Situated just under the north pole and right above the United States of America, Canada is the second largest country in the world and a GREAT destination for those seeking adventure, wilderness and friendly locals.
Depending what areas of Canada you’re visiting, there is a plethora of things to do from coast to coast to coast.
This list below will give you a good idea of the best things to do in Canada.
1. EXPERIENCE BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Banff National Park is the most-visited destination in Canada and rightfully so – It is GORGEOUS. Definitely one of the most beautiful places on Earth, the turquoise-colored lakes mixed with lush green pine forest and tall Rocky Mountain peaks will make your jaw drop. Make sure your camera is charged. Activities are plentiful and include skiing, hiking, helicopter rides, gondola rides, horseback riding and much much more.
2. WATCH THE PHENOMENAL NORTHERN LIGHTS (AURORA BOREALIS)
Everyone dreams of witnessing Aurora Borealis dance in the sky and Northern Canada is one of the best places on Earth to do so. Your best bet is Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories followed by Whitehorse in the Yukon and Fort.McMurray, Alberta. I grew up with the Northern Lights and miss them now that I live further south.
3. CHECK OUT POLAR BEARS
Canada has more polar bears than a Coca-Cola commercial. These big ferocious beasts can be seen safely on tours in Churchill, Manitoba.
4. PARTY AT THE WORLD LARGEST STAMPEDE
Known as the greatest outdoor show on Earth, the Stampede is sure to entertain you. Whether you want to watch the worlds biggest rodeo, play around on the carnival rides, eat untold amounts of deep-fried food or simply party the week away, the Calgary Stampede has you covered. Held every July in Calgary, Alberta.
5. SURF ON VANCOUVER ISLAND
Did you know you can surf in Canada? I was surprised to. Head to Vancouver Island for some great surfing without the pretentious beach tanning bodies hanging around. Zip up your wetsuit, surf the waves and watch for bald eagles all in the setting of a mystical cove.
6. VISIT BEAUTIFUL VANCOUVER
For a city, it’s hard to beat the beauty of Vancouver, BC. Situated right next to the mountains and the Pacific Ocean, you’re surrounded by beautiful views.
7. WALK THROUGH OLD TOWN QUEBEC
If you like cobblestone streets and a European feel, make sure you head to Quebec City!
8. HIKE GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK
Gros Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is a beautiful place to hike. You might even stumble upon some Moose like we did!
9. VISIT PARLIAMENT IN OTTAWA
Ottawa has beautiful parliament buildings and is the capital of Canada.
10. GET WET AT NIAGARA FALLS
You’ve likely heard of this world wonder, which is situated right between Canada and the United States. You can simply watch it from above or take a boat near the falls and get soaked!
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