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Canada’s Time To Shine

November 30, 2017
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Navigator’s list of quintessentially Canadian diversions


Located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, between Banff and Glacier National Park, this region is ideally suited for activities ranging from horseback riding to river rafting. Stay at the Three Bars Guest Ranch, a dude ranch that creates an authentic rancher experience for guests.
Where to stay
Three Bars Guest Ranch   | 

Located near Tofino in the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Clayoquot Wilderness Resort offers guests a restorative, bespoke, turn-of-the-century outpost camping or “glamping” adventure. This world-class eco-safari-style resort works closely with the Ahousaht First Nation to make the reserve sustainable and accessible for visitors.
Where to stay
Clayoquot Wilderness Resort   | 

If you’re an adult who longs for the days of camp, and you want to get back to basics, try a digital detox at Camp Reset next summer. Enjoy a total break from technology, with camp programming that focuses on wellness, workshops and group activities—all designed to make you feel like a kid again.
Where to stay
Camp Reset   | 

Founded more than 100 years ago, North Hatley is recognized as one of Quebec’s most beautiful villages. It is home to a number of century-old heritage buildings, one of which is Manoir Hovey, a five-star Relais & Châteaux property that has counted the Clintons among its guests.
Where to stay
Manoir Harvey   | 

Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest offshore island has a long maritime history and a vibrant art scene. While Fogo Island is accessible year round, whale migration and sea-cliff footpaths make the island a perfect destination in the spring.
Where to stay
Fogo Island Inn   | 

Take an urban getaway to Winnipeg to visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ Tower of Hope, which provides panoramic views of the city. While in “the Peg,” dine at Chef Mandel Hitzer’s internationally acclaimed Deer + Almond. Hitzer, who received attention this year for RAW:almond, his award-winning month-long pop-up restaurant situated on the frozen Assiniboine River, has put Winnipeg on the map for foodies far and wide.
Where to stay
The Mere Hotel   | 

Where to eat
RAW:Almond   |



Notable Canadian reads 

The Book of Negroes
by Lawrence Hill

Life of Pi
by Yann Martel

Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery

by Emma Donoghue

Lullabies for Little Criminals
by Heather O’Neill

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood


Best Canadian TV shows 

Being Erica

Kids in the Hall


Orphan Black

Schitt’s Creek


Saving Hope


Canada’s best dining experiences

LE VIN PAPILLON, Montreal   | 


ALO, Toronto   | 


DEER + ALMOND, Winnipeg   | 


PIGEONHOLE, Calgary   | 


RAYMOND’S, St. John’s   | 



Here is a list of notable Canadians who have made their mark in 2017 in popular culture, sports, science and art:

DENIS VILLENEUVE   |   Canadian film director
French Canadian filmmaker and writer Denis Villeneuve has received international acclaim with his feature films Arrival (2016), Sicario (2015) and Prisoners (2013). Villeneuve’s star continues to rise this year with the release of Blade Runner 2049.


JULIE PAYETTE   |   Governor General
An engineer, science broadcaster and corporate director, Julie Payette has done everything from being an astronaut to carrying the Olympic flag during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. Payette was sworn in as Canada’s 29th governor general on October 2nd.


DENIS SHAPOVALOV   |   Canadian tennis player
Denis Shapovalov is Canada’s newest tennis sensation. After defeating veteran Rafael Nadal in a thrilling third-set tiebreak at this year’s Rogers Cup, and with vocal supporters like hockey great Wayne Gretzky, this 18-year-old seems to have what it takes to be a superstar.


KENT MONKMAN   |   Canadian artist
Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who drew attention this year with the opening of his exhibit Shame and Prejudice: The Story of Resilience. Monkman’s pieces provide 150 years of perspective into the treatment of Canada’s Indigenous peoples from the beginning of the country’s history. The exhibit will display across Canada until 2020, with stops in Kingston, Charlottetown, Halifax, Montreal, Winnipeg and Vancouver.


SHANIA TWAIN   |   Canadian singer-songwriter
Everyone’s favourite Canadian pop-country music star is back this year with the release of Now, her first album since 2002. Shania Twain will be hitting the road to promote the album with a 46- date tour scheduled for next year.

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