7 Places You Must Visit in Canada

March 5, 2024


  • Kelia Losa Reinoso

Travellers are itching to get back out in the world once again. According to a survey by OAG, 69% of participants are planning to fly internationally in the next six months. However, traveler habits are predicted to change in a few important ways. The rise of the conscious traveler will choose destinations based on experience and memories rather than prestige and Instagram likes.

With over 50% of the Canadian population vaccinated and the start of the summer season, it seems likely that Canada will welcome tourists soon. The Canadian government extended travel restrictions until June 21. If you’re planning to visit Canada as soon as you get the green light then read further to discover the seven must-see places to add to your trip itinerary.

Top 7 Best Places to Visit in Canada


1. Banff

Banff is a small mountain town in Alberta, situated at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Visitors can spend their days skiing or hiking in Banff National Park and take a relaxing canoe ride or an exhilarating rafting trip down the Bow River before retiring to one of the several accommodations including luxury suites or budget-friendly chalets. Day trips to popular attractions like the Columbia Icefield and Lousie Lake, renowned for its turquoise waters, cannot be left off of your itinerary.

2. Vancouver

A trip to Canada is not complete without visiting its most famous city - Vancouver. While the city offers plenty of cultural attractions, including museums and outdoor markets such as hip and jazzy Gastown, visiting Vancouver is all about embracing the outdoors.

Plan to travel to the resort town, Whistler for an epic time skiing and snowboarding, and swim at Kitsilano Beach or stroll through sprawling Stanley Park. If you're not afraid of heights, head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which is positioned 230 feet above the Capilano River.

3. Niagara Falls

Travel to Toronto to see and capture photos of its iconic natural attraction. Explore the falls from above during a helicopter tour, or see them up close with a boat ride. After you've taken in the splendor, check out the area's other top attractions, such as Niagara Glen Nature Centre, which offers strolls along guided hiking trails. If you enjoy the quirky and interesting then take a tour inside the Upside Down House where you'll see furniture, shoes, and carpet on the ceiling. This naturally makes for a hilarious photo-op!

4. Jasper National Park

If you’re planning to visit Canada to spot wildlife then you’ll want to take a trip to Jasper National Park which is home to caribou, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and wolves. The park also boasts one the highest concentrated black and brown bear populations in Canada. You can take in the scenic mountain views with a seven-minute tram ride or boat tour on Maligne Lake. If you’re not afraid of heights then you’ll love the thrill of the Glacier Skywalk where ice-capped mountains surround you and glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop.

5. Montreal

If you had to make a decision between visiting Canada or Europe then you’ll be thrilled to know that Montreal is a little piece of Europe in Canada. The French city is famous for its cobblestone streets, narrow alleyways, gothic architecture, and incredible restaurants such as Île Flottante and Nouilles de Lan Zhou. Do yourself a favor and get your fix of Poutine where it originated - a tourist favorite of potatoes, cheese, and gravy.

6. Whistler Blackcomb

Whistler Blackcomb is the largest ski resort in North America that attracts thousands of thrill-seekers every year. Sarah Plaskitt, the founder of Scout Ski, sees people returning for more action-packed fun in the snow. “It’s just such a favorite that people keep going back again and again. There is also so much happening in the village and the varied terrain really does make all levels of skiers happy.” When you’ve had your fill of skiing down the slopes, you can browse a huge range of shops from ski retail to art galleries, and legendary bars and restaurants.

7. Toronto

Toronto has consistently ranked as one of the top tourist destinations in the world. The popular city features many skyscrapers and high-rise buildings of which the most iconic is the Toronto CN Tower as well as a large immigrant population that you can thank for a variety of cuisines and flavors from around the world. Other bucket list things to see include the Edge Walk, Rogers Arena if you’re a sports fan, High Park, Kensington Market, and the Royal Ontario Museum.

Why Visit Canada?

Wide Open Spaces

A conscious traveler is far more discerning about the journeys they go on. After months of cabin fever, travelers are on the lookout for wide-open spaces, and Canada has no shortage of that. Standing in a crowd to snap a picture of the Colosseum is not as inviting as hiking in Banff National Park along Lake Louise, surrounded by the Rocky Mountain peaks.

Explore at Your Own Pace

A conscious traveler is able to go on longer holidays thanks to an increase in remote working. That gives you more time to explore off the beaten path, and take in multiple locations at a slower pace. The Canadian Working Holiday Visa is ideal for this sort of trip because it allows you to stay in Canada for up to 12 months whereas a Visitor Visa is only valid for six months.

Take In Your Surroundings

Travelling is much more than hotels, booze, and clubs for a conscious traveller. They are more appreciative of their surroundings and local people, and less reckless in their spending. Visiting Canada on your next holiday is the perfect balance between nature and cityscapes, wildlife and art galleries, outdoor activities, and markets. The incredible cultural diversity of Canada will be an enriching and fulfilling experience.

How Can I Travel to Canada for a Holiday?

Planning a Canadian adventure? To explore this stunning country, you'll need to consider the appropriate travel authorization and prepare for a smooth journey.

Canada Visitor's Visa

The Canada Visitor's Visa is the most common option for holidaymakers. You can apply online or through a visa application center. Processing times vary, so plan and check the official website for details and eligibility requirements.

Working Holiday Visa

This visa might be suitable if you want to extend your stay and experience Canada while working short-term jobs. The Working Holiday Visa eligibility criteria and application processes differ depending on what country you’re from. Unfortunately, the International Experience Canada (IEC) steams like WHV are only available to a set list of countries.

What’s an eTA for Canada?

An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals flying to or transiting through Canada. It's electronically linked to your passport, valid for up to five years (or passport expiry), and costs CAD$7. You can apply online in minutes if eligible. Remember, an eTA doesn't guarantee entry, and border officials have the final say.

Canadian Travel Insurance

Unexpected medical situations can arise during travel. Having comprehensive travel insurance provides peace of mind, covering medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and potential lost luggage or travel documents.

Not sure how to start your travels? Reach out to us and get in touch with an RCIC, who can guide you to the Great White North.


What's the Best Time of the Year to Visit Canada?

Canada's vastness offers diverse experiences year-round. Generally, May to September is ideal for pleasant weather and outdoor activities. Summer (June-August) boasts warmth, but expect crowds and peak prices. Consider shoulder seasons (April-May, September-October) for milder weather, fewer crowds, and beautiful fall foliage.

What Should I Pack to Visit Canada?

Pack layers for changing weather, comfortable shoes for exploring, and rain gear. Research your specific destinations, as clothing needs can vary. In winter, pack warm clothes, hats, gloves, and sturdy boots. Always check the current forecast before departure.

How Long Does a Visitor's Visa to Canada Take?

Processing times for visitor visas to Canada can vary depending on your nationality and application complexity. Aim to apply at least 4-6 weeks before your intended travel date. You can check processing times and specific requirements on the Canadian government website.