Canadians don’t generally think of their own country among the world’s great vacation spots. Ask a Vancouverite or a Montrealer about an ideal place to spend some downtime, and you’ll likely hear about sunny Caribbean beaches, exotic Asian locales or Europe’s historic capitals. But ask people elsewhere, and Canada ranks among the most appealing vacation destinations in the world. In fact, a new global poll asked 1,000 people where they would most like to visit if money were no object—Canada came first, just ahead of Italy and Australia.
Unspoiled nature, vibrant cities, fascinating history and warm hospitality—that’s how the world sees Canada. It’s a vision that Canadians might soon better appreciate, too. Vacationing close to home is looking like a good option for many this year, and so Maclean’s has assembled a collection of over 50 of the greatest attractions this vast and varied country has to offer this summer. We hope the great Canadian vacation guide might provide a reminder of just what the rest of the world is so excited about.
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