No matter what time of year it is, Canada is a great place to visit. There’s always something to see, do, and experience.
If you’re planning a trip to Canada, how can you make the most of it? With so many places to choose from, it can be hard to decide.
We put together this guide on vacationing in Canada to help you decide which sights and locations should go on your bucket list.
Cities to Visit
Let’s start by jumping into some of the best cities Canada has to offer. Within them, you’ll be sure to find everything you want in a vacation.
One of the world’s highest towers can be found in Toronto which is arguably the most well-known city in Canada. You can also find a thriving nightlife there and enjoy shopping like you would in New York City.
Vancouver can be found on the west coast of Canada, and after being named one of the best places to live on earth, it’s no surprise that it’s also a great place to visit. There, you can find a refreshing diversity of cultures to enjoy.
If you don’t already speak French, you’ll likely leave Montreal speaking some as nearly half of Canada’s second-largest city speaks it. This is also a great place to catch a festival as there are over 100 here every year.
Thrill seekers will find the host of the 1988 Winter Olympics to be a dream come true. With bobsledding and insane zip lines, it’ll get your heart going. For those who prefer a slower pace, check out these things to do in Calgary.
On the east coast, you’ll find Quebec City which contains the Château Frontenac. Built in the 19th century, it continues to dominate this city’s skyline. Quebec City itself is one of the country’s oldest settlements so the area is rich with history.
Now we’re going to explore some of the most famous landmarks in Canada. These are things you don’t want to miss, so be sure to include as many as possible when planning your trip.
Easily the most famous landmark in Canada, this site attracts millions of visitors every year. You can check out the series of three impressive waterfalls from the safety of an observation deck, or take a boat tour to get up close and personal.
Located in Banff National Park, Moraine Lake can be found over 6,000 feet (1,800 meters) above sea level. Its pristine, blue waters and breathtaking views of the mountains are what brings in so many visitors to the mountains.
Named after the kingdom of the gods in Scandinavian myths, Mount Asgard is one of the many mountains you can see in Auyuittuq National Park. It’s noteworthy because of its twin peaks that reach around 6,600 feet (2015 meters) in height.
The Ice Caves
Don’t forget to pack your parka and ice pick if you decide to visit this Canadian landmark. While there are some caves that only professionals should visit, there are plenty which anyone can access.
This World Heritage Site is located in Kootenay National Park. It’s well-loved by photographers and hikers alike for the spectacular sites you can take in no matter what time of year you visit.
How to Enjoy Your Trip to Canada
Once you’ve decided where you’re going and what you’re doing in Canada, it’s important to know how to enjoy your trip. As you’ll see, there are plenty of tips you can follow to make your Canadian vacation your best vacation ever.
Even the best-laid plans sometimes don’t work out the way you thought they would. For that reason, it’s important to go into your vacation with a flexible mindset.
Be prepared to not do every activity you had planned, and make sure you leave plenty of time in your itinerary for unexpected events. You never know when a festival may sound more interesting than the museum visit you had planned.
Going with the flow will help you stay relaxed and just enjoy the trip rather than worrying about getting to the next thing on time.
Get Enough Sleep
Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you should be staying up all night. If you throw off your sleep schedule too much, you’ll quickly find yourself feeling sluggish and won’t be able to enjoy your vacation as much.
If you are feeling overly-tired in the afternoon, don’t be afraid to postpone an activity to take a nap. You’ll have a lot more fun if you’re feeling awake and alert when you leave the place you’re staying.
This may sound silly, but many people forget the importance of drinking plenty of water while they’re on vacation. Consider carrying a water bottle with you so you’ll be sure to stay well-hydrated.
You’d be amazed at how much more you can enjoy your vacation when you’re drinking plenty of water.
There’s nothing wrong with taking a break from your diet to sample some of the local cuisines. However, you’ll want to eat healthy food as much as possible.
Don’t forget to head to the local grocery store to get some fresh fruits and vegetables to snack on throughout the day. This will keep you from feeling weighed down and give you plenty of energy to see everything you want to see.
Get Plenty of Exercise
Canada has no shortage of physical activities to offer its visitors. There’s hiking, skiing, and rock or ice climbing.
But even if you’re not up for any of these, you should still do what you can to make sure you’re staying active. If you’re staying in the city, consider walking through the downtown areas rather than taking public transportation.
Learn More About a Healthy Lifestyle
Now you know where to go and how to enjoy your trip to Canada. As you can see, maintaining a healthy lifestyle will help you have more fun on vacation.
Browse our online magazine for some more healthy lifestyle tips.