Must-see attractions in Canada

  • A woman hiking above a vibrant turquoise lake in Banff National Park.

    Banff National Park

    Banff & Jasper National Parks

    Of all Canada’s top sights, Banff National Park justifiably ranks as many people’s number one. As much a piece of history as a natural wonder, Canada’s…

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    Stanley Park


    One of North America’s largest urban green spaces, Stanley Park is revered for its dramatic forest-and-mountain oceanfront views. But there’s more to this…

  • Jasper National Park

    Jasper Town & Around

    Jasper is a rugged beauty; it's more raw and less tourist-pampering than its southern cousin Banff, and hence host to a more ambitious, adventurous…

  • Lake Louise; Canada

    Lake Louise

    Lake Louise

    Considered by many to be the crown jewel of Banff National Park, Lake Louise is nearly impossible to describe without resorting to clichés. This…

  • Moraine Lake.

    Moraine Lake

    Lake Louise

    The spectacular, deep teal waters of Moraine Lake are one of Banff National Park’s most iconic sights. The lake’s rugged and remote setting…

  • A 360 degree panorama of the Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada, just before the

    Jasper National Park

    Banff & Jasper National Parks

    Encompassing 11,228 sq km of Rocky Mountains wilderness, including jagged peaks, vast forests, glacial lakes and the magnificent Columbia Icefield, Jasper…

  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada - July 13, 2012:   The Distillery District, in Toronto, Ontario, is named after this area's history in distilling spirits.   After falling into a state of disrepair by the turn of the millennium, efforts began to redevelop the area and create a destination for locals and tourists alike.  The old brick Victorian structures were converted into retail, commercial and residential space.  Many galleries, bars, restaurants and cafes line the area.  It hosts various cultural events and has become a 'must see' district for those visiting Toronto...This photo shows a summer scene where district restaurants and bars have patio's set up allowing patrons to sit outdoors and enjoy a night out eating and people watching.   The roads here are for pedestrians only.

    Distillery District

    Old Town, Corktown & Distillery District

    Centered on the 1832 Gooderham and Worts distillery – once the largest distillery in the British Empire – the 5-hectare Distillery District is one of…

  • October 15, 2013: Exterior of the Royal Ontario Museum on a sunny day.

    Royal Ontario Museum


    Opened in 1914, the multidisciplinary ROM is Canada's biggest natural-history museum and one of the largest museums in North America. You'll either love…

  • October 18, 2017: Visitors seated on the grass around a lake in Mont Royal Park during autumn.

    Parc du Mont-Royal


    The charming, leafy expanse of Parc du Mont-Royal is charged for a wide range of outdoor activities. The wooded slopes and grassy meadows have stunning…

  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 18 May 2017: Sherbrooke Street West with the Facade of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art.
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    Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal


    Montréal’s Museum of Fine Arts is an accessible and beautifully updated oasis of art housed in architecturally striking buildings. A visit here is a must…

  • Notre Dame Basilica (Montreal, Canada).

    Basilique Notre-Dame

    Old Montréal

    Montréal's famous landmark, Notre Dame Basilica, is a 19th-century Gothic Revival masterpiece with spectacular craftsmanship – a visually pleasing, if…

  • May 28, 2017: St Joseph's Oratory on Mont Royal with a woman praying on steps.

    Oratoire St-Joseph


    The stunning Oratoire St-Joseph church built on the flanks of Mont-Royal commands grand views of the the Côte-des-Neiges area and northwest Montréal. The…

  • Toronto Cityscape with CN Tower and view of Lake Ontario
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    CN Tower

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    Dominating Toronto's skyline, the CN Tower is a marvel. At a height of 553 metres, the communications spire stands over the city like a beacon. Queues can…

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    Jardin Botanique


    Montréal’s Jardin Botanique is the third-largest botanical garden in the world, after London’s Kew Gardens and Berlin’s Botanischer Garten.

  • Toronto, Canada - September 5, 2015: Front facade of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, a building dedicated to the history of ice hockey and home to the Stanley Cup.
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    Hockey Hall of Fame

    Entertainment & Financial Districts

    The mecca of Canada's national sport, the Hockey Hall of Fame is a Canadian institution. Even those unfamiliar with the rough, super-fast sport are likely…

  • Toronto, Ontario / Canada - May 16 2019: Spring scene of people enjoying the views of white full bloom cherry blossom at High Park. Men, women, kids spending time outdoor, spring season concept.; Shutterstock ID 1400380913; your: Sloane Tucker; gl: 65050; netsuite: Online Editorial; full: Toronto Top Things to Do Article

    High Park


    Toronto's favorite green space is a wonderful spot to unfurl a picnic blanket, swim, play tennis, bike around, skate on 14-hectare Grenadier Pond or – in…

  • June 7, 2015: The red-white snowcoatch bus carrying tourists to Athabasca Glacier.

    Athabasca Glacier

    Jasper National Park

    The tongue of the Athabasca Glacier runs from the Columbia Icefield to within walking distance of the road opposite the Icefield Centre. It can be visited…

  • Red Rock creek in motion and canyon in Waterton Lakes National park, alberta, canada; Shutterstock ID 366870593; purchase_order: 65050; job: ; client: ; other:

    Waterton Lakes National Park

    Southern Alberta

    Here flat prairies collide dramatically with the Rockies, with a sparkling lake and a hilltop castle that may make you wonder if you've fallen into a…

  • Canadian Prairie at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump world heritage site in Southern Alberta, Canada; Shutterstock ID 97797887; full: 65050; gl: 65050; netsuite: poi; your: Barbara Di Castro

    Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

    Southern Alberta

    The story behind this Unesco World Heritage site with the strangest name of any attraction in Alberta is one of ingenuity and resourcefulness – and is key…

  • Nahanni National Park Reserve

    Northwest Territories

    A place of unparalleled natural beauty in the southwestern NWT near the Yukon border, this 30,000-sq-km, Unesco World Heritage national park is bisected…

  • CANADA - 2003/01/01: Canada, Alberta, Drumheller, Royal Tyrrell Museum, Interior, Dinosaur Skeleton, Stegosaurus. (Photo by Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images)

    Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology


    This fantastic museum is one of the pre-eminent dinosaur museums on the planet, made even better by a $5.9 million expansion project completed in 2019…

  • The altar inside the Ukrainian Eastern Orthodox Church in Alberta's Ukrainian Village. 
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    Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village


    Walking into this open-air museum experience is quite literally like stepping back to the turn of the century. Staff aren't just in costume, they perform…

  • Sea to Sky Gondola

    Squamish & Around

    On a warm summer’s evening, with a 7.5km ascent under your belt and a pint of craft beer on the table in front of you, there are few better places in…

  • Ottawa, Canada - September 17, 2017:  Maman (1999) is a bronze, stainless steel, and marble sculpture by the artist Louise Bourgeois.  It is in front of The National Gallery of Canada, located in the capital city of Ottawa, Ontario, is one of Canada's premier art galleries.

    National Gallery of Canada


    The National Gallery is a work of art in itself: its striking ensemble of pink granite and glass spires echoes the ornate copper-topped towers of the…

  • Miette Hotsprings in Jasper National Park during spring.

    Miette Hot Springs

    Jasper Town & Around

    More remote than Banff's historic springs, Miette Hot Springs ('discovered' in 1909) are 61km northeast of Jasper off Hwy 16, near the park's eastern…

  • A hanging glacier in Tanquary Fiord, Quittinirpaaq National Park, Ellesmere Island Nunavut.

    Quttinirpaaq National Park


    The northernmost and most mountainous of Nunavut's national parks, 37,775-sq-km Quttinirpaaq is Canada's second-largest, way up on Ellesmere Island. Now…

  • Boldt Castle - Thousand Islands region, St Lawrence River, near Alexandria Bay.

    Boldt Castle

    Thousand Islands

    This lavish turn-of-the-century island castle in the middle of the St Lawrence is only around 25km from Gananoque, but technically in the USA, so you'll…

  • Aerial of Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls.
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    Horseshoe Falls

    Niagara Falls

    The centerpiece of any visit here are the Horseshoe Falls. Named after their 670m curved shape, they have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in North…

  • Mistaken Point, Newfoundland Canada in summer; Shutterstock ID 1709187862; full: 65050; gl: 65050; netsuite: poi; your: Barbara Di Castro

    Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve

    Newfoundland & Labrador

    Designated a World Heritage site in 2016, this ecological reserve protects 575-million-year-old multicelled marine fossils – the oldest in the world. The…

  • Prince William, New Brunswick, Canada. July 29, 2018: One of Canada's premiere tourist attractions, Kings Landing pushes the boundaries of living history museums; Shutterstock ID 1690564438; purchase_order: 65050; job: ; client: ; other:

    Kings Landing

    New Brunswick

    A visit to Kings Landing, 36km west of Fredericton, is a somewhat surreal step back in time. The majority of the early-19th-century buildings are original…

  • Low-angle view of Chateau Frontenac.
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    Le Château Frontenac

    Québec City

    Reputedly the world's most photographed hotel, this audaciously elegant structure was opened in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as part of its chain…

  • Canada,BC,Bowron Lake Provincial Park.Close to campground.From the shore of a mountain the background forests, sky and clouds.Very quiet area, great for canoeing and fishing.; Shutterstock ID 1712807968; full: 65050; gl: 65050; netsuite: POI; your: Erin Lenczycki

    Bowron Lake Provincial Park

    British Columbia

    Forming a natural circle with sections of the Isaac, Cariboo and Bowron Rivers, the park's 116km canoe circuit (permits $30 to $60) is one of the world’s…

  • CALGARY, CANADA - July 15: Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre on July 15, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta. The National Music Centre is a major new music venue and museum in Calgary.; Shutterstock ID 454978084

    National Music Centre


    Looking like a whimsical copper castle, this fabulous new museum is entirely entertaining, taking you on a ride through Canada's musical history with…

  • Bouctouche briadwalk, Irving Eco-Centre, NB, Canada; Shutterstock ID 2295488063; purchase_order: 65050; job: ; client: ; other:

    Irving Eco Centre

    New Brunswick

    Just 9km northeast of Bouctouche, Irving Eco Centre makes accessible 'La Dune de Bouctouche,' a gorgeous, powder-soft sandspit jutting into the strait…

  • Torngat Mountains National Park in Newfoundland, Canada

    Torngat Mountains National Park


    Named from the Inuktitut word torngait (place of spirits), this national park is the ancestral home of Inuit and their predecessors. Its spectacular…

  • The Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland; Shutterstock ID 104994617; purchase_order: 65050; job: ; client: ; other:

    Gros Morne National Park

    Newfoundland & Labrador

    A must-see for visitors to Newfoundland, this 1800-sq km coastal park and Unesco World Heritage Site features dramatic mountains, fjords, beaches, bogs…

  • Virginia Falls in mist and water mist rainbow at South Nahanni river, Northwest Territories, Canada
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    Virginia Falls

    Northwest Territories

    Yes, there is a higher set of falls in British Columbia, but for the sheer gushing power of two mighty torrents of water, falling from a height of 96m …

  • Butchart Gardens

    Vancouver Island

    Far more than just another pretty flower arrangement, Butchart is a national historic site and a triumph of early-20th-century gardening aesthetics. With…

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