2016 was an exciting year for your humble narrator to visit Canada. 2017 left a lot of unfulfilled Canadian travel dreams unchanged. 2018 should be better, so let's look at the world of Canadian travel.
Canadian national parks are back to charging admission, but you might find getting a reservation easier in 2018. The stories we heard out of Banff National Park about the huge crowds might have chased you away. The parks are still there but quieter.
Maybe you took in one of the interesting events in Ottawa in 2017 from the Canada Day celebration to the 2017 Grey Cup to the NHL100 Classic at Landsdowne Park. Ottawa should be a lot quieter this year, even with the light rail construction.
I've been to Hamilton and Regina but haven't visited their new CFL stadiums. Tim Hortons Field is on the same spot at Ivor Wynne Stadium but facing the opposite direction. Mosaic Stadium is just west of the location of Taylor Field. I haven't even seen Saskatoon or explored around Ontario near Hamilton. You can certainly go with the CFL in mind but you can find other points of interest in your journey.
"Exploring Cape Breton is on my list as well as southeastern British Columbia. The Icefield Parkway in Alberta is calling. I could spend a week driving in Nova Scotia before I got to Cape Breton." I wrote this a year ago. All still true.
I keep saying every year: "I have to get back to Montréal." I still do. The cabane à sucre aka sugar shack is calling me in French. You can even follow the unofficial Barack Obama tour from last summer.
You could be inspired by the Tony-winning Broadway play Come From Away and go to Newfoundland. And make sure you go there before they release the film they will make based on the play.
The Washington Post has a marvelous collection of travel stories, especially from last April. No offence to The New York Times, but the Post is better in the travel category. (The New York Times, prove us wrong.)
We did have some great travel stories from last year, including a showcase of southern Ontario thanks to Live with Kelly and Ryan. We even saw a 20-year-old drink on U.S. television.
The border crossing insanity seems to have lessened in the last year (hopefully). We should be encouraging travel between the countries, not making that more difficult.
Forget about what has been missed and plan well for this new year. The Canadian dollar is still pretty weak.
So where to go in Canada in 2018?
Share your Canadian tourism wishes for 2018 in the comments section below. Time to make travel plans.
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