UK travel bloggers participate in Canada’s City Bloggers Plus project

Fifteen of the United Kingdom’s leading travel bloggers visited Canada during June to take part in the City Bloggers Plus project. They were based in separate Canadian cities a month before the country’s celebrations to mark 150 years since Confederation, ensuring a spread of coverage about things to do and see in and around urban areas across the nation.

On the road. Canada is a vast nation. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

On the road. Canada is a vast nation. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

The bloggers have been publishing their work subsequently. Their content covers the country from Ottawa to Winnipeg and Whitehorse to Vancouver. A handful of those bloggers share some of the highlights of their trips to their respective cities here:

Calgary, Alberta

“Calgary proved a dynamic and fun city to be based. I thoroughly enjoyed cycling in the city, which has the most extensive network of cycle paths in North America. One of the highlights was visiting Studio Bell, the home of Canada’s National Music Museum, and entering the mobile recording studio in which several Rolling Stones and Deep Purple hits were recorded. I was in town about a month before the Calgary Stampede and visited the expansive Stampede grounds. Driving to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, was one of three fascinating day trips that I undertook around southern Alberta from Calgary,” says Stuart Forster of Go Eat Do.

A Canada goose by a Canada 150 sign in Calgary. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

A Canada goose by a Canada 150 sign in Calgary. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

“The Canadian Maritime Provinces are famous for their red and white lighthouses, and Prince Edward Island has 63 of them dotted around the coastline – I managed to fit in as many as I could on my week in the island. Some you can tour around, some you can even stay in, but all of them make a perfect scenic backdrop for a clamber through the dunes and a paddle in the sea, and if you time it right you might even get the beach all to yourself,” comments Lucy Dodsworth of the travel blog On the Luce.

Artwork on a dock in Saint John, New Brunswick. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Artwork on a dock in Saint John, New Brunswick. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Saint John, New Brunswick

“I was based in Saint John, New Brunswick, the only city on the Bay of Fundy on the east coast. There’s a thriving food and drink scene there, most notably the microbreweries, and superb seafood, a fascinating maritime and geological history, and two wonderful nature parks right there in the city. It’s a wonderful up and coming city to explore. Further afield there is no end of interesting days out to be had but the highlight of it all for me was kayaking the calm waters of the Bay of Fundy from Deer Island, soaking up the tranquility on a glorious spring morning,” says Kathryn Burrington of Travel with Kat.

Kayaking in the Bay of Fundy from Deer Island. Photo © 2017 Kathryn Burrington.

Kayaking in the Bay of Fundy from Deer Island. Photo © 2017 Kathryn Burrington.

Victoria in British Columbia

“While Victoria is a vibrant port city with trendy eateries and plenty of action around the harbour, I also enjoyed hiking at Gowlland Tod, a provincial park only 30 minutes’ drive outside Victoria. Our guide Mark of Hike Victoria took us to the most scenic spots above the fjord and with uninterrupted views of the forested slopes, it was hard to believe we were so close to the city. Mark is a talented photographer and we also spent some time getting great shots posing with the best views that provided a wonderful record of our afternoon at Gowlland Tod,” says Heather Cowper of Heather on her Travels.

Flying the flag. A Canadian flag is displayed in the Core Shopping Centre between Canada 150 banners. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Flying the flag. A Canadian flag is displayed in the Core Shopping Centre between Canada 150 banners. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Iain Mallory, the travel blogger behind Mallory on Travel was based in St John’s, the provincial capital of Newfoundland and Labrador. Iain saw icebergs coursing southwards along ‘Iceberg Alley’ during his visit.

Karen Burns Booth, of the food and travel blog Lavender and Lovage, spent a week based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Saskatoon has a booming foodie culture and Karen brings that to life in her posts.

Canada has a long First Nations' heritage. This tipi stands at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Canada has a long First Nations’ heritage. This tipi stands at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump in Alberta. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

See the bloggers’ websites to follow their adventures.

Further information

Find out more about destinations across Canada, plus things to do and see there, on the Destination Canada website.

The bloggers flew to Canada on Air Transat flights and with the support of Canadian Affair plus provincial and city tourist boards.

Check out the food truck scene next time you are in Canada. This is the Wilks Booth food truck from Calgary. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

Check out the food truck scene next time you are in Canada. This is the Wilks Booth food truck from Calgary. Photo © 2017 Stuart Forster.

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