Travel: Canada is calling

More Aus­tralians are book­ing their hol­i­day in Canada than ever be­fore – and to un­der­stand why, you can start with its in­spir­ing leader, Sue Wal­lace re­ports.

The Australian Women's Weekly - - Contents -

1 The Justin Trudeau ef­fect

The na­tion’s dash­ing, hand­some Prime Min­is­ter is said to have put Canada more firmly on the tourist map since he was elected in a land­slide in 2015. The charis­matic Lib­eral Party leader has even cre­ated a series of memes on­line – by heading to the air­port to give out coats to ar­riv­ing Syr­ian refugees and even flirt­ing with Queen Elizabeth on­line. Since he was elected, book­ings are up from Syd­ney (35 per cent), Lon­don (30 per cent) and Paris (25 per cent).

2 Go on sa­fari

Dis­cover Man­i­toba’s Big Five – search for the black bear, bi­son, moose, bel­uga whale and po­lar bear in one trip. At least two-thirds of the world’s po­lar bears live in Canada and you can (care­fully) tour Churchill, known as the po­lar bear cap­i­tal of the world.

3 French touch

Brush up on your French in Québec City, the French-speak­ing UNESCO World Her­itage-listed trea­sure. Step back in time as you stroll the his­toric Petit-Cham­plain dis­trict, with Parisian-style gabled stone houses lin­ing the cob­bled streets. Walk or bike be­side the St Lawrence River in the Old Port area, where the streets have a trove of art gal­leries, an­tique stores and side­walk cafes to ex­plore. A must-see is Rue Saint-Jean, with its his­toric build­ings, churches, bou­tiques and restau­rants. In true French style, Québec City is a foodie’s par­adise, whether your culi­nary choice is a ca­sual cafe meal or fine din­ing.

4 True wilder­ness

Snug­gle in a wilder­ness lodge deep in Canada’s pris­tine land­scape, whether it’s in­side a for­est, high on a mountain or be­side a rag­ing river, to soak up epic scenery and watch wildlife. You can hike or ski in to Al­berta’s Skoki Lodge, where the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge stayed not long af­ter they mar­ried in 2011.

5 North­ern lights

The mys­te­ri­ous aurora bo­re­alis or north­ern lights are a ma­jor draw­card in Canada for Aus­tralians. Visit the Yukon be­tween Oc­to­ber and March for a chance of see­ing the breath­tak­ing light­show. Whether viewed from a lodge, an out­door hot tub, near a tee-pee at the Aurora Vil­lage in Yel­lowknife, or in­side a glass igloo, this mag­i­cal light show will have you trans­fixed. To find out more, visit

ABOVE: The ma­jes­tic scenery of Banff Na­tional Park, in Al­berta. BE­LOW, LEFT: A wild black bear. BE­LOW, RIGHT: The Place Royale in Québec City.

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