15 Best Things to Do in Canada

As opposed to its cool president (*cough cough* also handsome!), Canada is a place with a warm culture. Its varied landscapes make Canada any artist’s dreamland. Competing well with the natural wonders like the Horseshoe Falls, the man-made structures such as the CN Tower leave no stone unturned to astonish you. The Banff National Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, and Vancouver Aquarium are a few of the best Canada attractions for you to cover. Skiing at Whistler Blackcomb is one of the fun things to do in Canada. 

Read on to know about these and many such Canada tourist attractions. I promise that the question of what to do in Canada will no more haunt you. 

1. Be amidst awe-inspiring nature at Banff National Park

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The Banff National Park was established in 1885 and boasts to be the oldest national park of Canada. Spanning an area of more than 6,600 square kilometers, it is a land of glaciers and icefields, alpine valleys, and coniferous forests. With many hiking trails, the Banff National Park pulls millions of outdoor enthusiasts every year. You can stand by the calm glacial lakes and soak in the tranquility of the place. 

2. Hike through the Jasper National Park 

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The Jasper National Park is spread over a vast area of over 10,000 square kilometer, making it the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site and is marked with cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, hot springs, majestic mountains, and striking glaciers. The national park is home to wide range of wildlife including white-tailed deer, black bear, river otter, coyote, and mountain goat. 

3. Take in the spectacular views of Toronto from the CN Tower

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Standing tall at a height of 553.3 meters, the CN Tower is an iconic landmark in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Built in between 1973 and 1976, the CN Tower enjoyed being the tallest structure in the world until 2007. The observation tower is one of the best places to take in the 360 degree breathtaking views of the city. The revolving restaurant perched at the top also makes the CN Tower quite popular amongst everyone. 

4. Leisurely walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge

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The Capilano Suspension Bridge, built over the Capilano River in the North Vancouver district, is one of the prime tourist attractions in Canada. It is constructed over a height of 70 meters and runs for a length of 140 meters. The bridge was first built in 1889 by a Scottish civil engineer named George Grant Mackay. Walking along the Capilano Suspension bridge, laced with pine trees, you will be treated to panoramic vistas. 

5. Wander happily through the Butchart Gardens

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Step into The Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia, and you will find them to be splashed in vivid natural colors. The gardens were declared to be a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. The prime features of Butchart Garden are The Ross Fountain, the Sturgeon Fountain, the Star Pond, the Italian Garden, and the Japanese Garden.

6. Admire the roaring Horseshoe Falls

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The Horseshoe Falls is one of the three falls that make the majestic Niagara Falls. Cascading from a towering height of 167 feet, it is the largest amongst the three waterfalls. With approximately 90% of the Niagara River flowing over the Horseshoe Falls, it’s width is measured to be around 2,700 feet. You must visit the waterfall during night time if you want to enjoy the light show. 

7. Ski down the slopes at Whistler Blackcomb  

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For all the skiing enthusiasts, Whistler Blackcomb is equal to a paradise. It boasts to be the largest skiing resort in North America and has runs that are suitable for all skill levels. It also has the greatest uphill lift capacity. Another important feature of Whistler Blackcomb is Peak 2 Peak Gondola which holds the record for being the highest above-the-ground cable car in the world. The Whistler Blackcomb is one of the cool places in Canada, quite literally. 

8. Be stunned by the serenity of Emerald Lake

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The Emerald Lake is the largest lake in the Yoho National Park of British Columbia, Canada. It also enjoys being one of the top tourist attractions in the national park. Living true to its name, the lake water reflects a pristine emerald green hue. The best possible way of enjoying the beauty of this serene lake is by hiking along the 5.2 kilometer circuit trails that run around it. 

9. Spot a variety of wildlife at Algonquin Provincial Park

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The Algonquin Provincial Park was established in 1893 and is the oldest provincial park in Canada. It was declared to be a National Historic Site of Canada in 2005. The park covers an area of over 7,600 square kilometers and primarily has 2,400 lakes, along with many streams and rivers flowing through it. It is home to about 53 species of mammals, 272 species of birds, and more than 1000 species of plants. 

10. Get closer to the Horseshoe Falls with Journey Behind the Falls

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Journey behind the falls is a fascinating attraction beside the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. It is comprised of two tunnels and an observation deck that allow visitors to observe the waterfall up-close. Standing at the tunnels that extend about 46 meters behind the falls, you will be able to see the gorgeous cascading Horseshoe Falls, right in front of you. The observation deck is a vantage point to click great pictures of the falls.

11. Enjoy viewing the aquatic species in Vancouver Aquarium

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Visiting the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park of Vancouver, British Columbia, is one of the fun things to do in Canada with kids. The aquarium was opened to public in 1956 and showcases about 58,000 animals. Through several displays, the Vancouver Aquarium displays around 300 species of fish, 56 species of amphibians and reptiles, 60 mammals and birds, and 30,000 invertebrates.

12. Explore the galleries of the Royal Ontario Museum

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With more than one million visitors making their way to Royal Ontario Museum every year, it ranks high amongst the major Canada attractions. With an extensive collection of over 6 million artefacts, it is the largest museum in Canada. The prime exhibits of the museum includes fossils of dinosaurs, minerals and meteorites, European history, Canadian history, and Art of East Asia. The structure of the museum itself is a spectacular piece of architecture. 

13. Walk along the cobbled streets of the Distillery District

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Wandering through the Distillery District of Toronto is one of the fun things to do in Canada. This is a pedestrian-only area and walking along the streets, you will come across many historic buildings that were built between 1895 and 1927. The Distillery District is flocked by young crowd since it is home to many hip indie restaurants, bars, and boutiques. The area is constantly abuzz with outdoor dance, music, and stage performances.

14. Shop till you drop at the Toronto Eaton Centre

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If you are wondering what to do in Canada, then head towards the Toronto Eaton Centre and shop to your heart’s content. This is a very popular shopping mall in the downtown dore of Toronto. Boasting to be North America’s busiest shopping mall, it is highly considered amongst the top Canada tourist attractions. There are over 235 stores and services in the mall, including many high-end brands. 

15. Have fun at the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

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The Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, located in downtown Toronto, stands amongst the best things to see in Canada. The aquarium was opened in 2014 and is home to about 20,000 animals. There are a total of 10 galleries in the aquarium through which a variety of exotic water species are displayed. Roughtail stingray, largemouth bass, clownfish, whitespotted bamboo sharks are a few of the many fish that you can observe at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. 

With a plethora of things to do and places to see in Canada, it would be wise to embark on a long holiday to this North American country. Knowing these top attractions in Canada, you will be able to explore the country to the optimum.

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