The best things to do in Canada: be inspired by these 21 epic experiences

Anna Haines

Jan 5, 2023 • 14 min read

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From sweeping coastal shorelines to craggy floating icebergs, glistening glacial lakes to the climbing canopy of ancient forests,  Canada ’s enthralling landscapes continue to beckon wonder-seekers from around the globe. 

The people spread across the world’s second-largest country are equally as diverse – a complex Indigenous history and growing immigrant population make for increasingly cosmopolitan cities, cutting-edge art and architecture, and creative cuisine.

Want to experience the very best of Canada? Here are 21 bucket-list-worthy things to do there.

1. Embark on an arctic safari in Churchill, Manitoba 

During a brief window from October to early November, upwards of 1200 polar bears converge in the enchanting town of  Churchill on their annual migration to the shores of the Hudson Bay. A polar bear tour is a must to make sure you don’t miss this quintessential Arctic experience. But even if you do, the “polar bear capital of the world” offers no shortage of wildlife year-round – from dog-sledding in the winter to bird-watching in the spring to kayaking with beluga whales in the summer. While you’re there, keep an eye out for the northern lights and be sure to tuck in to hearty local fare, such as elk meatloaf and bison stew.

Amazing northern lights dancing over the tepees at Aurora Village

2. Look for the northern lights in the Yukon 

Seeing the northern lights is always an awe-inspiring experience. While the celestial spectacle can be spotted as far south as Banff, the most epic display is undoubtedly found in the “Great White North.” On clear nights between mid-August to mid-April, you can catch the light show all over the  Yukon , with the most optimal viewing found outside the capital city of  Whitehorse .

Planning tip:  Whether by foot, plane, canoe, snowshoe or even dog-sled, you’re best off aurora hunting with a local tour operator who can provide expertise on viewing conditions as well as a toasty beverage to temper the arctic chill. 

3. Dine on the ocean floor in Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy

Twice each day, 160 billion tons of water empty the Bay of Fundy, creating a rare window of opportunity to dine on the ocean floor. Chef-led lessons on the wild edibles of  Nova Scotia are followed by a multi-course lunch or dinner topped off with a cozy campfire – all with the staggering  Cliffs of Fundy as your backdrop.

Designated a Unesco Global Geopark in the summer of 2020, the 90m (300ft) cliffs overlook the world’s highest tides – cresting taller than a five-story building – which invite 12 species of whales to feast on plankton each year. For a deep dive into the region’s history, head to the nearby  Fundy Geological Museum . 

4. Eat Montréal poutine and an iconic smoked meat sandwich 

It’s not hard to find  poutine – gravy-smothered thick-cut fries sprinkled with squeaky cheese curds – all over the country, but it’s in the chef’s town of  Montréal where you’ll find the most creative interpretations of Canada’s signature dish. Head to the 24-hour, poutine-worshipping restaurant  La Banquise for creative toppings, like guacamole and pulled pork, in an energetic space; or spots like  Montreal Pool Room  for the greasy-spoon dish without the fuss.

Another Montréal institution to prioritize is  Schwartz’s . For over 90 years, the famous deli has been sandwiching mountains of 10-day-marinated smoked meat between two slices of rye bread for the Montréal masses.

Planning tip:  The take-out counter at Schwartz's will tempt you to skip the line, but dining-in is worth the wait to eat your sandwich shoulder-to-shoulder with strangers and the veteran staff. Don’t forget the pickle and a cherry coke. 

Man paddle surfing waves at the Pacific Ocean in Tofino during a cloudy winter sunset.

5. Surf the misty shores of Tofino 

Canada might be known for winter sports, but its rugged coastlines and placid waterways make for equally as thrilling summer recreation too. With 35km (22 miles) of surfable beach, Vancouver Island ’s  Tofino is undoubtedly the country’s surf capital. Beginners will appreciate the gentle waves along Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay, while seasoned pros will want to hit the intense swells at Long Beach, the longest beach on the island. Not into surfing? The 10-mile beach is still worth visiting for whale-watching in the spring and autumn, and the surrounding  Pacific Rim National Park , home to some of the oldest trees in Canada.

Planning tip:  No longer a remote fishing village, Tofino’s laid-back surfer vibe attracts a large crowd in the summer. An off-season trip between November and February is best for fewer crowds and more nature, plus storm watching – an increasingly popular activity among photographers.

6. Camp in Saskatchewan’s prairie desert 

Stretching over 97km (60 miles) along the southern shore of Lake Athabasca,  Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park beckons seasoned hikers and environmentalists alike for its endemic flora and towering sand dunes – a rare sight in a  province known for its flat, prairie landscape. Reaching nearly 30m (100ft) high, the world’s most northerly sand dunes are also the largest active sand surface in the country.

Planning tip: The fragile ecosystem here is seriously safeguarded – each of the park’s three management zones has its own visitor guidelines, and you’ll need to take a floatplane or boat to get there. With few onsite services and guided tours, camping in this remote landscape is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for hardcore wilderness enthusiasts. 

A woman walks down a cobbled street that has colorful umbrellas hanging above it forming a canopy

7. Wander the cobblestone streets of Old Québec

Church bells ring from regal cathedrals while contemporary takes on traditional Québecois fare – think, tourtière (meat pie) and maple syrup-infused brunch – are served in former factories and historic homes. It’s hard not to get lost in Old Québec’s charm.

Designated a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1985 for its 400-year-old history, it’s the only fortified city you’ll find north of Mexico and a playground for history buffs. They won’t want to miss  Le Château Frontenac . Since opening in 1893, the famous Fairmont hotel has hosted countless celebrities and notable political events, like the Québec Conferences of WWII.

Planning tip: While most visitors frequent the upper section of Old Town, the real “Old Town” is found closer to the water. With buildings dating back to the 17th century, locals will tell you Lower Old Town is the real birthplace of the city. 

8. Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture on Manitoulin Island

Set on the shores of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay in Northern Ontario, Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world. It’s also home to the Odawa, Ojibwe and Pottawatomi peoples that make up the Anishinabek Nation. While the island’s seven reserves carry a heavy legacy of residential schools, today, First Nations culture is celebrated with a proud embrace of Indigenous foods, music and storytelling.

Planning tip:  Manitoulin Island is best experienced with a local guide who can walk you through the island’s history and surrounding nature and provide a taste of Anishinebek culture.

Inside Bar Reyna in the Assembly Chef’s Hall, an upscale gourmet food court in downtown Toronto.

9. Taste Toronto's varied cuisine 

With more than half of the residents that make up  Toronto ’s 158 neighborhoods hailing from other countries – the city’s  7500 restaurants are arguably the most diverse in the world. In the absence of a clearly identifiable Canadian cuisine, collaboration and invention prevail in the kitchens of immigrant mom-and-pop shops and Michelin-starred celebrity chefs alike.

The city center provides no shortage of foodie adventures: from globally-inspired fine dining (such as Susur Lee’s eponymous restaurant Lee and Nick Bao’s DaiLo) to picturesque food markets (like  Evergreen Brickworks nestled in the verdant hills of the Don Valley and  St. Lawrence Market set in a light-speckled, century-old building).

Planning tip: Some of the city’s best-kept culinary secrets lie outside the urban core, in the sprawling suburbs known as the “GTA” (Greater Toronto Area), where restaurants in seemingly innocuous strip malls might showcase family recipes from many cultures.

10. Climb the cliffs of Gros Morne National Park

The signature red rock of the  Tablelands  of  Gros Morne National Park , in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, reveals the earth’s mantle, formed by the collision of tectonic plates nearly 500 million years ago. It’s a geological masterpiece, best viewed by foot on one of Gros Morne’s many trails that take you on a journey through lush boreal forests, majestic waterfalls and jagged cliffs overlooking the wind-swept shoreline.

Seasoned hikers can challenge themselves on the Long Range Traverse, a 34km (21-mile) trail that provides the most epic views of the Western Brook Pond Fjord from its near-vertical mountaintops soaring 610m (2000ft) into the sky. 

11. Savor the wine and design in Prince Edward County 

While British Columbia's arid  Okanagan Valley is Canada’s most obvious wine destination, the largest wine region is actually found in Ontario, where hundreds of wineries, some dating as far back as the late 19th century, are spread across three Designated Viticultural Areas – the  Niagara Peninsula ,  Prince Edward County , and the north shore of Lake Erie.

With limestone-rich soil lending itself to grape varieties with a distinct taste, Prince Edward County in particular attracts some of the country’s most innovative winemakers. And a creative crowd with an eye for aesthetics has followed – the region is now teeming with chic accommodations and tasting rooms set in bucolic barns.

Planning tip: The boutique  Drake Devonshire Inn is a destination in and of itself for seasonal eats and creative cocktails overlooking Lake Ontario. Design aficionados will want to check out refurbished motels like the  Drake Motor Inn .

A coastal stretch of countryside, with fall colours in all the trees

12. Leaf peep on Cape Breton Island’s Cabot Trail 

Take in the dramatic highlands and rugged coasts of Nova Scotia’s  Cape Breton Island – considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world – from its famed Cabot Trail. The 299km (186-mile) loop spans an eight-hour, non-stop drive, but hiking or cycling a smaller section allows for a more leisurely pace.  Cape Breton Highlands National Park is where you’ll find the greatest selection of hiking trails, with the Skyline, Fishing Cove and Acadian trails being the most popular.

Planning tip:  Summer attracts the most visitors but the trail is most photogenic in the fall when its winding curves glow in autumn colors. 

13. Iceberg and whale watch on Fogo Island 

You can visit  Newfoundland and Labrador ’s Fogo Island year-round, but it’s the warmer months that offer the most epic experiences. Every spring, staggering 15,000-year-old icebergs sail down “Iceberg Alley,” while the season that follows sees the world’s largest population of humpback whales migrating off its storm-battered shorelines. Book a tour through the  Fogo Island Inn , but make sure to visit this architectural masterpiece in person. Perched on stilts overlooking the ocean, the 29-room retreat has gained an international reputation for its sustainability efforts, not to mention its remote location at one of the “four corners of the Earth.”

Planning tip:  Outside the hotel, verdant rolling hills speckled with colorful wooden homes are traversed with hiking trails for every skill level while the 18th-century Irish-settled town of Tilting, a National Historic Site of Canada, exudes East Coast warmth with the sounds of sea shanties and smells of simmering chowder wafting from its few cafes and pubs.

A woman sits on a wall looking out over a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by mountains

14. Explore Banff’s two most iconic lakes 

With its crystal turquoise water fed by the glaciers of the surrounding Rocky Mountains,  Lake Louise is a picture-postcard destination that lives up to the hype. With a flat, encircling path, you can easily hike or bike around the lake, or rent a canoe from the  Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel , where you’ll find pristine views of the lake and surrounding Bow Valley from the 1888 castle’s outdoor heated pool and some of its 12 restaurants. 

Equally as captivating as Lake Louise is nearby  Moraine Lake , set in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Open from May to October, it also attracts a lot of tourists – a peaceful sunrise visit avoids the crowds. Avid hikers can take in the glistening glacial waters and snow-capped peaks from the surrounding strenuous trails, and unwind afterward in a natural steaming bath at one of several nearby  hot springs . 

15. Hit the slopes in Whistler 

Every winter, alpine enthusiasts from around the world flock to Canada’s Rocky Mountains for the soaring slopes and pristine mountain views. But it’s the ski town of  Whistler that continues to draw the largest crowd. Set just two hours north of  Vancouver , the former venue of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games straddles both Whistler and Blackcomb – two mountains teeming with ski trails for all levels of experience.

With varied elevations producing a diversity of terrains, each with their own unique seasonal attractions – think eagle tours among the colorful fall canopy and paddle-boarding glacier-fed lakes in the summer – Whistler appeals to thrill-seekers year-round.

Planning tip:  This is a destination for the less adventurous too – stylish accommodations, a blossoming arts scene and energetic après-ski bars have transformed Whistler village from a rustic ski town into a European-style retreat. 

16. Dig for dinosaurs in the Badlands 

Known as the “Dinosaur Capital of the World,” Alberta’s Dinosaur Valley is a dream destination for professional paleontologists and Jurassic Park fans alike. Home to the world’s richest dinosaur fossil site,  Dinosaur Provincial Park is protected grounds, so you’ll want to book a tour, but feel free to get lost in prehistoric times on a self-guided tour of the  Royal Tyrrell Museum , where you’ll encounter over 130,000 fossils and a giant, 67-million-year-old T-rex.

Planning tip:  The surrounding Badlands – with its mystical hoodoo spires and dusty, arid canyons – make for a scenic, wild west road trip. A stop in the nearby eccentric former coal town of  Drumheller is a must to climb inside the mouth of the world’s largest dinosaur. 

Sugar shack, Beauce, Quebec, Canada

17. Satisfy your sweet tooth at a Québec sugar shack 

The stereotype holds true: Canadians love their maple syrup. Mid-March to mid-April offers a short window of time to savor it in its best form – straight from the tree. Every spring, upwards of 200  sugar shacks surrounding Montréal and Québec City open their doors for the annual maple syrup harvest. Take your pick of quaint, family-run  maple groves  where you can learn all about the sweet sap and make your own maple taffy by dropping the sticky syrup in the snow. The experience is topped off with a traditional Québécois feast of baked ham and beans, meat pies and hash browns, all smothered in maple syrup of course. 

18. Marvel at Niagara Falls 

Arguably Canada’s most touristy destination,  Niagara Falls is worth braving the crowds for a view of the  Horseshoe Falls : straddling the border between Ontario and New York, the largest of the three falls has the most powerful flow of any waterfall in North America. Immerse yourself in the fall’s majestic mist on a classic 20-minute Niagara cruise, or take in the views from the sky by way of helicopter, zipline or the Skylon Tower. Gaming  casinos and Clifton Hill’s many amusement attractions continue to be the main draw for entertainment-seekers of all ages.

Planning tip:  A short drive or shuttle ride north, you’ll find a calmer pace in  Niagara-on-the-Lake , where horse-drawn carriages shuttle visitors between world-class wineries and local shops set in colonial buildings. 

19. Skate Ottawa’s Rideau Canal 

Every winter, the 8km (5-mile) long river that cuts through the heart of  Ottawa freezes over to become the world’s largest skating rink. As the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America, the  Rideau Canal dates back to 1832 and makes a wintery, picturesque backdrop for taking in the country’s capital city. The classic Canadian experience is rounded out with pit-stops for steaming hot chocolate and crispy beaver tails – fried dough pastry layered with sweet toppings like Nutella and cinnamon sugar.

Planning tip:  If you're visiting in the summer you can cruise the Rideau canal by boat, bike the Rideau Canal pathway or take to the skies on the 365m (1200ft)  Interzip Rogers , the world’s first interprovincial zipline. 

Toronto City Skyline at Night in Canada

20. Walk the Toronto skyline 

Adrenaline junkies can lean over Canada’s largest city in the open air on the  EdgeWalk : a wide ledge set outside the  CN Tower ’s main pod. Towering 550m (1800ft) above Toronto , the CN Tower has long been one of the country’s most popular attractions for its unbeatable, 360-degree views. But the addition of the world’s highest hands-free external walk – a Guinness World Record breaker and the first of its kind in North America – has skyrocketed the tourist site to international attention.

Planning tip: Book a table at CN Tower’s  360 Restaurant , where you’ll find award-winning Canadian-sourced cuisine served in a sleek setting, and the “cellar in the sky,” the world’s highest wine cellar. 

21. Bike the Vancouver Seawall 

With nearby outdoor challenges like hiking the steep wooden steps of  Grouse Mountain – aptly nicknamed “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster” – and  Lynn Canyon Park ’s  Suspension Bridge , Vancouver tends to attract a competitive athletic crowd. A much more inviting and leisurely outdoor experience is found right in the city along the  False Creek Seawall .

While you can easily walk or rollerblade sections of the two-way paved path, cycling is best to take in all the 23km-long (14-mile) route has to offer. Beginning in  Coal Harbour and ending at  Kitsilano Beach , the seaside path winds you through some of the city’s best destinations, like  Stanley Park ,  English Bay and  Jericho Beach .

Planning tip:  Make time to refuel at  Granville Island Public Market, where locals and visitors dine at world-class gourmet food stalls while admiring eclectic art and tranquil harbor views. 

This article was first published September 2021 and updated January 2023

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18 Best Places to Visit in Canada

Written by Lana Law Updated May 11, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Author Lana Law has lived in British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba, and currently resides in Ontario.

Canada's cities and towns offer travelers a diverse choice of experiences, from chic, cosmopolitan centers to mountain resorts and maritime cities. Determining the best places to visit may depend on your interests and the type of trip you're hoping to create.

Kayakers on Waterfowl Lake in Banff National Park

In the heart of the country is Toronto, Canada's biggest city and the highlight of Canada's arts and cultural scene. Nearby, Niagara Falls is a must-see attraction for visitors to Canada that never disappoints. In the neighboring French-speaking province of Québec, Montreal is known for fashion, culture, and history.

In the West , Vancouver and Victoria offer two very different perspectives on West Coast cities, but each has something unique to offer. The mountain towns of Whistler and Banff are places to immerse yourself in beautiful mountain scenery and enjoy a little of the great outdoors.

Eastern Canada has a culture all of its own, with a rich maritime heritage and friendly people. And scattered throughout the country are other popular cities and lesser-known gems to explore. For ideas to help plan your Canada itinerary , see our list of the best places to visit in Canada.

1. Vancouver

2. niagara falls, 4. montreal, 5. banff national park, 6. st. john's, 8. victoria, 10. québec city, 11. whitehorse, 12. whistler, 13. charlottetown & prince edward island, 15. kelowna, 16. revelstoke, 17. winnipeg, 18. churchill, map of places to visit in canada.

Vancouver

Highlights : Unlimited outdoor activities, amazing natural beauty, Stanley Park, Granville Island

For beauty, climate, a fun atmosphere, and plenty of things to do, you can't go wrong planning a trip to Vancouver . Set on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and backed by snow-capped mountains, this is an active city, where locals enjoy the outdoors year-round.

Sunbathers can bask on the beaches in summer, and skiers can hit the nearby ski resorts in winter. At any time of year, you can walk the seawall or stroll through the towering trees in Stanley Park , enjoy fine dining or a casual meal while watching the sunset, or find fabulous shopping, from the markets of Granville Island to the high-end shops in the city center.

If you are spending more than a couple of days in the city and looking for some interesting outings, take a day trip from Vancouver to some of the nearby hotspots such as Whistler , Victoria , or some of the small towns in the mountains or Fraser Valley.

Niagara Falls

Highlights : One of the world's natural wonders, boat tours, lookout at the edge of the falls

Canada's most famous natural attraction, the majestic Niagara Falls has been drawing sightseers almost since its discovery. The great wall of water pounding over the falls is an amazing sight, and the view and access afforded visitors are astounding. You can literally walk up to the edge of the falls, separated only by a cast iron railing, and see the water as it disappears over the crest.

In 2021, the Niagara Parks Commission opened the 115-year-old Canadian Niagara Power Company generating station. After years of painstaking renovations and rehabilitation, this fascinating building displays its old generators and electrical equipment. New in 2023, visitors can now descend beneath the building and walk through former water tunnels, ending up at the river's edge below the falls.

The city that has developed here, also named Niagara Falls, has been greatly influenced by the people and atmosphere the falls have created. Stuntmen and daredevils have been tempting their fate on the falls throughout the decades, and as a result, a carnival-style atmosphere has come to define this unique city. Just a short drive from Toronto , Niagara Falls is easy to reach, and the city is a fun place to spend a day or two.

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Toronto skyline

Highlights : Dynamic downtown with great dining, views from the CN Tower, waterfront trails

As Canada's largest city, Toronto is the country's cultural hot spot, with ballet, opera, symphony, and Broadway shows. It's also home to the landmark CN Tower . Add extraordinary shopping, fine dining, and fantastic museums, and there is no end to the entertainment.

In recent years, Toronto's waterfront has experienced ongoing development and now boasts beautiful walking areas, restaurants, and in summer, outdoor concerts and cultural performances.

Just outside the city center, in either direction from downtown, are beautiful beaches , perfect on hot summer days. In winter, a public skating rink springs to life outside city hall, and unique winter events, including the popular Winterlicious add to the fun. You can find ski resorts near Toronto as well.

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Old Montreal

Highlights : Historical old town area, waterfront park, fantastic dining, French vibe

Montreal is a unique city, with a beautiful old historic district dating back to the 1600s and a modern city center with extensive underground shopping. Old Montreal is the main tourist hub, with cobbled streets and fantastic old buildings, a perfect place to lose yourself as you wander up and down the historical streets. In and around Montreal are a fine assortment of wonderful parks and beaches .

Montreal

Montreal is also home to a large number of fashion designers, and high-end boutiques line the historic streets, along with quaint hotels and restaurants. Located in the French-speaking province of Québec , Montreal has its own cultural identity, but English-speaking visitors will have no trouble communicating with anyone in the tourist industry.

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Banff

Highlights : Incredible alpine scenery, glaciers, Lake Louise, skiing, and historic hotels

The charming mountain town of Banff, in the stunning Banff National Park, is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the Rocky Mountains and see some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. This is undeniably a tourist town, catering to international travelers from all over the globe.

In summer, the turquoise lakes, including Lake Louise and Moraine Lake , set below glacier-capped mountains are a glorious sight. One of the best ways to experience the landscape is to drive the Icefields Parkway, which runs through the park to Jasper National Park. For those looking for a bit more adventure and exercise, consider tackling one of Banff's best hiking trails . These classic routes take you to some of the most impressive sights in the park.

In winter, skiers and boarders descend on the area to enjoy the slopes of Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village Ski Resort , two of Canada's best ski resorts .

Consider staying in Banff at the luxurious and historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel , or perhaps choose another one of the best resorts in Banff. That way you don't even need to leave town to enjoy a gondola ride to the top of a mountain for dinner, soak in a hot springs-fed pool, find fabulous shopping, discover lovely walking trails, and possibly see elk and woodland caribou that frequently make their way into town.

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St. John's

Highlights : Historic city with colorful buildings, friendly locals, and views from Signal Hill that are not to be missed

In Canada's far eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador is the historic and friendly city of St. John's. This is the main gateway for air travelers to the island of Newfoundland, but many people come simply to enjoy the city.

Colorful buildings line the sloping streets that run along hills, with views out over the harbor. The city also has numerous historic sites and attractions, including and Signal Hill , George Street , but the real appeal is the vibrant atmosphere, the people, and the maritime culture that makes this city so unique from mainland Canada.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in St. John's

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Ottawa

Highlights : Parliament Hill, winter and summer festivals, historic 19th-century Rideau Canal

As Canada's national capital city, Ottawa is home to some outstanding national museums and historic sites, as well as Parliament Hill , and it enjoys a beautiful setting along the Rideau Canal . It is also a small city, making it easy to navigate and fun to explore.

Summer is a wonderful time to visit, with a whole host of events held throughout the season, including the Tulip Festival in spring and the always lavish Canada Day Celebrations on July 1st.

In winter, when the weather is cold enough, the canal transforms into a 7.8-kilometer-long skating rink and in February, the annual Winterlude celebrations draw huge crowds. There is no bad time to visit Ottawa, and it is only a few hours by car or train from Toronto.

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Victoria

Highlights : Beautiful harbor, mountain views, beaches, hiking and walking trails

British Columbia's beautiful capital city Victoria, has a quaint, small-town atmosphere, perhaps due to its island location. Set at the southern tip of Vancouver Island , the city has a mild year-round climate, with wet mild winters and warm, glorious summers. Victoria is one of the warmest places in Canada in winter , attracting Canadians from colder parts of the country from late fall until spring.

Views around the city are stunning in every direction, looking out over the harbor, south over the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Washington State, or across to the mountains on mainland British Columbia .

Victoria at night

Most of the tourist activity is focused around Victoria's Inner Harbour , where the Parliament Buildings and the historic Fairmont Empress Hotel are located. A stroll along the waterfront on a sunny day is gorgeous. Just outside the city center are beaches and lovely coastal areas , as well as parks and hiking trails .

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Victoria

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Halifax

Halifax : Friendly locals, 19th-century architecture, and stunning views from the Citadel

Halifax is a great city for anyone looking for an introduction to Canada's Maritime Provinces. The Halifax waterfront is the main tourist hub in the city, particularly during the summer months, with a few historic buildings and plenty of activity. Overlooking the city is the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site , one of the city's main attractions.

Outside the city are a number of small coastal villages that offer a good glimpse of life in the Maritimes. One of the most famous villages is Peggy's Cove , home to the most photographed lighthouse in the Maritimes. A little further afield are Lunenburg and Mahone Bay , also well worth a visit. Taking a day trip from Halifax is highly recommended.

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Québec City

Highlights : Beautifully restored 17th-century architecture in the Old Town, winter fun at the Carnival de Québec in February

Like Montreal, Québec City is loaded with history and located in the French-speaking province of Québec. This is the provincial capital and a city with a history dating back to the early 1600s. The old buildings and curving cobbled streets make this one of Canada's most charming capital cities.

One-third the size of Montreal, Québec City is also relatively small and easy to navigate. While summer is the busy season, the famous winter carnival, the Carnival de Québec attracts huge crowds and is the city's most well-known event.

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Whitehorse

Highlights : Klondike gold rush history, northern lights in season

A visit to Whitehorse offers a chance to see life in Canada's far north. This is the capital of the Yukon and also a gateway to areas farther north, including Alaska and the beautiful Nahanni National Park .

The city's history dates back to the Klondike gold rush, when prospectors made their way through here on their route to Dawson City. Many of the city's attractions offer insight into the gold-rush days, and beyond the city limits are some beautiful natural areas to explore. If you are lucky, the night sky will come to life with a display of northern lights .

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Whitehorse

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Whistler

Highlights : World-class ski resort, Olympic history, views from the gondola, Cloudraker Skybridge

Whistler has long been known as a world-class ski destination and was the site of many of the skiing events during the 2010 Winter Olympics hosted by Vancouver. Despite this reputation, Whistler is an equally impressive and popular summer destination, with hiking, biking, golfing, and many other activities on offer.

The village has grown over the years and is now a vibrant, high-end resort town with a great selection of hotels, restaurants, and shops.

The Whistler-Blackcomb mountains are famous for their incredible terrain and bring in skiers from around the world. The Peak-2-Peak Gondola , which joins the two mountains, is an 11-minute, 4.4-kilometer-long ride, with spectacular views, and is open to skiers or non-skiers year-round.

The resort has recently added the new Cloudraker Skybridge near the top of the Peak Chair. This 130-meter metal bridge spans a small alpine valley and ends at the Raven's Nest. The viewing platform provides 360-degree views of the surrounding area, including world-famous Black Tusk.

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Lighthouse in Cavendish National Park

Highlights : Small town charm, PEI National Park, incredible beaches nearby

If you are going to visit Charlottetown , you might as well take the time to explore the whole province of Prince Edward Island . PEI is a summertime playground, with beautiful beaches and interesting historic sites, including the fictional home of Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island National Park .

Charlottetown is the capital and main city but has an almost small-town feel, with numerous Victorian-style heritage buildings. PEI is small enough that you can see the whole island on even a short vacation. Many visitors, particularly families, rent beach houses or cottages on PEI during the summer months.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Charlottetown

Surfers in Tofino

Highlights : Huge beaches; surfing hotspot; cool, funky town; old-growth forest hiking nearby

The unofficial surfing capital of Canada , the small town of Tofino on Vancouver Island is one of the most unique places to visit in Canada and draws a mixed crowd of visitors.

People come here to surf, hike in the old-growth forests , and enjoy the huge beaches in and around Pacific Rim National Park . This is also a great place to see wildlife, kayak, storm watch in November, and relax at one of the luxurious resorts or set up camp under towering trees at a cozy campground .

The town itself is tiny and has an end-of-the-world type feel about it, but you can find fine dining at some of the lodges or a few of the restaurants around town. A handful of stores, galleries, and coffee shops give the town a special character.

Despite the town's small size, the area feels big. With so much to see and do, you'll want to plan at least a few days here, although it's easy to fill up a week or more. Not far away is Ucluelet , another small town, which you can easily visit on an outing from Tofino.

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Kelowna

Highlights : Lake Okanagan waterfront, beaches, golfing, downhill skiing in the winter

In the interior of British Columbia is the lovely city of Kelowna. This city is a favorite spot for Canadians but less well-known internationally.

Picturesquely set on the shore of Lake Okanagan and surrounded by rolling mountains, Kelowna draws tourists during the summer months, when it's possible to hike, golf, or enjoy the lake at one of the many wonderful beaches in town.

Renting a houseboat to explore the surrounding waters is a popular summer vacation in this area. In winter, the surrounding mountains are a hotspot for skiers, with the popular nearby ski resorts of Big White and Silver Star , two of British Columbia's best ski resorts , within easy reach.

Just down the lake from Kelowna is the picturesque small town of Penticton , home to some of the best beaches in the Okanagan.

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Ski touring at Revelstoke

Highlights : A historic mining town, epic resorts and heli-skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer

The adventure town of Revelstoke is one of the best places to visit in Canada for adventure. Although it's a favorite destination among Albertans and British Columbians, it is still undiscovered on an international scale, making it a good place to escape the crowds associated with sightseeing destinations like Banff and Lake Louise.

Beautiful mountain scenery surrounds this small town in the interior of British Columbia, but much of the appeal comes from the activities available for outdoor lovers.

In winter, skiers come here to enjoy skiing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort , one of the best ski resorts in British Columbia , or to go heli-skiing in the Purcell Mountains. In summer, mountain biking and hiking are the most popular things to do. Nightlife here has been expanding over the last number of years, and you can find plenty of places to frequent after a day of skiing or hiking.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Revelstoke

Biking in Winnipeg

Highlights : The Forks Market, historic 19th-century buildings, Museum for Human Rights

This thriving city in the prairies of Central Canada may not be the first image that jumps to mind when thinking about the best places to visit in Canada, but if you are traveling in summer, Winnipeg is worth a stop. Surrounded by fields, many of which glow yellow in summer with canola or sunflowers, and set along the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, the city is surprisingly scenic.

The dynamic and fun Forks Market , at the confluence of the two rivers, has restaurants, and outdoor walking trails (a skating rink in winter) and is one of the first places tourists should visit. Also in this area is one of Canada's premiere museums: the Canadian Museum for Human Rights .

Within a couple of hours of the city is Grand Beach , one of Canada's best beaches set on the shore of Lake Winnipeg, and the Whiteshell Provincial Park , an area of boreal forest with some of Manitoba's best lakes and rivers. People come here to camp, hike, or spend time at a cottage.

Accommodation: Where to Stay in Winnipeg

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Polar bear in Churchill

Highlights : Up close and personal encounters with polar bears

The small town of Churchill is the place in Canada to see polar bears in their natural environment. These huge beasts roam the tundra just outside of town in search of their next meal when the ice is out on Hudson Bay. Tours in specially created vehicles called Tundra Buggies will take you out into the vast wilderness to see the bears safely and comfortably.

Nearby and also worth visiting is one of Canada's most famous and rarely visited National Historic Sites, the Prince of Wales Fort. Dating from 1731, this massive stone structure is fun to explore, and after your visit, you'll be glad you weren't one of the men stationed here.

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Areas and Regions to Visit in Canada: If you want to extend your travels beyond the best cities and towns in Canada and tackle a region, you can find some interesting destinations. In Eastern Canada, consider the Gaspé Peninsula , a picturesque region in Quebec that juts into the St. Lawrence River. On the West Coast, Vancouver Island offers remote stretches of wilderness, small towns, and incredible hiking trails and campgrounds . To experience Canada's far north, have a look at the beauty of Nunavut .

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Whether you’re planning on visiting for outdoor adventure in the form of hiking, biking, whitewater rafting, or skiing—or you want to bask in the sun on a scenic stretch of sand, or maybe pitch a tent in a remote provincial park—there is no shortage of things to do across Canada or worthwhile places to go . It’s a welcoming country that makes it possible to carve out whatever vacation experience you’re dreaming of. For foodies, history buffs, families, couples or groups of friends, Canada has so much to offer, no one will feel left out. For those beginning the planning process or simply looking for travel inspiration, here are 25 of the best things to do in Canada.

See the Northern Lights in Yukon

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There is a good reason that so many people have the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) on their bucket lists. That’s because they are a sight that is almost unreal, taking over the sky in brilliant vistas of shifting colors. Visible from mid-August to mid-April (best viewed between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.), the Yukon is one of the best places in Canada to get a glimpse. Your best option for optimal viewing is to drive outside the capital city of Whitehorse, or you can book a guided tour with a local company. Alternatively, another great spot to view the natural phenomenon is from the Takahini Hot Springs, not far from downtown Whitehorse, for a relaxing soak while you catch the light show. Check the latest Northern Lights forecast here .

Take a Stroll in Stanley Park

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Vancouver's first and largest urban park is so much more than a simple green space. The hub of activity is bustling year-round and offers something to see and do for just about anyone. Get your bearings with a walk around the Seawall, Stanley Park's most famous feature, with its impressive 5.5-mile paved route that loops around the park. Visitors can also experience more than 16 miles of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, restaurants, and natural, cultural, and historical landmarks. You’ll also find a waterpark and picnic areas here to keep you busy.

Soak Stress Away at Banff Upper Hot Springs

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If the thought of slowly lowering yourself into a steaming pool of natural mineral water surrounded by epic mountain views sounds like something worth doing, it’s well worth putting Banff Upper Hot Springs on your must-visit list. Open year-round (even in the winter), Banff Upper Hot Springs is the highest operating hot spring in Canada. Located near the top of Sulphur Mountain, a soak in the thermal pools is especially soothing after a day of hiking or skiing in Banff or surrounding areas. Or visit in the early morning before it gets busy later in the day.

Bike the Confederation Trail

Love exploring on two wheels? You won’t be disappointed with a ride along the Confederation Trail. The 270-mile walking, cycling and snowmobile trail (a former train line) that runs from one end of Prince Edward Island to the other. Set out on your own, or book a ride with several local guides and tours. Expect beautiful scenery as you ride as well as the chance to stop off at a number of waterfront villages that are worth stopping in for a local meal or simply to soak up some local PEI life.

Snap Some Photos of Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse

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There may be some 160 lighthouses in Nova Scotia, but Peggy's Cove Lighthouse (also known as Peggy's Point Lighthouse) is one of the most well-known in the province and one of the most photographed in Canada. Located in the fishing village of Peggy’s Cove along the South Shore, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse was built in 1915 and remains a steadfast beacon, painted in red and white and overlooking a large bay. Once you’ve taken the requisite photos, make a stop in the nearby fishing village for some fresh maritime lobster.

Take a Walk on the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk

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The Halifax waterfront is home to one of the world’s longest downtown boardwalks, the nearly 2.5-mile Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk. And this walk isn’t just to soak up some seaside scenery. Here you will also find many cultural and historical experiences like the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. You can also stop by the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (the longest continuously operating farmers' market in North America) for something to eat along the way. Or just meander in and out of the many little shops and boutiques along the way. End you day on the water with a meal at one of the boardwalk’s restaurants or pubs.

Traverse the Capilano Suspension Bridge

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Envelop yourself in nature and get a bird’s eye view of the forest canopy with a walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge . Take a deep breath as you make your way across the 459-foot expanse, which hangs nearly 230 feet above the rushing Capilano River. If that wasn’t enough, there are a few more adventures to check out once over the bridge. First up, the Cliffwalk—a series of walkways above the rainforest, and then there’s the Treetops Adventure, consisting of seven bridges suspended by 250-year-old Douglas firs, 100 feet above the forest floor

Experience the Calgary Stampede

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Calgary is known for many things, and there are more than enough reasons to visit , but for 10 days in July, the Calgary Stampede takes over the city and attracts more than a million visitors from around the world. It’s a massive celebration that brings the city together. The Calgary Stampede Parade kicks things off, and then it's nonstop action. Visitors can watch cowboys and cowgirls compete at the Stampede Rodeo, enjoy live music nightly, fuel up with free pancake breakfasts, go on rides and play games at the Calgary Stampede Midway, and much more.

Float the Day Away at Little Manitou Lake

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Can’t get to the Dead Sea? Don’t worry—there’s a comparable experience in Canada. Located in Saskatchewan, Little Manitou Lake is Canada’s answer to the Dead Sea as it is high in both salt and minerals, making it the perfect place to stop by for a float—and float you will (no effort required). Many people plan a weekend or overnight trip, and there are several hotels and campsites near the water.

Visit the Hopewell Rocks

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The shores of the Bay of Fundy are where you will find the famous Hopewell Rocks. These are unique rock formations created by tidal erosion over thousands of years. Also known as the ‘Flowerpot Rocks,’ the majestic formations also boast vegetation-covered tops, making them look like massive flower pots. The best part is, you can experience Hopewell Rocks both at low and high tide. At low tide, walk among the rocks and look up—way up. While at high tide, kayak among the tops of the rocks for a totally different perspective. There are also two sandy beaches and walking trails to explore.

Camp in Killarney Provincial Park

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There’s nothing quite like pulling your canoe up on the beach, looking around and seeing nothing but nature, and feeling the quiet of the landscape that surrounds you. If you’re looking to get off the grid, the 400-square-mile wilderness of Killarney Provincial Park should fit the bill. Here you will find over 50 crystal-clear lakes amidst the rugged Georgian Bay Coast and the white quartzite ridges of the surrounding La Cloche Mountains. The park offers extensive backcountry canoeing and kayaking experiences wherein you paddle or hike to your campsite or have a car camping experience at George Lake campground, with access to beaches, trails, and canoeing.

Try the EdgeWalk at CN Tower

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Visiting the CN Tower is an iconic Toronto experience, but you can go a few steps further than a typical experience. Depending on your threshold for thrill-seeking, beyond the CN Tower’s LookOut Level or Glass Floor, there’s EdgeWalk. This adventure is the first of its kind in North America. It has participants doing a hands-free walk around the tower's central pod, 116 stories above the ground—truly a bucket-list-worthy experience. 

Check out Wood Buffalo National Park

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Wood Buffalo National Park is Canada’s largest national park (covering a whopping 27,841 square miles) and one of the world's largest. Here you will find the world’s largest beaver dam and one of the world’s largest herds of free-roaming bison. Birders, take note: The park is also where you will find the last remaining natural nesting area for the endangered whooping crane. Explore on foot or by canoe to get a sense of the many natural wonders on offer, of which there are enough to warrant an overnight (or longer) stay.

Explore Old Town Lunenburg

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Take a step back in time with a visit to Old Town Lunenburg, the best surviving planned British colonial town in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Scenic harbor-side streets are lined with shops and restaurants that easily blend with the well-preserved historic homes, so everywhere you look feels a bit like looking at history come to life. Spend some time browsing small art galleries, stopping by a café, or stocking up on one-of-a-kind souvenirs. 

Head Underground via Toronto’s PATH

While there is so much to see and do in Toronto above ground, the city is also home to what Guinness World Records notes as the largest underground shopping complex in the world. PATH is an 18-mile network that runs under the downtown core, stretching from Queens Quay in the south all the way up to the Eaton Centre. This maze of subterranean walkways is filled with shops, restaurants (from food courts to high-end dining), fitness centers, spas, and entertainment making it perfect for getting around on frigid Toronto days.

Explore the East Coast Trail

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Grab your camera (or make sure your smartphone is charged) because you’ll be faced with some impressive scenery along the East Coast Trail. Depending on the amount of exertion you want to expend, you’ll find a wide range of wilderness hiking and walking paths from easy to more advance that take you past towering cliffs, rock arches, fjords, sea stacks, and the Sprout, a wave-driven freshwater geyser. In total there are 338 miles of developed and undeveloped East Coast Trail so finding the perfect route shouldn’t be too difficult. 

Go Back in Time in Old Montreal

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Beautiful architecture? Check. Historic buildings aplenty? Also check. Add to that an ultra-charming, yet laid-back vibe, cute cafes, and markets, and you have a recipe for a multifaceted experience. So, a visit to Old Montreal is a must for anyone visiting the city. Simply meandering the scenic cobblestone streets, taking photos, and people-watching is a worthwhile endeavor on its own, and when you need a rest, you have your pick of bars, restaurants, and pubs.

Eat Your Way Though St. Lawrence Market

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Consider yourself a foodie? Or maybe you’re just feeling hungry. If you happen to be in Toronto, make your way to the city’s largest market —a definite must-do on any trip to Toronto. The market was even voted the best food market in the world by National Geographic. The South Market is home to over 120 specialty food vendors selling everything from fresh produce and baked goods, to prepared foods, dairy, meat, and seafood. It’s worth spending a couple of hours slowly taking in the sights and smells, stocking up on (and sampling) local goods as you go.

Stop by Little Limestone Lake

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You might not think a body of water similar in hue to what you might find in the Caribbean can be seen in Manitoba, but Little Limestone Lake is worth the trip for the colors alone. Located around 275 miles north of Winnipeg, this lake is known as the biggest and best marl lake globally. Marl is a calcium carbonate-rich deposit, and when temperatures are high, it’s formed as calcite and separates out of the water. This process creates crystals that lead to a turquoise hue. When it’s cold, the calcite dissolves, and the water is perfectly clear. Little Limestone Lake can range from soft blue-grey to vibrant aquamarine to sky blue throughout the course of a single day.

Browse the Art Gallery of Ontario

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Whether you consider yourself an art buff or simply enjoy spending time in galleries when you travel, wandering through the light-filled Art Gallery of Ontario , whether the permanent collection or a special exhibition never gets old. The AGO is one of the largest art museums in North America, home to over 90,000 works and collections comprised of Canadian, European, contemporary art, photography, and more. A major expansion designed by Frank Gehry in 2008 cemented the AGO as a must-visit cultural institution. 

Spend Time in Prince Edward Island National Park

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Whether you’re an active traveler looking for some fun things to do outdoors, or you simply want to hit the beach, Prince Edward Island National Park is a real Canadian treasure. Located on the north shore of the province, the park includes many scenic white and red sand beaches ideal for swimming—or explore the park by kayak, canoe, or stand-up paddleboard. Visitors can also enjoy over 30 miles of trails for hiking. Keep your eye out for one of the park’s iconic “Red Chairs,” spaced at various vistas throughout the park

Visit Pond Inlet

Located in Nunavut, Pond Inlet is an ideal place to visit if you’ve ever wanted to catch a glimpse of the “unicorn of the sea,” otherwise known as the narwhal – those curious creatures featuring long tusks protruding from their heads. Large pods of narwhals frequent the area so there are many chances to spot some. But that’s not all – Pond Inlet is also situated near scenic fiords, glaciers and icebergs and surrounded by mountain ranges. You may also have the chance to see beluga and orca whales, ringed and harp seals, caribou, arctic foxes and wolves.

Do a Winery Tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake

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Wine lovers will want to think about planning a vacation to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known by the locals as NOTL, this picturesque destination is packed with old town charm and just happens to be surrounded by wineries. Over 80 vineyards call the Niagara region home, and of those, nearly 30 can be found in the Niagara-on-the-Lake area. The area is also world-renowned for its icewine, wine made from grapes frozen on the vine. Whether you book a guided tour or rent a bike to ride between tasting rooms, there are plenty of options for enjoying a tasting (or three). 

Shop the Iconic Jean-Talon Market

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In the heart of Montreal’s Little Italy neighborhood, you will find one of North America’s largest open-air public markets . Even if you’re not planning on buying anything, just browsing the many stalls piled high with local goods is a must-do in the city. If you do want to pack your basket with goodies, you’ll find everything from fresh produce and flowers to cheese, meats, specialty food items, and much more.

Stay on Fogo Island

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Remote Fogo Island is the largest island of Newfoundland and Labrador’s coast, and it really is a sight to behold. One of the main draws here is the architecturally stunning Fogo Island Inn , a luxury hotel situated next to the sea along the rocky coastline and feeling like something out of a very stylish storybook. The hotel itself is perched on stilts, and all 29 rooms come with floor-to-ceiling views of the sea and sky. There are rooftop hot tubs and woodfired saunas, and a library containing works about Newfoundland. When you’re not sitting in awe of the views from your room, take an island tour with a local or explore the many local artist studios. 

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  • 40 Best Places To Visit In Canada In 2024 That Will Leave You Spellbound

23 Mar 2023

The best places to visit in Canada are proof that the country has a heart bigger than its size when it comes to satiating the wanderlust of every type of traveller. You would happily agree with us once you see them with your own eyes. Be it the lakes, the gardens, or the cities as a whole, Canada has got it all that would make your holiday worthwhile! Explore the cosmopolitan Toronto streets and the mountains of the Canadian Rockies. There are a whole lot of destinations that you can visit in this second-largest country in the world. Canada will mesmerize you with its vibrant landscapes, raw nature, and soul-filling culture. No wonder, people often flock to Canada for a dose of adventure and exuberance. Take a look at these places in Canada so that you know which ones you need to put on the top of your list!

40 Best Places To Visit In Canada In 2024

Canada is a country that has half of its land covered in forests, which should come as no surprise as one-tenth of the total forests of the world are in Canada. Thinking about exploring Canada? Here is the perfect list of the great places to visit in Canada on your trip. Take a look at the best places in Canada and choose which ones are you going to explore on your trip!

  • Niagara Falls : An Elegant View
  • Whistler : Your Perfect Ski Resort
  • Quebec City : Explore The French Influence
  • St. John’s : An Artist’s Retreat
  • Tofino : A Water Lover’s Paradise
  • Churchill : Seek Tons Of Adventure
  • Old Montreal : Discover An Old-World Charm
  • Banff National Park : A Popular Destination
  • Stanley Park : The French Connection
  • Butchart Gardens : A Picture-Perfect Land
  • Okanagan Valley : A Paradise For Tourists
  • Gros Morne National Park : Explore The Geological Diversity
  • Algonquin Provincial Park : A Perfect Spot For Tourists
  • Yoho National Park : A Must Visit Destination
  • CN Tower, Toronto : For A Remarkable Time
  • Lake Louise : Perfect For Adventure Sports
  • Bay Of Fundy : Witness The Oceanic Experience
  • The Yukon : A Magical Delight
  • Garibaldi Lake : With Wondrous Sights
  • Pyramid Lake : A Picturesque Water Resource
  • Cheakamus Lake : For Stunning Views
  • Maligne Lake : Paradise For Photographers
  • Hornby Island : A Simple Slice Of Land
  • Cape Breton : An Unexplored Land
  • Forillon National Park : Hike The Untamed Trails
  • Moraine Lake : Witness The Clear Reflection Of Mountains
  • Perce Rock : Admire The Natural Beauty
  • Mingan Monoliths : Gape At The Oldest Monoliths
  • Jasper National Park : Get Ready For Adventure
  • Peggy’s Cove : Explore The Hidden Gem
  • Mount Logan : Stand On The Highest Peak In Canada
  • Osoyoos : Taste Wine & Get The Best Views
  • Columbia Icefield Skywalk : Watch The Beauty From Up Top
  • The Grotto : Haven For Adventure Fanatics
  • Montmorency Falls : Explore The Highest Falls
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge : Lap Of Nature Calls You
  • Waterton Lakes National Park : Bags All The Titles
  • Prince Edward Island:  For A Splendid Game Of Golf
  • Kluane National Park and Reserve:  For Wildlife Enthusiasts
  • Mont Tremblant:  For Skiing Activities

1. Niagara Falls: An Elegant View

Niagara Falls With Rainbow in Canada, one of the best places to visit in Canada

If there is one destination you’d find in every ‘best places to visit in Canada during summers’ list, it is Niagara Falls. Built along the spellbinding waterfalls of the same name, this famous city is an ideal place to explore if you’re looking for a magical experience. It is indeed one of the most iconic and best places to visit in Canada. Have a great time enjoying the views and clicking pictures of the cascading falls. You’ll have an unparalleled sightseeing experience when you visit Niagara Falls at night. Counted among the best places to visit in Canada in the summer, Niagara Falls is worth exploring on your next trip to this amazing country. 

Best time to visit: June – August How to reach: The nearest airport is Buffalo-Niagara International Airport which is just 30-40 minutes away from Niagara Falls. You can take a cab and reach the falls easily. Things To Do:

  • Witness the gorgeous waterfalls
  • Get your game on at the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
  • Spend time at the MarineLand

Location: Ontario, Canada

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2. Whistler: Your Perfect Ski Resort

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Home to one of the largest ski resorts in North America, Whistler is one of the best places in Canada for winter holidays! Skiing, snowshoeing, and tobogganing are a few of the thrilling sports to indulge in for enjoying this captivating snow land. So, if you are a thrill seeker, then Whistler is one of the best places to visit in Canada for you! If you’re travelling from Vancouver to Whistler, then you can call a cab that will make you reach in about 1 hour 30 minutes. You can choose from the best hotels in Edmonton for a lavish stay in Canada.

Best time to visit: June – August, December – March How to reach: The nearest airport is Vancouver International Airport which is 2.5 hours away from Whistler. You can take a cab and reach Whistler easily. 

Things To Do:

  • Indulge in snowmobiling
  • Witness the town’s vibrant culture by visiting the art museums and cultural centres
  • Dine at 21 Steps or Alta Bistro

Location: British Columbia, Canada

3. Quebec City: Explore The French Influence

Quebec City is one of the romantic and the best places to visit in Canada

Renowned as North America’s oldest walled city, and the most beautiful city in Canada and considered top Canada tourist places, which you must visit with your partner if magic, romance, and all things French are what tickles your fancy the most. Have an amazing time with your partner in the magical Quebec City. It is one of the most enchanting and the cool places to see in Canada because of the art and cultural scenes.

Best time to visit: June, September – December How to reach: The nearest airport is Quebec City Jean Lesage International Airport. You can take a cab from the airport to reach the city easily.

  • Visit historic attractions like The Citadel
  • Relax at the Battlefields Park
  • Walk along the scenic Terrasse Dufferin

Location: Québec, Canada

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4. St. John’s: An Artist’s Retreat

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When in Canada places to visit can be abundant and spoil you with its choices. One of the best places to visit in Canada with family which is popular for its jelly-beaned & crayon-colored houses, and being an artist’s retreat, St. John’s is like a mini San Francisco. Considered as one of the best cities to visit in Canada, you can explore the city with an open heart. Despite being the oldest city, the vibe of this place is as refreshing as that of any metro town, which is perfect for any of your holidays. Also, do not miss the Water Street when you are here!

Best time to visit: April – May, September – October How to reach: The nearest airport is St. John’s International Airport from where you can take a cab and reach the destination. 

  • Visit the Cape Spear Lighthouse
  • Learn about the local culture and history at The Rooms
  • Shop and eat at the famous Water Street

Location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

5. Tofino: A Water Lover’s Paradi

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A wonderful view of Tofino, one of the best places to visit in Canada

If you can’t imagine a holiday without a beach, Tofino is the place for you! It’s a paradise for water lovers and a haven for people seeking comfort in their cosy hotel rooms after spending a long day out in the town. Have a great time by the beach in Tofino. It is one of the places to go in Canada for an exotic beach time.

Best time to visit: March-May, September – November How to reach: The nearest airport is Tofino-Ucluelet Airport from where you can take a cab and reach Tofino easily.  Things To Do:

  • Explore the famous beaches like Long Beach and Chesterman Beach
  • Try the popular fish tacos
  • Indulge in kayaking and camping at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

Location: Vancouver Island, Canada

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6. Churchill: Seek Tons Of Adventure

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If you are looking for Canada tourist places, this is the one you must check out. This small town located on Hudson Bay definitely counts as one of the top places to visit in Canada. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchills is the perfect hotspot for travellers who love having a close encounter with wildlife. It is also a great destination for adventure seekers and one can enjoy underwater activities here.

Best time to visit: October – November How to reach: The nearest airport is Churchill Airport from where you can take a cab and reach Churchill.  Things To Do:

  • Swim or snorkel with Beluga whales
  • Explore Fort Prince of Wales
  • Take a Tundra Buggy tour

Location: Manitoba, Canada

7. Old Montreal: Discover An Old-World Charm

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If you are wondering where to go in Canada, then make sure Montreal comes to your mind. Old-world charm, spectacular buildings, and horse-drawn carriages are pretty much what describe the fascinating aura of this oldest area in Montreal. For travellers in pursuit of a peaceful & unique experience, this is the perfect place to be! Have a great time with your folks in one of the best places to visit in Canada.

Best time to visit: March-May, September-November How to reach: The best way to reach Old Montreal is by opting for a ride in the metro stations. There are three metro stations on the orange line – Square-Victoria, Place-d’Armes, and Champ-de-Mars. You can get down at any of these stations to reach Old Montreal.  Things To Do In Montreal:

  • Explore the underground city
  • Rejuvenate at the Spa Scandinave
  • Take the Old Montreal food tour

Location: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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8. Banff National Park: A Popular Destination

With a spectacular view of lake surrounded with lush greenery, Banff National Park is a must visit landscape in Canada.

Chances are, you have already heard of Banff National Park in Canada a lot of times. And why not, it is among the top Canada destinations every traveller must visit and among the best things to do in Alberta , Canada. Turquoise-colored lakes, spectacular glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and mesmerizing landscapes, everything beautiful can be witnessed here at once. Excited to visit? You should be since it is one of the best places to visit in Canada.

Best time to visit: June-August, December-March How to reach: The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport from where you can take a cab and reach the national park easily.  Things To Do:

  • Capture the beauty of Lake Louise and Bow Lake
  • Take a ride in the Banff Gondola
  • Go for hiking or whitewater rafting

Timings: 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM every day Location: 224 Banff Avenue, Town of Banff, Alberta, Canada

9. Stanley Park: The French Connection

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Vancouver is one of the most famous French cities in Canada which is a popular destination among travelers. If the red-orange coloured trees shown in movies have always tickled your fancy, Stanley Park is one place you have to visit in Canada. The red cedar and Douglas fir trees around with a gorgeous view of the city would not only leave you spellbound but also make you fall for nature again. Do visit the park, especially when searching for some of the famous places in Canada.Among the top 10 tourist attractions in Canada, Stanley Park offers a wholesome experience to all.

Best time to visit: Late-March, April, June-October How to reach: To reach Stanley Park, you can either take a bus or opt for a car ride in the city and reach the destination within a few minutes. Things To Do:

  • Walk through the majestic cedars and firs
  • Indulge in biking or rollerblading
  • Take a ride in the Miniature Train

Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day Location: Vancouver, BC V6G 1Z4, Canada

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10. Butchart Gardens: A Picture-Perfect Land

Butchart Gardens are among the best places to visit in Canada

Of all the top tourist attractions in Canada, Butchart Gardens is the best place to explore with a camera in hand. With an enchanting display of flowers around, fun boat tours, night illuminations & more, there’s a lot to see and do here that will make your holiday vibrant! Ready to capture some Instagram-worthy pictures? Gear up to explore every corner of this one of the best spots to visit in Canada. 

Best time to visit: July & August How to reach: One of the best ways to reach here is by taking bus number 75 which takes around an hour from downtown Victoria to the Butchart Gardens. Things To Do:

  • Capture the gorgeous flowers around
  • Witness the fireworks show designed by Disney
  • Indulge in ice skating

Timings: 8:45 AM to 10:00 PM Location: 800 Benvenuto Ave, Brentwood Bay, BC V8M 1J8, Canada

11. Okanagan Valley: A Paradise For Tourists

Okanagan Valley is among the best places to visit in Canada known for  its fine wineries

Known for its wineries and fruit orchards, the Okanagan is one of the best places in Canada to visit. A walk into the region here makes you feel like you have stepped right into heaven. So, try and savor the beauty around not just with your eyes, but also with your camera. Book yourself a wine tour at one of its wineries!

Best time to visit: June-September How to reach: The nearest airport is Kelowna International Airport from where you can take a cab and reach the destination easily.  Things To Do:

  • Visit the Sperling Vineyards or Mission Hill Winery
  • Spend time at the Okanagan Lake
  • Take a tour of the Kelowna region

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12. Gros Morne National Park: Explore The Geological Diversity

Come closer to nature while enjoying the mesmerizing sight of Gros Morne National Park

This national park is one of the Canada points of interest you must visit and explore. Geologically diverse and beautiful, it is a part of Long Range Mountains , which makes it the best place to visit in Canada for the first time for a nature admirer like you! Enjoy nature walks and stroll into the wild at this stunning national park.

Best time to visit: late May  to mid-October How to reach: The nearest airport is located at Deer Lake which is just 30 minutes away from the park. From there, you can take a cab and reach the Gros Morne National Park easily.  Things To Do:

  • Walk through the Tablelands
  • Enjoy mesmerizing views from the Western Brook Pond Cruise
  • Go on a wilderness hike in the Long Range Mountains

13. Algonquin Provincial Park: A Perfect Spot For Tourists

Algonquin Provincial Park is one of the best places to visit in Canada

With lush green forests, enchanting rivers & lakes, this place makes for the best tourist places in Canada for anyone who loves nature. You can indulge in wildlife spotting, camping, canoeing, and more activities during your visit, which ensures you take back home more than just pictures. What more can you ask for on a vacation?

Best time to visit: Mid-September to early October How to reach: Take a taxi from any part of the city to reach Algonquin Provincial Park in just a few minutes.  Things to do:

  • Experience backcountry camping
  • Enjoy dog sledging, fishing, and whitewater canoeing
  • Indulge in wildlife spotting

Location: Ontario 60, Ontario K0J 2M0, Canada

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14. Yoho National Park: A Must Visit Destination

A splendid view of Yoho National Park

Of all the Canada tourist places, Yoho National Park located in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains falls under nature lovers’ visit places in Canada. Its gorgeously massive Wapta and Takakkaw Falls make it ideal for your Canada holiday pictures. Enjoy the sight of the cascading falls.

Best time to visit: Mid-May to early October How to reach: The best way to reach Yoho National Park is by taking a cab from your hotel to this place as there is no other service that you can avail of.  Things To Do:

  • Enjoy a serene drive up to Takakkaw Falls
  • Stroll along the Emerald Lake
  • Take a bike ride on the Yoho Valley Road

Location: Field, BC V0A 1G0, Canada

15. CN Tower, Toronto: For A Remarkable Time

CN tower is among the famous and the best places to visit in Canada

Looking for the best places to visit in Canada Toronto? Touching and beautifying the Toronto skyline, CN Tower will be the perfect destination for you. Be it dining at the 360 Restaurant, indulging in edge walking on the glass outside, or just admiring the views of the city from the top, this iconic landmark is the most apt place to visit. Do add it to your amazing list of best places to visit in Canada for couples. You can choose from the best hotels in Toronto and explore the city’s best attractions and views on your holiday.

Best time to visit: late-April to May & mid-September to mid-October How to reach: There are several ways to reach CN Tower and the best one is to take a ride in the local bus and reach one of these stations – St West at Blue Jays Way, Queens Quay West at Rees St., and Adelaide St West at John St East Side.   Things To Do In Toronto:

  • Indulge in the world’s highest ‘hands-free’ walk
  • Eat at the award-winning 360 Restaurant
  • Capture the beauty of Toronto from the top of the tower

Timings: 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM Location: 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada

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16. Lake Louise: Perfect For Adventure Sports

Lake Louise Banff Canada

There is no doubt that this lake is one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Apart from admiring the turquoise lakes , the Victoria Glacier, and spectacular mountains in the backdrop, you can also indulge in kayaking or fishing in the summer which makes it an awesome places to visit in Canada in April, and snowshoeing & skiing in the winters amongst the best things to do in Victoria for an exciting vacation in Canada. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to lose yourself by visiting Lake Louise in Canada.

Best time to visit: late-June to mid-September How to reach: The nearest airport is Calgary International Airport which is about 2 hours away from Lake Louise.  Things To Do:

  • Indulge in snowboarding at Lake Louise Ski Resort
  • Explore the village of Lake Louise
  • Attend the Ice Magic Festival

Location: Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

17. Bay Of Fundy: Witness The Oceanic Experience

A breathtaking view of Bay of Fundy which is one of the best places to visit in Canada

Popular for offering the famous ‘walk on the ocean’ experience, this is one of the most heartwarming Canada tourist attractions. You can witness the highest tides in the world here, and also various species of whales at the same time. This is undeniably one of the most famous places in Canada that you must explore. Excited to visit the Bay of Fundy?

Best time to visit: June – August How to reach: The best way to reach the Bay of Fundy is by opting for the railway’s services as it is the only way available. Things To Do:

  • Enjoy the tidal bore rafting
  • Take pictures of the whales
  • Go for golfing in the Canadian Maritimes

Location: New Brunswick, Canada

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18. The Yukon: A Magical Delight

Feel like witnessing some magical world at the Yukon in Canada

Sometimes a gorgeous sight is all you need to make your holiday magical. The dance of the northern lights in the sky easily visible from Whitehorse or Dempster Highway makes Yukon one of the best places to travel in Canada, especially during winter. So, do make sure you put this on your list and have a magical trip.

Best time to visit: May – October How to reach: To reach The Yukon, you will have to reach Vancouver first from where you can take a boat cruise to The Yukon. Things To Do:

  • Witness the northern lights in Whitehorse or Dempster Highway
  • Fly over the Kluane National Park
  • Explore the Takhini Hot Springs

Location: Yukon, NW, Canada

19. Garibaldi Lake: With Wondrous Sights

Garibaldi National Park is among the best places to visit in Canada

The turquoise waters and the snowy Canada mountains make this place a postcard-perfect beauty. While you can indulge in hiking and a lot of activities here, leaving your camera alone is something you wouldn’t want to do even for a second. Try to capture all the wondrous sights that this park has to offer. Make sure that you include it in your list and it is one of the must-visit places in Canada.

Best time to visit: July – September How to reach: The best way to reach Garibaldi Lake is by taking a taxi from your destination.  Things To Do:

  • Enjoy overnight camping
  • Experience the fun of snowshoeing
  • Relax by the lake and capture the picturesque beauty as memories

Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada

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20. Pyramid Lake: A Picturesque Water Resource

A gorgeous view of Pyramid Lake in Canada

If you’re looking for the best tourist places in Canada, this lake should definitely be on your list. Apart from experiences like windsurfing, canoeing, and ice skating, the picturesque beauty of this place makes it a famous tourist spot and a paradise for photographers. Do not forget your camera behind! You can choose from the best guest houses in Ottawa for a comfortable stay in Canada.

Best time to visit: October – June How to reach: The nearest airport is Reno-Tahoe International Airport from where you can take a taxi to reach the destination.  Things To Do:

  • Admire the beauty of the lake with the Pyramid Mountain in the background
  • Indulge in kayaking, canoeing, or sailing
  • Spot birds like herons, loons, and chickadee

Location: Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada

21. Cheakamus Lake: For Stunning Views

A marvellous view of Cheakamus Lake

One of the best places to visit in Canada, the Cheakamus lake is famous among travelers due to the beautiful hike it offers. It is one of the best hikes that leads to stunning mountain views. The hike is relatively easy and one can enjoy lakeside picnics. It is one of the best places to visit in Canada during the summer.

Best time to visit: July – August How to reach: The best way to reach Cheakamus Lake is by driving west along Highway 1 towards Horseshoe Bay and then take Highway 99 towards Whistler. If you continue driving, you will reach the lake.  Things To Do:

  • Go hiking in Garibaldi Provincial Park along the Cheakamus lake.
  • Enjoy mountain biking on the scenic trails
  • Have a peaceful lakeside picnic with your friends and folks

Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park

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22. Maligne Lake: Paradise For Photographers

A stunning view of Maligne Lake which is among the best places to visit in Canada

One can enjoy Canada sightseeing by enjoying the scenic views the country offers to its travellers. One of the unique places to visit in Canada is Maligne Lake which is situated at the centre of the Jasper National Park. It is a stunning turquoise-coloured jewel, amidst lush green environs.

Best time to visit: May – October How to reach: The best way to reach the lake by taking a car or taxi ride as it is the only way available.  Things To Do:

  • Experience camping by the lakeside here
  • Adventure seekers can try glacier kayaking in Canada
  • Try your luck at fishing

Location: Jasper National Park

23. Hornby Island: A Simple Slice Of Land

A majestic view of Hornby Island which is one of the best places to visit in Canada

Hornby Island is a rural, simple, relaxed and incredibly beautiful island located in the calm waters of Georgia Strait in the Salish Sea between Vancouver Island and the mainland. The island has lots of calm waters, sandy beaches, lush forests, and miles of hiking trails bringing a huge number of tourists as it is one of the best places to visit in Canada. Visiting the island is just one of the exciting things to do in British Columbia .

Best time to visit: May – June How to reach: The nearest airport is Comox International Airport from where you can reach the destination easily.  Things To Do:

  • Visit the beaches and parks
  • Swim and sunbathe at Helliwell Park, Whaling Station Bay and Little Tribune Bay
  • Shop at the Isla de Lerena Vineyard, and Middle Mountain Mead
  • Take part in the Hornby Festival

Location : British Columbia

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24. Cape Breton: An Unexplored Land

An incredible view of Cape Breton

Image Source One of the best places to visit in Canada, Cape Breton, located in the eastern end of Nova Scotia has a rich heritage with French, aboriginal, Scottish, Irish, and English origins of the people who live here. This piece of land is undisturbed and unexplored through centuries. This is one of the best places to visit in Canada. The Cabot Trail is a roadway is the backbone of travel around Cape Breton which passes through forests and a rugged coastline. You can also visit one of the popular National Parks of Canada i.e. the Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Best time to visit: July – August How to reach: Drive from mainland Nova Scotia through the Canso Causeway and reach Cape Breton Island.  Things To Do:

  • Enjoy the Celtic Colours festival in mid-October
  • Play golf at the Cabot Links or Highland Links
  • Hike along the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail

Location:  Nova Scotia

25. Forillon National Park: Hike The Untamed Trails

A mesmerising view of Forillon National Park which is one of the best places to visit in Canada

One of the best places to see in Canada, is it tucked between the Gulf of St. Lawrence in Quebec and the Bay of Gaspe, Forillon National Park is home to several untamed hiking trails which has attracted several trekkers from not only Canada but from all around. While exploring the park, you will find several beaches, fishing villages, and steep cliffs. Moreover, there are more than 700 species of plants in the park including white and yellow birch, maple, and fir. There is no doubt in the fact that it is one of the best places in Canada for nature lovers.

Best time to visit: August How to reach: The nearest airport is Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport or Montreal or Jean Lesage International Airport from where you can take a cab and reach the National Park.  Things to do: 

  • Explore the trekking trails of this park.
  • Witness the wildlife in their natural habitat

Location:  2286 Bd de Grande Greve, Gaspé, QC G4X 6L7, Canada

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26. Moraine Lake: Witness The Clear Reflection Of Mountains

A spectacular view of Moraine Lake

Wondering where to go in Canada? Settled in the heart of Banff National Park, Moraine Lake is around nine miles long and probably one of the most beautiful places to see in Canada . The lake is filled with fresh glacial waters and is a popular spot for fishermen. The best part about this tourist spot is that you will get to see several sceneries which you can capture for memories. It is probably the best spot for photographers as the place offers mesmerizing landscapes. 

Best time to visit: Mid-June – July How to reach: The nearest airport is Calgary Airport from where you can take a cab to reach the lake. 

  • Things to do: 
  • Opt for kayaking and canoeing.
  • Explore the hiking trails.

Location:  Moraine Lake, Improvement District No. 9, AB, Canada

27. Perce Rock: Admire The Natural Beauty

A majestic view of Perce Rock which is one of the amazing and the best places to visit in Canada

While exploring the majestic St. Laurence River, you will find an enormous rock which is rising out of the sea in the middle of the river. The rock is named Perce Rock and is one of the top places to go in Canada for exploring natural beauty. You can also visit the nearby Perce village and hear stories about a sea monster. It is believed that the mood of the sea when the colour of the eyes of the monster changed. A trip to Canada is incomplete without exploring this place. 

Best time to visit: July – August How to reach: The nearest Canada airport is Michel-Pouliot Gaspé Airport from where you can take a cab and reach the destination.  Things to do: 

  • Mingle with the locals and get to know about the traditional stories.
  • Capture picturesque views. 

Location:  Percé, Quebec, Canada

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28. Mingan Monoliths: Gape At The Oldest Monoliths

A majestic view of Mingan Monoliths

Created 450 million years ago by nature, the Mingan Islands is a group of 40 islands that are explored by true nature lovers. The most striking features of these islands are majestic limestone monoliths are rising out of the sea, making it one of the best travel spots in Canada. Some of these structures are bare and others are covered with vegetation. If you are planning a vacation to Canada then make sure that you include Mingan Monoliths in your itinerary as it is one of the tourist attractions in Canada .

Best time to visit: July – early-September How to reach: The nearest airport is Riviere Au Tonnerre Airport which is just 40 km away. You can take a cab and reach your destination. Things to do: 

  • Explore the nearby places at your own pace. 

Location:  1010 Promenade Des Anciens, Havre-Saint-Pierre, QC G0G 1P0, Canada

29. Jasper National Park: Get Ready For Adventure

A mesmerising view of Jasper National Park which is counted among the best places to visit in Canada

Looking for adventurous and the best places to visit in Canada? Well, head to Jasper National Park which will not only offer amazing sceneries to capture but also various activities to indulge in. The park is home to many turquoise lakes and peaks that are worth capturing for your social media accounts. The views will appease your adventurous soul as well as put you into a state of euphoria. 

Best time to visit: March-May, September-November How to reach: <span style=The nearest airports are Edmonton International Airport (YEG) and Calgary International Airport (YYC) which are four to five hours away from the national park.  Things to do: 

  • Hike and traverse through the national park.
  • Capture amazing pictures.

Location:  Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

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30. Peggy’s Cove: Explore The Hidden Gem

A stunning view of Peggy’s Cove capturing the attention of visitors

Wondering where to visit in Canada ? Here is a picturesque place for you which is famous for its lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in the year 1915. Despite being a small place to explore, millions of travellers come to explore this place every year and spend some time unwinding. Peggy’s Cove is popular among locals and travellers due to its delicious seafood, fishing villages and beautiful sceneries. 

Best time to visit: November – April How to reach: The nearest airport is Halifax Stanfield International Airport from where you can take a cab to reach the destination. Location:  Peggys Cove, NS, Canada Things to do:  Explore the famous lighthouse. Relish tasty seafood and visit the nearby village.

31. Mount Logan: Stand On The Highest Peak In Canada

A breathtaking view of Mount Logan

Want to get higher? Obviously altitude-wise! Then, head to Mount Logan which is the highest peak in the whole of Canada. There is doubt in the fact that it is one of the best places to go in Canada to savour some amazing views from up top. The mountain was named after Sir William Edmond Logan who was a Canadian geologist as well as the founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.

Things To Do: Trekking Location: Yukon, Canada

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32. Osoyoos: Taste Wine & Get The Best Views

A gorgeous view of Osoyoos, one of the amazing and the best places to visit in Canada

If you want to witness the warmest welcome in Canada then you must visit Osoyoos. It is the most beautiful stretch in the Okanagan Valley where you get the best views of Canada. In addition to this, it is one of the major wine-producing regions of Canada so you can go for a wine tasting tour. Due to all these factors, Osoyoos is always counted among the top Canada tourist spots.If you want to witness the warmest welcome in Canada then you must visit Osoyoos. It is the most beautiful stretch in the Okanagan Valley where you get the best views of Canada. In addition to this, it is one of the major wine-producing regions of Canada so you can go for a wine tasting tour. Due to all these factors, Osoyoos is always counted among the top Canada tourist spots. Among the spectacular tourist sites in Canada , Osoyoos offers an amazing experience to food lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

Best time to visit: May – August How to reach: You can easily reach the destination by arriving at ANC Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and from there grab a cab. Best time to visit: June – August How to reach: There are several ways to reach Osoyoos and they include car, bus or airplane. When in Osoyoos, you can hire a taxi to explore the tourist attractions. Things To Do: Sightseeing, wine tour, paddle boat Location: British Columbia, Canada

33. Columbia Icefield Skywalk: Watch The Beauty From Up Top

A stunning view of Columbia Icefield Skywalk, one of the best places to visit in Canada

If you want to feel more alive than ever then Canada is just the right place for you. Gear up to walk on the Columbia Icefield Skywalk which is located 280 meters above Sunwapta Canyon. This one-kilometre walkway is stretched 35 meters ahead to give an amazing view of nature. This glass floor is almost as high as the CN Tower so, get ready to get this experience. This is one of the top places to see in Canada for all adventure junkies!Also, if you are looking for cool places to visit in Canada, explore Columbia Icefield Skywalk.

Best time to visit: Any time of the year How to reach: To reach this place you will first have to reach Columbia Icefield Discovery Center from where you can avail of free shuttle services to the skywalk. Things To Do: Photography and exploring nature Location: Icefields Pkwy, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

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34. The Grotto: Haven For Adventure Fanatics

A majestic view of The Grotto, one of the best places to visit in Canada

Wondering where to visit in Canada for diving into water then here is a perfect solution for you. The Grotto in Bruce Peninsula National Park is the perfect place for adventure seekers as this spot gives a chance to cliff jump into crystal clear water. You will first have to hike to the cliff and then plan a jump for a thrilling experience. You will find a few adventure junkies here as it is one of the best places in Canada for a fun activity.

Best time to visit: mid-May – late-October How to reach: Hire a car to reach Bruce Peninsula National Park if you want to explore the Gotto. Things To Do: Sightseeing and nature walks Location: Northern Bruce Peninsula, ON N0H 2R0, Canada

35. Montmorency Falls: Explore The Highest Falls

A stunning view of Montmorency Falls which is among the best places to visit in Canada

If you are planning a vacation to Quebec, then you must head to Montmorency Falls which is located just 12 kilometres away from the heart of the city. They are the highest falls in the country being 100 feet higher than the famous Niagara Falls. The best part of these falls is that you can take a good look at these falls by going for a walk over the suspension bridge. In addition to this, there are several staircases to witness the true beauty of the falls.

Best time to visit: June – September and December – February How to reach: You can reach these falls either by taking a car or bus ride from any part of Quebec. Things To Do: Sightseeing Location: 5300 Boulevard Sainte-Anne, Québec, QC G1C 1S1, Canada

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36. Capilano Suspension Bridge: Lap Of Nature Calls You

An enchanting view of Capilano Suspension Bridge, one of the best places to visit in Canada

Wondering what places to explore in Canada in Canada to challenge yourself? Then, head to this suspension bridge in British Columbia! It is 140 meters long and 70 meters high above the river and taking a stroll through the thick green forest will make you fall in love with this place. If you have a fear of heights then you might want to skip this place. But if not then make sure that you take a walk here as it is one of the top tourist places in Canada.

Best time to visit: November How to reach: You can either take a car to reach the destination or take bus number 236 to reach the bridge. Things To Do: Cliff walk, adventure activities, and sightseeing Location: 3735 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7R 4J1, Canada

37. Waterton Lakes National Park: Bags All The Titles

Waterton Lakes National Park is counted among the best places to visit in Canada

One look at it and the scene might look unreal to you at first! Yes, Waterton Lakes National Park is one of the most beautiful Canadian National Parks which is why it is the only park in the whole world that has received all three designations – UNESCO World Heritage Site, Biosphere Reserve, and International Peace Park. This means that you might get to see a glimpse of cougars, bison, and wolves. Another amazing part about this place is that you can kayak your way over the border to reach Montana. If you’re still where to visit in Canada, this is the place to be.

Best time to visit: May – September How to reach: The place is located at the end of Highway 5 so you will have to drive to this highway as there are no bus services to the lake. Things To Do: Explore lakes and go for trek trails Location: AB-5, Waterton Park, AB T0K 2M0, Canada

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38. Prince Edward Island: For A Splendid Game Of Golf

A scenic view of Prince Edward Island which is among the best places to visit in Canada

One of the best places to go in Canada, this island is home to some brilliant golf courses where you can practice your swing or play a game amidst serene surroundings. The breathtaking landscape of this island will rejuvenate your soul and recharge you after an exhausting trip of several adventures in Canada. The lush green hills and the delicious seafood are a major attraction for this island. Look out for the adorable harp seal while you’re at it. It is also one of the best places to visit in Canada . 

Best time to visit: July – August How to reach: Whether you drive across the Confederation Bridge from New Brunswick, take a ride on the ferry from Nova Scotia, or fly into the Charlottetown airport, you’ll find our Island easy to navigate. Visit charming towns, vibrant cities, and quaint villages. A new adventure around every turn. Things To Do: Visit scenic beaches, hiking trails, historic homes and golf Location: Prince Edward Island, Canadian Province

39. Kluane National Park and Reserve: For Wildlife Enthusiasts

Kluane National Park and Reserve is one of the best places to visit in Canada

Home to Canada’s highest peaks, the country’s largest ice field and diverse flora and fauna, the Kluane National Park and Reserve is one of the best places in Canada to visit for adventure travellers, explorers and wildlife enthusiasts. Situated in the southwest corner of the Yukon, this park has some beautiful trekking trails on the icefield ranges of the St. Elias Mountains making it one of the best Canada tourist attractions.

Best time to visit: June – September How to reach: You can reach Kluane by driving 160 km west from Whitehorse on the Alaska Highway. Whitehorse is serviced by regular commercial flights. Take the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system to Haines or Skagway, Alaska. Things To Do: Skiing, Trekking, Hiking, Mountaineering, Bird Watching Location: Unorganized Yukon, YT Y0B 1H0, Canada

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40. Mont Tremblant: For Skiing Activities

Parc National Du Mont Tremblant which is among the best places to visit in Canada

Tucked away in the Laurentian Mountains of Montreal, the Mont-Tremblant is known for skiing activities, it’s most famous for its ski resort which is situated in the foothills of Mont-Tremblant mountain known to be amongst the best Canadian tourist places. Mont-Tremblant also has a racing track called Circuit Mont-Tremblant making it one of the must-see places in Canada.

Best time to visit: November to February; June to August How to reach: Drive highway 93 North, then 89 North to U.S./Canada border. Follow route 133 North to 10 West towards Montreal. Follow signs to highway 15 North. Take autoroute 15 North to Saint-Jerome and Sainte-Agathe. Things To Do: Skiing Location: Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

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So, which of these places in Canada are you planning to visit during your holiday? Don’t think much, pack your bags and book your trip to Canada and try visiting each of the above-listed best places to visit in Canada! Do not forget to share this amazing list with your friends!

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Frequently Asked Questions About Places To Visit In Canada

What is the most beautiful part of Canada?

North America's oldest walled city doesn’t just boast a single destination abound with beauty but there are countless places to visit where you will find nature and people come together to create some stunning experiences. Some of these places are Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Ontario.

Where should I go in Canada for the first time?

If you are visiting Canada for the first time, we would recommend an itinerary focused on three key attractions: Banff National Park, Whistler, and Niagara Falls.

Where should I spend my vacation in Canada?

If you are travelling to Canada on a vacation, assuming that the duration of your travel is longer than a week, some of the top contenders are Banff, Vancouver, and Prince Edward Island.

Which are some of the must-visit places in Canada for couples?

Jasper National Park, Banff, Niagara Falls, Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City, Victoria & Vancouver Island, Prince Edwards Island, Yoho National Park, and Pyramid Lake are amongst the must-visit places in Canada. The mentioned places are ideal for nature lovers.

What is the best time to visit Canada?

While Canada can be visited any time during the year, the best time depends on your budget and for what you are going. While September and October offer pleasant weather & reasonable holiday expenses, the wintertime is the best for experiencing the beauty of the snow. However, if you wish to have a value-for-money holiday, the springtime, i.e. mid-March to mid-May is the best time to plan your vacation.

What is Canada known for?

The country of Canada is mostly known for maple syrup. The country is the producer of 80% of maple syrup in the world.

What is famous in Canada to buy?

Apart from the maple syrup, there are several things in Canada that you should consider buying. Some of them are 1. Canadian Ice Wine 2. Canadian sports gear 3. Woolen blanket 4. Canadian Smoked Salmon 5. Canadian sports gear

What are 3 things Canada is famous for?

Canada is an awesome place for enjoying the scenic views, winter sports like Ice Hockey, etc., and maple syrup.

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Where to Go in Canada: 26 Great Places for Your Next Trip

What makes canada so spectacular is more than what you might imagine. from montreal’s bagels to the northern lights, these are the best places to visit in canada to authentically immerse yourself in the country..

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The 26 Best Places to Visit in Canada for a Truly Iconic Trip

Canada is home to many things: outrageously beautiful landscapes, candy-colored coastal towns, rich Indigenous culture, Ryan Reynolds, and more over-the-top poutine creations than we can count. The best places to visit in Canada are all about its diverse cultures and scenic beauty, making for experiences that enrich you and your palate as much as the wide-open spaces clear your mind. Opportunities to go deeper here are vast and stretch from coast to coast to coast, dip way down south and way, way up north. The world’s second-largest country knows no limits when it comes to travel, but these 26 places are a pretty good start, eh?

Niagra Falls in Canada is an iconic destination.

Niagra Falls in Canada is an iconic destination.

Photo by Niagara Parks Commission

1. Niagara Falls

Cascading between the U.S. and Canadian border, this group of roaring waterfalls showcases the power of nature in all its misty glory. After a 40-minute drive from Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, hop aboard one of Hornblower’s boats to be one of their drenched delighted guests, or book a ticket for the “ Journey Behind The Falls ,” a transformative ride both below and behind these surging giants.

2. Toronto, for its diverse cuisine

Hailed as one of the most diverse cities on Earth, 250 ethnicities call Toronto home, earning its motto, “Diversity, Our Strength.” From fish tacos at Grand Electric to Scaramouche’s Canadian grass-fed filet mignon and superlative sushi at Shoushin , this is a must-visit city if you travel for food. A $47 flat fee taxi ride or a $12.35 train fare will get you from Pearson Airport to downtown Toronto in under 45-minutes, where you can slurp soup dumplings in Chinatown, devour bibimbap in Koreatown, gobble fried dosa in Little India, and sample fry bread at Toronto’s First Nations restaurants.

3. Montreal Bagels

They say it’s something in the water. Hand-made then boiled in honey water and finished off in a wood-fired oven, the crispy crust of a Montreal bagel has become a national treasure. Snag a warm one at the famous St-Viateur Bagel , or try a neighborhood gem like Beaubien Bagel for unfussy, unrelenting levels of deliciousness. Land at Montréal-Trudeau Airport and take a bus or taxi downtown in less than it takes to craft a bagel. They’re worth the flight.

4. Québec City

A little slice of Europe in North America, history and culture permeate throughout the city. Stroll the cobblestone streets of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore Wendake , a 17th-century Huron-Wendat settlement that’s slightly outside the city. Try Indigenous cuisine at Restaurant Sagamité and stay at Hotel-Musée Premières Nations , a First Nations boutique hotel. Accessible by plane to Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport , or train to Gare du Palais, the nation’s capital is captivating.

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The Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy

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5. Lobstering (Barrington)

Hailed as the “Lobster Capital Of Canada,” this charming coastal community is hard not to fall in love with. Fly into Halifax Stanfield International Airport or take the CAT ferry from Bar Harbour, Maine to south Nova Scotia. Here you can gaze at towering light-houses, learn to row a traditional Dory or try your hand at weaving wool at the Woolen Mill Museum . Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying lobster poutine followed by a sundae from Dan’s Ice Cream Shoppe .

6. Cape Breton Island

Rugged coastlines and dramatic landscapes encapsulate the territory of the Mi’kmaq People. Walk the famous Cabot Trail but save energy for a Mi’kmaq Medicine Walk through the forest. Stop at the Membertou Heritage Park to learn about the culture of the Mi’kmaq People and stay for lunch at Kiju for local cedar plank salmon. Catch a connecting flight to JA Douglas McCurdy Sydney Airport or enjoy a scenic drive on the Trans-Canada Highway all the way to Cape Breton Island.

New Brunswick

7. the bay of fundy.

A natural wonder, this bay is home to the highest tides on the planet. At the head of the St. John harbor you can see a waterfall flow upstream and the St. John River flow backwards in a swirling mass of whirlpools at high tide. During low tide walk along the Atlantic Ocean floor at Bay of Fundy National Park looking for dinosaur fossils and exploring caves with the Fundy Geological Museum .

In the summer months, travelers can spot the rare North-Atlantic right whale off the coast with a local whale watching tour. Renting a car is the best option for exploring after landing at Greater Moncton-Roméo Leblanc International Airport, Fredericton International Airport or stepping off the VIA Rail.

8. Village Historique Acadien

There are more than 25,000 Acadians living in New Brunswick. Descendants of French settlers, they’re known for a joie de vivre palpable in their music, festivals and food, most visible on August 15, National Acadian Day. After landing at Greater Moncton-Roméo Leblanc International Airport or Fredericton International Airport, rent a car and drive to Village Historique Acadien . Here travelers get a peek into Acadian life in the 18th-century from its open-air museum and Acadian cooking classes. Stay overnight at the Château Albert , designed by an Acadian architect.

9. Bison in Riding Mountain National Park

The plains bison at one point had vanished from Manitoba, but thanks to a conservation effort in the early 1900s, visitors can now witness these striking creatures up close. The park’s closest airports are Dauphin and Brandon Municipal. From here, rent a car and visit the Lake Audy Bison Enclosure inside Riding Mountain National Park, home to 40 roaming plain bison.

10. Manitoba Wildlife Safari

When it comes to a Canadian safari, you won’t be seeing lions. Instead, the “Big 5” here are polar bear, grizzlies, moose, wolf, and plains buffalo. You’ll spot black bears, moose, deer, and elk in Riding Mountain National Park, and polar bears, caribou, arctic fox, and belugas in northern Manitoba. Multi-day tours led by companies like Great Canadian Travel start at Winnipeg International Airport, take you through the National Park and then up to Churchill for a chance to see these truly majestic animals and in winter, gaze at the Northern Lights.

British Columbia

Ski in one of British Columbia's 13 ski resorts.

Ski in one of British Columbia’s 13 ski resorts.

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11. British Columbia’s ski resorts

There’s no better place to traverse the fresh powder than one of British Columbia’s 13 ski resorts. The famous Whistler Blackcomb has two mountains to choose from, ideal for beginners, experts and families. If you’re after something smaller, try Apex Mountain or Manning Park Resort . Fly into Vancouver International Airport and drive towards the rugged mountain peak for some unforgettable skiing and snowboarding.

12. Vancouver

The perfect mix of vibrant city and natural beauty, Vancouver has it all. From the airport, the quickest and most sustainable way to get to the city center is a 25-minute ride on the Vancouver International Airport Skytrain. With a city-wide emphasis on going green, try Forage , an area favorite restaurant specializing in locally sourced ingredients. After, shop local designers on Main Street and pay a visit to The Soap Dispensary , the city’s first zero-waste, refillable shop while you’re there.

Prince Edward Island

13. red sand beaches.

The deep red hue intensifies as the tides creep up the beaches on Prince Edward Island . Rich with iron, around 500 miles of striking red sand beaches can be found here, including Thunder Cove Beach, a local favorite, and the more popular Cavendish Beach is a short drive away. Renting a car is the best way to enjoy the red sands, available at Charlottetown Airport or bring your own on the PEI Ferry.

14. Green Gables Heritage Place

A beloved literary landmark, Green Gables Heritage Place was the inspiration behind local author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s famous novel Anne Of Green Gables , a tale about a spunky orphan named Anne. A 40-minute drive from Charlottetown Airport, the house is open for tours, or walk the grounds and skip along the Haunted Wood Trail— just like Anne would do.

Saskatchewan

15. trans-canada highway.

Also known as Highway 1, this country-wide highway has a 406-mile section across Saskatchewan. You’ll need to stretch your legs along the drive, so stop for some bird-watching at Moose Mountain Provincial Park or admire Indigenous beading and artwork at Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery . When you get hungry, the newly-opened The Moose and Bannock serves First Nations cuisine well worth stopping for.

16. Prairie Grasslands

Wheat waves in the wind on Saskatchewan’s millions of acres of grasslands. Due to climate change, this ecosystem is one of the country’s most threatened. The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association works closely with local ranchers, Parks Canada, and provincial governments to protect the rolling hills, caribou, and woodland valleys. A short drive over the U.S. border with Montana takes travelers to Grasslands National Park where they can do self-driving tours or walk the plentiful hiking trails.

Canmore is one of the must-visit destinations in Alberta.

Canmore is one of the must-visit destinations in Alberta.

Photo by William Patino

17. Banff National Park and the Rockies

The piercing blue waters of Lake Louise against craggy, snow-capped cliffs—you’ve definitely tapped “like” on these images before. A nature- and Instagram-lover’s dream, the majestic Moraine Lake and the Peyto Lake viewpoint is a hike that should be at the top of the list. And from December to February, visitors can watch the bright green and purples of the Northern Lights dances across the Rockies. The Jasper Dark Sky Preserve makes an ideal spot for viewing the phenomenon, in addition to epic stargazing. From Calgary International Airport, it’s a 90-minute drive or bus ride to Banff .

18. Canmore

Like something out of a storybook, Canmore’s jagged mountain top scenery is actually real. A much-loved adventure sports destination, this Rocky Mountain town offers hiking, biking, skiing, kayaking, rafting, and climbing. Boutique shops, the Indigenous art gallery, Carter Ryan Gallery, and cozy cafes are scattered around town. Name it, and you can do it—all a 90-minute drive from Calgary International Airport.

Newfoundland

19. fogo island.

Off Newfoundland and Labrador, Fogo Island offers a treasure trove of natural beauty and small-town charm. Home to an exciting art community and the award-winning design masterpiece Fogo Island Inn , the island’s 11 small cities and towns are best explored by car. Connect to Gander International Airport, rent a car and take the 50-minute ferry to Fogo Island. Once you land on the island, you’ll feel like you’re a world away.

20. Iceberg Alley

Floating from Labrador down to Newfoundland, these giant chunks of ice are tens of thousands of years old. Best viewed in late May or early June, travelers can book with companies like Iceberg Man Tours to get close to these massive icebergs or kayak around them. Fly to John’s International Airport, rent a car and drive from St. Lewis to St. John’s, spotting icebergs the entire way .

Northwest Territories

Blachford Lake Lodge, Yellowknife // Photo by Martina Gebarovska

Blachford Lake Lodge, Yellowknife // Photo by Martina Gebarovska

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21. Yellowknife to See the Northern Lights

There’s no better place in the world to catch a glimpse of the undulating aurora borealis than the dark skies of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. Indigenous-owned businesses like Aurora Village and North Star Adventure offer hotel and aurora-viewing packages for the best chance of spotting this mystifying natural phenomenon with the naked eye. You’ll need at least one connection to reach Yellowknife Airport, but trust us, it’s worth it.

22. Virginia Falls

Inside the remote Nahanni National Park Reserve is one of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls. Twice the size of Niagara Falls, it’s reachable by chartered floatplane from Fort Simpson or Yellowknife or by extensive hike. There are a variety of licensed air charter companies to get you there safely, including Alpine Aviation and Summit Air.

23. Dog Sledding

A time-honored mode of transport in the Yukon territory, dog sledding has been a popular activity for decades. Indigenous tour operator Josie’s Old Crow Adventures takes guests along the Porcupine River or up Crow Mountain driven by lead dogs, Bucko and Leo. Each of their 16 dogs is like a member of the family, and all respond to “Mush!” This is a fly-in-only community of 240 people, so take a plane to Old Crow Airport to start your adventure. If you come in wintertime, there’s a good chance you’ll catch the Northern Lights in this remote northern territory.

24. Klondike Gold Rush

One August day in 1896, a man named Skookum Jim struck gold in Bonanza Creek. What followed was one of the world’s biggest Gold Rushes. Today, travelers can trace the path of the more than 100,000 prospectors along the Chilkoot Trail hike or fly to Dawson City Airport via Whitehorse International Airport. A 15-minute drive takes you to Dawson City, home to the country’s oldest gambling hall, Diamond Tooth Gerties , where a can-can show is still the main attraction. Borrow a pan from Dawson City Visitor Centre and go panning for gold at Free Claim #6; anything you find, you keep.

Learn about indigenous culture in Nunavut.

Learn about indigenous culture in Nunavut.

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25. Narwhals (Arctic Bay)

Known as the unicorns of the sea, narwhals may as well be mythical creatures. A whale varietal, these sea dwellers are famous for the long tusk jutting out of their heads. With just 80,000 remaining in nature, the majority of them spend their time in the Canadian Arctic. Arctic Bay Adventures is Inuit-owned and operated with multi-day packages to spot narwhals near Baffin Island. Fly to the ultra-remote Arctic Bay Airport and be sure to pack your binoculars.

26. Inuit culture

Nearly 40,000 people live in Nunavut, with the vast majority being Inuit. A largely young population, mostly under the age of 40, they’re passionate about sharing their traditions with the world. At the Jessie Oonark Centre in Baker Lake, artists carve soapstone, and seamstresses create pieces from traditional materials like seal skin. At the Uqqurmiut Arts and Crafts Centre in Pangnirtung, craftspeople create tapestries and design prints for sale. With no roads, air is the easiest and fastest way to travel around Nunavut, with most communities having a local airport.

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25 Best Things to Do in Canada

With a geography as diverse as its history and people, Canada is an exciting country to explore. Few places on earth have natural wonders as awe inspiring as Canada. From coast to coast, each province offers its share of unique wonders. Whether it is the pristine beauty of a northern lake, the rugged expanse of the Rocky Mountains, the rolling grasslands of the prairies, the iconic red soils and lighthouses of the Maritimes, or the rich history and architecture, Canada inspires awe and offers an endless list of possibilities. Here are the top 25 things to do and places to visit in Canada :

1. Banff National Park – Alberta

Banff National Park

Established in 1883 and a World Heritage Site, Banff is renowned for the beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the lush unspoiled landscapes, and unique thermal hot springs. With over one thousand miles of hikeable trails in the summer, pristine lakes to canoe or kayak, and superb skiing in the winter, Banff is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. The downtown area offers quaint shops and beautiful hotels.

2. Cypress Hills – Saskatchewan/Alberta

Cypress Hills, Canada

Situated on the Saskatchewan and Alberta border, Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park offers a mix of grassland, wetlands, and forests. Any avid nature lover will appreciate the gently rolling hills, beautiful lakes, and the wide diversity of plants and animal life. Home to historic Fort Walsh, and with zip lines and real functioning ranches for horseback rides, Cypress is a diverse destination sure to fulfill numerous interests.

3. Wolf Lake – Yukon

Arctic Grayling

Past Whitehorse, over mountain ranges and river valleys, lies one of Canada’s best kept secrets: the untouched wilderness that is Wolf Lake. One of the few lakes the rare and beautiful Arctic Grayling calls home, Wolf Lake is a fisherman’s paradise. A rare gem, wildlife and natural photography opportunities abound.

4. Fernie – British Columbia

Fernie, Canada

For over one hundred years the beauty of Fernie has been explored and admired. With a colourful history and a scenic downtown area to explore, Fernie offers something for the naturalist and historical enthusiast alike. A skiers’ dream since the 1940’s, Fernie is now also a popular destination for snowmobilers.

5. Drumheller – Alberta

Drumheller, Canada

Known as the dinosaur capital of the world, Drumheller is located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands.  In the late 1800’s, while searching for coal amidst the rolling coulees near the Red Deer River, a dinosaur skull was found. Visit the Royal Tyrrell museum to see a wide variety of dinosaur and fossil exhibits, or visit the Atlas Coal Mine, a National Historic Site.

6. Fraser River – British Columbia

Fraser River, BC, Canada

Spanning almost 1400km, the Fraser River is the longest river in British Columbia. Home to the world’s largest salmon migration and most productive salmon fishery in the world, the River has been a focal point for industry to grow. Sturgeon fishing in the Fraser River is renowned worldwide.

7. Old Quebec – Quebec

Old Quebec, Canada

Don’t have the budget for Europe? Take a trip back in time to Old Quebec. Literally like venturing into another country, Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico, the oldest in North America. With over half a millennium of history, the architecture in Old Quebec is some of the oldest, and most astounding in Canada. Enjoy the mix of heritage, culture, architecture and art. Home to cobblestone streets and the iconic Château Frontenac, as well as the world famous winter carnival, Quebec City is sure to fascinate and delight visitors of all ages.

8. Anne of Green Gables- Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island, Canada

Known as the birthplace of Confederation in 1864, PEI has a rich history dating back thousands of years. Visit the gabled house that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, in the Prince Edward Island National Park. Don’t miss the site of Montgomery’s Cavendish home, where guided tours are given. When available, enjoy the Anne of Green Gables musical performed live at local Theatres.

9. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

From family fun to a romantic couple’s getaway, Niagara Falls offers it all. No matter the season, the Niagara region offers entertainment for all ages. Known for its captivating falls and incredible sightseeing, the Niagara region also offers a host of other activities including live music and theatre, to museums and cruises, shopping, golfing, and camping.

10. Selkirk

Lower Fork Garry Manitoba, Selkirk, Canada

Dubbed the Catfish capital of the world for the abundant catfish found in the Red River, Selkirk boasts a twenty five foot fiberglass catfish sculpture. Close to the banks of Lake Winnipeg and the Red River, Selkirk is a beautiful outdoor destination. For history buffs, Selkirk is also home to the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and the Manitoba Marine Museum.

11. Butchart Gardens- British Columbia

Butchart Gardens

Once an abandoned quarry, Butchart gardens has grown into an internationally recognized destination. Located in Victoria and designated a National Historic Site in 2004, over a million bedding plants bloom year round. The garden often features holiday shows and special events, plus it’s dog friendly.

12. The Forks – Manitoba

The Forks, Manitoba

With over 6000 years of history as a meeting place, The Forks is Winnipeg’s most popular tourist destination. Nestled in the heart of downtown, The Forks offers unique attractions, a plethora of dining choices, incredible shopping, and live entertainment all year round.

13. Uranium City – Saskatchewan

Uranium City, Saskatchewan

Located on the northern shore of Lake Athabasca, Uranium city, now considered a ghost-town, was once a thriving community. When the Uranium mine closed in the early 1980’s the economy collapsed and residents were forced to leave, abandoning the town and its structures. With a unique history, unparalleled natural beauty and incredible topography, Uranium City holds an attraction all its own.

14. Whistler Blackcomb – British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb

Internationally regarded as one of the top four season resorts in North America, Whistler is any winter sports enthusiast’s dream. Featured as the alpine venue for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler is also a great vacation destination for the whole family. Unique boutiques, award winning restaurants, an active nightlife, and beautiful hotels complete the quant alpine village.

15. Toronto – Ontario

Downtown Toronto

Toronto is a one of a kind experience. The massive city offers every kind of attraction one could think of. Museums, galleries, music, dining, arts, theater, sports, shopping; Toronto has it all. Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame or the CN Tower. Hunt down some quaint antique and thrift stores before taking in live theater and finish with a fantastic dinner. For those that have never experienced riding the subway before, it’s a must try experience.

16. Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral – Quebec

Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral - Quebec

A wonder of architecture, Notre Dame was the first cathedral built in North America. Located on the same site since 1647, the Cathedral has been burnt to the ground , rebuilt, and undergone many changes, often led by renowned artists and architects. Recognized as a World Heritage Site, the Cathedral sits in Old Montreal.

17. Parliament of Canada – Ontario

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

One of Canada’s most beautiful architectural features, the Parliament of Canada building is a must see. Located in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city, the building features breathtaking architecture, sculpture, and art. During the day take a guided tour or explore on your own. Be sure to experience the wonder of the Parliament illuminated at night.

18. Charlevoix – Quebec

Charlevoix - Quebec

Take an enchanting train ride or drive through the beautiful landscape of Quebec to reach the small town of Charlevoix. With activities year round including whale watching, cruises, fishing, hiking, dogsledding, and skiing, Charlevoix is a perfect getaway for couples, singles, or families. The town also features quant bed and breakfasts as well as the stunning Fairmont Le Manoir Richeliu hotel.

19. Dawson City – Yukon

Dawson City - Yukon

Located on the banks of the Yukon River, Dawson City is a vibrant community, best known for its history of gold mining. Erected during the famous Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800’s, many of the current buildings in Dawson City still resemble a frontier gold town. Take in Dawson’s unique culture, arts, and museums, while enjoying the pristine natural beauty of Canada’s North.

20. Batoche National Historic Site- Saskatchewan

Batoche National Historic Site

A visit to the Batoche National Historic site is a journey back in time to the last battle Northwest Resistance of 1885. See and touch the bullet holes which still remain in the rectory wall of the beautiful white church. The natural beauty of the rolling parkland is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, kayaking, and canoeing.

21. Reindeer Lake

Walleye Fishing

Located in the remote wilderness of Northern Saskatchewan, Reindeer Lake is known for its world class fishing. Trophy size northern pike, walleye, and lake trout are not uncommon. Over six miles wide, the spectacular scenery is a key aspect of the unspoiled north. Deep Bay in Reindeer Lake is 13km wide and over 700 feet deep due a meteorite strike. According to local legend, it may also be home to a river monster.

22. Flin Flon – Manitoba

Flin Flon - Manitoba

One of only two border communities in Canada, Flin Flon is located north of the 55th parallel of latitude. The country changes from the grassland of the prairies to rugged, forested terrain, rich in mineral deposits like zinc, copper, silver and gold. The Flin Flon Station Museum exhibits many tools and mining samples and provides information on the community’s unique history. One of Canada’s richest mining communities, and home to one of the largest smelters in Canada, Flin Flon also features a surrounding area rich in natural beauty. Campgrounds, sandy beaches and look out towers dot the surrounding cottage country.

23. Sable Island – Nova Scotia

Sable Island - Nova Scotia

Isolated and remove, Sable Island is only accessible by plane or boat. Now protected by Parks Canada, anyone wishing to visit must obtain permission. Located roughly 300km from the Halifax coast, the sandy island is one of Canada’s furthest offshore islands, and is home to hundreds of wild horses. With a history spanning more than four hundred years, Sable Island has come to be called “The Graveyard of the Atlantic,” as more than 350 shipwrecks have been recorded.

24. Cavendish Beach – Prince Edward Island

Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island

The iconic red sands of Prince Edward Island are on full display at Cavendish Beach. Marvellous rock structures tower from the beach, which touches the cool waters of the Atlantic. Sandy dunes and red sandstone cliffs rise up in the background. In the summer months a variety of water activities and deep sea fishing are offered. Small farming communities surround Cavendish, complete with unique dining and shopping options.

25. Churchill – Manitoba

Churchill, Manitoba

Known as the polar bear capital of the world, Churchill is located on the shores of Hudson Bay. The subarctic community boasts a large tourist industry, with many people flocking for their chance of spotting a polar bear or a beluga whale. The northern lights can also be a spectacular sight, and bird watching has become a popular attraction.

25 Best Things to Do in Canada:

  • Banff National Park – Alberta
  • Cypress Hills - Saskatchewan/Alberta
  • Wolf Lake - Yukon
  • Fernie - British Columbia
  • Drumheller - Alberta
  • Fraser River - British Columbia
  • Old Quebec - Quebec
  • Anne of Green Gables- Prince Edward Island
  • Niagara Falls
  • Butchart Gardens- British Columbia
  • The Forks - Manitoba
  • Uranium City – Saskatchewan
  • Whistler Blackcomb – British Columbia
  • Toronto - Ontario
  • Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral - Quebec
  • Parliament of Canada – Ontario
  • Charlevoix - Quebec
  • Dawson City - Yukon
  • Batoche National Historic Site- Saskatchewan
  • Reindeer Lake
  • Flin Flon - Manitoba
  • Sable Island - Nova Scotia
  • Cavendish Beach - Prince Edward Island
  • Churchill – Manitoba

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Canada Itinerary: How to see Canada in 7 days to 2 weeks

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Canada is the second-largest country in the world and is home to some of the most beautiful places on earth. From Toronto’s vibrant city life, Quebec City’s European charm, Prairie’s vastness, Canadian Rockies majestic beauty, rainforests lush greenery, and fjords picturesque views – there are so many reasons to explore the Great White North! In this post, we have compiled the best of Canada itinerary samples, from coast to coast to coast. 

You can explore amazing landscapes like never before – it doesn’t matter if you have a week or 14 days in Canada for travel. We got you covered!

Canada Itinerary: 7 days to 2 weeks of sightseeing samples to choose from

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Whether you’re looking for the perfect place to spend your honeymoon, or just want an escape from the city, we have everything you need for an epic Canada trip! 

For each itinerary below, we have listed the duration (ranging from 7- 14 days), along with airport arrival and departure suggestions. 

We have also included sightseeing and accommodation suggestions for each destination. 

Pro-tip: Canada is huge (area-wise), so it is important to stick to a particular province or region so that you can make the most of your limited vacation time!

Each Canada itinerary sample is curated with care, research and experience, and it has something for everybody.

Come, let’s help you plan your trip to Canada!

7 to 10 days in Canadian Rockies Itinerary: Best of National Parks

  • Duration : 7 days to include 2 national parks, 10 days for 3 national parks
  • Route: Calgary, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Jasper National Park 
  • Arrival Airport: Calgary Alberta
  • Departure Airport: Calgary or Edmonton, Alberta

An epic Canadian Rockies road trip is a must for every traveler to Canada! 

We may be biased as we live so close to Banff, but it is worth planning and flying down here to enjoy the turquoise lakes, countless hikes, stunning landscape with mountain views and photograph some of the picturesque views in the country. 

  • Day 1 : Arrive and explore Calgary 
  • Day 2 – 4 : Drive to Banff, and explore
  • Day 5: Lake Louise
  • Day 6: Yoho National Park
  • Day 7: Icefield Parkway stops
  • Day 8-9: Jasper National Park
  • Day 10 : Drive to Edmonton, explore (or fly out) 

Calgary Views Scottsdale

To kick start this 10 day Canada itinerary, touch down in Calgary, which is one of the prettiest cities in Alberta. You can spend one day in Calgary , enjoying highlights such as the Calgary Tower, Stephen Ave Walk, Peace Bridge, Prince Island Park, and Fort Calgary!

The next day, start for Banff National Park. It is located about a 1.50 hours drive away. Plan to spend 3 days in Banff , and check off relaxing activities on day one. These include the following – Sulphur mountain gondola ride, Bow Falls, a walk, and a castle food tour at the famous Fairmont Banff Springs!

Lake Minnewanka in Banff

For the next 2 days, spend time exploring 3 beautiful lakes in Banff National Park, namely Two Jack Lake, Lake Minnewanka, and Vermillion Lakes. In the summer months, you can go kayaking and enjoy easy (1-2 hour) hikes. Read all about the best hikes in Banff .

Not into hikes? Lake Minnewanka also has a cool sightseeing cruise of an hour, which is worth paying for! Or just enjoy a nice picnic in either Two Jack or Lake Minnewanka. In the winter, you can go snowshoeing, or winter hikes (Access to Lake Minnewanka is closed for winters). 

Where to stay in Banff: Elk + Avenue

On day 5, spend a full day in Lake Louise . Enjoy a hike up to Agnes Tea House, or relax with a canoe ride. In the winters, you can go ice-skating and then warm up at the Fairmont Château Lake Louise . You can choose to stay overnight in Lake Louise too (Banff town to Lake Louise is a 90-minute drive, one way). 

Head to Yoho National Park in British Columbia on day 6. It is a quick ride from Lake Louise, and spend the day chasing the mightiest Takakkaw Falls, Natural Falls, Spiral Tunnels on Kicking Horse Pass, and the gorgeous Emerald Lake!

Lake Emerald Yoho NP

On day 7, you can end this Canada itinerary, and return to Calgary to fly out. Or continue to Jasper National Park.

Drive along the Icefield Parkway connecting Lake Louise and Jasper (day 7). Along the way make a stop at Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefield, and Sunwapta Falls before arriving in Jasper town (stay here overnight). 

Spend the next 2 days exploring Jasper National Park . When visiting in the summer, enjoy canoeing at the Pyramid and Patricia Lakes (or just sit and soak in the sun with a nice book). Head over to Pyramid Lake Island and enjoy an easy hike. 

Snowshoeing in Pyramid Lake Things to do in Jasper in winter

In the winters, you can go snowshoeing here, or visit the Marmot Ski Basin to ring in the cold weather fearlessly! 

Where to stay in Jasper : Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Finally, on day 10, drive from Jasper to Edmonton . It takes 4 hours one way to arrive in the capital city of Alberta, and from here you can fly out. If you have a couple of hours left on this itinerary, then we recommend checking out our Legislature Building and then stopping at Strathcona for dinner and drinks!

Western Canada Itinerary 2 weeks: Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip Itinerary

  • Duration : 2 weeks
  • Route: Calgary, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Jasper National Park (same as above), Kamloops, Whistler & Squamish, Vancouver
  • Departure Airport: Vancouver British Columbia

This 2 weeks western Canada itinerary covers the best of cities and parks in the two provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. You can start the trip in either city/province and then follow the next stops as listed in this sightseeing itinerary to explore it all! 

Calgary Tower and Fairmont hotel in one day in Calgary itinerary

If you were to drive non-stop from Calgary to Vancouver, it would take you 11-12 hours (+ usual traffic). But in 2 full weeks, you can explore some of the scenic landscapes, eat delicious food, shop and enjoy an amazing drive!

The first half of the itinerary is similar to the 10 day Canadian Rockies itinerary we listed above,

  • Day 1 : Arrive and explore Calgary (Alberta)
  • Day 2 : Drive to Banff, stop at Canmore (optional)
  • Day 3: Explore Banff
  • Day 4: Lake Louise
  • Day 5: Yoho National Park
  • Day 6: Icefield Glacier tour
  • Day 7-8: Jasper National Park (Alberta)
  • Day 9: Kamloops (British Columbia)
  • Day 10 : Drive to Whistler, stop in Squamish
  • Day 11-12: Whistler
  • Day 13-14: Vancouver (British Columbia)

Start your Canada trip in Calgary, explore the city for a day. Drive to Banff , with a stop in Canmore . 

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Explore Banff and Lake Louise for the next 2 days. We don’t recommend adding too many hikes as you are on a short visit, but checking off Lake Louise – canoeing or a short walk along the shore is a must!

Spend a day in Yoho National Park, BC, followed by a day at the Icefield Parkway with a must stop at the Athabasca glacier (adventure tour). 

Next 2 days, you will be enjoying the natural landscapes and mountains in the largest Canadian Rockies park – Jasper. 

On day 9, drive to British Columbia for Kamloops, and stay here overnight. Jasper to Kamloops is a little over 5 hours. Along the way, you will find small towns, lakes, and mountain views. 

Where to stay in Kamloops : DoubleTree by Hilton

Day 10 is another 5 hour driving day and this time for Squamish and Whistler. Squamish is known for mountain biking and hiking, as well as snowmobiling and back-country skiing in winter. 

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Squamish to Whistler is just 50 minute drive away, so you can easily split your time (days 11 and 12) between the two places. Whistler is a ski resort, but you can explore it all year round. There are mountain biking trails, as well as easy and moderately hiking routes for you to enjoy. 

Whistler’s pedestrian-friendly town is very cute, and its culinary scene is mindblowing! In Whistler, you will also find art museums and landmarks from the 2010 Winter Olympics! 

Where to stay in Whistler : Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites

Your final stop on this 2 week Canada itinerary is in Vancouver, the largest city in British Columbia. Although there are a ton of things to do in the city, you have to choose a few to accommodate on a 2 day Vancouver trip . 

Whistler to Vancouver is a 1.50-hour drive away. The views along the way are stunning via the Sea to Sky highway (also known as Highway 99). 

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In Vancouver, explore the city center or downtown checking off Canada Place, Stanley Park, bike along the seawall, and the Olympic Cauldron. Don’t miss out on the seafront of Vancouver and spend a couple of hours here, admiring the port. In the evening, visit Granville Island. 

Where to stay in Vancouver : The Westin Bayshore

The next day, head over to the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Sun Yat-Sen Gardens, and finish off sightseeing with dinner and drinks at the Gastown district!

Canada in one week: Vancouver Island Road Trip Itinerary

  • Duration : 7 days
  • Route: Victoria, Port Renfrew, Tofino
  • Arrival Airport: Victoria (British Columbia)
  • Departure Airport: YVictoria (British Columbia)

This easy 7 day Canada itinerary focuses on the province of British Columbia. You can visit 3 places on Vancouver Island. For this itinerary, plan to fly to Victoria or arrive via ferry. You will be using a mix of road trips and ferry rides to explore the following 

  • Day 1-2: Arrive in Victoria, BC and explore
  • Day 3-4: Port Renfrew (via Pacific Marine Circle Route)
  • Day 5: Port Renfrew to Tofino 
  • Day 6-7: Explore Tofino, return to Victoria by late afternoon

On days 1 and 2, explore the prettiest city of Victoria (it’s my personal favorite). 

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Spend 2 days visiting the BC Legislature Building, BC Royal Museum, enjoy an afternoon tea at the Empress and hang out at the Fisherman’s Wharf. You can spend a few hours at the Butchart Gardens and go whale watching!

Where to stay in Victoria : Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina

On days 3 and 4, plan to arrive in Port Renfrew (2 hour drive). Along the way, stop at Sooke and Jordan River (for hikes). 

In Port Renfrew enjoy more hikes at the Carmanah Walbran Provincial Park and Botanical Beach Provincial Park. Don’t miss the big trees at the Avatar Grove. If interested you can also join a Big Tree Tour.

Where to stay in Port Renfrew & Tofino : Port Renfrew Vacation Rentals | Tofino Resort + Marina

Set aside day 5 for a drive, as you make your way to Tofino. The driving time from Port Renfrew to Tofino is 5 hours.

Tofino Vancouver Island BC

Then explore Tofino for the next 2 days. Go on a rainforest hike, wander the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve or relax at a sandy beach like Chesterman Beach and Long Beach. Filled with lakes, inlets, and tons of hiking trails, you will not want to leave Tofino!

Return to Victoria via ferry (Tofino to Victoria is 2+ hours by ferry).

Prairies Canada Itinerary 10 days: Edmonton, Lloydminster, Saskatoon, Winnipeg 

  • Duration : 10 days
  • Route: Edmonton, Elk Island National Park, Lloyminister/ Vegreville, Saskatoon, Prince Albert National Park, Moosejaw, Winnipeg 
  • Arrival Airport: Edmonton Alberta
  • Departure Airport: Winnipeg Manitoba

We lived in the Prairie provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan for over 5+ years each and embarked on a ton of road trips and quick weekend getaways. 

Although Alberta is known for the Canadian Rockies, our capital city – Edmonton is worth a visit, after all, it is home to the largest living history museum and largest historical park in Canada. Plus one of North America’s largest malls is in Edmonton! 

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In case you didn’t know this already, Canada has 3 prairie provinces (prairie = flatlands), and they are Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. This 10 day Canada itinerary covers some of the highlights of these 3 provinces. 

  • Day 1-2 : Arrive and explore Edmonton (Alberta)
  • Day 3: Visit Elk Island National Park
  • Day 4: Drive to Lloydminster with a stop in Vegreville. Arrive in Saskatoon (Saskatchewan)
  • Day 5: Explore Saskatoon 
  • Day 6: Day trip to Prince Albert National Park 
  • Day 7: Day trip to Moosejaw 
  • Day 8: Drive to Winnipeg (Manitoba) with a stop in Yorkton
  • Day 9-10: Explore Winnipeg 

On day one, arrive in Edmonton (YEG international airport in Leduc), and spend the next 2 days at the capital city of Alberta. Discover the North Saskatchewan river valley, go on a segway tour or ride the historic train car (in the summer). 

Edmonton Canada in the fall

In the winters, Edmonton’s river valley is a snowshoeing haven. 

Don’t miss out on the Legislature Building (it is one of my favorites in the city), followed by the Muttart Conservatory (pyramid-shaped botanical gardens), and the Royal Alberta Museum. 

Where to stay in Edmonton : Delta Hotels by Marriott Edmonton Centre Suites

On your second day, experience the beauty of Devonian Botanical Gardens, and Fort Edmonton Park. In the evening, hang out at the Strathcona neighborhood, or book yourself game night tickets at the Rogers Place, Ice District. 

Prefer to shop instead? Head to the West Edmonton Mall!

Next, enjoy a day trip to Elk Island National Park, located just 40 minutes outside of Edmonton. It is home to bison and is a protected dark sky preserve. Spend a day going on nature walks, picnics, to sunset tours on Lake Astotin. 

Elk Island National Park canoe tour in the fall

Day 4 is a travel day, as you drive from Edmonton to Saskatoon in Saskatchewan. Make two spots, one in Vegreville, and snap a photo of the largest pysanka (Ukrainian egg), and another one in Lloydminster. 

Vegreville Small town Alberta

Lloydminster is almost midway between these two cities – Edmonton, and Saskatoon! Stay overnight in Stoon!

The next day, explore Saskatoon. You can easily spend 2 days in Saskatoon but for this itinerary, a full day is assigned. Check out the river valley in Saskatoon, go on easy hikes along the Meewasin Trail, sit by the parks, and take in the views of the South Saskatchewan River and its multiple bridges. 

Saskatoon - Delta Bessborough Hotel

Visit the REMAI arts museum, and the Western Development Museum (love this). WDM showcases the social and economic development of the province with a focus on the introduction of railways and other industrial inventions. The museum also has branches in Moose Jaw, North Battleford, and Yorkton. 

Where to stay in Saskatoon: Alt Hotel Saskatoon

On days 6 and 7, go on day trips to Prince Albert National Park (2+ hour drive), and MooseJaw (2+ hour drive). Prince Albert National Park is home to bison, and Lake Waskesiu – it is a perfect spot to spend a summer day.

In MooseJaw, you can check out the tallest moose statue (although it is still debated if Norway or Canada has the tallest one. But let’s say tallest in Canada, eh) and go on a Tunnel tour. 

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The Tunnels of Moose Jaw is an attraction where you get to discover underneath the streets of the city, and how it was in the early 1900s (it uses stories of bootleggers, Al Capone, and Chinese immigration). 

Day 8, go on a road trip from Saskatoon to Winnipeg enjoying flatlands and making quick stops along the way. We recommend stopping by Yorkton for a break, and if interested visit the Western Development Museum there!  

Esplande Riel at night

Spend the next 2 days, exploring Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba. Visit the Forks, Assiniboine Park, MTS centre and swing by the Royal Canadian Mint. Do wander the French part of the city (St. Boniface), and enjoy a lovely dinner by the Esplanade Riel Bridge. 

Where to stay in Winnipeg : Hilton Garden Inn Winnipeg South

Note: If interested, you can add a trip to Churchill from Winnipeg (trains, flights, or guided tours) to check out polar bears! This should be on your Canada bucket list !

Central Canada Itinerary 10 days: Best of Ontario and Quebec

  • Route: Toronto, Niagar Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City
  • Arrival Airport: Toronto Ontario
  • Departure Airport: Toronto Ontario or Montreal Quebec

This epic Central Canada itinerary covers the highlights of the two provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Although these provinces have a ton of charming towns and beautiful parks, this itinerary only covers city landmarks. 

To kickstart this Canada travel itinerary, you will arrive at Toronto Pearson International airport, which is one of the busiest and biggest airports in the country. From there you can either use public transport, tours or drive to explore other destinations. 

You can fly out from Toronto, or Montreal, Quebec. 

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  • Day 1-2 : Arrive and explore Toronto 
  • Day 3: Niagara Falls day trip 
  • Day 4-5: Ottawa
  • Day 6-7: Montreal 
  • Day 8-9: Quebec City
  • Day 10: Montreal & fly out (or drive back to Toronto)

Spend the first 2 days of the Canada 10 day itinerary in Toronto . Home to the CN Tower, one of the tallest freestanding towers in the world, harbourfront and the Royal Ontario Museum – Toronto is one of the bustling cities in Canada.

Trust us, there is so much to see and do in Toronto. But we recommend sticking to the downtown area and around to maximize your time here. Each evening relax at a bar or restaurant in the Distillery District or Kensington. Do visit Casa Loma if you have time!

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On day 3, embark on a day tour to Niagara. Enjoy a boat tour, head to the top of the Skylon Tower, and soak in the views of the mightiest falls! Niagara has a lot of fine dining options, including the revolving restaurant!

Where to stay in Toronto : Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown Centre

For the next 2 days, visit the various landmarks of Ottawa. Toronto to Ottawa is 4+ hours by train or car. You can also fly there in about an hour. Read about road trips from Toronto

Check out Parliament Hill, and various museums in the capital city of Canada. In the springtime, don’t miss the tulip festival. Rideau Canal in Ottawa is one of the must visit, it is the longest skating rink in the world!

Where to stay in Ottawa : Courtyard by Marriott Ottawa Downtown

Montreal in Quebec is next on the list. This is the French/Francophone province in Canada. The road distance between Ottawa and Montreal is 2+ hours. Trains take the same time. 

Old town Montreal

Spend the next 2 days in Montreal, choose a centrally located hotel, and then explore the Old Port and the old town (Vieux-Montréa) highlights such as Plaza de Armas and the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. Don’t forget to enjoy a lovely sunset from Mount Royal’s viewpoint. 

Where to stay in Montreal : Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain

From Montreal, visit the charming Quebec City for the next 2 days. This is one of the oldest European cities in North America. Filled with cobblestone lanes (Petit Champlain District), and the beautiful Place Royale and Château Frontenac Hotel, Quebec City will surely melt your heart! 

Where to stay in Quebec City: Marriott Quebec City Downtown

After exploring Quebec city, you can return to Montreal and then fly out. Or get to Toronto and bid adieu to Canada!  Read about hikes near Toronto

Maritimes Canada Itinerary 7 days: Fundy Coastal drive from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island

  • Route: New Brunswick and the Fundy Coastal drive from Campobello Island to the Confederation Bridge at Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • Arrival Airport: Saint John New Brunswick
  • Departure Airport: Charlottetown Prince Edward Island

This one week coastal itinerary to Canada discovers the Bay of Fundy and takes you through two provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on an epic road trip!

  • Day 1-2: Arrive and explore Saint John (New Brunswick)
  • Day 3: Visit Campobello Island
  • Day 4: Explore Saint Andrews
  • Day 5: Day trip to Hopewell Rocks
  • Day 6: Drive to Charlottetown (PEI) via Bay of Fundy
  • Day 7: Explore Charlottetown

Arrive at the Saint John airport and explore the next two days. Don’t forget to pick up a car rental.

From the coast to culture, Saint John is home to the New Brunswick Museum, a great place to learn about the history of the area including lumber, shipbuilding, farming industries. 

Sunset views in Saint John

City Market of Saint John should not be missed. Here you will find bustling market stalls, selling fresh produce, meat, seafood, local art, souvenirs, etc.  

Check out the Reversing Falls, a UNESCO GeoPark. This is where the Bay of Fundy tides overtake the flow of the Saint John River. Make a quick stop at the Carleton Martello Tower overlooking the Bay of Fundy. 

Harbour seals hanging out on rocks and seaweed in the Bay of Fundy at sunset

For the next few days, keep Saint John as a base and go on day trips. Start with Campobello Island on day 3. This is the only International Park in the world and the summer home of U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (drive is 2+ hours one way).

Where to stay in Saint John : Chateau Saint John Trademark Collection by Wyndham

On day 4, explore the old fishing village of Saint Andrews located on the Bay of Fundy. This is THE place to be to check out the most dramatic tides in the world. Great for whale watching and kayaking trips. (2+ hour one way).

On day 5, go on a day trip to Hopewell Rocks. Hopewell Rocks are home to a unique landscape, where you can walk along the ocean floor and see the towering sandstone sculptures! (2+ hour one way).

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Finish off your one week in Canada itinerary, by driving to Charlottetown (PEI) via the Bay of Fundy. As you continue winding along the Bay of Fundy Highway to 15E, you will arrive at the Confederation Bridge, the longest bridge (12.9 KM/8 miles) that crosses ice-covered waters in the world.

You will arrive in Charlottetown (PEI) in 3+ hours. Visit the Province House National Historic Site where the Charlottetown Conference of 1864 took place. Check out the Confederation Centre of the Arts and its musical based on “Anne of Green Gables.” 

Where to stay in Charlottetown: Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites

Make your visit memorable with a horse drawn carriage ride in the city. Enjoy your evenings at Victoria Row with shops, and restaurants. 

Atlantic Canada Itinerary: Cabot Trail East Coastal Drive with Halifax, Fredericton

  • Route: Halifax, Cape Breton Island & Highlands National Park, Moncton, Truro, Saint John, Hopewell Rocks, Fredericton
  • Arrival Airport: Halifax Nova Scotia
  • Departure Airport: Fredericton New Brunswick

The Cabot Trail is a scenic driving route on the island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. Cabot Trail offers one of the best scenic views along Canada’s Atlantic Coast. The trail is over 300 km (186 miles) and can be easily completed in one day. However, we recommend stopping along the way and extending this trip to New Brunswick. 

  • Day 1-2: Arrive and explore Halifax (Nova Scotia)
  • Day 3 – 4: Cabot Trail Drive, Cape Breton Highlands National Park
  • Day 5: Drive to Moncton (New Brunswick) with a stop in Truro
  • Day 6: Explore Moncton
  • Day 7: Drive to Saint John via Bay of Fundy with a stop in Hopewell Rocks
  • Day 8: Explore Saint Andrews by the Sea
  • Day 9-10: Explore Fredericton

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You can start from Halifax (fly there), and spend the next 2 days here. Visit Peggy’s Cove, the colorful village of Lunenburg, Halifax Waterfront, and Dartmouth.

Where to stay in Halifax : Residence Inn by Marriott Halifax Downtown

On day 3, head towards the Cabot Trail (3.50 hours). Stop at the Highland Village, to check out how Gaelic settlers in Cape Breton lived. This site is beautifully set on the Bras d’Or lake. 

Enjoy your drive, and stay or camp overnight at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Do check out the Cape Breton Highlands Lookout, and capture the sunset on Skyline Trail Hike (day 4). 

Beautiful rugged coastline scenery in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia along the Cabot Trail on the Atlantic Ocean in Maritime Canada

Whale watching is popular here, so is seafood including lobster treats! 

Spend day 5 on another drive, this time to Moncton, the largest city in New Brunswick. 

The total route from Cape Breton Highlands National Park is 5+ hours, and we recommend stopping at Truro to check out the waterfalls of Victoria Park. If you’re adventurous, try Tidal Bore Rafting on the Shubenacadie River, close to Truro. 

Stay overnight in Moncton.

Where to stay in Moncton : Four Points by Sheraton Moncton

Explore Moncton for a day. Eat your heart out in one of their many restaurants, and wineries. Stop by the Magnetic Hill. 

On day 7, drive an hour south of Moncton to the Hopewell Rocks to experience the highest tides in the world! This natural phenomenon occurs twice a day, so do check the tide tables to catch them! Arrive in Saint John and stay here overnight. 

Spend a full day in Saint John, exploring the Reversing Falls, a UNESCO GeoPark, and New Brunswick Museum. 

Continue on your road trip along the Bay of Fundy with a stop at the village of Saint Andrews, before arriving in Fredericton. In Saint Andrews, don’t miss the Huntsman Marine Science Center and Kingsbrae Gardens.

The New Brunswick Legislative Building in Fredericton

Fredericton is the capital city of New Brunswick and your home for the next 2 days. In Fredericton, you can witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony in the Garrison District. Plus there are tons of historical sites to explore from the Kings Landing Historical Settlement to museums and other landmarks. 

Where to stay in Fredericton : Delta Hotels by Marriott Fredericton

Newfoundland in 8 to 10 days: St John’s, coastal towns, Gros Morne National Park

  • Route: St. John’s, Terra Nova National Park, Twillingate, Gros Morne National Park/Deer Lake
  • Arrival Airport: St John’s Newfoundland
  • Departure Airport: Deer Lake Newfoundland

This intense 10 day Canada itinerary only covers the province of Newfoundland on its own. Arrive in St. John’s, the capital city, and spend a week in and around the area. Then proceed to explore the Gros Morne National Park for 5-6 days, before flying out from Deer Lake. 

  • Day 1-2: Arrive in St John’s and explore
  • Day 3 : Terra Nova National Park
  • Day 4: Twillingate
  • Day 5 : Twillingate to Gros Morne National Park
  • Day 6-10 : Gros Morne National Park, fly out from Deer Lake

Begin your Newfoundland Canada 10 day itinerary with St. John’s. Spend 2 days in this city with a rich history dating back to 500 years! Explore the national historic sites of Signal Hill, Cape Spear, Quidi Vidi, and wander the colorful downtown area. 

St. John's NL

Then on your second day enjoy shopping, go wine tasting, and join a haunted tour!

Where to stay in St. John’s: Courtyard by Marriott St. John’s Newfoundland

Day 3, drive to Terra Nova National Park, which is Canada’s most Easterly National Park. It is home to a varied landscape from a coastline to hiking trails and wetlands.

Driving to the National Park takes 2+ hours, and we recommend staying there overnight. There are hotels located about 15 km (9.3 miles) away from Terra Nova National Park. 

Skyline of the fishing village of Twillingate, Newfoundland, Canada

Next head to the quaint town of Twillingate (day 4), and spend the night here. Relax by the coast and enjoy the colorful streets. Go on a tour to check out whales, dolphins, seabirds, and icebergs. Drive to Twillingate is 2+ hours. 

Spend a full travel day, driving from Twillingate to Gros Morne National Park. Nonstop driving is 5.50 hours, and with a few roadside stops, it will easily take you a day.  Stay overnight in the park at Rocky Harbour, or at nearby Deer Lake.

Where to stay in Deer Lake : Holiday Inn Express Deer Lake, an IHG Hotel

Spend day 6-9 exploring the Gros Morne National Park. Gros Morne National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its rare continental drift. At the park, you can see amazing fjords, chase waterfalls, stunning mountains and cliffs along with deep forests and lush greenery. 

On day 10, fly out from Deer Lake. 

Northern Canada Itinerary 7 days: Whitehorse and Dawson City (extend to Yellowknife)

  • Duration : 7-10 days
  • Route: Whitehorse, Dawson City, Yellowknife (optional)
  • Arrival Airport: Vancouver British Columbia and Whitehorse Yukon
  • Departure Airport: Yellowknife Northwest Territories and Vancouver British Columbia

If you wish to explore the underrated and unconventional areas of Canada, consider a trip to the Northwest Territories and Yukon. These destinations are sparsely populated, yet are full of history and scenic views – from chasing northern lights, gold rush trails to the wilderness, you can explore it all. 

  • Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver, fly to Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Day 2-4: Explore Whitehorse
  • Day 5-7: Dawson City (and return)
  • Day 8-14: (or extend to) Yellowknife and return

To kickstart this itinerary, we recommend flying to Vancouver (from overseas). You can book a flight to Whitehorse, Yukon and it will take you there in 2.50 hours. Flights from Toronto take 10+ hours (yup! Canada is HUGE).

Aurora borealis over downtown Whitehorse, capital of the Yukon Territory

Spend the next 3 days in Whitehorse, the capital city of Yukon, and explore the Wildlife Preserve and museums – Old Log Church Museum, Transportation Museum, SS Klondike Historic Site, and Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre. 

Enjoy a day at the Miles Canyon, hiking and soaking in views from the suspension bridge – this is where you can clearly see how the rapids and the Canyon gave a tough challenge to the gold-seekers heading to the Klondike Gold Rush. 

Miles Canyon Yukon

Where to stay in Whitehorse : Days Inn by Wyndham Whitehorse

Spend days 5 to 7 in Dawson City, another town in Yukon. You can take a flight (1.25 hours), or drive a full day (6 hours of straight driving). 

With 2 days in Dawson City, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of mixed First Nations Heritage and Gold Rush History. You will be busy checking off museums and the colorful arts here. 

Where to stay in Dawson City : Value Inn – Downtown Hotel Dawson City

You can conclude your trip here, or head to Yellowknife for another 4-6 days with travel time!

Planning a Canada travel itinerary:  Essential Travel Tips

Here are quick travel tips to prepare for your trip to Canada!

Best time to visit Canada

Canada is a popular summer destination. And there is a good reason – most Canadian cities in the summer are bustling with activities from outdoor cafes, farmer’s markets, to festivals and picnics. 

Parks are open with wide arms with tons of camping, hiking, and outdoor activities. Summers bring a lot of crowds and are a peak tourist season. 

Girl in Alberta in fall

For sightseeing, late spring and fall are great as well. During this time, there are fewer crowds in popular destinations like the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and cities; and although some camping sites may be closed at the end of the season, you will surely score a nice accommodation in the heart of the city/park. 

Some visitors love the cold weather, and some don’t, but winters in Canada are amazing! 

Sunwapta Falls viewing area

From experiencing a white Christmas, romantic getaways to snow-ful activities like snowshoeing, skiing, and ice skating in a natural rink, we got it all!

If you are planning a trip to Canada in the winter , dress warmly, and don’t worry about carrying all the ski gear and equipment, as you can easily rent them here. Driving in winter can be a little tricky if you are not used to the icy conditions.  

Getting around Canada

From the Canada itineraries above, you have seen how we have clubbed places close to each other. You must have also noticed that we used road trips as an itinerary format, and here is why!

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Canada is HUGE, it is the second largest country by area, and even within a province, it will take you a day or more to get around. So, 

  • If you are not renting a car, consider a Canadian city itinerary like – Toronto & Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal, and Quebec City. These cities have a strong public transportation network (Light Rail Trains, transit buses, Uber) and guided tours
  • For national and provincial parks a car is necessary as passenger trains and public transport are scarce. Canadian Rockies do have local buses, tours, and restricted train routes for visitors to enjoy (note that Greyhound no longer operates in Canada)
  • For cross-country trips, flights are the only way to make the most of your visit to Canada. We get asked by readers, they are visiting Toronto, and they want to explore Banff. Now they are in 2 different provinces, and driving between these two places will take 40+ hours one way, and you don’t want to do that – if you are on a 10-day trip! 
  • So use flights – Canada has a few budget/affordable airlines like Swoop and Flair, where you can find flights starting at $50 CAD one way (+ baggage fees, so travel light :))

Learn about Canada road trips here

What to budget for a trip to Canada?

Canada is not a cheap destination 🙂 but you can enjoy an epic vacation with picturesque landscapes, lakes, and historic sites with careful planning!

For exploring cities, we recommend a budget of $150-$175 CAD per day, and this includes

  • 3 to 4-star hotel on a twin share basis ($150/2= $75)
  • Lunch and dinner at a sit-down restaurant – a meal with a drink ($15 to $30)
  • Transportation (daily passes $8), car rental (daily starts $25)
  • Walking tours, museum passes, etc ($10 – $50)

**Flights are not included.

When visiting national parks, you have to pay entry fees which are $20 CAD for vehicles. A daily pass is valid for 24 hours or the next day at 04:00 pm. 

Once you are inside the park, you can check out lakes, go on hikes, and enjoy mountain views for free. Additional sightseeing like gondola rides, museums, and historic sites has extra fees! 

To save money in Canada, you can surely stay in hostels, approved Airbnbs, or find accommodation in a sister city. For food, you can find affordable grocery stores, and fast-food restaurants (where meals start at $8 CAD), including Canada’s favorite Tim Hortons in every city!

Prices that you see listed in menus and store items are the base price, and then the cashier will add provincial and federal taxes as applicable. 

Also, the same Tim Hortons coffee, although it might taste the same, the base prices and taxes will be different in different provinces! Confusing, eh! 

Safety in Canada

Canada is a safe and welcoming country. We moved here and have lived for more than a decade in 3 different provinces and never had an issue. 

Instances of pickpocketing are also very rare. Some incidences of car breakage and theft may occur in certain places, and the key here is to never leave items inside your vehicle when parking by the roadside!

I have traveled solo, as a couple, and with friends and family – and safety was never a concern. We are sure you will feel welcomed here, just be respectful of others, of the laws of the land, and you will have a great time!

Additional Canada Tips

For a city-only trip, a week is enough. Same for exploring the highlights of the Canadian Rockies, 7 days is a good time frame. Of course, the more time you have, the better!

In 10 days in Canada, you can include a combination of 2-3 cities (spending 2 days in each) and then take a couple of day trips. Ensure these cities are either in the same province or close to each other when traveling by car. To explore cities in different provinces, a flight is the best option to make the most of your trip!

2 weeks in Canada is great to intimately explore a region like the best of Maritimes, Eastern Canada, or all the national parks and landmarks of the Canadian Rockies.

Great question! Driving across the entire length and breadth of Canada will take you 23+ days. If you plan on stopping along the way, visiting cities, small towns, and parks, you will easily need 90 days.

We hope you found our post on Canada itineraries useful in planning your trip! Where will you go next?

More Canada travel guides

  • How to plan a road trip in Canada

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Mayuri Kashyap is an Indian Canadian traveler, writer and photographer based in Alberta. She moved to Toronto as a student in 2009, and has been calling Canada home ever since. She started the blog - Canada Crossroads - to share her travel and living experiences in the Great White North!

A History graduate and an MBA, Mayuri is a destinations marketing expert. She loves traveling with her husband, Salil and soaking in experiences across Canada, India and Europe.

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Visit Canada: Top 20 Things to Do and Must See Attractions

The 20 best things to do in canada (bucket list).

You’re planning to visit Canada and you’re looking for the best things to do during your trip?

You’re at the right place!

Canada is the perfect destination to enjoy natural wonders, vibrant cities and unparalleled outdoor adventures.

In order to help you plan your trip, I’ve thus put together this guide of the 20 best things to do in Canada , with all my best tips to make the most of your visits.

So, what are the best things to do in Canada?

Let’s find out!

1. Montreal

2. quebec city, 3. the niagara falls, 5. thousands islands, 6. mont tremblant, 8. banff national park, 9. icefield parkways, 10. jasper national park, 11. rocky mountaineer, 12. canada’s other best national parks., 13. vancouver, 14. gaspé peninsula, 15. whale watching in canada, 16. calgary, 17. nova scotia, 19. the canadian northern lights, 20. snowmobiling in canada, you’re traveling in canada these articles will help you, visiting canada:all best places to visit.

In order to help you plan your stay in Canada, I have prepared detailed itineraries depending on your trip duration . You should read them after reading this article.

You can find them here, simply click on the orange links to read the articles:

  • Itinerary: One week in Canada: The perfect itinerary to visit Canada in 6, 7 or 8 days!
  • Itinerary: 10 days in Canada: All my best tips for organizing your 10-day trip to Canada
  • Itinerary: 2 weeks in Canada: How to visit Western Canada in 15 days.
  • Itinerary: 3 weeks in Canada: My epic itinerary to visit Western and Eastern Canada in 21 days
  • Itinerary: 1 month in Canada: How to visit Eastern Canada in a month!

They will allow you to plan your trip very easily!

And if you have any question, don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments section, at the end of the article. I would be glad to help you plan your stay.

Let’s start this Canada travel guide with the city of Montreal . It’s clearly one of the must-see cities in Canada!

I’ve lived in this incredible multicultural city for more than 3 years. I can tell you that Montreal is a lively place with many great things to do!

Here are the best places to see in Montreal:

  • The Mount-Royal plateau and its typical colorful houses with outdoor stairs
  • The Mount-Royal park , the best place to admire a beautiful view over the entire city
  • The Old Montreal , the city’s oldest neighborhood
  • The Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal and its impressive architecture
  • The old port , to take a stroll along the St. Lawrence river
  • Saint-Joseph’s Oratory , a large religious monument built on Mount Royal’s hillside.

For more information about Montreal, you should read my detailed city guide : The 45 best things to do in Montreal.

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To continue this list of Canada’s must-see attractions, you should discover the Quebec province’s capital and 2nd largest city, Quebec City .

Quebec City has a more European feel than its big sister Montreal . Instead of huge buildings, you will discover a charming city with many ancient houses and small alleys.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site has really kept its warm and friendly atmosphere. It feels a bit like France!

During your visit, you should see:

  • The Château Frontenac, the city’s most iconic landmark and one of the most photographed hotel in the world
  • The Terrace Dufferin offers a incredible view of the Château, the St. Lawrance river, Île d’Orléans and Quebec City lower town.
  • The Quartier du Petit-Champlain, the oldest neighborhood in North America, with its illuminated pedestrian alleys and the Place Royale, where the city was founded in 1608
  • The Citadel of Quebec and its fortified walls
  • The Plains of Abraham, a large green space. There, the Quebec City Summer Festival takes place every summer. Canada’s largest music festival already hosted many big international stars, such as the Rolling Stones, Muse, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga,… There is something for every taste!

While in Quebec City, you should also go to Montmorency Falls, located only a short drive from downtown. Did you know that these falls are higher than the Niagara Falls?

The place is really impressive, especially in winter when the river is partially frozen. Don’t forget to walk on the suspension bridge above the falls to enjoy a breathtaking view!

To plan your trip to Quebec City, you hould read my dedicated guide: How to visit Quebec City?

Quebec

Even if the Montmorency Falls are quite impressive, I must admit than they are less famous than the Niagara Falls.

It’s simply one of the best things to do in Canada and one of the places I enjoyed the most during my trip to Canada.

If you want to admire the Niagara Falls, you can choose between:

  • Doing a boat ride: put on your poncho, jump on the boat and enjoy a cold shower! From the Niagara Falls’ bottom, you will discover their thundering roar and incredible power.
  • Taking the elevator: you will descend 45 m by elevator, directly behind the fall. There, you will enjoy a unique view, and you might get a little wet.
  • Go to the top of the Skylon Tower and enjoy its panoramic terrace
  • Choose the “luxury” version, and fly over the falls in a helicopter. Even if its quite expensive, you will remember it your whole life!

Niagara falls

As Toronto isn’t far from the Niagara Falls, you should definitely include a visit of Canada’s largest city in your itinerary.

With its many skyscrapers, major shopping areas and trendy neighborhoods with a bohemian atmosphere, Toronto feels like the Canadian New York City.

When visiting the city, you should definitely go to the top of the CN Tower. It’s clearly the city’s must-see attraction!

Take the elevator to the 113th floor, then walk on the transparent floor and discover an incredible panorama of the whole city.

If you’re still not impressed, you should try the world’s highest hands-free walk: the EdgeWalk. You will walk on the edge of the CN Tower, only attached by a trolley and a harness system. Unfortunately, this attraction didn’t exist yet when I visited Toronto!

The other best places to see in Toronto are:

  • The Royal Ontario Museum (or ROM), Canada’s biggest Natural History Museum
  • The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada and its 16 000 marine animals
  • The Distillery Historic District, where you will discover many restaurants, art galleries and trendy clothes shops
  • The Art Gallery of Ontario
  • The Toronto Island Park, with its charming vacation houses from the 20’s

If you want to discover all the best places to see in Toronto, you should read my article: The 15 best things to do in Toronto.

Toronto

When visiting the Niagara Falls and Toronto, I decided to make a short detour to discover a less touristic place, the Thousand Islands.

Boat trips are the best way to visit the 1000-islands archipelago. Most of these tours are starting from the cities of Rockport, Gananoque or Kingston. You can choose between a tourist boat (with around 50 people on board) or a private boat.

During your cruise, you will discover some of the archipelago’s 1865 islands.

On these islands, there are many wooden cabins , a few luxurious houses and even a castle!

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Mont Tremblant is one the best places to visit in Canada if you want to admire the Canadian autumn’s magnificent colors.

There, you will enjoy a real postcard landscape, with its colorful red, orange and yellow trees. If you’re visiting the Quebec province in autumn, you definitely have to spend some time in Mont Tremblant!

Walk on the marked trail starting from the village to reach the summit of Mont-Tremblant. During your hike, you will get a great view over the lake, and the magnificent colorful trees. Don’t forget your hiking shoes, as the trail is quite steep!

In winter, Mont Tremblant is among Canada’s best ski resorts. This ski area offers more than a hundred ski slopes and a 7-hectare snow park , with many Tabletops, Rails and boxes.

And during summer, you can enjoy a Summer sledge, a miniature golf and of course many nautical activities on the lake.

Mont tremblant

Visiting Ottawa is another thing you should do during your trip to Canada. Canada’s capital city has a lot to offer!

The best things to do in Ottawa are:

  • Parliament Hill , the Federal Government of Canada’s home.
  • Climb on top of the Peace Tower, and admire a 360° view
  • Take a stroll along the Rideau Canal. In winter, the canal becomes the world’s biggest outdoor and natural ice-skating rink!
  • Discover the BY Market neighborhood  and enjoy its vibrant atmosphere.
  • Visit one of the Ottawa’s many museums: the Canadian Museum of History, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the Canadian Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum.

If you want to know everything about Canada’s capital city, youy need to read my guide: The 10 best things to do in Ottawa .

The Canadian Museum of History is one of the best museums I’ve ever visited, and it hosts impressive exhibitions. There, you will discover the Canadian History and an incredible Totem collection.

If you’re spending a few days in Ottawa, you should definitely go to Canada’s most visited museum!

Ottawa

Banff National Park offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. I couldn’t do a Top 20 of the best things to do and see in Canada without mentioning it!

This natural park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains . There, you will enjoy a magnificent scenery, as these mountains are renowned for being some of the world’s most spectacular.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Banff National Park also hosts the world’s 2 most photographed lakes: Lake Louise and Lake Moraine. Their impressive turquoise blue is due to the silt carried by the glacier waters. You won’t believe it until you see it!

The 21-kilometer long Lake Minnewanka is another place you should visit in the National Park. It’s famous for being Banff’s largest lake.

In the park, you will also enjoy many hiking trails. From there, you will get the best views of the lakes and the mountains to take the perfect souvenir photo!

Banff

The Icefield parkways (the Alberta Highway 93) is one of Canada’s most beautiful panoramic roads . It’s clearly one of Canada’s best points of interest!

This 230-km long highway connects the cities of Banff and Jasper , through the National Parks. On the road, you will find many parkings and points of views to admire the magnificent natural landscape and take incredible pictures.

You will discover many waterfalls, canyons, glaciers, rivers and lakes: it’s clearly heaven on earth for nature lovers!

During your road-trip, you will see:

  • Bow Lake, one of the most famous
  • Peyto Lake , shaped like a fox according to some people, or like a wolf according to others!
  • Waterfowl Lake
  • The Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier
  • The Tangle Falls
  • The Valley of Five Lakes

You will find every information you need on the Icefields Parkway official website.

You should discover the Icefield Parkway early in the morning, as the road is very touristic and often crowded.

If you spend a night in Jasper or in Banff , you will have enough time to admire the many beautiful viewpoints. The next morning, make the return trip to see the places you missed!

icefields parkway

Jasper National Park is the largest natural park in the Rocky Mountains.

In this park, don’t miss the Athabasca Falls, located on the highway 93A, close to the Icefield Parkways. There, you will admire a breathtaking scenery and feel the powerful waters coming from the glacier’s melting.

You can also hike on the glacier, or take a special bus with huge wheels specifically designed to drive on it.

The other best places to see in Jasper National Park are:

  • The 50-meter deep Maligne canyon
  • Maligne Lake, and the famous Spirit island in the middle
  • Medicine Lake

If you’re an hiking lover, you should do the Skyline Trail. During your walk on this 43-kilometer long marked trail, you will discover splendid viewpoints and breathtaking landscapes.

Jasper national park

You’re travelling to Canada, and you want to discover a unique experience?

Then, you should definitely try one of the world’s most beautiful (and also most expensive, I must warn you) train ride, the Rocky Mountaineer!

The Rocky Mountaineer is clearly the best way to admire the Canadian Rocky Mountains’ majestic beauty. During the day, you will travel through Banff and Jasper National Parks, and discover places you can’t access by car.

Then, you will stop for the night in splendid hotels. The meals are also excellent in this luxury train!

You can choose between many itineraries, starting from different cities ( Vancouver , Jasper) and with different lengths (from 2 days to 3 weeks). The least expensive trip is a 2-day itinerary and costs 1050€ per person.

If you want to plan your Rocky Mountaineer adventure, visit the official website.

Rocky Mountaineer

Did you know that there are more than 45 National Parks in Canada?

Even if Banff and Jasper are the 2 most famous, there are many other incredible places to discover!

If you’re an hiking lover and if you want to enjoy magnificent landscapes , then Canada is really the perfect destination for you.

The other most beautiful National Parks in Canada are:

  • Prince Edward Island National Park , where you can swim at many sandy beaches
  • Pacific Rim National Park, one of Canada’s best surf spots
  • Bruce Peninsula National Park, renowned for its turquoise waters
  • Gros Morne National Park featuring more than 100 km of marked trails
  • Cape-Breton Highlands National Park: there, follow the Skyline Trail to admire the sunset over the St. Lawrence river
  • La Mauricie National Park between Montreal and Quebec City
  • Wood Buffalo, Canada’s largest National Park.

In Canada, entrance fees are charged at most National Parks, but youth under 17 will get free admission. You definitely have to take your children with you!

Prince Edward

Vancouver is a really pleasant city you should visit during your holidays in Canada.

Did you know that Vancouver is ranked 3rd best city in the world for its quality of living? You will be amazed by both its urban and natural atmosphere!

Here are some of Vancouver best points of interest:

  • Taking a stroll in Stanley Park
  • Go to Granville Island, to buy the best local products
  • Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, 70 meters above the river
  • Discover the Seawall, a 22-km long waterfront promenade. It’s clearly a paradise for cyclists and joggers!
  • Visit VanDusen Botanical Garden

You will find more informations about the best places to visit in Vancouver in my article: The 25 best things to do in Vancouver.

Vancouver

The Gaspé Peninsula is one of the best places to visit in Canada.

This region is becoming more touristic every year, as it was awarded as one of the must-see tourist destination in Canada by the National Geographic!

The best things to see in Gaspé Peninsula are:

  • Gaspésie National Park is an hiker’s paradise
  • The Percé rock (meaning the pierced rock), in front of the small town of Percé
  • The many Norther Gannets living on Bonaventure Island: you can get really close to them!
  • The Forillon National Park and its magnificent cliffs overlooking the sea
  • The 100-hectare Redford Gardens

Gaspé Peninsula

Whale Watching is among the best things to do during your stay in Canada.

The best place to see whales is the Saguenay Fjord and more specifically Tadoussac Bay. The whales are coming here every year as they always find enough food in the bay.

In Tadoussac, you will have the choice between many cruises: you can do a whale watching boat trip on a large tourist ship, on a small Zodiac or even on a Kayak if you’re feeling adventurous!

The best season to observe the whales starts mid-May and ends in October , and you’ll be more likely to see a lot of them in September and October. If you’re travelling to Canada at this time of the year, you should definitely do a whale watching tour!

baleines

If you want to visit Banff and Jasper National Parks, then you should make a short stop in Calgary .

This city is idealy located between the Rocky mountains and the Canadian Prairies.

Calgary is a lively city all year round, but it’s mostly renowned for its annual rodeo exhibition held every July for 10 days, the Calgary Stampede.

This incredible show attracts more than 1 million people every year, and is broadcasted live nationwide. During the festival, you can enjoy many rodeos of course, but also exhibitions, concerts and a fair.

Moreover, people are baking free and unlimited fresh pancakes everywhere in the city! Maybe that’s why I loved Calgary so much! 😁

There are many other things you can do in Calgary:

  • Go to Winsport Olympic Park, to try the bobsleigh or the longest zip line in North America.
  • Visit the Heritage Park Historical Village and ride on a steam train or a paddle wheel boat
  • Walk along the Bow river, and discover Saint Patrick’s Island
  • Eat at the Kensington Village where you will find many great restaurants
  • Go to the top of Calgary Tower, enjoy its breathtaking 360° view and walk on the glass floor
  • Discover the Glenbow Museum and learn everything about Calgary’s History
  • Take a picture of the beautiful illuminated Peace Bridge

You will find all the best things to do in Calgary in my article: Visit Calgary: the 11 Must-See attractions.

Calgary Canada

You can only fall in love with Nova Scotia ‘s authentic charm. With its incredible natural landscapes, it’s one of Canada’s most beautiful provinces!

This region is also renowned for its amazing seafood. It’s clearly a great destination for your holidays on Canada’s East Coast.

Nova Scotia’s best points of interest includes:

  • Drive on the 300-km long Cabot trail and discover magnificent costal landscapes.
  • Visit the city of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s North America’s best preserved colonial town
  • Discover Nova Scotia ‘s capital, Halifax
  • Hike in the Cape-Breton Highlands National Park. You will admire a magnificent sunset from the top of the cliffs. (It’s also a great place for proposals !)
  • Take a souvenir photo at Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, an iconic red and white lighthouse overlooking the bay

Nova Scotia

Even if Yukon isn’t as touristic as some other Canadian provinces, it’s still one of the most impressive.

If you want to travel off the beaten path, it’s clearly a great destination for your holidays!

In Yukon, you will enjoy magnificent wild landscapes and often feel completely alone. You will also discover the First Nations, the indigenous people of Yukon, and their fascinating culture and traditions.

During your itinerary in Yukon , you should see:

  • The Kluane National Park and Reserve and Mount Logan, Canada’s highest summit
  • Whitehorse, the province’s capital. It’s the best place to stay if you want to discover the region.
  • The Yukon Wildlife Preserve if you want to observe caribou and buffalo in their natural environment
  • Miles Canyon and its many hiking trails
  • The Takhini Hot Springs with their 40° waters

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During your trip to Canada, you can also discover the Nothern Lights, a fascinating and incredible show coloring the sky at night.

The closer you will be to the magnetic North Pole (starting from 60 degrees of Latitude ), the more Northern Lights you will observe.

The best season to observe them is in Winter, as you must have a complete clear sky and total darkness. You will also have to stay up at night, as most of the Northern lights are appearing between 22h and 3h.

The best places to observe the Northern Lights are Yukon and the Northwest Territories (close to Yellowknife ). You can also go to the North East Inuit regions of Nunavut and Nunavik.

If you want to get better chances to observe this breathtaking natural phenomenon, you can check this website  for a real time Northern Lights forecast.

Northern Lights

Snowmobile (also called Skidoo) rides are among the best things to do in Canada.

In Canada, there are many marked trails and you can enjoy your Skidoo rides in complete safety. Choose your organized tour to discover the beautiful Canadian snowy landscape, for a few hours or even a few days!

You can go snowmobiling in most Canadian provinces. However, if you’re a beginner, you should try the easy trails along the St. Lawrence river or near Charlevoix.

The Laurentides, the Lanaudière, La Mauricie, Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, the Eastern Townships and Gaspé Peninsula are the best places to enjoy a great Skidoo ride!

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And you, what do you plan to do during your trip to Canada?

Discover all my articles about Canada : All my articles to help you plan your trip to Canada are listed there.

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  • Itinerary: 2 weeks in Quebec: All my best tips to visit Quebec in 14, 15 or 16 days
  • Itinerary: 3 weeks in Quebec: the perfect 3-week road trip in Quebec !
  • Road trip in Canada: The best itineraries for 7, 10, 15, 21 days and 1 month
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  • Montreal : 33 best things to see and do
  • Ottawa : 15 epic places to visit
  • Quebec City : Top 17 things to do and see
  • Toronto : The 17 things to do during your stay
  • Vancouver : Top 25 places to visit and activities
  • Toronto in 3 days – The perfect itinerary to visit the city in 72 hours!

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This Commonwealth country is actually the world’s second largest. Most of that land area, however, is complete wilderness. That is certainly one of the draws of Canada: the utterly vast expanses of nature to really and truly get lost in. Its national parks are truly massive, offering picture-perfect vistas.

Mountaineering, hiking, boating, swimming, cycling – there’s a lot of rewards here if you’re a fan of the great outdoors. Spot grizzly bears in Banff National Park, hit the powdered slopes of Whistler, or taste your way through some of Vancouver’s freshest wild salmon. There’s something in Canada for everyone.

Away from the stunning nature of Canada – also including the Great Lakes Region – you can explore its culture and history. Get stuck into the Francophone region of Quebec, the sparkling skyscrapers and East Asian culture pockets in Vancouver, Toronto’s elegant Victorian architecture, and Canada’s ‘château style’ grand railway hotels and neo-gothic public buildings in Ottawa. Plan your trip to this wonderful travel destination in North America with our list of the best places to visit in Canada.:

12. Calgary [SEE MAP]

Calgary

The largest city in Alberta, Calgary is situated between the Canadian Prairies and the foothills of the Canadian Rockies . After oil was discovered nearby in the early 1900s, Calgary boomed into what is now one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, attracting thousands every year to its world-famous rodeo event, the Calgary Stampede.

While Calgary is comprised of several neighborhoods, the downtown core is where the commercial, entertainment and shopping districts are located. Stephen Avenue Walk and Barclay Mall are two popular pedestrian zones.

Calgary is home to a large number of skyscrapers with observation decks offering incredible views of the city and Rocky Mountains. The most notable of these are The Bow and Calgary Tower . There are also many family attractions including a world-class zoo, amusement parks, botanical gardens, a hands-on science center.

While the city plays host to several annual festivals of music, film and dance, the most famous is the Calgary Stampede , an Old West celebration held over ten days in July with rodeos, chuckwagon races, parades and competitions.

11. Churchill [SEE MAP]

Churchill

It may only be a small town of 1,000 residents, but Churchill draws huge crowds every year to see its most famous inhabitants, the polar bears . Nicknamed the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill is located in the Manitoba province on the Hudson Bay shore. In addition to polar bears, Churchill is also the place to go for viewing beluga whales, birds and the aurora borealis.

The best time to see polar bears in Churchill is October and November when the bears migrate to the shores, hunting for marine food. The tourism industry here provides tours and vehicles called tundra buggies for the safety of both tourists and the bears.

In the summer months, tour operations take people out on the water to see the beluga whales , which migrate here by the thousands. Some tourists even don swimsuits and swim with the whales. With more than 270 species of birds, Churchill is also a birdwatcher’s paradise . Thousands of birders visit the area every summer to glimpse species like snowy owls, gyrfalcons, stilt sandpipers and tundra swans.

Churchill also presents an excellent spot to see the aurora borealis, or northern lights. Normally, the peak time to see this natural marvel is between January and March. The primary ways of reaching Churchill are by airplane and train. Train connections are from Winnipeg and Thompson.

10. Cape Breton Island [SEE MAP]

Cape Breton Island

While it’s located in north-eastern Nova Scotia, Cape Breton Island was once its own independent colony until it was forced to merge in 1820. As it welcomed thousands of Scottish expats in the early 19th-century, it remains the only place in North America where you’ll hear Gaelic spoken, with a host of traditional Scottish music concerts on offer.

In addition to the Scots, Cape Breton also has a healthy French population , with the 18th-century Fortress of Louisbourg a major highlight. A fascinating Mi’kmaq community adds to the pleasant mixture of cultural influences.

Whale watching here is unforgettable. Sightings are just about guaranteed at the northern tip (the top of the island), which you can reach with a boat or kayak tour – the scenery alone makes it worth the trip.

Among its spectacular landscapes, the highlight is undoubtedly Cape Breton Highlands National Park with its phenomenal Cabot Trail and gorgeous lookout points. Don’t forget the scenic fishing villages such as Bay St. Lawrence, where you’ll find some excellent seafood.

9. Ottawa [SEE MAP]

Ottawa

Located at the meeting point of three rivers, Ottawa is Canada’s capital city, home to the sixth-largest population in the country – and growing. Unusually, the city is bilingual. Don’t be surprised to hear people speaking a mix of English and French ; both are first languages here.

Previously known as Bytown, Ottawa was once a lumber town, with many mills built along the Ottawa River in the middle of the 19th century. Today, it’s a beautiful green city filled with blissful parks and waterways. Biking is popular in the summer months, and these trails are converted to ski trails come winter. Running right through the heart of the city, the Rideau Canal is a must visit. In winter the canal becomes the world’s largest ice skating ring.

One of the main things to do is visit the Byward Market. But if you’re interested in history, you’re in for a treat. While it may not be Canada’s official cultural capital, Ottawa is home to some spectacular historic buildings, such as the National Library and Archives – the fourth largest library in the world.

As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is home to many federal establishments including Parliament Hill , the government seat where the ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place daily during the summer.

8. Whistler [SEE MAP]

Whistler

Thanks to a couple of spectacular mountains called Whistler and Blackcomb, the Whistler resort is the largest and most famous alpine ski destination in North America. Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia in western Canada, Whistler is a two-hour trip from Vancouver along Canada’s most scenic drive, the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

At the base of the two mountains are three quaint villages, Whistler Village , Creekside and Upper Village. The Peak 2 Peak gondola transports visitors from the villages to the mountains.

Whistler had humble beginnings as a logging town. After the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, a ski resort was built on London Mountain as a potential destination for the 1968 Winter Olympics. However, this wasn’t achieved until the 2010 Winter Olympics . In an attempt to steer away from its misleading name, London Mountain was renamed Whistler Mountain because of the whistle-like sound made by the native hoary marmots living in the mountains here.

Today, Whistler has many world-class ski resorts and offers extraordinary views from its mountain slopes that bring adventurers back year after year. Aside from snow sports, the mountains also make for great hiking and rock climbing opportunities.

7. Vancouver Island [SEE MAP]

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island, named after the British explorer George Vancouver, is the largest island off the West Coast of the North American continent. Surrounded by the waters of the Pacific, it’s a truly photogenic island filled with glistening lakes, impressive waterfalls, magical fjords, and glacial mountains that are popularly explored by hikers. Outdoorsy travelers are attracted by the weather; it has the mildest climate in Canada.

The island is best known for the gorgeous Butchart Gardens , the surf town of Tofino and the wilderness in the north, where one can catch a ferry to Prince Rupert, and another to Alaska from there. Vancouver Island is also a wildlife hotspot.

Not only does it offer some of the best whale watching in the world – you can even kayak with orca – but it’s also a great spot for bird watching and grizzly bear sightings. As the island is sparsely populated, with most of the population living in Victoria – the capital of BC – you can really soak up the magic of the outdoors.

One of the best places for a walk in nature is in Strathcona Provincial Park , where you’ll find most of the spectacular scenery on the island. Visit Cathedral Grove with its ancient forest, or tee off on one of the many fantastic golf courses.

6. Quebec City [SEE MAP]

Quebec City

Quebec City may be the capital of the Quebec province in eastern Canada , but its French heritage, architecture and language make it appear more like a charming European village.

Perched on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River is Vieux Quebec , the city’s historic district, which is the only North American city still retaining its original walls. A walk along the cobblestone streets of the Old City offers encounters with old buildings like the Citadel and historic sites like the Place-Royale, the area where explorer, Samuel de Camplain, established the first North American-French settlement. Cafes, shops and bars are peppered throughout the Old City.

The city’s icon, the stunning Chateau Frontenac , is regarded as the most photographed hotel in North America and offers tours even without an overnight stay. Another impressive hotel is the Ice Hotel. Open from January to April, this unique hotel features rooms with beautiful ice sculptures.

Outside the city center are several beautiful and historic parks like Montgomery Falls and Plains of Abraham, which offer breathtaking waterfalls, outdoor recreation and history of the area.

5. Toronto [SEE MAP]

Toronto

The sprawling city of Toronto is the most densely populated city in Canada, with nearly three million residents. Located on the shores of Lake Ontario , Toronto forms part of the Golden Horseshoe region, which encompasses the area from the lake to Niagara Falls.

As the provincial capital of the Ontario province, Toronto is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with just shy of 100 ethnic communities calling it home. It’s one of the only places in Canada where more than half of the residents were not born in the country. But it’s this melting pot that makes Toronto what it is. Some of the street signs are written in different languages, and diverse neighborhoods have their own distinctive cuisine.

There’s so much culture to be found in the inner city proper amongst its towering skyscrapers and thousands of multi-cultural restaurants.

One of the most popular attractions on the tourist trail is the CN Tower , the tallest free-standing structure in the world (until it was trumped by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai). It offers an extraordinary uninterrupted view of the city from its observation deck, skypod, and the 360 Restaurant. But it’s worth it for a ride up in the glass-enclosed elevator alone!

4. Montreal [SEE MAP]

Montreal

Montreal is the second-largest city in the Quebec province, located where the St Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers meet. Montreal is Canada’s capital of culture. It’s also one of the most diverse, energetic, welcoming, and forward-thinking cities in North America, with modern street art, an energetic breed of musicians, and a great party scene in its newer parts.

While English is spoken, it’s not the most common language; it’s actually the second-largest city in the world to speak French as a first language outside of France. So it’s easy to see why it’s earned its nickname as the ‘ Paris of North America .’

Montreal’s cityscape is a pleasure to visit all year round. It’s especially beautiful in autumn when the trees turn burnt orange around the iconic cityscape. Old Montreal is the highlight with its cobbled streets, quaint museums, and historical buildings, some of which date back to the 17th-century. Don’t miss the chance to climb up the clock tower in the Quai de l’Horloge for some exceptional views over the St. Laurence River and the city in the distance.

Exciting shopping districts include the downtown underground complex, the Carrefour Laval mall and the colorful Bonsecours Market.

3. Niagara Falls [SEE MAP]

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a series of three awe-inspiring waterfalls situated on the border of Canada’s Ontario and the United States’ New York. The Ontario side of the Falls is called Horseshoe Falls and offers the best views and most attractions. The immediate area surrounding the Falls is a premier tourist spot teeming in observation towers, restaurants, souvenir shops, casinos and high-rise hotels.

Its sister city in New York is known as the ‘honeymoon capital of the world,’ and one of the only places where you can get a marriage license without a waiting period. Those looking for both romance and adventure will find it here, with a long list of exciting things to see and do.

One of the best places to view the Niagara Falls on the Ontario side is from Queen Victoria Park where the Falls are illuminated and fireworks are displayed nightly during the summer. See them from above or below – it’s your choice – with helicopter tours, jet boat tours, an observation deck next to Skylon Tower , and elevators that take you down behind the falls.

2. Vancouver [SEE MAP]

Vancouver

The massive city of Vancouver is one of the largest in Canada. Located in south-western British Columbia , it’s a famous foodie hotspot – especially for seafood, like its celebrated freshly caught prawns and wild salmon. Because of its melting pot of cultures, you’ll find no shortage of mixed cuisine here, making dining out one of the city’s simple, but by no means underrated, pleasures.

Vancouver’s star attraction is Stanley Park . Covering 1,000 acres of woodlands, gardens and green spaces, this park features an aquarium, water park and the picturesque Seawall. Some of Vancouver’s other top sites include Granville Island’s remarkable food market and Canada Place’s waterfront complex housing the Vancouver Convention Center. One of Vancouver’s most popular neighborhood is Chinatown with it’s vibrant array of shops, restaurants and stunning gardens.

Nicknamed the ‘Hollywood of the North’ because of its huge TV and film industry, Vancouver is also home to the fourth-largest cruise ship terminal in the world. As many as 900,000 passengers pass through the terminal every year, with many cruises making their way onwards to Alaska .

With both beaches and ski slopes within easy reach, Vancouver has been rated as one of the world’s best cities to live in. Home to happy and active people who spend their days rollerblading, jogging, and dog walking along in the Seawall or playing a game of volleyball on Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver is a big destination for outdoorsy activities. Don’t leave without the chance to take a dip in Canada’s longest pool – it’s almost three times the size of a normal Olympic swimming pool!

1. Banff National Park [SEE MAP]

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Tucked away in the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada , and also one of its largest. Because of its sheer size and remote location, many people are drawn to this untouched piece of the globe for the isolation alone – outside of Banff and Lake Louise – the park’s two points of civilization – that is.

There are two popular routes through the park, but it doesn’t matter too much which you choose. Both are filled with jaw-dropping scenery, from glistening multi-colored lakes and dramatic canyons to beautiful viewpoints and majestic waterfalls. Whether you have your own car is not important, as shuttles service most of the key attractions in the park .

Active travelers will be in their element here with the chance to snowshoe or paddle the lake, while wildlife watchers will have an adventure all of their own. Banff National Park is filled with animals – the most eagerly anticipated sighting being, of course, the grizzly bear.

The town of Banff is the park’s primary settlement, offering the most variety of lodging, shopping and dining. Accessed by the Icefields Parkway , Lake Louise offers luxurious accommodation in a gorgeous setting of turquoise lakes and majestic mountains. Lake Minnewanka and Sunshine Meadows are other smaller villages.

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April 11, 2018 at 5:30 am

actually i prefer calgary. to me its one of the best places in canada. and also one of the biggest and beautiful

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June 28, 2017 at 11:19 pm

I have visit Vancouver twice, really a very beautiful country. People there are nice, places are clean, scenery is awesome.

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April 21, 2017 at 8:24 am

Canada is soo beautiful place. i would like to visit atleast once.

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February 21, 2017 at 3:15 pm

I think your list should include the great outdoor. Canada has some lovely cities but almost anywhere can take you outdoors. The maritimes for short trips and the Rocky Mountains for the longer trips. But Ontario is beautiful as well.

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November 24, 2016 at 7:51 am

I will visit canada soon,its one of my bucketlist in north america.

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May 9, 2016 at 9:19 pm

Victoria Island was amazing! It’s not on the list, but it is still a great place to check out! Parts of it reminded me of Europe

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March 22, 2016 at 5:06 pm

Calgary is a boring place. Just fly into it and head to Banff. Nothing worth seeing in Calgary unless you are there during the Stampede which is a 10 day period in early July. The Rockies and Vancouver are better places to go to visit.

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January 9, 2016 at 6:51 am

My son resides and works in Toronto. He has posted lovely pictures of places he had visited in Canada, thus awakening a desire in me to visit that country. Also, the story of Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island aroused an interest in me to see that part of the world.

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December 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

I would love to live and work in Ottawa Canada.i just love it

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August 25, 2015 at 7:33 am

Oh, all these spots are amazing to be seen, but I give it to Toronto!!! Diverse ethnic presence, you can’t be fed up of fun can you? Different people to learn their ways of live and all that.

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May 8, 2015 at 5:19 am

I would like to visit Canada!

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December 8, 2014 at 8:25 am

It’s incredibly beautiful. I would like to visit these places of Canada once in my life.

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February 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

I’d also recommend PEI if you want something less urbanized and more cozy, country. Whitehorse/Yellowknife between Sept-Mar for the northern lights!!

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October 31, 2013 at 8:21 am

These Places Are Beautiful

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October 12, 2013 at 12:50 am

Banff is one place in Canada that captured my heart. It is so beautiful, peaceful and something like there’s a magical feeling when you’re there. Canada is really a must visit country. Thanks

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August 13, 2013 at 2:04 am

You should check out Nova Scotia next time you head to Canada! Halifax is great, of course, but we have some amazing rural areas. Hiking the highlands and having a run-in with a moose, shopping in Lunenburg (a UNESCO world heritage site) and then stopping into The Ovens, winery and craft beer tours, rafting, tubing, wakeboarding, and more!

This is a great list. I love the polar bear pic, too! Thanks for sharing!

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August 7, 2013 at 12:15 am

The Banff National Park looks simply amazing, at least on this picture. Makes me willing to visit Canada even more. One day, one day…

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July 31, 2013 at 10:30 am

I have wanted to visit Calgary ever since the hosted the Olympics. And although it’s kinda embarrassing to admit it, I got a first had look at Whistler on a couple of episodes of Real Housewives of Orange County. It looked exquisite. Canada is one of my bucket list places to visit.

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15 Must-See Places in Canada for Your Bucket List

Despite living in the United States, I have not yet traveled very much in Canada.  I am hoping to change that soon and I have already put together a list of bucket list places I want to see in Canada. These are my top 15 must see places in Canada.

1) Niagara Falls

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Who doesn’t love waterfalls? I would love to visit the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls and possibly take a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls .

2) Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one the most beautiful parts of Canada.  I would love to visit the city of Halifax and also see Peggy’s Cove, a small town in Nova Scotia known for the famous Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.

3)  Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island or PEI is known for its beaches and its fresh seafood and would make for a great summer getaway.

4)  Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland and Labrador

How does watching icebergs float by sound? Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs in late spring and summer as they float by the shore.

5) Explore Quebec City

Québec City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I would love to explore Old Quebec. French is the official language and the majority of the population speaks French – which I love because it will give me the opportunity to practice my French!

6) Explore Montréal

Montréal is the largest city in Québec province and another must see destination in Canada.  I would love to just walk around and explore its different neighborhoods and visit the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral.  I am also looking forward to trying poutine, a popular fast-food dish made with french fries, cheese curds and topped with a light brown gravy.  Here are some of the top must visit places in Montreal .

7) EdgeWalk at the CN Tower in Toronto

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I briefly visited Toronto for an event, but I would love to go back to do the EdgeWalk at Toronto’s CN Tower.  For those not familiar with the EdgeWalk, adventure lovers can take a walk outside on the ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower. Read:  3 Days in Toronto: The Perfect Itinerary for First Time Visitors (According to a Local!)

8) Spot a Polar Bear in Churchill

Churchill is one of my top bucket list destinations in Canada. Nicknamed the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill is a great place to base yourself if you want to spot polar bears. Churchill is also a great spot for viewing the Northern Lights. If you don’t mind the cold, here are some more fun things to do in Canada during the winter .

9) See The Bay of Fundy During High Tide

Located between the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy is known for having among the greatest tides in the world.

10) Banff National Park and Lake Louise

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11) Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies located north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton.  Jasper is a great spot for hiking, skiing and wildlife viewing.

12) Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver

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13) Visit West Edmonton Mall (Largest Shopping Mall in North America)

While I’m in the area exploring Banff and Jasper National Parks, I would love stop by the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta. Not only is this the largest shopping mall in North America, it is also the 10th largest mall in the whole world!

14) Visit Calgary During the Stampede

I would love to visit Calgary during the Calgary Stampede. “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the Calgary Strampede is a ten-day festival held every July in Calgary.

15) Watch an Ice Hockey Game

Ok, this is not a place technically, but I do want to catch an ice hockey game while visiting Canada.

Looking for more ideas for things to do in Canada? Here are 150 things to add to your Canadian bucketlist .

Need more travel inspiration? Check out some of my other travel bucket lists:

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Great contest! I’d love to explore more of Canada! I think the ice hockey game would be mandatory!

Lots of great choices of ways to celebrate here! I’d love to stay at the Radisson on the Toronto waterfront as you’d get a great view of Lake Ontario plus a fun swimming pool

I would like to visit Saskatoon and would choose the Radisson Hotel Saskatoon. Shared on facebook.

I’ve been to Niagara Falls (loved it!) and I’m keen to visit Banff next! I would stay at the Calgary Radisson Airport Hotel if I go.

Love it! So many great places to see in Canada. I think I would go to Banff! It looks so incredible!

Fantastic places! Just looking at the photo of that bridge makes me dizzy 🙂

I would totally love to visit Toronto and stay at the Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto – Harbourfront! Yay! 🙂

would love to explore Jasper National Park and my preferred hotel location is Winnipeg

I want to stay at the Quebec City Radisson because I’m going to be there next spring for the Women in Travel Summit.

I’d love to go back to Vancouver. It has been so many years since I was there. I’d stay at the RAdisson Vancouver Airport Hotel. So lovely.

I’ve always wanted to visit PEI but all of the destinations you mentioned sound amazing.

I would love to visit Toronto. The Radisson Admiral Hotel looks great. Shared your Facebook post as Elena Istomina

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I would visit Edmonton and stay at this hotel, Radisson Hotel Edmonton South.

I would like to visit either Niagara Falls or the Radisson in Kitchener, Ontario! Thank you for the chance, shared on FB! Great post! I’d love to visit everywhere on your list!

I’ve never been to Canada so anywhere would be great! I’d also like to visit Edmonton!

I’ve heard such wonderful things about Vancouver so I’d love to win a stay at Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport – finger crossed!

I visited the CN Tower (I’m not sure the Edgewalk was a thing back then, but I’m scared of heights so probably wouldn’t have done it anyway!) and the wonderful Niagara Falls (we took a helicopter ride over the falls and it was amazing!).

I’d like to visit Niagara Falls. I’d pick the Niagara Radisson!

I want to go to Niagara and stay there!

I would like to visit British Columbia and stay at the Vancouver Radisson hotel.

I would love to stay at Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto-Harbourfront.

Thanks for the chance. I would like to use this at the Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown. Shared on Facebook.

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13 Best Things To Do in Montreal

Updated December 14, 2022

Montréal's museums, landmarks, shopping districts and nightclubs provide plenty of entertainment. For a taste of historic Montréal, spend a day exploring the 18th-century buildings of  Vieux-Montréal , which now house small museums and souvenir

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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) free

As the site of the original city of Montreal, Vieux-Montréal (accessible from the Orange Line's Place-d'Armes and Champ-de-Mars métro stations) is the hub of the city's culture. Not much has changed in this neighborhood despite the city's rapid urbanization. Horse-drawn carriages traverse cobblestone streets and meander past such notable sites as the Basilique Notre-Dame , the Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall), the Vieux-Port (Old Port) and the Marché Bonsecours (Bonsecours Market).

Here, you'll mingle with Montrealers at sidewalk cafes while overlooking the river, or enjoy the summertime street performers at Place Jacques-Cartier. This is also a popular shopping area (despite the kitschy souvenir shops), and numerous bars and clubs bring Vieux-Montréal to life come sundown. Recent visitors said this area is a must for strolling, eating and experiencing the history of Montreal and feels very European thanks to its beautiful architecture.

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Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Montreal) Montreal Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanique Montreal)

Thanks to 10 large greenhouses – each tailored to a specific theme – the 190-acre botanical gardens is home to more than 22,000 species of flora and offers scenic year-round respite from the metropolis' downtown core. Spend some time strolling through the tranquil bonsai trees in the Japanese Garden or learn about the principles of yin and yang in the Chinese Garden, which showcases designs from the 14th to 17th century Ming Dynasty. Outdoor gardens include a colorful rose garden and a stunning alpine garden.

Recent visitors called the garden a must-visit with lots to see. If you're visiting with kids, don't miss the ever-popular toxic plant garden. What's more, the Insectarium is one of the largest insect museums in North America, with more than 250,000 specimens of living and naturalized insects. Permanent exhibits include We Are the Insects, Atta Ants, Butterflies Go Free (a favorite among the garden's youngest visitors) and The BuzzGround, a fun discovery zone especially for kids. Reviewers say the variety is amazing and that kids love visiting.

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts) Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des Beaux-Arts)

Montreal's most prestigious museum has been building its collection of fine arts for more than 150 years. Feast your eyes on an impressive assortment of Canadian and international works, including pieces by such renowned artists as Rembrandt, El Greco, Renoir, Cézanne and Picasso. Other interesting members of the museum's collection include 18th-century English porcelain, artifacts from World War I and several beautiful pieces of furniture designed by Frank Gehry.

Recent visitors described the exhibits as outstanding and worth the admission price, and highly recommend spending a few hours here if you have the time. There's also a bookstore and restaurant located on-site.

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Parc du Mont-Royal Parc du Mont-Royal free

This 761-foot hill from which Montreal got its name is the largest of the city's parks. Towering over central Montreal (and accessible from the Green Line's Peel métro station or the Orange Line's Mont-Royal métro station), Parc du Mont-Royal is frequented by joggers, picnickers, dog walkers and bicyclists throughout the year. During the warmer months, you can rent row boats to take on the park's  Lac des Castors (Beaver Lake), while the Chalet du Mont-Royal offers breathtaking park and city views any time of year. Also, be sure to stop by the  Croix du Mont-Royal  (Mont-Royal Cross), or the park's two cemeteries (one English and one French).

Recent visitors highly recommended walking up the stairs to the top of the hill for an unbeatable view of the city, but reviewers also warned it's a steep trek.

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Jean-Talon Market Jean-Talon Market free

In a world dominated by overly refrigerated, fluorescently lit supermarkets, the Jean-Talon Market is literally a breath of fresh air and one of the largest public markets in North America. Located a block or so off Boulevard Saint-Laurent (accessible from the Blue Line's Jean-Talon métro station), this open-air market entices with the aromas of grilled sausages, Quebecois cheeses, mounds of fresh produce, home-grown spices and handmade chocolates.

Even if you're not looking to buy, recent visitors recommend that you take a stroll through the market to meet and mingle with Montrealers and check out the convivial setting. Others praised the variety saying this is a must-visit for foodies and a great place to find Montreal specialties.

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St. Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph) St. Joseph's Oratory (Oratoire Saint-Joseph) free

Sitting adjacent to  Mont-Royal , this immense basilica is the highest point in Montreal. Dedicated to St. Joseph, Jesus' earthly father and Canada's patron saint, St. Joseph's Oratory was designed in an Italian Renaissance style with a copper dome rising 318 feet high. The inside of the basilica is decorated with intricately carved murals and thousands of votive candles leading to the crypt. St. Joseph's Oratory receives several million visitors each year (the most devout Catholics climb the basilica's 99 steps on their knees).

Recent visitors agree this stunning basilica is a must-see, for both devoted and secular tourists, calling it spectacular. Recent visitors were particularly fond of the view from the top of the structure. If you'd rather not climb to the top on our two feet, there is a free shuttle that transports visitors from the main entrance on Queen Mary Road to the top.

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal) Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montreal)

It is said that when architect James O'Donnell designed the Notre-Dame Basilica in 1824, he was so moved by the outcome that he himself converted to Catholicism. Constructed in a Gothic Revival style and adorned with intricate statues and tranquil chapels, this grand church can accommodate 3,200 worshippers.

Recent visitors said a trip here is worth it, and highly recommend taking the time to go on a 20-minute guided tour. Reviewers were also complimentary of the "Aura" sound and light show that is offered regularly.

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Barbie Expo Barbie Expo free

This whimsical exhibit, in what it bills as the largest permanent collection of Barbie dolls in the world, has more than 1,000 Barbies on display. Many of the dolls have been dressed to the nines by designers such as Christian Dior, Armani, Vera Wang, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta and practically any other fashion designer you can think of. There's even a fashion show, with Barbie models on the catwalk, with a Barbie audience in attendance. In addition, special celebrity-themed Barbies, such as Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and Cher are on display, as well as Barbies designed as movie characters, such as the cast from "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Twilight Saga." Recent visitors said the exhibit is fun, adorable and for many, brings them back to their childhood.

Admission to the museum, which is located in the Les Cours Mont-Royal shopping center, is free. The exhibition is open Monday through Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is direct access from the Peel métro into the mall. For more information on the exhibition, visit its official website .

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Montreal Holocaust Museum Montreal Holocaust Museum

This powerful museum's mission is to tell the story of Jewish communities before, during and after the Holocaust. It offers both permanent and temporary exhibits featuring testimonies and objects from survivors to teach visitors about genocide in the past as well as in the present. Recent visitors called the museum humbling and moving, especially the video collection, which is narrated by survivors.

The museum, located near the Côte-Sainte-Catherine métro station (orange line), is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on Saturdays. Admission for adults is CA$8 (about $6) and CA$5 (about $4) for kids 18 and younger. Note that the museum's permanent exhibition is not suitable for children 8 and younger. The museum recommends setting aside between 90 minutes and two hours to tour its exhibitions. For more information, visit the museum's website .

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Museum of Archaeology and History (Pointe-à-Callière Museum) Museum of Archaeology and History (Pointe-à-Callière Museum)

Many say that this is the best place to begin discovering Montreal. While the modern architecture may not be typical of a history museum, the real reason to come here is to hop in the elevator and head underground. Here, an archaeological dig revealed the foundations of the city's original settlement, established in the 17th century. You can follow the development of Montreal from its days as a fledgling colony and on up through the present day to an exhibit showing the city's multicultural lifestyle. During the summer, the museum hosts numerous period fairs and festivals.

Recent visitors highly recommend visiting the museum for its excellent exhibits and great staff. Others said it appeals to children as much as adults thanks to an exhibit devoted to pirates.

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Posted: November 20, 2023 | Last updated: November 20, 2023

<p>Natural wonders and man-made treasures alike delight travellers to Canada. Whether a natural land formation or a quirky building or statue, these 20 classic Canadian landmarks are a must-see for every travel enthusiast.</p><p>Keep in mind that many of these landmarks may be closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and that it’s best to avoid non-essential travel to help prevent the spread.</p>

Natural wonders and man-made treasures alike delight travellers to Canada. Whether a natural land formation or a quirky building or statue, these 20 classic Canadian landmarks are a must-see for every travel enthusiast.

Keep in mind that many of these landmarks may be closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, and that it’s best to avoid non-essential travel to help prevent the spread.

<p>The most iconic of Canadian landmarks, the Horseshoe Falls is one of three waterfalls that compose the <a href="http://www.infoniagara.com/attractions/canadian_falls/">Niagara Falls</a>. The trio makes up the largest waterfall in the world by water volume, with an average of 2,840,000 litres (750,000 gallons) siphoned each second.</p>

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The most iconic of Canadian landmarks, the Horseshoe Falls is one of three waterfalls that compose the Niagara Falls . The trio makes up the largest waterfall in the world by water volume, with an average of 2,840,000 litres (750,000 gallons) siphoned each second.

<p>Located in the northern town of Wawa, Ontario, the <a href="https://www.northernontario.travel/algoma-country/fun-facts-about-the-famous-wawa-goose">Wawa Goose</a> is the largest goose monument in the country, and one of the most photographed landmarks in North America. Made of steel, it stands at 8.5 metres (28 feet) tall and 6.7 metres (22 feet) long, with a wingspan of 6 metres (20 feet).</p>

The Wawa Goose, Ontario

Located in the northern town of Wawa, Ontario, the Wawa Goose is the largest goose monument in the country, and one of the most photographed landmarks in North America. Made of steel, it stands at 8.5 metres (28 feet) tall and 6.7 metres (22 feet) long, with a wingspan of 6 metres (20 feet).

<p>Toronto’s <a href="https://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/about-us/awards-and-records/records.html">CN Tower</a> held the record as the tallest building, tower, and freestanding structure for over three decades. It is still considered the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere, and offers <a href="https://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/360-restaurant/overview.html">sky-high dining</a> and <a href="https://www.cntower.ca/en-ca/plan-your-visit/attractions/edgewalk/edgewalk-overview.html">edge walk</a> experiences for adventurous travellers.</p>

CN Tower, Ontario

Toronto’s CN Tower held the record as the tallest building, tower, and freestanding structure for over three decades. It is still considered the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere, and offers sky-high dining and edge walk experiences for adventurous travellers.

<p>Featuring stunning Rocky Mountain peaks and picture-perfect turquoise glacial lakes, <a href="https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff">Banff National Park</a> offers plenty of year-round activities from skiing and golf to cycling, climbing, and more. <a href="https://www.banfflakelouise.com/moraine-lake">Moraine Lake</a> (pictured) and <a href="https://www.banfflakelouise.com/lake-louise">Lake Louise</a> are two of the most photographed landmarks in the park.</p>

Banff National Park, Alberta

Featuring stunning Rocky Mountain peaks and picture-perfect turquoise glacial lakes, Banff National Park offers plenty of year-round activities from skiing and golf to cycling, climbing, and more. Moraine Lake (pictured) and Lake Louise are two of the most photographed landmarks in the park.

<p>North America’s largest shopping mall, the <a href="https://www.wem.ca/info/about">West Edmonton Mall</a>, is a must-visit destination for any traveller, and features hundreds of <a href="https://www.wem.ca/shop">stores</a>, a <a href="https://www.wem.ca/play/attractions/world-waterpark">waterpark</a>, <a href="https://www.wem.ca/hotels">two hotels</a>, and even a <a href="https://www.wem.ca/play/attractions/marine-life">marine life pavilion</a> on site.</p>

West Edmonton Mall, Alberta

North America’s largest shopping mall, the West Edmonton Mall , is a must-visit destination for any traveller, and features hundreds of stores , a waterpark , two hotels , and even a marine life pavilion on site.

<p>Located within <a href="https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/bc/kootenay">Kootenay National Park</a> (which abuts Banff National Park), <a href="https://www.mountainproject.com/area/107501814/haffner-creek">Haffner Creek</a> is a stunning frozen waterfall that offers excellent climbing for experts, and picturesque views for less-experienced hikers. Stop by <a href="https://www.pandotrip.com/ice-pillars-stalactites-and-climbers-heaven-in-haffner-creek-canada-7540/">Caveman cave</a> to view the huge stalactites.</p>

Haffner Creek, British Columbia

Located within Kootenay National Park (which abuts Banff National Park), Haffner Creek is a stunning frozen waterfall that offers excellent climbing for experts, and picturesque views for less-experienced hikers. Stop by Caveman cave to view the huge stalactites.

Hôtel de Glace, Quebec

Enjoy an unforgettable getaway in Canada’s own ice hotel, the Hôtel de Glace in Valcartier, Quebec. It boasts snow arches and crystal-clear ice sculptures that transform each year for a unique experience.

<p>The oldest staircase in Québec City, <a href="https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/what-to-do-quebec-city/breakneck-steps">Breakneck Stairs</a>, was <a href="https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/quebec-city/staircases">built in 1635</a> and offers panoramic views of Old Québec City from the top of its steps. Travellers will enjoy exploring the historical architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, and mural paintings of the Petit Champlain district where the steps are located.</p>

Breakneck Stairs, Quebec

The oldest staircase in Québec City, Breakneck Stairs , was built in 1635 and offers panoramic views of Old Québec City from the top of its steps. Travellers will enjoy exploring the historical architecture, narrow cobblestone streets, and mural paintings of the Petit Champlain district where the steps are located.

<p>The largest city in Newfoundland, <a href="https://destinationstjohns.com/travel-media/">St. John’s</a> is known for being one of the most colourful cities in the world with its red, blue, and yellow buildings. Given the often harsh, chilly weather the town experiences, the colourful buildings—also known as “<a href="https://encounternewfoundland.com/jellybean-row-the-color-of-st-johns/">Jellybean Row</a>”—offer a bright spot and touch of joy on even the darkest winter nights.</p>

Colours of St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador

The largest city in Newfoundland, St. John’s is known for being one of the most colourful cities in the world with its red, blue, and yellow buildings. Given the often harsh, chilly weather the town experiences, the colourful buildings—also known as “ Jellybean Row ”—offer a bright spot and touch of joy on even the darkest winter nights.

<p>On the border of Alberta and Montana lies the stunning <a href="https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/waterton">Waterton Lakes National Park</a>. Visitors can enjoy an exciting cruise in a historic ship to admire the stunningly unspoiled natural surroundings, which are <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/354/">preserved by UNESCO</a>.</p>

Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta

On the border of Alberta and Montana lies the stunning Waterton Lakes National Park . Visitors can enjoy an exciting cruise in a historic ship to admire the stunningly unspoiled natural surroundings, which are preserved by UNESCO .

<p>The unique formation of Hopewell Rocks, located in the <a href="https://tourismnewbrunswick.ca/bay-fundy">Bay of Fundy</a>, has been shaped by centuries of the tides pounding against the stone.</p>

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

The unique formation of Hopewell Rocks, located in the Bay of Fundy , has been shaped by centuries of the tides pounding against the stone.

<p>Located in Auyuittuq National Park, on the Cumberland Peninsula of Baffin Island, <a href="https://www.summitpost.org/mount-asgard/152334">Mount Asgard</a> is a twin-peaked mountain with two flat-topped, cylindrical rock towers. Its remote location and stunning views offer travellers a brag-worthy visit.</p>

Mount Asgard, Nunavut

Located in Auyuittuq National Park, on the Cumberland Peninsula of Baffin Island, Mount Asgard is a twin-peaked mountain with two flat-topped, cylindrical rock towers. Its remote location and stunning views offer travellers a brag-worthy visit.

<p>The first Gothic Revival-style church in Canada, <a href="https://www.basiliquenotredame.ca/en">Notre-Dame Basilica</a> is located in the historic district of Old Montreal. It was raised to the rank of minor basilica in 1982 by Pope John Paul II, before being designated a <a href="https://historicplacesday.ca/places/basilica-notre-dame-national-historic-site-of-canada-1989/">National Historic Site of Canada</a> in 1989.</p>

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal, Quebec

The first Gothic Revival-style church in Canada, Notre-Dame Basilica is located in the historic district of Old Montreal. It was raised to the rank of minor basilica in 1982 by Pope John Paul II, before being designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989.

<p>Considered to be the <a href="http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20180621-the-unlikely-home-of-the-worlds-smallest-desert">smallest desert in the world</a> at just 2.6 square kilometres (1 square mile), <a href="https://www.travelyukon.com/en/discover/regions/southern-lakes/carcross">Carcross Desert</a> in the Yukon Territory was formed when sand was blown from nearby Bennett Lake.</p>

Carcross Desert, Yukon

Considered to be the smallest desert in the world at just 2.6 square kilometres (1 square mile), Carcross Desert in the Yukon Territory was formed when sand was blown from nearby Bennett Lake.

<p><a href="https://www.sciencenorth.ca/Dynamic-Earth/">The Big Nickel</a>, a giant replica of the Canadian currency, stands at nine metres (30 feet) tall and is located at the grounds of the Dynamic Earth science museum in Sudbury, Ontario. Built in 1964, it is the <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/big-nickel">world’s largest coin</a> and is an exact replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel.</p>

The Big Nickel, Ontario

The Big Nickel , a giant replica of the Canadian currency, stands at nine metres (30 feet) tall and is located at the grounds of the Dynamic Earth science museum in Sudbury, Ontario. Built in 1964, it is the world’s largest coin and is an exact replica of the 1951 Canadian nickel.

<p>Designed <a href="https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/corporate/portfolio-organizations/canadian-museum-human-rights.html">“to promote [universal] respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue,”</a> the <a href="https://humanrights.ca">Canadian Museum for Human Rights</a> in Winnipeg boasts visionary architecture and thought-provoking displays that are a must-see for every travel buff.</p>

Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Manitoba

Designed “to promote [universal] respect for others, and to encourage reflection and dialogue,” the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg boasts visionary architecture and thought-provoking displays that are a must-see for every travel buff.

<p>One of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks, the <a href="https://www.quebec-cite.com/en/what-to-do-quebec-city/tour-chateau-frontenac">Château Frontenac</a> was built in the 19<sup>th</sup> century by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Historical artifacts dating back 400 years are on display in this <a href="https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=676">National Historic Site</a>, which also features an <a href="https://www.fairmont.com/frontenac-quebec/">elegant hotel</a>.</p>

Château Frontenac, Quebec

One of Canada’s most recognizable landmarks, the Château Frontenac was built in the 19 th century by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Historical artifacts dating back 400 years are on display in this National Historic Site , which also features an elegant hotel .

<p>A <a href="https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/158/">World Heritage Site</a>, <a href="https://headsmashedin.ca">Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump</a> is older than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid of Giza, and was used 6,000 years ago by Canada’s First Nations buffalo runners as a place to hunt the plains animal.</p>

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Alberta

A World Heritage Site , Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump is older than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramid of Giza, and was used 6,000 years ago by Canada’s First Nations buffalo runners as a place to hunt the plains animal.

<p>Located on the Sydney waterfront, <a href="https://www.cbisland.com/businesses/worlds-largest-fiddle/">The Big Fiddle</a> was designed and constructed by Cyril Hearn in 2005, boasting a height of 18.3 metres (60 feet)—making it the <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/world-s-largest-fiddle">largest fiddle in the world</a>.</p>

The World’s Largest Fiddle, Nova Scotia

Located on the Sydney waterfront, The Big Fiddle was designed and constructed by Cyril Hearn in 2005, boasting a height of 18.3 metres (60 feet)—making it the largest fiddle in the world .

<p>Located along Ontario’s famous <a href="https://www.cramahe.ca/en/recreation-and-culture/apple-route.aspx">Apple Route</a>, The Big Apple is purportedly the world’s biggest. Once you’ve snapped your photo in front of the giant fruit, enjoy some of the delicious apple-inspired treats from the <a href="https://www.thebigapple.ca/">on-site country store</a>.</p>

The Big Apple, Ontario

Located along Ontario’s famous Apple Route , The Big Apple is purportedly the world’s biggest. Once you’ve snapped your photo in front of the giant fruit, enjoy some of the delicious apple-inspired treats from the on-site country store .

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Optimize your border travel with Canda Border Times, the must-have app for US-Canada border crossers! Optimize your border travel with Canda Border Times, the must-have app for US-Canada border crossers! Tired of long waits at international bridges? With CBT, control is in your hands! Our app gives you real-time information about wait times at border crossings, allowing you to plan your trips more efficiently. With an intuitive interface and constant updates, CBT provides you with accurate and reliable data on waiting times at the different bridges between the two countries. Say goodbye to uncomfortable and tedious waits! Now you will be able to choose the right time to cross and avoid long lines, saving time and enjoying a smoother trip.

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