Justin Trudeau’s Favorite Places In Canada
Living up to the Canada stereotype, Justin Trudeau has quickly gained a reputation of being an all-around “nice guy.” But this handsome world leader has been racking up his frequent flyer miles even before his time in office. He is known for spending his time travelling all across Canada and the world documenting his trips with a selfie or snapshot on social media.
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Justin Trudeau was born in Ottawa living for many of his formative years in the residence of the Prime Minister while his father was in office. He later moved to Montreal for college and university and then Vancouver to get his degree in education and work as a high school teacher.
As Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau travels all across Canada visiting both the large city centers and remote communities. An avid lover of nature and adventure, you can also find Trudeau hiking, paddling, or snowboarding his way through the vast Canadian wilderness while on vacation with his wife and children. We’ve rounded up twenty of Justin Trudeau’s favorite places in Canada to add to your travel bucket list.
Justin Trudeau was born in Ottawa while his father was serving his first term as the Prime Minister of Canada. As Prime Minister, he lives most of the year in Canada’s capital and is often seen dining in and around the city at notable restaurants like Riveria and Beckta Dining + Wine and is often spotted by locals hiking through Gatineau Park.
Last year, Justin Trudeau help fundraise $25,000 for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg by auctioning off a drawing he did of the museum. This museum has helped to transform Winnipeg into a world class city welcoming a number of dignitaries for exhibitions and events.
A couple of years ago Justin Trudeau visited Saskatoon during the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival and has since been spotted wearing his souvenir shirt around Ottawa. Saskatoon is a hub for musicians in the Prairies welcoming local and international artists to the festival in the summer and boasting a number of venues and record stores along Broadway Avenue that are open year-round.
Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean (just north of Quebec City) is an area that attracts adventure travelers to Quebec. During Trudeau’s last visit, he enjoyed a sea-kayaking ride on the Saguenay Fjord and returned for the Traversée international du Lac-Saint-Jean; a weekend long open water swimming race where he dined outdoors at the one-kilometer-long table with the participants and guests.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
When Justin Trudeau visited Charlottetown last he got the real islander experience stopping by the iconic COWS Ice Cream at Peake’s Wharf Historic Waterfront. His visit also attended the festivities at Old Home Week at the Red Shores during his visit; a weeklong event that features amusement rides, agricultural shows, live music and harness racing bringing people from all over Canada to Prince Edward Island.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Justin Trudeau has been seen on Vancouver Island a number of times welcoming Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge last year during their visit to Victoria and recently, while on vacation with his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, was spotted kayaking at Sidney Spit in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve in British Columbia. He has also been seen in Tofino surfing off Chesterman and Cox Bay Beaches, dining at the highly acclaimed Wolf In The Fog and even photobombing a beach wedding.
The Prime Minister has gone to the Calgary Stampede in Alberta for many years often bringing his family to join in on the festivities. The Calgary Stampede is an annual ten-day festival in July, and one of the world’s largest rodeos that includes events like a parade, midway, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing, First Nations exhibitions and more in downtown Calgary.
As a special guest on Live! With Kelly & Ryan, Justin Trudeau celebrated World Environment Day at the Oakes Garden Theatre overlooking Niagara Falls. It is easy to enjoy the environment in Niagara along the Niagara River Recreation Trail taking you along the water passing the nearby vineyards in Ontario’s Wine Country.
As an advocate and ally for the First Nations communities in Canada, Justin Trudeau has traveled to Iqaluit during his campaign for Prime Minister and while in office fostering relationships with the Inuit in the Nunavut. This small Arctic city is located on Baffin Island just minutes away from beautiful parklands perfect for hunting and outdoor adventure.
Nahanni River, Northwest Territories
Back in 2003 (just three years after his father had passed away) Justin Trudeau retraced his father’s canoe trip route along the Nahanni River in the Northwest Territories that led to the creation of the Nahanni National Park Reserve. This 30,000 square kilometers of land has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site because of the magnificent Cirque of the Unclimbables’ granite spires and Náįlįcho (Virginia Falls) the South Nahanni River (two times the height of Niagara Falls).
Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Justin Trudeau has been known to visit the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia on professional excursions, family trips and sometimes unannounced. Trudeau’s was recently sighted at the Mission Hill Family Estate (voted Travel + Leisure’s Top 5 Winery Restaurants in 2009) before attending Vancouver Pride.
Fredericton, New Brunswick
During his cross-country journey, Trudeau visited New Brunswick’s capitol city staying at the Delta Hotel by Marriott in Fredericton. Fredericton is a quaint city nestled along the St. John River attracting visitors to the Fredericton Boyce Farmer’s Market and to walk or ride along the South Riverfront Trail.
Justin Trudeau is regularly in Montreal and often spotted jogging on Mont-Royal. He recently attended a Leonard Cohen tribute concert at the Bell Centre and last summer Trudeau and Obama were caught dining together at Liverpool House in the St. Henri neighborhood.
Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
During the warmer months, the maritime province of Nova Scotia is in full bloom attracting visitors to seaside villages and drives coastal routes in Cape Breton. The Celtic heritage and friendly culture in Cape Breton makes it a “lovely” place to live according to Justin Trudeau boasting unparalleled views of the Atlantic Ocean and incredible hikes on the Cabot Trail.
Kluane National Park, Yukon
As an avid adventure and wilderness traveler, Justin Trudeau is bound to love the high mountain peaks and alpine backcountry of Kluane National Park in Yukon. This park is home to Mount Logan, Canada’s highest peak, Canada’s largest non-polar icefield and the most diverse grizzly population in all of North America.
Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
Fogo Island is the an eerily beautiful island town located just off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. Justin Trudeau and his family have vacationed before on Fogo Island spending Easter at the Fogo Island Inn and enjoying the tranquil outdoors.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Last spring, Justin Trudeau and his wife visited Prince Edward County stopping by at Hinterland Winery, Norman Hardie Winery, Country Road Beer, dining at the Agrarian Bistro and staying at Angeline’s Inn. Just a few hours away from their home in Ottawa, Prince Edward County has been quickly gaining popularity as a vacation destination in small town Ontario.
Whistler, British Columbia
Long before he became the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau lived in Whistler working as a snowboard instructor and doorman at one of the nightclubs in the mid-90’s. Still active on the slopes, Trudeau has been seen at this resort town in British Columbia snowboarding with his security detail at Whistler Blackcomb.
Thunder Bay, Ontario
Justin Trudeau has visited Thunder Bay both as the Prime Minister and before. He continues to show his loved for this city in Northern Ontario whether it is hiking through Sleeping Giant Provincial Park, or wearing a Sleeping Giant Brewery t-shirt helping to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Thunder Bay.
The 2018 G7 Summit will be held at Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in La Malbaie, Quebec in the Charlevoix region. Charlevoix is home Le Massif; the largest vertical drop east of the Canadian Rockies and the site of the first Club Med Resort in Canada set to open in 2020.