2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday so this is a great year to visit Canada. Admission to Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas is free for all of 2017 making it more affordable to explore Canada.
Despite living in the United States, I have not yet traveled very much in Canada. I am hoping to change that in 2017 and I have already put together a list of bucket list places I want to see in Canada. I am not sure I will get to all of them this year, but I am hoping to visit most if not all in the next few years. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, I’ve but together my top 15 must see places in Canada.
15 Must See Places in Canada
1) Niagara Falls
Who doesn’t love waterfalls? I would love to visit the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls and possibly take a helicopter ride over Niagara Falls. Here is the best way to explore the area if you only have one day at Niagara Falls.
2) Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia is one the most beautiful parts of Canada. I would love to visit the city of Halifax and also see Peggy’s Cove, a small town in Nova Scotia known for the famous Peggy’s Point Lighthouse.
3) Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island or PEI is known for its beaches and its fresh seafood and would make for a great summer getaway.
4) Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland and Labrador
How does watching icebergs float by sound? Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland and Labrador is one of the best places in the world to view icebergs in late spring and summer as they float by the shore.
5) Explore Quebec City
Québec City is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and I would love to explore Old Quebec. French is the official language and the majority of the population speaks French – which I love because it will give me the opportunity to practice my French!
6) Explore Montréal
Montréal is the largest city in Québec province and another must see destination in Canada. I would love to just walk around and explore its different neighborhoods and visit the beautiful Notre-Dame Cathedral. I am also looking forward to trying poutine, a popular fast-food dish made with french fries, cheese curds and topped with a light brown gravy. Here are some of the top must visit places in Montreal.
7) EdgeWalk at the CN Tower in Toronto
I briefly visited Toronto for an event, but I would love to go back to do the EdgeWalk at Toronto’s CN Tower. For those not familiar with the EdgeWalk, adventure lovers can take a walk outside on the ledge encircling the top of the CN Tower.
8) Spot a Polar Bear in Churchill
Churchill is one of my top bucket list destinations in Canada. Nicknamed the “Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill is a great place to base yourself if you want to spot polar bears. Churchill is also a great spot for viewing the Northern Lights. If you don’t mind the cold, here are some more fun things to do in Canada during the winter.
9) See The Bay of Fundy During High Tide
Located between the Maritime provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, the Bay of Fundy is known for having among the greatest tides in the world.
10) Banff National Park and Lake Louise
Chances are you’ve seen beautiful photos of Banff National Park and Lake Louise. Banff National Park is Canada’s first national park and is located in the Canadian Rockies approximately a 1.5 hrs drive west of Calgary. In addition to the beautiful scenery, Banff is a great place to enjoy various summer and winter activities and spot wildlife including grizzly bears and caribou.
11) Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies located north of Banff National Park and west of Edmonton. Jasper is a great spot for hiking, skiing and wildlife viewing.
12) Cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver
I visited Vancouver a few years ago but never made it to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Capilano Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River in British Columbia and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. I plan to stay at the Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport but if you are on a budget here are the best hostels in Vancouver. Here is a great Vancouver 2 day itinerary.
13) Visit West Edmonton Mall (Largest Shopping Mall in North America)
While I’m in the area exploring Banff and Jasper National Parks, I would love stop by the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta. Not only is this the largest shopping mall in North America, it is also the 10th largest mall in the whole world!
14) Visit Calgary During the Stampede
I would love to visit Calgary during the Calgary Stampede. “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth,” the Calgary Strampede is a ten-day festival held every July in Calgary.
15) Watch an Ice Hockey Game
Ok, this is not a place technically, but I do want to catch an ice hockey game while visiting Canada.
Looking for more ideas for things to do in Canada? Here are 150 things to add to your Canadian bucketlist.