When you visit Canada, you'll have your pick of fantastic attractions. There is something for every visitor to Canada, including thrilling natural landscapes, unique wildlife, and thriving urban centers. Canada is a vast nation comprised of 10 provinces and 3 territories, each with their own attractions. Of these many different sightseeing opportunities, here are ten of the best destinations for visitors to Canada:
The Canadian Rockies
From glaciers in the Columbia Icefield, to rugged peaks and serene lakes, the Canadian Rockies are a must for any nature buff. While part of the same Rocky Mountain network that spans the United States, the Canadian Rockies have a distinct profile of peaks and valleys that is quite unlike the American portion of the this mountain range.
This scenic drive is a fantastic way to enjoy the landscape of Nova Scotia. Located in Cape Breton, this path takes you along the mountains of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. You'll have a bird's eye view of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Cape Breton coastline. Not only are the vistas stunning, you are also likely to see local wildlife like whales and shorebirds. Once you've completed the Cabot Trail, you can explore the sights of famous Cape Breton.
The Rocky Mountaineer
For travelers nostalgic for the bygone days of rail travel, the Rocky Mountaineer is the ideal attraction. The Rocky Mountaineer travels from British Columbia to Alberta. When you take this train, you'll see the best of Canadian wildlife and scenery from a comfortable setting. Train travel on the Rocky Mountaineer combines the best of great outdoors and luxury travel.
Niagara Falls is comprised of three separate waterfalls: Horseshoe Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and American Falls. This wonder of nature is located on the border between the U.S. and Canada, and can be enjoyed from both sides of the border. Visitors who wish to have a closer look can take a boat ride and experience the power of Niagara Falls up close. Winter visitors have the additional pleasure of seeing the massive Ice Bridge that forms during the cold weather months.
Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy is notorious for its high tides and stunning rock formations created by the force of the water. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the Bay of Fundy as it is home of a wide array of wildlife ranging including whales, dolphins, seals, and seabirds. Visitors can enjoy the Bay of Fundy by kayaking, biking or driving along the coastline.
Old Quebec City
It's no wonder that Old Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage site. From its narrow cobbled streets to its fortified walls, Quebec City seems like something out of the history books. In addition to its old world charm, Quebec City also offers modern sightseeing attractions like an ice hotel and the annual winter carnival.
Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city that will appeal to travelers who want to explore a world class city while enjoying nature. Vancouver has attractions ranging from the Royal British Columbia Museum to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This well maintained city offers fantastic dining, shopping, and cultural events in addition to these sightseeing attractions.
Canadian Prairie Region
The Canadian Prairie runs across Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. It encompasses Canada's boreal forest and boasts a vast, majestic skyline. Explore the natural wonders of these provinces with scenic drives through park lands and stop along historic villages like the rural Icelandic village of Gimli.
Vancouver Island - Pacific Rim National Park Reserve
Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island is truly nature at its finest. The sandy beaches of Long Beach are ideal for surfing year round. The rugged coastline is also perfect for whale and storm watching. Vancouver Island also has a hot spring, hiking trails, and historic coastal villages like Tofino for visitors who wish to relax and explore.
Baffin Island is an arctic island that is part of Nunavut Territory. It is Canada's largest island and lies near Greenland. Its only permanent residents are small Inuit communities. Because of this, Baffin Island retains its undisturbed artic ecology with abundant wildlife and pristine scenery of fiords and caribou tundra. Winter visitors may also experience viewing the wondrous sights of the Northern Lights.
By: Lisa Smith