As the second largest country in the world, there's a vast amount of places to visit in Canada. Coast to coast, there's something for every type of traveller whether it be adventuring in the outdoors, relaxing in a small town, exploring a big city, or learning about the history and traditions of our cultural mosaic. With so many things to see and do in Canada, unless you have months to spare, one trip to Canada can never be enough!
One important thing to know when planning a trip to Canada, is that the large geographic area, high cost of domestic flights, and slow and limited rail options can make travelling in Canada a challenge. The best approach is to focus on a specific region rather than try to see the entire country in one trip. Here are some ideas for where to visit in Canada!
Alberta. Alberta is the second province from the west coast, landlocked between British Columbia and Saskatchewan, and is the most populous of Canada's three prairie provinces. The landscape of Alberta is diverse and features the Rocky Mountains, Columbia Icefield, aspen parkland, prairies, desert badlands, and boreal forest.
British Columbia. British Columbia is Canada's most western province, sitting between the Pacific Ocean and Rocky Mountains. It's easy to appreciate nature in B.C. because the province is home to forests (including a temperate rainforest), mountains, lakes, fjords, uninhabited islands, and semi-arid valleys. British Columbia is one of Canada's major wine producing regions and a popular summer vacation spot for western Canadians.
Ontario. Ontario is in east-central Canada, bordered by the Great Lakes to the south and Hudson Bay to the north. It's Canada's most populous province and home to the nation's capital (Ottawa) and the country's most populous city (Toronto). The landscape of Ontario includes the Canadian Shield, the Niagara Escarpment, and the boreal forest.
Quebec. Quebec is in eastern Canada and is the only province to have a predominantly French-speaking population (French is the official language). It's the second most populous province in Canada, with most people living in the southeast near the Saint Lawrence River, between Montreal and Quebec City. The landscape includes the Appalachian Mountains, Saint Lawrence Lowland, Canadian Shield, boreal forest, and more than half a million lakes.
Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s prairie provinces, sitting between Alberta and Manitoba in western Canada. The southern part of the province is prairies, the north is boreal forest, and there are a few areas of sand dunes. Saskatchewan has about 100,00 lakes and receives more hours of sunshine than any other province.
The Yukon. The Yukon is a territory in northwest Canada. The land is sparsely populated and wild with mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes, rivers, and tundra. The Yukon is home to Canada’s highest peak (Mt. Logan) and is known for the Klondike Gold Rush. It’s also a great destination for viewing the northern lights. The Yukon’s untouched beauty makes it one of my favourite places to visit in Canada.