12 Reasons to Visit Canada This Summer

New hotels, museum exhibits, and more

BY DON NICHOLS — Summer 2018

1. Kananaskis, at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, welcomed the 247-room Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, an Autograph Collection Hotel, in May. Play golf at the newly reopened Kananaskis Country Golf Course. Rooms from $148. 888-236-2427; autograph-hotels.marriott.com

2. A 2016 fire forced the closing of the Mount Royal Hotel, a downtown Banff staple for 100-plus years. But with a $35 million restoration nearly complete, the 133-room property is scheduled to reopen on July 1. From $250. 877-862-2623; mountroyalhotel.com

3. This summer, BC Ferries introduces the 150-passenger Northern Sea Wolf, plying a new 10-hour route between Port Hardy, Vancouver Island, and Bella Coola in the Great Bear Rainforest. Travel through the picturesque waters of the Inside Passage. 888-223-3779; bcferries.com

4. At Grouse Mountain, in North Vancouver, explore two new mountain-biking trails on your own or on guided tours. Pedal-assist bikes make the scenic trails accessible to even novice cyclists. 604-980-9311; grousemountain.com

5. In May, Harbour Air (in partnership with Kenmore Air) launched dock-to-dock seaplane flights between downtown Seattle and downtown Vancouver, with continuing service to Tofino on Vancouver Island. 800-665-0212; harbourair.com

6. Parq Vancouver, a new entertainment destination, boasts downtown’s only casino, two hotels — the 329-room JW Marriott and the 188-room Douglas, an Autograph Collection Hotel — eight restaurants and lounges, a rooftop park, plus a spa and fitness center. 604-683-7277; parqvancouver.com

7. Get physical at the new Rope Runner Aerial Adventure Park in Squamish, between Vancouver and Whistler. At this family-friendly, four-level outdoor attraction, challenge yourself on a variety of obstacles involving ropes. 604-892-4623; roperunnerpark.com

8. See a replica of Nelson Mandela’s 8-by-7-foot prison cell in “Mandela: Struggle for Freedom,” a thought-provoking exhibition running from June 8 to Jan. 6, 2019, at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg. 877-877-6037; humanrights.ca

9. This summer, the Algonquin Resort at St. Andrews by-the-Sea wraps up a multimillion-dollar renovation of its Algonquin Golf Course with renovated bunkers, greens, holes, and tee boxes. 506-529-8168; algonquinresort.com

10. Le Boat, the self-drive-boat rental company that operates in eight European countries, has sailed across the pond. Rent one of its luxury Horizon cruisers for multiday excursions along the Rideau Canal, a scenic route connecting Ottawa with Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Vessels sleep from four to 10 people. 800-734-5491; leboat.com

11. This summer, Kimpton opens its first Toronto property — the 188-room Kimpton Saint George, in the city’s Annex neighborhood, where a bohemian spirit mixes with sophistication. At press time, scheduled to open by July 1. From $258. 416-968-0010; kimptonsaintgeorge.com

12. In Niagara Falls, go for a spin at the Niagara Speedway, an elevated go-kart track that’s 40 feet tall at its highest. Start on a road course, spiral up, then zoom down a long hill. At press time, scheduled to open on June 1. 800-801-8557; cliftonhill.com


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