1. Sri Lanka
Palm fringed beaches, abundant wildlife, ancient ruins, lush tea trails—Sri Lanka offers the perfect blend of nature and culture. And now, with a clutch of new resorts gracing its shores, the balmy island has never been more alluring. Eco-luxury hotel Tri Lanka is cradled by the placid waters of Koggala Lake, while Anilana Pasikuda stands tall on the island’s less-traveled east coast. Later in the year, a new luxury lodge will open on the edge of Yala National Park, offering tented suites and animal encounters aplenty.
A paradise for thrill-seekers and lovers of the great outdoors, Madagascar brims with adventure opportunities. Visitors can experience the African island nation’s wealth of natural treasures through trekking, mountain biking, kitesurfing, snorkeling, you name it. Yet while lemur safaris and adrenaline-pumping escapades beckon, Madagascar’s culinary wonders merit just as much attention, as a week-long island-hopping journey attests.
Although major cities will see the most spectacular Canada Day celebrations this year, other experiences await elsewhere in the country. With a population of only 1,000, Kaslo boasts romantic landscapes, mountain ranges, exciting festivals, and relaxed charm, while Vancouver Island—an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the coastal seaport city—offers excellent whale-watching and coastal hiking opportunities. Over on the shores of Hudson Bay, the small town of Churchill invites visitors to witness the majestic northern lights, which shine brightest between January and March. The town is also an idyll for animal lovers: thousands of beluga whales gather in the summertime, while prime polar bear viewing runs from October through to November.