10 Best Things to Do and See in Canada

Posted by Priyanka Tupe

Canada

Canada is home to some of the most amazing landscapes in the world. This second-largest country is on every traveler's bucket list. Be it magnificent mountain ranges, jaw-dropping national parks, fascinating wildlife, verdant gardens. or beautiful waterfalls, Canada has everything to make your holiday spectacular. Combine this with bespoke architecture and deep-rooted history, and you have a destination that will make you go back again and again. So, let's take a look at the ten best things to do in Canada.

Quebec City

This charming UNESCO World Heritage Site beckons travelers from all over the world. A former military base, this city has a very strong French influence that is visible in the cobblestone streets, historic buildings, and old structures, and stunning sites. Spread across the Upper and Lower Town of Quebec around casino Play-Fortuna, this area is lined with shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. The well-known Rue Saint-Jean is popular with tourists for European Style shopping. Famous attractions here include the Citadel, the Plains of Abraham, Parque Historique d'Artillerie, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Place d'Armes, and Musée de la Civilisation.

Toronto's CN Tower

One of the most iconic landmarks in Canada, the CN Tower stands at a height of 554 meters and is one of the tallest free-standing structures in the world. The LookOut Level has windows spanning from floor to ceiling from where you can enjoy gorgeous views of the entire city. If you have time, you can enjoy a delicious meal or some refreshments at the fine-dining restaurant called 360. The tower is beautifully lit in different colors in the evening and looks truly magical.

Bay of Fundy

Situated between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the Bay of Fundy is famous for the highest tides in the world. The difference in water levels between high and low tides can be as much as 19 meters due to the uniquely shaped bay. You can see the astounding phenomenon of the bay filling up with more than 100 billion tonnes of water and emptying it twice a day. The cliff and rock formations at Fundy National Park, Grand Manan Island, Hopewell Cape, and Fundy Trail Parkway are ideal spots to appreciate the beauty of these natural wonders. Thousands of people throng these places to watch stunning sights and also indulge in whale watching.

 

Parliament Hill

Perched on the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is a great place for history buffs. The most important feature here is the Peace tower that separates the House of Commons and the Senate. You can also see the Centennial Flame in front of the Parliament buildings, which was lit in 1966 to honor the centenary of the Canadian Confederation. There are guided free tours of the Center Block where visitors can see buildings that is the residence of the House of Commons, Senate, and Library of Parliament.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park is one of the most visited national parks in Canada and is situated in the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. The national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can take part in activities like hiking, skiing, fishing, or mountain biking. The place is extremely scenic and a paradise for nature lovers. One of the highpoints of this park is Lake Louise which is famous for gondola rides in summer and ice-skating in winter. The spotless glaciers, imposing mountains, and azure waters are a major attraction to the visitors. It is surely one of the best things to see in Canada.

Niagara Falls

The iconic Niagara Falls can tempt any person to apply for a Canada visa. The mammoth Niagara Falls consists of three falls namely - Bridal Veil, Horseshoe, and American. Situated mostly on the Canadian side, the Horseshoe Falls is the largest. Millions of people visit this place every year to feast their eyes on the captivating beauty of the cascading waterfall. In the evenings, the waterfalls are lit with multiple glittering and colorful lights and makes for a magical sight. You can take a stroll down the Clifton Hill that leads to the falls and enjoy the scenic vistas around you.

Whistler

Whistler offers you the perfect winter holiday. Situated at a 2-hour drive from Vancouver, Whistler is a beautiful resort town. Extremely popular among adventure enthusiasts, Whistler is a famous ski resort and village that has an array of activities in store for you. There are several snow activities such as tobogganing, skiing, sledding, and snowshoeing. In the summer months, there are activities such as golfing and mountain biking that you can indulge in. For a relaxing vacay, you can gorge on mouthwatering delicacies and pamper yourself with spa treatments.

Vancouver Island

A trip to Vancouver Island can seem like an out of the world experience. It has a beautifully rugged landscape that is perfect for hiking and camping. For people who don't want to stay outdoors, there are many lodges and resorts that you can check into. Pacific Rim National Park is a popular attraction here that is replete with sandy beaches, hiking and surfing spots, and wonderful rivers. Another popular place is Tofino that has incredible resorts perfect for an ideal vacay. Butchart Gardens is another highlight in Vancouver Island that has a great collection of flowering plants and trees.

Stanley Park

The Stanley Park in Vancouver lies like an oasis amidst the city's urban landscape. It is surrounded by the scenic Pacific Ocean on three sides and the majestic North Shore Mountains form a stunning backdrop for it. Spread across approximately 400 hectares, the park is a nature lover's heaven. It is dotted with red cedar forests, pristine lakes, lagoons, and lush meadows. It also has several eateries, a train, an aquarium, and pools. The sheer beauty of the park is sure to leave you tongue-tied.

Churchill

Situated on Hudson Bay, the small town of Churchill houses the most well-known inhabitants - the exotic Polar Bears. October and November are the ideal viewing time of the year as the bears wait for the water to freeze so that they can go into the ice. This place is perfect for people who enjoy wildlife. Book yourself a tour in the Tundra buggies to have a personal interaction with these adorable animals. You can sign up for underwater activities, watch the fascinating beluga whales, and the awe-inspiring natural phenomenon - Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) here.

Conclusion

Canada has so many fantastic attractions that listing down just 10 of them is sheer injustice to this exotic destination. You can plan a nice long holiday to explore the beauty of this awesome country.

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