It’s summer in Canada and that can mean only one thing – the sun is out and it’s time to embrace the great outdoors!
Whether you’re a beach lover or wilderness explorer at heart, Canada’s wealth of pristine natural landscapes will keep you discovering new gems on your next Canadian holiday.
Make the most of the country’s stunning views and landmarks with activities out in the open air. From road tripping in your Canada car rental along the scenic Trans-Canada Highway, to the best of Canada’s summer festivals, there’s much to see and do during the summer months.
Check out a few of our favourite ways to enjoy summer in Canada.
Explore wildlife in British Columbia
The summer is perfect for getting out into nature, exploring some of Canada’s known beauty spots and discovering the creatures that call it home.
British Columbia, with its mix of urban life, mountain ranges and access to the shores of the North Pacific Ocean, is a favourite province for holidaymakers with the opportunity to see both land and sea, city and countryside. If you’re visiting the capital for instance, a Vancouver and Vancouver Island trip takes you from the excitement of city attractions to the tranquil surroundings just off the coast. From here, you’ll come face to face with nature at its finest. Explore the rugged coastline, see the lush landscape and meet some of the Island’s inhabitants for yourself. The wildlife around Vancouver includes black bears, elk and deer. On the shoreline you might come across marine mammals such as seals, sea otters and even whales moving further up into Alaskan waters.
Camp under the stars in Canada’s Maritimes
The three Maritime Provinces offer a French-influenced naval atmosphere and some of Canada’s top beaches on the east coast. Make the most of your time exploring the regions and camp on the cliffs or travel further inland to one of the many untouched provincial park forests.
Seafaring is at the heart of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island and with the Atlantic tides bringing some of the best “fruits de mer” to their shores, sampling the scrumptious seafood these provinces are known for is a must. Discover colourful fishing villages and historic lighthouses in each province, along with some of the area’s better known natural landmarks such as the Bay of Fundy with its staggeringly high tides or the dense Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick.
Enjoy the fruits of the Okanagan vineyards
Midway between Alberta and Vancouver, the Okanagan Valley is home to rolling hillside vineyards and neat wineries producing some of Canada’s finest grapes, and bottles of wine that are welcome at any dinner table.
The Okanagan region is one of the warmest in Canada and naturally, in the summer, its countless lakes prove popular places to cool off or try your hand at water sports. Be sure to visit the area’s lakeside cities as well. Kelowna, Osoyoos, Penticton and Vernon are all within easy reach of centres where you can learn more about First Nations culture in the area. There’s also golf courses where you can perfect your tee shots or open vineyards where you’ll discover why the region has its reputation for wine making.
There’s no greater place to spend a sunny evening, sipping on the fruits of Okanagan wineries as you overlook the desert-like landscape studded with rows of grape vines.
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