Canada is well known for its well known ski resorts and stunning mountain scenery. Skiers and snowboarders regularly head the slopes of Banff and Blue Mountain to enjoy some of the best vacations Canada has to offer. As well as world famous ski slopes, the country has plenty more to offer for the eager holidaymaker. Whether you are looking to enjoy a city break, or take in some of Canada’s breathtaking natural beauty there are several destinations that are well worth a visit during the hot summer months. I’ve had a look at some of the top locations to consider before you head off on a much needed summer vacation.
In Eastern Canada ‘cottage country’ is defined as any lake destination within reach of large cities such as Toronto of Ottawa. On hot summer weekends many Canadians will cruise to lakeside cottages, towns and villages in areas such as Central Ontario’s Muskoka district. This beautiful area covers 2,500 square miles and includes 8,699 miles of shoreline, some 17 historic villages and towns, and numerous waterfalls and lakes. Bordered by the Algonquin Provincial Park to the east and the Georgian Bay Islands National Park to the west, the area is rich in impressive scenery. Many take to Muskoka Lake to enjoy padddleboarding whilst the nearby town of Bracebridge offers amazing waterfall views.
If you want to avoid the cottage country traffic that can build up on the way to Muskoka you can choose to head west to Lake Huron. Picturesque small towns populate the edge of the lake and tourists can enjoy fishing, kayaking, sailing and great country food. With a good variety of beaches, museums, theatres, parks, and marinas, there is a lot to do in Huron County. Visit towns like Bayfield Goderich and Grand Bend to enjoy some excellent local cuisine and make sure you take in the miles of unspoilt white sand beaches along the lake to make the most of your stay.
For those looking for a city break, Montréal offers a great deal of history and French Canadian culture, as well as some quality French-inspired cuisine. There are plenty of museums to be visited and the city also boasts a Biodome for those with an interest in all things scientific. If you or the kids enjoy a good roller coaster ride head to La Ronde Amusement park for you share of thrills and spills. Every June the city buzzes with the excitement of the popular Canadian Grand Prix, which takes place at Parc Jean Drapeau on the manmade Ile Notre-Dame on the St. Lawrence River, around the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. A culturally diverse city, visitors should remember to take a French phrase book with them to make the most of the traditional French cafes and bustling marketplaces.
The 170 foot waterfall is a world famous attraction and there are plenty of ways to enjoy it. The Maid of the Mist boat tour gets you up close and personal with the mighty falls whilst the views from around the falls are enough to leave many tourists speechless. Explore the nearby botanical gardens to learn more about the local countryside and don’t forget to head to the Aquarium of Niagara to see the variety of underwater life the falls support.
The city of Vancouver has a lot to offer and you will definitely not run out of things to enjoy with a great variety of restaurants, great museums and stunning mountain scenery. Whatever you do don’t miss out on the opportunity to go on a whale watching tour to witness majestic Orca whales in their natural habitat.
Take advantage of the huge choice of travel apps available for the iPad mini when you embark on your summer vacation. Whether you’re looking for a restaurant review, an up to date weather forecast, or searching for attractions that are off the beaten track you can be sure there is an app out there to suit your needs.
This post was submitted by Les Yates from The Snugg. Les is a huge fan of all kinds of gadgetry and contributes to a number of blogs. Be sure to check out the latest iPad mini cases at The Snugg.
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