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Canada rated the world's best travel destination of 2017

Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

Thursday, October 27, 2016, 7:30 PM - 2017 is looking to be quite the year for Canada. Not only will the country be celebrating its 150th birthday, but it will also potentially welcome an influx of tourists.

Canada was recently named Lonely Planet's number one travel destination of the year for 2017, followed by Colombia and Finland in second and third place, respectively.

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Lonely Planet, the world's largest travel guide publisher, released their "Best in Travel 2017" guide on Thursday, which features the full list.

Among the reasons to visit Canada were 2017's "elongated birthday party," and "plenty of pocket money to spend on Canada's exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine."

Other highlights include the country's "dynamic cities," "inclusiveness," and "impeccable politeness."

Why thank you, Lonely Planet.

In honour of Canada's new title for the upcoming year, here's a look at beautiful sights and scenes from across the country.


Photo of Yukon's Tombstone Territorial Park submitted by Rob T.

Northwest Territories

Photo of the auroras over Hay River, Northwest Territories submitted by Kathleen Roberts.


Photo of an Inukshuk in Pangnirtung, Nunavut submitted by Jay Clark.

British Columbia

Photo of B.C.'s Okanagan Lake submitted by Elaine Tenborg.


Photo of Kananaskis, Alberta submitted by Chuyen Doe.


Photo of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan submitted by Rob Worobetz.


Photo of a sunset over a marsh in Brandon, Manitoba submitted by Randy Shand.


Photo a fall hike in Midhurst, Ontario, submitted by Rachelle Louisseize.


Photo of an ethereal sunset over Lake St-Louis, Montreal, submitted by Frederic Hore.

New Brunswick

Fall colours in Sussex Corner, New Brunswick, submitted by Beth Norrad.

Prince Edward Island

French River, P.E.I. Photo submitted by Wayne Jackson.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia's Minas Basin. Photo submitted by Barry Burgess.

Newfoundland and Labrador

Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and Labrador. Photo submitted by Harold Bradley.

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