Canada is a fascinating country to visit because its landscapes, cultures, and people are so different. Canada has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. From the Atlantic to the Pacific, each province has its own unique things to see and do.
No matter if it’s the untouched beauty of a northern lake, the hulking grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, the rolling grasslands of the prairies, the iconic red soils and lighthouses of the Maritimes, or the rich history and architecture, Canada never fails to amaze and offer an endless list of opportunities.
If you’re planning a trip to Canada, here are the top 25 places to visit and things to do.
1. Banff National Park – Alberta
Banff was founded in 1883, and its beautiful natural surroundings in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and unique thermal hot springs have made it a World Heritage Site.
Banff is a paradise for people who love the outdoors. It has beautiful lakes that are great for canoeing and kayaking, and in the winter, it has some of the best skiing in the world. In the downtown area, there are many cute hotels and shops.
2. Cypress Hills – Saskatchewan/Alberta
Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park is a big park that runs along the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta. It has many different types of ecosystems, such as grasslands, marshes, and forests.
Any nature lover will love the wide range of plants and animals, as well as the gentle hills, beautiful lakes, and many different species.
Cypress is a great place to visit because it has a lot to offer. There is the historic Fort Walsh, zip lines, and working ranches where you can ride horses.
3. Wolf Lake – Yukon
Wolf Lake, which is far from Whitehorse and not near any mountain ranges or river basins, is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets.
Wolf Lake is a great place to fish, and it’s one of the few places you can find the incredibly rare Artic Grayling. Amazing natural beauty and lots of chances to take pictures of animals.
4. Fernie – British Columbia
Visitors have been amazed by Fernie’s beautiful scenery for a hundred years. Fernie has a beautiful downtown area and a lot of history for people who like both nature and history.
Since the 1940s, Fernie has been a popular place for skiers, but in recent years, it has also become a favorite for snowmobilers.
5. Drumheller – Alberta
Drumheller, Alberta, in the Canadian Badlands, is known around the world as the place where dinosaurs first appeared.
In the late 1800s, miners looking for coal in the rolling coulees near the Red Deer River found a dinosaur skull.
You can see many different dinosaur and fossil displays at the National Historic Site Atlas Coal Mine or the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
6. Fraser River – British Columbia
At almost 900 miles, the Fraser River is the longest river in British Columbia (1,400 kilometers).
As the place where the largest salmon migration and the most productive salmon fishery in the world take place, the River has been an important part of the growth of industry. People know that the Fraser River is a great place to fish for sturgeon.
7. Old Quebec – Quebec
You don’t have enough money to go to Europe? Check out the old parts of Quebec City. Old Quebec is the oldest city in North America. Going there is like going to a different world. Old Quebec, which has been there for almost 500 years, has some of the oldest and most impressive buildings in Canada.
See how history, art, architecture, and culture come together. With its charming cobblestone streets, beautiful Chateau Frontenac, and world-famous winter carnival, Quebec City is a great place to visit for people of all ages.
8. Anne of Green Gables- Prince Edward Island
Even though Prince Edward Island (PEI) has a short history, it is widely known as the “birthplace of Confederation” in 1864. Visit Prince Edward Island to see the gambrel cottage that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write Anne of Green Gables.
You shouldn’t miss the chance to see Montgomery’s Cavendish house, which you can do because it is open to the public. See the Anne of Green Gables musical in person if and when it comes to your city.
9. Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is a great place to go on vacation for everyone, from families to couples on their honeymoon. All year long, people of all ages can have fun in the Niagara area.
The Niagara area is popular for more than just the beautiful waterfalls and scenery. There are plenty of chances to enjoy live music, theater, museum visits, cruises, shopping, golfing, and camping.
Selkirk is called the “Catfish Capital of the World” because there are so many catfish in the Red River, which is close by. Because it is close to Lake Winnipeg and the Red River, Selkirk is a great place to go outside.
Selkirk is a great place for history fans to visit because it is home to both the Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site and the Manitoba Marine Museum.
11. Butchart Gardens- British Columbia
Butchart Gardens used to be an old quarry. Now, people from all over the world come to see it. This place of interest in Victoria has more than a million flowering plants and was named a National Historic Site in 2004.
The garden is also a good place to bring your dog, and it is often used for holiday-themed shows and other special events.
12. The Forks – Manitoba
The Forks is the most popular place to visit in Winnipeg, and for good reason: it has been a crossroads for at least 6,000 years.
The Forks is right in the middle of downtown and is a great place to have fun all year long thanks to its unique sights and sounds, restaurants, shops, and nightlife.
13. Uranium City – Saskatchewan
Uranium City, which used to be a thriving village on the north shore of Lake Athabasca, is now thought of as a ghost town.
When the uranium mine closed in the early 1980s, the town’s economy went downhill, and the people were forced to leave, leaving the buildings and infrastructure behind.
Uranium City has its own unique appeal because of its strange geography, beautiful natural surroundings, and interesting past.
14. Whistler Blackcomb – British Columbia
Whistler is known as one of the best four-season resorts in North America. It is a paradise for people who love winter sports.
Whistler is known for being the alpine site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. It is also a great place to take the kids. The small alpine town is full of unique shops, restaurants that have won awards, exciting nightlife, and nice hotels.
15. Toronto – Ontario
What you’ll find in Toronto is really something you’ll never forget. In this huge city, tourists can find almost any kind of entertainment they can think of.
Toronto has museums, art galleries, music, food, the arts, theater, sports, and shopping. You could check out the Hockey Hall of Fame or the CN Tower.
Check out some cute used-goods stores, see a play, and end the day with a delicious meal. Those who have never taken the metro should do it right away.
16. Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral – Quebec
People often say that Notre Dame is the best Gothic building in North America.
Since 1647, the Cathedral has stood in the same place in the same city, even though it has been burned down and rebuilt many times, each time by a different famous artist or architect.
The Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and can be found in Old Montreal.
17. Parliament of Canada – Ontario
One of the most famous buildings in Canada is the Parliament Building. The building is a must-see in Ottawa, Canada’s capital, because of its beautiful architecture, sculptures, and artwork.
Join a guided tour or go exploring on your own during the day. See the Parliament Building at night, when it looks even more impressive.
18. Charlevoix – Quebec
Charlevoix is a small town in Quebec. You can take a train through the province or drive through its beautiful countryside to get there.
Charlevoix is a great place for couples, singles, and families to go on vacation because there are so many things to do there all year long, like whale watching, cruises, fishing, hiking, dogsledding, and skiing.
In addition to the beautiful Fairmont Le Manoir Richeliu, there are other charming bed & breakfasts in the town.
19. Dawson City – Yukon
Dawson City is a busy city on the Yukon River. It has a long history in the gold mining business. During the famous Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s, many of Dawson City’s modern buildings were built.
They still have the look and feel of a frontier gold town. Learn about the rich cultural history of Dawson and its museums while taking in the natural beauty of Canada’s North.
20. Batoche National Historic Site- Saskatchewan
A trip to Batoche National Historic Monument is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to go back in time to the last battle of the Northwest Resistance in 1885.
Everyone can see and touch the bullet holes in the rectory wall of the beautiful white church. The park’s sloped land is great for canoeing, kayaking, and hiking because the scenery is so nice.
21. Reindeer Lake
Deep in the wilds of Northern Saskatchewan is Reindeer Lake, which is known all over the world for its great fishing. It’s not unusual to see northern pike, walleye, and lake trout that are huge and beautiful.
One of the best things about the pristine north is that it has a beautiful landscape that is more than six miles wide. Because of a meteorite impact, Deep Bay in Reindeer Lake is over 700 feet deep and 13 kilometers in width. People in the area don’t go there because they think a river monster lives there.
22. Flin Flon – Manitoba
Flin Flon is north of the 55th parallel, making it one of only two border towns in all of Canada. The grasslands of the prairie give way to rough, wooded land that is rich in zinc, copper, silver, and gold. Visit the museum to learn about the interesting history of Flin Flon Station and its mining industry.
The mining town of Flin Flon is in a very beautiful part of Canada, and it is also home to one of the country’s biggest smelters. Around the cottages, there are a number of campgrounds, beaches, and lookout towers in the countryside.
23. Sable Island – Nova Scotia
Sable Island is so far away that you can only get there by boat or plane. This area is now protected by Parks Canada, and people who want to go there will need to get a special permit. The sandy island is one of the most remote offshore islands in Canada.
It is about 300 kilometers from the coast of Halifax and is home to hundreds of wild horses that roam free. More than 350 ships have sunk off the coast of Sable Island over the past 400 years, giving it the nickname “The Graveyard of the Atlantic.”
24. Cavendish Beach – Prince Edward Island
Cavendish Beach is a great example of Prince Edward Island’s famous red sands. Amazing granite rocks rise high above the beach, which is washed by the cool waves of the Atlantic. The background is made up of red sandstone cliffs and sand dunes.
During the warmer summer months, people like to do water sports like deep-sea fishing. Cavendish is surrounded by small towns in the countryside, and each one has its own restaurants and stores.
25. Churchill – Manitoba
Churchill, which is on the shores of Hudson Bay, is known as the polar bear capital of the world. People go to the subarctic to see polar bears and beluga whales, among other animals. People are becoming more interested in watching birds, and the northern lights are also a sight to see.