At the start of every new year, we are faced with an abundance of ‘lists’ which aim to anticipate trends for the coming months and inspire our New Year endeavours. From where to travel, to what to eat, what cars to drive, what gadgets to use, what clothes to wear, what music to listen to… the lists go on!
This year, we were particularly drawn to the travel recommendations – who doesn’t like to look at pictures of exotic vacation destinations and day dream about being there?
What struck us as we perused the plentiful 2012 travel lists titled ‘hottest’, ‘top 10’, ‘most exciting’ and ‘most mentioned (on Facebook)’, was the number of times Canadian destinations featured.
Singled out on an international scale and rubbing shoulders with some of the most exotic and exciting places on earth, these fantastic Canadian destinations all come highly recommended for 2012!
Yen Lee – Co-founder of Social travel site UpTake.com – and colleagues trawled Facebook, analysing more than 200 million comments for travel buzz. The result? The ‘Top 10 Travel Destinations for 2012’ based on the locations people were talking about most!
Making the list for Canada, is Penticton, BC with “beautiful beaches, a burgeoning wine industry and outdoor activities galore, it’s quickly becoming a year-round vacation hot spot.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Specifically, the ‘Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’. The Calgary Stampede makes CNNGO’s list of ‘Top Places to Visit in 2012’. Rather excitingly, it also features on their list of ’15 Places to Party like a Rockstar’. 2012 marks the much loved rodeo’s centennial year – so expect even bigger and even better – if that’s possible!
‘Travel + Leisure’ highlights Toronto as a top travel destination in its ‘Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012’ list for its ‘remarkably hip restaurant, fashion and nightlife scenes’ amongst other things.
Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia“This ocean bay between Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Maine has one of the world’s most dynamic and dramatic coastlines…”
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia narrowly missed out on being one of the New 7 (Natural) Wonders this year. It’s now been voted as a ‘Top Destination of 2012’ by travel website, Frommer’s.
Atlantic Canada in its entirety makes CNN’s list of the ‘Worlds Top Destinations for 2012’, not only for its beauty, but for its connection to the Titanic. 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy and the region plans to commemorate the historic event with many interesting exhibits, including a film festival in Halifax.
As an added bonus – apparently a trip here won’t set you back too much – the Atlantic coast also features in Budget Travel’s ‘Top Budget Destinations for 2012’. Budget Travel also highlights the region’s outdoor potential with the promise of ‘scenic kayak rides’, ‘whale watching’ and ‘wilderness hikes’!
Happy Travelling in 2012!
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