Many of us are feeling the urge to explore and travel in the summer of 2022, but factors like flight challenges and the rising cost of living is also putting international travel on hold for some. Luckily, according to TIME magazine’s list of “The World’s Greatest Places of 2022,” two of the world’s top destinations are in Canada: Tofino, BC and Toronto, Ont.
What is ‘The World’s Greatest Places of 2022’ list?
TIME compiled the list of top 50 destinations to visit in 2022 by calling on its “international network of correspondents and contributors, with an eye toward those offering new and exciting experiences” for nominations.
The resulting list includes 50 must-visit spots from all over the world. In addition to the two Canadian gems — Tofino and Toronto — the list includes destinations with some awe-inspiring natural sights (like Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and Argentina’s El Chaltén village) as well as places known for tech innovation (such as Seoul) and art (think: Japan’s Setouchi Islands).
Tofino: Surf, sand and spectacular natural surroundings
Windy, wild and wonderful, Tofino is a former fishing village turned adventure playground that combines breathtaking ocean views, outdoor adventure, surf culture and luxe resorts. Located on Vancouver Island on the traditional home of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation of the Nuu-chah-nulth people, Tofino is known for its windswept beaches, but it’s also the ideal place for strolling or cycling through spectacular nature — including the newly completed multiuse Pacific Rim National Park Reserve.
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Toronto: Diverse, multidimensional and growing
As the capital city of Ontario, Toronto is well-known as a hub for culture, innovation and an incredible, diverse food scene — but TIME also highlighted the city’s growth and burgeoning art scene in 2022. Specifically, TIME called out Toronto’s year-long ArtworxTO public art initiative (which showcases the city’s diversity while supporting local artists) and the Toronto Biennial of Art (a visual arts event which brings free exhibition, performances and learning opportunities to the city).
While there are certainly many other must-visit spots across this land to visit this year, we love to see these two destinations highlighted among the top-50 in the world.