Canada is the second largest country in the world, and has no shortage of amazing sights and beautiful landscapes. There are lots of places you must see in Canada, and we’ve already covered a few. While it is impossible to cover every attraction in the country, this is merely a small sample.
Canada is known for its vast diversity of landscapes. It encompasses majestic mountains, stunning coastlines, lush forests, spacious prairies and even arctic tundra. From vibrant and culturally rich cities to incredible natural wonders, here are 7 more places you must see in Canada.
1. Vancouver’s Stanley Park
One of the most beautiful places in Vancouver is the 405-hectare Stanley Park. Located on the west side of the downtown area., it is surrounded by the ocean. The park is full of lush forests of red cedar and Douglas fir. Apart from the walking lanes and scenic drives, the seawall aound the park provides amazing views of the city. The park is also home to the Vancouver Aquarium, scenic Beaver Lake, and the Stanley Park Pavilion and Rose Garden.
2. Ottawa’s Parliament Hill
Parliament Hill in Ottawa stands high above the Ottawa River. The beautiful Neo-Gothic style Parliament buildings are the political hub of Canada. In front lies the Centennial Flame which was lit in 1966 to commemorate the centenary of the Canadian Confederation. During the summer, you can explore the sculpture gardens behind the parliament and watch the Changing of the Guard on the front lawn. However, in the winter, the 7 kilometre Rideau Canal over the Ottawa River freezes over, and is open for skaters.
3. The Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba
One of the bst places for animal lovers in Canada is the town of Churchill in Northern Manitoba. This small town near the Canadian tundra is the site of the famous polar bear migration. Occuring between October and November, it sees the bears make their way from land out onto the ice in Hudson Bay. You can take guided walks, or ride in tundra buggies along this route.
4. Victoria’s Inner Harbour
While cities like Montreal and Québec are a reflection of Canada’s French roots, Victoria features its British heritage. The capital of British Colombia it is known for outdoor activities and Victorian buildings. The city’s waterfront area and Inner Harbour is full of historic buildings, shops, cafes, and restaurants. Visit the stately Craigdarroch Castle mansion, or the vivid floral displays at Butchart Gardens. You can aslo stop at the historic Empress Hotel for a traditional high tea.
5. Gros Morne National Park
The remote Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is full of natural wonders. From thunderous waterfalls tumbling down the mountains to rugged cliffs, rock formations, and fjords carved by glaciers ther is plenty to explore. You can take a boat tour of the lakes, go kayaking, or hike the Tablelands.
6. The Calgary Stampede
Calgary is a destination for sports lovers. It hosted the 1988 Winter Olympics, and is home to the annual Calgary Stampede every July. Held in the city’s Heritage Park, this ten-day rodeo has all ings of entertainment. Rodeo competitions, chuck wagon races, agricultural shows, music performances, “Grandstand Shows” and “Stampede Breakfasts” are the order of the day.
7. Prince Edward Island
Off the coast of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the Gulf of St Lawrence lies Canada’s maritime provinces. One of the most popular islands is Prince Edward Island. It is full of rolling green hills, red sandstone cliffs, lighthouses, delicious seafood, and fertile farmland. You can visit the Victorian buildings of Charlottetown, or the beaches and golf courses. Book lovers can also see the town of Cavendish. It was made famous by Lucy Maud Montgomery and her Anne of Green Gables series.
Of course there are lots of other places you must see in Canada, and if we’ve missed any, be sure to share them in the comments below.