I want to explore as much of Canada as possible, but since it's the second-largest country in the world, that's an awful lot of ground to cover! In creating this bucket list, I tried to choose places to visit, things to learn, food to eat, and things to do that feel quintessentially Canadian.
The Maritimes. Quiet, peaceful, and most importantly, home. To many, the Maritimes may seem like a funny place to want to visit, given that all of New Brunswick has less people than the city of Ottawa, but for those of us from any of the Maritime provinces, there is no place on earth like it. Never ending forests, thousands of kilometres of coastline, and an abundance of seafood. If you're a true Maritimer, you'll also appreciate the garlic fingers and donairs!
Every May, hundreds of thousands of tulips burst into bloom and Ottawa kicks off the Canadian Tulip Festival. As a newcomer to Ottawa, I have to admit that at first, I didn't really understand the city's excitement for this festival. However, after a long Canadian winter, and after a little research into the background of tulips in Ottawa, I can safely say that I now share the Ottawan enthusiasm for the Tulip Festival! Plus, it combines two of my favourite things: history and gardening. What's not to love?