By Christine Kim
Usually during the summer, I would go on vacations to all around the world. Unfortunately, due to the present circumstances, I was stuck at home during quarantine, so I made a list of all the places I want to go on vacation, starting with Canada!
- Takhini Hot Springs
The Takhini Hot Springs are a series of natural mineral hot pools 18 miles from downtown Whitehorse. They have been in operation for over a 100 years first used by local First Nations. The water is at a temperature of about 36-42°C making it enjoyable all year long. The hot springs are over 200 acres of land explorable on feet and cross country skis.
Yellowknife is the capital of the Northwest Territories. The common Dene name for Yellowknife is Sombe K’e meaning “where the money is” reflects the history of the gold rush during the 1930s. There are always fun events like weekend music festivals or month long activities at snow castles on the frozen bay. The stunning Aurora Borealis can be seen 240 nights of the year.
- Baffin Island
Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest in the world. It has beautiful landscapes and is the home to the Inuit. The steep fjords, high mountains, and coastal islands offer plenty of outdoor activities and a great view to the Northern Lights. Festivals and arts such as the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum and Alianait Arts Festival are all based on Inuit culture.
- Stanley Park
The Stanley Park is located in downtown Vancouver near Brockton Point or Vancouver Aquarium. The green space is encircled by a seawall that can be covered by foot or bicycle. In the spring, there are vibrant colored shrubs and trees, and in the summer, there is an 80 meter heated pool off the edge of the ocean.
- West Edmonton Mall
The West Edmonton Mall is not a mall but a complex containing the World Waterpark, the Mayfield Toyota Ice Palace ice rink, mini golf, movies, stores, and restaurants. It is perfect for families during cold winters where they can enjoy indoor activities and shopping.
Saskatoon is a city in the South Saskatoon River. There is a lot of history, so tourists come to visit the local heritage sites such as the Wanuskewin Heritage Park and the Ukrainian Museum of Canada. The new Ramai Modern Museum houses pieces by Picasso, and the largest of the four Western Development Museums is built on a colorful reconstructed street called “Boomtown 1910”.