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With so much on offer, it's easy to see why a Canada travel adventure is usually top of the bucket list. Love the great outdoors? The likes of Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies should fit the bill. Francophile? Check out Montreal and Quebec City for a bit of culture. Like to party? The Toronto nightlife and Montreal clubs are legendary. Canada offers endless possibilities - get out there and see for yourself!

Things to do in Canada

Canada's blend of jaw-dropping natural scenery and modern cities mean there's plenty here to keep you busy. You’d be wise to start with these though.

La Tomatina Festival

Marvel at the iconic Sagrada Familla in Barcelona.

Gaudi’s majestic creation has been wowing crowds since it first began construction in 1882. Since then, multiple architects have taken up the reins on the project, some honouring Gaudi’s original designs, other’s redefining the creation completely. The multiple and varied facades of the building, plus its sheer size and majesty, make it a must do for any traveller visiting Barcelona.

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San Fermin

Indulge in traditional Andalusian delicacies in Seville.

Seville is renowned for its gastronomic offerings, and whilst the traditional dishes may be simple to prepare, they’re bursting with fresh regional flavours. Gazpacho, Pescaito frito and Huevos a la Flamenca are all famed Andalusian specialities, or for those preferring traditional tapas, Seville has around 4,000 tapas bars to choose from – take your pick!

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Primavera Sound

Live like a King in the Royal Palace of Madrid.

Get a glimpse of life as the other half live with a guided tour of the Royal Palace in Madrid. The largest palace in Europe, the Palacio Real de Madrid is the official residence of the Spanish Royal Family, though is only used formally for state ceremonies. Gorge your eyes on the many works of art by famed Spanish painters as you delve a little deeper into Spain’s rich history.

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FIB Benicassim

Party till dawn in the clubbing mecca of Ibiza.

Nowhere on Earth will you experience clubbing quite like Ibiza. Home to some of the world’s most infamous clubs, come and join the party as night after night revered world class DJ’s play their hearts out to adoring crowds. Get into the mood with sunset cocktails at Café Del Mar then party till sunrise at Space, DC-10 or Ibiza Rocks.

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Bilbao BBK Live Festival

Bask in sunlight on Barceloneta Beach.

Some cities are fortunate enough to have the perfect city/beach balance, and Barcelona is one of them. Whilst Barceloneta Beach may be man-made, the water is clear and refreshing and the beach is alive with travellers and locals alike chatting, swimming and generally loving life. Spend long leisurely lunches in the surrounding cafes and restaurants, hire bikes or rollerblades or just relax in the sunshine.

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Islamic fortress of Alhambra

Explore the Islamic inspired fortress of Alhambra.

Rising from woods of cypress and elm, the Alhambra reigns supreme on the hillside of Gibraltar. Born in the 11th Century and then further developed over the 14th and 15th century’s, the fortress holds an extensive network of lavishly decorated palaces and irrigated gardens and gives those who visit it a glimpse into the rich history of the Spanish empire and the influence both Islam and Catholicism had on the Alhambra’s design.

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Top 5 Festivals in Canada

Whether it's arts, music or culture, there's a festival here to take your fancy. Here's our pick of the best Canadian festivals.

1. Calgary Stampede – This gigantic rodeo takes place over a 10-day period each July, attracting over a million visitors. It's a Canada travel 2016 must-see, so don your Stetson, grab your spurs and saddle up for one of the most essential things to do in Calgary!

For more information on the Calgary Stampede, click here.

2. Montreal International Jazz Festival – This 10-day jazz festival is the world's largest, with over 650 concerts taking place from over 3000 of the finest names in jazz and world music. The events take place at various venues throughout the city, with 10 outdoor stages offering hundreds of free performances.

For more information on the Montreal Jazz Festival, click here.

3. Quebec City Summer Festival – Known locally as Festival d'été de Québec or 'FET', this summer festival takes place over 11 days. It's host to over 300 shows in 10 venues around the city, with performances from the likes of the Foo Fighters, Metallica and the Rolling Stones.

For more information on the Quebec City Summer Festival, click here.

4. Squamish Valley Music Festival – The Squamish Valley Music Festival takes place in August and is the Pacific Northwest's premiere music event. Entertainment comes courtesy of some of the biggest names in contemporary music: past headliners include Mumford & Sons, Queens of the Stone Age and Arcade Fire.

For more information on Squamish Valley Music Festival, click here.

5. North by Northeast, Toronto – Canada's answer to Austin's SXSW takes place each June, featuring music, film, comedy and art in 50 different venues.

For more information on the North by Northeast, click here.

Top 5 museums and galleries in Canada

Canada is home to many fine museums and galleries, including some of the largest in North America. Here's our top 5 pick.

1. Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – Located in the historic Golden Square Mile at the foot of Mount Royal, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is the city's largest museum. It's home to a permanent collection of around 41,000 exhibits, including works by Picasso, Rembrandt and Monet.

For more information on the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, click here.

2. Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto – This expansive gallery in downtown Toronto is home to a huge collection of exhibits. Expect to see everything from African and Oceanic art, to photography and Old Masters, as well as an extensive range of modern and contemporary art.

For more information on the Art Gallery of Ontario, click here.

3. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto – Known as ROM, this vast museum of culture and natural history is the largest in the country. It is home to more than 6 million items spread through 40 galleries, and exhibits include everything from dinosaur skeletons and ancient fossils to textiles and contemporary Japanese art.

For more information on the Royal Ontario Museum, click here.

4. Canadian War Museum, Ottawa – Housed in a strikingly modern building, the Canadian War Museum traces Canada's military history from the country's early days through to present day. Exhibits here cover the country’s entire military history, from tomahawks to fighter jets.

For more information on the Canadian War Museum, click here.

5. Royal British Columbia Museum, Victoria – Located on the Victoria waterfront, this museum of human and natural history is home to around 7 million exhibits, with highlights including First People's masks and a life-sized wooly mammoth.

For more information on the Royal British Columbia Museum, click here.

Weather in Canada

Canada's interior has a continental climate, meaning bitterly cold winters and relatively short, warm summers. Temperatures are more moderate on the coasts, particularly on the wet and temperate west, with Vancouver enjoying the mildest temperatures in the country year round. Heavy winter snowfall means resorts like Whistler-Blackcomb are a go-to location for skiers and snowboarders the world over.

Toronto Weather

Montreal Weather

Vancouver Weather

Calgary Weather

Canadian food

Food in Canada reflects its immigrant population, with French, British, Asian and Jewish influences rubbing shoulders with existing foodstuffs - maple syrup, anyone? - long used by the country's indigenous First Nations people. Here you'll find the freshest of fish and the choicest of game - add to that the best sushi and sashimi to be found outside Japan and you start to get the picture.



Sandwich

Beaver Tails

Poutine – This Quebec food gem is a staple of Montreal restaurants. It consists of French fries topped with cheese curds and meaty gravy, and might just be the ultimate late night beer snack.

Best eaten at –La Banquise, 994 Rue Rachel E, Montreal

Montreal smoked meat sandwich – Served on rye bread with plenty of yellow mustard, this smoked brisket sandwich is a Montreal food institution and Canada travel 2015 essential.

Best eaten at –Schwartz's, 3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Montreal

Beaver tails – They may have no hole, but these quintessentially Canadian flattened doughnuts are not lacking in flavour. Choose from various tantalising toppings.

Best eaten at –Beaver Tails Pastry, 69 George St, Ottawa

Butter tarts – With their delicate crust and creamy centre, these delectable tarts are a Canadian institution. Whether or not the recipe should include nuts and raisins is a hotly debated topic.

Best eaten at –Andrea's Gerrard St. Bakery, 635 Gerrard St East, Toronto

Tourtière – This hearty meat pie originated in Quebec but is popular throughout the country. Depending on where you get it, it may contain pork, veal, beef, rabbit, chicken or game and potatoes, cooked with an aromatic blend of herbs and spices.

Best eaten at – Tourtiere Australienne, 4520 Avenue du Parc, Montreal

What to pack

What to pack for Canada?

An umbrella - British Columbia is so green for a reason, so if you're visiting Vancouver or Victoria it pays to be prepared for the odd downpour.

A camera - Whether it's the architecture of Old Montreal, the vistas of the Icefields Parkway or the views from Vancouver's Stanley Park, you'll find plenty to take pictures of here.

Mosquito repellent - If you visit the likes of Winnipeg and Ottawa in summer, you'll be glad of some bug spray!

Comfortable shoes - Want to get the best out of cities like Krakow and Gdansk? Prepare to cover some ground on foot.

An adapter plug - Canada runs on 110V, so you'll need a transformer to use appliances that take 240V. Brits and other Europeans will need an adapter plug.

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