Canada, a country known for its maple syrup and ice hockey, and a region that understands a little politeness will never go amiss. It’s no wonder it’s one of the world’s most-loved destinations and an absolute dream to explore. If you’re planning on visiting the Great White North but haven’t a clue where to stay or where to explore - we’ve got you! Here’s how to enjoy your vacation to the fullest in Canada.

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How to Get There 

First and foremost, plan well in advance. This will ensure you make the most of cost-effective deals and will also allow you time to research, which means you're more likely to make good decisions with your bookings.

Your primary priority is going to be the 'getting there' part - dependent on which state you're based in, there are a few options. However, for the majority, the journey to Canada is going to involve flying simply because it's convenient and less time-intensive. Once upon a time, flights and accommodations involved two separate searches (whether online or from physical booking agencies). Yet conveniently, it's easier than ever to kill two birds with one stone these days. Sophisticated search engines offer you the opportunity to book flights to Canada, but also allow you to book your accommodation simultaneously.

All you need to do is select the ‘flight and hotel’ tab to get it all sorted in one sitting. Then, enter a couple of details such as the departure point and arrival airport of your choice, as well as a few key 'must-have' features for your accommodation such as the number of beds required. Once you press 'enter', the search will generate a range of flight options and accommodation contenders. From this point, all you have to do is take your pick by using filters to whittle the results down. The bonus is that you’ll also save up to 40% by booking this way. We see this as a win-win: more money leftover for all those Canadian activities then? Why the heck not?

Banf National Park

First up on our Canada hitlist, we’ve got Banff National Park. Located in Alberta, this park is simply a nature lover's paradise, offering endless opportunities for hiking, wildlife spotting, as well as post-card-worthy scenic drives. To prepare for a day or two here, you’re going to need to gather some gear. You’ll need hiking boots, a camera, and that good old sense of wonder. Calgary International Airport is your gateway to this natural wonderland.

From there, it’s just a scenic drive to the heart of Banff National Park. There are plenty of cozy lodges to find a basecamp for your time here in Banff’s charming little town. Once you’re settled, grab a hearty breakfast, lace up your hiking boots, and prepare to set sail on a trail like you’ve never trailed before. If you’re up for a challenge, the Sulphur Mountain hike is for the daredevils visiting. Although quite steep, the views at the peak make the climb absolutely worth it. 

Lake Louise

Moving onto the lush Lake Louise. A short drive from Banff, this gem is nestled within the mountains and is as breathtaking as they come. The azure waters are framed by towing snow-capped mountains, creating a picture-perfect backdrop. You can take a leisurely stroll along the lake’s edge, rent a canoe for a peaceful paddle, or hike up to viewpoints for out-of-this-world-like panoramas that’ll leave you speechless. 

The Enchanted Forest

Ah, the Enchanted Forest. A mythical attraction that will take you right back to reading those Narnia books way back when. Located in British Columbia, which is renowned as one of the wettest places on the planet, this forest is filled with towering trees and fairytale characters like something from a storybook. To explore this dream of a place, you’ll want to stroll along the winding paths at your own pace, taking in all the enchanting scenes and characters as you go.

Take as many photos as your heart desires, and if you’re feeling brave enough, climb up the adorable treehouses perched up high in the branches. Each nook and cranny is filled with surprises - from tiny doors that only fairies could fit through to hidden critters that make the forest all that bit more surprising. You can easily spend a day here either with a family or by yourself if your inner child is calling. 

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Niagara Falls

Of course, we couldn’t mention a Canadian top 10 without throwing Niagara Falls into the mix. The falls have been captivating humans for centuries. The Indigenous peoples of the area revered the falls as sacred and significant. When European explorers arrived, the falls quickly gained fame as a must-see natural wonder. In the 19th century, it became a hub for honeymooners, daredevils, and industrial innovation. 

From Toronto, the drive to Niagara Falls is about 1.5 - 2 hours, depending on traffic. To truly experience the falls, don’t miss the iconic Maid of the Mist boat tour. You’ll don a snazzy blue poncho and get up close and personal with the thundering Horseshoe Falls. The mist, the power of the water, and the sheer size of it all - it’s an experience you won’t forget. 

Ready for another perspective? Head to the Journey Behind the Falls attraction. You take an elevator down and then walk through tunnels to get behind the falls. It’s like stepping into a hidden world - you can feel the rush of the water and even stand right beside the cascading falls. 

Old Quebec City

Transport yourself to Europe without leaving North America by visiting Old Quebec City. This historic corner in Quebec province exudes a charming old-world vibe with its cobblestone streets, centuries-old architecture, and vibrant cultural scene. Stroll along the fortified city walls, explore the quaint shops, and savor some delicious French cuisine. 


For the outdoor enthusiasts among us, Whistler in British Columbia is a dream come true. Known for its world-class ski slopes, this destination transforms into a haven for mountain bikers, hikers, and nature lovers during the warmer months. The stunning scenery, vibrant village atmosphere, and wide range of activities make it an absolute go-too while you’re on Canadian soil.

Toronto’s CN Tower

Standing tall over Toronto’s skyline, the CN Tower is an iconic landmark that offers more than just a panoramic view. Take a thrilling glass-floored elevator ride to the observation deck in the cityscape. For an adrenaline rush, try the EdgeWalk, where you can walk along the tower’s outer ledge - this is definitely not for the faint of heart! 

Vancouver’s Stanley Park

This urban Oasis in Vancouver, British Columbia, is a haven of natural beauty. With scenic trails, lush gardens, and picturesque waterfront views, Stanley Park invites everyone to take a second of tranquillity. And boy is it worth it. You can either rent a bike to cruise around the seawall or explore on foot. Be sure to have a relaxing picnic amidst all the greenery. You’ll simply feel your most ‘at peace’ self whilst you’re here.

Jasper National Park

Another gem within the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park is a quieter counterpart to Banff. Its serene landscapes, including tranquil lakes, immense glaciers, and the iconic Athabasca Falls, provide a more serene intimate experience with nature. 

Poutine Indulgence

Last, but most certainly not least, indulge in a culinary delight that’s quintessentially Canadian - poutine! This dish of crispy fried fries topped with cheese curds and smothered in gravy is a comfort food favorite. Whether you’re in a grab-and-go mood or want a sit-down meal, poutine is relevant whatever the need or occasion. 

Enjoy Canada!

Canada is a fairytale dream of a country, cherished by its locals and travelers far and wide. It’s a land of beauty, culture, and adventure, where each experience feels like a page torn from the world’s most captivating travel diary. So, who’s up for packing their bags and heading on a Canadian escapade? Go on, make us all jealous!




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