Canada’s beauty is amazing. Breathtaking nature combined with modern cities makes Canada an absolute paradise for anyone with an appreciation for adventure.
No matter if you’re headed there for the booming cities or the quiet peace of nature you can find it in Canada. Whether it’s your first adventure to the Great White North or your ninetieth, there will always be a new place to explore waiting around the corner.
Here are some of the most loved spots around the country. They are absolutely unmissable on your visit.
1) First Stop, Banff National Park
Far from of a hidden gem, but an essential and undeniably beautiful place is Banff National Park. The park was established in 1883. It is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site Group. The mountain location makes it a host for thermal hot springs with incredible views.
With three ecological zones (subalpine, montane, and alpine), and a subarctic climate it’s a diverse ecosystem where many animals and trees can thrive.
The mountains in Banff host over one thousand miles for hiking. This makes Banff a perfect location for outdoor activity, whether you want to pitch a tent, or just take a brief stroll through these remarkable forests. In the winter not all trails are accessible, in the summer every inch of the trails is up for grabs.
Plan accordingly, but at the same time don’t worry. One of the joys of this park is that it is good for all seasons, even if the activities vary during the times of the year.
2) Next Stop, Toronto
Now that you’ve had a moment of paradise in nature, you can turn to the beautiful city of Toronto for some incredible nightlife.
Toronto is the capital of the Ontario province, and its nightlife is notorious. The city itself is a hub for arts and culture. Toronto even calls itself “Canada’s Downtown”, to give you an idea of what you’re headed into.
Check out a cool show or museum, and head out to some of the best food you’ll ever eat. There’s an abundance of the Canadian staple poutine, which is done to perfection. Toronto also boasts some amazing Asian food. Keep your eye out for any restaurant serving duck – it should be on every tourist’s list.
One of the most beloved things about Canadian cities and Toronto, in particular, is that you’re never too far from adventure. In fact, one of the best things about Toronto is how close it is to Niagara Falls. Which makes a perfect duo of a night out and an award-winning Niagara Falls tour from Toronto possible in a day. That variety is an absolute trademark of Canadian exploration.
3) Lastly, Chase the Northern Lights
Okay, so you’ve experienced nature, culture, and nightlife, but now it’s your turn for an experience that is truly otherworldly in its magnificent beauty. It is time to see the Northern Lights. Whether you plan to rent a car or go with a tour you must not miss an Aurora Borealis trip.
And there are many places to see this amazing natural phenomenon. Whether you visit Yellowknife, Muncho Lake Provincial Park, or any other noted spot in Canada for the lights viewing, you are sure to have a magical time.
Before you go, be sure to check the forecast for the lights. Yes, you have read that correctly. There is actually a forecast for the visibility of the northern light because the lights will not be visible at all times.
Many different organizations like universities and the national forest service provide northern lights forecast. As with any other forecast, it’s not perfect, but it is a good thing to check to maximize your chances for a good viewing of the Northern Lights.
All in all, visiting Canada is definitely something that should be on everyone’s bucket list. It’s a unique and peaceful destination that is perfect whether you love nature or culture.