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The main reason you should visit Canada is its wilderness i.e viewing of arctic wildlife (polar bears), boundless Prairies, wondrous Niagara Falls. Because of its picturesque landscapes, Canada is a great destination for trekkers, natural enthusiasts and for those who loves winter sports.
Skiing, Snowboarding, Snorkeling, Scuba diving, Surfing, Rafting, Kayaking, Canoeing, Trekking/Hiking, Wildlife safari, Sky diving, Sailing, Fishing, Whale watching….and many more.
Beaches, National Parks, Forests, Mountains, Lakes, Scenic Landscapes
Architecture, Museums and Galleries:
Culture and Traditions:
Festivals and Events:
If your target is not winter sports, then the best months to visit Canada are from May-September.
The winter time is from November to March.
This is the list of top destinations in Canada where you can have a lot of experience in one trip. This saves your time not only while surfing the internet for the top destinations to travel but also while traveling or exploring that particular location. And of course, this can save your money too.
- Stunning scenery with spellbinding landscapes
- Just 2 hrs trip to Whistler
- Proximity to Victoria, best whale watching tours in the world.
- Stanley Park
- Granville Island
- Queen Elizabeth Park
- Scenic landscapes
- Stroll around Stanley Park and visit the Vancouver Aquarium
- Scenic drive
- Cruising from Vancouver to Victoria
- Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery
- Tour Granville Island and do whale watching trip
- Hike or drive to the Grouse Mountain, ski ride, ice skating, snowshoeing
- Shop on Robson street
- Walk through Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Do cycling, windsurfing, Kayaking at Vancouver beaches
Paradise for adventurer
Alpine Ski Destination
- Scenic beauty
- Alpine ski destination
- Adventure travel
- Lots of outdoor activities all in one place
- Snow-capped peaks
- Sparkling lakes
- Gushing waterfalls
- Whistler Black Comb
- Art museum and galleries
- Whistler Sliding Center
- Skiing and Snowboarding
- Ice Skating
- Bungee Jumping
- Biking up the mountains
- Canopy tree walk
- Visit the museums and art galleries
- Tasting some fine cuisine in inviting restaurants
Paradise for Nature Enthusiasts
Tiny Mountain Town
- Banff is a paradise for nature enthusiasts, luxury seekers
- Rich in wildlife activities
- Banff National Park
- Lake Louise and Ski Resort
- Moraine Lake
- Banff Gondola
- White water rafting
- Wildlife safari in Banff National Park
- Relax at Banff Upper Hot Springs
- Horseback riding
- Dining, taste Bison meat
Toronto and Niagara Falls
Toronto: Multicultural City
Toronto and Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls: Scenic Beauty
Toronto is a culturally diverse city and famous for its skyline. Niagara Falls is at about 1 hr 30 min drive distance from Toronto. Ontario side is from Queen Victoria Park and this side is called Horseshoe Falls that offers the best views of the Niagara Falls.
Top sights in Toronto:
- The Harbourfront Center
- The St Lawrence Market
- CN Tower
- Casa Loma
- Underground Shopping Malls
- Toronto Islands
- Distillery District
- Royal Ontario Museum
- Hockey Hal of Fame
Top sights in Niagara Falls:
- Horseshoe Falls of Niagara Falls
- Niagara Park Butterfly Conservatory
- Enjoy your meal at the 360 Restaurant in CN Tower.
- Stroll down the beaches
- Walk around the Lakefront, Harbourfront
- Sailing and Canoeing around Toronto Island.
- Scenic train tour around the north Ontario
- Take photographs at Niagara Falls
- Go up the Skylon Tower and enjoy a fabulous view of the falls.
Rich in Culture
- Best ski destination
- Cobblestone Streets
- Full of historic attractions
- Notre-Dame Basilica
- Montmorency Falls Park
- Battlefields Park
- Old Quebec
- City’s icon- Chateau Frontenac
- Terrasse Dufferin
- St. Lawrence River
- Walk along the Terrasse Dufferin
- Take a ferry trip on the St. Lawrence River
Face to face with Polar bears
- The best place to see Polar bears in the wild. You can also see Arctic fox, Seals, and Whales.
- Hudson Bay shoreline
- Local fort
- Bear traps and bear jail
- Polar bears, Arctic hares, Foxes, Voles, Whales, Seals, etc.
- Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
- Visit the Inukshuk, Cape Merry
- Eat in lazy bear cafe
- Order menus at Gypsy’s bakery
- Tour down the town of Churchill
- Shop the Souvenir
- Ride a Tundra buggy to see Polar bears.
- Dog sled tour in winter
- Bird watching
- Beluga whale watching
There are lots of outdoor activities from simple to the extreme you can enjoy in Canada. The list can go on and on. But we have curated some top activities to do in Canada on the basis of its popularity and uniqueness, and that you may not get to experience these activities better in any other countries.
A valid passport (valid for 6 months beyond the length of stay) with return tickets or valid passport with a visa (depending on nationality) is required to enter Canada.
Citizens from certain countries (including the USA, Australia, Britain, and the other EU) can stay up to 6 months without a visa. However, Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required before boarding flights to Canada. But, EU nationals don’t require an eTA if entering by land or sea.
For nationals from other countries, visitor visa is required and they are liable to take a transit visa.
Check your visa requirements (depend on the nationality) for Canada with the embassy/consulate near you before traveling.
Visa Cards and Mastercards are widely accepted. ATMs are available throughout the country. It’s better to take a traveler’s check in Canadian Dollars.
Since the major attractions are well scattered across Canada, you should choose one based on where you want to go and what you want to see.
Domestic flights are convenient and fast for traveling long distances.
Light rail systems and underground trains provide services in major cities. An extensive network of railways provides an affordable intercity service as well as across the country (long route services).
Rail Passes are also available in Canada.
Canada has got a good public transport system that is cheap too. In the case of time availability, buses are a fair option for traveling short distances. Major towns and cities are well connected by roads. City buses/coaches/trams are an affordable option in some cities as long as you are a familiar rider. Tolls are also available.
Inside the city, you can get around on foot or by taxi. Hiring a car or picking up a taxi (registered/officially licensed) can be the best alternatives too. You can rent a bike too.
Boats/ferries also provide services in areas consisting of islands/coast/river/canal.
Most of Canada’s attractions are free to visit while others require fees and permit.
You should be cautious during hurricanes season if you are visiting the coastal areas. It is a good practice to always check the latest weather updates (snow storms during winter, tornadoes) and avalanche conditions before going to mountainous regions/ski resorts. Do not ignore the suggestions given by local people and always follow the instructions given by local authorities.
It’s better to take precautions against Lyme diseases while traveling to some regions of Canada. Although immunizations are not required while traveling to Canada, it is advisable to update your standard vaccinations of mumps, measles, rubella, polio, diphtheria, rabies, and tetanus.
It’s better to make full travel insurance including health insurance.
You should be aware of the petty crimes (from pickpockets, thieves, scammers, etc.) taking place inside and outside the cities. You should take care of your travel documents, luggage, and other belongings, especially in public transports. Don’t walk alone at night and don’t walk through less traveled areas alone. Expensive hotels are safer to stay.
Note: Some regions of Canada fall in active earthquake zone. So, you should be prepared for earthquakes and tsunamis while traveling to those parts.
Based on the places and experiences that you will never get in other countries i.e they are uniquely different from other countries.
Canada being a vast country and with so many sights to see and activities to do, it is difficult to choose the best places to visit in a single trip. Still, we tried to narrow down the lists in terms of must-see places.
Must-visit destinations in Canada:
If you are city and recreation lover:
If you are adventure and outdoor activities lover:
If you are a nature lover:
- Niagara Falls (Ontario)
If you are art, history and culture lover:
For Art, Museums and Galleries:
For Cultures and Traditions:
From the above list, you can see that Banff, Whistler, Vancouver, Montreal, and Quebec overlap in two categories. You can make your trip worthy by planning an itinerary accordingly and make much out of it by having a lot of experiences in your single trip without having your time and money wasted in traveling and just covering distances in-between.
Our Pick: If you are not much of that city lover then our pick would be Niagara Falls, Churchill, Vancouver, Whistler, and Banff.
Follow these itineraries ideas (below): If you want to make most out of your trip; if you want to have a lot of experiences in one trip missing almost nothing in your whole trip; if you also don’t want to miss the must-see places and if you also don’t want to miss ‘nowhere-else’ destinations on the planet, then follow these tips.
If this is your first-time visit to Canada and
If you have 2-4 days, then do Churchill Polar Bear Tour which is a must do. Getting to Churchill is not easy due to the lack of roads. The main options are the two-hour flight from Winnipeg or a rail journey of 40 plus hours. We suggest you to go as part of an organized group for a hassle-free tour and to enhance the experience with the help of the accompanying guide.
If you have 7-8 days, then we recommend you to choose one from following itineraries depending on your interests:
(Itinerary for Western Canada visit)
Calgary (Day 1)→Banff National Park (Day 2-3)→ Jasper National Park (Day 4-5 )→Whistler (Day 6-7)→Vancouver (Day 8)
(Itinerary for Eastern Canada visit)
Toronto and Niagara Falls (Day 1-2)→Ottawa (Day 3)→Montreal (Day 4-5)→Quebec City (Day 5-6)
If you have 14 days, you can combine your first itinerary with the other itinerary (from above) to have better experiences on your trip.
If you are on your return visit, then choose another itinerary (from above) which you didn’t do in your first visit.
(Note: Please note that the itineraries mentioned here are focused on the routes or directions to follow for saving time and money and still not missing the ‘must-see’ destinations. The days mentioned here in-between the places is a rough estimation just to give you general itinerary ideas. You can shorten or lengthen this time according to your interests, season, budget and time available. For example, sometimes you might want to experience the nature, activities, and culture in a relaxed manner without any haste and without feeling cramped.)
We’ve covered our recommendations for ‘must-visit destinations’. The list of other wonderful places throughout Canada can get long. The priorities for a destination to visit can be different from person to person as it depends upon personal preferences and interests. But these are the itineraries covering ‘must-do’ or ‘must-see’ places once in your lifetime.