Whether your client is a youthful, bohemian globetrotter or well-travelled and seeking a new experience, Canada’s tourism hotspots promise to thrill the mind, body and spirit
There’s no doubt that experiential travel can enhance knowledge and invigorate the body of both the seasoned traveller and the young free spirit. And in Canada, there’s a wealth of wide-open spaces, captivating culture, immersive outdoor experiences and endless learning opportunities to do just that.
Across Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories, there’s a host of activities available to your clients all year round. For a spring visit, suggest a scenic road trip through expansive landscapes that allow time for creative thinking and appreciating the country’s clean, fresh air.
The Frank MacDougall Parkway in Ontario’s Algonquin Provincial Park, the Sea-to-Sky Highway that runs from Vancouver up to Whistler, and the Icefields Parkway, which follows the Rockies past glaciers, waterfalls, wildlife and rock spires, all offer some of the most epic road-trip stop-off locations on the planet.
Why not encourage travellers to push their limits on a challenging cycling trail en route? Or suggest stopping at a spa to pamper weary bodies in one of Canada’s several peaceful settings?
Summer provides the perfect opportunity (and temperature) to see Canada from the water. Whether that’s kayaking in Nova Scotia, canoeing on one of Manitoba’s 100,000 lakes, or a boat trip in the Bay of Fundy, spending time adrift or beside water has been proven to have a calming effect on the mind and body.
Meanwhile, visitors can lift their spirits at one of Canada’s dynamic festivals. Travellers can dance, dine and admire art in Vancouver, concert hop in Manitoba, absorb French culture in New Brunswick or broaden their knowledge of cultures from all around the world in Toronto.
Autumn is the time to feed the mind with controversially creative spaces and edgy fashion – and feed the body with trendy, local dishes – in Canada’s cities. Help your clients choose the best cultural immersions by suggesting they visit quirky neighbourhoods such as Mile End in Montreal, Yaletown in Vancouver, or The Junction, Leslieville and Corktown in Toronto.
The snowier months have plenty to offer the British mind, body and spirit. From watching – or playing – ice hockey on frozen lakes, Northern Lights expeditions in the Yukon, Inuit experiences in Nunavut, snowmobiling in New Brunswick, ice canoeing in Quebec City and, of course, skiing, there’s something to suit all ages and abilities.
Looking to anchor a holiday to an event? Some of Canada’s best outdoor festivals take place in winter, with opportunities to see impressive ice sculptures, enjoy a bobsleigh ride, dance and dine on frozen rivers, or saddle up a dogsled. Whichever season your client chooses to travel in, Canada has life-changing experiences lying in wait.
Team Leader and Elite Canada Specialist, Peakes Travel Elite
WHAT ARE THE TOP CANADA EXPERIENCES TO CLEANSE THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT?
For me I would say the wildlife experiences in Canada definitely make the heart and soul connect with the place. My own experiences in British Columbia were certainly full of the feel-good factors. During my time in Vancouver I experienced a harbour rib boat cruise and was lucky enough to encounter a grey whale. He was so inquisitive, coming over to look at us and then swimming over to the docked cruise ships for a nosey around. I also visited Whistler, known as a wintertime ski resort but it’s still popular in summer. Hikers and bikers often visit Whistler and Blackcomb Peak mountain to get out and about in nature.
WHY IS CANADA A
GOOD CHOICE FOR CLIENTS SEEKING A LIFE-CHANGING TRIP?
The wilderness of Canada is the perfect place for reconnecting with nature and rejuvenating the mind, body and spirit. There are many retreats out there offering everything from “back to nature” experiences to luxury pampering. From the Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario to Tofino on Vancouver Island, Canada’s wide-open spaces o er nature activities at their very best.
WHICH CANADIAN DESTINATION IS NEXT ON YOUR BUCKET LIST?
Being a nature geek and keen photographer, I definitely want to incorporate some bear watching on my next trip to Canada. So my next visit will be to either Churchill in Manitoba to see the polar bears, or to one of the great bear lodges of British Columbia to combine the activity with the great food on offer in Vancouver.