The de-facto Travel Guide cites friendly people and rich cultural environments that make Canada a prime destination for prospective tourists. Lonely Planet also says Canada has been “bolstered” with a “wave of positivity” from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide publisher in the world—has listed Canada as being the best country to visit in 2017.
Many factors brought Canada to the top of the destination list—including our energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, delicious fusion food, underrated wine, and dynamic cities which have a reputation of being polite and inclusive.
Other factors included the many scenic spots sprinkled across the country and the weak Canadian dollar. 2017 also marks a milestone for Canada—with its 150th birthday coming up.
Colombia took second place, while Finland nabbed the third spot. Read the list of the top 10 below:
“Being on a Lonely Planet list that says go in 2017 is especially heart-warming for people in the tourism industry because it gives a reason to come now,” says Jantine Van Kregten of Ottawa Tourism. “Not put it on your list of someday destinations but literally book your ticket for 2017 now.”
Canada came in at the top of a list of destination countries that also includes Colombia, Finland, Dominica, and Nepal. Curiously, when Lonely Planet also released its list of the best cities to visit in 2017, no Canadian city