Canada recently invited some of the UK’s best travel bloggers to spend a week in cities across the country, from British Columbia to Nova Scotia, as Canada celebrates 150 years. Between us, we shared hundreds of images on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
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The journey started on a Saturday morning at Gatwick as the bloggers boarded an Air Transat flight, each ultimately heading for a different city. My final destination was Saint John in New Brunswick and I had a fabulous week zip lining, kayaking, eating and drinking and visiting many wonderful places in and around Saint John.
Here are some of the week’s Instagram highlights from every corner of Canada.
Iain, Mallory On Travel
St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
“This is literally the tip of the iceberg” Great way to start #mycanadianaffair and #explorecanada adventure in #stjohns #newfoundland and #labrador seeing an iceberg off the community of Petty Harbour with @oceanquestnl This fortress of freshwater ice is as big as a house, far bigger than our vessel, the Capo de Espera with @icebergquest and yet most of it isn’t visible. More than two-thirds of it’s bulk is underwater, the bottom probably scraping the ocean floor far below the surface. The water around the berg appears an azure blue, where the bulk of the ice mountain in the ocean skulks out of sight….. TIP: An iceberg is a stunning piece of natural architecture, which can produce a striking image, by adding some context i.e. people or a passing seabird depth and dimension can be added. It can also provide a story and the additional bonus of scale.
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Becky, Global Grasshopper
Zoë, The Quirky Traveller
Got fabulous view of Byward Market, Parliament buildings and #Ottawa skyline from my @andazottawa bedroom (12F) ? This was the scene (with additional help from #Snapseed filter!) when I arrived last night on first day of #myCanadianAffair with the capital of #Canada ????? The hotel is quite new and in a great position in the heart of the city. Quirky #Travel Tip: there’s a very popular Roof Top Bar on the 16 Floor of the Andaz Hotel where anyone can get this view for the price of a drink ?#myOttawa #experiencetransat #explorecanada
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Yaya and Llyod, Hand Luggage Only
Vancouver, British Columbia
Finally got to see real-live grizzly bears today ?…and, most importantly, from a ridiculously sensible distance away from them ?? – these animals are sheer forces of nature. (Also found an actual ‘angry grouse’ atop @GrouseMountain ? – it was being territorial but was far too cute to be taken seriously). #MyCanadianAffair #ExploreCanada
Lorraine, Live, Share, Travel
Breakfast is served at the Alt Hotel Winnipeg – a laid back and affordable luxury option in the city’s sports district. With contemporary features such as this quirky and colourful wall art installation, unusually the hotel offers a flat rate year round, allowing even more luxury when events are on in the city. And with no check out time and comfortable beds for a great night’s slumber – I love the fact that I can rest and relax here in Winnipeg without the hefty price tags! And it’s only ten minutes from the airport so it’s ideal for after a long flight. #ExploreCanada #mycanadianaffair
Karen, Lavender and Lovage
The most amazing evening at @oddcoupleyxe where we enjoyed this NASI LEMAK (MALAYSIAN COCONUT RICE COMBO) Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Fried Pineview Farms Chicken Thigh, Grilled Pineview Farms x OC Asian Sausage, Peanuts, Cucumber, Papaya Slaw, Coconut Rice, Sunny Local Farm Egg. This restaurant is a must visit place when in Saskatoon @tourismsask @visitsaskatoon #saskatooning #exploresask #exploreyxe Thank YOU Andy and all your family and staff for a fabulous meal!
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Macca, A Brit and A Broad
Last night we went over to some of Brianna’s family friends who have been living just outside Whitehorse in the Yukon for the past 40 years, 14 of which were spent in a tiny log cabin in the woods completely off the grid. It was so nice hearing all about this part of Canada and why they settled down here. At 11:30pm we went for a little walk through the woods to this lookout point and we were treated to this spectacular sunset. There’s a reason why they call it the midnight sun up here and it was such a magical moment to share it with new friends! #ExploreCanada
Stuart, Go. Eat. Do.
Entering the #Badlands of #Alberta, #Canada means lovely #landscapes and #gorgeous #gorges. This is Horseshoe Canyon, my first impression of the Badlands. #landscape #horseshoecanyon #travel #instatravel #instapassport #travelwriter #travelblogger #igtravel #worldingram #seetheworld #nature #northamerica #instagram #bgtw #Canadafromabove #explorecanada #MyCanadianAffair #TravelAlberta #seemore #enjoycanada #imagesofcanada #landscape
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Kat, Travel With Kat
Saint John, New Brunswick
Thanks to Bruce from Seascape Kayak Tours for a fabulous morning kayaking from Deer Island in the Bay of Fundy to Beans Island where we stopped for a picnic. The best! And so easy to reach from the city of Saint John, New Brunswick #SaintJohn #NewBrunswick #exploreCanada #exploreNB #mycanadianaffair #experienceTransat #travel #travelblogger #travelersnotebook #travelphotography #travelblogger #photooftheday
Niamh, Eat Like A Girl
Québec City, Québec
Lucy, On The Luce
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
You can’t visit the Maritime provinces of Canada without spotting a few lighthouses! This is Covehead Harbour Lighthouse on the north shore of Prince Edward Island. It’s one of 50 lighthouses which surrounded the island and protected against shipwrecks. Some have had to be moved inland over the years as the coast has been eroded and other aren’t in use any more, but they’re looked after by local community groups and make a great photo op on a sunny day. #explorecanada #mycanadianaffair #explorepei
Dave, Travel Dave
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Taking in the stunning skyline of Halifax harbour front, Nova Scotia. Here you can find a boulevard full of bars and local musicians performing the night away creating a wonderful atmosphere way into the early hours of the morning. One of my must visit spots if you come to Halifax. From here you can take a short boat crossing to the other side to Dartmouth that takes only a few minutes. This is a great viewing point to see a sunset over the city from a distance. Enjoy exploring Nova Scotia and Halifax. #MyCanadianAffair #experienceTransat #ExploreCanada #visitnovascotia #Canada150 #Canada #Halifax
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Heather, Heather on her Travels
Victoria, British Columbia
I went hiking just 30 Minutes north of @tourismvictoriabc with @hikevictoria – not only was the owner Mark an excellent guide but also a great photographer and he normally takes lots of photos of his guests in the beautiful scenery – this is me looking like a real adventurer even though it’s not a difficult trail at all. #ExploreCanada #MyCanadianAffair #ExploreVictoria
Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!
I’ll be raising a glass to you on 1st July.
Disclosure: We travelled to Canada as guests of Destination Canada and Air Transat. As always, I will only ever share my own, honest opinions about all the places I visit and what I do there. That’s the whole point of this blog, after all!
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Happy Birthday to spectacular Canada, the country I will never tire of revisiting! How I long to visit the prairies, the frozen landscapes of the north and the cities east of Calgary – meanwhile I’ll just have to settle for these images.
Ah well you know how I feel about canada, there’s a lifetime’s worth of things to see and do, especially for nature lovers in every little corner – 4 years in BC and I barely scratched the surface, so it’s lovely to see all these photos.
Was it really 4 years. Where does the time go! I’m lucky enough to be going back again next year but I still don’t want to have to wait that long!
Such a diverse country! It’s lovely to see all the different sides from our different locations – can’t wait to read all the posts, I suspect my Canada ‘to see’ list is going to be rapidly growing.
Hi Kat – great to see the variety of images across Canada – shows you what a diverse country it is!
Hi Nim, I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s adventures and sharing mine too, of course.
Thanks for including me – it makes me realise how much variety there is to see in Canada, I really enjoyed me trip
Thank you for this fab post Kat, lovely to relive all our adventures through your photos! Karen
Such a fabulous week! And so good to catch up with some of you at the start and end. Wish we could do it all over again. Happy Canada day.
It’s great to see Instagram posts from each of the participants on what proved an insightful week in Canada. Great timing, just ahead of the Canada 150 celebrations. Enjoy them, wherever you may be.
And you! I’m heading to Trafalgar Square to join the celebrations there. Sounds like it’s going to be pretty special.
Great to see such variety of Instagram photos from all over Canada. Thanks for sharing Kat and HAPPY BIRTHDAY CANADA! ??????
And to you Xoe. Have a great day!