Are you looking for some new travel destinations within Canada? Perhaps you want to go backpacking or take a family vacation? If so, let these 12 top Canadian destinations inspire you.
Vancouver Island, British Columbia
It’s the most beautiful island in all of Canada and home to more than 500 beaches! There are many places to visit here including Victoria, Nanaimo, Parksville, Qualicum Beach, and Courtenay. You can also enjoy mountain biking at Butchart Gardens, sailing on Salt Spring Island, hiking through the rainforests, and much more! The best way to get around is by bike as there is over 400 km of scenic roads that will have your heart racing from start to finish.
Ontario & Quebec
Both Ontario and Quebec offer incredible skiing opportunities with some of the greatest ski resorts on earth like Whistler Blackcomb, Tremblant, Mont St-Hilaire, Les Plages de la Côte-du-Sud, Bromont, Val d’Or, etc. Skiing is an especially popular pastime in both provinces due to its great winter weather conditions. Also in Ontario and Quebec, you’ll find lots of other activities such as snowmobiling, ice skating, dog sledding, snow tubing, and cross-country skiing.
Niagara Falls, Ontario/New York State
Located just across the border in New York, Niagara Falls offers something for everyone. Whether you love adventure tourism, shopping, dining out, or attending live shows and festivals, this stunning destination has it all. Some of my favorite things to do include visiting Table Rock Lake Park Zoo, taking a boat tour of the Horseshoe Falls, enjoying fine dining at one of Niagara’s world-class restaurants, shopping at unique shops and boutiques in Welland, strolling along the boardwalk, checking out the amazing architecture of Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort and experiencing a show at any number of amazing theaters nearby.
Calgary is known for its wide open spaces, world-class golf courses, and breathtaking scenery. From the downtown core, you can easily access natural attractions like Canmore, Banff, Bow Valley Provincial Park, Bragg Creek, Clearwater River, and others. There are many different outdoor recreational activities to try including golfing, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, boating, camping, rock climbing, hiking, swimming, tennis, beachcombing, wildlife viewing, bicycling, bird watching, canoeing, rugby, curling, hockey, bowling and so much more!
Home of the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre, Billy Bishop Airport, High Park, Casa Loma, Harbourfront Center, Ontario Science Centre, and many more, Toronto is truly a spectacular place full of culture, history, art, food, shopping and tons of fun things to see and do.
A city rich in culture, history, and natural beauty, Ottawa is the capital of Canada. With the second largest national park in North America (only next to Alaska), the world-famous Rideau Canal, numerous museums, a year-round cultural festival, impressive sports venues, delicious cuisine, and plenty of parks to explore, Ottawa is sure to leave visitors wanting more.
One of the world’s most romantic cities, Montreal offers historical sites like Old Port, Notre Dame Basilica, Chateau Frontenac, Jacques Cartier Bridge, Mile End markets, Old Montreal, and many more. With over 700 cafes, 50 breweries, countless bars, and clubs, world-class museums, galleries, theatres, excellent shopping, a diverse nightlife, and festivals galore, Montreal is a true melting pot of culture offering something for everyone.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver’s natural beauty and unbeatable location make it a must-see when traveling in Western Canada. The Stanley Cup, Grouse Mountains, ocean beaches, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Sea Island Festival, Coal Harbour, Granville Street Entertainment District, Pacific National Exhibition, Hollywood Theatre, Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver Art Gallery, Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay Beach, Lynn Canyon Park, English Bay Seawall and plenty more await visitors to Vancouver.
Victoria, British Columbia
This picturesque town sits on the BC coast overlooking the Strait of Juan De Fuca and the beautiful Saanich Inlet. Whether you enjoy relaxing on the scenic shoreline, exploring the abundant gardens, parks, forests, historic buildings and museums, cycling around the region, whale watching, clam digging, sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, parasailing, jet skiing, sea lions, sunbathing, salmon fishing, whale watching, touring local wineries, visiting the beautiful San Simeon Ranch or simply hanging out on the beach, there is always something for visitors to experience in Greater Victoria.
An incredibly livable metropolis with easy access to some of Alberta’s best recreation areas such as City of Champions Golf Course, Jasper National Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Icefields Parkway, and Gopher Hole Provincial Park. Edmonton also boasts great culinary experiences, fantastic sporting events, an abundance
The fourth largest city in Canada has been named one of the Top 10 places to live by CNN, among other publications. Its affordable cost of living, thriving economy, quality lifestyle, strong education system, convenient transportation network, dynamic arts community and world-class sporting facilities are all contributing factors to its growing popularity.
There are other places but the prairie capital retains much of its original character, with its tree-lined boulevards, Victorian architecture, and charming neighborhoods. Also, be sure not to miss Saskatoon, located just 90 minutes away from Regina. It is considered the garden city of Saskatchewan.