As Canada Day approaches – this year we celebrate 150 years! – I wanted to write about some of the amazing places I have visited so far right here at home. Canada is a vast country with a diverse geography and views that will take your breath away. Here is my list of places that will make you want to visit Canada (I hope!)
1. Banff, AB
Banff is a small resort town located in the very picturesque Banff National Park. It is perfect for hiking, skiing, snowboarding and virtually any other outdoorsy activity you can imagine. It also has hot springs, views of the Rocky Mountains and close proximity to some of most stunning lakes I have seen.
I was lucky enough to visit in both the winter and in the fall, and I still can’t decide which was my favourite. During the winter we went snowboarding and I found inner peace at Lake Louise. In the fall, I discovered that the snow gives way to unreal beauty of nature. There is just something about the mountains and lakes.
2. Lunenburg, NS
Lunenburg is a picturesque town on the east coast of Canada. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic District as well as a winner of many other awards. It has historic architecture, fantastic sea food and is home to Canada’s most famous tall ship, the Bluenose.
No matter when you visit Lunenburg, you will also have a chance to stop by the many other beautiful little towns along Nova Scotia’s coastline. You can always pick yourself up a nice replica of the Bluenose to spruce up your decor at home, or office, like I did 🙂
3. Quebec City, QC
Quebec City dates to 1608 and is one of the oldest towns in North America. The fortified walls that surrounds its historical core provide an interesting glimpse into the early days of the Europeans that came here so long ago. I must admit that the architecture combined with the French language spoken here, remind me a little bit of Paris.
Here you can wander around the old narrow streets, do some shopping and dining or if you’re like me, take pictures of everything. Lots of them.
4. John’s, NL
Lined with colourful houses, St. John’s is the most easterly point in North America and it’s actually an island with breathtaking cliffs and natural beauty that will blow you away. Fun fact: there are no snakes, skunks, deer, groundhogs or porcupine here, but you will find many bird colonies and great opportunities for whale watching.
Whether you’re strolling down Water St., the oldest street in North America, hiking around Signal Hill or visiting local museums, you’ll find St. John’s to be a friendly and quirky kind of place.
5. Whitehorse, YT
Whitehorse dates back to the days of gold rush, when many came here in search of fame and fortune. Built on the riches of those who found it, the town now has a surprisingly hipster vibe with great shopping, fantastic restaurants and really neat bars. Many seem to stumble here by accident and end up staying, taken by what they find.
Here you will experience the beauty that is northern Canada and if you’re here at the right time, you can catch Northern Lights in full force. It is truly a magnificent place that is remote, beautiful and strange, yet feels like home. I definitely plan on going back.
Want to know more? Stay tuned for part 2! #Canada150
Note: Canada has 10 provinces and three territories. Here is a quick breakdown of where the places I mentioned are.
PROVINCES: Alberta (AB), British Columbia (BC), Manitoba (MB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), New Brunswick (NB), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Ontario (ON), Quebec (QC), Saskatchewan (SK)
TERRITORIES: Northwest Territories (NT), Yukon (YT), Nunavut (NU)
Yes, sign me up for more 🙂