This great country of ours is absolutely massive—it would be hard to see it all in a lifetime. But it’s not impossible, especially if you narrow it down a little. Here’s a few of our favourite places to visit in Canada.
Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
This whole island is a true Canadian gem. From the ancient and abandoned village of Ninstints in Gwaii Hannas National Park reserve to the modern potlatches of Massett, everything is surrounded by lush coastal beauty. Whether you spend two days or two months here, you’ll fall in love with this amazing place.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario
There’s a reason this park gets National Park status: it’s absolutely beautiful. And, for the most part, off the tourist radar. Accessed by boat only, the park comprises 63 islands of the surrounding 30,000.
Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
The home of Canada’s tallest mountain (Mount Logan, 5959 metres), Kluane National Park and Reserve is a place where the world feels like it’s still forming. Massive glaciers push their way out of the Saint Elias Mountains like great rivers of ice. With tons of hiking potential, a trip to Kluane is the trip of a lifetime.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
One of those places everyone wants to visit, but few get to, Gros Morne is rugged wilderness that truly displays the wonders of Newfoundland. Named after Newfoundland’s second highest mountain peak (2,644 metres), this park is a dramatic display of mountain meeting ocean and the amazing scenery that creates.
Bay of Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
The rugged coastline here rises up to the Acadian Highlands, which in itself would be an amazing place to visit: but combine that with the world’s largest tides and there is some dramatic scenery here. At low tide you can check out the ocean floor and hours later, that same place will be 15 metres under water. Just don’t be in the wrong place at the wrong time!
The Dempster Highway
This 736 kilometre highway takes you from just outside Dawson City in the Yukon to Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. It is an incredible stretch of road following an old dog sled route that crosses the mighty Peel and Mackenzie Rivers. The road winds from the far north right into the Arctic Circle. It’s a road trip you’ll never forget!
Auyuittuq National Park, Nunavut
Certainly not the easiest place to get to in Canada, the scenery here will make it all worthwhile. Glaciers and polar sea ice combine with the dramatic mountains of the park, creating a wilderness experience you shouldn’t miss.