150 Things to Do in Canada

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No matter what you look for when you travel, Canada can deliver. Want outdoor adventure? We've got that. Food, art, culture? There's plenty of that, too. Plus, there's stunning nature, vibrant cities, and friendly locals to add to it all. With this year being Canada's 150th birthday, it's the perfect time to round up some of our favourite things to do from coast to coast to coast.

 

If you're looking for inspiration, here are 150 things to do across the country — everything from mountaintop hikes and wildlife viewing to culinary experiences. Time to start exploring!

Adventure outside

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  • Ride or walk the longest recreational trail in the world (over 21,500 kilometres!) and experience Canada’s beautiful landscapes up close.

  • Follow the silver trail and drive to the top of Keno Hill. Here, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views overlooking valleys, mountains, and the quirky town of Keno with a population of about 20.

  • Swim the Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park. You’ll feel like you’ve travelled to the Caribbean in the crystal blue waters.

  • Go hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park in late August to take in the breathtaking fall colours.

  • Cast a line for salmon in world-famous fishing rivers.

  • Take a dip in one of Canada’s many lakes — it's said that there are more lakes in Canada than in every other country combined.

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  • Head for the hills across the country for some of the best hiking, biking, and skiing. Canada's known for its mountains.

  • Kayak among fjords, whales, and icebergs.

  • Experience cold water surfing on the east and west coasts.

  • Hike to “one of the four corners of the earth” at Brimstone Head on Fogo Island.

  • Plunge your paddle into Manitoba’s 100,000+ lakes and waterways. Go on an urban canoe day trip or a multi-day wilderness adventure on a heritage waterway.

  • Walk on the earth’s mantle at the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park.

  • Go snorkeling with humpback whales.

  • Kayak with 10,000-year-old icebergs.

  • Cast a line — Manitoba is a fishing paradise for new or experienced anglers.

  • Visit the land of mountains, glaciers, and polar bears at Torngat Mountains National Park.

  • Visit Alberta’s national parks. Hike, camp, paddle, cycle, or explore on horseback.

  • Snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard alongside hundreds of curious beluga whales in Manitoba's Arctic waters.

  • Paddle a cedar Dugout Canoe in Tofino to get a First Nations’ perspective on the waters surrounding this surfer’s paradise.

  • Tackle the high seas and wrestle a 450-kilogram bluefin tuna in the "Tuna Capital of the World," Prince Edward Island.

  • Jump for joy at Canada’s highest bungee jump.

  • In the summer, explore mighty rivers or tee-off under the midnight sun.

  • Paddle the path of the voyageurs on the Churchill River and feel the rush of one of Saskatchewan’s highest and most beautiful waterfall — Nistowiak Falls.

 

  • Ride the highest tides in the world as you raft the tidal bores on the Shubenacadie River. It’s nature’s rollercoaster.

  • Zipline at one of the most scenic, seaside spots.

  • Watch the start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race — the toughest dog sled race in the world. Or, give mushing a try yourself and cuddle some husky puppies while you’re at it.

  • Go heli-skiing where it all began. Hop in a helicopter to access untouched, remote, alpine terrain and deep powder.

  • Hike the rolling hills, coulees, valleys, and badlands of Grasslands National Park.

  • Glide along some of the best canoe-tripping rivers in the world.

  • Hook a big one in the Northern lakes — said to produce the largest sportfish on Earth.

  • Climb the Maritimes’ highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains.

  • Roam the tundra and find the best spot to pitch your tent after a day of exploring.

  • Test your balance on a stand-up paddle board while exploring Ram Island’s international migratory site off the coast of Prince Edward Island.

  • Take a drive along an ice road.

Discover vibrant culture

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  • Coast to coast, check out an amazing festival — whether you like comedy, rodeos, or just about anything else.

  • Join in the noise at "the loudest arena in the NHL" while watching a Winnipeg Jets game.

  • Dance under the prairie sunset at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, a top stop on North America’s folk music circuit.

  • Saddle up at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.

  • Celebrate diversity in Canada’s colorful cities at a Pride Parade.

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Delve into history

  • Experience the rich culture of the country’s Aboriginal people.

  • Uncover Canadian history at one of many art galleries and museums.

  • See the earliest evidence of life on the planet at Newfoundland & Labrador’s newest UNESCO site, Mistaken Point.

  • Get inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in an interactive journey from darkness to light.

  • Discover any of Alberta’s 15 national historic sites.

  • Visit Ancient First Nation Village sites in Haida Gwaii amid the lush rainforest of Gwaii Haanas. Learn about the history of the Haida people while viewing carved poles, remnants of longhouses, and more.

Experience natural wonders

  • See colors dance above you while taking in the Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

  • Discover Canada’s flora at one of many beautiful gardens across the country.

  • See the first sunrise in North America at Cape Spear National Historic Site.

  • Look a wild polar bear in the eye, whether viewing from a boat, a tundra vehicle, or trekking alongside them at a remote wilderness lodge.

  • Explore the Canadian Badlands and hunt for dinosaur fossils in Dinosaur Provincial Park.

  • Spot a narwhal (and several other Arctic critters) in the wild.

  • Watch humpback whales breach in the Bay of Fundy, an ample feeding ground and summer home for 12 species of whale.

  • Discover (and lounge on) over 1,100 kms of beach and shoreline on the East Coast.

  • Visit the aurora borealis capital of the world.

  • Explore the Great Bear Rainforest. Go wildlife viewing for grizzlies and more. This is the only place in the world where you can spot the elusive white Kermode (Spirit) bear.

  • Walk on the ocean floor at The Hopewell Rocks.

  • See Rudolph in the wild — the Northwest Territories are home of Canada’s only reindeer herd.

Taste unique food and drink

  • With the most donut shops per capita, be sure to indulge in one of our country’s favourite sweet treats. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Check out some top chefs instead.

  • Have a scoop or two of COW’s Ice Cream — a local PEI favourite.

  • Visit a sugar shack in Quebec.

  • Learn how to make maple syrup.

  • Bundle up with a drink at the Hotel de Glace ice bar.

  • Grab a friend and go wine tasting through the pastoral Okanagan Valley, stopping at farm stands to pick up plump cherries, peaches, and more along the way.

  • Test out the local spirits made from top-notch local grains in Canada’s breadbasket.

  • Raise a glass on the Good Cheer Trail — Canada’s only trail of its kind that includes wineries, cideries, craft breweries, and distilleries.

  • Drink locally made wine all across the country.

  • Try an authentic Montreal bagel.

  • Roll-up your sleeves with a Food Network Celebrity Chef at PEI’s Fall Flavours Festival.

  • Indulge in Nunavut’s famous pink coldwater shrimp.

  • Dig into the world’s longest lobster roll at the Shediac Lobster Festival.

Take a break

  • Relax at amazing spas across the country, whether you're in the city or exploring the countryside.

  • Unwind at Thermëa, a Nordic-inspired spa, set in the midst of an urban forest.

  • Hit the lake — one of nearly 100,000 in Saskatchewan.

Try something new

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  • Take a train to discover hidden mountains passes.

  • Paddle the French River, a waterway Aboriginal people used as a meeting place and trading route for thousands of years.

  • Go back in time at the newest dinosaur museum, the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie.

  • Climb the tower and overnight in Canada’s first lighthouse inn in the West Point Lighthouse Inn.

  • Take a walking tour and immerse yourself in Quebec cuisine.

  • Walk the tip — the farthest point south on mainland Canada in Point Pelee National Park.

  • Surround yourself with the colour of Jellybean Row in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • Step back in time and relive the Klondike gold fever by taking a tour of Dredge No. 4, located just outside Dawson City.

  • Set out on a back-country train tour through landscapes that inspired famous Canadian artists the Group of Seven — alongside pristine lakes, awesome granite rock formations, the vast forests of the Canadian Shield, and the great Agawa Canyon.

  • Grab your camera and explore the colourful Town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the iconic Bluenose II Schooner.

  • Drive the Alaska Highway 1,345 kilometres through British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • Camp in a water droplet at Fundy National Park.

  • Explore a Nova Scotia beach – surf, kitesurf, swim, kayak, hike, cycle, or just relax along the pristine coastline.

  • Visit the most photographed lighthouse in North America and the beautiful, working fishing village that surrounds it in Peggy’s Cove.

  • Drive the world-famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton and plan to stop for a guided hike of the stunning Skyline Trail at sunset.

  • Follow a road a little less travelled and discover panoramic coastal views and historic lighthouses on the PEI coast.

  • Experience the magic of the North with Arctic Watch.

  • Chase a storm or take in the most gorgeous sunrises and sunsets in the “Land of Living Skies.”

  • Drive the Klondike-Kluane loop through pristine wilderness. Then take a ferry across the Yukon River and continue your journey on the Top of the World Highway into Alaska.

  • See Quebec on two wheels with BIXI bike.

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And that's just the start of it. Canada is home to these 150 activities plus many, many more. Now all you have to do is book your holiday and discover it all.

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