Canada, the 2017 Vacation Destination

     Canada is huge - the 2nd largest country by area.  It is a world unto itself, with cosmopolitan cities, barely explored natural wonders and everything in between.   150 years ago Canada's original colonies came together as one country.  And this is the year to visit: In honor of it's 150th anniversary of its  confederation, when the original colonies came together as one country, Canada is rolling out the welcome mat.  All of the country’s 200 national parks and historic sights are offering free admission. Explore the turquoise lakes and mountain peaks of Banff in Alberta to the rolling dunes and red sandstone cliffs of Prince Edward Island along the Atlantic coast to the newest reserve and the glacial-newly rounded Mealy Mountains in Labrador. Meanwhile, in  the capital, Ottawa, a full year celebration is planned. More events will be offered in Montreal, which turns 375. And did we mention the exchange rate? A weak Canadian dollar means American travelers will get more for their money. (Remy Scalza)

     Elise Turcotte, a poet and novelist, wrote about Eastern Townships, Quebec. Here is an excerpt from that writing. "I'm still enamored with the scenery I found there: isolated villages in the shadow of the mountains, whose grandeur lorded over long lakes and rivers; farms and cornfields...old anglo-saxon cemeteries that pop up at every turn, leafy trees of maple, walnut, beech, oak, birch;...old churches and train stations and check points; and in the morning, at the inn by the river, a little black cat sitting on a tree branch listening to the sounds of the falls and the purring coffee pot.”

(A version of this article appears in print on January 8, 2017 on Page TR6 of the New York edition with the headline, Their Canada)

     We know all too well that the Coco & Cyd woman is very busy. So, we wanted to inspire you with ideas you might not have the energy to explore. Even if you aren’t able to travel, it is fun to learn about the grand world we live in and virtually experience various cultures.

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