Canada the #1 Country to Explore in 2017 – It’s Easy to See Why

Last week Lonely Planet named Canada the #1 country to travel to in 2017 and it’s easy to see why!

The annual Best in Travel list compiled by Lonely Planet, forecasts travel trends for the upcoming year and Canada scooped up the 2017 top spot, followed by Colombia and Finland.

Next year is also the perfect time to see Canada as all their national parks, national historical sites and national marine conservation areas will have FREE admission. As 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation (basically the birth of Canada as a nation). And thanks to the slightly weaker Canadian dollar one can get a lot more loonies and toonies for one’s buck!

As the second largest country in the world, known for its friendly locals, overflowing with untouched natural beauty and multi-cultural big cities it’s no wonder it finally tops the list. And we are fortunate to call this country our adoptive home for the next few years. In the short time, we have been here, we have only seen a fraction of it, but have been astounded by the beauty of this place. Here are just a few snaps to encourage you to put Canada on your 2017 travel list…

Toronto fall

Toronto CN Tower Fall




Niagara Falls

hamilton bruce trail

Mahone Bay Nova Scotia


horseshoe resort

Quebec City

Quebec City

Barrie ski

Toronto Winter

Although we haven’t personally made it out to Canada’s west coast yet, it is a well-documented fact that the Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff are all breathtaking. Whilst the 200km Icefields Parkway through the mighty snow-capped peaks and pine tree-lined roads is one of the most scenic drives in the world.

photo credit: Cam Adams

Still on our Canadian Bucket List:

  • Hit the slopes and attempt to ski
  • Road trip across the west coast to see the Rockies and Lake Louise
  • Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver
  • Shipwreck spotting in the clear waters of Tobermory
  • See a moose
  • Get up close to a glacier
  • Watch a hockey game
  • Spend Canada Day in Ottawa (the nation’s capital city)

Do you agree that Canada deserves the title of Lonely Planet’s 2017 top destination?








Tracey Pictor

Tracey is a South African expat living, travelling and working her way around the world with my dear husband and cat.

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