Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary with 150 Travelzoo Tips

In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary on July 1, we’re bringing you 150 Travelzoo Tips — one per day until July 1 — to help you explore and enjoy this great land. Here, Lara Barlow, Travelzoo’s General Manager, Canada, introduces the project and shares our first tip.

As Canada’s travel deal experts, we at Travelzoo love to inspire and inform our members — and our latest initiative showcases the thrilling sights to see in the country closest to our hearts.

We’re counting down to Canada’s 150th anniversary with a special project: 150 Travelzoo Tips. Every day through July 1, we’ll bring you a new Travelzoo Tip to help you feel like an insider wherever you go. As 150 Travelzoo Tips unfolds, look for new tips every day on Facebook and visit our blog for a weekly roundup.

To find the top tips, we’ve turned to the experts  — including you! We’ve asked Travelzoo members to share the hidden gems in their communities and their favourite places to visit across Canada. And we’ve consulted with Travelzoo staff, travel writers and other experts to gather the very best advice for exploring and enjoying this great country.

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We hope you’ll submit your own tips — and add your photos and comments at the bottom of this post or on Facebook so our members can see the nation through your eyes. If we choose your tip as one of the 150, we’ll send you a $25 Travelzoo gift card.

We’re also giving away a luxurious travel-related prize every month — wrapping up on July 1 with a grand prize sweepstakes!

Now, with 150 days to go until July 1, I’d like to get the ball rolling with a tip of my own!

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Travelzoo Tip 1: If you’re in St. John’s, Newfoundland, make time to see the seabirds

My favourite travel find is the Cape Saint Mary’s Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland, a two-hour drive from St. John’s through pretty landscape and  “the most accessible seabird rookery in North America” (Newfoundland and Labrador Tourism). I was a bit nervous that my 16-year-old son would find it boring, but everyone loved it. Even without the 30,000 nesting pairs of Gannet seabirds, the views here were breathtaking. The whole area was very peaceful and less crowded or touristy than other areas. There’s a very pleasant 1 km. walk to “bird rock” (pictured), where you can sit at the edge of the cliff watching the birds nest, preen, court and fish. Truly amazing!

Planning to go? Here’s another piece of advice from tourism officials: “Sometimes the fog makes it difficult to fully appreciate the beauty of the place. So we suggest calling ahead of time. As a rule of thumb, if it’s foggy in St. John’s, it’s usually clear at the Cape, and vice-versa.”

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Lara and her son, Patrick, at Cape Saint Mary’s

On behalf of Travelzoo, we look forward to sharing more tips with you! Find the first week’s tips here.

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