“I think every Canadian should have a map of Canada in his or her house. It should be displayed in a place where one can sit and contemplate the wonderful vastness of this land. To understand the identity that exists in our hearts think of our sweepingly majestic home, its quiet, serene beauty. A beauty recognizable to us all. We are proud of this nation and of who we are. We just don’t say it. It’s like the map. It just sits there on the wall displaying the lines of our coasts, the bulk of our waterways, and the breadth of our northern territories.”
– Debora O’Neil
If I asked you to name two cities in Canada you would respond, Vancouver and Toronto… Correct, give yourself a pat on the back! Except, there are many other cities, towns, regions and even hidden secrets around Canada that are WAY more impressive than Toronto and Vancouver, combined!
Canada is a vast country; I believe it often gets overlooked. I’m not overly patriotic; though, I love the beauty within the country of Canada. Below you’ll see a small bit of why I believe Canada is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Ps, there’s WAY more than 10 places that are beautiful in Canada, I believe these are 10 of the best though!
Top 10 places to visit in Canada:
1. Mount Robson National Park, British Columbia: Located near Jasper, Alberta, Mount Robson is the highest point of the Canadian Rockies. Mount Robson offers many day hikes and some truly breathtaking sights.
2. Jasper National Park, Alberta: Jasper National Park is located in Alberta, in the town of (take a guess) Jasper! The park offers 11,000 square kilometers of forest, hiking trails, camping spots, lake and much more! While in Jasper you must check out the Icefield’s; one of the only Icefields in the world accessible to vehicles.
3. Haida Gwaii, British Columbia (Queen Charlotte Islands): Haida Gwaii is off the Northern Coast of British Columbia. The island is home to many communities and offers a wide variety of activities, depending where on the island you’re staying. There are many trails to hike on the island, a variety of camping spots and cabins for rent as well. A highlight many people mention while visiting Haida Gwaii is Agate beach and the blowhole, located around 24km east from the town of Masset.
4. Vancouver Island, British Columbia: Vancouver Island is off the south coast of British Columbia and offers an immense amount of beauty throughout. There are 14 Provincial Parks and 2 National Parks located on Vancouver Island, each offering an abundance of scenic hikes ranging from easy to intermediate in difficulty. If you’re more into dipping your toes in the water, Tofino offers an amazing setting for catching great waves on your surf board and beautiful beaches to lounge on in the sun.
5. The West Coast Trail, Vancouver Island, British Columbia: The West Coast Trail is located on Vancouver Island though it deserves its own acknowledgment because it’s something you plan to do and you’d more than likely be committing your time and energy to hiking it than exploring the island; that is, until you’ve completed the hike. The hike is 75km and typically takes 5-7 for the average person to hike. Be sure to plan your trip between May 1st – September 30th, as in the off season there isn’t a guarantee of search and rescue services being available. Only 50 spaces per day are available to those hiking the trail, be sure to reserve your day our you may end up on standby which could set you back a few days. Here’s Parks Canada’s site to help you with reservations and preparations: http://www.pc.gc.ca/eng/pn-np/bc/pacificrim/activ/activ6a/iii.aspx
6. Drumheller, Alberta: Drumheller is a small town located in Southern Alberta. It’s home to the largest, fiberglass and steel, man made replica of a T-Rex dinosaur, which is available for you to climb! It’s also the location where many different species of dinosaurs have been found. In 2012 they found the skeletal remains of a 65 million year old massive Triceratops! If you’re not into check out dinosaur remains, who am I kidding? … WHEN you’re done checking out dinosaur remains be sure to check out the Hoodoo’s, sandstone pillars, that are located a short distance away from the town.
Capilano Suspension and views of Vancouver from Grouse Mountain.
7. Vancouver, British Columbia: In 2012 Thomas and I traveled to Vancouver and took the skytram to the top of Grouse Mountain. It’s a beautiful sight on they way up and an easy way to get up the mountain for the chance to have an aerial view of Vancouver. Next time we visit Vancouver we’re planning to hike the Grouse Grind; 2.9 km long with an elevation gain of 2,800 feet. I’d say it’s not for the faint of heart and be sure to bring good hiking shoes if you’re going to tackle it! There are activities on the top of the mountain; including, ziplining across the mountain tops. Capilano Suspension bridge is a less extreme and more of a quick, yet fun, experience in the city. It’s a small park you can visit, though there is an admission charge. It’s a great place to bring the family for an entertaining experience… and somewhat terrifying for people like me with my serious fear of heights and bridges. Lynn Canyon is a third place I highly recommend in Vancouver. If you’re wanting to check out a suspension bridge without the admission fee Capilano charges I highly recommend Lynn Canyon. It’s a gorgeous forested area with various walking trails throughout, one of which leads to a suspension bridge.
8. Whistler, British Columbia: Whistler is possibly a place you’ve heard of before. It offers the largest ski-able area in north America and the town is pretty much know for its winter sports. There are two mountains, which Whistler is wedged between; Whistler and Blackcomb. They offer amazing slopes for skiing and snowboard in the winter time. In the summer Whistler is known for its ziplines, they have various lines including a new line they open just this year… it’s called The Sasquatch and is 2km in distance (7k feet), 600 feet above the ground and while on it you can reach speeds of over 100km/hour!
9. Niagara Falls, Ontario: Niagara Falls are an amazing sight, whether you’re viewing them from Canada or the United States. It may seem like an overrated/touristy thing to do; though, I believe the sheer height and volume of water flowing over the falls deserves the eyes of many spectators everyday upon it!
10. Bay of Fundy – New Brunswick/Nova Scotia: The Bay of Fundy is a very interesting place. The Bay empties 160 billion tons of water twice a day which creates the highest tides in the world. Because of the water always coming in and out everyday, it has eroded the sandstone and volcanic rock so they now show fossils which are visible once the water leaves the bay.
Is there any place or places in Canada that you would like to see?
Is there a place in Canada I haven’t listed that you believe is a MUST see??
Let me know in the comments below! :)
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