4 Essential Things To Do in Canada

Despite being frequently compared to its southern neighbour, it’s true to say that Canada has kept a few of their best bits for locals and tourists only.

Why visit Canada? Because it’s the only place in the world you can do this…

Take a train ride through the clouds

You can’t visit the beautiful country of Canada without journeying through the Rockies. Tour operators, such as My Canada Trips in the UK and Take Tours in the USA, take wannabe adventurers on a train journey like no other.

After passing Hell’s Gate, the Rocky Mountaineer excursion takes passengers to some of the highest peaks in the Rockies so you are literally riding through the clouds from the comfort of your first-class seat.

Eat a Sweet Marie bar

For the native Brit or American, your trip to Canada may be the first time you’ve come across a chocolate bar of this kind. But despite being produced by our beloved Cadbury, a Sweet Marie can only be tracked down on the other side of the water.

Widely known for providing sustenance during long, frost-bitten winters, the confectionary is an energy-fuelled combination of chocolate and peanuts masking a slab of chewy nougat in the centre!

It is sweet, satisfying and hunger-sating all in one bar; the ideal snack for when you’re exploring the harsh terrain in the wilds or nipping through Ottawa in search of the capital’s sites.

Catch the best ice hockey in the world

As the country’s national sport, ice hockey (or “hockey” in North America and Canada), is a big deal –  and a must-see no matter how long you’re visiting for. The National Hockey League (NHL) consists of multiple Canadian teams, plus many from the USA as well.

If you are fortunate enough to visit this fine country during April, May or June, try to catch a piece of the Stanley Cup action. This prestigious accolade is as sought-after now as it was back in 1893 when the Cup was first organized.

Teams from Canadian and American cities compete in the playoffs, sending the crowds into a frenzy with every pass of the puck.

Meet a Moose

Canada is the native homeland of a vast number of weird and wonderful creatures, including the Arctic hare, flying squirrel, wolverine and caribou. View all Canadian animals and make a tick-list to challenge yourself to see them all!

Perhaps the most famous animal symbolising Canada is the moose, the largest member of the deer family. Residing on the cusp of lakes, muskegs and streams as well as in dense wood forests, this mostly gentle creature is known to occupy vast expanses of Tundra, often seeking-out forests with low snow levels in winter.

Whatever you do while in Canada, make sure you take time-out to enjoy a few “only in Canada” experiences; they are well worth the journey and will provide you with epic tales of ‘living like a local’.

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6 Responses to 4 Essential Things To Do in Canada

  1. Kate July 8, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I have to say, I’m born and raised Canadian and have lived all over the country and have never heard of a sweet marie bar…

  2. Becky Padmore July 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Gorgeous photo I’d love to visit for the scenery and the wildlife!

  3. nicole July 8, 2013 at 9:17 pm #

    ok, wait a minute.

    Can I actually go up to the moose and pet it. Like is this an animal farm kind of a thing?

  4. Megan July 10, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    No, moose are wild and will charge if they feel threatened. There is a park/zoo in Quebec near Ottawa where you can drive through and they will come up to your car and you can feed them even touch them through your window!

  5. Megan July 10, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    I am from Ottawa and I have also never heard of this bar.