This vast, wild and magical land offers so many contrasts and unforgettable sights and experiences for visitors, we’re showcasing just five to whet your appetite for Canada.
And with the Canadian dollar on virtual parity with its Australian counterpart, the only surprises you’ll get when you’re there are the serendipitous discoveries you’ll make along the way.
1. The Northern Lights
The ghostly, shimmering hues of the Northern Lights are hypnotic and you’ll find them lighting up the sky in many parts of Canada. The celestial light display is the result of the sun’s charged particles interacting with the molecules and atoms in the Earth’s atmosphere.
The best places to see the Northern Lights in Canada are:
- Whitehorse, Yukon
- Dempster Highway, Yukon
- Fort McMurray, Alberta
- Athabasca Country, Alberta
- Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
- Iqaluit, Nunavut
- Northern Labrador, Newfoundland/Labrador
- La Ronge, Saskatchewan
You can track the Northern Lights forecast at aurora-service.org/ Hint: The further north you travel, the more likely you’ll be to witness the fuller, big sky effect of the lights.
2. Niagara Falls
The falls are one of North America’s top tourist destinations. Collectively, the three separate tributaries that make up the Falls form a border region between Canada’s Ontario Province and the United States.
Most visitors find that the Canadian side offers the best viewing, with many more added attractions to be found than on the US side. In fact, one of the falls – Horseshoe Falls – can only be seen from the Canadian side.
Stroll Queen Victoria Park’s manicured gardens for the best views of both Horseshoe and American Falls, or take a bird’s eye view from the top of the Skylon Tower.
3. Polar bears
Located on the shores of the icy Hudson Bay in the northern reaches of Manitoba, the tiny village of Churchill is about as remote as you can get. However quiet and remote it may be, this unassuming town attracts thousands of tourists each year all looking to meet some of the local residents – polar bears!
Prime viewing times are October-November just as the ice starts to form on the bay. Spot the bears from one of the Tundra Buggy tours, or select a guided tour closer to town.
4. The Rockies
Stretching more than 1,500 kilometres across the border regions of British Columbia and Alberta, the Rocky Mountains attracts outdoor adventurists, nature lovers and of course, lovers of all winter sports.
Beautiful mountain peaks, accentuated by stunning lakes and wildlife make the ‘Rockies’ an absolute must-see destination.
5. A taste of France
French Canadians are descendants of the colonial-era French settlers. Most live in the province of Quebec where they are the majority of the population.
For a bit of big city French flavour, consider a visit to Montreal or Quebec City. Other than the language and culture, French influences extend to the architecture, food and wine.
You’ll also find a welcoming, generous people which is true of Canadians everywhere who have been voted among the friendliest people in the world.
Canadians are proud of their country and eager to share their knowledge and heritage with visitors.
Published under license from Well Travelled.