The top ten Canadian places you should visit this summer

This summer Canada is celebrating its 150th Birthday! This is a great chance to explore and appreciate our beautiful nation. I hope you enjoy reading about the top ten Canadian places I would visit this summer. Do any of these places make your top ten list?

10: Cape Breton Highlands National Park

Cape Breton Island
The winding Cabot Trail road seen from high above on the Skyline Trail at sunset in Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

This beautiful national park, on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, will help you connect with nature and the local wildlife. Hiking trails along the mountains offer an incredible view of the Atlantic Ocean and, if you’re lucky, you might even see a whale breaking waves or a bald eagle soaring in the sky.

To learn more visit: cbisland.com

9: Montreal, Quebec

St Paul Street in Montreal Quebec
Montreal, Quebec – St Paul street in the Old Port.

Montreal, Quebec, is one of Canada’s oldest cities, surrounded by long-standing, beautiful historic buildings and cobbled roads.  The views coupled with the incredible French culture makes the food a delight and this city a definite must see for all Canadians.

Interested in making travel plans, see here: ville.montreal.qc.ca

8: Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls Ontario
Niagara Falls Aerial View, Canadian Horseshoe Falls from the top, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the home of the Bridal Veil Falls, the American falls, and on the Canadian side, the Horseshoe Falls. These three waterfalls together are known as Niagara Falls. This natural spectacle is a sight everyone should see. It is even considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, along with the pyramids of Giza!

If you’d like to visit, get more information here: niagarafallstourism.com

7: Algonquin Provincial Park

Algonquin Provincial Park
A high angle view of the colourful autumn treetops of Algonquin Provincial Park

As one of the largest provincial parks, Algonquin Provincial Park is pretty much the perfect destination for hikers, backpackers, and campers alike. It being Canada’s 150th birthday means admission to national parks are free, so be sure to check it out this summer!

Up for this outdoor adventure? Visit the parks website at algonquinpark.on.ca

6: Vancouver, British Columbia

View of Vancouver, BC
Beautiful view of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, there is no doubt that Vancouver, British Columbia is one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Vancouver is best known for the Sea wall which wraps around Stanley Park. The seawall draws runner’s, cyclists and tourists from around the world. Within Stanley Park is the Vancouver aquarium known for its creatures and unique sights.

For more on what to do in Vancouver visit tourismvancouver.com

5: Quebec City, Quebec

View of old town in Quebec City
The view in Quebec City overlooking the old town.

Quebec City is another one of the older cities in Canada with incredible old and historic buildings, which is extremely well paired with the incredible touch of French culture. It’s home to one of the most photographed Hotels, the Chateau Frontenac. Be sure to go to the Plains of Abraham and take in the scenic views.

If you’d like to explore our Canadian French culture visit here: quebecregion.com

4: Whistler, British Columbia

Peak 2 Peak Gondola in Whistler, BC
Whistler, BC, Canada – Peak 2 Peak Gondola connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Whistler, British Columbia was the base town of the 2010 Olympic Games, so you can bet it has plenty of options for activities. From skiing and snowboarding to hiking and camping, there are outdoor adventures to enjoy all year round.

For more information visit: whistler.com

3: Toronto, Ontario

Toronto skyline at sunset
Toronto skyline at sunset.

Toronto is the capital of Ontario and host to great tourist attractions such as the CN Tower, one of the world’s tallest free standing buildings. As Canada’s most populated city you won’t have trouble finding something to do.

Looking for things to do in Toronto? See here seetorontonow.com

2: Banff National Park

Mountain range in Banff National Park
Landscape sunset view of lake and mountain range in Banff National Park.

Banff National Park is located in the southwestern part of Alberta just west of Calgary in the Canadian Rockies. Founded in 1883, Banff is one of Canada’s oldest national parks featuring beautiful rocky mountain views, along with pristine waters and crystal clear rocky shores.

For more on what to do in Banff, visit here banffnationalpark.com

1: Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa fireworks
Summer fireworks display in downtown Ottawa. In the foreground are the Parliament Buildings, Rideau Canal and the Chateau Laurier hotel.

Ottawa, Ontario is the capital city of Canada, as well as one of the most beautiful cities in the country. The 150th birthday this year makes Ottawa one of the best places to be on July 1st. It will be absolutely buzzing this year with an expected one million tourists for that weekend alone! There will be all sorts of attractions to boost tourism for the years to come, Ottawa should definitely be on your list of places in Canada to visit this summer.

Interested in visiting Canada’s capital, visit here ottawatourism.ca

This list is only a few of the amazing sights our country has to offer. The landscapes and unique terrain are just one of the many things that makes Canada a great place to live and visit!

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  • Gwen Gore

    Please note, Vancouver’s mountains are the North Shore Range part of the Coastal Range.The North Shore Mountains are noted for their skiing, the Grouse Grind, Grouse Mountain Gondola and world class mountain biking trails. The Rockies are over 800 Kms away on the border of BC and Alberta.
    Pretty big mistake of geography for a Canadian to make.