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Lonely Planet names Canada number one country to travel to in 2017

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Outsiders may view Canadians as a humble bunch, but all we can say after Lonely Planet released their annual Best in Travel series is…we’re number one!

On Tuesday, the world’s largest travel guide publisher named Canada the number one country to travel to in 2017. Canada was selected alongside 10 other “destinations you can’t afford to miss,” including Columbia, Finland, Dominica, and Nepal.

“I’ve been to around 40 countries and Canada always impresses me,” says Lonely Planet guidebook and travel writer Celeste Brash in a promotional video.

She goes on to cite “alpine lakes that are as blue as any tropical lagoon,” “soaring mountains,” and “some of the best hiking you can do anywhere,” as just a few of the things that make our country so alluring. According to the well-travelled writer, Canada is also home to some of the best seafood in the world.

But as she quickly points out, the “why Canada” list could go on forever. As the second biggest country in the world, the possibilities are endless.

“The thing about Canada is that it’s so huge that even if you’ve spent a ton of time there you feel like you’ve only scratched the surface,” Brash says.

There are, however, a few things that make the country a particularly worthwhile travel destination for 2017, according to Lonely Planet, like our “energetic new leader” and 150th birthday. The weak Loonie didn’t hurt our ranking, either.

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