Canada

When: The end of my gap year – August 2011; July – September 2014; September 2015 – January 2016

Where: Toronto, Niagara Falls, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Shuswap Lake, the Okanagan Valley,  Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Ucluelet, Squamish, Whistler

Relevant posts:

A Bus, a Backpack, and a Blessing in Disguise

10 Reasons to do a Help Exchange

Pine Cones & Brown Bears: The Things we can See from Running

Souvenirs and Sentimentality

The Test of Time

Circles in Ice

Why is Sunset Beautiful?

Searching for Nature’s Treasures in Goldstream Provincial Park

Appreciating the Simple Life in Tofino and Ucluelet

An Autumn Weekend in Whistler for the Non-Skier

The Chiefly Outdoor Appeal of Squamish

Cuisine for a (Budget) Queen in Victoria, BC

Travel Trepidation: How my Solo Adventures Began

Reasons to go:
Iconic links: there are more Canadians in the world of showbiz than people realise. In music a few of the biggest names include Neil Young, Celine Dion and of course, Justin Bieber, while in film you have the likes of Jim Carey, Kim Cattrall, and the perfect specimen that is Ryan Gosling.

Lifestyle: Canadians are the epitome of ‘chilled’, with a refreshing attitude towards free time that involves being active. When they come home from school you won’t find them on Facebook, but outside with their bikes or playing music with friends.

Outdoor/sports opportunities: whether culture-specific (ice-hockey, lacrosse, baseball, longboarding), or from the landscape (hiking, climbing, canoeing, white-water rafting, skiing), Canada has loads to offer all year round.

Range of wildlife: Have you ever seen an elk, a moose, black bear, polar bear, or whale..?

 Variety of landscapes: the presence of lakes, mountains, flat plains, semi-desert, youthful cities and ocean means you’ll experience so much geographical diversity within one country.

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