Things to do in Canada


CN TowerCanada is a massive country, with absolutely loads to do, ranging from great cities through to some of the most amazing scenery the world has to offer. To help you work out what you should spend your time doing, we’ve come up with this list of the top 15 things to do in Canada – although you’ll definitely have more to add to the list once you’ve visited this amazing country!

  • CN Tower. The CN Tower is located in Toronto and is a massive 553 metres high. This symbol of Toronto was for a number of years the highest tower in the world, up until it was overtaken by both the Burj Kalifa and the Canton Tower. The EdgeWalk is the undoubted highlight, letting you walk around the edge of the tower, staring down at the world below.
  • Banff National Park. Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada, and is located in Alberta. With forests, mountains and glaciers, it has everything a nature lover could want. It’s a great place to ski and do other outdoor activities, plus wildlife lovers might be able to spot bears, cougars and wolves, if they are very lucky.
  • Old Montreal. Old Montreal is the most historic area of the city, harking back to the days of New France. In fact, it is one of the oldest urban areas in the entire continent of North America. With amazing architecture and a number of fantastic restaurants and bars, it’s a great place to be, day or night.
  • Stanley Park. Stanley Park is a huge park in Vancouver, almost entirely surrounded by English Bay and Vancouver Harbour. Inside the park are loads of nature trails, lakes and also Canada’s largest aquarium, Vancouver Aquarium, plus it was named the best park in the world by TripAdvisor in 2013 – even beating Central Park into second place!
  • Hikers in Canadian RockiesCanadian Rockies. The Rockies run through both the USA and Canada, but the Canadian section is where the real beauty lies. Spanning 5 different national parks and stretching up nearly the entire Canadian west coast, the park attracts huge numbers of visitors every year, eager to see the beauty offered in this part of the world.
  • Toronto. Toronto is an amazing city, comprising many different enclaves of different cultures and styles. In fact, walking through Toronto is like talking a short walk through the whole world! You’ll find a little gem around every corner, plus you’ll also find some of the best nightlife in the country.
  • Niagara Falls. Straddling the border between Canada and the USA, visitors to both countries should not miss the opportunity to visit this spectacular natural sight. Take a view of the Niagara Falls from the Canadian side while standing in Queen Victoria Park or, even more spectacularly, while looking out of the Skylon Tower. Definitely one of the most important things to do in Canada.
  • See the Northern Lights. There are many places on earth where you can see the Northern Lights, but not many are as spectacular as Yukon – the province to the east of Alaska. Head to the city of Whitehorse and find one of the local tours offering to show you the Northern Lights – try to go in the Canadian winter for the best views.
  • Quebec City. Unsurprisingly located in Quebec, Quebec City is one of the most picturesque cities in all of Canada and offers a great alternative to those who don’t fancy heading into the larger city of Montreal. Highlights include the Winter Carnival and the Parc Aquarium du Quebec, amongst others.
  • Humpback whales in the Bay of FundyBay of Fundy. Nominated as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Bay of Fundy officially has the highest tides in the world. You won’t notice this though, as you stare across the spectacular landscape and take in arguably the most beautiful scenes Canada has to offer. It’s also one of the best places to go for some whale-watching.
  • Calgary Stampede. The Calgary Stampede is known as the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” (although some other shows might dispute this) and runs for ten days in July. Featuring 150 floats, thousands of cowboys and attracting around a million visitors, this is one party you shouldn’t miss – so grab your Stetson and head on over there!
  • Hockey Hall of Fame. This might not be for everyone, but it is certainly a real attraction for sport lovers. Canada has a love affair with ice hockey and players are national celebrities, so this museum is a really big deal. So, use it to learn about the game – before then heading off to watch one live!
  • Glacier National Park. You might be thinking “not another national park”, but it is impossible to ignore the fact that Canada’s national parks are absolutely spectacular! This national park is in Alberta and British Columbia, and straddles the border with Montana. Despite the name, most of the glaciers have now disappeared, but spectacular scenery still remains.
  • Grouse Mountain cable carGrouse Mountain. Amongst the North Shore Mountains you’ll find Grouse Mountain, a refuge for some of Canada’s most iconic wildlife. For most though, the spectacular chairlift ride, the great skiing/snowboarding and the huge outdoor ice skating rink are the real attractions. It’s a real must for lovers of winter sports.
  • Lake Ontario. One of the five Great Lakes, Lake Ontario straddles the border between Ontario and New York. It’s not too far from Toronto, so it is pretty easy to get to, plus it is perfect for those planning on continuing their gap year in the USA. If like to fish, Lake Ontario is a great place to head to as well.
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