Although many people yearn for tropical climates and sandy beaches during the summer, there are many other fulfilling travel opportunities that don't include soaking up the sun. Specifically, a trip north of the border to Canada provides you with a wide variety of travel destinations. Whether you're looking to indulge your adventure travel urges, soak up the beautiful natural scenery or enjoy the country's rich cultural heritage, a summer trip to Canada can be a rewarding experience. Here are some of your best options:
Tour the Canadian Rockies
The stretch of the Rocky Mountains that runs through the U.S. often get much of the attention, but once they cross the border into Canada they are just as impressive. This is certainly the case in Alberta, where the Rockies are at their best. To fully appreciate the spectacle of these natural highlights, you should be sure to visit Jasper National Park - the largest national park in the country. The park protected land includes a number of stunning natural formations such as the picturesque Maligne Lake, which stands as one of the world's most photographed places. There are also hundreds of miles of hiking trails for you to explore, many of which are at their best during the summer months.
Get a taste of culture
Canada may not seem like an immediate choice as an artistic hotbed, but there are plenty of opportunities for you to get some culture when you're north of the border. For instance, the annual Montreal Jazz Festival has featured some of the biggest names in music over the years, including the likes of Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Wynton Marsalis and Ella Fitzgerald. For the more theatrical-minded, a trip to Startford, Ontario, is in order. The small city is home to many theaters, and is famous for its annual Shakespeare Festival, which began more than 60 years ago.
Visit the coast
Canada certainly runs the gamut when it comes to its landscape, and if you're in the taste for some waterfront living, Newfoundland and Labrador is the place to be. The country's easternmost province has plenty for the entire family. A good place to start is at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden, which offers a compelling glimpse into the plant life in the province. You should also make a point to check out the Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, which dates back to the 1840s.