In its 150th year, Canada has proven to be a destination on the rise. On the international stage, it's become a source of stability and hope in a time when the news is mostly dominated by crisis and political rhetoric. The country welcomed refugees and immigrants with open arms, and encouraged travelers to experience its one-of- a-kind cultural institutions, emerging neighborhoods, and top culinary talents. The sesquicentennial brought noteworthy events from coast to coast including First Nations art installations, special musical performances, and free admission to Canada's national parks. Coupled with a favorable exchange rate, all this gave Americans new reason to cross the northern border and experience the wonders Canada has to offer. Read on for everything you need to know about exploring the Great White North, eh?