22 enviable excursions to try when visiting Canada

posted June 20, 2017


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Whether you’re planning an escorted coach tour through Canada’s East Coast cities or a road trip through the Rockies, it’s the excursions that will really make your holiday. There are so many fantastic attractions to see in Canada but just looking isn’t enough. Why not dive right in with a city walking tour? Or an ice-truck glacier explorer? Or a trip to the top of the CN Tower? There are plenty of fantastic activities and days out to really help you get beneath the surface of Canada. Here are a few of our favourites:

 

1. Moraine Lake, Alberta

This is one of Canada’s most iconic lakes, and it would be a crime to visit Banff without taking a look.
Suggested tour: Canada Wildlife & Vancouver Island

 

2. The Calgary Tower

A right of passage in the gateway city to the Rockies. Stand on the glass platform if you dare, for a 360 degree view over Calgary and your first glimpse of the mountains.
Suggested tour: Western Journey

 

3. Montreal sightseeing tour

There are so many different neighbourhoods to explore, each with a different arty vibe. The best way to see all the architecture and culture is on a sightseeing tour.
Suggested tour: Quebec & St Lawrence Seaway Experience

 

4. Ottawa open top bus

Home to the impressive gothic Parliament Buildings as well as sculpture and public art, an open top bus tour is the way to go.
Suggested tour: Eastern Journey

 

5. Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Most people are surprised to hear that these magnificent falls are even higher than Niagara! The dots at the top are people, provided for scale…
Suggested tour: The Canadiana

 

6. Nordik Spa, Ottawa

This offers the ultimate pamper and relaxation. It’s a perfect stop off if you’re travelling past Ottawa.
Suggested tour: Eastern Explorer

 

7. Athabasca Glacier, Alberta

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This glacier is one of the most visited and most accessible in North America. A snow-coach ride on top of this arm of the Columbia Icefield is a must.
Suggested tour: Rockies Trail

 

8. Icefields Parkway, Alberta

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This is undeniably one of the world’s most beautiful highways, with lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and rivers dotted along its length. The Athabasca Falls are gorgeous.
Suggested tour: Western Journey

 

9. Butchart Gardens, Victoria

These impressive gardens are a favourite to visit just outside of Victoria, the capital of Vancouver Island (and British Columbia). A stroll around the flowers is heavenly.
Suggested tour: Rocky Roundup

 

10. BC Legislature Buildings, Victoria

Victoria is a beautiful city to visit on your tour, perched on the southern tip of Vancouver Island in an enviable position on the coast. The legislature buildings are a highlight.
Suggested tour: Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast

 

11. Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver

This slice of wilderness so close to Vancouver city centre is a favourite of ours. It has old growth rainforest, a dramatic climate bubble and of course, plenty of thrills.
Suggested tour: Rockies Trail

 

12. Whale Watching, BC

Go from Vancouver or go from Victoria, but make sure you get out on the water. In the summer months you are guaranteed whale sightings, with humpbacks and orcas the most common.
Suggested tour: Mini Rocky Roundup

 

13. The Alaska Highway, Yukon

Nowhere does wide-open spaces and awe-inspiring views in quite the same way as the wild Yukon. This is Canada’s untamed corner.
Suggested tour: Glaciers & Gold Rush Bonanza

 

14. Whitehorse, Yukon

There are more incredible views in Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon. But beyond the stunning views you’ll find fascinating Gold Rush era buildings and history.
Suggested tour: Glaciers & Gold Rush Bonanza

 

15. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Western Canada isn’t the only place with spectacular national parks, you know. The scenery on the East Coast is just as impressive, and we love Atlantic Canada’s charm.
Suggested tour: Atlantic Maritimes Tour

 

16. St John Sightseeing

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St John’s is known for its colourful houses and fishing huts. The maritime way of life is perfectly preserved here and is one of the most atmospheric places to travel in Canada.
Suggested tour: Circle Newfoundland & Labrador

 

17. Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia

Atlantic Canada is famous for its lighthouses, but this one is perhaps the most iconic of all. It’s the perfect place to stop off for a photo.
Suggested tour: Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes

 

18. PEI National Park, Prince Edward Island

Were you expecting white sand beaches in Eastern Canada? The smallest province in the country beautiful, surprising and definitely captivating.
Suggested tour: Landscapes of the Canadian Maritimes

 

19. Shediac Bay Lobster Cruise, Nova Scotia

This romantic experience combines two things for which the Maritimes are famous – ocean and lobster. The whole region abounds with fresh seafood – the above spread is from Nova Scotia.
Suggested tour: Atlantic Maritimes Tour

 

20. Skagway, Alaska

If you’re thinking of visiting the Yukon and Alaska, then please, please do. You’ll discover some of the most breathtaking natural scenery there is.
Suggested tour: Glaciers & Gold Rush Bonanza

 

21. Sea to Sky Gondola, Squamish

No trip along BC’s coast would be complete without taking in the Sea to Sky Highway between Whistler and Vancouver. On the way, stop off in Squamish for this unforgettable gondola ride.
Suggested tour: Western Journey

 

22. Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland

Could anything be more spectacular? Walk with giants when you spot these behemoths which can be millennia old.
Suggested tour: Circle Newfoundland & Labrador

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