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When it comes to trusted names in travel journalism, Lonely Planet is pretty much the word. And so you can imagine our pleasant surprise when we saw this bit of news shared on our dapper Prime Minister’s Facebook and Twitter.

Maybe surprise isn’t the right word, because we always knew Canada was an amazing place to explore. But it’s great to see the rest of the world taking note now, too. It seems like the word of Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday is spreading.

Lonely Planet sums it up perfectly:

Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, and with dynamic cities that dominate global livability indices and a reputation for inclusiveness and impeccable politeness, the world’s second-largest country will usher in its sesquicentennial in 2017 in rollicking good health. Marking 150 years since confederation, the elongated birthday party promises to be heavy on bonhomie and highly welcoming to international gatecrashers. And, with a weak Canadian dollar pushing down prices, the overseas visitor should have plenty of pocket money to spend on Canada’s exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine.

Heck ya! This is great! Except the bit about the Canadian dollar; that isn’t that great for us. But, hey, we work with what we’ve got, right?

Colombia, which will be celebrating 100 years of independence next year, ranked at number two, with Finland, Dominica and Nepal rounding out the top five places to check out in 2017. Once we’ve done our coast to coast drive across our own country (which may take a while) we’ll for sure be looking into flights to one of these other spots.