The 25 most beautiful places to visit in Canada

How would you like to spend a dream holiday in a country of unspoilt wilderness? Discover Canada with our selection of 25 tourist nuggets!

It’s hard to choose what to do in Canada, there are so many points of interest! This splendid North American country will delight you not only with its grandiose, world-famous landscapes, but also with the legendary friendliness of its people and the richness of its flora and fauna.

If you’ve decided to set aside your smartphone to visit Canada and discover its countless majestic wide-open spaces, architectural wonders or impressive animals, and to appreciate Canadian nature at its true worth, we’ve decided to present you with our favorites and the top activities to do off the beaten track – outside the big metropolises in short – in what is proving to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Ready, set, go!

1. Percé Rock, Quebec

Rocher Percé, Québec

Photo credit: Flickr – Dennis Jarvis

One of Canada’s must-see sites: on the Gaspé Peninsula, Percé Rock features an exceptional natural arch, almost a hundred meters high and over 350 million years old. Make the most of it: it’s estimated that this marvel will disappear in 400 years!

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2. Moraine Lake, Alberta

Lac Moraine, Canada

Moraine Lake is a glacial body of water located in the Ten Peaks Valley, at an altitude of around 1,885 metres. The lake takes its name from the moraines – rocky debris deposited when the snow melts – that were formed by the Wenkchemna glacier. We recommend a visit to this astonishing place to all visitors passing through the province and wondering what to do in Canada!

3. Emerald Lake, British Columbia

Lac Emerald, Canada

Photo credit: Flickr – Clive

This splendid lake takes its name from its distinctive green color. Surrounded by a mountain range, it is located in Yoho National Park, of which it is the largest body of water.

4. Tofino, British Columbia

Tofino, Canada

What can you do in Canada if you’re looking for a unique experience? Tofino is nature in the raw: so much so that this magical place has been recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. For whale-watching, rare bird-watching and surfing, just follow the road right across Vancouver Island.

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5. Wells Gray Provincial Park, British Columbia

Wells Gray Provincial Park, Canada

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Wells Gray is a 5,000 km² national park nestled deep in the Cariboo region’s mountain range, where you can camp and observe splendid bird species and several sumptuous mammals, as well as swim beneath gigantic waterfalls!

6. Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Chute Montmorency, Canada

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Montmorency is a waterfall located at the mouth of the river of the same name, very close to Quebec City, of which it is one of the symbols. It’s a must-see tourist attraction in Canada: 30 metres higher than Niagara Falls, and a suspension bridge over the waterfall allows the most adventurous to test their resistance to vertigo! In winter, the falls are frozen over, making them ideal for ice climbing.

7. Prince Edward Island

Île du Prince Edouard, Canada

A tiny Canadian province, but one with a character all its own: the place is sumptuous, known for its red sand beaches and gastronomic specialties such as shellfish. If you’re looking for something to do in Canada, come and take a trip to this very special little island!

8. Monts Valin, Quebec

Monts Valin is a mountain range along the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, with a dozen mid-range peaks: take advantage of the many hiking trails that criss-cross the area!

9. Historic downtown, Quebec City

Québec City, Canada

Photo credit: Flickr – Wilfredorrh

Québec City is not only a province, but also a city, and not the least: Old Québec is a succession of historic monuments and cultural landmarks, including numerous museums. The buildings are superbly restored and well worth a visit.

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10. Berg Lake, British Columbia

What can you do in Canada if you love the great outdoors? Discover this lake near the Robson River, fed by the Berg Glacier and featuring crystal-clear turquoise water, punctuated by icebergs even in summer! There are also numerous footpaths leading to the various viewpoints.

11. Spirit Island, Alberta

Spirit Island is a tiny island in the middle of Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park, accessible by boat and offering visitors a bubble of calm and serenity with a view of the Rocky Mountains.

12. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

Photo credit: Flickr – Houston Marsh

Whistler has been world-famous since the Vancouver Olympics in 2010: located close to the city, this ultra-modern ski resort will delight slide fans – as well as hiking and biking enthusiasts during the summer season.

13. Jasper National Park, Alberta

One of the most beautiful places to visit in Canada: in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, this protected natural area is home to exceptional wildlife – bears, moose, elk – as well as unique, perfectly preserved flora. Ideal for those who want to recharge their batteries in the heart of nature and enjoy peaceful nights under the stars.

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14. Lac des Cygnes mountain, Quebec

Located in the municipality of Charlevoix, this thousand-metre-high mountain dominates the Rivière du Gouffre valley and offers hikers wondering what to do in Canada sumptuous views of this beautiful region.

15. Lake Louise, Alberta

Lake Louise is famous for its turquoise waters, which are the result of the rock crushed by the various glaciers that surround it. It empties into the Bow River and offers plenty of camping space and easy access to the town of Banff.

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16. Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Canada

We just had to tell you about it: Niagara Falls – three waterfalls, arranged in a horseshoe shape – pour their monumental energy between Canada and the United States: they’re the most powerful waterfalls in North America! A popular place to visit, a boat will take you as close as possible to this majestic natural edifice; an incredible and refreshing experience, not to be missed if you’re still looking for something to do in Canada.

17. Mount Carleton, New Brunswick

Mont Carleton, Canada

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This 800-metre-high New Brunswick mountain was named in honour of a New Brunswick governor. In the heart of Mount Carleton Provincial Park, the summit can be reached by hiking the 10-kilometre marked trail.

18. Lac-du-Cerf, Quebec

Lac-du-Cerf, Québec, Canada

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Located in the Laurentians – a tourist region less than 250 km from Montreal– this charming little region is the perfect place for city dwellers to enjoy the calm and serenity of the area. The perfect place to visit in Canada when you want to get away from civilization for a few days!

19. Cold Lake, Alberta-Saskatchewan

On the border separating the two provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, Cold Lake takes its name from… its icy water, in winter as in summer, where the cold water, while it may discourage tourists from discovering this unique place to visit in Canada, nonetheless reflects splendid scenery to be admired all year round.

20. Butchart Gardens, British Columbia

Butchart Gardens is a collection of flower show gardens in Brentwood Bay, on Vancouver Island. It’s one of the province’s major tourist attractions, with over a million visitors every year. If you’re looking for something to do in Canada, come and discover the splendid plant species in these fragrant alleys!

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21. Athabasca Glacier, Alberta

Glacier Athabasca, Canada

Photo credit: Flickr – JD Hascup

This glacier is one of six major glaciers in the Columbia Icefield of the Canadian Rockies. You can admire it, bearing in mind that it has retreated almost 1.5 km and lost almost half its volume due to global warming.

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22. Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff is a national park created at the end of the 19th century, making it the oldest in the country. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, it’s home to many magnificent sites and rare, astonishing animals. If you don’t know what to do in Canada, put on your hiking boots and set out to discover them!

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23. Saguenay Fjord, Quebec

Fjord du Saguenay, Québec

Photo credit: Flickr – Werner Bayer

This fjord is unique in North America: it’s home to the Saguenay River and a fauna that includes salmon, beluga whales, black bears and endemic frogs of all kinds! It’s even possible to encounter whales, of which there are many throughout the year.

24. Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

A splendid activity, perhaps one of the best of your life: between September and March, and equipped with a thick coat, go hunting for the northern lights in this town on the shores of Great Slave Lake, just 500 kilometers from the Arctic Circle.

25. CN Tower, Ontario

Tour du CN, Toronto, Ontario

Photo credit: Flickr – Thomas Hawk

One of the five tallest man-made buildings in the world, the CN Tower towers 553 metres above the city of Toronto. You can climb it, and even eat there, to enjoy a unique panoramic view of the region on a clear day!

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