Posted at 1:30 pm • 01 June 2020 • Chelsea from Kraywoods
No doubt, Canada is easily considered one of the top travel destinations on earth with its diverse natural wonders and amazing outdoor spots. With flight travel being restricted this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is now the perfect time for a cross country road trip. If you already live in Canada, you know that your country is worth exploring and full of fantastic nature destinations that attract millions of tourists and adventurers from all around the world. Let’s check out some of the top nature travel destinations you must visit this summer in Canada!
1. Niagara Falls, Ontario
Among all the falls in the world, Niagara Falls is known to be one of the most iconic waterfalls. This waterfall is a combination of 3 separate waterfalls along with the Canada-American border - The Horseshoe Falls, the Bridal Veil Falls, and the American Falls. The spread-out width of Niagara Falls drops 20% of all the world’s freshwaters, 57 meters high, to an enormous splash into the massive lake. Niagara Falls is not the largest in the world, and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls is remarkably the most powerful waterfall in North America. No matter if you are viewing the falls from the close range on a tour boat, with an aerial view from a helicopter or a Cliffside view at Fallsview Casino, you can still enjoy and witness the divine beauty of this fantastic waterfall.
The scheduled daytime boat tours will offer you an astonishing sight of the falls expect you to get wet. It is particularly captivating at night when floodlights illumine the free-falling waters into a colourful variety of hazes and splashes. If you are a more curious traveller, you can travel to Niagara Falls north to explore the 99-acre botanical garden in Niagara parkway. Restaurants, shops, casinos are available in that area as well. And also, you might not want to miss the fantastic panoramic view of Niagara Falls from the revolving decks of Skylon Tower.
2. Banff National Park, Alberta
Banff National Park was established back in 1885, and it is the oldest national park in Canada, and if you travel there, you can experience Canada’s most beautiful scenery. Throughout the year, you can enjoy the ethereal-like beauty of this place. Tourists and travellers can enjoy the spectacular view of Banff in many ways.
The Banff Gondola is famous among travellers. It offers a soothing 8-minute ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. Travellers can enjoy the beautiful views of the Bow River Valley and Banff going up the 7,500-foot mountain. On the other hand, more adventurous travellers might prefer hiking one of Alberta’s fabulous 80 trails like ‘The Great Divider.’ This is basically for more experienced trekkers. Or a more moderate 3.6-mile hike up the East End of Rundle (EEOR) Trail, which is equally as beautiful.
You can enjoy some outdoor activities over there as well. Like – in the summer season, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, and drenched up in the hot springs in that area. In wintertime from December to March, Banff National Park transmutes into a winter sports fairyland for the travellers and tourists.
3. Churchill, Manitoba
This snowy place is widely known as the polar bear capital of the world. If you love the cold area and want to see some polar bears, then you can visit Wapusk (Cree for ‘white bear’) National Park in the late February to experience and see some 3-month old Polar Bear cubs discover the Freezing tundra lands for the first time with their mothers. Or you can travel there in late October or early November to observe the migration of thousands of polar bears roaming around that area. You can also lay your eyes on the mighty polar bears from the safety of tundra vehicles that will bring you through the snowy tundra terrains. You can also enjoy the great sights to kayak & snorkel with the migrating Beluga Whales.
4. Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
Pacific Rim National Park is another great tourist attraction located in Canada. The famous long beach of this place enthralls travellers and backpackers with surreal views of the unspoiled embryonic coastline of Long Beach, supplemented by a backdrop of lush emerald rainforest and high peaks of foggy mountains. If you love roaming around the beach, then you can find your little heavens trailing along the 10-mile stretch of beach to the most southern end Wickaninnish beach. During the winter season, serious surfers also come to challenge the wave up to 26 feet high.
But to enjoy the fullest, it is advisable to visit Pacific Rim between June and September. In that time part activities would be at the peak. It will be convenient if you have a car while visiting there since the park’s fascinations are far apart. There are plenty to endeavours in Pacific Rim National Park for the tourists, whether you like wandering by the beachside or follow along on one of its forest trails.
5. Whistler, British Columbia
Whistler is Canada’s world-famous ski village. Upheld at the feet of Mount Whistler and Mount Blackcomb, this international winter sports zone is the largest in North America and co-hosted the Winter Olympics 2010 and Vancouver.
These vast mountains have some of the best skiing and boarding slopes on the earth, and you should not miss all winter sports over here! This village provides a wide range of accommodations from the mid-range lodge to high-range luxurious resorts. There are many restaurants, shops, and galleries in this area for tourists to enjoy.
6. Cathedral Grove, British Columbia
MacMillan Provincial Park is located in the north of Victoria, and it is also known as Cathedral Grove to the locals. It has one of Canada’s largest areas of Giant Douglas Fir and Red Cedar trees. The ancient tree of this park is more than 800 years old, and the tower is well above 70 meters, which seems like pillars holding up to the sky. The funny fact is the largest Douglas Fir is an astounding 76 meters tall, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is only near about 56 meters tall.
No wonder that travellers all around the world flock to walk through 136 hectares of old forests. But what is the best thing about the park? This park is free for all. It always feels good when you enjoy the beauty of mother earth without spending any money from your pocket.
In this park, the walking path is well maintained, and also instructional and public toilets are available over there. Walking through this path will provide you with a magical experience ever, where you would sometimes see massive uprooted trees on some parts of the trail.
7. Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick
The Bay of Fundy is a fantastic tourist destination, and the unique shape of this place allows getting the highest tides in the world. It is like the same height as a five-storied building.
The scientists are also very much fascinated by this place due to the prehistoric revelations these shores have. Like - fossils of dinosaurs and evidence of the evolution of life, and semi-precious gems and natural resources are found there.
If you love marine mammals, you can find some of the rarest whales and dolphins which can be spotted off these shorelines. Another thing that makes the Bay of Fundy so exclusive is the 40-70 feet tall Hopewell Rocks formation. This is also known as the Flowerpot Rocks.
The magnificent rock formation and arches are sculpted naturally by the tidal erosion. Parts of these formations would be inundated under 40 feet of water when there is high tide when about 100 billion tons of water would be deflated out from the bay.
The Bay of Fundy is also famous for marine wildlife. This place is a home for over eight species of whales. This is a fantastic place for whale watchers around the world because the whale population can surpass over 300 at any one time. Apart from that, whales, the ever-charming dolphins, might also be seen swimming in the sea.
8. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
Algonquin Provincial Park should be your next travel destination if you are looking for some real family fun. Algonquin’s massive land is made from rocky ridges, high maple hills, and thousands of mirroring lakes. Although it is charming to travel all year round, fall is mainly a great time to visit this place, since visitors from all around the world come to see the park’s forest change its colours from sparkling shades of green to fiery hues of orange, red, and gold. This kind of scene you can only see in the movies. But it is real here.
During the spring, travellers can also experience a birding haven for all bird lovers because spring arrives, and migrants will have a lot to see throughout the park. There are eight campgrounds available in this park, and campers would be delighted to hear that there are 14 through its forests and canoe rentals to discover deeply in its woods. While the park landscape itself would wonder all visitors similarly, many outdoor activities and educational programs are held here by the initiatives of park officials. Outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, mountain biking, and rafting are available in this park. Travellers and backpackers should also visit Algonquin’s Visitor Centre because it has a beautiful view of the forest from the viewing deck.
9. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
Gros Morne National Park is our next pick for the travel lovers, and this place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its complex geology. This is the second-largest national park in eastern Canada, and the area covers 1, 1805 sq. Km. of western Newfoundland. This massive park contains 2,000 feet tall cliffs, some of the highest waterfalls in Canada, draft forests, sand beaches, and rock pools.
The Tablelands is an exclusive rock massif in the park shaped by colliding landmasses and grinding glaciers. This is where geologists could prove the theory of tectonic plates as the mountain of flat-topped rock is only typically found deep in the earth’s layer.
This park is not only beautiful for the landscape, but also there is a significant history. There are a total of five campgrounds available in this park, and in these campgrounds, the campers can enjoy themselves in summer times camping at Shallow Bay, Berry Hill, Lomond, Trout River Pond, or Green point Campground. As a traveller, you should know that you have to pay a daily entrance fee at the park. And there are also some additional fees, like – for camping, backcountry hiking, etc. its better if you have a car for yourself to reach over there conveniently. If you don’t mind walking through the hills or biking, these would be your other alternatives. If you have a kayak or canoe, then Trout River Pond and Bonne Bay are perfect places for such type of activities. Launch areas are placed at Trout River Pond, Lomond day-use areas, and Mill Brook. But if you don’t, then don’t need to worry, you can always find guided sea kayak expeditions with several tourism operators available in the area.
10. Muskwa-Kechika Management Area – British Columbia
Muskwa-Kechika Management Area is another fantastic place for nature lovers and travellers. It is a significant area globally where world-class integrated resource management decision-making has been practiced to ensure that resource development and other human activities take place following wildlife, wilderness quality, and vibrant ecosystems on which they depend. To be more precise, they want to keep this place unspoiled and beautiful. Expansive forests, rivers, waterfalls, lakes, hot springs, sub-alpine, spectacular geological formations, alpine areas and major wetlands area the significant attractions of this area.
Canada sets an example with its highly protected and neatly preserved beautiful natural landscapes, with the world's ever-growing 7.6 billion population and its expanding cities and metropolitans. A cross county road trip across Canada this summer will truly allow you to enjoy the beauty of Mother Nature and admire the vast diversity of this country's exceptional landscapes. With these top destinations in mind, plan your trip, pack your belongings and hit the road!