Top Places to Visit in Canada
Whether you head to the East or the West coast, Canada boasts a vast and diverse range of places to visit. Discover the lively metropolis of Vancouver city, framed by the stunning natural setting of towering, snowy peaks before heading to Vancouver Island for a spot of bear and whale watching. Fancy getting out there and exploring even more of Canada’s natural beauty? Well you’re in luck! Impressive national parks such as Banff and Jasper act as the perfect gateways to the Rock Mountains, which are just waiting to be discovered – be it by foot or train! The East coast isn’t to be forgotten though, with the bustling, multicultural city of Toronto housing a diverse range of activities and sights and the famous thundering Niagara Falls just waiting to be caught on camera. Have a read of our guides on the best places to go to help you pick the hot-spots for your Canada holiday.
The perfect place to begin your Canadian adventure, Vancouver is a bustling city bursting with exciting activities and attractions. With snow-capped mountains and the ocean as its backdrop, it’s also a gateway to adventure, with popular hot-spots such as Whistler and the Rockies within quick and easy access. The city itself is extremely walkable, and with giant urban green spaces such as Stanley Park, you can enjoy the views of the mountainous scenery as you amble (or cycle!) along kilometres of trails. What’s more, it boasts a diverse food scene which has been influenced by many cultures over the years so you’ll never go hungry!
A top pick for nature lovers, Vancouver Island really has it all. Windswept beaches, rugged shorelines and lush forests are just waiting to be discovered, and wildlife (bears, whales and much more!) are there to be spotted. Feeling active? Try your hand at kayaking on Quadra Island and look up at the towering mountains as you paddle to your heart’s content through the stunning scenery. Head to Victoria for your history fix and discover its colonial past before hopping on a seaplane to get a birdseye view of this outdoor paradise. Up, up and away!
The Rocky Mountains
With jagged peaks, glaciers, alpine landscapes and an abundance of wildlife, the Rocky Mountains truly live up to their hype. Hike around the turquoise waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park before cruising along the Icefields Parkway, marvelling at the dramatic ancient glaciers before you. If a bit of pampering is right up your street, take the famous Rocky Mountaineer Train for panoramic views of the impressive landscape as you sip on champagne and indulge in top-class dishes. You’ll want your camera for this one, so make sure you’re ready for that stunning shot!
A modern metropolis just waiting to be explored, Toronto City is a must-visit on any trip to Eastern Canada. With a bustling harbour front, a buzzing theatre scene, heaps of trendy shops and loads of activities to get stuck into, you won’t be short of things to do. Head out on a harbour cruise on Lake Ontario for fantastic views of the vast city skyline or get back to nature in High Park with a picnic amongst the trees. Shop ‘til you drop in one of the many shopping districts before soaking up the culture in one of the world-class museums. Whatever your interests, Toronto has something for everyone and shouldn’t be missed on your Canada holiday.
The mighty, cascading water of Niagara Falls is truly a sight to behold as you take in the sheer power of the famous falls. Hop aboard the Hornblower and have your rain poncho at the ready to head out to the Horseshoe Falls, where the sound of the thundering water will get louder and your clothes will certainly get wetter! See this famous attraction from a different perspective by journeying behind into a network of tunnels that provide close-up vistas of the powerful flow of water at the base of the falls, or get your adrenaline rush by ziplining towards them, taking in the breathtaking panoramic views as you go.