Canada's 150th anniversary, free admission to national parks, and a sense of needing to travel beyond the borders of Canada's southern neighbour leads to lots of planning for travel to Canada.
The Washington Post travel section put together a nice collage of potential Canadian travel options, itineraries, and destinations.
The 6 things you need is a funny, basic list. If you haven't traveled to Canada for awhile, you may not know the penny is gone. Shops and restaurants will take the exact amount if paying by credit card but will round up or down if paid in cash.
Loonies and toonies along with the multitude of coloured bills described as "a rainbow of colors, are made of plastic and smell faintly of maple."
The cross-country travel does start in the Maritimes. The article notes time spent in New Brunswick and Halifax in Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, the Via Rail doesn't go to Prince Edward Island as well as Newfoundland and Labrador. The article even notes that Canadian Football League teams travel by train, though that might mean between Ottawa and Montréal, a 200-km car trip.
The dorm option is wonderful especially if you are exploring a major Canadian city. The author mentions a stay at Memorial University in St. John's. I've had great stays at the University of British Columbia and University of Winnipeg in recent years. I've stayed in some nice hostels in Moncton, Montréal, Lake Louise, Banff, Charlottetown, St. John's, Tofino, Calgary, and the last one in Halifax. Toronto has been a struggle; the dorms might be a consideration this summer. The article talks about the Connect on Campus feature to help you find a dorm this summer.
We do have our less fancy Canada travel stories. Maybe you saw or heard about Come From Away and want to explore more about Newfoundland. There are some great tourism ads that we profiled recently. Montréal is an amazing destination, even if the city wasn't turning 375. I have been to all 10 provinces. I have a few travel stories.
If you have a suggestion or question, let us know in the comments section.
photos credit: me; Via Rail Canada; me