Carrie A. Mitchell
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As a dual citizen, I seem to get more and more questions about Canada these days, so I am bring back an old post with a (very general) round up of summer events

In 2011 I had the honor of covering 7 summer festivals across Canada in a joint partnership with The New Yorker and the Canadian Tourism Commission. Canada is a vast and beautiful Country (of my birth), and this journey allowed me to revisit my favorite places from coast to coast . Fore more photos from this trip please click here.  And now, here is a quick recap of the festivals that you may want to consider attending (ordered from West to East):

1. Okanagan Wine Festival: This region has become increasingly known for making great wine (and food). I actually prefer these wines to the Niagara wine region in Canada’s east – sorry not sorry – and I have been coming to this lake for many years. It’s about a 4 hour drive from Vancouver, and there are a number of towns (& vineyards) to choose from. This festival generally takes place in the early part of May, which is a lovely time of year to be in the area. For more visit:

2. Calgary Stampede: Alberta offers a number of festivals (& epically beautiful mountain towns) but the Stampede has been bringing visitors from far & wide for over 100 years (even Royalty). It’s about rodeos, amusement rides, live music, drinking and wearing those big white cowboy hats. Giddiup! For more visit:

3. Toronto Film Festival: This event need no introduction.The Toronto International Film Festival is a publicly attended film festival held each September, now considered the world’s largest (& arguably most important) one of its kind in the world. Many of the biggest movies of the year are premiered here, and there are countless events (& stars) around the City. For more visit:

4. Toronto Luminato: Toronto’s arts festival explores the authentic richness and diversity of the arts in this global City. There is a wide variety of experiences to choose from. For more visit:

5. Stratford Shakespeare Festival: This internationally recognized annual repertory theatre festival runs from April to October, and often boasts some of the biggest theatre actors in the game. For more visit:

6. Montreal Jazz Festival: A spectacular music festval,The Festival International de Jazz de Montréal is an annual jazz festival held in Montreal and holds the 2004 Guinness World Record as the world’s largest jazz festival. The whole City is alive with music and events (it’s summer, don’t worry), plus the food is incredible. And you never know who might show up last year Prince decided to play 3 nights at a local club playing for hours to a ecstatic crowd) For more visit:

7. PEI Shellfish Festival: Prince Edward Island is as picturesque as you would imagine it to be in your “Anne of Green Gables” dreams. The Maritmes are special and charming, and this festival (in September)  is a great excuse to relax, eat, drink and be merry. For more visit:


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