Top ten things to see and do in Canada

*Guest post alert* Based in Perth, Western Australia, Layla Blair is a student of Marketing and Advertising at Curtin University and keen holiday maker.  Today, she looks at ten of the best things she got to on her recent trip to Canada.


Canada is a country filled with diverse cities, picturesque landscapes and welcoming people. After spending a few months travelling around this beautiful country, here, I’ve put together a list of the top ten things to do in Canada.

1. Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is travellers’ paradise. Vancouver has attractions for all types of travellers, whether you enjoy skiing, culture, hiking, sport or socialising – Vancouver has it all.

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Vancouver has a pace very similar to Australia. We instantly felt at home there. The people were extremely friendly, the city felt safe,

As a novice skier, Grouse Mountain was an excellent starting point to learn how to ski on one of the world most picturesque ski slopes.

At Christmas time, Grouse Mountain also has family attractions such as reindeer, a Santa sleigh, ice skating and a gingerbread house competition.

BUDGET:
$50 to get up to Grouse Mountain
$50-80 for ski hire
$50 for ski shoe hire

2. Skiing in Whistler

If you’re an established skier, then Whistler Village is the place to go. Blackcomb Mountain is unparalleled for its ski slopes and facilities.

We sat in awe of the masses of skiers sliding down the black runs, while we tackled the children’s slope. As someone who has never skied, and was extremely apprehensive about it, to begin with, it ended up being one of the best things I did on my Canada trip. The adrenaline rush of zooming down that fast hill, with barely any time to stop and the potential to crash at any minute was an experience I had never had before.

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If you can get to Whistler in peak winter period (or spring), you will find it incredibly packed with tourists and children, so if you are an apprentice skier keep
in mind, you will be sharing the slopes with the kids.

As beginner skiers, one of the women at the counter where you buy the ski pass told us about a pass where you can pay-as-you-go, rather than getting a 3 or 4-day pass where you might not use it. This is a fantastic idea for skiers who aren’t sure how many days they will ski for and MUCH cheaper!

Cost: $50 for one-day ski pass, $150 for three-day ski clothing hire.

3. Yamnuska Wolf Dog Sanctuary

This was truly a once in a lifetime experience. We were able to get up-close to dogs that are 80% wolf, feed them and learn more about their graceful species. The photos speak for themselves…

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We found the wolf dog sanctuary in a brochure in our hotel in Banff and instantaneously booked to go. At first, the trip was looking to be relatively cheap, BUT there is a catch. The only way to get to the Wolf Dog Sanctuary is by car, and they do not offer a shutle service, so we had to find someone to drive us there (an hour out of Banff town) and wait for us, then drive us back. This was the most costly part of the entire day, so keep this in mind.

COST: $80 for tour, $150 for transport.

4. Zip Lining

The zip lining tour by ZipTreck was another unforgettable adrenaline fuelled experience that was a highlight of our stay in Whistler.IMG_1607

The views from the 100m zip tour were breathtaking!

Once you got used to the thrill, the adrenaline died down slightly, and you were able just to enjoy the view and the fresh air.

The tour required a lot of walking through incredibly deep snow so if you’re worried about hurting yourself this is not the tour for you!

Cost: $200

5. Snowmobiling

There is only one way to explain snowmobiling, and that is like riding a jet ski on ice. IT. WAS. AWESOME.
If you’re looking for a real adrenaline rush, then this is it.
With speeds of 70km/hour in the freezing cold, over hills and ditches, this tour is not for the fainthearted.IMG_1560

Cost: $250

6. Ice skating on Lake Louise

A magical way to spend Christmas day is ice skating on a naturally frozen Lake Louise.

This is a great family activity that is best followed by a Christmas buffet served at the Fairmont Chateau behind the lake.

Don’t forget to try out the frozen maple bar!

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Cost: $25 ski hire

7. Capilano suspension bridge

The Capilano suspension bridge was a highlight because of the natural beauty the area had to offer. Differing from the snow-capped mountains of the rest of Canada this tree top walk and mountain bridge walk was truly unique. The use of lighting work like in the image made this a captivating experience that was peaceful and tranquil.
There were extremely high and open heights so if you are afraid of heights this is not the tour for you!

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Cost: $40 entry, much needed hot choccy $5

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