The cool Trudeau ef­fect keeps flow­ing from the Rock­ies to the Mar­itimes

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - BEST OF CANADA - MA­RINA KAY

Canada is soon to fin­ish one big year-long party, the 150th cel­e­bra­tions of its con­fed­er­a­tion. “With its pris­tine wilder­ness and friendly peo­ple, Canada has al­ways been pop­u­lar, but the ‘Justin Trudeau ef­fect’ has made Canada even cooler this year,” says Brett Mitchell, In­trepid Travel Asia Pa­cific regional di­rec­tor, re­fer­ring to the coun­try’s cool, young prime min­is­ter.

But that doesn’t mean there isn’t more around the cor­ner next year in this coun­try full of nat­u­ral won­ders and ur­ban high­lights.

1 Cos­mopoli­tan Toronto turns 225 in 2018, cel­e­brat­ing with its light fes­ti­val in the Dis­tillery His­toric District (Jan­uary 19 to March 11, toron­to­light­fest.com), The North By North­east mu­sic fes­ti­val (June 8-17, nxne.com) and the world’s largest pub­lic film fes­ti­val, Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. From Septem­ber 7-16 (tiff.net).

2 Look­ing for a new place to stay? In Toronto, Kimp­ton Ho­tels & Restau­rants opens its first Cana­dian prop­erty, a four-star ho­tel, in the Bloor-Yorkville neigh­bour­hood mid-2018; St Regis ho­tel brings its five-star stan­dards to Bay St later in the year; and Nobu Hos­pi­tal­ity (founded by chef Nobu Mat­suhisa and ac­tor Robert DeNiro) be­gins con­struc­tion on Canada’s first Nobu-branded de­vel­op­ment – a two-tower ho­tel, restau­rant, re­tail space, and out­door Zen gar­den.

3 One of the largest Pride cel­e­bra­tions in the world, Pride Toronto at­tracts more than 1 mil­lion peo­ple. The June 22-24 event in­cludes a spe­cial Fam­ily Pride pro­gram, Trans Pride, the Dyke March and the fa­mous and fab­u­lous Pride Pa­rade. pridetoronto.com

4 Art Gallery of On­tario is the only Cana­dian stop for the Yayoi Kusama ex­hi­bi­tion. #In­finiteKusama marks the first North Amer­i­can tour in 20 years for the cel­e­brated Ja­panese artist. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs from March 3 to May 27, 2018. ago.ca

5 Fash­ion­istas: In cel­e­bra­tion of the House of Dior’s 70th an­niver­sary, Chris­tian Dior, 1947-1957 (Royal On­tario Mu­seum) ex­plores how the de­signer’s dra­matic cre­ations re­vived the Paris haute couture in­dus­try af­ter World War II. See the show un­til March 18. rom.on.ca

6 Le Boat, Europe’s largest op­er­a­tor of self-drive boat­ing vacations,


BLACK­COMB MOUN­TAIN Whistler Black­comb is home to North Amer­ica’s tallest sus­pen­sion bridge of 2182m; and (right) Toronto cel­e­brates turn­ing 225 in 2018.

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