Canada is a country blessed with some truly beautiful places to see and visit. Here is a guide to some of the most amazing and simply inspiring places found in Canada. From vast expanses of nature and refined urban buildings, it seems that every part of the second largest country in the world has much to offer tourists. Visit the expanse of national parks, admire the sea banks and be amazed by the wildlife. Canada has it all, in fact you may need more than one visit to see all the beautiful places mentioned here.
1. Banff National Park (Alberta)
The breathtaking views of Banff National Park are among the most incredible that the Canadian Rockies have to offer visitors. Visit here and you will understand why Canada has a reputation for being the Great White North. Everything about Banff is remarkable, with the most spectacular highlights such as the view from the top of Mount Sulfur or the serenity that Lake Louise offers.
Whether you make this the starting point of your vacation, or the last leg of your Canadian adventures, the forests, lakes, mountains and waterfalls of this national park will bring you wonderful memories of everything that happens there.
The Mount Royal Hotel is the most popular place for those exploring the beauty of Banff.
2. Abraham Lake (Alberta)
Another nice place to stay in Alberta is Abraham Lake. It is an artificial lake but this does not make the view less spectacular. In the winter months, methane gas freezes like blue bubbles, which can be seen on the top of the lake. If you visit when the lake freezes, take a picture of those bubbles and post it on social media. A great place to stay while visiting Lake Abraham is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Although it’s 80 miles from the lake, the trip makes every mile worthwhile. Guests can also go cycling or canoeing.
3. The City of Victoria (British Columbia)
There are many reasons to put Victoria on the list of Canada’s most beautiful places in her own right. The capital of British Columbia is home to some of Canada’s most beautiful public gardens, most notably the Butchart Gardens. In addition to the gardens, the city hosts parks such as Beacon Hill Park. Alternatively, you can choose to take a slow stroll along Fisherman’s Wharf.
Maybe you could stay in one of Canada’s best hotels, the Fairmont Express. Afternoon tea is also a local legend.
4. The Vancouver Boardwalk (British Columbia)
If you feel fit, there is the possibility of cycling, jogging or walking along the Vancouver Boardwalk. This walkway spans 17 miles and is the longest road in the world. As you descend the road, you can look out at the vast Pacific Ocean or see the city skyline. There are beaches along the way to walk or take a detour to walk around Stanley Park.
Vancouver is home to other fantastic sites, such as Grouse Mountain and the suspension bridge in Bridge Park.
5. Glacier National Park (British Columbia)
For visitors looking for mountains and lots of snow, Glacier National Park could be the ideal place to visit. This park is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. You can camp inside the park or stay in wooden cabins. The huts would be the warmest places to stay in winter.
The landscape of Glacier National Park is sensational, with mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests. It is a place where you can admire nature and get to know it up close.
Visitors looking for more comfort than a tent or cabin can enter a guesthouse in nearby Revelstoke. People who regularly visit this national park tend to stay at the Poppi pension.
6. Yoho National Park (British Columbia)
Yoho is a Cree word which translates to English as “amazement”. Like in a breathtaking view of the Kootenay Rocky Mountains. Yoho National Park offers breathtaking landscapes and pleasant mountain walks. The park can be explored on foot or you can enjoy a panoramic tour through it.
Make sure to visit the impressive Takakkaw Falls and the Emerald Lake. When visiting Yoho, a fascinating feature that you can see are the fossils known as Burgess Shale. There are fossils of around 120 extinct types of sea creatures that date back 500 million years.
Visitors can stay at Emerald Lake Lodge inside Yoho, with fireplaces to warm up during the winter. There are balconies that offer fabulous views of lakes and mountains.
7. Cape Churchill (Manitoba)
People who like the cold and want to see polar bears in the wild will find Cape Churchill in Manitoba the ideal place to visit. You are in the Arctic when you travel to Cape Churchill, although the number of polar bears that can be seen is decreasing due to climate change. Local tour guides will allow you to reach the polar bears. There are also beluga whale watching excursions organized by the Lazy Bear Lodge.
For warm and cheerful accommodations within walking distance of the city center, stay at Lazy Bear Lodge.
8. Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Perhaps the best known part of Gros Morne National Park is the Western Brook Pond. It is misleading to call it a pond, as it is one of the largest freshwater fjords in the world. Then there are the Tablelands where you can see the mantra of the Earth, as well as Gros Morne Mountain, which is among the oldest mountains in the world.
The Neddies Harbor Inn is a good place to stay, with great park views and a restaurant serving great food.
9. Niagara Falls (Ontario)
Now if you want to see a magnificent waterfall, Niagara is the place to go. Although only the northern part of Niagara Falls is in Canada, Canadians have for generations claimed to have the best view of the falls. Visitors in the summer months receive fireworks every night.
If you don’t like being in too touristy places, try the Charles Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, it’s worth driving for 13 miles.
10. The CN tower
For those who like to go to the tallest buildings in any city, there is the CN Tower in Toronto. You can dine in its 360 degree restaurant as you turn. Bold demons can even walk on a ledge, more than 1,000 feet high going towards Edgewalk. The tower is probably best seen at night when illuminated.
11. Prince Edward Island National Park
Not surprisingly, Prince Edward Island has gained national park status. This island has some of the best scenery in all of Canada. It has beaches, sand dunes, woods and hiking trails. Of course, a place to relax and enjoy the best nature has to offer.
You could stay at the 25-room Dalvay-by-the-Sea hotel, where the room is unique and decorated with antiques.
Originally, the pretty town of Victoria-by-the-Sea was dominated by the fishing industry. Today it houses many artists and there are many shops geared towards selling things to tourists. It is a perfect postcard city with beaches, art galleries, small shops and an extremely cute lighthouse that you just have to take pictures of.
13. Old Montreal
Maybe you want to visit a European city without wanting to take a plane to Europe. Now the oldest American cities and Canadian English-speaking cities do not offer the feeling of being in Europe. The oldest parts of Montreal do exactly that. The first areas date back to 1642 and include the Notre Dame base. You can’t miss the French architectural heritage. Alternatively, you can visit the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Park built for when the city hosted the games in 1976.
14. Quebec City
Maybe Old Montreal doesn’t have enough European or French influence for you. Quebec City was the capital of French Canada until it was captured by the British during the French and Indian wars. It has many colonial buildings and a rich history. Montmorency Falls are actually higher than Niagara Falls and well worth seeing.
15. National grassland park
The most notable feature of Grasslands National Park is its vastness. It would take days to cross it. A relatively new way of seeing the park is by crossing it, along Badlands Road. See the lazy bison herds and discover dinosaur fossils.
Other fantastic places in Canada are;
The list is not exhaustive and people who have visited Canada on their own can come to different places. There are other wonderful places you should consider when visiting the Big Country below. You may prefer the Cabot Trail or ask yourself why Jesper National Park was not considered as good as the parks that made the list.