VANCOUVER — Lonely Planet has named Canada “the best place to travel to in 2017” in its latest Best in Travel rankings.
“Canada is always popular with us, but there’s so much happening in 2017 that made it number-1,” says Alex Howard, Canada destination editor at Lonely Planet. “It’s the country’s biggest birthday party in recent memory with the sesquicentennial next year and they won’t be shy about celebrating. Now is the time to start planning a trip.”
Each year, the travel-media company ranks destinations based on the diversity and quality of travel experiences offered. Other countries recognized among the top countries to travel to include Colombia, Finland, Dominica, Nepal, Bermuda, Mongolia, Oman, Myanmar and Ethiopia.
“We are honoured to have been selected as Lonely Planet’s Destination of the Year for 2017,” says the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Small Business and Tourism. “Of course, this recognition doesn’t mean our work is done; it should encourage us to keep this momentum building. Our tourism partners from coast-to-coast-to-coast are working hard to provide travellers with unique and unforgettable experiences. There is something for everyone here. The year 2017 is also our country’s 150th anniversary and we couldn’t think of a better time to invite the world to discover Canada.”