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article imageCanada named Lonely Planet's top travel destination for 2017

By Karen Graham     Oct 29, 2016 in Travel
Canada, our neighbor to the north has been given the great honor of being named the Number 1 country to visit in 2017 by the world's top-rated travel magazine, Lonely Planet.
Canada, the world's second largest country topped the Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel" list, beating out second-place Colombia and Finland, at third place. And the honor couldn't have come at a better time, either, as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2017.
Lonely Planet cited Canada's reputation for “inclusiveness and impeccable politeness” as just one of the country's many selling points as well as its “exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine.”
Temperate rainforest in Wells Gray Provincial Park  British Columbia  Canada.
Temperate rainforest in Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada.
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You can browse Lonely Planet's 58-page chapter on Canada, on the website. One thing you will find out is that Canada isn't just a huge country with sky-high majestic mountains and craggy coastlines. Canada is also a country with a diverse variety of foods and cultures.
Lonely Planet lists 25 fantastic places to visit in Canada, with British Columbia's Haida Gwaii, an archipelago once known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. With its ancient rainforests and rain-drenched landscapes, it is the ancestral home of the Haida people.
From there, the travel magazine lists Canada's Rocky Mountains, with four national parks, the Nahanni Territorial Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories, a place where visitors can see grizzlies and 30-story waterfalls, and the city of Vancouver as the top four travel destinations in western Canada.
Beach Meadows Beach  Brooklyn  NS
Beach Meadows Beach, Brooklyn, NS
But the rest of Canada is not left out, says the Huffington Post, with Ontario's Niagara Falls listed as the Number 5 travel destination, followed by Nova Scotia's Cabot Trail. This writer has to say that in my younger days, we visited Niagara Falls and went on up into Canada, getting away from the vacationing crowds at the falls.
I don't know if Canadians realize what a jewel of a country they have. From Nova Scotia, with its pounding waves crashing into its coast, to the serenely beautiful landscapes, majestic mountains, and glaciers, everything you see is worthy of being in a travel guide.
Mistaken Point is Canada s 18th UNESCO World Heritage Site  and the fifth in the country to be inscr...
Mistaken Point is Canada's 18th UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the fifth in the country to be inscribed primarily based on the value of its geological record.
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The Trans-Canada Highway is truly a marvelous highway that stretches from Newfoundland to Victoria B.C. It was in Montreal that this writer tasted dark ale for the first time when we visited a little pub one night. The list goes on and on, rounding out the various attractions Canada has to offer, from the endless prairies of Saskatchewan to the Calgary Stampede.
There is also a complete guide to Canada's weather, state-related costs, lodging and meal prices and more. The guide also lists events being held each month through the year and is not only a great guide for visitors, but for Canadians as well.
Niagara River and the Horseshoe Falls as viewed on a cold  snow covered  winter wonderland day.
Niagara River and the Horseshoe Falls as viewed on a cold, snow covered, winter wonderland day.
"We are honored to have been selected as Lonely Planet's Destination of the Year for 2017," Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism, said in a statement on Destination Canada's website, reports CTV News Canada.
"There is something for everyone here," she said, adding that the honour comes at a great moment for the country, which is poised to celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2017. "We couldn't think of a better time to invite the world to discover Canada," she said.
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