Oh Canada you are such a show off. Your people may be trade marked for their politeness but you show no humility. With so many beautiful places to go in Canada where is someone planning a trip to Canada to start?
With 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles) there will be no shortage of places to go in Canada. The southern border with the United States is the longest border between two countries in the world.
A visit to Canada can include a great deal of open space. Of the ten provinces and three northern territories much is covered by forest, tundra and the jaw dropping Rocky Mountains. Of the over 35 million people who call Canada home, 82% live in cities.
The truth is that when trying to decide what to do in Canada the possibilities are endless. Below is a mere sampling of Canada’s best. Canadians await your arrival with open arms. Welcome!
Beautiful places to Go in Canada
Banff National Park
We admit it. We are biased. For decades we have been playing in Banff National Park, a 90 minute drive from our home in Calgary. We have skied, skated, hiked, tubed, rafted and climbed through this wilderness wonderland of over 6600 square kilometers of Canada’s Rocky Mountains.
Banff National Park holds the special memories of our honeymoon over 30 years ago and the wedding of our son and daughter in law. Our love for this country’s first national park gushes out of our mouths like a proud parents going on and on about their gifted child.
It was a childhood dream of a little Canadian prairie girl to one day stay in the castle in Quebec City, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac where surely princesses hide away in the turrets high on the hill.
Rated one of the world’s 10 most iconic hotels by Condé Nast Traveler the postcard images of the magical building have always stayed with me. Widely accepted to be one of the most photographed hotels in the world, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac sits stoically within the walls of Old Quebec gazing out at the St. Lawrence River.
Tofino, British Columbia
Hugging the western edge of Vancouver Island the remote area near the town of Tofino, with its winter population of under 2000, is one of Canada’s wondrous jewels. In summer this paradise will swell with surfers, nature lovers, campers, whale watchers and those in search of elusive bald eagles.
Six National Parks – A Golden Location
Tucked in a sweeping valley, the town of Golden quietly hides leaving it’s highway businesses to welcome tourists passing through. Within the town visitors are greeted quaint and colourful restaurants and boutique shops, large art murals, pretty park spaces, turquoise rivers and a world class ski resort. Best of all six of Canada’s national parks are within driving distance.
Larch Trees – Rocky Mountains
One of the dominant plants of the boreal forests of Canada and Siberia, the larch trees blaze in yellow glory each autumn. The larch tree, unlike it’s coniferous cousins the fir, spruce and pine, sheds its needles each autumn. An evergreen tree that is not ever green. The larch tree beauty pageant draws visitors from around the world to hike the high Canadian Rockies.
Saskatchewan is the land of my childhood. Often referred to as ‘Flatlanders’ who can see their dogs run away for three days, we from this western Canadian province often hail from rural roots.
The space seems endless, certainly while driving in particular. Miles, kilometers, furlongs or football fields; no matter how you measure it the roads and land stretch on forever. The borders of the province could hold 16 Switzerlands, yet Switzerland has more than 7 times the population of Saskatchewan.
Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy sits between the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Here the highest tidal range in the world occurs. At maximum it reaches a difference of 16.3 meters (53.5 feet). Named as a finalist for one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2009 it unfortunately did not make the final list.
Mount Revelstoke National Park
The only location in Canada’s National Park system where one can drive to the top of a mountain. Traveling on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, the road climbs 26kms through forests of cedar to the renowned meadows of wildflowers of Mount Revelstoke National Park.
Alberta’s Icefields Parkway
Alberta’s Icefields Parkway is a show stopper. One hundred ancient glaciers, turquoise mountain lakes and cascading waterfalls line the roadway. Arguably one of Canada’s, if not the world’s, most beautiful road trips. Weaving through sweeping valleys of two Canadian national parks, Jasper and Banff,the scenery is jaw dropping.
Blind Channel, British Columbia
Our most recent discovery of beautiful places to go in Canada is tucked in the Discovery Islands between British Columbia’s mainland and Vancouver Island. A small wilderness resort brimming with Canadian wildlife and specializing in peace and tranquility.
Have you had a trip to Canada? Any suggestions for best places to visit in Canada?