I arrived in Montreal the summer of 2012 and I am still very much a tourist here in Canada. With this in mind I am feed up of saying that one day I will go there or I would love to see that and final want to start planning that ultimate trip across Canada.
I hope you realize how lucky you are here in Canada with a country full of endless riches and beauty. You don't even have to take a passport to see many wonders of the world.
If like me this is something you have been meaning to do, what better time then ever. To help us on our journey across the landscapes of Canada I have constructed the below list of the ultimate holiday destinations.
1. Niagara Falls
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This beautiful natural cascade of water can be enjoyed in so many ways. Whether it is the through the night fireworks, on a boat ride or from the Skylon Tower Observation Deck it is definitely worth seeing at least once in a lifetime. It is located on the western bank of the Niagara River in the Golden Horseshoe region of Southern Ontario. Apart from the river's natural attractions, it includes observation towers, high-rise hotels, souvenir shops, casinos and theaters, mostly with colorful neon billboards and advertisements.
2. Butchart Gardens
It is one of Victoria's most famous and popular attractions. As you make your way around the gardens, you'll walk through intimate stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees. The gardens adjusts their floral displays to suit the season so it is just as spectacular in Spring and Fall as it is in Summer.
3. Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede is an annual rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The ten-day event, which bills itself as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", attracts over one million visitors per year and features one of the world's largest rodeos, a parade, midway, stage shows, concerts, agricultural competitions, chuckwagon racing and First Nations exhibitions.
The event actually dates as far back to 1886 and is embedded deep in Canadian history, so show your loyalty to your Canadian roots and see this when you can.
4. Stanley Park
Did you know that in this park was in fact named the best park in the world by TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice Awards?
It is actually designated a national historic site of Canada, and a magnificent green oasis in the midst of the heavily built urban landscape of Vancouver.
You can explore the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest and enjoy scenic views of water, mountains, sky, and majestic trees along Stanley Park's famous Seawall. Discover kilometres of trails, beautiful beaches, local wildlife, great eats, natural, cultural and historical landmarks, along with many other adventures, and even includes Canada’s largest aquarium.
5. Athabasca Falls
Even though not the largest or the widest of waterfalls, on the upper Athabasca River, approximately 30 kilometres south of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta, Canada, it is certainly the most powerful. The falls can be safely viewed and photographed from various viewing platforms and walking trails around the falls. It is a beautiful breath taking location in the mists of Jasper National Park.
6. Icefields Parkway
To travel the Icefields Parkway in Banff National Park is to experience one of Canada's national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys.
7. Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the Guinness World Record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola provides an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia's rooftop providing incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks, coastal rainforests, and ancient glaciers. Disembark and the experience is far from over. The full PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience provides an endless amount of things to do from scenic walking trails, mountaintop restaurants, wildlife viewing, and indoor interpretive displays are all waiting for discovery.
8. Wild Pacific Trail
This easy, family-friendly trail traces the edge of reefs where shipwrecks, whales and vistas abound. You will be enthralled by Vancouver Island’s dramatic beauty and helpful interpretive signs will enrich your visit to Ucluelet’s famous 9km trail network. A perfect destination for photographers, storm watchers, bird watchers and hikers of all abilities.The trail is divided into three sections: Lighthouse Loop, Big Beach Section and Brown's Beach to Ancient Cedars Section.
9. Old Québec
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Designated a World Heritage treasure by UNESCO, Old Québec is the only walled city north of Mexico. As the cradle of French civilization in North America, it’s a living history lesson with a remarkable mix of architecture, heritage, art, and culture.
10. Moraine Lake
Nestled in a spectacular valley in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Moraine Lake Lodge provides the ultimate romantic getaway. You can explore all that nature has to offer, or take short drives to spectacular sites like Lake Louise and the picturesque town of Banff.
Moraine Lake is a glacially-fed lake in Banff National Park, 14 km outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta. It is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, and when it is full, it reflects a distinctive shade of blue. The color is due to the refraction of light off the rock flour deposited in the lake on a continual basis.
11. Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland is an amazing theme park located in Vaughan, Ontario, a suburb approximately 40 km north of downtown Toronto.Home to more than 200 attractions, 70 rides including 16 rollercoasters, and Splash Works (a 20-acre water park), Canada’s Wonderland features North America’s largest variety of coasters including Canada’s tallest and fastest coaster.
11. Capilano Suspension Bridge
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Vancouver, British Columbia. It spans across to towering evergreens, cedar-scented rainforest air and Treetops Adventure, 7 suspended footbridges offering views 110 feet above the forest floor. The new Cliffwalk follows a granite precipice along Capilano River with a labyrinth-like series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms and only 16 anchor points in the cliff supporting the structure.
Whatever you decide to do for your next vacation don't forget what you have in this amazing country you call home.