The New York Times recently released its list of 52 Places To Go In 2017, and Canada took the #1 spot!
The main reasons why it was chosen as the top destination included the fact that it was vast, beautiful and relatively affordable for travel (thanks to a weak dollar). Their description also mentioned the fact that the country is allowing for free admission to all of its National Parks this year in celebration of its sesquicentennial birthday.
Following Canada is the Atacama Desert in Chile (#2), Agra India (#3), Zermatt, Switzerland (#4), and Botswana (#5). For the full list of destinations, read the full article here.
Here's the Times' full description of our home and native land:
Canada is huge — the second-largest country by area. It’s also a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between. And this is the year to visit: In honor of the 150th anniversary of its confederation, when the original colonies came together as one country, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat. All of the country’s more than 200 national parks and historic sites are offering free admission through the year, from the turquoise lakes and mountain peaks of Banff in Alberta to the rolling dunes and red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island along the Atlantic Coast to the newest reserve, the glacial-rounded Mealy Mountains in Labrador. Meanwhile, in the capital, Ottawa, a full year of celebration is planned; more events will be on offer in Montreal, which turns 375. And did we mention the exchange rate? A weak Canadian dollar means American travelers get more for their money. So 2017 offers an ideal time to go north.
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