April 1, 2010 | British Columbia
Canadian spring festivals keep the country's tourism industry booming
Vancouver, BC - April 1, 2010 - Canada has been dubbed the small festival capital of the world, and spring is the time of year when global travellers interested in something other than a warm winter holiday can find a wide range of sensory experiences ranging from sampling wine, tasting maple syrup and viewing millions of tulips.
Trip Planner - Sweet Treats
March and April mean maple syrup in central Canada. Ontario and Quebec are home to dozens of maple syrup celebrations. Tour snow-covered maple forests known as the "sugar bush" on wagons pulled by Percheron horses. Experience toe-tapping fiddle contests and taste taffy-on-snow (a variation on caramel coated vanilla ice cream).
Trip Planner - Winery Tours
For the first ten days in May, BC's Okanagan region offers a wine-lovers extravaganza. The Okanagan Wine Festival has the reputation as Canada's top small festival. It features no less than 100 culinary and wine-centered events and is a must for foodies and wine lovers alike.
Trip Planner - Tulip Festival
Watch the nation's capitol become awash in colour as over three million tulips adorn Ottawa for the Canadian Tulip Festival. This annual tradition from May 7-24, 2010 is the largest tulip festival in the world. As part of this floral fest, Ottawa sets up an international pavilion where 15 countries showcase their food, culture and entertainment.
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