Whether you’re looking for an extended holiday, a gap year or a long earned sabbatical then I can’t recommend Canada enough. Everything you’ve heard about the famously friendly locals is true, as is everything you’ve heard about its gorgeous topography, vibrant cities and mosaic approach to multiculturalism. Whoever you are and whatever you’re into you can have an amazing time relaxing, learning or working in Canada.
Let’s explore some of the many options that this vast (the world’s second largest country) and bounteous country offers to new travellers.
Canada is perfect for backpacking
Canada is vast and diverse, making it perfect for backpacking. There’s so much to see and do you’re only limited by the amount of time you have to spend there (and of course your budget). If you’re backpacking across this incredible country, here are some tips:
- Catch trains rather than flying (which can be prohibitively expensive).
- Stay in hostels. They’re significantly cheaper than hotels and most are actually very high quality with free extras such as breakfast and WiFi.
- Take free walking tours. They’re a free and fantastic way to get up close and personal in cities like Vancouver, Toronto,Halifax, Montreal, and Quebec.
- Join a rideshare network. Canada is such an enormous country that it can be tricky to get around on a budget. Joining a rideshare scheme like Share Your Ride and Kangaride is a great way of getting about on a budget while making new friends.
Become a skiing / snowboarding instructor
If you feel like learning a new skill while having fun in a beautiful environment, Alltracks Academy offer some of the best Ski Instructor Courses in Canada, offering a range of courses to suit your needs to turn your proficiency on the slope into a source of revenue or even a new career.
Fall for Niagara
The falls themselves are breathtakingly magnificent, with a rich and storied history, but there’s so much cool stuff to see and do around the falls that you could spend days there without getting itchy feet.
If you’re a connoisseur you might want to spend the day at a leisurely wine tasting tour before putting on your glad rags to make your fortune at the casino. If you’re a thrill seeker, you can start your day with the adrenaline injection of the Whirlpool Jet Boats or the Niagara Free Fall, before winding down with a ‘relaxing’ helicopter tour.
Explore the heritage
Canada has a fascinating and beautiful heritage that’s etched into the lakes and mountains as much as the buildings and cities. For example, the Nova Scotian port town of Lunenberg provides all the wonderfully picturesque seaside views and pastel coloured 17th and 18th century architecture you’d expect while the snowy peaks and crystalline blue lakes of Alberta’s Banff National Park are among the most incredible areas of natural beauty to be found anywhere on Earth.
Explore the rockies by train
The rockies are a sight you should never leave Canada without seeing, and the best way to do so is on the famous train rides. Rocky Mountaineer offer a range of luxurious ways for you to traverse the rockies in style to suit a range of budgets.
Awesome tips 🙂
I have spend years covering Canada, What a gem we have, I have lived In Cape Breton, Halifax, Fredericton, Scarbourgh, Weston, Etobicoke, Fort Erie, Banff, canmore, whitehorse, vancouver, and I have travelled every place between. Cheers to Canada, Well done.
You’re right, Canada is awesome! I spent my gap year there: https://mrmatthewruddle.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/gap-year-2-0-how-one-year-changed-my-life/
You’re absolutely right. Canada is the best! I lived in Toronto for a year, which was amazing. Their meetup.com scene is also pretty big, which is great if you want to get to know people and do fun things, but don’t know where to start.
Totally recommend 🙂
I’m actually leaving for Canada on Saturday. It’ll be my first time there.
Welcome in advance :). Enjoy your trip!
I’m Canadian too and proud of our beautiful country. It’s so huge I haven’t seen half of it yet, and I live here LOL.
It’s true! I’m a Canadian and it’s all true! 😃