You're Not A True Canadian Unless You've Done At Least 9 Of These 14 Bucket-List Activities

How many can you check off? 🇨🇦

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A couple sitting by Lake Louise. Right: A small glass of wine in a vineyard.

A couple sitting by Lake Louise. Right: A small glass of wine in a vineyard.

From coast to coast to coast, Canada is filled with bucket-list-worthy sights, activities, eats, landmarks and cultural experiences.

If you're looking to plan a vacay or mini-getaway within the country, you might want to try meeting P.E.I.'s Anne Shirley, dipping your feet in the mud at the Bay of Fundy, kissing a cod in Newfoundland and so many more fun things to do.

These 14 experiences are available at different times of the year, with some of them being available year-round, so this list should keep you going for quite some time.

If you've done at least nine of these things, your Canadian bucket list is getting close to complete!

Eaten a St-Viateur bagel

Address: 263, rue St-Viateur O., Montreal, QC

Why You Need To Go: As well as being Montreal's longest-running bagel shop, the iconic store is beloved by locals and A-list celebs like the late Anthony Bourdain, Celine Dion, Kelly Ripa and Jimmy Kimmel.

They have a wide variety of bagels available that are perfect on their own but even better when topped with cream cheese and lox. Yum!

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Gotten muddy at the Hopewell Rocks

Address: 131 Discovery Rd., Hopewell Cape, NB

Why You Need To Go: To see nature's artistry at its finest, you'll want to check out these beautiful rocks that have been lovingly carved out by the ocean.

You can walk on the muddy seabed and see the rocks up close, and then a couple of hours later, you can watch as the water comes back in and starts to submerge the rocks at high tide.

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Snapped a pic at Lake Louise

Address: 111 Lake Louise Dr., Lake Louise, AB

Why You Need To Go: Have you even been to Banff if you haven't taken a pic for the 'gram at Lake Louise?

Known for its stunning turquoise lakes, you can also check out the Vicotria Glacier, the mountains and the general magnificence of being immersed in unreal natural beauty.

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Met Anne of Green Gables

Address: 8619 Rte. 6, Cavendish, PE

Why You Need To Go: Because Anne Shirley is a national treasure!

In July and August, you can actually meet the red-headed orphan from L.M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables as you wander the national historic site in Cavendish.

You'll be able to take in the charms of where Anne and Diana got into their hijinks and where Anne slowly but surely fell for Gilbert. Watch out for that raspberry cordial!

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Been "screeched in" in Newfoundland

Address: Newfoundland

Why You Need To Go: Because becoming an honorary Newfoundlander by kissing a fish is just so very Canadian.

For those who "come from away," which is basically all non-islanders visiting the province, you can take part in a fun ceremony where you drink some Screech rum, kiss a dead codfish, say a few words and bam! You'll get a certificate confirming your title as an authentic honorary Newfoundlander.

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Looked for dinosaurs in the badlands

Address: Dinosaur Provincial Park, AB

Why You Need To Go: Okay, so maybe you won't find actual dinosaurs, but a visit to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta's badlands is sure to be educational.

The park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to some of the most extensive dinosaur fossil fields in the world.

So while the T. rex and its friends might be long gone, you might stumble upon a fossil and become an amateur paleontologist!

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Sipped wine in Niagara

Address: Niagara Region, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you want to try out some fancy wine and not pay European prices, a visit to the vineyards in Ontario is a must.

The Niagara Region is home to over 50 wineries, and many offer tours and tastings throughout the warmer months. Whether you're a connoisseur or a relatively new tippler, it's always great to support Canadian businesses, particularly when it involves delicious wines.

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Gotten splashed by Niagara Falls

Address: Niagara Falls, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're already in the Niagara Region, a stay wouldn't be complete without a trip to the falls.

To experience the natural wonder up close, you can hop on a boat and get close enough to the falls to hear and feel the thundering water as it crashes. How thrilling!

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Gone up the CN Tower

Address: 290 Bremner Blvd., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Because it's arguably one of Canada's most recognizable landmarks!

Whether you're hanging off the tower at 116 storeys up on the EdgeWalk, dining at the revolving 360 Restaurant or just generally enjoying the aerial view of the city, there's something for everyone to enjoy (unless you're afraid of heights, of course!).

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Hit the slopes in Whistler

Address: 4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC

Why You Need To Go: Is there any better way to enjoy winter than getting out and playing in it?

According to the resort's website, over the past ten years, Whistler Blackcomb has received an average of 10.8 metres of snow a year, which is great news for skiers and snowboarders who love making fresh tracks.

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Seen the northern lights

Address: Various locations

Why You Need To Go: Being able to see the geomagnetic storm dance across the sky is truly a wonder of nature.

According to the government, you don't need any special equipment to view the phenomenon — just a healthy dose of enthusiasm and a location as close to the magnetic north pole as possible.

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Gone skating on the Rideau Canal

Address: The Rideau Canal Skateway, Ottawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Because it's the world's largest skating rink! There's almost 8 kilometres of ice to enjoy, and in 2022, more than half a million people skated down this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

When it's open, it's totally free and can be enjoyed 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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Hung out in Stanley Park

Address: Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC

Why You Need To Go: A trip to Vancouver wouldn't be complete without taking in the sights of the 400-hectare natural West Coast rainforest.

There are kilometres of trails for biking and hiking as well as scenic spots to hang out and have a little picnic or snooze.

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Hit up the Calgary Stampede

Address: 1410 Olympic Way S.E., Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: To experience the 10-day-long celebration of broncos and cowboy culture and soak in the education and entertainment during the iconic event. Yeehaw!

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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.

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