28 April 2019
A land of untouched wilderness landscapes, wonderful wildlife, majestic mountains, shimmering lakes and vibrant cities, beautiful Canada is home to a wealth of exciting activities and unique experiences.
Here are the epic things that should definitely be on your list when you visit this vast and diverse country.
The home of ice hockey, the Canadians just love their national sport and you won’t want to miss the chance to catch a thrilling game. From Montreal to Vancouver, there are seven National Hockey League teams based in Canada and watching the local team play a home game is sure to be an unforgettable experience. If you’re a fan, then a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is also well worth a visit.
Take the exhilarating EdgeWalk experience at the iconic CN Tower for the ultimate test of nerves. Toronto’s most extreme attraction, the EdgeWalk is the world’s highest full circle hands-free walk, set on a wide ledge that encircles the top of the tower’s main pod. If you dare, lean back over the edge with nothing but breath-taking views of the city and Lake Ontario beneath you.
Board the Hornblower boat cruise for a close-up view of the thundering Niagara Falls. Straddling the border between Canada and the United States, Niagara Falls is one of the world’s most iconic waterfalls and also one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. Don your complimentary red poncho and prepare to get wet as you pass under the three enormous cascades that make up these mighty falls. Feel the excitement build as you pass the American and Bridal Veil Falls until finally, you feel the amazing mist from the magnificent Canadian Horseshoe Falls.
Canada’s capital of Ottawa offers stunning architecture, fascinating historical sights and a wealth of world-famous landmarks. It’s also home to the historic Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which in the winter months turns into the Rideau Canal Skateway - the world’s largest skating rink as designated by the Guinness Book Of World Records. Glide along the frozen canal and stop off for a warming hot chocolate from one of the food kiosks that are dotted along the way, and be sure to try a delicious BeaverTails pastry, a world-famous sweet treat that was born in Ottawa back in 1978.
When it comes to bucket list travel experiences, witnessing the magical Northern Lights is sure to be right up there. Jasper’s vast skies and low levels of pollution make it the perfect place for stargazing, and if you’re lucky, you may well get the chance to witness the enchanting Aurora Borealis dance across the clear night skies.
Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, the Banff National Park is a stunning area of serene mountain terrain, where scenic valleys, towering forests, vibrant lakes and an abundance of wildlife all combine to create a truly magical experience. One of the best ways to explore this glorious national park’s breath-taking natural beauty is by taking a canoe or kayak out onto one of the tranquil emerald lakes or beautiful waterways. Breathe in the crisp mountain air and gaze in awe at the spectacular scenery that greets you everywhere you look.
Renowned as one of the best ski resorts in all the world, Whistler is a paradise for anyone seeking knee-deep powder, immaculate slopes and spectacular scenery. Set in the Coast Mountains, there are 16 alpine bowls, three glaciers and over 200 marked trails for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. There’s also an award-winning selection of activities available to keep non-skiers happy, such as outdoor ice-skating, tubing and snowmobile adventures. Together with a buzzing après ski scene down at the pedestrian-friendly Whistler Village, Whistler is a fantastic all-round destination both on and off the slopes.
If you’re ready to discover one of these epic Canadian experiences for yourself, contact your Travel Counsellor today and enjoy exclusive access to benefits such as full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.