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More to Canada than the Niagara Falls

Many tourists do not know that there is so much more to Canada than the Niagara Falls.

However, 2017 marks Canada’s 150th anniversary which makes it a perfect opportunity for you to visit and explore the often unknown splendour and greatness of Canada’s natural beauty.

While the Niagara Falls is, and always will be, the belle of the ball, don’t miss the country’s vast landscape where there are plenty of other sights worth visiting.

Cape Spear is the most easterly point in North America and is home to a beautiful lighthouse. If you stand with your back to the sea, the entire population of North America is to your west. If you face the sea, the next stop east is Ireland.

If you’re an adrenaline junky, then the region of Charlevoix is the place for you. Charlevoix is home to the mountain Le Massif de Charlevoix which looms above the St. Lawrence River with the highest vertical drop east of the Rockies. Within its borders, you will also find a crater, the 11th largest in the world.

Heaven Tree, a Sitka spruce, is found in the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park. The tree is 11.5 ft (in diameter) and is roughly 800 years old. If you are interested in trees, you should also head over to Meares Island where you will find the Hanging Tree Garden, one of the oldest known red cedars which is estimated to be between 1,500 to 2,000 years old.

And as for water, head to the Skookumchuck Narrows in British Columbia's Sunshine Coast where the water rushes at more than 16 knots, making it one of the fastest flowing tidal currents in the world. Or head to New Brunswick which is home to Fundy’s Old Sow Whirlpool, with a width of 75 meters it is the largest whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere and the second largest in the world. 


Italy, learn how to budget from the locals

The Italians are professionals in knowing how to stretch their euros on holiday. They have the nose for a good bargain and are great at findings things to do and beautiful places to visit – all for either free or low costs! In order to follow suit, we’ve investigated how to visit Italy on a budget.

Eating & Drinking

When in Italy, do as the Italians do – they only have one big meal a day so take full advantage of the all-you-can-eat breakfast from your hotel. If you need lunch, consider ordering a panini, small plates or make your own Italian picnic utilising the local shops, this will help you to save money for your dinner.

Where to Stay

For most of us, the idea of haggling over the price of a hotel room seems completely vulgar. However, most Italians make a sport of it. Why not trying to ask for a discount or for some extras to be included? They won’t get offended and you may even get a better deal.

You can also try an agriturismo – one of the many working farms across Italy with rooms or apartments, normally at a fraction of the hotel prices. This type of accommodation can also give you a better insight into the lives of the locals.

Beaches

While you may instinctively head to the more well-known beaches, renting a beach chair or an umbrella can cost you upwards of €20 a day! The locals prefer the head to the more rugged – often free or at least discounted – beaches. Maremma National Park, for example, has sandy beaches with pristine sea, hiking trails, wildlife and much more – and the cost of entry is a fraction of the other more touristy sites. Or you can try some free beaches, like San Fruttuoso which is preferred by the Italians for its family-run restaurants. San Fruttuoso, another free beach, also has a stunning 10th Abbey on its seashore.

In Sardinia, the locals avoid the overpriced beaches near Porto Cervo and instead head to the white sands of national parks like La Maddalena Archipelago.