Looking to explore the vast country of Canada but aren’t sure where to start? Here are 10 summer travel destinations you have to visit that are all across Canada.
1. City of Toronto
At the top of our list for summer travel destinations in Canada is the multicultural and vibrant City of Toronto. Not to be confused with The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the City of Toronto is a melting pot of cultures all living together in one city and found all in one place. Visit Roncesvalles for some authentic Polish cuisine, attend the Taste of the Danforth festival for some Greek, or drive down College Street for some Italian and Portuguese. Make sure to check out the C.N. Tower, Ripleys Aquarium, or catch a Raptors basketball game at the Scotiabank Arena.
2. Grand Bend Beach
The Grand Bend Beach is another great place on our list of summer travel destinations to visit. Found in Grand Bend, Ontario, the beach is one of the cleanest and picturesque in Canada. With white sands and clear waters, you will feel as if you’ve gone to Miami. Have fun renting a jet ski, go on the grand bend parasail, or try your hand at splash water sports. If thrill seeking isn’t your style grab some sun on the beach while taking a walk on the boardwalk or catch a live theater show at the Huron Country Playhouse.
One of the most populous cities in Canada, Vancouver is found on the western side of the country within British Columbia. A beautiful city surrounded by mountains, lush greenery, and rolling waters, it’s not surprising that many blockbuster movies have been filmed here. It has a flourishing music and art scene, so be sure to check out the Vancouver Art Gallery as well. Visit the centuries old Chinatown, take a walk on Coal Harbour, or for entertainment take a stroll down Granville Street.
Montreal is another favorite of our summer travel destinations within Canada. Located in the province of Quebec, it is aptly named after the triple-peaked hill at the heart of the Saint Lawrence River called Mount Royal. Visit Old Montreal where you’ll find historic attractions such as the Notre-Dame Basilica, a towering Gothic Revival Church. Admire the flora at the Montreal Botanical Gardens and then admire the works of art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. To unwind, take a walk on the Old Port of Montreal.
As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is a must-see on our list of summer travel destinations. Visit the inside of Parliament Hill with a tour guide, or simply admire its grand architecture from its lawns. Learn about indigenous and Canadian works of art at the National Gallery of Canada or take a gander on the Rideau Canal. After a long day check out the ByWard market for Artisan foods and specialty clothing stores.
A large metropolitan city, Calgary is a great summer travel destination. If you come at the right time, visit the Calgary Stampede and watch cowboy rodeos, sample delicious food, and admire the horses. Visit the Glenbow Museum, climb to the top of the Calgary Tower, or go for some excitement to the Glenmore Reservoir where they offer boat rentals and sailing lessons.
7. Banff National Park
The Banff National Park of Canada is a wonderful summer travel destination and a UNESCO world heritage site. If you’re adventurous and love the outdoors, then this park is right for you. Offering a stunning view of the Rocky Mountains, explore the park and hike around Moraine Lake or Peyto Lake. Make a pit-stop and visit the Lake Louise Ski Resort for an unforgettable ski trip.
8. Chateau Lake Louise
Built over a century ago, the Chateau Lake Louise is a delightful summer travel destination. A luxury mountain resort located within Banff National park, it provides guided mountain tours, skiing, horseback riding, a luxurious spa, and a world class dining experience all with a spectacular view.
9. L’Anse aux Meadows
Going eastwards now, L’Anse aux Meadows is another summer travel destination to visit in Canada. Located in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, it’s an archaeological site and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will find confirmed historic Viking and Norse settlements within the village that date to a thousand years ago. Visit the other national historic sites and parks nearby and go bird-watching, hiking, or wander down to Norstead village.
10. Green Gables
Lastly on our list of summer travel destinations to visit in Canada is the site of Green Gables. Found in the eastern province of Prince Edward Island, Green Gables is found within the Prince Edward Island National Park. The site inspired the world-famous author L.M. Montgomery and her classic tale of Anne of Green Gables. Afterward, visit the museums, trails, or sample the amazing seafood the locals have to offer.
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