As the second largest country in the world, Canada has some pretty exhilarating things to do and see. Boasting three coasts travelers can find a plethora of landscapes, seascapes, culture, history, and pretty cool people to explore during a visit.
From its famous ski slopes like Whistler to the grandeur of Niagara Falls, Canada holds some of the world’s greatest travel destinations. As a perpetual traveler, I’m constantly on the lookout for amazing places to explore and Canada is amazing for sure!
Things To See In Canada
Spend some time in Quebec City
This charming city is a big draw for tourists, especially New Yorkers. As a UNESCO site, Quebec City is filled with old-world allure.
Strolling the French style colonial streets will make you feel like you’re in a small provence from Beauty and the Beast. With cafes, beautifully designed hotels, and markets like Ottawa’s ByWard tourists and locals alike can enjoy the variety of activities and architecture Quebec City offers.
Don’t forget to walk along the walls that surround the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the views are magnificent. Notable sites like the Petit-Champlain District, the Plains of Abraham, and the Parliament Building are not to be missed. As is the most photographed hotel in the world, Chateau Frontenac.
No trip to Canada is complete without seeing one of the natural wonders of the world, Niagra Falls. Bordering the United States, Niagra Falls has been a tourist attraction for as long as anyone can remember.
The best views can be seen on the Canadian side. Don’t leave without viewing the majestic cascading waterfalls from a boat; there’s nothing like getting soaked while taking breathtaking photos!
Spend the night in Vancouver
Touted as the wildest nightlife in Canada, Vancouver has a very vibrant clubbing scene making it a must visit. Granville Street and Gastown are the spots to see and be seen on the club circuit.
Don’t worry if clubbing isn’t your thing, Vancouver has loads of things to get up to for an interesting stay. Check out Stanley Park, a nearly 1,000-acre park on the tip of Vancouver’s “thumb” (just north of the West End). It’s home to some of the city’s most-visited attractions.
Once an industrial site, Granville Island is another must see while in Vancouver. The former factories house stylish restaurants, galleries and theaters. The main draw, however, is the Granville Island Public Market, often touted as one of the best open-air markets in North America.
Canoe the Banff National Park
There is no other place on earth that has the waterways that Canada does. One of the most idyllic is Banff National Park. The glacial blue lakes of Banff are breathtaking. With the rugged Canadian Rockies, millions of fir trees and perfectly still waters as a backdrop gently paddling on the lake is an adventurers dream and shouldn’t be missed regardless of your activity ability.
If you’re up to it, take a camping trip and spend a few days enjoying all that nature has to offer in this part of the world. Connecting with nature on this level will be an experience you won’t forget!
Eat like a local
Canada has many signature foods that should be tried during a visit there. Here are a few that are a must…
Montreal-style smoked meat – This brisket is marinated for a longer than normal time with lots of peppercorns, very little sugar, and boasts the fact that it is a much thinner cut than what most people who eat brisket are used to. Its smoky bold flavor is melt in your mouth delicious and worth a try if you’re a meat eater.
BeaverTails – Don’t panic I’m not talking about an actual beaver’s tail! This amazingly delicious dessert is doughy and sweet and shaped into a beaver’s tail because..well, who knows why?! Since 1978 this fried pastry has been served topped with goodies like Nutella, caramel, bananas, M&M’s, crushed Oreos and anything else sweet you can think of.
Pâté Chinois – Very similar to a shepherd’s pie, this meaty treat’s name was derived from the Chinese name pâté chinois, or “Chinese pie”. Made with cream corn, mashed potatoes, and beef it’s a common Canadian comfort food enjoyed all over Canada.
Poutine – These gravy and cheese curd topped fries are a staple and delicacy of Canada and one of the signature dishes eaten by everyone. A dish that’s “not for everyone” is a favorite among locals and are definitely worth a try. What’s NOT to love? French fries – check, cheese – check, gravy- check!
Skate on the Canal in Ottawa
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rideau Canal, is 126 miles of naturally frozen ice perfect for skating. The huge skating rink attracts tourists and locals from all over Canada. The wonderful thing is that it’s free and offers warm changing huts and snack stations along the length of the rink.
If you visit in February you can take part in the Winterlude Festival. It’s three weeks of ice sculptures, live music and outdoor dance that is a unique experience not to be missed if you happen to be in the area during that time.
Enjoy stargazing in Jasper
There’s nothing like staring at the star-filled skies in Jasper, Canada. Touted as the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve, Jasper is perfect for camping and taking in one of the world’s great light shows.
Offering guided walks, events, workshops, and festivals, Jasper is the place to get connected with nature. If you’re really adventurous try a trip to the Glacier Skywalk, it boasts a glass platform 919 over the waterfalls and valley
Canada is a country with unending adventure and a visit is a must for family, as a solo traveler, adventure traveler, and anyone in between.
With wonderous landscapes, unique animals, culture, and food, the people are warm, lively, and inviting. It’s close enough to the US not to go and worth the trip no matter where in the world you live.
Have you been to Canada? What did you think? Share your experience with us!