18 WAYS TO BE WILDLY POPULAR
The cool Trudeau effect keeps flowing from the Rockies to the Maritimes
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.