Published on : Saturday, January 4, 2014
Vacay.ca’s team of travel experts selected 20 Best Places to Travel in Canada in 2014. The list is selected by Vacay.ca’s team of travel experts and acclaimed writers, editors, and photographers. A map featuring Pinterest Place Pins has been created to highlight each destination.
In 2017, the nation will celebrate its 150th birthday. The celebratory mood spikes this Canada Day, when the sesquicentenary of the 1864 Charlottetown Conference turns the Prince Edward Island capital into a summer party zone that will be on the itinerary of thousands of travellers.
The Vacay.ca list is in its third year and has appeared as a great forecaster and influencer of Canadian travel. For 2013, Fortress Louisbourg in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia was the No. 1 destination and it saw a 37 per cent increase in visitation from its 2012 levels. In 2012, Calgary topped the list and witnessed record numbers of travellers, many of whom arrived for the 100th Calgary Stampede. Voters named destinations for their importance in 2014, including notable anniversaries, events, and festivals.
Some entries were also renowned for their emerging tourism infrastructure — such as No. 3 Fogo Island in Newfoundland and Labrador — and their uniqueness as a travel offering. Charlottetown was another provincial capital, Quebec City, which also played an essential role in the building blocks that led to the nation’s constitution.
British Columbia leads all provinces with five entries, including No. 7 Vancouver, which will host the 30th annual TED Conference in March — marking the first time the event that draws global luminaries will be held outside of California. Also of note is the inclusion of Winnipeg, ranks fifth, thanks in large part to the $351-million Canadian Museum for Human Rights that is scheduled to open on September 20.