As some of you already know, Canada’s beautiful national parks are free in 2017. So, if you’ve always wanted to visit Canada, now’s the time to pack your hiking gear, book your plane tickets, and experience the trip of a lifetime. Additionally, Canada is an awesome destination for solo female travelers for many reasons.
I took a camping trip to Canada in 2014, which taught me many lessons about myself. Sometimes I still laugh about my experience. Me? On a camping trip? Getting dirty? Ha! Crazy, but I loved every second of it. I hiked through Banff and Jasper, and then spent a few swanky days chilling in Vancouver. I returned to Canada again in 2016, but this time I enjoyed a long weekend exploring Montreal, complete with a hockey game!
Needless to say, I love Canada and can’t recommend a trip highly enough! I still wanna see Toronto, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and so much more.
Without further ado, here are my five main reasons why Canada rocks for solo female travelers. (Although, let’s be real: this country rules for anyone who’s eager to visit).
1. Canada is super, super, duper safe.
On both my trips to Canada, I’ve never had a problem with safety. Sure, there are neighborhoods to avoid in bigger cities, like every other country in existence, but if you use common sense, you’ll be absolutely fine! I’ve had way more issues with intimidation and harassment in the United States than Canada. Canada’s tourism infrastructure is also fantastic and the police are trustworthy, both which help ensure a stress-free trip if you go alone.
However, even though I have nothing except great things to say about Canada’s safety, you need to exercise caution when it comes to Mother Nature. For example, respect the wildlife in Canada’s beautiful national parks. Meaning don’t get too close to elk and bears. You may, uh, regret trying to take that perfect selfie with a black bear. Just don’t do it.
2. The people – travelers and locals – are “oh so” friendly.
A big stereotype about Canadians is that they’re super duper nice to everyone. And honestly? In my experience this is true. I can’t tell you the number of times complete strangers offered me travel tips, took my picture, chatted to me about Canada-US relations, recommended me food, etc. When you’re alone, these conversations make you feel very welcome and comfortable.
Canadians are amazing. As an American, I couldn’t ask for better neighbors! So, if you’re a solo traveler, expect a lot of kindness and manners from locals. In addition, Canada has a lot of nifty working holiday programs, so it’s pretty easy to meet other solo travelers and build a network of new friends. What could be better?
3. Canada’s natural beauty is second to none.
Do you love nature? Then Canada is for you. In particular, Western Canada’s national parks will SLAY all your senses into a million swooning pieces. Seriously, Banff and Jasper are so. damn. beautiful. Sometimes I flip through my camping trip photos and wonder how these perfect mountains, lakes, lush greenery, etc. even exist in the real world. Like… wow.
But Canada’s incredible scenery reaches every corner of the country, not just the most popular parks.
You want to see plenty of beauty as a solo female traveler, so you can show your family and friends why exploring the world alone is worth the hassle and anxiety. In Canada, your camera and hiking boots better prepare for a real visual treat. I promise. Go enjoy the fresh air.
4. And Canada’s cities are also world class destinations.
Are you more of a city gal than an outdoorsy type? No problem! Canada’s got your vacation needs covered, too. Personally, I’ll never forget the 48 hours I spent in Vancouver or the way I broke my travel budget in Montreal. Memories for life!
Shopping, parks, museums galore! Each city is very unique, too. For example, in Montreal, I seriously felt as if I had been transported to France without the long painful flight. So awesome.
And even though every city has areas to avoid, I found Vancouver and Montreal to be very safe. I don’t think I was bothered once, actually.
5. Canada is diverse and worth way more than 1 trip!
Finally, what’s really cool about Canada is that you can visit a million times and never ever feel bored. Sure, some travelers like to go to a new country every year, but Canada has so so so much to experience that it would be impossible to cram everything into one whirlwind vacation.
Canada’s diversity truly makes it a special destination. Go to Quebec and you’ll hear French spoken in the streets. Go to Vancouver and explore Canada’s largest Chinatown. Go to Calgary for the stampede or ride an electric bull. The possibilities are endless! So spread your wings and enjoy every second.
Are you planning any trips to Canada? What are your favorite places to visit in Canada? Why? Share all your thoughts in the comments!
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