150 Travelzoo Tips: #1-10
In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Travelzoo Tips -- one per day until July 1 -- to help you explore and enjoy this great land.
Tip 1: See the seabirds at Cape Saint Mary's Ecological Reserve
"My favourite travel find is the Cape Saint Mary’s Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland. I was a bit nervous that my 16-year-old son would find it boring, but everyone loved it. Even without the 30,000 nesting pairs of Gannet sea birds, the views here were breathtaking. The whole area was very peaceful and less crowded or touristy than other areas. It is a two-hour drive from St. John’s through pretty landscape, then a very pleasant 1 km. walk to ‘bird rock’ (pictured), where you can sit at the edge of the cliff watching the birds nest, preen, court and fish. Truly amazing!"-- Lara Barlow, Travelzoo Country Manager, Canada
Tip 2: Ride the rails through the Rockies
“Views of the Rockies are a spectacular experience. Going on the train (rather than driving) allows you to have a hands-free, no-distractions experience enjoying the majestic views. My tip: Check the hours you'll be going through the Rockies. Sometimes the direction matters. You don't want to be going through in the dark!” -- Joan, Travelzoo member
Tip 3: Visit the world’s largest freshwater archipelago at Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario
“For people interested in nature and wildlife -- and in beaches -- this is the best place to go. It is a great place to visit for one to three days to see examples of southern and northern plants and wildlife. The beaches on the east side are sheltered and calm, while the west side offers moderate surf. I recommend a two-day sea kayak trip around the main island, Beausoleil.” --Brian, Travelzoo member
Tip 4: Go Back in time on the Magical Lakeside Park Carousel in St. Catharines, Ontario
“This is truly a hidden gem! The Lakeside Park Carousel [built between 1898 and 1905] is an amazing antique carousel that you can ride for just 5 cents. All of the animals are hand-carved. The accompanying music takes you back to days long past and is played on an antique band organ that uses paper music rolls. My granddaughter thinks she is a princess while riding the horses that also move up and down. It’s an experience connecting our past to the present!” -- Marilyn, Travelzoo member
Tip 5: "Why Everyone Needs to Try a Halifax Donair," a guest blog by Lola Augustine Brown. Read it here!
Tip 6: Glide on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal during Winterlude
“My tip would be to check out Winterlude in Ottawa -- and while you’re there, strap on some skates and go for a glide along the Rideau Canal. It’s so cool to see all the commuters in the morning skating to work. How Canadian is that!?!”--Meredith, expat
Tip 7: Member Tip: Walk the Elks Falls Suspension Bridge in Campbell River, B.C.
Head to the east coast of Vancouver Island to take in the drama of Elk Falls and the headwaters of the mighty Campbell River from a cantilevered viewing platform. The popular Elk Falls Suspension Bridge was built by the Rotary Club of Campbell River in 2015. “It is new, exciting and fun. It’s over the Elk Falls Canyon and only 2 kilometers from downtown.” -- Adele
Find out more about the bridge here!
Tip 8: "A Tour Guide's Guide to Quebec City," a guest blog by Kiera Dinsmore. Read it here!
Tip 9: Experience a prairie sunset in Saskatchewan
"Beautiful hues of oranges, pinks purples against a crystal-clear blue backdrop make for a stunning sight." -- Travelzoo member Glenys
Tip 10: Get up close and personal with predatory birds in Coaldale, Alberta
"Alberta Birds of Prey Centre takes in predatory birds that have been injured and restores them back to health; many are reintroduced to the wild once healed. Visitors see these magnificent birds up close and learn about them. Most are not in cages but are tethered in the open. In some cases, with special permission, employees will allow you to hold a bird, such as a falcon, hawk or owl. There are daily flight demonstrations with various birds, including eagles. One of our favorite activities is to walk to the pond where a gaggle of geese are waiting for you to feed them. Kids of all ages laugh and enjoy the experience!" -- Travelzoo member Angela