A brand new report has uncovered the best places in Canada to go on vacation post-pandemic and there are spots all over the country included.

On Tuesday, March 9, digital magazine Vacay.ca shared their top 20 ranking of the “Best Places to Travel in Canada for 2021” and the hotspots are perfect to dream up your first restriction-free trip away from home.

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While there are many different places included in the list, it’s British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces that lead the ranking of outstanding destinations to explore.

Although B.C. and Atlantic Canada hold five and six places in the top-20 list respectively, there are also hotspot locations in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and more.

Taking the overall top spot is South Okanagan, B.C., for its gorgeous scenery, impressive wine tours and top-quality vineyards, and its countless year-round “nature activities,” among other things.

Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia was awarded second place for its waterfront location, tasty cuisine and the outstanding scenery and nature at your disposal while visiting.

Alberta’s Banff National Park and Lake Louise round-off the top three, with Dawson City (Yukon) and Victoria and Cowichan Valley (B.C.) completing the top five spots.

Here’s what the full list looks like:

  1. South Okanagan, BC
  2. Cape Breton Island, NS
  3. Banff National Park & Lake Louise, AB
  4. Dawson City, YT
  5. Victoria & Cowichan Valley, BC
  6. Prince Edward County, ON
  7. Gaspereau & Annapolis Valleys, NS
  8. Quebec City-to-Tadoussac, QC
  9. St. John's & Irish Loop, NL
  10. Charlottetown, PE
  11. Golden & Revelstoke, BC
  12. Niagara Region, ON
  13. Georgian Bay, ON
  14. Gaspesie, QC
  15. South Shore, NS
  16. Shediac-to-Saint John, NB
  17. Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park, BC
  18. Saskatoon & Prince Albert National Park, SK
  19. Kelowna, BC
  20. Pukaskwa National Park, ON

As dreamy as some of these spots sound, it’s worth remembering that the Government of Canada continues to advise against all non-essential travel right now.

This includes both international and domestic vacations, with the PM even urging Canadians to cancel any upcoming trips.

While it may be a little while until travel restrictions are lifted and we can go out on adventures again, it’s nice to keep your bucket list updated… right?

Before you get going, check our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.