Are you planning your next trip to Canada and searching for the best places to travel to while you’re there? Being such a vast country makes it hard to know where to start but don’t worry because we’ve got you covered!
Being a cross-country tour company means we know some of the best vacation spots in Canada. So, we compiled this list of our favourite places for backpackers just like you. If you’d rather not go through the hassle of planning a trip yourself, why not book one of our Cross-Canada Tours and let us do the planning for you?
Either way, check out the list below for a quick look at some of the best places to travel in Canada from the West to East coast:
Tofino, British Columbia
Whistler, British Columbia
Kelowna, British Columbia
Lake Louise, Alberta
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia
If you plan to travel to BC during your time in Canada, one of the best places to visit is Tofino. Tucked away on the far side of Vancouver Island, it’s a bit of a trek to get there but it’s well worth the journey.
It’s home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the West Coast. This makes it one the best places to travel if you’re looking to fully experience the pacific ocean in all its wonder.
Some of the unique activities you can take part in include whale watching, wildlife tours, hiking the pacific trail or surfing lessons in the Pacific Ocean.
Learn more at MyTofino.com.
One of the best things about traveling in BC is that the places you can visit are extremely diverse. If the sunny beaches of Tofino aren’t your style, why not head a little inland to the breathtaking mountains of Whistler?
Take in the incredible views from the Sea to Sky Highway as you head 90 minutes north of Vancouver to reach Whistler, BC.
In the winter months, you can spend your time skiing, snowboarding, touring ice caves and even dog sledding. There’s also plenty to do in Whistler when things warm up including hiking the mountain ranges, white water rafting, bear viewing, zip lining, bungee jumping, and enjoying the incredible nightlife of Whistler Village.
For a full list of where to stay and what to do, head to Whistler.com.
Another great vacation spot to check out if you’re thinking of visiting Canada is the city of Kelowna, nestled inside the beautiful region of BC’s Okanagan Valley.
Being surrounded by mountains means that this town gives its visitors the perfect blend between urban and rural tourism.
Depending on the time of year, some of the best things to do while you’re visiting include hiking the many mountain ranges, skiing or snowboarding Big White, and visiting one of the many wineries in wine country.
You can discover more on where to stay and what to do at TourismKelowna.com.
If your travels in Canada bring you towards Alberta, one of the best places to visit is Jasper.
Being full of quaint cottages to stay in and surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wildlife make for an unforgettable experience.
While there, you’ll find plenty of activities for sightseers including boat cruises, helicopter tours and wildlife tours. If you’re the more adventurous type, you won’t be disappointed either. Try ice climbing, white water rafting or skiing the exciting slopes that surround the town!
Finally, at the top of every traveler's bucket list while visiting Jasper should be a trip to Jasper National Park. It’s the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, stretching over 11,000 kilometers, with scenery and wildlife that’s unmatched.
The above picture was taken at Spirit Island in Jasper National Park, which is accessible via the Maligne Lake Cruise.
Head to Jasper.travel for a full list of things to do here.
Lake Louise and Moraine Lake, AB
If you plan to travel to Canada in search of scenery that looks like it’s out of a postcard, Lake Louise is one of the best vacation spots to start.
This beautiful gem is tucked away in Banff National Park. Its' magical emerald waters overlook the majestic mountain glaciers that make up the park and as amazing as the pictures are, they don’t do it justice. It’s the perfect place for a tranquil canoe trip or an unforgettable hike. However, don’t let that stop you from coming in the winter months when there’s still plenty to do.
Beware - this has become the #1 tourist hotspot in Canada, especially during the summer months, so be sure to head out to Lake Louise early in the morning to enjoy the scenery without the flocks of tourists.
If you’re going to be visiting Lake Louise during the winter, plan your trip around the local Ice Magic Festival. It features unique activities such as ice carving, scenic skating rinks, cross country skiing and much more.
If you want to find more information on this, head to BanffLakeLouise.com.
When visiting Lake Louise, be sure to take some time to also explore Moraine Lake. Strangely, Moraine Lake is lesser known but is just as beautiful - if not more. Take a quick hike up the Rockpile Trail, and in under 10 minutes, you can have these incredible views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. There are a multitude of day hikes that you can take from the Moraine Lake lodge, and we can guarantee they will blow your mind.
Just like Lake Louise, the car park fills up extremely quickly in the morning, so either plan to be there at the break of dawn, or take one of the shuttles from the Lake Louise car park, or Lake Louise overflow parking.