The Best Things to Do in Canada Pin www.taylorstracks.com

2017 is Canada’s 150th birthday so what better way is there to celebrate than to travel the country and share the best things to do? I’ve put together this list of my favourite things I did growing up in Canada and those that are still on my bucket list.

Canada is a seriously amazing country with so much to explore that this list could go on forever but I’ve kept it simple and included places and things to do from coast to coast.

1. Spend Canada Day in the Capital

There is no better place in the country to spend Canada Day than in the capital! 2017 will be the ultimate year to visit on July 1st as the celebrations are going to be bigger than ever as Canada rings in its 150th birthday! There are events all week around Canada’s big day.

 

Visit Ottawa www.taylorstracks.com
Ottawa, Ontario

Best hostel to stay in: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

2. EdgeWalk on the CN Tower in Toronto

Calling all thrill seekers and daredevils! Get yourself into a harness and try the EdgeWalk along the CN Tower. Walk the full circle of the tower 356 metres above the ground!

Read More: The Best Places to Stay in Toronto

3. Visit Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland

Iceberg Alley is considered one of the best places in the world to witness the sheer size of icebergs. Set out on a boat, in a kayak or walk along the coastline to see 10,000-year-old glaciers in colours ranging from snow-white to aquamarine.



4. Discover nature in Vancouver

Get outdoors in the city and discover the parks and natural attractions that Vancouver has to offer. Walk across the Capilano suspension bridge 137 metres above the river amongst trees that are 100’s of years old. Stroll through Stanley Park or one of the many gardens in the city. Or take a hike up Grouse Mountain.

Capilano Suspension Bridge Vancouver www.taylorstracks.com
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

Best hostel in Vancouver: Samesun Vancouver

READ MORE: A Mini Guide to Vancouver in a Weekend

5. Watch the Northern Lights

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, can be seen from a number of spots in Canada such as the territories in the north, the Rocky Mountains or Newfoundland. These are not to be missed and can be so strong that I’ve even spotted some of the green colours in Ottawa!

6. Hit the slopes in Whistler

Whistler Blackcomb is a skier’s dream destination with big mountains, terrain parks, and over 200 trails. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced skier or boarder, Whistler is the place you’ll want to be.

Best hostel in Whistler: HI-Whistler

7. Take in the views on a hike in Banff

Banff National Park is the birthplace of Canada’s National Parks. It’s the oldest, established in 1885 and offers some of the best hiking trails in the country. Not to mention skiing and boarding in the winter and stunning lakes such as Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. And this year Canada’s national parks are free because of Canada 150th!

Lake Louise Banff www.taylorstracks.com
Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta

Best hostel in Banff: HI-Banff Alpine Centre

READ MORE: My Biggest Mistakes in Banff


8. Skate on the Rideau Canal

Every winter the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, turns into the world’s longest skating rink. Don’t miss the opportunity to taste a Canadian treat, a beaver tail, as you skate along the Rideau Canal Skateway in the centre of Ottawa.

Best hostel to stay in: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel

9. Explore Niagara’s Wine Region

Niagara-on-the-Lake is home to the most famous wine region in the country. Ontario is the biggest exporter of icewine in the world, valued at $17.1 million. It’s here that you’ll get to taste the sweet wine and local favourites.

Niagara-on-the-Lake wineries www.taylorstracks.com
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Best hostel in Niagara Falls: HI-Niagara Falls Hostel

READ MORE: Niagara Falls for All Ages

10. Step back in time in Quebec City

Take a visit to Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Quebec City. Charming buildings filled with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars fill the cobblestone streets. Churches and the incredible Chateau Frontenac can also be found inside the fortified city walls, the only walls remaining in North America.

Old Quebec www.taylorstracks.com
Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec

Best hostel in Quebec City: HI-Quebec

READ MORE: 5 Reasons to Visit Quebec City

11. See Montreal’s vibrant street art

Montreal is packed with history and plenty of art. The colourful pieces pop in the winter and add to the city’s edgy feel. There is even an annual street art festival called Mural Festival.

Montreal street art www.taylorstracks.com
Montreal, Quebec

Best hostel in Montreal: HI Montreal

READ MORE: Why You Should Visit Montreal (And Why I Underrated It)

12. Witness the power of the Niagara Falls

The Niagara Falls span the border of Canada and the US, creating a powerful spectacle for audiences on the Canadian side. You can see the American Falls and the Canadian Horseshoefalls which are 57 metres high with the equivalent of about a million bathtubs full of water falling over the edge every minute.

Niagara Falls, Ontario

Best hostel in Niagara Falls: HI-Niagara Falls Hostel

READ MORE: Niagara Falls for All Ages

13. Attend the Calgary Stampede

Every year in July one of the world’s biggest rodeos is held in Calgary, Alberta. The 10-day event features stage shows, a parade, midway, concerts, agricultural competitions, First Nations exhibitions and more. Some refer to it as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”

Best hostel in Calgary: HI-Calgary City Centre

14. Visit Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia

Peggy’s Cove is a small community in Nova Scotia along the eastern shore that is known for the Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. It is one, if not the most famous lighthouse in all of Canada. This town is classic eastern Canada and will show you what a good plate of seafood tastes like!

Best hostel in Halifax: HI Halifax

15. Sample Goodies at St. Lawrence Market

Take a peak and try samples at the 120 vendors, artisans, and merchants at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto. The market has been operating since 1803 and is filled with freshly cut meat, seafood, healthy sweets or those packed with sugar and so much more. It was named the number one food market in the world by National Geographic.

St. Lawrence Market, Toronto

Read More: 2 Days in Toronto

Whether you’re an adventure junkie, a foodie, art lover, or wino, you’ll always find something for you in Canada. So what are you waiting for? Explore Canada during the best year to!

Need more Canada inspiration? You’ll love these:

Disclosure: Some of the links on this page are affiliate links that I may receive a small commission from. This is at no additional cost to you. By clicking and/or booking through affiliate links found on this site you are helping to support this website and helping make it even better.

24 Comments

  1. I love Canada, but this post reminds me how much I still haven’t seen!

    • Oh I feel you! I’ve been lucky to see some but I could spend months traveling from coast to coast!

  2. Julie Laundis Reply

    Canada is so often overlooked as a travel destination by us in the US because it doesn’t sound exotic but it is soooo gorgeous

  3. Veronica Urbaniak Reply

    We just explored Tobermory, Ontario last month and it was BEAUTIFUL!!! Banff is definitely top of my bucket list though!

  4. My favorite Canadian destination would have to be Banff, AB because it is so beautiful! 😉

  5. What a great list! I personally cannot wait to go to a Jays game this summer. Nothing like cheering on the Jays, with a full crowd and the dome open!

    • Yes! I used to live about a 5 minute walk from the dome and would watch the crowds from my windows! I did go to the occasional game too!

  6. Your list is perfect, I will bookmark and start working on it! I would add PEI (dream of seeing the “Anne” sights and the Anne show in Charlottetown). I totally want to try that EdgeWalk! If I won, I’d go to Niagara Falls and stay at the Radisson Fallsview! Thank you for the chance. Jenn Beckett on FB, fb.com/jennpup

  7. Christine DaSilva Reply

    Most definitely Niagara Falls! It’s just stunning every time I visit it’s always breath taking

  8. kristen visser Reply

    I have a couple favorite destinations! Toronto because there is always so much to do there and so entertaining. I love Niagara Falls because not only are the falls beautiful but there is so much to do on the strip. And then Blue Mountain Collingwood because it is so beautiful and there is always something to do there year round

    • kristen visser Reply

      also thanks for the great giveaway!! With two young kiddos a night away just hubby and I is always appreciated but does not happen often <3

  9. Heather Howard Reply

    I havent been very far….yet…but visiting Old Quebec City is one of my favorite roadtrips. My kids and I will be making a few small roadtrips this summer. First one happens in 2 weeks!

Write A Comment