#01 Vancouver

Canada’s Pacific capital is one of the nation’s most enticing cities, with a dazzling location, fine beaches and world-class cuisine.

Things not to miss: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.© canadastock/Shutterstock 

#02 The Laurentians

Some of the finest and most diverse scenery in Québec, from rolling farmland to a vast coniferous forest.

Autumn leaves seen from the National Park "Mont-Tremblant" in the Laurentian Plateau in Quebec, Canada.© Tom Spark/Shutterstock

#03 Fogo Island, Newfoundland

Wild and unspoiled, this is Newfoundland at its most traditional, with gorgeous fishing villages clinging to the rocky shore.

#03 Fogo Island, Newfoundland

#04 Snowboarding in Whistler

Hit the slopes where Olympians triumphed at North America’s largest ski resort, with hundreds of acres of mind-blowing terrain.

Skiing and snowboarding off the Peak of Whistler mountain in Canada© Fremme/Shutterstock

#05 Art Gallery of Ontario

With an outstanding collection of works by Canada’s Group of Seven and an architectural revamp by Frank Gehry, Toronto’s main art gallery is a must.

Things not to miss: Art Gallery of Ontario, Canada.© csabakerpacs/Shutterstock 

#06 Lobster suppers in PEI

End a day lounging on the reddish sands of PEI’s National Park with one of the island’s celebrated seafood feasts.

Things not to miss: Lobster, Prince Edward Island, Canada.© Whoever/Shutterstock 

#07 Grizzly Bear Sanctuary

Take a boat trip from Prince Rupert to this remote, lush preserve, which is home to at least sixty grizzlies.

Things not to miss: Grizzly bear eating salmon, Canada.© Antoni Murcia/Shutterstock 

#08 Georgian Bay Islands

Get a taster of the Great Lakes at Ontario’s most scenic spot – easily explored by boat or kayak.

#08 Georgian Bay Islands

#09 Lunenburg

Of all the old fishing towns along the Nova Scotian coast, Lunenburg is the prettiest.

Things not to miss: Lunenburg, Canada.© gvictoria/Shutterstock 

#10 Western Brook Pond, Gros Morne National Park

Take a boat trip on Newfoundland’s most jaw-dropping lake, hemmed in by 600m walls of rock.

Things not to miss in Canada: Western Brook Pond, Newfoundland, Canada.© Curtis Watson/Shutterstock

#11 Pacific Rim National Park

The majestic centrepiece of Vancouver Island is beguiling mix of islets, rainforests and mountains.

#11 Pacific Rim National Park

#12 Whale-watching

On both the east and west coasts, venturing out to view whales – from orcas to humpbacks and minke to belugas – at close quarters is an unforgettable experience.

Things not to miss in Canada: Whale jump.© Alexey Mhoyan/Shutterstock

#14 Haida Gwaii

This magical west-coast archipelago of 200 islets boasts a vibrant Aboriginal culture, unique fauna and deep, mossy forests.

Things not to miss: Historic Totem Poles, Ninstints, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada.© Bob Hilscher/Shutterstock 

#15 Newfoundland Folk Music

St John’s is an enclave of live music excellence, especially noted for the quality of its folk artists, Celtic bands and fiddlers.

#15 Newfoundland Folk Music

#16 Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum

This impressive homage to Canada’s military history competes with the National Gallery as cultural centrepiece of the nation’s agreeable capital.

Things not to miss: War Museum, Ottawa, Canada.© Andre Nantel/Shutterstock 

#17 Niagara Falls

Millions come to see the Falls – three great sheets of water thundering over a 50m precipice.

Things not to miss: Niagara falls, Canada.© Jam Norasett/Shutterstock

#18 Canoe in Algonquin Provincial Park

The wild tracts of this enormous park – the largest in Ontario – are best explored by canoe.

Three canoes on the edge of a lake in Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada.© Chris Hill/Shutterstock

#19 Montréal’s Just For Laughs

Catching some of the thousands of acts at the world’s largest comedy festival is just one of the ways to enjoy this city’s many delights.

Things not to miss: smile, girl, park, happy, Canada.© Anna Kraynova/Shutterstock 

#20 Battle Harbour, Labrador

Step back into the world of Moby Dick at this beautifully preserved nineteenth-century fishing port.

Things not to miss in Canada: Battle Harbour, Newfoundland, Canada.© Josef Hanus/Shutterstock 

#21 Vieux-Québec

With its clutch of fine old buildings, handsome location and great restaurant scene, Québec City’s historic old town feels more European than Canadian.

Things not to miss: Frontenac Castle in Old Quebec City, Canada.© Lopolo/Shutterstock 

#22 Mount Robson

The highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, set amid stunning scenery on the Alberta/BC border.

Mount Robson, Canada© Mana Arabi/Shutterstock

#23 See a glacier up close

The largest collection of snow and ice in the Canadian Rockies is at the Columbia Icefield, home of the famed Athabasca Glacier.

#23 See a glacier up close

#24 Cabot Trail

This scintillating highway snakes along the rugged Cape Breton coast, through misty forests and traditional Acadian and Gaelic communities.

Things not to miss: Cape Breton's Cabot Trail, Canada.© cworthy/Shutterstock

#25 Calgary Stampede

Let your inner cowboy (or -girl) loose at this annual bonanza of all things rodeo and Western.

Things not to miss: rodeo, Canada.© Orenn/Shutterstock 

#26 Drive the Icefields Parkway

Taking in the dramatic Rockies for over 200km, this is one of the world’s most beautiful drives.

Things not to miss: Bow Lake near Icefields Parkway, Banff, Rocky Mountains, Canada.© TRphotos/Shutterstock 

#27 Polar bears in Churchill

Bleak and solitary, this northern town bills itself as the “polar bear capital of the world” – with justification.

Polar bear mom and cub walking across the edge of the sea ice in Churchill, Canada© Green Mountain Exposure/Shutterstock

#28 Dawson City

Take a step back into history in this iconic frontier town, the centre of the great 1898 Klondike gold rush.

#28 Dawson City

#29 Hiking in Banff

Countless trails make it easy to escape the crowds and explore the great outdoors around the Rockies’ bustling summer capital.


Things not to miss: Moraine lake, Banff National Park, Canada.© Lucky-photographer/Shutterstock 

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