The Top Things to Do in Every Province and Territory in Canada
If you're planning a trip to a part of Canada you're not familiar with, look no further. We've got you covered, no matter where you go. Read on for the top things do to in every province and territory in Canada (that's 65 things to add to your bucket list, to be exact!).
British ColumbiaCycle the nine-km Stanley Park seawall. Nothing like breathing in that Pacific Ocean air.
Walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then cap off your adventure by tackling the Grouse Grind. From one extreme to another.
Channel your inner Olympian. Head to Whistler and ski or snowboard down one of their hills. If that's not up your alley, soar down the bobsleigh and skeleton tracks.
Go wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley. Try not to be impressed by your surroundings, we dare you.
Sign up for a surf lesson in Tofino. Where else in Canada can you hang 10?
AlbertaRide the Lake Louise Gondola. Whether you're checking out the Victoria Glacier or spotting grizzly bears, the Canadian Rockies from Banff National Park will wow you.
Visit Moraine Lake. Just beyond Lake Louise, at the end of a scenic, twisty mountain road, is Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The turquoise water surrounded by snow-capped peaks are equally stunning but much less crowded.
Slip into the warm, soothing Banff Upper Hot Springs. Soak in the steamy hot mineral water of Banff National Park for an authentic heritage experience.
Have your mind blown at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. It's the country's only museum dedicated exclusively to the science of palaeontology. In addition to housing the world's largest dinosaur displays, the museum also boasts a collection of more than 130,000 fossils.
Giddy-up at the Calgary Stampede. Be one of the million-plus visitors who take in the annual rodeo, billed as many as The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth, which also showcases chuckwagon racing, agricultural competitions, First Nations exhibitions, performances, a parade and a midway.
SaskatchewanHike the dunes at Athabasca Sand Dunes Provincial Park. It'll be an unforgettable experience.
Discover dinosaur fossils in Grasslands National Park. Ross Geller would be jealous.
Climb down and explore the Limestone Crevices. Claustrophobics beware, this is not the adventure for you.
Take in Hunt Falls. The province's largest waterfall will amaze you.
Go deep in the tunnels of Moose Jaw. Buried deep under the town's streets is a series of passageways that tells the tragic and fascinating history, everything from Chinese workers on their "Passage to Fortune" to Al Capone's rumoured bootlegging operation.
ManitobaGo polar bear watching in Churchill & Wapusk National Park. You'd be crazy not to go.
Cash in at the Royal Canadian Mint. Winnipeg houses the interactive museum, where circulation coins for 75 countries in the world are made.
Sail down the Grass River Canoe Route. Keep in mind, if you do the full route which goes from Cranberry Portage to Nelson River, it can take up to three weeks.
Take in all that Assiniboine Park has to offer. From the zoo and conservatory, to the museum, theatre, and playgrounds, to the sculpture and butterfly gardens, it has it all.
Get educated at FortWhyte Alive. The environmental, education and recreation centre is situated on 640 acres of prairie, lakes, forest and wetlands, giving visitors the opportunity to fish, see bison, learn about pioneers, paddle or sail or walk through its trails.
YukonHop into a prop plane and fly over Kluane National Park. The frozen peaks and monster glaciers of the St. Elias Mountains will take your breath away. Barf bag optional.
Check out the Yukon Wildlife Preserve. The 700-acre conservation area is a magical combination of flat lands, rolling hills, wetlands and steep rock cliffs, all of which are home to all kinds of wildlife, from woodland caribou, elk, mountain goat, Yukon moose, mule deer, muskox, wood bison, thinhorn sheep, foxes, lynx and baby moose.
Visit Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church. Arguably the quirkiest church in Canada, the barrel-shaped structure was built it in 1954 from an old Quonset hut left over from the construction of the Alaska Highway.
Peruse Sign Post Forest. Travelers from around the world have been bringing signposts from their hometowns to the Sign Post Forest in Watson Lake since 1942 and continue to do so today.
Tackle Tombstone Territorial Park. The Tombstone Territorial Park might sound a little scary but the park is actually rich in natural wonders and First Nations culture.
Northwest TerritoriesExperience the Aurora Borealis. Who says you have to go to Iceland or Norway?
Fish in any number of NWT's lakes and rivers. Whether you plan to fly fish for grayling or pike, troll for Trout, dig a hole in the ice, or cast a line from shore, you're sure to catch a fish in the Northwest Territories.
Go dog-sledding in Yellowknife. Sled through frozen lakes and trails with the fastest sled dogs in the north or the defending champions of the Canadian Dog Derby. Basically, the ride of a lifetime.
Camp out in Nahanni National Park. A visit to this national park is a complete wilderness experience, with everything from sulfur hot springs, alpine tundra and coniferous forests.
Travel down the Nahanni River. Raft, canoe or kayak along the South Nahanni River, which rushes through four canyons before it reaches Virginia Falls.
NunavutTake in the Northwest Passage. The famous sea route that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans through the Arctic Ocean above Canada has so many wonderful features, from icebergs, Hudson's Bay Company outposts and ancient campsites littered with artifacts. Don't forget your binoculars.
Get an eyeful of narwhals in Pond Inlet. The mystical sea creatures pass through the scenic hamlet in large pods, creating a viewing experience like no other.
Head to West Baffin Eskimo Co-Operative Limited. Located in Cape Dorset on the shores of the Hudson Strait, it features a collection of Inuit artists based in Cape Dorset that will delight art lovers and impress everyone else.
Visit Inuksuk Point. There are more than 100 of these striking "stone people," which the Inuit have been erecting for 4,000 years, serving as spiritual monuments, navigation points and cache markers for meat.
Bed down in a bona fide igloo. Wintertime igloo camping can be done safely near any community, Sanikiluaq in the south to northernmost Grise Fiord.
OntarioNiagara Falls. Obvi.
CN Tower. OK, another must.
Parliament Buildings. Even if it's for the off-chance of seeing Justin Trudeau, it's worth the visit.
Go to the Stratford Festival. It may be a bit out of the way but the internationally famous theatre event is for everyone who loves a great stage performance.
Golf at Glen Abbey. The prestigious club, which was designed by legend Jack Nicklaus, has hosted the Canadian Open 28 times and is open to the public and members. Even if you're shouting "Fore!" on all 18 holes, it's worth it just to say you did.
QuébecWandering around Old Québec. The UNESCO world heritage treasure is bursting with history and European charm and there's so much to see and do, from visiting the Citadel, taking in the Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral, or enjoying some fine dining. Whether it's a walking tour or by horse-drawn carriage, it's a must.
Go whale watching in Tadoussac. If you're lucky, you'll spot all kinds of marine animals breaking the surface of the water in the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay Rivers.
Hike the Appalachian Trail. Technically, the trail starts in Maine but winds its way up 1,100 km to the Gaspé peninsula. Warning: this goes through remote wilderness areas so it's only for experienced hikers with good survival and navigational skills.
Snowshoe in Mont Tremblant. You'll be left breathless — from the beauty and all the exercise.
Relax in the Magdalen Islands. Enjoy idyllic, white sand shores without going to the Caribbean. The Îles de la Madeleine's unique ecosystem provides the province with this gorgeous vacation spot.
New BrunswickTake in the Bay of Fundy. It's home to the highest tides in the world, making it a true natural wonder. Sit and just watch it do its thing, or hope on a ferry that takes you to the three unique islands that sit in the bay.
Head over to Hopewell Rocks. On the shores of the Bay of Fundy are these unique rock formations carved by tidal erosion over thousands of years. If you visit during low tide, you can walk the ocean floor and look up at the massive rocks towering overhead.
Hartland Covered Bridge has got you covered. The world's longest covered bridge, which was built in 1901, is incredible yet quaint.
Stop and smell the flowers of Kingsbrae Garden. The 27-acre facility houses a collection of over 50,000 perennials in themed gardens, as well as Dutch windmill, cedar maze and sculpture garden.
Take a tour of Government House. The magnificent sandstone palace serves as the residence for the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, the personal representative of Queen Elizabeth II.
Nova ScotiaTake a pic of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse. A trip to the South Shore will bring you closer to the iconic landmark.
Drive Along Highway 105. The picturesque coastal highway, which connects Cabot Trail and Sydney in Cape Breton, will stun you.
Hike Along the Cape Split Trail. Watch the tide come in off The Bay of Fundy while climbing up the rocky edge of Cape Split. Choose your footwear wisely, though, as the trail runs about 16 km.
Pause for a picnic by the bluffs. The long stretch of beach at Clam Harbour Provincial Park is home to an annual sandcastle competition, and its shallowness makes it ideal for families with young children.
Find your zen at a Buddhist monastery. The Gampo Abbey was founded in 1983 and while it's a sight to behold, the meadows and hills on your journey there is equally exquisite.
Prince Edward IslandDrop in on the iconic Green Gables house. It sits near the soft sands of Cavendish Beach, which also happens to be near Lucy Maud Montgomery's home.
Visit The Bottle Houses. More than 25,000 glass bottles form the walls and design features of the light-filled buildings, which were created by artist and builder, the late Édouard Arsenault. What began as a recycling project that began in 1980 has evolved into the unique attraction.
Go clam-digging in Victoria. Take a kayak tour, dig for clams, then have the freshest beach-side chowder you'll ever taste. Your mouth will thank you.
Walk, cycle or snowmobile the Confederation Trail. The 273-kilometre trail, which was created after PEI's railway abandoned, crosses the island from end to end. If you need to stop, there are accomodations, food and services along the way.
Hit the road on the Points East Coast Drive. Explore the eastern end of the island, which is home to beautiful beaches, lighthouses and rare dune systems.
Newfoundland and LabradorPay homage at theTerry Fox Mile 0 Site. It's where Terry Fox dipped his artificial leg in the North Atlantic Ocean to mark the start of his epic cross-country run in 1980.
Become an honourary Newfoundlander in The Screech Room. St. John's is the only place with an 1850s-style Screech Room (in the Masonic Temple) where the beverages and Screech-inspired food are served.
Climb up Signal Hill. The Signal Hill National Historic Site overlooks the Atlantic Ocean, St. John's harbour, and the small historic downtown area.
Visit Cape Spear Lighthouse. Newfoundland's oldest lighthouse, about 11 kilometres south of St. John's, is the most easterly point in North America.
Take in the wonder of Gros Morne National Park. Its magnificent landscape of fjords, mountains and dense forest, not to mention the unique wildlife and plant life that have learned to adapt to the cold conditions, make it one of the most impressive natural features in eastern Canada.