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10 Cool places to visit when you travel to Canada

Canada, or the Great White North, is an excellent place for an adventure. It’s a vast country with diverse geography and views that will take your breath away. As its popularity grows, so does travel to Canada. Every day, more people are discovering the extraordinary beauty of this country.

Here, I’m going to share some of the fantastic places I have visited so far. While there are still many places I haven’t seen, l always make a point of visiting places right here at home. Sometimes, though, that is not very possible.

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Travel to Canada

Things to keep in mind before you travel to Canada


Canada is the second-largest country in the world! As such, there is so much of it to see from coast to coast to coast. Yes, we have three coasts, and our other neighbour is the U.S.A. Canada has 10 provinces and three territories.


  • 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)


  • Northwest Territories (NT)
  • Yukon (YT)
  • Nunavut (NU)

I don’t think most people realize just how big this country is. Just because someone is from Canada doesn’t mean we know them. While it’s the second-largest country by land size, its population is relatively small – just over 36 million people! Here is what else you need to know before you travel to Canada.

If you are interested in travelling to Canada, you might enjoy 20 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Canada.


Yes, Canada can get very cold. It doesn’t mean that it’s covered in ice all year long, though. We do have summers that can get pretty hot and humid. While Canadians love to discuss the weather, no matter what it is or isn’t, it doesn’t mean that we sit in our homes all winter long. There is a reason why Canada does well in winter sports – the season is a long one!

If you travel to Canada in the winter, you will enjoy a very different experience than if you come here in the summer. Both will give you great experiences, but choose what you are more comfortable with. Skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports are all the rage here, and there are plenty of things to do. You can travel across the country between spring and fall and experience some amazing sights.


Canada has two official languages – English and French. While English is more widely used, certain provinces have parts where they speak French. The province of Quebec is the only province where French is the primary language used. If you don’t speak French, you will get by with English in most places when you travel to Canada.

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My top 10 places to see when you travel to Canada

So without further ado, let’s look at some of the places I think you would like when you travel to Canada.

Banff, AB

Banff is a small resort town located in the very picturesque Banff National Park. If you travel to Canada for winter fun, this is the place to be. It is perfect for hiking, skiing, snowboarding and almost any other outdoorsy activity you can imagine. It also has hot springs, views of the Rocky Mountains and is near to some of the most stunning lakes I have ever seen.

I was lucky enough to visit in both the winter and 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 the unreal beauty of nature. There is just something about the mountains and the lakes.

Travel to Canada - Downtown Banff
Downtown Banff

Lunenburg, NS

Lunenburg is a picturesque town on the east coast of Canada. This little town has historic architecture, fantastic seafood and is home to Canada’s most famous tall ship, the Bluenose. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic District.

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, as I did 🙂

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Travel to Canada and see Lunenburg.

Quebec City, QC

Quebec City’s origins go back to 1608. This is one of the oldest towns in North America.  The old town’s fortified walls offer an exciting 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, reminds me of Paris. After all, the settlers that built this city came from France.

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. There are many wonderful restaurants, coffee shops and bars to take a break from sightseeing.  Keep in mind that Quebec City is in the French-speaking part of Canada, and the locals prefer to use that language.

John’s, NL

Lined with colourful houses, St. John’s is the most easterly point in North America. It’s an island with breathtaking cliffs and natural beauty that will blow you away. Fun fact: there are no snakes, skunks, deer, groundhogs or porcupines in Newfoundland. However, 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. It is also where Terry Fox started his journey for cancer awareness across Canada back in 1980.

Whitehorse, YT

Most people who travel to Canada don’t make their way to the north. Whitehorse is the most populous city in the Yukon Territory. It dates back to the days of the 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 surprising 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 of northern Canada, and if you’re here at the right time, you can catch the Northern Lights in full force. It is truly a magnificent remote, beautiful, and strange place, yet it feels like home. I plan on going back sometime in the future.

Halifax, NS

Halifax has a long maritime history.  It was a navy port, a hub for privateers, and the main port of entry for immigrants arriving in Canada until 1971. It is also the resting place for many passengers of the Titanic. There is a lot of history here. Despite the significant fire in 1917 that destroyed a good part of the city and killed thousands, today’s Halifax has a beautiful waterfront, and if you’re up for hiking on the hilly streets, there are lots of pubs and restaurants to stop by for a drink and a bite to eat.

It is a significant university hub with friendly locals and home to Alexander Keith’s brewery, where tours are conducted in period costumes and characters. A must-see.

Montreal, QC

With an interesting combination of French and English, Montreal is a fascinating blend of European and North American vibes.  Here you will find 18th-century charm in Old Montreal, glitzy and modern downtown with a range of fantastic cuisine and shopping options.

Montreal is also a university town which adds even more layers to the fun and vibrant city that knows how to have a good time. I’ve been back to Montreal recently, and the vibe hasn’t changed. You can spend a few days in the city or go for a quick weekend trip, and this handy itinerary is an excellent way to get you started. 

Ottawa, ON

Ottawa is our nation’s capital and is home to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, many museums and the Rideau Canal, where you can skate your heart out when it freezes during the winter. This is one of the many winter activities, fun for the whole family.

While not as large as other Canadian cities, Ottawa has its unique charm that will win you over once you arrive here. There are also many museums and galleries as well as bike trails and paths. Not to be missed, the ByWard Market is a great destination for entertainment.

Toronto, ON

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most populous city and has been recognized as the most multicultural in the world, with something like 200 languages spoken here. When you travel to Canada, you’re probably going to land here before heading anywhere else. Toronto also happens to be my home. I’ve watched the city change over the years and still marvel at its continuous evolution, wondering where it will go in the future.

Love it or hate it, Toronto is home to many sports teams, each with an avid fan base in their own right. There is a multitude of cultural and culinary attractions for every palate. As a tech and an innovation hub, the city buzzes with activity day and night. There is also plenty of things to do, no matter the weather.

Vancouver, BC

Although I’ve tried to write about places in Canada that I have been to, Vancouver happens to be the one place that calls to me. I’ve decided to add it to the list even though I have not been there. Yet.

Something about the mountains, the sea, and the mild weather makes Vancouver a popular Canadian destination. Even if the views don’t impress you, the laid-back attitude and variety of things to do will. For me, it’s the mountains and the breathtaking wilderness right at your fingertips that make me want to go there.

In fact, the whole province is a treasure trove of activities, and there are many things to do in British Columbia, no matter when you visit Canada.

Will you travel to Canada?

Canada is probably not as well-known as the U.S, even though it has spectacular scenery and many points of interest. There are options for those who love the outdoors, those who prefer cities and those who love adventures. Pick your fave place and activity, and there will be plenty for you to do. I have been fortunate to see many places here, but it seems like a drop in the ocean.

Whether you travel to Canada soon or are already planning on coming, you won’t be disappointed. What are you waiting for? What are some of your fave places in Canada? Let me know!

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    Stewie Overseas
    1 Jul 2017

    Vancouver is a lovely city. The mountains are so pretty behind the city scape. Hope you get to go someday. I haven’t been anywhere on this list, unfortunately.

      1 Jul 2017

      I definitely plan on going soon. It’s been a while since I’ve been to Montreal so don’t have any good pics

    1 Jul 2017

    Halifax waterfront looks interesting! Looking forward for Toronto! Nice post..keep up! 🙂

      1 Jul 2017

      Thank you! Glad you like it! We’ll see you in Toronto ??

        1 Jul 2017

        Sure Thanks! 🙂

    HaiHui Story
    23 Jul 2017

    Hmm.. very informative article, love it! Will definitely read it again before going to Canada! 🙂

      23 Jul 2017

      Glad it helped! Hope you get to visit soon 🙂

        HaiHui Story
        23 Jul 2017

        At the end of the year we’re flying from Europe and heading to South America, so we’re getting closer :))) I definitely want to see Canada! 🙂

          23 Jul 2017


    SueT? ? ?
    24 Jul 2017

    I have been to Halifax and it was lovely. So (so) cold when I was there.

      24 Jul 2017

      Much better in summer time ?

    27 Feb 2018

    Never been to Canada, and want to! Have heard great things about Toronto and pictures of Alberta always get to me. I always get surprised that Canada isn’t that well known because in India, where I am from, it is one of the top countries for immigration and loads of Indians are settled there.

      27 Feb 2018

      Canada seems to be getting more coverage now so maybe more people will learn about it ?

        27 Feb 2018

        Yeah, that’s a good thing

    a mindful traveler
    28 Feb 2018

    Canada is such a large country. I would love to see each corner of it one day, and the train ride through the Rockies is definitely on my bucket list! 🙂

      28 Feb 2018

      The train is on my list too! It looks spectacular! Yes, Canada is a very large country and it’s pretty expensive to fly within it. But i am determined to see more of it! Hope you get to as well 🙂

        a mindful traveler
        1 Mar 2018

        Hope so too Kasia ??

    1 Mar 2018

    Great post ? as a Brit we’re in Fernie at the mo & loving it. Went to Whistler last year & fell in love with Canada ?? hard not to. Would love to travel more of this amazing country

      1 Mar 2018

      Oh lucky you! BC is stunning! You might also love the east coast. Very similar to cliffs in Ireland (at least from what I’ve seen). Let me know if you have any other questions about Canada 🙂

    7 Mar 2018

    Canada is high on my bucket list!

      7 Mar 2018

      Awesome! It’s a great place to visit 🙂

    16 Apr 2018

    This post has me wanting to go back, there’s almost too much to see if that’s even possible!

      19 Apr 2018

      I’m so happy to hear that 🙂 I do love the architecture there!