Canada has always been known as a beautiful country full of breathtaking scenery and beautiful landscapes, but this only touches the surface of what Canada has to offer. To discover all the hidden gems that make up our neighbor to the north, we need to take an adventure! From coast to coast, here are 10 unforgettable places to visit in Canada you can’t miss out on visiting at least once in your lifetime. Enjoy!
Top 10 Places to Visit in Canada
1. Riding the Cabot Trail
Located on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, The Cabot Trail is one of North America’s most stunning drives. With breathtaking scenery and colorful history, visitors will easily understand why they called it the world’s finest driving tour.
2. Visit Vancouver Island
If you’re looking for unbelievable places to visit in Canada, it doesn’t get much better than Vancouver Island. From exploring some of its great outdoors, including hiking and kayaking, or simply lazing about at any one of its excellent beach spots, visitors are sure to fall in love with Vancouver Island.
3. Go Ice Climbing in Quebec’s Charlevoix
When you imagine ice climbing, visions of pickaxes and crampons most likely come to mind. But when you’re in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, you can experience a frozen wonderland without even breaking a sweat or stepping on some crampons. This region is home to popular Charlevoix villages like Baie-Saint-Paul and Tadoussac; it’s also sprinkled with some of Quebec’s most impressive ice sculptures.
4. Explore Banff, Alberta
This beautiful Canadian destination is home to 1,000 lakes, 3 national parks, and world-renowned skiing. What makes Banff one of Canada’s top places to visit is that it’s a major travel hub for all of Western Canada. So you can use Banff as a base camp while exploring other parts of Alberta, British Columbia, and beyond.
5. Experience Algonquin Park
Nestled against Lake Nipissing, Algonquin Park is a natural area located at one of Ottawa’s borders. This park encompasses almost 6,000 square miles of dense forest and lakes—which makes it an ideal place for nature-lovers. To explore these wilderness areas, visitors can choose from several different trails ranging from three hours to five days long.
6. Camp Along Ontario’s Pine Ridge
If you’re looking for a stunningly beautiful place with lots of space, then Ontario’s Pine Ridge is exactly what you need. The perfect camping destination for couples, families, and solo travelers alike, it has just about everything you could want or need: modern campsites complete with electricity and water hookups, showers, flush toilets, and plenty of room to stretch out. Enjoy small-town charm without missing out on modern conveniences while relaxing under an endless canopy of stars.
7. Stay at a National Park Inn
There are 8 National Park Inns across all of Canada, and they’re an incredibly unique way to immerse yourself in nature and history. Here you can sleep a stone’s throw away from Canadian icons such as Banff Springs Hotel or stay inside Niagara Falls State Park for a night and explore everything it has to offer—you don’t even have to venture outside of your door!
8. Go Skiing in Whistler
In British Columbia, you’ll find one of North America’s most famous ski resorts. Whistler Blackcomb has more than 20 chairlifts and gondolas that connect over 200 runs spread out over two mountains. You can also find plenty of other activities there, like snowshoeing, dog sledding, and ice-climbing. If you have time to venture outside of British Columbia, Alberta is also home to an incredible ski area at Lake Louise Ski Resort.
9. Take an overnight train trip through Rocky Mountaineer Train Service
The Rocky Mountaineer offers a wide range of train excursions through its website. Choose from eight different routes, three distinct accommodations, and four levels of travel experiences—from SLEEPER CLASS to DINING EXPERIENCE.
10. See Lake Superior from the sky
After all, you can’t say you’ve been to Canada until you’ve seen Lake Superior, right? If it isn’t on your bucket list yet, it should be. This gorgeous body of water sits right on our border with Minnesota and is mesmerizing. To get a different view of it, take a cruise over its surface—you can do that from Duluth or Michigan if you want to stick close to home.