There are plenty of places to go in the comfort of our home country! From the west to the east, Canada has a variety of things to do. Whether you are looking for landscapes, beaches or activities, there’s something for you. Here are our top 5 vacation spots in Canada!

1. Whistler, British Columbia

Whistler is famous for its snow-covered mountains and winter sports. However, it is even more beautiful and fun in the summertime. Take a hike for amazing views from the mountain tops and feel dwarfed by the gargantuan mounds. There is also lush scenery and wildlife that will keep you connected, grounded, refreshed and relaxed.

Believe it or not! There are even more summertime activities in Whistler. Here are some of your choices:

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Bear watching
  • Peak to peak gondola rides
  • Camping
  • Mountaintop feasts
  • Helicopter excursions
  • Glacier tours
  • Ziplining
  • Axe throwing
  • Bungee jumping

Shopping, dining, nightlife, escape, spas and gyms are also viable choices in the village. 

The Whistler Tourism website will tell you more about the resort, events and activities!

2. Georgian Bay, Ontario

Wherever you are in the Georgian Bay Area, you have access to the water! Quiet beaches, challenging hiking trails and memorable sailing vistas are all close by. You have the many B&Bs, cottages, campgrounds and resorts to thank for that! Renting a summer cottage is the best way to experience Georgian Bay lake culture this summer!

Georgian Bay boasts some of the best beaches in Ontario. Almost all of the shores are lined by white. Sauble Beach, which is more commonly known as Wasaga Beach is the world’s longest freshwater beach. Providence Bay beach on Manitoulin Island is also worth checking out!

3. Gaspé, Québec

A visit to Gaspé is worth it to admire the views of the sea on the coast. There are mountains here unlike on the west coast. The Gaspé Peninsula is a continuation of the Appalachian Mountains. The terrain is more gentle meaning the mountains are smaller and the trails are less steep.

Among the sea, beaches, cliffs, mountains and rivers of Gaspe is the must-see Percé Rock! It used to be connected to the continent, but the rock formation now lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There are used to three arches, but only one remains due to erosion. This window into the Atlantic is one of the largest arches over water in the world!

4. Kelowna, British Columbia

The city of Kelowna sits along the shores of Okanagan Lake. It’s surrounded by provincial parks, pine forests, vineyards, orchards and mountains. Being so small, you might feel like you’re escaping Canada during your summer getaway! Shops and restaurants line the streets and City Beach is steps away. Take a dip in clean and pristine waters without leaving the downtown core!

Okanagan Valley has 84% of the province’s wine acreage. The quiet family-run boutique vineyards are rich in tradition and character. It’s no wonder they are some of the highest-ranked at international competitions. There are over 20 wineries to visit in Okanagan Valley, offering tours and tastings. Vanmag’s article on The Okanagan’s 8 Most Stunning Wineries might give some ideas!

Check out the sparkling cyan waters of Lake Kalamalka in the summer! You won’t regret it! It’s something you have to see up close because pictures do not do it justice. There are also plenty of paths and water sports to check out on this B.C. adventure!

5. Banff, Alberta

If you love clear blue waters and mountains, you will love Banff! The scenery is particularly stunning. It even lead the city to be named one of the world’s top travel destinations in 2017. National Geographic gave it the title for more reasons than one!
The magic comes from person-to-person interactions with big-hearted Canadians, from First Nations community leaders to horse-packing cowboy guides to park rangers to some of the country’s newer citizens, who hail from foreign lands but find a happy home in Canada. We aimed to honor the inclusive feeling of Canada, a warm embrace that brings a human-scale equivalent to those majestic landscapes.”

George Stone, National Geographic Traveler editor-in-chief.

Other must-see places in Banff include Lake Lousie, Moraine Lake, Bow River and Banff National Park. There’s never a dull moment here. Check out more things to do! Summer vacation and activity packs are great for families and show what you can for less!

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