It’s that time of year when everyone’s thoughts turn to travel, and if you’re looking for some vacation inspiration, look no further.
Two Canadian cities made Forbes’ list of the 23 greatest places to travel in 2023, and you don’t even have to leave the country to plan some dreamy holidays.
Edmonton and Victoria, both in Western Canada, were acknowledged among global destinations such as Sicily, Istanbul, Sri Lanka, and Tasmania.
Forbes named Alberta’s capital city as a “vibrant urban centre in the heart of the wilderness.”
The city’s food culture was also a hit, with Edmonton staples RGE RD and Fu’s Repair Shop – which Simu Liu and Andrew Phung just visited – being mentioned.
Forbes also suggested visiting Edmonton’s amazing craft beer sector, particularly the breweries on Happy Beer Street, which features seven notable establishments such as Alley Kat Brewing Co., The Monolith, and Sea Change Brewing Co.
Edmonton’s rich Indigenous history is certainly worth a visit in and of itself. Whiskeyjack Art House, Bearclaw Gallery, and the Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park and Elk Island National Park are among the galleries.
There are also plenty of exciting (and, more importantly, free) things to do in Edmonton, such as visiting the Neon Sign Museum or taking a distillery tour.
The second Canadian city Forbes recommends visiting is the “charming” city of Victoria, which was praised for its sustainability and respect for local First Nations communities.
There are many carbon-neutral hotels in the city, and you might eat at Big Wheel Burger, a carbon-neutral fast food restaurant. There are also carbon-neutral and ocean-friendly whale tours available, allowing you to see all of the amazing wildlife that Vancouver Island has to offer.
The Songhees Wellness Centre also offers canoe and walking trips, as well as information about the Songhees Nation.
“Of course, it doesn’t hurt that Canadians are some of the nicest people around,” Corinne Whiting, a journalist, said.
Vancouver Island was just named one of the “world’s most beautiful places,” as well. While in Victoria, you can stroll through the beautiful Butchart Gardens or dine in the “brunch capital of Canada.”