Kayak, the world's leading travel search engine, combed through its searches and is sharing the scoop on the top places Canadians love to visit and where they will be jet setting in 2017.
One of our favourite west-coast cities tops the list, and several international destinations are new to the list, And, of course, there are plenty of hot spots south of the border. With so many options and locations to visit, one thing is for sure—Canadians love to travel!
B.C. is the bee's knees
The top domestic travel spot in Canada is Vancouver, followed by Kelowna. Americans are also enamoured with Vancity, making it their top Canadian destination, followed by Montreal and Toronto. But those from Vancouver aren't staying put—their top travel spot is San Jose.
Next stop: Somewhere exotic
Not only are Canadians traveling more this New Year's, they're jet setting to far-off locales, including Dubai, Seoul, Madrid, Guatemala and Reykjavik.
Gimme sunshine! Overall, Canadians are escaping the snow for sun, and Florida is the top hotspot—particularly Fort Lauderdale, Orlando and Miami.
For Calgarians, they're saying “aloha” to Hawaii. For the fourth consecutive year, Calgarians have made Hawaii their destination of choice. Since 2015, interest in the Pineapple State has doubled.
Residents of Edmonton are heading south to Los Angeles, with a whopping 37 percent search increase from last year.
Keep it local
Residents of Winnipeg choose Toronto as their number one destination to celebrate—their interest in the 6ix has nearly doubled from last year.
Torontonians love traveling
When Torontonians choose to travel domestically, they opt for Vancouver and Calgary. And, when jet-setting outside of the country, their top picks include Dubai (up 152 percent) and Reykjavik (up 134 percent).
As for Americans: They like us
On the other hand, our neighbours south of the border are packing their bags and exploring our home and native land—there's been a 20 percent increase in Americans travelling to Canada.
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Do you speak the language of flowers? Find out the different meanings of various flowers, plus get five tips on making your bouquet last.
In the Victorian era, particular flowers in certain colours were chosen to express specific feelings. Using this language of flowers – called "floriography" – a bud, bouquet or even a boutonniere delivered more than colour and scent. Here's what some familiar flowers may convey:
Apple blossom - Good things to come
Aster - Contentment
Buttercup - Childishness
Pink carnation - Gratitude
Yellow carnation - Rejection
Crocus - Gladness
Daffodil - Chivalry and respect
Daisy - Innocence and purity
Daylily - Enthusiasm
Dill - Lust
Edelweiss - Daring and courage
Forsythia - Anticipation
Gardenia - Secret love and joy
Blue hyacinth - Constancy
Ivy - Wedded love and fidelity
Lavender - Loyalty
White lily - Heavenly purity
Lily of the valley - Humility
Mint - Virtue
Orange blossom - Marriage and fertility
Palm leaves - Victory
Dark crimson rose - Mourning
Pink rose - Friendship
Red Rose - Passionate love
Snowdrop - Hope
Sunflower - Adoration
Red tulip - Declaration of love
Violet - Faithfulness
So that beautiful bouquet of dark crimson roses and white lilies surrounded by palm leaves that you just sent to your friend or love one could be telling her, "Many are mourning my victory and success within our relationship, as it's heavenly to be with you!" But – since floriography word lists vary – it could simply be saying, "Hi!"
5 best ways to make your bouquet last
1. Buy fresh flowers. Avoid flowers with any signs of mildew or mould, and look for buds that are just beginning to open. A&P, Dominion and Loblaws help out by guaranteeing their blooms will last for a specified number of days.
2. Keep it clean and lukewarm. Start with a squeaky-clean container and lukewarm water (tepid water is more readily absorbed than cold), then change the water every other day.
3. Add a floral preservative. Most bouquets come with their own packet of goodies that provide nutrients and prevent bacterial growth – all to keep the flowers fresher longer.
4. Strip and recut the stems. Remove any leaves that will be immersed, then recut the stems to encourage water uptake. Trim soft stems straight across. Cut woody stems on an angle, then smash or slit the bottom 2.5 cm (1 in). Pinch small wads of cotton from a cotton ball and stuff them into the bottom of hollow stems to help them hold moisture.
5. Show them off in a good spot. Set your floral arrangement away from drafts, direct sunlight, radiators and ripening fruits (the latter emit ethylene, which prevents buds from opening, discolours blooms and leaves, and shortens vase life).
Arrange flowers with a flourish