Canada is filled with places that one should visit once during their lifetime. So, I’ve narrowed down some must-see places to add to your itinerary if you’re planning to travel to the Great White North anytime soon.
- Calgary, Alberta: I’m probably biased, but you should definitely visit my hometown of Calgary. If you’re a fan of all things Western, rodeos, and crazy food creations you should definitely check out the Calgary Stampede, which happens every July. Otherwise, there’s plenty to experience in Calgary, whether it be the zoo, the Calgary Tower, or exploring the giant sprawling city.
- Ottawa, Ontario: I’ve only been once, but Ottawa is a must see as the nation’s capital. I highly recommend checking out the Parliament buildings or one of the many museums in Ottawa. If you visit during the winter, you can test out skating on the Rideau Canal as well.
- Halifax, Nova Scotia: Having lived in Nova Scotia for 4 years, Halifax is worth visiting. History is around every corner in the city, from the Citadel to the Alexander Keith’s brewery. If you want a wander, I recommend heading down to the boardwalk and checking out the Seaport Farmer’s Market while you’re there. And, if you ever get bored, there’s plenty of other things to see in the province, especially Cape Breton.
- Banff National Park, Alberta: This park is located in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, so if you’re up for some adventure and wildlife, this is a must-see. In the winter, you can take advantage of the ski resorts, while in the summer, I recommend trying out a hiking trail. You’ll likely come back with many pictures of the beautiful landscape, especially if you stop in Banff or Lake Louise.
- The territories: The northern territories of Canada, being the Yukon, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories, have always seemed like an interesting place to visit. If you’re willing to brave the cold winters or really want to see some tundra, I’d recommend visiting them!
- Victoria, British Columbia: As nice as Vancouver can be, Victoria is my favourite spot to visit in BC. You’ll find beaches, a picturesque downtown, and the beautiful Butchart Gardens to visit there, among other things. If you get bored of Victoria proper, there’s a lot of other places to explore on Vancouver Island or on nearby islands.
- Montreal, Quebec: If you want a taste of French Canadian culture, I’d recommend visiting Montreal. You can learn a ton about Canada’s history in Vieux Montreal or explore an underground mall. For the foodies out there, this is where you’d find some amazing smoked meat or bagels, Montreal style.
- PEI: If you’d like to see the place that Anne of Green Gables called home, this is the destination for you! Not to mention, you can see the famed potatoes grown on the island along with the bright red beaches. I’d also recommend visiting Charlottetown and driving over the Confederation Bridge, having done both recently myself.
Hopefully my list of places to visit in Canada inspires you to make travel plans to see one of them soon!
If you’ve already visited Canada or live here, what are your favourite places to visit? Let me know in the comments!