Have you always wondered of escaping reality and jetting off to a beautiful and adventurous location? I have the answer to your dreams: Canada! Here are Samiksha’s list of 20 things to do in Canada before she turns 30! Dig in.
#1 Walk On The Edge, Literally – The Edgewalk
If adrenalin rush is a desire, you cannot miss the Edgewalk on the prominent CN Tower to enjoy a 360° view of Toronto! So, put on those red overalls and get ready for some screaming! This is definitely one of the most interesting things to do in Toronto.
#2 Try Whirlpool Aero Car At Niagara Falls
Grab your tickets to get the best view of the world-famous Niagara Falls: the Ontario side of the falls. For the bold, try the Niagara Falls Whirlpool Aero Car for a stunning aerial view of the whirlpool. If that’s not your thing, head to Niagara-on-the-Lake for some sip & savory—a wine lover’s paradise!
#3 Hike, Ski, Kayak At Banff
If the mountain air makes your lungs sing, you must visit Banff National Park. You can hike, ski, gondola up the Sulphur mountains, kayak down the Bow River, soak yourself in some hot springs, or simply gaze at the snow-capped Canadian Rockies. Must try the mouth-watering fudge in Banff Avenue. A lot of Canada tours offer this in their itinerary, but Cox & Kings Uncover the Wonders of Canada actually covers Banff all the way!
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#4 Explore Quebec City, One Of The Best Things To Do In Canada
Practice your S’il vous plaits and Mercis, for this place has a very French feel to it. Witness the architecture by merely wandering the rues in wonderment. High up on the list of things to do in Quebec City is the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac Hotel, a picturesque castle in the heart of the city. Don’t miss the roads leading to Rue Saint-Paul for beautiful antique shops, boutiques, and art galleries.
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#5 Get Mesmerised By The Notre Dame
Notre Dame Basilica Cathedral, a heritage site, is one of Canada points of interest because of its great French architecture. An unknown Christianity fact: in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, there is one of the only seven Holy Doors in the world. It’s so discreet, you might have to ask around. For the unaware, a Holy door, opened during Jubilee years, is a symbol of faith and transition, especially for pilgrims. Pious or not, don’t miss this beauty!
#6 Ride The Circus Train At Charlevoix
Don’t miss the high life on the Train de Charlevoix: the circus train of Canada for some breathtaking views along the journey and some scrumptious food onboard. It’s indeed one of the best things to do in Canada.
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#7 Enjoy Art At The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
For artistic delight, head to Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and witness an amazing display of international art and awesome contemporary exhibitions. My favorite is the pop-art Jim Dine heart sculpture out front.
#8 Ride The World’s Highest Roller Coaster At The Le Monstre, Quebec
An uncommon touristy spot but a must visit if you’re a thrill junkie. You can ride the highest double wooden roller coaster in the world. Two traincarts rattle-travel at once and reach speeds of around 100 km/h. Holy smoke!
#9 Visit The Little Manitou Lake, Saskatchewan
Composed of salt & other minerals, this lake is almost impossible to sink in much like the Dead Sea in Israel. Myth has it that the water heals sickness & infections. After a dose of saline water dipping, you can also try out the thermal hot springs at Temple Garden in Moose Jaw. A totally natural spa experience!
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#10 Enjoy Art Tripping In Toronto
Urging all the artsy travelers to travel to Canada! West Queen West is Canada’s hippest artsy town with lots of creative vibes where streetscapes are covered with mosaic of contemporary art houses & scruffy street art. Try galleries like Propeller and Birch Contemporary or take a free graffiti tour. Get inspired!
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#11 Explore The Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto
12,000 shoes displayed in a shoebox-shaped building! No true-blue shoe connoisseur is going to miss this opportunity! The museum exhibits footwear from around the world. It also offers exhibitions, lectures, family events, and the works!!
#12 Marvel At The Cosmic Wonder At Northern lights
Your Canada trip is incomplete without an eyeful of the Northern lights! Whitehorse in Yukon is one of the most popular places to view the Aurora Borealis. Other interesting places are Churchill, Northern Saskatchewan, Dawson City, etc. Have a night camp set at any of these locations and marvel at this cosmic wonder!
Travel tip: If you chose Yukon, visit the quirky Sign Post Forest that has +72,000 hometown signs that people from all over the world have posted. Don’t forget to take one of yours.
#13 Witness Marvelous Tides At The Bay of Fundy
Between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is the marvelous Bay of Fundy, where you’ll witness the highest recorded tides in the world. En route, visit Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick, where the ocean has eroded the rocks into amazing shapes and you can literally checkout the ocean floor here. Other activities are whale watching, tidal bore rafting, coastal hiking, and sea kayaking.
#14 Ski Down The Slopes
Skiing is to Canada as swimming to fish! I’m not sure I got the simile right, but you cannot miss skiing on your travel to Canada. Skiing is one of Canada attractions! Hit the Sun peaks, Kamloops, British Columbia, as it’s a great skiing resort given its beautiful terrain and +200 marked runs! If you’re a non-skier, you can opt for guided mountain tours with a local Sun Guide. Other fun options are snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, and snowboarding. There are plenty of choices for kids to enjoy while parents ski away!
#15 Orca-spotting At Robson Bight
Have some spare time and wondering what to do in Canada? Take a half- or full-day kayak tour including a wildlife tour for some amazing photo-experience! Don’t miss the opportunity to spot an Orca!
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#16 Explore The Miniature world, British Columbia
The Empress Hotelhouses scores of miniature dioramas, detailed scenes, doll houses, and many interesting tiny things! If you believe in l’il joys, this place is one of the cute things to do in Canada!
#17 Listen To The Singing Sands At The Prince Edward Island
PEI is the postcard-looking quaint beach town with lighthouses, windmills along the shore, sand dunes, and beautiful beach houses. The strangest is the oxidized red sands. Listen closely to the melodious “singing sands” of white sands at Basin Head; these sands really make a sound! Don’t forget to check out the quirky Bottle House, which is a six-gabled house made of colored bottles. Oysters at PEI are to die for, include them in all three meals!
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#18 Follow The Titanic Trail In Halifax, Nova Scotia
Not everyone knows that Halifax is where the recovered dead of the ill-fated Titanic disaster were bought in. We have all read the books and cried over the movie, but it makes a perspective difference when you see it all at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, where poignant wreckage exhibits include the famous Unknown Child’s Shoes.
#19 Stargaze In Jasper
Jasper is home to the world’s largest accessible Dark Sky Preserves. Perfect for a night of star gazing! If you happen to visit in October, be a part of the Jasper Dark Sky Festival with workshops, guided walks, and events with space scientists!
Travel Tip: For the intrepid ones, try the Glacier Skywalk, a giant cliff-edge glass walkway overlooking the glaciers, waterfalls, and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley.
#20 Meet The Mighty Thor
Thor Peak in the Auyuittuq National Park is in Baffin Island. It’s the Earth’s greatest vertical drop of 1,250 m. You can try mountain biking or camping here too with the help of local tours. But do hire a guide lest you want to be lost in the land that never melts.
This is my very concise list of things to do in Canada! What’s yours?
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