Best Places To Visit In Canada In 2024

Best Places To Visit In Canada In 2024
Best Places To Visit In Canada In 2024

Canada is PACKED with awesome places to visit. We narrow it down to 10 amazing places you MUST visit on your next Canada adventure. Let’s get inspired!

5 Best Places To Visit In Canada

1. Banff
2. Lake Louise
3. Jasper
4. Drumheller
5. Dinosaur Provincial Park
6. Dempster Highway
7. Vancouver
8. Toronto
9. Cape Breton (Cabot Trail)
10. Niagara Falls

1.Banff:

Banff is without a doubt one of the most popular places to visit in Canada!

Found within Alberta’s Rocky Mountains, this resort town and the surrounding Banff national park have so much to offer.

With spectacular scenery, stunning lakes, and awesome hiking trails it’s the perfect place to spend some time outdoors.

Some of the most popular treks within Banff include Johnston Canyon, the Lake Agnes Tea House Trail, and the Plain of Six Glaciers, so make sure you pack those hiking boots.

This area is also known for its incredible wildlife-watching opportunities and is one of the reasons why so many people visit every year. If you’re lucky you might get to spot bears, wolves, lynx, elk, moose, and bighorn sheep during your trip.

Other popular attractions in Banff include:

  • The gondola up to Sulphur Mountain
  • ‍Banff Upper Hot Springs
  • ‍Mount Norquay

During your time here, I’d also recommend driving part of The Icefields Parkway and The Bow Valley Parkway, as the scenery is insane!

Aside from the iconic Lake Louise (which I’m going to mention in a minute), you should leave some time to explore Lake Minnewanka, Bow Lake, and Vermillion Lakes too.

If you’re heading to Banff there are a couple of fantastic tour options that will take you to all the best spots. One of these is this Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield Parkway tour!

And if you are looking for where to stay, then our guide on the best private hot tub hotels in Banff will leave you particularly mesmerized!

2. Lake Louise

If you’ve ever seen photographs of Canada’s scenic lakes, it’s likely that you’ve already marvelled at the beauty of Lake Louise.

It’s one of the most famous lakes in the world and is known for its vivid turquoise waters, towering mountain backdrop, and stunning vistas.

There are a couple of ways to explore the lake, but the most popular options include hiring a canoe or walking one of the nearby trails.

Taking a canoe out onto the lake waters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but be prepared to part with a good chunk of cash for this activity!

If you’re travelling on a budget, then your best option is to hike the Lake Louise Shoreline Trail. It’s around 4 km (2.5 miles) in total and is relatively flat so is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels.

You’ll also want to make sure your camera has plenty of battery as you’ll need it!

So, if you’re wondering where to go in Canada – don’t miss out on this incredible place.

If you’ve not got your own vehicle you don’t have to worry as there’s a shuttle bus that runs to Lake Louise from Banff town centre.

Many people choose to visit Lake Louise on a tour too as they often include other destinations. One of the best options is this one-way sightseeing tour which takes you from Banff to Jasper!

You can also purchase a ticket for this hop-on-hop-off bus that travels to all the area’s iconic spots, including Lake Louise.

3. Jasper

Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, covering an impressive 11,000 sq km.

It’s part of the Rocky Mountains UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the best places to visit in Canada.

There are tonnes of things to do in Jasper National Park, but the most popular is probably the Columbia Icefield.

Being the only icefield in the world that’s accessible by road makes it a popular destination and a must-visit. It’s also where you’ll find the famous Athabasca Glacier!

Another of Jasper’s popular tourist attractions is the Glacier Skywalk. The skywalk is a cliff-edge walkway, that offers stunning views of the surrounding area.

Did we mention that it’s a glass floor walkway? Yep, so be wary if you’ve got a fear of heights!

Make sure you head up the Jasper Skytram too during your time in Jasper. It will take you right up to the summit of Whistler Mountain, and the panoramic views from the top are breathtaking!

As you can see there is so much to do in Jasper National Park, but make sure you allow some time for stargazing and wildlife watching too.

If you’ve not got your own transport then this Wildlife & Waterfalls tour is a fantastic option as it also includes a cruise on Maligne Lake!

4. Drumheller

Drumheller is located on the Red Deer River within Alberta’s badlands.

It’s where the famous Dinosaur trail starts, which is a 48km (30 miles) loop that will show you spectacular scenery, awesome canyons, and of course, plenty of dinosaur-themed attractions.

The trail takes a couple of hours to complete, and there are plenty of things to see along the way!

You’ll be driving up both ends of the river, and witnessing some of the most beautiful canyons in the area including Horseshoe Canyon and Horse Thief Canyon.

During your drive along the Dinosaur Trail, you’ll also want to visit the HooDoos, Drumheller’s Little Church, Orkney Lookout, Star Mine Suspension Bridge, and the Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site.

Now, this is the part you’ve all been waiting for!

This trail will take you to the Royal Tyrell Museum of Paleontology, which is home to one of the world’s largest dinosaur displays. If you’ve got the time, the museum also offers guided hikes and archaeological digs!

The World’s largest dinosaur is found along the trail (not real, unfortunately), but at 25m (86 feet) tall it’s quite a sight.

There’s even a saloon that dates back to the early 1900s! It serves delicious food and is the perfect place to stop for lunch.

Here’s some more information on Alberta’s epic Dinosaur Trail…

If you don’t have your own wheels then why not check out this full-day tour?

5. Dinosaur Provincial Park

This is another one for the dinosaur lovers out there!

Dinosaur Provincial Park is just a 2-hour drive from Drumheller but is still located in Southern Alberta and its badlands.

It’s home to one of the highest concentrations of dinosaur fossils in the world, and if you’re lucky you might even find some at the side of the trails.

Just DON’T take any from the park! It’s illegal to do so, and you’ll incur a huge fine if you do.

Before you head out on the trails though, make sure you visit the Dinosaur Visitor Centre. There’s a small museum here where you can learn about the area’s geology and admire huge dinosaur skeletons.

You can also go on an interpretive tour during your visit to Dinosaur Provincial Park, or grab some food at the ‘Cretaceous Cafe’.

We stayed here for one night, and would 100% recommend it. The campsite is great, and there are awesome trails nearby too.

Afterwards, you can head across to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump (which is what we did). It’s the perfect place to stop off if you’re heading to Calgary and the Rockies.

Here’s some more information on the best things to do in Dinosaur Provincial Park…

This is one of the most unique places to visit in Canada, so make sure it’s on your list!

 

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