Best in Travel 2017: Canada Tops Lonely Planet's List

Lonely Planet's number one destination for 2017 is, you guessed it, Canada. We're #1!

If Canada wasn’t previously on the radar of some travellers, it is now that it’s been listed by the Lonely Planet as the number one destination to visit in 2017. And the timing couldn’t be better as Canada prepares to celebrate its 150th anniversary. It’s a party that will last all year long, so visitors to Canada can join in anytime in 2017.

Photos: Destination Canada

"Canada is always popular with us," said Lonely Planet's Canada destination editor Alex Howard, "but there’s so much happening in 2017 that made it number one. It's the country's biggest birthday party in recent memory with the sesquicentennial next year, and they won't be shy about celebrating. Now is the time to start planning a trip."

Top 10 countries to visit in 2017

The Lonely Planet says that the following 10 destinations shouldn’t be missed, especially in 2017.

1. Canada
2. Colombia
3. Finland
4. Dominica
5. Nepal
6. Bermuda
7. Mongolia
8. Oman
9. Myanmar
10. Ethiopia

Photos: Destination Canada

What makes Canada so special according to the Lonely Planet?

In the words of the travel publisher, “with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health. Marking 150 years since confederation, the elongated birthday party promises to be heavy on bonhomie and highly welcoming to international gatecrashers. And, with a weak Canadian dollar pushing down prices, the overseas visitor should have plenty of pocket money to spend on Canada’s exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine.”

Festivities to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary kick off on New Year’s Eve. With New Year’s Eve parties planned in all the corners of the country from Victoria up to Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit, to Canada’s most easterly point, St. John’s, there’s going to be a party in every major city celebrating Canada’s 150th that likely won’t end until December 31, 2017.

Photos: Destination Canada

Destination Canada!

If you have friends or family planning a visit to Canada, share with them the following travel resources that will help them plan their stay:

Also worth sharing is the Parks Canada Discovery Pass that can be ordered online. With the Discovery Pass, travellers (and Canadians) will be able to visit all of Canada’s national parks in 2017, free of charge.

Photos: Destination Canada

One last shareable: Visitors to Canada need travel insurance

When planning a trip to Canada, of course, the last thing anyone wants to think about is getting sick or injured. But even the most minor injuries or illnesses can become a major medical expense for a tourist—even in Canada. The fact is that Canada's well known health care system does not offer free medical care for visitors or tourists. A visitors to Canada travel insurance policy however, can ensure that a trip to Canada isn't remembered for all the wrong reasons.