How Canadians can trace their British ancestry — and take the trip of a lifetime

Thursday 27 April 2017

There are currently 36 million people living in Canada. And nearly 12 million of them have British roots—that’s about one-third of the population! Four Canadian prime ministers were even born in the UK. 

Interested in discovering more about your British ancestry? Why not head straight to the source and take a trip to Britain. There, you’ll have the chance to explore your family legacy—and see the sweeping castles, stately homes, and gorgeous landscapes that make Britain’s heritage so unique. Not sure where to visit first? Keep reading for our top picks.   

If you’re of English descent…


6,570,015 Canadians claim to be of English origin

After checking all the royal attractions off your bucket-list, embrace your English roots with a stroll around London’s Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Not only is the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for being the world's largest collection of living plants, it’s also home to a ridiculously pretty garden filled with the country’s national flower, the Tudor Rose. Or, if historic sights set your history-loving heart aflutter, head to southwest England, where you can revel in medieval architecture, amble through the ruins of Stonehenge, and tour (and even sleep in) fairy-tale castles.
 

If you’re of Scottish descent…


4,714,970 Canadians claim to be of Scottish origin

There’s a reason Scots know how to have a good time—dancing, whisky, and music have been a part of Scottish culture for, well, forever. Celebrate your Scottish spirit at the Braemar Highland Gathering (Queen Elizabeth II even made an appearance last year), listen to live bagpipe performances on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, and toast your family tartan while sipping along the Malt Whisky Trail.
 

If you’re of Welsh descent…

441,965 Canadians claim to be of Welsh origin

Uncover the legends of Wales (and your Welsh heritage) by taking a trip to Cardiff, a cosmopolitan city with rich historical roots. After swinging by the National Museum Cardiff for an inside-look on the ancient settlers who migrated to this region of Britain, browse the shops in the Victorian arcades (fun fact: there’s more arcades in Cardiff than in any other city in the UK), before heading over to the legendary Cardiff Castle. Curious what the castle would have been like during Victorian times? Purchase a ticket for one of the family-friendly re-enactments (there’s one coming up in May), or reserve your spot for the always-scary castle ghost tour!

 

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