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150 reasons to visit Canada: part 3

101. The Hemloft is a treehouse in the woods of Whistler. Something all childhood dreams are made of…

#thehemloft #treehouse #gopro #todsl #outdoors #canada #wanderlust #lovetotravel

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150 reasons to visit Canada: part 2

Hello lovely readers! Ready for the second part of this epic list of reasons to get to Canada? Read on …

51. You can go on the Gold Rush Trail route in BC – the largest left in Canada.

52. Imagine the birds-eye view of that stunning Canadian scenery while skydiving.

#skydiving #skydivevancouver #abbotsford #unforgettablemoments

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150 reasons to visit Canada: part 1

To mark Canada’s 150th birthday, we’ve put together a three part series exploring 150 reasons why you should pack those bags and get to Canada.

1. It’s home to Niagara Falls – enough said.

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Top 5 hipster neighbourhoods in Canada

Hey you, the one with the facial hair and trousers rolled up! We’ve found the five hippest neighbourhoods that are about to make your man-bun fall off. And no, they’re not in London or Melbourne but dotted across the glorious nation of Canada. From Toronto’s quirky street art to Winnipeg’s trendy Osborne Village, get ready to brunch your way around the hipster hoods of this vibrant country…

1. Toronto: West Queen West

Morning stroll

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10 images of Canada to make you book your flights immediately

Warning you are at risk of having an uncontrollable urge to book flights to Canada after reading this blog. Toronto’s dramatic skyline, Lake Moraine’s juicy watermelon, Pemberton’s Music Festival and Fogo Island’s sumptuous breakfast are about to make your fingers start clicking on the search for Canada flights button. It’s a natural reaction, you’re only human but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Wait until you see that little house in Quebec…

1. The Toronto skyline

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A multicultural melting pot, with over 140 different languages spoken and half of the population not born in Canada, you won’t find a more diverse and vibrant city! Definitely check out the CN Tower, well you can’t miss it. It’s over 553 metres high and the views of Lake Ontario are unbeatable. Head down to the Habourfront Centre, for waterside drinks and alfresco dining and soak up the sunshine with an Aperol Sprtiz in hand.

Cool thing to do:

Sip on a craft beer or two at Mill St. Brew Pub in Toronto’s trendy Distillery District.

2. Pemberton Music Festival

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Also known as Pemby Fest, Pemberton Music Festival in British Columbia claims to be the ‘best weekend of your life’ so you’re in for a good one! Enjoy live music, comedy shows, food trucks and arts performances at the foot of the majestic Mt. Currie. Make your Canadian adventure that little bit more awesome over four epic days (13 July to 16 July 2017).

Cool thing to do:

Catch the likes of The Killers, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa on this year’s lineup.

3. The tranquillity of Vermillion Lakes

Have you seen anything more peaceful? Vermillion Lakes are formed in the Bow River valley of Banff National Park – an area of untamed wilderness and sheer beauty. With rugged mountains as your backdrop and emerald lakes shimmering at your feet, your Instagram is going to thank you for this later. Keep your eyes out for black bears, wolves, moose, elk and bighorn sheep (yes that’s their official name).

Cool thing to do:

Relax in naturally hot mineral springs at Banff Upper Hot Springs surrounded by snow.

4. This cute little house in Quebec

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Just look at it.

5. Canadian breakfasts on Fogo Island

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A traditional Canadian breakfast usually consists of fluffy pancakes and crispy bacon drenched in maple syrup. Or you can always opt for a more European style of buttery croissants and sweet pastries. For the best tasting breakfast, it has to follow a two hour long hike around Fogo Island.

Cool thing to do:

Go whale watching from Fogo Island shore during summer season.

6. Juicy watermelons at Moraine Lake

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That looks ridiculously inviting! Lake Moraine is arguably even MORE scenic than its famous sister Lake Louise. This glacier-fed lake in the beautiful valley of the Ten Peaks is just 14km from the village of Lake Louise. Known as the twenty dollar view due to being featured on the twenty dollar bill between 1969 and 1979 – this is an iconic Canadian spot to visit, so don’t forget to bring your watermelon!

Cool thing to do:

Head up the Rock Pile trail for fantastic views of the lake.

7. The Parisian feel of Quebec City

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A little touch of je ne sais quoi in Canada, Quebec City is quaint, beautiful and full of European charm. Definitely do a Quebec City food tour, you’ll eat like a local thanks to the guide’s insider tips and discover hidden foodie delights in Old Quebec (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Sample the very best of Canadian-French cuisine, including tasty morsels of wine, cheese, chocolate, syrup and crêpes. You’re on holiday, indulge!

Cool thing to do:

Take in the awe of Montmorency Falls.

8. Winnipeg’s quirks

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Osborne Village is home of all things hipster in Winnipeg – vintage clothes, kitsch cafes and alternative bakeries. For a few laughs head to Winnipeg Comedy Festival (3 April – 9 April). For other hipster hot spots in Canada take a look at our hipster neighbourhoods blog.

Cool thing to do:

Visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and learn all about this fascinating country’s history.

9. West Coast sunsets in Tofino

Escape to Tofino for impressive waves, laid-back beach vibes and rainforest walks. This is Vancouver Island’s ultimate outdoorsy retreat. After a hard day surfing the breaks, searching for black bears or relaxing on the beach head to Tacofino for the best fish tacos in Canada! Watch the sun go down with a glass of Tuff Session Ale at Tofino Brewing Co. and see a sunset like nowhere else.

Cool thing to do:

Try your hand at SUP – stand up paddle boarding (harder than it looks!)

10. Watching the Toronto Blue Jays

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When in Canada obviously go see a baseball game! Soak up the atmosphere of a Major League Baseball game at Rogers Centre stadium, cheer for Toronto’s mighty Blue Jays as they take on the New York Yankees, grab a few beers, devour a couple of hot dogs and try not to get caught on kiss cam. You’ll feel like a proper Canadian! Tip: Head up CN Tower for this cracking view.

Cool thing to do:

For all you sports fans take a Rogers Centre Stadium tour.

Have you been able to make it this far without booking? You’ve got will power. Don’t mind us, we’re just going to leave this Canada link here. Not to tempt you or anything!