As a North American country consisting of ten provinces, Canada is a glorious place to explore. Frozen landscapes combine with luscious forests, geologically active volcanoes and one of the world’s most voluminous waterfalls – Niagara Falls – to make this a diverse and versatile holiday destination.
Canada also boasts numerous claims; being the second largest country in the world with the largest number of lakes, the longest coastline and the longest border (the common border which lies between the country and the United States of America).
All of these features make it a great place to explore, even for native residents – but what travel advice should Canadians follow when looking to travel around their home country?
1. Start local
The easiest way to begin exploring your own country is to start with what you know – your local environment. Many people who live in close proximity to key tourist areas, such as Ontario in Canada or London in the UK, often fail to visit the area’s main attractions.
If you are lucky enough to live close to these areas then make sure you give them the attention they deserve and take a short holiday. For most tourists, starting with the main attractions and working your way to smaller, lesser known, regions is the logical way to work. This allows you to see your country’s best features before taking a look at the hidden gems.
2. Plan in advance
Another important piece of advice is to make sure you plan your trip as far in advance as possible. Just because you are staying on home soil doesn’t mean you can afford to be lax with your preparation and having a clear idea of what you intend to do will help your holiday run as smoothly as possible.
Remember that popular areas will book up quickly during peak times when both national and international visitors flood to the area. Visit experts such as Hayes and Jarvis to get advice on the best places to stay and look at their extensive list of suitable hotels and holiday accommodation in your chosen area.
It may also be worth considering how you intend to travel to the destination and whether a self-drive option would be best. You could always combine the trip with a tour of the country or even cross the border into the United States if you fancy a more adventurous holiday.
3. Go further afield
Of course, if you have already travelled extensively within your own country then you may fancy going a little further afield. Whilst the United States would be the next logical choice, there are plenty of other options and luxury Dubai holidays would provide a unique contrast to the Canadian landscape.
As a country which is known for its arctic conditions, Canada could not be more different to Dubai – although surprisingly both destinations are home to ski slopes with Ski Dubai (the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East) proving to be a great attraction for winter sport lovers.
Other destinations, such as holidays in Caribbean, would also provide an interesting change for Canadians, offering the chance to relax in luxury on some of the world’s most beautiful and exotic beaches.