Many stereotypes surround Canadians and the Great White North in general.
But to be true to Canada, there are some cross-country adventures you need to cross off your bucket list.
The scenery is stunning, the people are pleasant and the food is phenomenal. While at it, ensure you do not do these five things too.
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Things to do
1. Live on the edge in Toronto
Visit the CN Tower, an iconic, 1,815-foot needle shooting straight out of Toronto's skyline and take a turn on their EdgeWalk experience that allows you to walk around the building's restaurant level.
Pull on the red jumpsuit, strap into a harness and prepare for an urban adventure to end them all.
2. Visit the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede is a uniquely Canadian tradition, and one of the country’s biggest annual festivals. The Stampede is all about celebrating Alberta’s Western culture through rodeo events, exhibitions, parades, and some of the greatest names in entertainment. You must visit the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth at least once.
3. Fall in love in Québec City
An increasingly popular weekend getaway for amorous New Yorkers, Québec City's charm still remains something of a secret affair. The city's UNESCO-treasured Old Town hosts a bijou box of colonial streets which make you feel like you're meandering through a French fairy tale.
4. Spray your face at Niagra falls
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Niagara Falls straddles the US/Canadian border, but the best views are from the Canadian side. The drive from Toronto is about 90 minutes and along the way, you'll pass through vineyards selling the local delicacy 'icewine', so do pop in for a sample.
5. Paddle your own Canoe in Banff National Park
With the craggy Canadian Rockies, millions of fir trees and perfectly still waters, the setting is the perfect place to pick up a paddle.
Just close your eyes and conjure up an image of an idyllic canoeing scene, the icy blue lakes of Banff will surely appear.
Things not to do
1. Don’t assume that Toronto is the capital city
Toronto is probably the best-known city in Canada. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s the nation’s capital. That title goes to Ottawa, the seat of Canada’s federal government, which is the political centre of the country.
2. Don’t comment on French-English relations
While the country never experienced a war of independence or a large-scale violent conflict that marked a rupture from its colonial history, some tensions remain between French and English Canada (often represented by Quebec and Ontario) that emerge in particular cultural and political moments.
3. Don’t say they’re like Americans
There’s almost nothing that will unite Canadians faster than if someone comments on certain similarities between Canada and the United States. Quietly defining their distinctions from their southern neighbours has been a part of the Canadian experience of national identity since 1867. Historically, politically, and socially, Canadians are proud of their country and its differences.