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Good news, fellow Canadians (or those looking to visit here in 2017): Travel guide Lonely Planet released its list of top 10 destinations, with our own True North right at the number one spot.
The guide praises Canada for its “dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness,” also citing underrated wine, free admission to all national parks, a low dollar and of course, Justin Trudeau, all as reasons to come visit next year.
It also helps that we’re throwing a really big party for the sesquicentennial—that is, confederation’s 150th birthday.
Here are some destinations Lonely Planet highlights as the best places to be to celebrate the anniversary in style.
The nation’s capital obviously has to be the star of the party. Year-long festivities will take over the Ottawa: A giant New Year’s Eve celebration, the JUNOs and the Grey Cup will all lead up to the biggest Parliament Hill party this country has seen on July 1.
Known as the birthplace of Confederation, Prince Edward Island’s capital city has big plans for this birthday bash. The city will host a sailing race as part of the Rendezvous 2017 Regatta, a trans-Atlantic race of 40 tall ships, bringing vessels from the U.K. to their harbour’s docks. The Habourfront will have a Confederation-themed cultural festival.
As one of the country’s oldest cities, Montreal celebrates not only Canada’s 150th, but its own 375th birthday. The city’s Old Port has always been a must-see destination for food, attractions, shoppinf and more, but this year’s Canada Day events will offer a special French-Canadian touch to the country’s milestone.
Next to Ottawa, the biggest Canada Day celebration takes place here out west. Events include full-day concerts, a citizenship ceremony, parades and fireworks. This year, the city is paying special attention to First Nations traditions, hosting an 11-day festival showcasing Aboriginal culture.
This small town in the Yukon offers an authentically Canadian experience. Previously the centre of the Klondike Gold Rush, this historic town has parks, museums and a rich culture all worth exploring in 2017.
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