Travelling is the most educational experience one can get! When we travel to a location we are encompassed by the local history, culture, natural beauty, food, people, and several other elements that contribute to our existing knowledge bank. Call it a sport, a passion or a hobby; travelling is definitely a universally acclaimed experience. Canada, North America is one such breathtaking place that leaves every visitor spellbound! It is diverse in every element and has so much to offer to it’s visitors. The energy is undying and experience unmatched. It’s a wonderful mix of mesmerizing natural beauty, quaint towns and numerous cosmopolitan cities. No one can ever ‘see it all’ and ‘do it all’ in one single visit! To help you plan an itinerary we are listing down the Top 10 Sights in Canada. Take your pick or if you are lucky see them all!
This has got to be the No. 1 ‘must see’ when travelling in Canada. The majestic Niagara Falls, with a drop of approximately 57 meters, are a breathtaking natural wonder that attract millions from across the globe, every year. The Falls form the international border between Canada and the United States. The Falls are divided into three individual falls on the Niagara river. The largest, the Horseshoe Fall is on the Canadian side but all three can be seen from this side. The city, Niagara Falls, is small and completely touristy with the Falls being the major attraction. It is located over an hour’s drive from the city of Toronto. You can stand right at the edge of the falls or even visit the Niagara Gorge to soak in this natural beauty.
For the most mesmerizing, calm and serene experience visit the Stanley Park in Vancouver, Canada. It’s a massive 1001-acre public park that is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Vancouver Harbor and the English Bay. Before being a park, this was the first ever explored area in the city! The beauty of the park lies in the natural landscape architecture formed by the evolution of the forest and urban space over years. You can explore the natural landscapes and come across various species of trees like Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce trees. The park is home to nearly 200 species of birds, a colony of great blue herons, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, beavers, rabbits and grey squirrels. A complete haven of natural beauty and experiences!
Old Quebec has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is divided across the Upper Town and Lower Town of Quebec and house to the most spectacular and historic buildings. The Lower Town runs along the St. Lawrence River. The lower town is the site of the original settlement and is home to the magnificent Chateau Frontenac and several other attractions. You could just walk through the Lower Town and soak in the quaint beauty and charm that surrounds it. The Upper Town is located on 100-meter-high cliffs. This is the home to the Citadel and several other historic and significant attractions. The city is thronged by local artists who display their works and also various museums. It is culturally and historically rich and extensive.
To view and experience nature at it’s abundant best, visit the Butchart Gardens located in Brentwood Bay, British Colombia, Canada. The Gardens are located near Victoria on Vancouver Island. The Butchart Gardens have been recognized as a National Historic Site of Canada and welcomes approximately a million people every year! The Gardens have the most beautiful and spectacular floral displays. The vibrant colors and numerous species of plants and flowers make this a complete arena of wonder and beauty! Fountains, sculptures, themes and streams of water give it a magical and fairytale atmosphere. It’s a treasured experience for people of all age groups and promises fragrant memories for a lifetime. Make sure you find out about the beautiful story behind the gardens, an interesting fact and memory in itself!
This beautiful and splendid basilica is located in the historic district of Old Montreal, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The spectacular Gothic Revival architecture style is the first attraction. You could spend hours just starting and admiring the exterior beauty. Once inside, you will be even more spellbound by the mix of colors and grand displays. The deep blue ceiling with golden stars is nothing less than a page out of a fairytale! You will be surrounded by the most beautiful shades and hues of blues, reds, purples, silver and gold! The wooden carvings and stained glass windows add to the charm of this basilica. It is home to a Casavant Frères pipe organ, from 1891, which has 4 keyboards, 92 stops using electro pneumatic action and an adjustable combination system, 7000 individual pipes and a pedal board. The instrument is a real gem! Try and catch one of the choral and organ performances for a harmonious experience.
This beautiful experience is actually a combination of two very fine locations that one must visit when in Canada. The Banff National Park is probably on every traveler’s list and within the Park is this beautiful treasure called Moraine Lake. It’s a lake fed by glaciers, situated in the spectacular Valley of Ten Peaks (another sight to behold). You may have seen many shades of blue, but the blue of the lake when it’s full is sure to be the first of it’s kinds! The blue color is a result of the refraction of light off the rock flour that is continuously deposited in the lake. A rare masterpiece! The area around the lake has the best walking and hiking trails. The Rockpile Trail along the moraine is approximately 300 meters long and an elevation of 24 meters. If you manage to hike your way up, the view of the lake is the best and in fact one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada! So gear up and hike up to a breathtaking view.
The Royal British Columbia Museum, located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is an absolute must for those fascinated by history and arts, and everyone else too actually! The Museum was founded in 1886 and includes three permanent galleries- Modern History, Natural History, and local First Nation’s History. It has numerous artifacts, natural history specimens, archival records; all combining to around 7 million objects on display! The Natural History gallery is dedicated to information, artifacts, and life sized displays of the extensive and diverse geography of the province from pre historic times to present. The Modern History Gallery is dedicated to artifacts and replicas of British Columbia’s history over the last 200 years. The First Peoples Gallery is dedicated to artifacts from the Haida people. The Museum includes various aspects of science and history making it an extremely valuable and informative sight.
The Canadian War Museum is Canada’s national museum of military history. It is located in Ottawa, Ontario. It is a complete overview and display of Canada’s military past. One can see naval guns, tanks, motorcycles, jet aircrafts and numerous other objects on display that have been a part of the Country’s military past. One can really know and understand Canada’s significant role in international conflicts. While war museums may not be your favorite sights to visit on a holiday, this museum just might change your perspective. It’s very well detailed and extensive that gives complete detailed information about various major conflicts, wars and used weapons and vehicles. An enriching experience for everyone!
Located in Newfoundland, GrosMorne national Park has been recognized as a world heritage site. The name comes from the second highest mountain peak in Newfoundland, a member of the Long Range Mountains. GrosMorne means ‘large mountain standing alone’ in French. It may not be very easily accessible, as compared to the other National Parks in Canada, but when you go there you will realize it’s completely worth the effort! The spectacular landscape of mountains and fjords is a one of it’s kinds experience! It has several steep cliff walls, waterfalls and intriguing rock formations that display the wonders of nature at it’s best. The rock formations have been artistically carved by glacier fed waters. You can choose to take a boat tour or be more adventurous and hike the thrilling trails. Kayaking is also a popular choice! Winters attract ski enthusiasts to this site. For anyone who wants to completely be surrounded by nature and feel the calmness it offers- Do Visit!
Whistler is a famous resort town just two hours drive from Vancouver, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. It has a small population but visitors throng this place all through the year. It is most famous for it’s ski resort. It is a very popular winter sports area and in summers offers the best golf and mountain biking opportunities. An all year round ‘must visit’ place. Due to the large number of visitors, the energy and atmosphere is always lively and exciting. Numerous hotels and dining opportunities have made way into the life of Whistler. The natural scenery offered by the mountains is absolutely magnificent. So weather you plan to go for a day or spend a few days, Whistler is a great place to be and many things to offer. If you are a sports enthusiast and an adventure junkie- it’s a must!
Canada, is one such breathtaking place that leaves every visitor spellbound! It is diverse in every element and has so much to offer to it’s visitors. Fall in love with exploring Canada as much as we do.