10 places that will make you want to visit Canada (part 1)

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.

Lake Louise – this picture doesn’t do it justice
Yes, we are standing on a frozen lake
Snowboarding at Sunshine Village
Downtown Banff

Lake Louise without snow
Moraine Lake

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 🙂

The colours of some of these buildings are so vivid
The seafood here is very fresh
More pretty homes
You know you are in a port when…
There is even a distillery!
Green? Why not!
This is Chester, another pretty town near Lunenburg
More of Chester
Peggy’s Cove is another must-see when in this area

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.

Quebec City
Pretty buildings in Quebec City
Chateau Frontenac
More of Chateau Frontenac
They don’t make them like this anymore
Quebec City is pretty hilly
Quebec City – not the Canada you imagined?
I like arches
Patio in the rain – Quebec City

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.

Signal Hill
View from Signal Hill
Colourful houses in St. John’s
When you happen to have  your fish-eye lens with you
More pretty houses
The hike was totally worth it

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.

Hanging out with bunch of puppies
Managed to see some of the lights (image courtesy of my friend Stephen Thompson)
Who doesn’t love a rainbow?
Nature at its best
It sure is


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)


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