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We have included the top things you must do and experience in Canada during your trip. There are some easy-to-do items and breathtaking experiences that you can only experience in C-A-N-A-D-A-H!

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ALBERTA

1. Escape to the Canadian Rockies

A visit to the Canadian Rockies is a must on your bucket list. The mountain range spans the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. You can take a road trip from Calgary to Banff or Yoho National Park in British Columbia. 

Go camping or stay in a luxury hotel with a hot tub and pools – the Rockies have it all.

2. Visit Lake Louise in summer or winter

In the Canadian Rockies, you cannot miss Lake Louise. Located in Banff National Park in Alberta, the lake is known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau. 

Lake Lousie is a delight in the summer – perfect for canoeing, walking, or hiking. 

Hiking trails wind up to the Lake Agnes Tea House for bird’s-eye views. 

Opt for a romantic staycation at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise during winter. There is a skating rink on the frozen lake in winter, including sleigh rides. 

Sculptures in Lake Louise
Sculptures in Lake Louise

The Lake Louise Ski Resort is open in winter and features a wildlife interpretive center at the top of a gondola.

3. Go on a scenic drive to Icefield Parkway, Alberta

The Icefields Parkway is one of the stunning mountain roads in Canada. It runs through the heart of Banff and Jasper. It is about 230 kilometers (142 miles) long and takes 3 hours – one way to complete the drive. 

It connects Lake Louise with the town of Jasper and welcomes you with stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. 

4. Shop at the country’s largest mall – Edmonton

Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian province of Alberta. If you love shopping and retail therapy, head to the West Edmonton Mall. It is home to over 800 stores, a Waterpark, Fantasyland Hotel, and 100’s of dining options and attractions!

We dare you to find a parking spot on Boxing Day – December 26th, in the world’s most considerable parking lot, with over 20,000 and over 10,000 overflow spaces.

5. Go glamping in Alberta

Alberta is home to the Rocky Mountains, and one of the Canadian bucket list items is to see and sleep in a traditional tipi. A tipi is a tent, traditionally made of animal skins upon wooden poles. 

Sundance Lodges rents twelve hand-painted Sioux canvas tipis in a private hideaway on the Kananaskis River, with breathtaking views. Each tipi features wood-frame beds with foam mattresses and comfort amenities like kerosene heaters, lanterns, and a permanent wooden floor. 

Stay for the weekend or a romantic luxury vacation!

6. See bison and chase northern lights at the Elk Island National Park

Located about 45 minutes from the capital city of Alberta is the Elk Island National Park – a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve, home to bison, elks, and many birds.

You must put visiting the Bison Loop on your Alberta bucket list. Also, note that it is one of the dark sky preserves in the world, so it is perfect for chasing the northern lights in Canada.

Sunsets in elk island Canada
Sunsets in Elk Island National Park, Canada

We enjoy our time at Ashtotin Lake, which looks amazing in summer. You can go picnicking and kayaking there.

7. Sit for a fantastic afternoon tea at Fairmont Lake Louise Chateau

When in Canada, you must book an afternoon tea session. And what better location than the Fairmount Lake Louise Chateau for tea and views of the pristine lake?

Afternoon tea can be reserved online and booked at all times of the year. 

We highly recommend it!

8. Walk on the bubbles on frozen Lake Abraham

If you want to add an excellent activity to your Canadian winter adventure, head to Abraham Lake. The lake is a man-made reservoir nestled in the Alberta foothills, about 3 hours and 30 minutes from Edmonton. 

The frozen bubbles are a favorite for many visiting the province. The lake freezes mid-December, and the best time to see the ice bubbles is from early January to mid-February.

9. Visit the Royal Tyrell Museum in Drumheller to see the “World’s Largest Dinosaur.” 

Drumheller makes for a perfect day trip from Calgary – you can enjoy a day of hikes (hoodoos) and history and visit the cool ghost towns of Alberta. But there is one thing that you must not miss, and that’s the Royal Tyrell Museum. 

This paleontology museum is located on the North Dinosaur Trail at Midland Provincial Park. The 12,500-square-metre building displays dinosaur fossils, including the Ornithomimus skeleton. The museum is quite popular with children and visitors of all ages. 

The site has an entry fee, and you can expect to spend 1 to 2 hours here (and then enjoy short hikes at the badlands). The museum has the world’s largest displays of dinosaurs, and it is Canada’s only museum dedicated exclusively to paleontology.

In Drumheller, you will find the world’s most giant dinosaur statue and take epic photos.

10. Head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

The Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump is one of the most incredible places I have been to in Alberta. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers visitors the opportunity to learn about the hunting practices of the indigenous Blackfoot people.

Head smashed in buffalo jump

The site is renowned for its well-marked trails, an Aboriginal camp, and vast quantities of buffalo skeletons. 

The cliffside can be visited today. It has been well preserved, and this site was used by the Aboriginal peoples of the North American plains for nearly 6,000 years. I highly recommend a visit here when you travel from Calgary to Waterton Lakes National Park.

11. Go on a guided tour of the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary 

Visit the Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary to learn about wolfdogs and wolf conservation. This sanctuary can be explored on your way to Banff National Park from Calgary (as it is located in Cochrane). 

You can book guided tours to learn about conservation practices and meet one (or many of the) 43 permanent resident wolfdogs. 

12. Ride the Ice Explorer at the Athabasca Glacier

Icefields Parkway is one of the most scenic routes in the world. When visiting in the warmer months, we highly recommend stopping at the Columbia Icefields for an adventure of a lifetime! 

The icefields comprise over 325 square kilometers of snow-covered mountains and glaciers, including the iconic Athabasca Glacier – one of Canada’s most visited tourist destinations. 

And get ready to ride the Ice Explorer to visit the icefields and maybe glacial water too! 

13. Calgary Stampede – annual festival

Go rodeo! An annual festival filled with exhibitions and festivals, the Calgary Stampede is a crowd-puller to the city in the summer. It is held every July and lasts 10 days. The festival celebrates Western heritage and values imbibed in a Rodeo. 

Calgary Stampede - Canada Bucket list

When Calgary Stampede is not swinging, the venue serves as a community place and a world-class conference/hosting location. 

14. Visit the Waterton Lakes National Park 

The beautiful Waterton Lakes National Park is a must-see in Alberta. You can visit the park on a day trip from Calgary, but plan to spend at least 2-4 days enjoying its natural setting. 

Girl in Waterton Canada in June
Iconic Prince of Wales Hotel

There are a lot of hiking trails for all difficulty levels. You can also bike and cruise on the lakes. 

The iconic Prince of Wales Hotel is located at the townsite of Waterton, and we recommend visiting the historic site for a stay or afternoon tea. 

Did you know that Waterton has a UNESCO distinction? Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1995 due to its unique climate, physiographic setting, mountain-prairie interface, and oceans!

15. Discover the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies

Jasper National Park is the largest park in the Rockies. It is often overlooked by tourists visiting Banff from Calgary, but we highly recommend adding it to your Canada bucket list.

The park extends over 11,000 square kilometers and has tons of hiking trails, camping sites, canyons, and lakes waiting for you to discover. 

Pyramid Lake in the Winter – Jasper National Park

Visit the Pyramid or Patricia lakes – both are open all year round and are particularly stunning in the winter. You can go snowshoeing, skiing, and winter hiking. 

If you love skiing, head to Marmot Ski Resort. They welcome visitors of all ski levels and are open from late November to March (sometimes early weeks of April). 

Jasper is a Dark Sky Preserve, and in October to early spring, you can also chase northern lights in the national park.

Read: Most stunning national parks list in Canada

BRITISH COLUMBIA

16. Opt for a scenic train ride from Vancouver to Banff

The Canadian Rockies are majestic, and experiencing it from a glass-enclosed train is uber-romantic and makes for a priceless memory from Canada.

Scenic train ride - Canada bucket list
Canada bucket list

The Rocky Mountaineer offers a two-day luxury train journey through the Rocky Mountains from Vancouver to Banff National Park, Alberta.

The First Passage to the West route starts in Vancouver, Kamloops, and stops in Banff. You can spend two nights onboard the train with meals and one night in a hotel in Kamloops. 

17. Hike the West Coast Trail in British Columbia

The 75-kilometre (46.6 miles) trail from Vancouver Island’s Pachena Bay to Gordon River near Port Renfrew is a hiking bucket list item for many aspiring travelers to Canada. 

The trail is a physical challenge but welcomes you to unmatched beauty and gorgeous scenery. you are matched with stunning coastal wilderness. West Coast Trail has boardwalks and wooden ladders, and hiking the trail, you are greeted by sandy beaches and Tsusiat Falls. 

Remember, the area is rugged and needs much attention and care while exploring!  

18. Explore the Stanley Park Seawall

One of Vancouver’s bucket list items is exploring the 10-km or 13,123-step seawall loop around Stanley Park. This is Vancouver’s most popular fresh-air attraction. 

The beautiful area of Stanley Park is a stunning urban green space. Head to the Park and walk or bike the paved route that loops around the park. 

19. Spend a weekend in Victoria

Victoria is the capital city of the province of British Columbia, and it is one of the prettiest in Canada. The downtown area is home to the iconic BC Legislature Buildings, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and the gorgeous waterfront (and the Inner Harbour).

Vancouver to Victoria day trip guide
Victoria BC

You can enjoy whale watching, nature trails and parks, gardens, afternoon tea, and museums from the city core. 

Hot tip: You must ride the seaplane and soak in stunning views of Victoria and its nearby areas.

20. Explore the oldest Chinatown in Canada

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia, is home to the oldest Chinatown in Canada (and the second oldest in North America). 

Chinatown in Victoria

Chinatown’s history, culture, and traditions testify to the work of the Chinese immigrants who moved here more than 150 years ago. 

Today, it is one of the must-visit places in Victoria, where you can find authentic food and even walk the narrowest alley, the Fan Tan Alley. 

21. Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens

A 30-minute drive from Victoria brings you to the stunning Butchart Gardens. The gardens, which have existed for 120 years, have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. 

Butchart Gardens

The gardens are privately owned. They feature seasonal exhibits and light displays, including the 12 Days of Christmas displays. 

There is an entry fee to enter the gardens, but it is 100% worth it. We recommend setting aside at least half a day to enjoy the themed gardens – Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Italian Garden, Japanese Garden, various fountains, manicured lawns, gift and souvenir store. 

This is a must-add to your Victoria itinerary. You will find options for photography, afternoon tea, and picnics on a nice warm day!

22. Glamping at the Tofino – Vancouver Island

Canada allows you to explore and soak in nature in luxury! Clayoquot Wilderness Resort on Vancouver Island gives camping in Canada a serious showstopper look. 

Upgrade your tent to a king, or queen-sized bed, en suite bathrooms with heated floors, antique dressers, heirloom china, thermostat-controlled heating, chef-created cuisine, complimentary wireless internet access, and more.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort pampers guests with warm hospitality for couples, families, or groups!  

23. Whistler Blackcomb Ski Resort – Whistler 

Are you traveling to Canada and skipping a ski resort? Think again! 

Head to Whistler Blackcomb to enjoy winter at its best! Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America and has the most excellent uphill lift capacity. 

Whistler Blackcomb in the summer

The resort boasts a Peak 2 Peak Gondola that moves between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains at the top. It has over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks, and 200+ marked trails. 

With an unbeatable après-ski scene and fantastic accommodation and resort stays, your winter adventure escape in Canada will be fun!

24. Ride the mountain rail coaster at the Golden SkyBridge

The Golden Skybridge is located in the Columbia Valley in BC and offers breathtaking views of the Rocky and Purcell mountain ranges. 

The SkyBridge refers to the 2 suspension bridges, which are 130 and 80 meters high and showcase 360-degree views of the Kootenay Rockies. The impressive scenery includes a river and waterfall that can be heard thundering below.

When there, you must ride the mountain coaster, soak in amazing views, face your fears from dizzying heights, and more. 

We are 100% sure you will LOVE it here, so add it to your Canada bucket list.

25. Visit the wineries of Kelowna

Located in the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is known for its stunning wineries and vineyards. Spend a day indulging in wine tastings, touring the facilities, and learning about wine-making.

The Mission Hill Family Estate Winery is a must-visit, with its beautiful architecture and award-winning wines. Other famous wineries include Quails’ Gate Winery and CedarCreek Estate Winery.

To make the most of your visit, consider booking a wine tour that will take you to multiple wineries in one day. And remember to pick up a few bottles to bring home as souvenirs!

26. Explore the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve

This has been on our Canada bucket list, and visiting the Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve will be a unique experience. First, the only way to get there is by boat or seaplane. 

Gwaii Haanas boasts an untouched ecological paradise off Canada’s West Coast. A trip there will bring us closer to learning about indigenous history.  

As most people travel there via tour groups, the licensed guide will provide the best way to sightsee. Some popular activities include kayaking along shorelines, visiting century-old monumental poles, and soaking up the view of 1,884 islands and islets. More details here

27. Visit the beautiful Emerald Lake at the Yoho National Park

Yoho National Park is located in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in southeastern British Columbia. The park is adjacent to Banff National Park and Kootenay National Park. Yoho National Park is known for its waterfalls, glaciers, and alpine scenery.

Girl at the Emerald Lake Yoho National Park
Emerald Lake Yoho National Park: Bucket list Canada

The park was established in 1886 and is named after the Cree word for “awe and wonder.” Yoho National Park is a popular tourist destination; Emerald Lake is one of the crowd-pullers. 

Yoho National Park has several notable attractions, including the Burgess Shale fossil beds containing some of the world’s oldest and most well-preserved fossils.

The park is also home to the Natural Bridge, a natural limestone arch, and Takakkaw Falls, one of the highest waterfalls in Canada.

If you want an unforgettable outdoor experience, add Yoho National Park to your list!

MANITOBA

28. Play with Polar Bears in Churchill (the polar bear capital of the world)

Churchill in Manitoba is the number 1 spot for polar bear viewing in North America. 

Polar bear in Churchill
Polar bear in Churchill

Churchill, renowned as the world’s polar bear capital, is also hailed as a prime destination for watching beluga whales and an unparalleled spot to witness the mesmerizing beauty of the northern lights.

Opting for an intimate bear tour with a guide who will take you to the best spot and keep you safe is a good idea! The best time to spot the bears in their natural environment is October through November.

29. Visit the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg

Ever wonder where coins are minted? Well, in Canada, you can visit the Royal Canadian Mint, located in Winnipeg, the capital city of Manitoba, and learn all about it.

Royal Canadian Mint Manitoba
Royal Canadian Mint Manitoba

The Mint staff will take you around the facility and show you the entire process of minting coins. The facility mints over 55 billion coins for more than 75 countries worldwide.

If you are a coin collector, don’t forget to drop by the souvenir shop for some rare collectibles to bring back home. (Ottawa is home to the second Royal Canadian Mint facility).

30. Celebrate the largest Icelandic festival (outside of Iceland)

Islendingadagurinn is the largest festival celebrating Icelandic culture and heritage – outside of Iceland. It is celebrated in Gimli every long weekend in August. Gimli is located about 90 minutes away from Winnipeg. 

Parades, Icelandic exhibits and displays, food, and more mark the event. 

It is one of the oldest continuous ethnic festivals in North America, and we highly recommend joining the celebrations when you are in Manitoba! 

NEW BRUNSWICK

31. Go whale watching in the Bay of Fundy 

A great way to enjoy summers in the Maritimes is to head to Saint Andrew’s in New Brunswick, particularly to the Bay of Fundy.

Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick, Canada

It is excellent for whale watching with the family from June to October in the summer. Often regarded as the best spot in the world to see the endangered Northern Right Whale, you will also see various dolphin species and Humpback Whales. 

Opt for a boat tour to get a guided experience. There are several boat tour companies to choose from to ensure you get the best views.

NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

32. Kayak with icebergs in Newfoundland

If you love adventure travel and LOVE winters, add kayaking with icebergs to your Canada bucket list. The Iceberg Alley is a section of coastline stretching from Labrador to the southeast coast of Newfoundland. 

Most popular places to spot icebergs from the shore or tour boats include – Twillingate, Fogo Island, St. Lewis, Battle Harbour, Red Bay, Point Amour, St. Anthony, La Scie, Change Islands, Bonavista, St. John’s / Cape Spear, and Bay Bulls / Witless Bay. 

All of these locations are accessible by road. 

33. Battle Harbour in Labrador

Battle Harbour is the premier tourist destination in Labrador. This abandoned island has been preserved as a National Historic Site, and the renovated houses reflect an eerie reminder of Canada’s dependence on industry and natural resources.

The permanent settlement of the town began to leave due to reductions in the cod fishery in the 1930s. 

Today, it functions as a fantastic summer fishing spot. 

33. Check out the Gros Morne National Park

Gros Morne National Park is a world-famous UNESCO heritage site and one of Newfoundland’s most popular tourist destinations. The park is home to some of the most stunning scenery in Canada, with its towering mountains, pristine lakes, and picturesque coastline.

Its UNESCO status is because the “park showcases a rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth’s mantle lie exposed.”

Today, you can enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, and other outdoor activities in the park. Several gorgeous and unique sites exist, from Ten Mile Pond Gorge to a fjord-like Western Brook Pond and desert-like area – Tablelands.

NORTHWEST TERRITORIES

34. Chase Northern Lights in Northwest Territories

There are a few spots to see the Northern Lights in Canada, but the Northwest Territories, without a doubt, is where you should be!

Northern Lights in Yellowknife

If you have never seen the green dancing lights, head to Yellowknife, join the aurora borealis tour, and check it off your bucket list.

Yellowknife is the capital city of Canada’s Northwest Territories, and it sits under the northern auroral oval, which makes it an ideal location for catching a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

36. Visit the Nahanni National Park Reserve

Nahanni National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located along the South Nahanni River, one of North America’s most spectacular wild rivers. The park is home to stunning landscapes with deep canyon walls and waterfalls. 

You can go rafting and other water adventure trips. Other attractions include Nahanni Day Flight Experiences, overnight camping (permit is required), and trekking.

The park has wildlife, too, including animals from the boreal forest, such as wolves, grizzly bears, and caribou.

READ: Most gorgeous sunsets in Canada to take your breath away

NOVA SCOTIA

37. Bike the Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island

Our final suggestion for your Canadian travel bucket list involves grabbing a bike and hitting the trail on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia! 

Nova Scotia Bucketlist

With views so scenic it rivals the Icefields Parkway as the most beautiful road in Canada, the Cabot Trail is one of the world’s most highly rated cycling routes.

This 300-kilometer loop includes some steeper climbs and advanced rides, so it’s perfect for anyone who wants to add a challenge to their bucket list.

Though the trail is open all year long, book your trip between June and October if you’re looking for the best road and weather conditions to take in all the incredible coastal views and highland scenery.

38. See the Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Joggins Fossil Cliffs, located in Nova Scotia, exposes one of the world’s most inspirational creations. This UNESCO World Heritage Site contains remnants of the ‘Coal Age,’ which lasted over 100 million years before the dinosaurs. 

NUNAVUT

39. Explore the Baffin Island

Located in the province of Nunavut, Baffin Island is the largest island in Canada and the fifth largest in the world. It is undisturbed by time and beautifully enveloped by icy Arctic waters.

Travelers can experience Baffin Island from 35,000 feet above while transiting between Canada and Europe, as well as cruise ships.

The best way to explore the Islands is via a cruise, where you can view icebergs, snaking glaciers, and untouched tundra. 

40. Learn about Inuit Culture 

For a complete Canadian bucket list experience, a glimpse into the Aboriginal cultures is essential. 

Inuit culture primarily refers to aboriginal people who make their homes in the Arctic and subarctic regions of Siberia and North America. They live and survive in extreme climatic conditions and use essential survival skills like hunting and trapping.

In Nunavut, go to Iqaluit to experience Inuit culture and traditional arts and partake in their festivals. 

ONTARIO

41. Visit Niagara Falls Ontario

One of Canada’s most iconic images is the stunning and gushing Niagara Falls. They are perfect for a day trip from Toronto and a great romantic getaway. 

Niagara Falls Toronto
Niagara Falls Toronto

You can walk the beautiful promenade or dine at 520-ft.-high Skylon Tower. The tower also has an observation deck, which offers stunning views of the waterfalls and light shows.

Read: Best hotels with views over Niagara Falls

42. Go edge walking at the CN TOWER Toronto

The CN Tower graces the Toronto skyline. It has been enticing visitors with its glass-floor lookout for years. It also has a revolving restaurant that makes dining and special occasions even more special and memorable! 

CN Tower Canada

You can make your trip to Toronto and Canada even more memorable by walking outside the restaurant to the Tower’s rim. 

In the CN Tower Edge Walk experience, you are guided and provided with a special “walk suit” and harnesses to keep you securely attached to the tower while enjoying stunning city views!

For $ 195 CAD, you can experience the CN Tower EdgeWalk experience, which includes being guided and provided with a special “walk suit” and harness to enjoy stunning city views from the tower’s exterior!

43. Skate at the largest ice rink in the world

Are you surprised that the world’s largest ice rink is in Canada? Yo, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Rideau Canal in Ottawa is the largest ice skating rink in the world.

The stunning frozen canal is like accessing 90 Olympic-sized skating rinks, with spectacular sights of the Parliament building and chalets in the backdrop. Don’t forget to warm up with hot cocoa and BeaverTail sugar drops!

Add this to your Canada bucket list today!

44. Hang out at the Toronto Island Park, Lake Ontario

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and take a short ferry ride to Toronto Island Park. Here, you can relax on the beach, picnic, rent a bike, explore the island, or visit the Centreville amusement park.

The island also offers fantastic views of Toronto’s skyline and is a popular photo spot. It’s a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with friends or family. Plus, it’s easily accessible and affordable, making it a must-visit for any trip to Toronto.

45. Visit the Royal Ontario Museum

Explore the fascinating worlds of art, culture, and nature at the Royal Ontario Museum. There is much to discover here, with over 40 galleries and a collection of over 13 million objects.

Be sure to check out the iconic Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, an architectural marvel made of glass and aluminum that houses the museum’s entrance. Inside, you’ll find exhibits on everything from ancient civilizations to dinosaurs and special exhibitions throughout the year.

46. Explore the Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park was the first park established in the province (1893). The park is home to forests, rivers, and numerous lakes, including the large Lake of Two Rivers. 

Canoeing in the fall
Canoeing in the fall

In the park, you will also find moose, bears, eastern wolves, and common loons.

Camping and hiking are popular at the provincial park, followed by biking, boating, canoeing, and visits to the Logging Museum and the Visitor Center. The trails are amazing for capturing fall foliage. 

47. Enjoy a staycation at the Blue Mountains

Book a romantic staycation or a family trip to the Blue Mountains, a popular ski destination in Ontario. The Blue Mountains are home to the province’s most extensive public ski area, with 365 skiable acres, 42 runs, and 30 are open for night skiing.

Blue Mountain Village Ontario winter weekend getaways
Blue Mountain Village

Are you not into skiing? The Blue Mountains are a year-round vacation destination, and with unmatched views surrounding the resort, you won’t be disappointed. 

48. Explore Parliament Buildings 

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. And the Parliament Buildings are located in downtown. 

Change of guards in Ottawa - Canada interesting facts
Change of guards in Ottawa

Parliament Buildings are designed in a Gothic Revival style and were officially opened on June 6, 1866, about a year before Canada’s Confederation. 

The Parliament Buildings are the seat of Canada’s federal government, and they look stunningly amazing from their location overlooking the Ottawa River.

There are multiple buildings on Parliament Hill, and you can book guided tours for each. 

The complex comprises three buildings: the Centre Block, which houses Parliament and adjoins the Library of Parliament and the Peace Tower, and the East and West blocks, each of which is an administrative building.

PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

49. Visit the capital city – Charlottetown

Charlottetown is the capital and largest city of the Canadian province of Prince Edward Island and the county seat of Queens County. 

Charlottetown

Named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, queen consort of the United Kingdom, Charlottetown was an agricultural settlement that became a strategic colonial port and a major commercial center for the maritime provinces. 

Charlottetown’s history dates back to the 1700s when it was just a small agricultural settlement. In 1764, the British government made Charlottetown the capital of St. John’s Island (now Prince Edward Island), and it became an important port city for the Maritime provinces. 

Today, Charlottetown is a vibrant and bustling city in PEI (the province’s largest and capital city). The city is home to the University of Prince Edward Island, the Confederation Centre of the Arts, and many historical landmarks, including quaint shops and charming restaurants.

50. Walk the Confederation Trail on Prince Edward Island or Cycle tip-to-tip

Located in the Canadian province of PEI – Prince Edward Island, the Confederation Trail is a 470-kilometer recreational rail trail system developed after the Canadian National Railway abandoned all railway lines.

This trail is a shared-use walking and cycling trail in the summer and a snowmobile trail in the winter – all along the way, you are welcome with stunning rolling hill scenery, quaint villages, and beautiful bay seascapes. 

Many local tour operators offer luggage transfer services and bike rentals to the area. Get the trail information from PEI Tourism here

51. Visit Green Gables Heritage Place

The famous Green Gables house is located in Cavendish. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s best-selling book, Ann of Green Gables, glamorized and popularized the house.

The author, Montgomery, never lived in the house but based her epic 1908 tale around it. This site attracts tourists from all over the world and is a National Historic Site. You will find period houses hosts in period clothing welcoming you and sharing the spirit of Anne of Green Gables. 

The site also has a permanent exhibit of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s life history, her books, and her achievements – it is truly an inspiring place. 

If you are traveling from Charlottetown (and you can do so as a day trip) to the Green Gables site, you can also stop at red sand beaches along the way.

QUEBEC

52. Try out Poutine

Poutine is a dish of French fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy. It sounds delicious, right? The dish originated in the Canadian province of Quebec, one of Canada’s best places to try poutine.

Poutine in Canada Quebec

Our top picks: Au Pied de Cochon – Montréal, Quebec; Fritz European Fry House – Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Poutine is available in most cities and restaurants in Canada. Eat it for lunch, brunch, snacks, dinner, or even breakfast -just do it! 

53. Stay or stare at the most photographed Hotel in the World in Quebec City

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is the most photographed hotel in the world! It is located in Québec City, next to the federal government land of archeological site Chateau St.

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It was built by the Canadian Pacific Railways Company, which has many castles and chateau-like hotels in various provinces. It opened in 1893 and has 18 floors and 611 rooms with a vintage and royal-like ambiance. 

The hotel is managed by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts today. 

54. Stay at the Ice Hotel in Montreal

Fancy staying in an Ice Hotel? Head to Montreal and book a room at the Hôtel de Glace this time. It is the only kind of hotel in the whole of North America.

The Ice Hotel comes up with unique themes each winter that will take your breath away. From ice artwork to winter wonders, the hotel will leave you awestruck and wanting more!

Rooms/suites for one start at CAD 350. 

SASKATCHEWAN 

55. Visit a living history museum 

If you love history, venture into the world of living museums! Many are in the country, but Saskatchewan takes it up a notch! 

The Western Development Museum is a network of four museums that showcases historical details about Canada’s social and economic development in the Prairie province of Saskatchewan.

Visit all 4 museums – Saskatoon, MooseJaw, North Battleford, and Yorkton. 

56. Visit the Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park 

Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is a provincial park in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. It is situated in the aspen parkland biome on the south side of the Athabasca River. 

It is the largest protected area of dunes in Canada and is home to various plants (including many rare and endemic) and animal species. 

The dunes were formed over 10,000 years ago and are still slowly moving today. The park is famous for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing.

Located in the wilderness, getting there is also an adventure in itself! You can book an organized tour with Saskatchewan Tourism or charter a plane from Alberta. 

The Athabasca Sand Dunes are a popular destination for hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing. Several trails wind through the dunes and offer views of the river and surrounding landscape. You can also go canoeing in the dunes. 

So, if you are looking for an adventure, Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park is the perfect place to explore. With its unique landscapes, diverse wildlife, and endless possibilities for recreation, the park is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.

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Other things to add to your Canada Bucket list

57. Watch a game of Ice Hockey

Canadians LOVE hockey; it is our national sport. If you love sports, join us and watch a game of ice hockey (or hockey) in one of the famous arenas across Canada,

  • The Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec
  • BMO Field, Toronto, Ontario
  • Rogers Place, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan 
  • Tim Hortons Field, Hamilton, Ontario

58. Embark on road trips

Canada is an amazing destination to embark on road trips. It is one of our favorite ways to explore the country (road-tripping from cities, towns, and parks). Learn how to plan a Canada road trip yourself.

59. Stop by Tim Hortons

Our MOST loved, found, and seen-everywhere coffee shop – Tim Hortons. It is a fast-food restaurant chain run by franchisees in various places, all across the country.

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Tim Hortons specializes in coffee, doughnuts, and other fast food items. A coffee double double (coffee with 2 cream and 2 sugar = double double) is a popular drink, followed by Iced Cappuccino (especially in summer) and donuts. 

This is an easy Canada bucket list item. Get one for yourself or treat someone and hang out at a local Tims!

60. Try Canadian cuisine

No trip to Canada is complete without trying some of the country’s iconic dishes. We have already highlighted poutine, but there was more. 

Try fresh Atlantic seafood like lobster, fish, and chips to taste the East Coast. And remember to indulge in maple syrup – whether on pancakes, in a maple-flavored dessert, or even in a cocktail.

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Canada is also known for its diverse cuisine, so feel free to try something new and explore the country’s delicious flavors. From classic Canadian dishes to international fusion cuisine, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. 

And that brings us to the end of the Canada bucket list. We hope this comprehensive guide, filled with insider tips and hidden gems, has inspired you to plan your unforgettable trip to this beautiful country. 

From the bustling streets of Toronto to the stunning natural wonders of Banff National Park, Canada offers a diverse range of experiences for every type of traveler.

So what are you waiting for? Start packing your bags and prepare for an extraordinary adventure in the Great White North. Canada has it all, whether you’re seeking thrilling outdoor activities, cultural immersion, or breathtaking landscapes. 

We will update this list often so you can experience Canada’s best! Happy Travels!

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12 Comments

  1. Just what I needed!! Planning on going next year to Canada for the first time! Tim Hortons is a must of course hehe. Thank you for the ideas.

  2. Thanks for the marvelous posting! I really enjoyed reading it, you are a great author. I will remember to bookmark your blog and will often come back later in life. I want to encourage you to continue your great work, have a nice day!

  3. DONE: Rockies, Lake Louise, Calgary Stampede, Stanley Park, Niagara Falls, CN Tower (inside only), Rideau Canal, Poutine, Le Chateau (staring at), Hockey & Tim’s.
    ALSO: Ottawa Mint, Whale watching in Vancouver & NFLD, beavertails, maple syrup farm, swam in two Great Lakes
    WISH: Glamping-anywhere, Ice Hotel, Northern Lights, Bay of Fundy.
    Reality: Grocery Store.

  4. Hey!

    Love this post, there are so many great places in it and just learned a lot 🙂

    Just one small thing: the Ice Hotel (Hôtel de glace) is not in Montreal. It’s actually in the Valcartier Vacances Village, something like 20 minutes drive to the North from Quebec City.

    Keep posting these great contents!

    Kind regards,
    Monika

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