Labo(u)r Day usually means the end of the travel season, but the days after Labo(u)r Day start the thought process for where to go next summer.
Based on anecdotal information, Americans do a better job at seeing their country than Canadians do. At least, this is what Canadians have told me when I tell them where I've been in the Great White North.
True, the lack of passports among Americans is a key reason why they don't cross borders, much less leave the continent. And the percentage of Canadian passports is higher, but not that much higher.
I do have my own list of places I would love to see in Canada. Some of them aren't terribly practical, but most of them are somewhat realistic.
- Alberta from Calgary to Edmonton with stops in Banff, Lake Louise, and more
- Stay in all the Fairmount hotels, especially the Chateau Frontenac
- Visit the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba
- Spend one night at the ice hotel in Quebec City
- Go to Canada's Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario
- Travel to Newfoundland and Labrador and watch the time change to the half-hour
- Dance with the Acadians in New Brunswick
- See the Roughriders in Regina with a watermelon on my head
- Skate … and fall on the frozen Rideau Canal
- Explore the wilderness of British Columbia
- Visit Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories around the Summer Solstice.
I have been to four provinces so far: Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and British Columbia. The only province where I have gone beyond major cities is Ontario. This year will be limited to Ontario and barely that, but 2012 offers more promise.
And I have done a number of cool things in Canada, from going up in the CN Tower to taking a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria, BC and back to whale watching in Halifax.
So weigh in, Canadians and Americans alike, where would you want to go in Canada and what would you want to do?
You might also want to consider this recent Globe and Mail online slideshow featuring 15 places to see in Canada before you die. Hey, not too much time left in this year's summer.
And if TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, is on your list, well, this year's festival runs through September 18.
Submit your choices in the comments section, or give us feedback on my choices or the slideshow.