**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of IHG Hotels. All opinions are my own.
Do you have a bucket list? Most of us do. In fact, a recent IHG survey shows that six in ten Canadians have or plan to make one. Ever since the popular movie by the same name came out over a decade ago, people seem to be coming up with all kinds of things to see and do before they kick the proverbial bucket. Especially the younger generations; Canadians under the age of 35 are the biggest advocates for bucket lists; 82% of those surveyed said they had one.
To help you knock off some of your bucket list destinations, I’ve partnered with IHG and am giving away 60,000 IHG Rewards Club Points. The contest details are below, but know that a bucket list, doesn’t have to include all big expensive items. Sure, an African safari would be incredible, but there are smaller, more affordable, and more realistic experiences that can fit on your bucket list as well. Many of which are right here in Canada.
Canadians are quick to recognize just how much our country has to offer, we’re not the only ones who know how incredible it really is. Travellers from around the world visit Canada throughout the year to knock a few items off their own bucket lists which include some of the following:
Banff National Park, Alberta
Banff National Park with its turquoise lakes, towering mountains, and expansive forests full of wildlife tops is a top Canadian contender on most bucket lists. It’s the idyllic Canada that’s shown on postcards and one of the best places to experience Canada’s incredible nature.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Niagara Falls is the top visited attraction in all of Canada and, for those that have been, we know why (especially since Canada has the better views). Whether you visit in the summer and have the misty spray to cool you down, or in the winter when they freeze, Niagara Falls is a must see here in Canada.
The Northern Lights, Canada-wide
Many people travel to Iceland, Norway, or Finland to see the Northern Lights, but there are plenty of opportunities to see them in Canada too. Some of the best spots include the Yukon, Churchill, Manitoba (where you can also see polar bears and beluga whales), Manitoulin Island in Ontario, and Battle Harbour, Nova Scotia.
Quebec City’s Carnival, Quebec
Canada’s winters are notoriously cold with plenty of ice and snow. However, we know how to make the most of it. One of the country’s best winter festivals is Carnival in Quebec City. With a friendly snowman mascot, impressive ice sculptures, parades, games, and more it’s definitely bucket list-worthy.
Tulip Festival, Ontario
Every May, Canada’s capital turns into a giant tulip garden. From Parliament Hill to Dow’s Lake and the Canal, colourful tulips spring up across the city. It’s all in thanks to the Netherlands who send bulbs every year after an Ottawa hospital room was declared to be Dutch soil so the queen could give birth to a proper Dutch princess. It’s one of the country’s best historical stories and makes for a popular bucket list activity.
Iceberg Sighting, Newfoundland and Labrador
Beautiful but dangerous, icebergs have fascinated people for years, especially after the disaster faced by the Titanic. Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs. The best time of year to see them is late April, early May along the coast of Newfoundland, and from March to July off the coast of Labrador.
What’s on your bucket list?
While these are certainly some of Canada’s best and attractions, they aren’t the only ones. IHG has partnered with bucket-list expert Robin Esrock to create The Great Canadian Bucket List; 25 bucket-list worthy experiences to try this year. From using the Holiday Inn St. John’s Conference Centre as a base to explore St. John’s and get Screeched in, to visiting Canada’s most visited museum, the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, only a short distance away from the Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa. It’s a must-read list if you’re looking to create or add to your own bucket list
Remember, a bucket list is made of dreams but it’s easily doable, especially if you start small and local. Ready to kick-start your Canadian bucket list adventures? Visit IHG.com to help plan your bucket list experiences and to book any of their 177 affordable hotels across Canada.
Now, it’s your turn. Do you have a bucket list? Share what Canadian attraction, activity, or place tops your personal bucket list in the comments for a chance to win 60,000 IHG Rewards Club Points (worth up to a 2-night stay depending on time, location, and availability). Ensure you comment by June 22, 2018, the winner will be announced on June 29, 2018.
Contest terms & conditions:
Contest – e.g. challenge friends to share their favourite bucket list challenge to win IHG 60,000 IHG Rewards Club points
Contest disclaimer: 60,000 points provides up to two nights stay. Depending on time, location and availability.
- Open to Canadians only
- Contest ends June 22, 2018
- Winner must have an IHG Rewards Club account
- Sign up for a free IHG Rewards Club account here