Top 12 Unforgettable Destinations in Canada for Your Bucket List

After a 60-day coast-to-coast exploration of Canada, we've curated our top experiences to recommend.

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After a 60-day coast-to-coast exploration of Canada, we've curated our top experiences to recommend. From majestic landscapes to unique cultural experiences, these destinations in Canada have been carefully selected to captivate your senses and awaken the adventurer in you. Consider these Canadian destinations as an ultimate "bucket list" to help you prepare for your next trip to Canada.

Considering the country's vast and varied landscapes, selecting just two or three regions for your initial visit can be a delightful dilemma. Balancing your aspirations will allow you to fully appreciate every moment of your first adventure to Canada without feeling overwhelmed.

Here are the must-visits that will make your stay in Canada a memorable experience:

1. Vancouver, British Columbia

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Discover the spectacular urban landscape of Vancouver, surrounded by ocean and mountains. Walk or bike along the famous Stanley Park, explore the art scene on Granville Island, and breathe the fresh air of this coastal metropolis.

2. Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Soak in the majestic sight of the world's most famous falls, where the turbulent waters create an unforgettable visual symphony.

3. The Icefields Parkway, Alberta

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Drive one of the world's most scenic roads. Between Jasper and Lake Louise, this road offers breathtaking panoramas of glaciers, snow-capped peaks, and wildlife.

4. Old Québec, Québec

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Dive into the charming history of Québec by wandering through the cobblestone streets of Old Québec, especially in the Petit Champlain district. Stroll along the Dufferin Terrace to admire the Château Frontenac. You won't have to wonder what to do in Québec, as there are numerous unique activities not to be missed.

5. Whale Watching on Vancouver Island

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Embark on an unforgettable marine adventure by watching whales in their natural habitat off Tofino on Vancouver Island.

6. Icebergs in Newfoundland

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During the months of May and June, encounter icebergs in Newfoundland using the Iceberg Finder tool to spot these immense blocks of ice, some of which have more than 10,000 years of history. Boat tours allow you to get up close, but it's also possible to admire these icebergs from the shore.

If you have more time, consider a 7-day itinerary for the road trip of a lifetime in Newfoundland.

Travel tip: There's even an Iceberg Festival in June in Newfoundland.

7. Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Explore the most profound aspects of human nature at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg during an educational and moving visit. With its unique architecture and significant galleries and collections, the museum has become one of the province's icons.

Featured on the Canadian $10 bill, the museum also presents an opportunity to gain insight into the experiences of Indigenous peoples and to develop an understanding of diverse historical movements.

8. Montréal, Québec

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Dive into the artistic metropolis of Montréal, known for its vibrant cultural scene, dynamic festivals, and delicious cuisine. Explore Old Montréal, attend outdoor concerts, and experience the joie de vivre of this Francophone city.

9. The World's Highest Tides in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

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Witness the extraordinary natural phenomenon of the world's highest tides in the picturesque Bay of Fundy. Exploring Hopewell Rocks, you'll find it astonishing to stroll on the seabed, knowing it will be submerged beneath 16 meters of water in just a few hours. Twice a day, the tide goes out, revealing these immense rock formations sculpted by erosion.

Good to know: Check the tide schedule before visiting on the Parks NB website.

Beyond its natural wonders, you'll soon discover New Brunswick is about three things: beaches, the sea, and lobsters! Therefore, seizing the chance to indulge in lobster rolls is a must.

10. Whistler, British Columbia

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Whether for its renowned ski slopes or lively atmosphere, Whistler offers a perfect getaway in any season. Don't miss visiting this Canadian destination, recognized as the largest ski area in America with conditions and slopes superior to those in the Alps in Europe. 

In summer, various activities such as mountain biking, zip-lining, and hiking ensure your days are filled with adventure.

11. Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

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From the start of your road trip in Nova Scotia, you'll quickly understand why travellers from around the world come to this province known as "Canada’s Ocean Playground."

Travel the 300 kilometres of spectacular roads of the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia, offering breathtaking panoramic views. In the late afternoon, hike the Skyline Trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park to be mesmerized by the splendour of the sunset reflecting on the ocean.

12. Toronto, Ontario

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Immerse yourself in the diversity of Toronto, a cosmopolitan city where skyscrapers compete with cultural diversity. Visit the iconic CN Tower, wander through the historic Distillery District, and explore the city's dynamic neighbourhoods.

Transportation in Canada

You will be amazed to discover how vast distances are in Canada, especially for those accustomed to European distances. You could drive through Northern Ontario for 22 hours non-stop, encountering few people and very few villages.

Despite the vast distances, transportation in Canada is relatively efficient. From public transport networks in major cities to train journeys, you can easily explore different regions of the country. Prepare for long yet scenic journeys where every kilometre reveals a new facet of Canadian beauty.

Accommodation in Canada

From luxurious hotels to charming hostels, Canada offers a variety of accommodation options to suit all tastes. To guarantee your comfort throughout your journey, it's wise to book ahead, particularly during peak season, to stay ahead of the demand.

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Which Canadian destination will capture your heart?

Canada is too vast to explore in a single trip! For your first visit, focus on a few regions or provinces. Before you leave, contact a soNomad agent to discuss your travel insurance for Canada.

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