6 super reasons to visit Canada

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Here’s a look at six super reasons to visit Canada.

View landscapes and wildlife Canada’s national parks

Parks Canada administers the country’s marine conservation areas, national historic sites and national parks.

From Alberta’s Banff National Park, the oldest in the country, to Yukon’s Kluane National Park and Reserve, the home to Canada’s highest mountain, Mount Logan (5,959 metres or 19,551 ft), each national park preserves a unique sector of landscape representative of the nation’s topology.

Canada has 39 distinct natural regions and Parks Canada’s aim is to be representative of all of those landscapes.

Naturally, you can enjoy a range of experiences. Within Fundy National Park, in New Brunswick, you can view the ebb and flow of the world’s highest tides. In Nunavut’s Auyuittuq National Park, on Baffin Island, you might see dog teams at work and arctic foxes padding across the remote landscape.

Wood Buffalo National Park, the country’s largest, sprawls across the border of the Northwest Territories and Alberta and can be reached by driving along the MacKenzie Highway.

A traffic sign warning of moose by the Trans-Canada highway in Canada
A traffic sign warning of moose by the Trans-Canada highway in Canada.

Follow royal footsteps in British Columbia and the Yukon

Accompanied by Prince George and Princess Charlotte, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, visited the Yukon and British Columbia in 2016. It was the first overseas trip together for George and Charlotte.

Bella Bella, Carcross, Haida Gwai plus the Okanagan Valley and Whitehose were among the destinations the royals visited during their trip.

Statue of Queen Elizabeth II in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Statue of Queen Elizabeth II in Regina, Saskatchewan.

They experienced travel by seaplane between Victoria, on Vancouver Island, and mainland British Columbia. In Whitehorse they watched a performance at Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, where First Nations heritage is preserved and demonstrated.

Did the Duke and Duchess try one of Yukon’s infamous Sourtoe cocktails? The drink features an amputated toe. The toe has to touch a drinker’s lips to be deemed correctly downed, and there’s a sizable fine if the digit is swallowed.

People horse riding at a dude ranch, a working cattle station in western Canada
People horse riding at a dude ranch, a working cattle station in western Canada.

Taste outstanding seafood on Nova Scotia’s Lobster Trail

If you enjoy eating great seafood then you’ll already known about the quality of the lobsters, scallops and mussels harvested from the North Atlantic.

Nova Scotia’s Lobster Trail offers a range of outstanding seafood-related experiences, ranging from lobster gelato (it’s delicious!) to full lobster dinners.

The food experience pairs well with the Good Cheer Trail, which has been encouraging visitors to Nova Scotia to imbibe products including beer, wine and rum since 2015.

A man angling with a fishing rod in Saskatchewan, Canada
A man angling on a lake in Canada. Or do you prefer the idea of heading the Nova Scotia simple to enjoy the seafood.

Discover Canada’s indigenous heritage

Hundreds of indigenous nations live across Canada. Many offer tourism products and experiences, allowing visitors to build a greater understanding of their culture, heritage and way of life.

This means you can visit cultural centres, museums, join guided tours and stay at hotels and lodges.

The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) represents around 1,500 of Canada’s indigenous-owned tourism products.

A fishing boat on calm water under a moody sky at Bay Roberts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
A fishing boat on calm water under a moody sky at Bay Roberts in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Settle into a scenic rail trip across Canada

The Canadian is a rail service which runs for 4,466 kilometres between Toronto and Vancouver.

The long-established passenger service and widely regarded by rail aficionados as one of the world’s great train journeys. It runs between Union Station in Toronto and Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station, taking three nights and four days. Panoramic windows provide opportunities to enjoy scenery en route.

The first-class section has been described as a ‘five-star hotel on rails’.  Find out more about the Canadian and other rail services on the VIA Rail website.

Via Rail operate the Canadian a transnational rail service that runs between Vancouver and Toronto
Via Rail operate the Canadian a transnational rail service that runs between Vancouver and Toronto.

Visit the museums and galleries of Ottawa

Ottawa, the national capital, is dotted with well-designed museums and galleries. Take your pick. They include the Diefenbunker Museum, within a Cold War bomb shelter, Bank of Canada Museum and National Gallery of Canada.

To gain an overview of the country’s history, head to the Canadian Museum of History. The Grand Hall has views over the Ottawa River and features totem poles from the country’s west.

The Canadian War Museum explores Canada’s military history, including the legacy of the Battle of Vimy Ridge as a key moment in the development of the nation’s identity.

Canada's national flag bears a red maple leaf emblem
Canada’s national flag bears a red maple leaf.

Further information

For more ideas about things to do and see in Canada, take a look at the Explore Canada website.

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