Canada is the northern half of the continent of North America and has indescribable beauty within its boundaries. Many people don’t think of Canada as a vacation spot, but those that have are pleasantly surprised. Canada has three territories and ten provinces extending from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. Canada is not nearly as populated as the United States, with the majority of the land being forest and icy tundra accompanied by the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Due to the northern location, the majority of Canada is often cold, but the southernmost areas do get warmer. Although the weather isn’t always pleasant, there are many great tourist attractions in Canada, especially the parks.
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Best tourist attractions in Canada
That being said, there are many best tourist attractions in Canada to visit that are entertaining, absolutely gorgeous and a well worth traveler’s time to stop and see while in Canada.
Banff National Park
Banff National Park has been reported by visitors as one of the most scenic and beautiful places they have ever seen in their entire lives, and that’s no joke. Moraine Lake in Banff National Park is one of the most photographed places in the northern half of North America. The lake has a unique blue-green color and is surrounded by mountains with white-snow peaks and green trees of the beautiful forests making it a gorgeous color palette. Take the Rockpile Trail which is a tourist favorite and capture the views at the end where the mountains, lake, and trees all meet. The lake was featured on Canada’s twenty-dollar bill at one time and has earned the nickname the “Twenty Dollar View.” There are other trails available too, and they all offer worthy views of the famous lake. Try canoeing the lake for pictures from a fantastic point of view. The Banff National Park is undoubtedly one of the best tourist attractions in Canada.
The Canadian is one of the world’s most famous train rides. The Canadian offers a chance for travelers to see the sights from the comfort and convenience of a train. The walls and ceiling of the train are transparent so that riders can see the sky, views, and landscape as the whisk across the Canadian lands. The train connects the cities of Vancouver and Toronto, both of which are major hubs of activity with shopping, dining, airports and much more. The train passes through Jasper National Park, past the Rocky Mountains, through prairie lands and by the lakes of Ontario. The trip takes three days to complete between the two cities and may be well worth your time to experience Canada from the ease of a modernized train.
Vieux-Quebec is a touristy city full of shops, boutiques and hundreds of historical points of interest and photographic points of interest as well. The town is a historic district within Quebec City where explorer Samuel de Champlain founded the Saint Louis Fort in the early 1600’s. Visitors that have been recommended taking the Chateau Frontenac to see the European styles on Rue Saint-Jean and also the Citadel which is a fantastic viewpoint over the St. Lawrence River. There is plenty to see and do here, especially if you like the combination of touristy things like shopping and exploring the city and also scenic views and vantage points.
A visit to Canada wouldn’t be complete without seeing the magnificent Niagara Falls. The falls straddle the U.S. and Canadian border and are the most famous falls on the continent. 20 million people visit the falls every year, and boat ride either on the Maid of the Mist or the Hornblower can take you in the middle of the Horseshoe Falls as well as right below the American, and Bridal Veil falls for unbelievable views of these massive waterfalls. The area is touristy, and there are lots of hotels, places to eat and drink, entertainment and shops when you’re done viewing the spectacular falls. The Niagara falls are probably one of the best tourist attractions in Canada; a must visit!
Churchill is a tiny town in the Manitoba province that is found on the Hudson Bay shore. The town has only 1,000 residents or so, but the city itself is not the main attraction. The attraction that draws thousands of people are the polar bears. The bears are numerous and often seen by visitors earning the name the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.” This is one of the top attractions in Canada because polar bears aren’t seen anywhere else but snow-covered habitats in the wild, which makes Canada and Manitoba the perfect home for them. Churchill is home to the famous auroras that can be seen in the dark skies in the evenings or early mornings, beluga whales and birds.
Victoria’s Inner Harbor
Visit the capital of British Columbia and see the impressive buildings on one side with the water on the other side. There are places to sit along the water and boats as well as kayaks and tour boats to take out on the water for better views of the city and to learn some fascinating history. Right across from the harbor is the Empress hotel which was established in the early 1900s. The hotel offers a traditional British tea which visitors can experience. The city has an annual classic boat festival held in September every year. The harbor fills with boats, and there are lots of festivities to experience.
Gros Morne National Park
Gros Morne National Park is one of the best tourist attractions in Canada and is located in Newfoundland and is critical to the research and study of the creation of the continents and the ocean based on the rocks found there. The summer season is short by highly visited during this time. Nature lovers love this place because of the stunning scenery and abundance of wildlife including whales, moose, bears, deer, and many others. The Gulf of Lawrence leads up to the Long Range Mountains, making a diverse landscape full of opportunities to explore and photograph. The winter peak season offers chances to ski and snowmobile for those looking for winter fun in Canada.
The Calgary Stampede
Every July one of the biggest rodeos in the world is held in the city of Calgary known as the Calgary Stampede. The rodeo traces its roots back to the days when the traveling Wild West shows existed in the late 1800s to the early 1900s. The rodeo now attracts some big names, and the prize money can get up to 2 million dollars. The rodeo has concerts, a carnival, tons of food and things to do. Don’t forget your dancing shoes to two-step to some great music too. A parade consisting of over 2.5 miles of entertainment will also occur at the rodeo. This is a fantastic time to be had with lots of things to see, do, watch and experience in the city of Calgary.