If you’re looking for a travel destination, which offers everything, you’ve made a good choice in Canada. From rugged mountains to bustling cities, you’ll never get bored of exploring this vast and beautiful country. If you’re in the early stages of planning your trip, here are some highlights you won’t want to miss.
A lively waterfront city, Toronto really comes to life in the summer months. Locals spend as much time as possible outdoors, soaking up the sun in alfresco dining and drinking spots. You’ll find an impressive array of shops, bars, and restaurants and there’s plenty to keep you busy. Take in the sprawling views from the CN Tower or barter for a bargain at St Lawrence Market. Catch a show at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre or learn about the history of the state at the Royal Ontario Museum. Before you leave, schedule a trip to the iconic Niagara Falls. You can drive, take the train, or join an organised tour. Try to aim for dawn or dusk to escape the crowds.
Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve
If you’re up for getting off the beaten track, head out to the tiny islands that make up the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve. Spanning hundreds of kilometres, this UNESCO world heritage site comprises more than 130 islands. Moresby is the main access point, and you can fly or catch a boat from the mainland. Travel is restricted, so make sure you plan in advance. You’ll need to apply for a reservation in the busier summer months. If you’re desperate to go, enquire about access as soon as you’ve got your Canadian visas. Once you get to the park, you’ll be amazed at the collection of archeological and geographical features. Think hot springs, gorges, and faded totem poles. This is also one of the world’s best kayaking spots.
The Rocky Mountains
There are four national parks clustered together in the Canadian Rockies. These are Yoho, Banff, Jasper, and Kootenay. Waterton National Park stands alone in another section of the range. The panoramas are stunning from every angle, making this a prime spot for photography enthusiasts. But this is also a dream destination for thrillseekers. Hike, climb, kayak, and cycle to your heart’s content. Brave the ice cold, crystal clear waters or try your luck reaching the snow-capped peaks. If you visit in the winter, it’s well worth hiring some skis and navigating Banff’s exhilarating runs.
Vancouver offers a heady mix of city slicking and stunning natural beauty. The heart of the city is a stone’s throw from the beach and the mountains. Sights include Stanley Park and Granville Island Market. Enigmatic Chinatown is also worth a visit.
It’s impossible to sum up all the jewels in Canada’s crowns, but hopefully, these suggestions have got you thinking. A visit to Canada is the perfect opportunity to combine city breaks with adventure travel. Throw in some of the most captivating scenery Earth has to offer, and you’ve got yourself an unforgettable trip.