Before you even start daydreaming about Canada’s bagels, poutine and maple syrup, get the lowdown on the highest of the highs this stunner has to offer – and we’re not just talking about the mountains. This is a country of epic proportions that goes well beyond its famous peaks. It’s gobsmackingly beautiful, culturally captivating and contagiously abuzz, from the staggering ski-runs to the vibrant, colourful festival culture. Here are 12 unmissable highlights to put at the top of your list.
Don’t miss the sprawling city views, which can extend all the way to Niagara Falls on a clear day, from the lofty 447-metre heights of the CN Tower.
Don’t miss the western-infused cultural events, competitions, dances and concerts of the city’s most iconic event and the world’s richest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede.
Don’t miss the UNESCO world heritage treasures of Old Quebec, a living museum of centuries-old European architecture, cobblestone streets and historic sites.
Don’t miss a winding wander through lush treetops, over cliff edges and stunning valleys along the suspended bridges of the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Don’t miss a ride on the Banff Gondola to be whisked to the top of the 7,500-metre-high Sulphur Mountain, where unmatchable 360 degree panoramas await.
Don’t miss the breathtaking richness that adorns the interior of the magnificent Neo-Gothic style Notre-Dame Basilica.
Don’t miss the national sights and cultural insight on offer in Canada’s capital city, home to a number of important galleries, museums and memorials.
Don’t miss the colourful displays of blooms decoratively weaving their way across 55 lush acres at the Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site and over a century old.
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Don’t miss the iconic local experience of sipping tea and indulging in treats while overlooking the lake’s pristine waters through the windows of the iconic Fairmont Chateau.
Don’t miss the perfect chance to witness the Aurora Borealis dancing across the sky in a parade of colourful lights against a dark and moody night sky, which can be spotted in a handful of areas around Northern Canada including Yukon.
Don't miss the awe-inspiring views of soaring mountains and plummeting valleys, ancient glaciers and pristine lakes on this much-loved and dramatically beautiful route through the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage site.
Don't miss the chance to travel back in time with a drive down this themed highway through wooded valleys and windswept seacoast to gain insight into the Viking era, from ancient native burial grounds to a UNESCO World Heritage Viking settlement.
Don't miss the fascinating lunar-like terrain, steep cliffs and rolling hills of Alberta on this wondrously unique drive that loops through extensive dinosaur fossil fields, iconic Calgary and other western-infused cities.
Don't miss this legendary route jam-packed with Canada’s finest natural scenery, from fjords and waterfalls to mountains, lakes and beaches, dotted along this popular stretch from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond.
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined. There are as many as two million lakes altogether, dotted across every single province and territory, including spectacular alpine, glacial and boreal lakes.
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