Canada is ‘hot’ at the moment. Not only did the outcome of the U.S. elections trigger great interest in the country, but also the Lonely Planet contributed to the hype by naming Canada the best travel destination for 2017. But is it really a good idea to travel to such a popular destination, like Canada in 2017? And how to make the best of it if you do?
Canada turns 150 next year and everyone is invited to the country’s biggest birthday party ever. You even get a gift in the form of a free National Park pass in 2017! And while the number of free passes is not limited, the demand was so big that it crashed the Parks Canada website the moment it was made available to order.
Despite of all of this, or maybe just because of it, we are not traveling to Canada in 2017! Actually, we were thinking of Canada for next year, but then we heard about the big party and decided to wait a while.
Don’t take me wrong. We love Canada and it’s high on the list of our all-time-favourite travel destinations. We are very eager to return and explore more, just not in 2017. Why? We are big believers in going against the flow when it comes to traveling and so Canada did not make it to our travel list for 2017 for the following reasons.
Why Canada did not make our list for 2017 after all
Canada is putting so much effort to promote their beautiful country that it’s inevitable that there will be many more tourists visiting in 2017 than in the previous years.
Take the incredibly beautiful and already so popular British Columbia with the world-famous Banff and Jasper National Parks. Do you really want to have to queue on a hike to the viewpoint of Lake Moraine? Or stand in the traffic jam at every single point of interest along the famous Icefields Parkway? And how big are your chances of seeing wildlife when there are even more people around?
Despite the Canadian dollar being slightly weaker, and despite the free National Parks pass, I would bet that your Canadian trip is going to cost more in 2017. It’s a simple rule we are all very familiar with – when demand goes up, the prices follow. And there is no way that the 136 dollar savings on a family/group pass will make up for this. 136 dollars for a year-long access to all parks in Canada for up to seven people… That’s less than 20 dollars per person, depending on your group size. I don’t mind paying this a year or two later, do you?
How to get the most of your trip to Canada in 2017
But what if you cannot resist the charms of Canada and want to visit it during the year of big celebrations? We have a few tips for you:
- Book in advance. Book your flights, car rental and hotels as soon as you can. Plan your day trips and other activities in advance and reserve a spot where possible.
- Avoid the crowds. Use every imaginable trick to avoid the crowds: avoid traveling during the peak season if possible, visit remote (-ish) areas rather than the most popular landmarks, and beat the crowds by starting your day early or staying up late…
- Don’t forget the free National Parks pass. You can request your free pass to Canada’s parks here.
This is our opinion about traveling to a ‘hot’ destination. What about you – do you look for travel inspiration in the recommended destinations lists or do you rather go for the less popular alternatives?