11 incredible things to do in Canada
Posted on 18th December 2018 at 16:36
Vast and untamed, Canada is the last green wilderness. A huge country, stretching all the way from the Pacific in the west to the Atlantic in the east, Canada has something for everybody, including arguably the most fabulous scenery in the world. Canada is a delight for the senses combining some of the world’s most spectacular landscapes and appealing cities with incredible wildlife encounters
Polar Bear Safari
It is not often that you are able to come face-to-face with a wild polar bear, witness an arctic fox tiptoeing across the tundra or gaze as the Northern lights dance across the sky. But Churchill in Canada, which is regarded as the polar bear capital of the world, is one place that you can do all three. The isolated town is in the province of Manitoba, in arctic Canada, and it is this remoteness that gives it its charm.
For unbeatable encounters with wild polar bears stood just metres from you, try the Tundra Buggy Adventure. The specially adapted all-terrain vehicle can rove right into the remotest tundra. This allows you not only to see polar bears and arctic foxes up close, but snowy owls, caribou and other incredible wildlife.
Canadian canoeing is a must-do activity during your visit to The Great White North. The country boasts countless stunning lakes and rivers to explore.
There are hundreds of routes and trips across Canada. Ontario is known for its plentiful waterways, with routes that are perfect to go canoeing on.
Another popular region to explore in a Canadian canoe is the Northwest Territories, where you can paddle through the dramatic Nahanni Canyon and experience the rugged Barrenlands. One particularly popular route takes you down the South Nahanni River which offers visitors spectacular views of untamed nature.
If you are a bit of a thrill seeker then bungee jumping should be right up your street! If that’s the case, then Canada is the perfect destination to try it.
If you are on a Fly-drive holiday and are visiting Ottawa during your trip, then take a 20-minute detour from downtown and head to ‘The Rock’ – not the wrestling superstar, but the most famous bungee jumping site in Canada.
The Great Canadian Bungee boasts the highest bungee jump in the whole of Canada. Standing at 200 feet tall, The Rock is also the highest jump anywhere in the US. Visitors will experience one of the world’s most spectacular bungee jump sites as they will be jumping in an amphitheatre of limestone rock above a glittering turquoise lake.
If launching yourself over a sheer drop isn’t your idea of fun, then you can visit the Morrison’s Quarry Beach and picnic area just to relax, or to cheer on family and friends who are taking the leap.
The Aurora Oval covers much of Canada and some of the best places to see the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) are the provinces of British Columbia, Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories and Nova Scotia.
A map by Canadian Geographic shows exactly where the best places are in Canada to see the breath-taking colours of the Northern Lights. Remember that some of the more remote northern provinces experience the midnight sun in summer, so if you want to see the Lights head over in winter when you’re guaranteed clear, dark skies.
If you are staying in Vancouver during your Canadian holiday then a whale-watching tour is an absolute must.
The whale watching tours allow visitors to see the diverse wildlife that populates the Pacific Coast and average trip lengths vary from 3-7 hours. Sightings of wildlife are guaranteed, including whales – in the rare event that you don’t see a whale, you can return and take the tour for free until you do.
Some regular marine visitors you could hope to see include pods of orcas, gray whales, humpback whales, minke whales, harbour porpoises, Dall’s porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, harbour seals, stellar sea lions and California sea lions. Don’t forget to look up to see several sea birds and try to catch a glimpse of the elusive bald eagle.
Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most iconic waterfalls and its easy to see why this is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Even with Canada’s reputation for stunning natural beauty, Niagara Falls stands out like a jewel in a crown.
There are several tour operators that can take you to the Falls and one of the most well-respected tour operators is the Niagara Falls Sightseeing Tour. Their 6-7 hour-long tours from Toronto show you all of Niagara Falls’ highlights as well taking groups over the top of the waterfalls and giving visitors the chance to ride on the famous Hornblower boat ride.
CN Tower Edgewalk
Toronto’s tallest attraction, the CN Tower, stands at an enormous 553 metres tall. The communications and observation tower can be seen across the city and is synonymous with the Toronto skyline.
What makes this attraction so special is that visitors can go on an Edge Walk, a walk around the outside of the very circumference attraction’s roof. Clip yourself in at 1168ft and prepare for the thrill of a lifetime! Will you dare to lean backwards over the edge?
Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains
Banff National Park lies in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains in the province of Alberta, and showcases some of Canada's most beautiful scenery. Turquoise green lakes, snow-capped peaks, and glaciers are all easily accessible in this stunning park. The jewel of the park is the Lake Louise, where green waters reflect the surrounding mountains and visitors can stroll around the shores.
The Icefields Parkway that runs from Lake Louise to Jasper is an unforgettable drive and another must see in Banff. At the south end of the park is the lovely little town of Banff, providing all kinds of accommodation, shopping, and dining options.
In winter Banff is also a major winter sports area and home to Lake Louise Ski Resort and Sunshine Village, two of Canada's most prominent ski destinations.
The Calgary Stampede, one of the most famous rodeos in the world, traces its origins back to the traveling wild west shows of the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Stampede has grown over the years, today attracting the best cowboys in the world who compete for $2 million in prize money. Other activities include live concerts, a carnival, lots of food and dancing as this Canadian city hosts the best in the west. A 4 km (2.5 mile) parade opens what Calgary calls “the greatest outdoor show on earth”. The 10-day event is held every July.
Bay of Fundy
The Bay of Fundy, located on the Atlantic coast in Eastern Canada, is famous for its high tidal range. Because of the unique shape of the bay, the difference in water level between high tide and low tide can be as much as 16 meters (52 feet). One of the best places to watch the tides are the Hopewell Rocks, several sandstone towers topped by trees. The base of the rock formations is covered in water twice a day and can be seen from the ground level at low tide.
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park in the Alberta Province, is the largest of Canada’s Rocky Mountain Parks boasting broad valleys, rugged mountains, glaciers, forests, alpine meadows and wild rivers.
One of the top attractions is Athabasca Falls, a beautiful waterfall that thunders through a narrow gorge. Even when the water level in the upper Athabasca River is low, huge quantities of water pour over the falls. Several viewing platforms and trails where it is safe to photograph the picturesque scene are located around the falls. Motorists can cross over the falls by taking Highway 93A into the town of Jasper.
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