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Jun
27
2014

10 Top Canadian Tourist Hotspots To Add To Your Bucket List

A BITE-SIZED GUIDE TO EXPLORING THE PROVINCES OF CANADA

From sea to shining sea, exploring Canada’s landscapes and wildlife is the ultimate lesson in diversity. Across this vast country, which offers everything from sleepy coastal towns and lush forests to moody, rock-lined shores and dusty flatlands, there is something for every kind of traveler. 

Narrowing down Canada’s must-see spots was not an easy task — it’s an extensive and impressive list, after all — but when planning your next Great White North journey, this list is here to inspire and help get you started. 

1. British Columbia 

Get high on the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, B.C

This wobbly bridge is set 230-feet above the Capilano River and is surrounded by a view of lush, towering trees. Stroll the 450-foot length of this tourist mainstay to the other side of the canyon. For daredevil adventurers, more thrills await with additional suspension bridges and heart-jolting activities, such as the Cliff Hanger Walk, which lines the edge of the canyon. 

Visit: Tourism British Columbia for more info.

2. Alberta

All aboard! For unbeatable, breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, take the train so you can sit back and relax. Year-round, the scenery wows visitors — little wonder then that UNESCO declared seeing the Rockies a World Heritage Site. There are plenty of booking options available: Via RailRocky Mountaineer and the Royal Canadian Pacific.

Visit: Travel Alberta for more info. 

3. Saskatchewan

Inhale the simplicity of swaying golden wheat fields extending travel as far as the eye can see along the vast Prairie flatlands in Saskatchewan, where dusty trails and old-style grain elevators remain, and tranquility surrounds you. While the people of the Prairies are down-home friendly, if it’s peace and quiet you seek, you will certainly find it here. 

Visit: Tourism Saskatchewan to plan your trip. 

4. Manitoba

Beluga whales, majestic birds and polar bears, oh my! 

Well-preserved beauty abounds in the subarctic town of Churchill, Manitoba, where visitors have the unique opportunity to see these animals in their natural environment. Forget the zoo, the remote shores of Hudson Bay — nicknamed the ‘polar bear Capital of the world’ — delivers the experience of a lifetime. 

Click here to learn more about traveling Manitoba.

5. Newfoundland & Labrador

Add the fiords and mountainous views of Gros Morne National Park to your must-see Canadian bucket list. With 485,000,000 years of Mother Nature working her magic to create this geological wonder, Gros Morne National Park — which not surprisingly is a UNESCO World Heritage Site — will invigorate, and inspire and capture the imagination. 

Click here to find out more about traveling: Newfoundland and Labrador

6. Niagara-on-the-Lake

An abundance of local wineries, breezy afternoons, great cuisine, cultural events and an array of quaint artisan shops makes charming Niagara-on-the-Lake a top Canadian summer vacation spot. Go for the wine tastings and tours, stay for the ambience. 

Meanwhile, theatre enthusiasts should plan their trip during the Shaw Festival, which draws visitors from all over. 

Start planning your trip to Canada's wine country by clicking here: Niagara-on-the-Lake

7. Quebec

With narrow streets dotted with Parisian-inspired sidewalk cafes and historic stone buildings, it is easy to see why Old Quebec is often considered Canada’s mini Europe. 

Expect to hear the relaxing melodies of live street music being carried in the breeze and the sound of hooves slowly echoing along the winding, cobblestone streets as horse drawn carriages take visitors on city tours. The sophistication found in Quebec City is unmatched, as is the superb customer service and food experience. Visit the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and Citadel, ride the Funicular or walk to the waterfront and visit the shops and restaurants of Lower Town. Meanwhile, if visiting in early August, that is when the New France Festival annually takes place. 

Click here to learn more about traveling Quebec.

8. New Brunswick

See the highest tides on the planet (they’ve been known to reach more than 50 feet!) at the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick

The landscape here is nothing short of dramatic, with a plethora of mystical coves, intricate rock formations shaped by the pounding of waves and winds, towering cliffs and waterfalls that will amaze. Known as a whale-watchers haven — as many as many as 15 species frequent the area —  it is  also home to a large variety of birds. 

The Bay of Fundy offers the chance for a slow-pace getaway where travelers can take it easy and marvel at the scenery around them. Peak season runs throughout the summer months (June through August). 

Click here to learn more about traveling New Brunswick.

9. Prince Edward Island

Imagine saying ‘nighty, night’ while drifting off to the sound of waves lapping against the short from a cosy room inside a lighthouse. Cool, right? The West Point Lighthouse in Prince Edward Island is not just a working lighthouse, it also houses furnished rooms, a restaurant and museum. Built in 1875, the West Point Lighthouse stands at 69 feet in a small, secluded community where you can meander along trails and explore the beach, dunes and wooded areas. 

Click here to learn more about traveling Prince Edward Island.

10. Nova Scotia

With idyllic fishing villages and rocky, weather-battered shorelines, Peggy’s Cove is a beloved Canadian destination, drawing tourists from far and wide. This dreamy, picture-perfect community where locals still fish for lobster is also home to Canada’s most photographed lighthouse. Enjoy the invigorating ocean air, indulge in the fresh food, but be warned, during peak season of summer, sleepy Peggy’s Cove fills up with like-minded, camera-toting tourists. Click here to learn more about about traveling Nova Scotia.