Places to visit in Canada
Canada: a vast continent-spanning country stretching from the snow-covered Rocky Mountains and the bustling modern city of Vancouver to the evergreen forests of Ontario and the mighty Niagara Falls. A haven for outdoorsy types and food-lovers, Canada offers plenty of wildlife encounters and a sack-load of cultural attractions too. With so much on offer, it can be tricky to know exactly where to start. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. Start planning your Canada holiday with our recommendations below.
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East Coast Canada
Canada’s East Coast may lack the huge mountains of the west, but it’s no less striking. A land of peaceful lakes, moose-filled forests and colourful small towns, it’s also where you’ll find the French influence at its strongest. Toronto makes the most convenient entry point to Ontario’s attractions. From there you can visit Niagara Falls, before exploring the lakes around Muskoka and Algonquin, or taking a road trip to Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.
A vast frozen landscape home to indigenous people, rugged mountains and canyons, and rivers teeming with life, Canada’s frozen north has something of a frontier feel about it. Come to the Yukon for canoeing, fishing, dog sledding, snowshoeing and grizzly bear-watching, or try Churchill for polar bears, Arctic foxes and the northern lights. The Yukon is easy to combine with Alaska, while Churchill is best reached from Winnipeg. It’s remote, so you’ll need at least 3 or 4 days here.
West Coast Canada
If you love scenery and outdoor adventures, the west coast is where it’s at. With the spectacularly-situated multicultural city of Vancouver as its gateway, this region encompasses all that is great about Canada: turquoise lakes backed by dramatic peaks, orcas swimming along the rugged seashore and immense wilderness areas where the northern lights sparkle and grizzly bears roam. To take in the best of the region, fly into Vancouver and work your way east, riding the iconic Rocky Mountaineer to Jasper or Banff.
Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, otherwise known as the Maritimes, are the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of modern life. Prince Edward Island’s golden fields and farms were the inspiration for LM Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and it’s no wonder. Stay a week or two among the quaint harbours, bobbing fishing boats and rugged coastline, where you can spend your days hiking, whale watching and sampling the local speciality: freshly caught lobster.