Experience a new attraction, explore an up-and-coming neighbourhood, celebrate a key anniversary and revel in rich heritage.
These are our must-visit destinations for 2016.
From the Freedom Trail and Fenway Park to Beacon Hill and Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Beantown’s iconic attractions and neighbourhoods have been long-standing draws for visitors. But this historic city is always adding something new to the mix, and this year, it’s race cars. On Labor Day weekend, Boston will host its first-ever IndyCar Grand Prix on a 2.25-mile, 11-turn course, where the world’s best drivers will loop around the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center at speeds of up to 200 mph. Festivities will be held throughout the city in the week leading up to the event, guaranteeing a party-filled atmosphere.
Scotch whisky is the drink of 2016, and Scotland’s fifth largest island is where to sip it. Amidst Islay’s medieval castle ruins, Victorian towns, secluded beaches and peat bogs are eight world-famous distilleries. Take a tour at any (or all) of them to learn about their ancient traditions and to sample the single-malt brews (like a peat-infused Lagavulin or a 40-year-old Bunnahabhain).
Montreal is marking its 375th anniversary in 2017, which means the city has all kinds of celebrations and special exhibits planned for next year. But here’s a tip for those who don’t want to wait: one of the coolest exhibits launches this May. Called Cité Mémoire, this art installation transports you back in time by projecting 24 massive tableaux depicting the city’s early settlers, sports heroes, jazz musicians and more onto buildings, trees and streets throughout Old Montreal. Download the free Montreal en Histoires app to trigger historic scenes as you explore.
Saint-Pierre and Miquelon
Located just 25 kilometres off the coast of Newfoundland, this under-the-radar island nation is the only territory in North America that is actually owned and governed by France, and it boasts tasty pain au chocolat, classic European cars and unique Basque heritage. This year, you can take the 55-minute ferry ride from Fortune, N.L., to celebrate the archipelago’s 200th anniversary under French rule. Festivities are running all year long, with historical reenactments, guided hikes and the islands’ first Acadian Tintamarre parade.
Music-lovers should put Calgary on their travel lists, because the long-awaited National Music Centre opens this summer. Sure to dazzle, the 160,000-square-foot museum at Studio Bell will house more than 2,000 rare instruments and artifacts, a 300-seat theatre and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Check out the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, then stay for live music at the King Edward Hotel, a former blues club.