Best of 2017: The Top 7 Places of the Year
It’s that time of year again, where we take a look back and make those best-of lists of everything from our favourite songs to our favourite flicks. But, in our case, we’re taking a look back at travel: where we’ve been this year, and why they are perennial favourites that keep us wanting to go back again and again. Spoiler alert! We just can’t get enough of our own true, north, strong and free backyard.
Here, click through for our countdown our top 7 best places of 2017.
#7 The United Kingdom and Northern Ireland
#3 Hong Kong
MasterChef Canada’s irreverent co-host Alvin Leung has brought a new currency to the Chinese culinary scene to Toronto and around the world. In Canada, the Scarborough, Ont.-raised “Demon Chef” has also partnered with the show’s first winner, chef Eric Chong, to open R&D in Toronto’s Chinatown. But it’s in Hong Kong where this master wields his sharpest knife at Bo Innovation, his three Michelin-starred restaurant. Whether you have a 24-hour layover en route to another destination in Asia or days to explore, Hong Kong offers innumerable ways to immerse yourself in its East-meets-West, Old-meets-New fusion of culture. For a local favourite, and also Michelin recognized, don’t miss dim sum at Tim Ho Wan or braised beef Hong Kong style at Celebrity Cuisine – the city is a veritable foodie paradise. And do sail the harbour at sunset. Take in the city’s skyline while on the Aqua Luna, one of Hong Kong’s remaining traditional red-sail junks. For more on dim sum in Hong Kong, click here.
In Sacred Valley, “enjoy the stunning scenery and panoramic views, then watch as a local shaman performs a centuries-old ritual just for you and expresses reverence to the Earth,” the experts at Insight Vacations told us. In Cusco, meet Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, an expert in traditional weaving, to learn how the TreadRight Foundation is helping protect this ancient skill.
#1 Canada, from coast to coast: #Canada150
With Canada‘s 150th birthday in 2017, many Canadians are looking to explore their own “backyard,” and here’s a spoiler alert to 2018: The experts at Globus are seeing a great interest in Newfoundland and Labrador – where Celtic and Viking history and Canadian generosity and hospitality go hand in hand. The scenery is spectacular and so is the seafood – and so are we. Read our touring around Newfoundland story here.