The reasons to visit Canada are pretty much infinite. Not only is it one of the best adventure destinations in the entire world, but it is also filled with the friendliest people in the world. And now more residents of this friendly country are learning how to grow weed in Canada because of the new laws under the Cannabis Act.
Another reason to visit Canada in 2019 are the many festivals and cultural events that take place all throughout the country. Interested in attending concerts, smoking weed, showing your LGBTQ pride, and watching indie films? Here are the top 5 festivals in Canada featuring all of those things in 2019.
Winterlude Festival in Ottawa/Gatineau
You better hurry to catch Winterlude Fest in time. This wintertime festival takes place in the Ottawa/Gatineau region of Ontario and goes through the month of February. It might be a tad bit cold, but that is all part of the fun. Canadians love this festival to embrace the cold and snowy winter months.
At Winterlude, you can skate down the frozen canal and say that you have gone ice skating on the longest naturally frozen rink in the world. You can also participate in ice sculpture competitions and take the kiddos to some impressive winter wonderland playgrounds.
Toronto International Film Festival
Not only is the Toronto International Film Fest one of the biggest events in Canada, but it is also one of the most attended film festivals in the world. Typically the event boasts an impressive 500,000 attendees who come to watch films at 30+ venues throughout Toronto.
If you choose to come to watch some art in the form of movies, you’ll also get the chance to meet filmmakers from around the world. This year the festivities start on September 5th and go on until the 15th. You should purchase your TIFF tickets ahead of time at https://www.tiff.net/.
Pride Fest in Toronto
Another world-renowned festival in Toronto, Pride festival is an amazing way to support the LGBTQ population of the world. People are showing their pride all over the world, but one of the most impactful Pride events will be held in downtown Toronto during the month of Pride (June 1st to July 1st).
International Jazz Festival in Montreal
Even if Jazz music isn’t necessarily your thing, there are plenty of reasons to attend the International Jazz Festival in Montreal this year. Montreal is an amazing city to visit regardless, but during the fest is the ideal time. From June 27th to July 6th this year you can come to see hundreds of musical performances (literally), and not all of them are jazz musicians.
420 Music and Arts Festival in Calgary
Calgary’s 420 Music and Arts Festival has only been around for a few years, but it has increased in popularity. This is especially true since recreational weed has become legal. Come smoke, chill, listen to good music, and eat amazing food in Calgary from April 18th to 20th this year.