People have been longing to travel this year. Although social distancing policies and travel restrictions are still in place due to the pandemic, Many are already planning for their next trip hopefully in the near future.
When it comes to Canada, in particular, the country is a popular destination that continually attracts a considerable number of tourists. The country is the second-largest country in the world and has a lot to offer. It is full of things to see and various activities suitable for solo travelers, couples, and families.
Here are five destinations you ought to consider if you plan to visit Canada.
1. The Jasper National Park
Located in the Canadian Rockies, in the province of Alberta, the Jasper National Park encompasses 4, 200 square meters. Thanks to the large expanse, the park has all manner of physical features.
It features hot springs, glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, mountains, waterfalls, lakes and so on. Consequently, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and take photos until your heart is content.
Some of the activities you can indulge in include whitewater rafting across the Athabasca River, hiking and exploring. The park also offers a SkyTram that allows you to enjoy the bird’s eye view of the scenery.
Finally, one cannot fail to note that the park is home to over 50 mammal species. If you are a wildlife lover, then you will enjoy unique species such as the marten, the mink, and the pika.
2. Niagara Falls
Famed for both its beauty and its usefulness as a source of hydroelectric power, Niagara Falls is one of the most popular destinations for both local and international tourists.
The falls straddle the border between the US and Canada, and they have the highest flow rate (2,400 m3 per second) compared to all the other falls in the world.
Niagara is near a large town—Toronto—which is a plus, and other than just seeing the falls, you can also enjoy the nearby museums, parks, casinos, and the maid of the mist tour.
3. The City of Toronto
Toronto might not be the capital city of Canada, but it is still the biggest and one of the most-known across the world.
To start with, it is home to the 1,815 feet CN tower that was once the largest tower in the world. In addition to taking a ride up this tower, you can also enjoy cultural pockets across the city such as Little India or Greek town.
Also, you can immerse yourself in an authentic Canadian experience at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
4. The City of Calgary
Calgary is yet another popular Canadian city. Most tourists who visit Calgary do so in July so that they can experience the annual Calgary Stampede.
Moreover, Calgary is home to Heritage Park which is Canada’s largest living history museum. For sports lovers, the WinSport’s Olympic Park allows you to relieve the 1988 Winter Olympics hosted in Calgary.
5. Banff National Park
Similar to Jasper, the Banff National Park is part of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff was Canada’s first national park, and it offers a myriad of activities from hiking and biking to skiing and camping. So popular is the Banff that every year more than 3 million people make a pilgrimage to the park.
Pro-Tip On Staying Connected
There are a couple of things to consider when touring Canada such as appropriate clothing for cold weather and accommodation. However, key among them is internet access. You don’t want to be caught off guard on foreign grounds.
Some might want to be as ‘unplugged’ as possible when traveling, but connectivity is still essential for use cases such as.
- Backing up your photos on your cloud drive.
- Checking account balance to keep an eye on your budget.
- Learning about tourist attractions at the location.
- Keeping tabs on things at home.
- Letting your family know you’re safe on social media.
The most convenient source of this access to the internet will be public Wi-Fi from the hotels, the various cities or the transport. Unfortunately, with public Wi-Fi comes a host of other concerns, namely privacy and security.
Free Wi-Fi comes with a cost
We often make use of public networks in hotels and restaurants when we travel. However, traffic on unsecured public Wi-Fi networks are often highly susceptible to hacking, as anyone with the most basic interception gear on the same network can see everything you send and receive. At the same time, the Wi-Fi provider can also see all your data and the sites you’re visiting.
To shield your communication with proper encryption, you will need a VPN. A VPN creates a private tunnel for you even if you are connected to public unsecured networks. You can rest assured when you travel that your activities remain private.
Canada is a fun place that has a wealth of wonders to offer. Note, however, that you will enjoy your stay more if you go the extra mile to take precautionary measures to maintain internet speed and privacy on your travels.