13 Canadian Travel Gems to Add to Your Travel Bucket List
Canada is brimming with history, culture, and natural wonders. There is no wonder that many travellers are starting to see it as the greatest escape. It’s also becoming a more and more popular destination for those in North America wanting to stay on the continent, while enjoying a trip that feels a world away.
New Brunswick In Autumn. Source: Graham-H
There are countless incredible places to explore, but these destinations should give you an excellent starting point for any trip you’re planning whether you’re driving, flying, or just stopping through. Don’t forget your passport, travel documents and of course insurance for your travel. You can visit https://insurance.airnewzealand.co.nz/ for an online quote.
- Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island)
A Lighthouse On Prince Edward Island. Source: Werner22brigitte
Known for being the Birthplace of Confederation, this is a fantastic historical destination that also offers plenty by means of landmarks, rich heritage, and authentic storytelling. The farm-to-fork culinary scene will give you a taste of the area’s crops and stock while the bustling arts community will show off the locals’ creative side. You can also wander the outdoor playground made up by the shorelines that are just a short drive from the city center. You’ll be singing their slogan, “I’m down with Charlottetown!” in no time at all.
- Gros Morne National Park (Newfoundland & Labrador)
Gros Morne National Park is among one of the most popular visitation sites in Canada and it’s on the list of more than 20 spots in Canada that are officially recognised as World Heritage sites. It’s nestled into the west coast of Newfoundland. You’ll see some magnificent and breathtaking scenery when you stop by, and you should definitely consider an RV family trip.
- Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick)
Hopewell Rocks. Source: Agnieszka Kosik
Hopewell Rocks, The Rocks, Flower Pot Rocks-whatever you happen to nickname them, they are most certainly a sight to behold. This remarkable destination brings people in from New Brunswick to see the world’s highest tides that rise up twice every day. At low tide, you can experience the magical wonder of actually walking along the ocean’s floor.
- Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 (Nova Scotia)
Step back in time when you head to Halifax. Get to learn more about this iconic Canadian landmark that plays a crucial role in Canada’s history. Pier 21 was the entry point for about 1 in 5 people coming into Canada throughout the 1920s through 1970s. More than one million people came through there, and today it’s a wonderful educational stop next time you are in Nova Scotia.
- Fjord Route (Quebec)
Located in Quebec, the Route du Fjord winds through the Saguenay Fjord. Sagunay Fjord, being one of the longest fjords in the world. It runs more than 145 miles long and, if you’re heading out this way, be sure to jump in your camper. From there, you’ll be able to soak up the picture worthy scenery, the quaint little villages, and the abundant natural beauty that can be seen along the stunning shoreline.
- Bruce Peninsula National Park (Ontario)
Maybe you love the trees, maybe you are a water sport enthusiast, or perhaps you are just looking to bum out on the beach. Whatever the case may be, the Bruce Peninsula is open every year to the #BringBackWildhood movement. It’s just four hours away from Toronto and the scenic drive in itself is worth visiting. The outdoor oasis features the Georgian Bay shoreline, which houses more than 200 species of wildlife. You’ll need a camera while taking in the 150 square kilometers of earth-made beauty.
- Whiteshell Provincial Park (Manitoba)
Whiteshell Provincial Park. Source: Bob Linsdell
Want to go paddling? How about geocaching? Golfing? Horse back riding through a winding scenic trail? Pick just about any outdoorsy adventure and Whiteshell Provincial Park probably offers it. The spectacular scenery comes bundled with whatever you choose to experience.
- Wood Buffalo National Park (Alberta/NWT)
The border of the Northwest Territories and Alberta is home to Canada’s biggest national park. Wood Buffalo National Park, is a World Heritage Site and it is best known for (as you may have guessed) its free roaming herds of bison. It’s an outdoor gem and it is by all means worth a trek. Lace up your hiking shoes or grab your paddle to enjoy a canoeing excursion.
- Drumheller Valley (Alberta)
Dumheller Valley. Source: Alberta Barn Hunt
The Canadian Badlands is a must-visit if you are looking to unearth your adventurous side. You can venture through lands where the dinosaurs once roamed, taking in all Alberta has to offer. The Drumheller Valley in particular, which is at the Badlands’ heart, has much to offer- from the hoodoos (sandstone rock formations) to the canyons and fossils that cover the valley floor. Royal Tyrrel Museum is a definite stop during your trip and kids young and old alike (you included!) will love to see the World’s Largest Dinosaur.
- Cathedral Grove (British Columbia)
Vancouver Island is obviously a popular destination for both nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Cathedral Grove, as just one example, is a worthy site located in MacMillan Provincial park. The lush forests have winding pathways that are lined with vibrant, green trees. The ancient, and incredibly tall, Douglas fir trees are also worth a second look with some being more than 800 years old. You’ll be left standing in awe and wonder as you explore the trails.
- Kluane National Park Reserve (Yukon)
As the home of Canada’s highest peak, Mount Logan (which sits at 5,959 meters), Kluana National Park Reserve has many things to call its own. For one, it’s the country’s largest ice field. It’s also the most diverse population of grizzly bears on the continent (so be weary!) plus it is a great attractor for shutterbugs simply for its natural beauty. Taking a road trip? Head here for sure.
- Dempster Highway (Northwest Territories)
Mountains on the Dempster Highway. Source: Ian Mackenzie
The only public highway that crosses the Artic circle, or so it claims. As Canada’s one and only way to go into the arctic, this highway is a popular tourist attraction, but it’s not for the car sick! It spans three mountain ranges along with three different ecological areas. The 740 kilometer highway of open road makes for a spectacular adventure from the Northwest Territories through the Yukon. If you want to travel the epic route during the summer time, just be certain of the highway conditions before heading out.
- Sport Fishing in the Arctic (Nunavut)
Maybe you’re a lifelong fisher or a first-timer. Whatever the case may be, there’s no doubt that you’ll be attracted to the sport fishing trek where you can angle your way through an adventurous destination. This bountiful sight features tundra and water, and it has fantastic vistas all encompassed by pure serenity. You’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime experience reeling in this wonderful region.