Your bags are packed. You’ve checked in for your flight. You’ve got your double-double from Timmies in hand. You are ready for this trip to Vegas. But what are you going to do when you arrive, eh? Maybe just a two-four and a Mickey … you know, keep it low-key? No way! This is Vegas. You gotta give’r! Check out some of these Sin City musts in our Canadians’ Guide to Las Vegas.
After traveling around 3,000 km or more to get to Las Vegas, what’s another 45 minutes? If you’ve never seen the Grand Canyon, you owe it to yourself to check out this natural wonder. Maverick Helicopters offers the easiest, most convenient way to explore the Grand Canyon with its Wind Dancer helicopter tour. After complimentary ground transportation to Maverick’s plush Las Vegas Boulevard terminal, you’ll fly over Hoover Dam and Lake Mead before arriving at Grand Canyon West Rim. Once there, your pilot will land the helicopter nearly 4,000 feet below the rim atop Maverick’s exclusive site along the banks of the Colorado River. There’s no Molson, but you will enjoy sipping champagne deep within the heart of the canyon. The return flight affords passengers incredible views of Downtown Vegas and the Las Vegas Strip.
Oh What a Knight
This year brought Las Vegas its very own hockey team, the Golden Knights. So began a new tradition among NHL fans: travelling with your team to Vegas. Be you a Canucklehead, a Hab or anything in between, the fans of Canada’s NHL teams are flocking to T-Mobile Arena in droves to watch their boys take on the Golden Knights. The atmosphere is electric as the team boasts one of the highest attendance averages in the league. There are still a handful of games between the Knights and Canadian teams (check out the upcoming Canadian schedule below). To do it up right, be sure to don that toque and head out to The Park early for pre-game festivities. Favorite bars and restaurants inside The Park include Beerhuas and Bruxie. Grab a seat at one of the dining establishments’ outdoor patios for a heaping helping of people watching. You may just find yourself caught up in the Knight Line march through the plaza and into the arena just before puck drop.
- Edmonton Oilers – Jan. 13, 2018
- Edmonton Oilers – Feb. 15, 2018
- Montreal Canadiens – Feb. 17, 2018
- Calgary Flames – Feb. 21, 2018
- Vancouver Canucks – Feb. 23, 2018
- Ottawa Senators – Mar. 2, 2018
- Calgary Flames – Mar. 18, 2018
- Vancouver Canucks – Mar. 20, 2018
Snowbirds fleeing from the Great White North for the warmer climes of the desert would do well to book a room at a Vegas hotel near the intersection of Tropicana Road and Las Vegas Boulevard. Hotels near T-Mobile Arena include upscale options such as Aria and Mandarin Oriental; middle-of-the-road options such as MGM Grand, New York-New York and Park MGM; as well as Excalibur and Tropicana on the more budget-friendly side of the scale. All are great choices that feature plenty of gaming, shopping and nighttime activities. You’ll also be a short walk down Las Vegas Boulevard from Vegas attractions such as the fountains of Bellagio, Glitter Gulch’s version of the Eiffel Tower, and the High Roller observation wheel.
Are You Poutine Me On?
Despite the 5 meters of snow and constant threat of moose attack, you might be just a bit homesick for the native land. Don’t fret. A couple of toonies will score you some delicious poutine at Haute Doggery. The chic hotdog stand also offers a variety of gourmet frankfurters to pair with those cheese curds. A local favorite, the Tijuana Dog is a bacon-wrapped and deep fried frank smothered in grilled onions, jalapenos and mayo. Another top option is the Longhorn, which boasts a pile of smoked beef brisket, coleslaw, onion rings and pickles. You can fill up that Molson muscle without emptying your wallet. There are more Michelin Star restaurants on the Strip than you can shake a hockey stick at, but sometimes all you want are the good, cheap eats.
The French-Canadian angel known as Celine Dion has been a fixture on the list of Las Vegas headliners since 2003. The pride of Charlemagne, Quebec, Celine drew more than 3 million people to her show during its first five years. Caesars Palace has scheduled a handful of performances by the five-time Grammy winner through June of 2018. Performances are held within The Colosseum, the 4,300-seat showroom built in 2002 specifically for Celine’s residency at Caesars Palace. Her energetic show includes such favorites as “My Heart Will Go On,” “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” and “The Power of Love.” She truly is Las Vegas’ modern-day version of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley. Missing Celine during your Vegas vacation? That’s jokes!
Las Vegas loves its Canadian guests. You’ll find plenty of things to do and see in Sin City. Be sure to share photos from your Vegas vacation on our Facebook page.