There’s hardly a better way to tap into your national pride than hopping on a VIA Rail train and exploring the Canadian countryside as you make your way to your next homegrown destination. With your summer travel plans underway, and soaring exchange rates, it’s the perfect time to spend your loonie vacationing here at home. And with so many must-see hotspots from the east to west coasts (and plenty of stops in between) the hardest part will be choosing where to go next. But we promise, wherever you go, your heart will swell with equal parts awe and fascination at first glimpse of the Canadian Rockies, the CN Tower and Peggy’s Point Lighthouse in the distance. And it doesn’t get more Canadian than that.
Canadian locale: Tofino, B.C.
For: The yogi traveller
Why you must go: For every type of soul-searching traveller, there’s a yoga retreat for that in Vancouver Island’s serene and lush natural setting — from surf yoga, to early-morning sun salutations on the beach, to a gentler restorative practice that allows you to truly soak up the vastness of the nature you’re surrounded by. There’s also breathtaking trails to explore, seasonal local cuisine (think just-caught seafood or fresh greens) to dine on, and miles of world-renowned sandy beaches that make Tofino Canada’s surf capital.