No summer would be complete without visiting some of Canada’s most iconic spots. From the coast of British Columbia, to the Maritimes of the East Coast, and everything in between, we’ve got some pretty beautiful locations! Whether you’re planning to road trip, or fly, we’ve listed our top, must-see spots!
Moraine Lake, Alberta
This might be one of our favourite spots, which is why it’s at the top of our list. The lake is a stunning, brilliant blue, and the majestic Rocky Mountains in the background are incredibly beautiful. Stop by the cafe for a coffee as you walk around, or visit the lodge to dine at the Walter Wilcox Dining Room. They have a large selection of wines, including some Canadian & American vintage bottles!
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Peggy’s Cove is famous for it’s Peggy’s Point Lighthouse. This iconic lighthouse was built in 1914, and is situated on a large outcrop of granite stones. As one of the most photographed structures in Atlantic Canada, it’s easy to see why it’s on our list! After exploring around the lighthouse, take a scenic drive along the Lighthouse Trail, which spans 339km along Nova Scotia’s south shore.
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
Located just two and a half hours east of Calgary, the Dinosaur Badlands in the Dinosaur Provincial Park have some of the richest history in Canada. While the park is only open to staff and research scientists, you can take an interpretive tour with a guide to get up close! The badlands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of over 500 different types of fossils – from spore to large carnivorous creatures! Make sure you check out the Royal Tyrrell Museum to see life size fossils of the deadliest dinos!
Old Quebec City, Quebec
Old Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Treasure – and this one is full of history! There are many different sights to see, including the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec Basilica-Cathedral, and the Citadel, or take a horse-drawn carriage ride to get a true feel of the city’s unique vibe. The shopping in Old Quebec is great, as are the local cafes! The city is built with many high lookouts, used as a defence mechanism back in the day. This meant that if attackers tried to come up the river and invade the city, they wouldn’t make it too far. Make sure you check out the military history of Old Quebec, too!
Long Beach, Tofino
Long Beach is located in the Tofino – Uclelet area on Vancouver Island, here in BC, and is the longest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Tourists and locals both flock here year round for the well established surfing community – it’s one of the oldest surfing communities in BC! There are many different activities that you can partake in, such as hiking (try the Rainforest Trail), or visiting the local brewery, Tofino Brewing Co. Whether you are looking for an adventure, or are needing some time to relax at the spa, Long Beach has you covered.
Whistler is one of our favourite places and not just because it happens to be where we got engaged! Whistler has some of the most stunning views in Canada, if not the world! The above photo we took from a ski run called Seventh Heaven on the Whistler-Blackcomb mountains, and it perfectly showcases what you get in Whistler! The mountain ranges are unreal! If skiing (or mountain biking in the summer) aren’t your thing, not to worry! There is still plenty for you to do! Take the Peak-2Peak Gondola from the Whistler to the Blackcomb mountain tops, or enjoy the night life in the town (our personal favourite is Dubh Linn Gate – there’s always live music and a great atmosphere). Take a stroll through the many shops, and have brunch at one of the amazing restaurants (on your way home, we recommend stopping at Chef Big D’s in Squamish).
Parliament Hill, Ontario
No Canadian road trip would be complete without a trip to Parliament Hill in Ottawa. It’s rich history dates back to Queen Victoria naming the site in 1858, and ground was broken in 1859. While it has had some upgrades, & refurbishing, Parliament Hill is a strong part of our Canadian heritage. Take a stroll around the grounds (which are always impeccably kept), and see the many monuments, statues, and memorials. Memorials for fallen officers from across Canada, statues commemorating the Battle of 1812, and Victoria Tower Bell are among a few on the grounds. A sobering, and humble stop is a must do for every Canadian.
Niagra Falls, Ontario
We first went to Niagra Falls in Ontario in October 2017 – and we were so surprised at the amount of activities there! Not only is there lots to do around the falls themselves (ziplines, boats, and even just standing and watching the falls!), but there are tons of fun things on the streets. Take in the wax museum at Louis Tussaud’s, or grab a bite to eat at the Rainforest Cafe! There’s dinosaur mini golf, a large ferris wheel, and our personal favourite – Nightmares Fear Factory (the SCARIEST haunted house we have ever been in). Summer, winter, or fall – Niagra will not disappoint!
CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario
Toronto’s CN Tower is a must see on your cross-Canada road trip! It lights up the skyline in the evenings, and is a prominent fixture on the Toronto horizon. Stop in for lunch or dinner at the 360 Restaurant, or become a daredevil by conquering the Edge Walk. Edge Walk straps you into a harness, and takes you on a walk around the edge of the Cn Tower!
Green Gables, PEI
As a young girl, we grew up watching Anne of Green Gables, and reading the novels by Canadian author L.M. Montgomery. So it was only natural to include Green Gables in Cavendish, P.E.I. on our list! As one of the stops that tops our bucket lists, we can’t wait to be able to visit! The site inspired L.M. Montgomery to write the series of novels about Anne, a red-haired orphan girl, first published in 1908, and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies world wide! Over 165,000 visitors come to Green Gables every year. With it’s lush green landscapes, and many Montgomery informatives, Green Gables is the perfect introduction to the Canadian heritage.
What Canadian wonders do you think we should add to our list?! How many of the ones we listed have you visited? We’d love to hear from you!