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Top 10 Places to Visit in Canada

“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:

Mount Robson, Jasper, Alberta, 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.

Jasper National Park, Medicine Lake, National Park, Jasper, Alberta

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.

Hiking, Trekking, Haida Gwaii, Queen Charlotte Island, British Columbia

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.

Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

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.

West Coast Trail, British Columbia, Canada

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:

Drumheller, Dinosaurs, Alberta

Drumheller, Hoodoos, Alberta

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.

Whistler, Mountain, Inukshuk

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!

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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!

Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia

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.

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20 Responses to “Top 10 Places to Visit in Canada”

  1. Mar September 12, 2015 at 5:43 pm #

    Great post but maybe I’m missing Quebec? I thought the province was beautiful and the town felt like French colonial charm! ????
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:34 pm #

      Honestly, I’ve never been to Quebec! I’ve heard Quebec has a lot of beautiful cities; now that you’ve mentioned french colonial towns I know I MUST go! :)

  2. Elaine J. Masters September 13, 2015 at 12:17 am #

    So much to see in Canada. Such a huge and varied country. My neighbors to the north are just a bit too far away to get up there much…yet.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:20 pm #

      There truly is so much to see in Canada! I hope you’re able to make it up this way sometime! ^_^

  3. Brianna September 13, 2015 at 1:05 pm #

    Banff National Park is on my must visit list.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:11 pm #

      Ah, yes! Banff is such a gorgeous place, Alberta has a lot of gems! It’s so hard to pick just 10 Top places, Canada is so vast and has so much beauty. :)

  4. Aileen Adalid September 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

    My brother, who I haven’t seen for years, has been living in Canada for years now and he always amazes me with the photos he takes! You also captured the beauty of Canada here beautifully! I seriously hope I can visit this country soon :)
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:09 pm #

      Even more reason for you to come here!! :D Which province in Canada is he living? I’m glad to hear he’s loving it here, I’ve grown up here and have always loved it! If you’re ever in British Columbia feel free to ask any questions, it’s an amazing place to travel to! :)

  5. Meg Jerrard September 13, 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    I’ve heard from a number of people that Niagara Falls is much better on the Canadian side than the American, so it’s on my list and I’ll definitely be hitting Canada when we aim to see that mammoth falls! Thanks for the list of other amazing locations – we’ve only barely touched the surface of Canada with a trip last year to British COlumbia, but man if the rest of the country is as amazing as Vancouver Island we’ll be back for sure!
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    • Dawn Kealing September 13, 2015 at 10:07 pm #

      I really hope you get a chance to come back to Canada, even if it’s just to see more of BC. I promise to show you around the amazing places up North here in BC! ^_^

  6. Claudia September 14, 2015 at 1:57 am #

    I’d love to see Prince Edward’s island – I read Ann of Green Gables and I am fascinated at the idea of seeing “what she saw” :)
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    • Dawn Kealing September 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm #

      I’ve always wanted to visit PEI as well! Ever since my first history class and I had to color and label the map of Canada. I would laugh because PEI is so tiny on the map it’s impossible to label and barely and room to color yet it’s a province! Ever since then I knew I had to visit there! My mother was obsessed with the Anne of Green Gables tv show and I would spend time before school watching episodes with her and can still remember the beautiful scenic areas displayed in it! :)

  7. Holly September 14, 2015 at 9:38 pm #

    i went to the falls a couple of times. Hope to explore more of Canada soon.
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    • Dawn Kealing September 14, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

      I hope you get the chance. It’s a beautiful country! :)

  8. Jenna September 14, 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    Great roundup! We’ve done a ton of road tripping through Canada this year, and there are so many gorgeous places to see! One of our favorites has been the Banff area. We love the Bay of Fundy as well–we went tidal bore rafting in the area and it was so much fun! Thanks for giving us some fun ideas for our next few trips–Jasper is high on our list for next summer!
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  9. Lesley September 14, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

    Your photos are absolutely stunning. While I’m glad to see Nova Scotia in there sort of, I was disappointed not to see my home, the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton. Have you been? I’m biased but it is truly magical. ;)
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    • Dawn Kealing September 14, 2015 at 11:17 pm #

      I have yet to visit Nova Scotia, it truly saddens me, I can’t wait to get over there! The husband has driven all through Nova Scotia and he loved it! I’m certainly going to have to drag him back over there and see it for myself. :) I’ll let you know when I do! Xx

  10. Carolann & Macrae - One Modern Couple September 15, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Great post! We were just talking about how much of Canada there is left for us to explore! We’ve seen more of so many other countries now and iit’s a shame we haven’t taken advantage of the incredible destinations right in our own backyard!

  11. Deni September 23, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Love your post!! Canada also has some weird traditions out East and up North as well- especially weird drinking initiations! If you head to Newfoundland & Labrador, it’s common to get “screeched in” and in the Yukon, there’s the sour-toe drink where the person drinking has to kiss a pickled toe. Definitely strange, but they make for great stories! Also noticed a factual error, just to let you know, Jasper isn’t in Northern Alberta, it’s further south :)
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  12. Shilpa Balakrishnan September 23, 2015 at 11:00 pm #

    Jasper looks gorgeous. :) Alberta has been on my list for a while now. Its just got great outdoors -something I love.
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