Vacation spots in Canada are a great alternative to travelling internationally if you don’t have the time or budget to go overseas. Both the West and East Coasts of Canada have much to offer in the form of landscapes, beaches and activities.If you’re looking for the best vacation spots in Canada we’ve got you covered, here are our top 5.
1. Whistler, British Columbia
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Whistler is famous for its sloping snow-covered mountains and winter sports – but it’s arguably more beautiful and fun during the summer. Hike for the extraordinary views from the mountain tops and the humbling experience of feeling dwarfed by the gargantuan mounds. Nature lovers rejoice at the blissful scenery and wildlife that is sure to make you feel connected, grounded, refreshed and relaxed.
The list of summer activities at Whistler is extensive. There is an eclectic mix of events, family-friendly atmosphere and a fun and vibrant arts and culture scene. Enjoy biking, hiking, bear watching, peak to peak gondola rides, camping, a mountaintop feast, helicopter excursions, glacier tours, zip lining, axe throwing, bungee jumping. Or shopping, dining, nightlife, escape rooms, spas and gyms in the village.
Visit the Whistler Tourism website to learn more about the resort, events and activities!
2. Georgian Bay, Ontario
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One of the great things about Georgian bay is that you can access the water from just about anywhere! Quiet beaches, challenging hiking trails, and unforgettable sailing vistas are all within easy reach thanks to the many B&Bs, cottages, campgrounds, and resorts that dot the landscape. Renting a summer cottage is the best way to experience Georgian bay lake culture in the summer.
Georgian bay boasts the some of the best beaches in Ontario, with shores lined by white sand. Visit Sauble beach, Wasaga Beach (world’s longest freshwater beach) or Providence Bay beach on Manitoulin Island.
3. Gaspé, Québec
Admire the panoramic views of the sea the coast of Gaspé has to offer. This east coast destination has mountains unlike those of the west. The Gaspé Peninsula is a continuation of the Appalachian mountains. Generally speaking, terrain along the East Coast is much more gentle. The mountains are smaller and the trails aren’t nearly as steep.
Explore the sea, beaches, cliffs, mountains and rivers of Gaspé, among them a must see – the Percé Rock. Once connected to the continent, Percé Rock is now a detached rock formation that lies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The formation that used to have three arches now has one due to erosion. It is one of the world’s largest arches over water, that sits almost like a window into the Atlantic.
4. Kelowna, British Columbia
Kelowna is a relatively small city (compared to Vancouver) along the shores of Okanagan Lake surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains. This quaint city makes you feel like you’re not even in Canada! Kelowna is the spot for a summer getaway. The population tends to increase during the summer months and dwindle in the winter. Downtown Kelowna is very walkable. Shops and restaurants line the streets while City beach is steps away! For a beach smack-dab in the downtown core, it’s very clean and has warm and pristine water. Making City beach the best beach along Kelowna’s east side.
Okanagan Valley has 84% of the province’s wine acreage. With quiet family-run boutique vineyards to world-class operations, the Okanagan Valley wineries are rich in tradition and character, consistently ranking among the world’s best at international competitions. There are over twenty wineries to visit in Okanagan Valley, offering tours and tastings. Check out VanMag’s article on The Okanagan’s 8 Most Stunning Wineries to see which you’d like to visit.
Nearby lake Kalamalka has cyan water during the summer months, a beautiful natural pool that needs to be seen! Pictures really don’t do this lake justice. Of course, when in B.C, adventure isn’t far with plenty of surrounding terrain to explore and water sport activities in Okanagan lake.
5. Banff, Alberta
Do you love mountains and clear blue water as much as we do? Banff has more amazing scenery, it is – after all – one of the world’s top travel destinations in 2017. But the scenery isn’t the only reason why National Geographic dubbed Banff one of the top travel destinations of 2017.
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.
With that being said, the must-see places in Banff are Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Bow River and Banff National Park. There is lots to do in Banff, you’re sure to never have a dull moment. Check out more things to do in Banff. There are also Banff summer vacation packages and Banff activity packages that are great for your family because you can do more for less!