Places I’d love to visit in Canada

Places to visit in Canada

There are 10 Canadian provinces, with three territories to the north. The provinces are, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

I hope you know how huge Canada is. You just can’t pick a town and start exploring for the week. And by exploring I am to assume you mean a visit and some traveling and tourist stuff. If you are wanting to pick one part of the country for a quick trip, it’s difficult to know where to begin? Canada is a diverse and rich country that offers fantastic exploration pretty much anywhere you go. It takes about about 8 to 9 days to drive from coast to coast on highways for 7–8 hours per day.

If you have a couple of months, start at one end, either Victoria or St. John’s and start driving in a car to the other end.

If you have a week or a few days stick a pin in a map and begin exploring some of the places to visit in Canada. Practically any region of this fantastic country will show you wonderful sights, people, food, drink and fun. From the west coast to the east coast. The Territory’s to the prairies. You can choose many activities from hiking, camping, wine tasting, mountain climbing, surfing, sporting events, night life, history, sight seeing, both natural and man-made attractions. Restaurants with wonderful cuisine, luxurious hotels and accommodations to a tent and sleeping bags. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Each Province has a unique aspect and charm about it.

There are far, far too many places to list in an article like this. It would take days to enumerate them all, so I have just mentioned Places I’d love to visit in Canada. If you’re planning to visit small-town Canada, it would take you the better part of a year to do so.

Canada is as big as it is beautiful, and that means the country offers diverse landscapes and cities. The best place to spend a vacation would depend on what you wanted to do.

Think what part of Canada you would like to visit? Narrow it down to a certain province or region – maybe just Quebec, or only looking at a Niagara Falls holiday in Ontario. 

It’s probably better to visit from the end of April until the end of October when the weather is better for travel – no snow, at least in most of the country. The colder the weather, the more difficult – even dangerous – it is to travel around.

Which places would you like to visit in Canada?? Let us know in the comments below.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario, is a Canadian city at the famous waterfalls of the same name, linked with the U.S. by the Rainbow Bridge. Its site on the Niagara River’s western shore overlooks the Horseshoe Falls, the cascades’ most expansive section.

Located just over an hour’s drive from Toronto, along the American border, these massive falls drop approximately 57 meters. Niagara Falls is Canada’s most famous natural attraction, bringing in millions of visitors each year.

Niagara Falls and the Niagara Gorge have been attracting tourists and daredevils for well over a century. From the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries there were numerous attempts to plunge over the falls in various types of homemade boats and barrels.

The Ontario side of Niagara Falls offers the best perspectives and attractions for visitors looking at Niagara Falls holidays .

Remember if you are coming from the USA, to get on the Rainbow Bridge and cross the border, you have to leave the US, and you can’t get back into the US without a passport or an enhanced driver’s license. (You can actually enter Canada just fine without the passport, it’s getting back that’s the problem.)

Niagara Falls, Canada looking at Niagara Falls holidays  Places to visit in Canada
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Haskell Free Library and Opera House, Quebec

The Haskell Free Library and Opera House is a neoclassical building that straddles the international border in Rock Island, Quebec and Derby Line, Vermont. The Opera House opened on June 7, 1904, and was deliberately built on the border between Canada and the United States.

You can enter the library from one country and exit to another country (just make sure  you have the relevant visa and that you are legally allowed to cross borders).

Read More about this unusual library Here

Alert, Nunavut

The northernmost permanently inhabited place on Earth, at 82°30’05″N, and only 817 km from the North Pole. However, only 5 people live there year round!! Extremely cold (the average February temperature is -33.2C and the record low is -50C.) and not very easy to reach (making it a challenging adventure).

Ellesmere Island, Canada’s northernmost island, was first inhabited by Paleo-Eskimo peoples  as far back as 2000 BC, and archaeological evidence points to visits from Viking seafarers in the 10th Century. The earliest documented exploration of the northernmost parts of the island was conducted by the British Arctic Expedition, led by Captain George Strong Nares from 1875 to 1876. The expedition included two ships, the Discovery and the Alert, from which the present-day site gets its name.

Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia

The highest tidal range in the world with 160 billion tonnes of water moving in and out of the Bay of Fundy, every day, twice a day. The Bay of Fundy holds the record for the highest recorded tides in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Bay of Fundy, located in Eastern Canada between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, is known for the highest tides and the rarest whales on the planet. The difference between high and low tides is the largest in the world, measuring up to 19 meters.
While there are many ways to appreciate this natural wonder, some of the most popular locations and sights along the Bay of Fundy are the cliffs and rock formations at Hopewell Cape, Fundy National Park, the Fundy Trail Parkway, and Grand Manan Island.

Time Lapse video of the Bay of Fundy. High Tide and Low Tide (at The Hopewell Rocks).

 

Banff National Park, Alberta

What a beauty the Canadian Rockies have!

Banff National Park was established in 1885, and covers 6,641 sq km. Banff is Canada’s first and most visited National Park. Its eastern gate is located 100 km west of Calgary in the Rocky Mountains, and stretches 240 km along the eastern slope of the Continental Divide.

There’s something for everyone here. Nearly every outdoor activity you can imagine can be found in Banff – skiing, canoeing, mountain climbing, hiking, fishing, bird watching, and cycling – amongst much more.

The best times to visit Banff are June to August and December to March.

Old Quebec

Definitely one place in Canada to visit if you are interested in History and Heritage. Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is made up of the Upper and Lower Town of Quebec. The site contains the city’s most historic buildings.

The Lower Town, along the St. Lawrence River, is the site of the original settlement and home to the outstanding Château Frontenac, as well as numerous other treasures. The Upper Town rests on 100 meter-high cliffs and is home to the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham, Place d’Armes, and the Parque Historique de l’Artillerie.

For a list of other UNESCO Heritage Sites in Canada Click Here

Places to visit in Canada Old Quebec
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Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Parliament Hill stands high above the Ottawa River and is graced by the Neo-Gothic style Parliament buildings built in the last half of the 19th century. The most prominent feature is the Peace Tower that divides the House of Commons and the Senate on either side.

In front of the Parliament buildings is the Centennial Flame, lit in 1966 to commemorate the centenary of the Canadian Confederation, and behind the buildings is a sculpture garden. In the summer, the Changing of the Guard takes place on the front lawn of the Houses of Parliament, weather permitting.

 Places to visit in Canada Parliament Hill in Ottawa
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Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park is more remote than many of Canada’s most popular national parks, but worth the effort to discover this beautiful landscape of mountains and fjords.
The park is another of Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, featuring steep cliff walls, waterfalls, and interesting rock formations carved by the glacier-fed waters.

The Gros Morne National Park Reserve was established in 1973, and was made a National Park on October 1, 2005.

Most visitors take a boat tour to appreciate the scenery, but there are also hiking trails and opportunities for kayaking. In winter, the park receives far fewer visitors, but is open for ski touring, complete with backcountry ski huts.

Gros Morne National Park, Western Newfoundland, Canada.
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Whistler, British Columbia

Anyone for skiing?
Whistler is a town, standing at 670 masl, north of Vancouver, British Columbia, that’s home to Whistler Blackcomb, one of the largest ski resorts in North America. Besides skiing and snowboarding, the area offers snowshoeing, tobogganing and ski jumping at the Olympic Park, a venue for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The hub of Whistler is a compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Statue of '''Ilanaaq the Inunnguaq''', mascot of the '''2010 Winter Olympics''', located at the top of the Whistler Village Lift at the Whistler Blackcomb
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Vancouver Island, British Columbia

The magnificent Pacific Rim National Park is the only national park entirely on Vancouver Island, providing protection for  rain forests and an amazing marine environment on the west coast of the Island. The mighty Pacific Ocean mercilessly pounds the constantly changing shores of this rugged coastline.

The territory now known as the Pacific Rim National Park has a significant history, having been inhabited by the Nuu-chah-nulth people for thousands of years. Features of the park include long sandy beaches, an island archipelago, old-growth coastal temperate rainforest, and significant Nuu-chah-nulth archaeological sites. A rich natural heritage evolved as Vancouver Island became isolated from the mainland, retaining a great diversity of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish species.

Vancouver Island is a large island located off the west coast of North America, between British Columbia and Washington State. It’s where you will find incredible national parks, BC’s capital city, secluded resorts, and pretty coastal towns.

Several ferries depart from both British Columbia and Washington daily, and they arrive in various places on Vancouver Island as well, such as downtown Victoria, Sidney, Swartz Bay (30 minutes from Victoria), and Nanaimo.

Vancouver Island is one of the world’s top whale-watching destinations. Peak whale-watching season is from May until October when there’s a 95% chance of seeing orcas, as well as grey, minke, and humpback whales.

The Golden Hinde. Vancouver Island. Keith Freeman photo August, 2006
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