Canada has always been on your travel wish-list, and now you’ve finally decided to tick this epic wonderland off. All that’s left to do now is decide where to visit. But with so much to see and do, that’s not always an easy task. From culture-packed cities to jaw-dropping national parks and rugged coastlines, you won’t be short on choice, that’s for sure. To help make things a little easier, we’ve handpicked the best places to visit in Canada to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
If you’re wondering where to go in Canada, the national parks are at the top of most traveller’s bucket lists - and for good reason. Just a few hour’s drive along the Trans-Canada Highway from the cowboy capital of Calgary will take you to Banff National Park, home to some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery. Dominated by the rugged Rockies, Banff holidays are all about outdoor adventures, from hiking, biking and swimming to boat trips, gondola rides and cowboy cookouts. A scenic drive along Icefields Parkway will take you to the neighbouring Jasper National Park. where more action-packed activities and awesome landscapes await.
If stunning scenery is high on your holiday checklist, a train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer is a must. This luxury rail journey will have your camera itching for action with miles-upon-miles of breathtaking mountain landscapes whizzing past. And speaking of mountains, you’ve probably heard about the alpine wonderland that is Whistler - and yes, this iconic mountain really does live up to the hype. Though it’s most well-known for its snowsports, Whistler holidays are becoming increasingly popular in the summer months when the verdant valleys become a playground for hiking and biking and popular bear-spotting sites are a favourite for wildlife loving visitors.
Or perhaps you’re craving city vibes, in which case you won’t want to miss the delights of Vancouver. This coastal city has bags of cosmopolitan cool with a typical Canadian twist - abundant outdoor adventures right on the doorstep. Whether you’re wandering around the trendy neighbourhoods and bustling markets or exploring the lush parks, coastal walkways and sandy beaches, Vancouver holidays won’t leave you wanting for much. And if that’s not enough, the nearby North Shore Mountains and Gulf Islands offer stunning natural scenery and breathtaking wildlife-watching.
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Framed by the dramatic vistas of the North Shore Mountains and Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most scenic cities. A hub of cultural, culinary and creative action, with the chance to hike, bike and watch wildlife in the surrounding nature, it’s a place where urban exploration and outdoor adventures come hand in hand.Discover more
Nestled in between the snow-covered peaks of Fairview Mountain and Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park, you’ll find Lake Louise, the most photographed glacial lake in Canada.Discover more
A trip dedicated to seeing bears in their natural habitat just about screams adventure, are we right? Well in these remote wilds we are at least. Three lodges, three equally secluded locations off of the northwest coast of Vancouver Island and a whole lot of bears. Go on the hunt for black and grizzly bears before bedding down every night in a floating wilderness lodge – wildlife retreats don’t get much better than this.Discover more
Jaw-dropping mountain scenery and adrenaline-pumping activities make Banff a veritable paradise for nature-lovers and thrill-seekers. Soak up the vibrant atmosphere of Canada's highest town, marvel at the striking beauty of the glacier-fed Lake Louise and explore the scenic trails that weave through the picture-perfect landscapes.Discover more
Manicured gardens and mishmashed architecture meets the whale ridden waters of the Pacific on one side and a dense old-growth forests on the other – Vancouver Island’s Victoria presents quaint city living at its best. Head here to pair all the outdoor attractions of Canada’s enchanting wilderness coast with the timeless charms and hip downtown streets of British Columbia’s provincial capital.Discover more
Get back to nature and explore the vast, unspoilt wilderness of Jasper National Park. Whether you’re following the scenic lakeside trails, spotting bears in the rolling valleys or scaling the majestic peaks of the UNESCO-listed Rocky Mountains, this is a place where dramatic views and action-packed adventures come hand in hand and memorable moments are abound.Discover more
Both a mountain and a village, British Columbia’s Whistler provides postcard-perfect winter scenes and some of the world’s most spectacular skiing to boot. But not one to be limited to one season, this resort offers up year-round delights. In winter, skiing and snowboarding may steal the limelight, but it’s in summer that the resort really comes into its own. From May to October, it’s all about soaking up the picturesque scene of this verdant valley with some hiking, biking or serene gondola riding.Discover more
Look beyond the sleek skyscrapers of Calgary and you’ll find a city steeped in culture with bags of cosmopolitan cool. A surge of chic restaurants, boutiques and bars have given this once rather bland business hub a fashionable face life. It’s the main gateway to Canada's jaw-dropping natural scenery, too - Banff and Jasper National Parks are both within day-trip distance.Discover more
A stop in Sun Peaks, Canada’s second biggest ski resort after Whistler, signals Rocky Mountain adventure. Located midway between Jasper’s glacier-fed lakes and Vancouver’s skyscraper skyline, this pretty peak is known for its snow-blanketed pistes, but come summer, the rolling verdure is just as postcard perfect. And, with all the village-y delights of its attractive resort town at your fingertips, a road-trip stopover never looked better.Discover more
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