see it up close! One note – cowboy (or girl) boots are necessary!
#4 Explore Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper
Canada is full of natural beauty, especially on the West Coast. Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper are three spots that must be visited when driving westward across Canada. The mountains are snow-capped, the lakes are crystal clear and the air is incredibly crisp.
Visiting Banff is probably one of your best chances to meet the beloved Canadian grizzly bear. You can book trips to discover the Banff and Yoho National Parks which are home to these beautiful, furry creatures. Check it out.
Alternatively, you can scroll through some of the best-rated areas in Lake Louise as well as sorting through some excellent excursions that may tickle your fancy. Check these out here.
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#5 Drive from Banff to Vancouver
As they say, “it’s the journey, not the destination.” Take a drive from Banff to Vancouver. You’ll find yourself admiring gorgeous scenery after gorgeous scenery. The mountains, the trees, the prairies: it’s all insanely beautiful.
In the summer, this is the perfect drive for a convertible. Take the top down, roll down the windows and breath in that fresh West Coast air.
#6 Visit Vancouver
I absolutely love the West Coast. Vancouver literally has the best of both worlds: you can play on the beach and snowboard down a mountain in the same day. Gastown, Yaletown, English Bay, West Van are just some of the neighbourhoods you can explore and find something you’ll love.
My absolute favourite restaurant is Medina Café. If you visit, it’s an obligatory rule (just kidding) to eat all of the waffles!
This list clearly isn’t complete, however my beautiful country is just too vast to do justice to on a list. I sincerely hope you enjoyed reading my guest post, and if you’re ever in Toronto – reach out on my Instagram.