Hello! Hope you’re having a great start to the week! I’m in Boston this week for work, attending the INBOUND Conference. Absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to hear some great speakers, such as Martha Stewart, Malcolm Gladwell, Simon Sinek, and earlier today, Guy Kawasaki!
I had the chance to meet some of my American friends south of the border today and we got on the topic of travelling within USA and Canada. We had a friendly debate on the accessibility of travelling across Canada, and so I thought I’d give some tips today on the best ways to travel around this lovely country, Canada.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and its landscape is as diverse as it is beautiful.
When you take a trip to Canada you really don’t want to miss a thing and you should soak up as much of what the country has to offer as possible.
In that vein, keep reading to find out the best ways to explore Canada!
The Canadian rail system is extremely comprehensive, well developed and very accessible. You can enjoy the breath-taking scenery as you relax in a spacious and comfortable train carriage. For longer trips, you can even check out a sleeper room. While the trip may take longer than in an airplane, there are no long security lines to contend with and what you experience as look out your carriage window will more than make up for it, the views are very scenic. Many travellers will declare that a train ride through the Canadian Rockies is the best way to experience this rugged but beautiful region.
Hiring a car to travel through Canada is a popular option with many tourists (heck! For us locals too!), and for good reason. It is the perfect way to see and experience the beauty of the amazing land before you with the added benefit of being able to stop whenever you like and pack whatever you like. There are many road trip routes that you can follow such as the Canadian Prairies route or the Vancouver Island road trip. There is also the famous Toronto to Niagara Falls road trip at the end of which you should book yourself into a comfortable Niagara Falls hotel. I’ve done this mini road trip to Niagara many times, and a visit to Niagara-on-the-lake is by far my favourite. You can take a road trip at any time, but it is probably best to do your Canadian road trip during the summer months, though the Fall season is awesome with the colorful leaves, resembling a beautiful painting.
*The photos shown in this post are from Niagara-on-the-lake courtesy of the winners to my Henry’s School of Imaging Winery Photography Workshop giveaway.
Of course, the quickest way to explore Canada is by airplane as you can catch one of Canada’s many domestic flights that are readily available. However, I’ve got to say that we don’t have the most wallet-friendly options, my American friends got the upper hand on this one.
As with any flight, be prepared for security checks and baggage allowances. While you will likely book a flight with one of Canada’s larger airlines, there are some other smaller carrier options, which will get you there just as quick as their more expensive counterparts. With thirteen international airports as well as numerous smaller airports in more remote areas, there will be a flight to wherever it is you want to go!
With an extensive coastline and a landscape dotted with lakes and rivers, you won’t be surprised to hear that travelling by boat or ferry is quite popular when visiting Canada. There are many ferry services available between mainland Canada and the numerous islands to the north of the country. Once your ride is paid for, you can just walk on and walk off again at the other side. You can use the ferry services to catch a ferry to discover some of the beautiful coastal island retreats as well as the various little inlets and coves along the coastline. I’d say that that the Ferry option is certainly more popular in the west coast (Vancouver) and far east coast, in the Maritimes.
There are so many ways to explore this magnificent country that you really are spoilt for choice. It will be a combination of personal preference, time constraints and budget which will help you decide what to opt for. So… to my American friends, I hope you’ll take the time to explore Canada as much as I’ve had the privilege to do the same in the States!
Thank you Jenn and Charlene, winners of my Henry’s School of Imaging giveaway for sending me these beautiful photos from Niagara-on-the-lake!
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