TRAVEL: Canada’s Coolest Festivals

Canada might not be the first place you consider when thinking about festivals, but the North American country is actually home to some of the coolest, most wonderful festivals on the planet.

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Before you check out my list of some of Canada’s coolest festivals, I should tell you that, if you would like to visit any of these events, you may need first to visit where you can apply electronic travel authorization, which you may need to gain entry to the country. Now that’s out of the way, check out these fantastic Canadian festivals:
Celtic Colours International Event
One of Canada’s most loved festival, the Celtic Colours International Event takes place in each October and is a celebration of North America’s rich Celtic culture. Whether you have Celtic blood, you’re a history buff, or you just want to have a good time checking out the traditions of the Celts, this is a great event to visit. You can visit to find out more about this year’s event, which is set to be one of the best yet!
Montreal Just for Laughs Festival
This fun family festival usually takes place in July, which means that the weather is significantly better than it is for much of the year in Montreal. As you can see at, in the past, the festival has played host to huge comedians including Judd Apatow, Amy Poehler and the cast of Veep!

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The Calgary Stampede

The Calgary Stampede is quite possibly the most famous festival in Canada. Also held in July, 1 million people travel to the event annually, all of whom are drawn there by its vibrant, family friendly atmosphere, rocking rodeo events and evening entertainment showcasing the best of Western culture.
Vancouver Symphony of Fire
Many tourists visit Canada just to see the Vancouver Symphony of Fire, which is thought to be the biggest firework competition on the planet. Taking place every summer, the Symphony of Fire is a beautiful spectacle that lights up the skies and the faces of those who are lucky enough to attend the event.

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Montreal Jazz Fest

If you can’t get enough of great jazz music, you won’t want to miss out on this July event, which sees more than 2,000 international jazz artists descend on the city for a cool time.
Toronto International Film Festival
Those film buffs amongst you will probably know that the Toronto International Film Festival is the place to see some of the greatest films of the year before anyone else does. Coming to the event, which is held in September will also put you in close proximity to a whole host of film stars and famous director, making it a great event for star-spotters too!
Quebec Winter Carnival
Canada is a magical, although harsh place in winter, and it is made even more wonderful by the Quebec Winter Carnival, which takes place towards the end of January. If you pay this festival a visit, you’ll be able to sample some of the finest Canadian foods and drinks available. I recommend the poutine.

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