Canada is the second largest country in the world. With a country so vast and beautiful, it’s difficult to choose the best bucket list destinations to discover. Our Montreal bucket list alone is endless (where we currently call home), but these are just a few of our favorite Canadian destinations. Take some time to cross these must-dos off your Canadian bucket list.
Canadian Bucket List Destinations
Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta
Set inside the borders of the vast Banff National Park, the area that surrounds these two towns is one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mountain destinations. With easy access to stunning blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, abundant wildlife, pristine wilderness, and endless outdoor adventures, Banff & Lake Louise should top your Canadian bucket list.
Moraine Lake is a glacially fed lake in Banff National Park, just 14 kilometres outside the Village of Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. It’s one of Canada’s 10 most photographed natural places.
Set on the shores of Hudson Bay, Churchill has earned international fame as the polar bear capital of the world. So plentiful are the polar bears that the town actually has a “polar bear jail,” which holds bears that wander into town until they can be released back into the wild. While they may look cute and fluffy, they are still hungry bears and they actively hunt humans. To be safe, it’s best to book an excursion with a tour company such as Churchill Nature Tours. The best time to spot the bears in their natural environment is October through November.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Known as the Honeymoon Capital of the world, Niagara Falls is a prime tourist destination for lovers. The city of Niagara Falls plays host to about 50,000 honeymooning couples a year and Niagara Falls Tourism even gives out honeymoon certificates. The city has given out almost one million of these certificates to date. Niagara Falls isn’t just for honeymoons though and it’s an equally magical destination for families. Man-made attractions located within walking distance of Niagara Falls include Hornblower Cruises, Clifton Hill attractions, Greg Frewin Theatre, WildPlay’s MistRider Zipline, Niagara’s Fury, and Fallsview Indoor Waterpark. Within a short drive of Niagara Falls, you can find Marineland, Safari Niagara, Oh Canada Eh? Dinner Theatre, Americana Waterpark Resort & Spa, and Niagara Helicopters.
To read more about the fun things offered in Niagara Falls, check out our Niagara Falls Bucket List.
Toronto is our favorite city in Canada to visit. It’s full of culture, entertainment, natural beauty, and delicious food. As Canada’s most populated city, it offers exceptional public transportation and there is something to do at every stop. There are ballet, opera, and theatre performances to watch and hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, and lacrosse teams that all call Toronto home. It’s also home to the CN Tower, the world’s 9th tallest free-standing structure, and Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Canada’s largest indoor aquarium.
To read more about the fun things offered in Toronto, check out our Toronto Bucket List.
The nation’s capital city, Ottawa, Ontario sits on the Ottawa River and has, at its center, Parliament Hill. It offers grand Victorian architecture and museums such as the National Gallery of Canada, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature.
The park-lined Rideau Canal is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter. The Rideau Canal is the largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world. When the canal is open to skating, it’s free day and night!
You can also celebrate Canadian winter fun during Winterlude in Canada’s Capital Region.
To read more about the fun things offered in Ottawa, check out our Ottawa Winter Bucket List.
Quebec City, Quebec
If European-style architecture and old-world charm are on your Canadian bucket list, Quebec City is the place for you. Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure and the only fortified city north of Mexico. Quebec City holds both European charm and sophistication alongside its unmistakable French Canadian character. Home to the iconic Chateau Frontenac, poutine, horse-drawn carriages on cobblestone streets, as well as Quebec City Winter Carnival, there’s always plenty to do, see, and eat in Quebec City.
Hotel de Glace, Quebec City’s Ice Hotel, will transport you into a fascinating world entirely made of snow and ice.
Mont Tremblant, Quebec
Mont Tremblant, located in the heart of the Laurentians, Quebec, is a wondrous natural playground. It offers a multitude of bucket list activities for the whole family.
Does it get any more Canadian than being picked up by helicopter from a frozen lake and flying over the homes of professional hockey players? Take a tour with Heli Tremblant and you’ll discover the region in a unique, panoramic flight.
Can you imagine taking the reins of a pack of huskies as they pull you through snowy terrain? You can do that in Mont Tremblant as well.
Known for its great powder, it wouldn’t be a complete visit to Mont Tremblant without skiing. You can take private, semi-private, or group skiing and snowboarding lessons at Mont Tremblant or get to know the mount yourself on any of Mont Tremblant’s 96 runs.
To read more about the fun things offered in Mont Tremblant, check out our Mont Tremblant Bucket List.
Cabot Trail, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
The Cabot Trail is a 185 mile driving loop that has picturesque lookout points, miles of hiking trails, lush forests, and endless beauty. Highlights include the Skyline Trail, Mary Ann Falls, Ingonish Beach, and Uisge Ban Falls. Additionally, a popular local swimming spot is Black Brook Beach in Ingonish. It’s a great spot to catch some waves while boogie boarding. If you just can’t get enough of the Cabot Trail, check out 11 Not To Be Missed Stops on the Cabot Trail for even more inspiration.
Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland
When it comes to viewing icebergs, Newfoundland is one of the best places in the world. On a sunny day, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts. Iceberg Alley stretches from the coast of Labrador to the southeast coast of the island of Newfoundland.
Which destinations top your Canadian bucket list? Did we miss any of your absolute favorites?
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