Don’t let a Canada Trip be what is missing from your vacation list. Here we explain why you need to visit Canada and take in all the beauty that it has to offer!
“It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime you were born into, some great rugged power you are a part of.”
- Emily Carr
If you’ve been looking to plan a vacation recently, keep Canada at the top of your list. One of the biggest countries in the world by area, you can find a variety of different cultures and landscapes all over the country. Anywhere you go in Canada, you’ll find something unique to love.
Some might be familiar with the most common travel spots like Montreal and the Yukon, but Canada has so much more to offer. Road trips and tours are one of the best ways to take in all the beauty of this country. To help you find the perfect Canadian trip, here are some of the greatest sights that should not be overlooked.
Rockies Road Trips
With 1,450 km in length, the Canadian Rocky Mountains
are one of the most beautiful mountain ranges you can find in North America. The jagged mountain peaks and brightly colored glacial lakes make it the perfect spot for nature lovers.
Aside from scenic drives, the Rockies also has plenty to do for those who like to squeeze in some physical fitness on road trips. During the summer, you can hike trail after trail while taking in some of the most breathtaking sights that Canada has to offer. You can find idyllic lakes nestled in between the mountains all along your drive that are perfect for water activities. You might even get to see elk, bears, and caribou on your trip.
Okanagan Wine Tours
An unexpected gem in British Columbia, Okanagan
is Canada's wine country. Okanagan has a long agricultural history of orchards, so it feels only natural that it’s turned to vineyards and wineries. Some think that Okanagan only offers ice wine, which Canada is famous for, but they have so much more. Wine lovers will get to enjoy world-class wines including chardonnay, pinot noir, Riesling, and Bordeaux blends.
You won’t be getting just wine through Okanagan wine tours, either. All over the Okanagan Valley, you can enjoy fine dining at restaurants, like the world-renowned Terrace Restaurant, to accompany the local wines. Touring the winding vineyards in the Okanagan Valley might be akin to touring Eden itself. At least the wine will make you feel like you’re in Eden.
Vancouver Island Road Trip
A road trip on Vancouver Island
is unlike any other trip you’ve ever taken. On Vancouver Island, you can find diverse cultures and landscapes some might not associate with Canada, like surf town and rainforests. Many go to BC to spend their time in Victoria, but don’t stop there - take the road (or ferry boat) less traveled and visit Vancouver Island.
Road tripping through the island allows you to see everything that makes it unique. You can spend time immersed in the history of the First Nations People, or enjoy some of the best whale and bird watching in the country. Live theatre, music, and gourmet food that showcase different cultures are available all over the island.
Sea to Sky Highway
Anyone who’s looked into traveling around Canada in the past will be familiar with this famous route. Highway 99, or Sea to Sky Highway
, takes you from Vancouver to Pemberton showing you the best views in British Columbia along the way. Sea to Sky highway is the perfect name for this journey, the highway starts off at sea level and guides you into the mountains at over 700 meters.
The Sea to Sky Highway is also the perfect choice for travelers who want a trip that’s filled with a wide range of scenery but aren’t big fans of long drives. Driving time for the round trip only adds up to a little over four hours. Despite being a short trip, the Sea to Sky Highway manages to pack in plenty of views along the way.
One of the best drives in the world, Icefields Parkway takes you through the Canadian Rockies, from Banff
to Jasper National Park
. Icefields Parkway highlights some of the most loved features that make the Rockies famous. Rich forests, emerald lakes, and rugged mountain landscapes line your trip. Along the way, you’ll also be able to find over 100 ancient glaciers.
Enjoy seeing Canada’s wildlife along the way, as the alpine drive is filled with elk, goats, moose, and sheep. The drive itself only takes around three to five hours, but you’ll want to spend as much time along the Icefields Pathway as possible.
Enjoy coastal scenes dotted with quaint island villages as you drive through the highly recommended Cabot trail. Located on Cape Breton Island
In Nova Scotia
, this trail is considered to be one of the best in Canada. All along the drive, you’ll be able to see picturesque views of the water fit for a postcard.
This coastal trip is perfect for seafood lovers, you can find plenty of restaurants to choose from in any of the fishing villages. During your trip, you can also get a taste of Scottish culture that can be found all over the island.
Cottage Country - Muskoka/Algonquin
Few things sound as peaceful is a cottage overlooking a Canadian lake. Among some of the best lakes in Ontario’s cottage country are Muskoka and Algonquin
. You can find picture-perfect cottages to rent along the water all summer long, but they rent out quickly. This has become a popular vacation for many to get some fresh air and step out of their city lives.
Across the cottage country, you can find the best choice for your lake vacation. Muskoka is home to a variety of different cottages; which Algonquin is the ideal spot for travelers looking to be a little more secluded in nature.
St Lawrence Road Trip
Some of the largest cities in Quebec
, and Quebec City
, have been popular tourist destinations for a while. While these metropolitan areas might be at the top of your Quebec travel list, there’s still much more to see in the province. Traveling the St. Lawrence
will take you to some of the best spots along the river.
This trip lets you see not only two of Canada’s biggest cities, but you’ll be able to take in all the views along the coast of the St. Lawrence River. You’ll be able to experience great food, shopping, and have the chance to spot maritime animals along the way.