Oh Canada, our home and native land is also home to some of the best travel spots in the world. There are tons of secret stunning spots known mainly to locals. Summer is the time to travel and it's easier than you think to go on an once in a lifetime type of trip.
No need to break the bank, travel within Canada can be relatively affordable because road trips can save hundreds off airfare. Crank up the tunes and cruise through scenic Canada.
With the Canadian dollar so low and travel within Canada rather easy and quick, save yourself some money, effort, and time and check out 17 of the most incredible places in Canada listed in no particular order:
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1. Cape Split, Nova Scotia
Cape Split Provincial Park Reserve is an incredible natural beauty located in Kings County, Nova Scotia. The provincial park overlooks the Bay of Fundy and is unsurprisingly a popular hiking destination for the locals.
2. Johnston Canyon, Alberta
See incredible canyon rock formations, a river, and waterfalls at Johnson Canyon, only an hour away from Banff. There is an unique hiking trail that follows the canyon. Johnston Canyon is open all year round so you can enjoy its beauty in any season.
3. Tofino, British Columbia
This chill surf island town is only a few hours from Vancouver and it is a surfer's paradise. Perfectly situated on the West Coast, Tofino offers some of the best surfing in Canada. Year-round surfing, some of the best lakes, inlets, and ancient rainforest all together at one island. Your wetsuit will help you brave the cold.
4. Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario
You can find Canada's own version of the Caribbean at Bruce Peninsula. The park contains massive cliffs, thousand year old cedar trees, and crystal clear turquoise waters.
5. Wallingford-Back Mine, Quebec
This grotto is incredibly magical and has a ton of options for activities year-round. You can swim or kayak in its waters, go scuba diving, hiking, rock-climbing, and zip-lining – given you’ve got your own equipment. In the wintertime, visitors come to snowshoe, cross country ski, or ice skate on the interior of the mine. Wallingford-Back Mine is a grotto located in Mulgrave-et-Derry, a 2.5 hour drive away from Montreal.
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6. Moraine Lake, Alberta
Moraine Lake is a picturesque lake in Banff National Park that is an unreal shade of blue. The glacially-fed lake is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and there are several hiking trails around the lake.
7. Mount Assiniboine, British Columbia
Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is a magnificent place of glaciers, mountain peaks, lakes, and alpine meadows. You can camp, hike, climb, fish, horseback ride, and even ski tour in the winter. Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park is located west of the British Columbia-Alberta border less than an hour southwest of Banff.
8. Dempster Highway, Yukon
You don't have to go all the way to Alaska to catch the aurora of the Northern Lights. The Dempster Highway is unlike any other road in Canada. You'll get the type of views and see wildlife you can’t see anywhere else but in the Yukon. Along this highway to the Arctic, you'll pass by scenic spots and parks to explore such as Tombstone Park.
9. Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy is one of the 7 wonders of North America. The Bay has the highest tidal range in the world and are the most extreme, resulting in unique rock and island formations.
10. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
Cape Breton Island is home to some of the most incredible sights in Canada. The Cabot Trail in Cape Breton is one of the most beautiful drives. There are also 26 different hiking trails to explore in the Cape Breton Highlands National Park that all lead to breathtaking panoramic views of canyons, water, highlands, and coastlines.
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11. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia
Hello wine country. Okanagan Valley is chock full of numerous award winning wineries for your choosing. Set in a beautiful, sunny place, many of the wineries overlook the pristine lake and picturesque mountains. Enjoy a day wine tasting and wandering through vineyards only a few hours from Vancouver. Click here for a list of the incredible wineries in the Okanagan.
12. Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
Find yourself at the edge of the North Atlantic and North America at Fogo Island. The island is home to a variety of lighthouses, museums, mini-houses, unique and incredible views, and more. The island considers itself to have 7 seasons and has a huge selection of activities, such as hiking, beaches, wildlife watching, iceberg viewing, swimming, and more.
13. Big Muddy Valley, Saskatchewan
Welcome to Canada's badlands. The Big Muddy Valley is a vast, geographically distinct and wildy remote part of Saskatchewan. Watch the history of the earth unfold in front of your eyes and see the lasting impacts of various eras revealed in the rugged geography of the area. Here you will find weathered buttes, uniquely shaped hills, cliffs, eroded clay formations, sandstone ravines, and caves.
14. Cavendish Beach, Prince Edward Island
Soft sands with a cool reddish tint, clear blue waters - that means you've come to Cavendish Beach. On top of the beautiful beach, there is Cavendish Campground, which is only steps from the ocean in Cavendish. The Cavendish Beach Music Festival is held here as well.
15. Lake Louise, Alberta
This lake is a must see in Alberta. Turquoise waters surrounded by alpine mountains. There is a large variety of hiking trails to choose from and Fairmont Lake Louise only steps away.
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16. l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé, Quebec
l’Île-Bonaventure-et-du-Rocher-Percé is a gem in Quebec located at the Gaspé Peninsula's tip. See unique natural and historic geography. You can hike, go wildlife watching, or do an underwater exploration.
17. Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
The Great Slave Lake is the deepest lake in North America and the tenth-largest lake in the entire world. You can see the dazzling Northern Lights and countless stars over this remote beauty. Experience the true Canadian wilderness.
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