Work rules a lot of people’s lives; however, you don’t want it to keep from taking a break and going on vacation. In fact, working too much is often a major sign of needing a vacation. Though often overlooked for its European counterparts, Canada is one of the most relaxing and beautiful countries to visit for vacation. To help you plan a vacation up north, we lay out some of the most beautiful destinations in Canada.
1. S’Gang Gwaay, Haida Gwaii, British Columbia
Considered one of Canada’s most stunning hidden gems, Haida Gwaii is an archipelago found right off the coast of British Columbia. There are two main islands as well as 150 smaller ones, so there’s a lot to explore and admire. Aboriginal culture tourism is a huge draw, especially with the village of S’Gang Gwaay, where you can still find captivating totem poles. Only a dozen people can visit at a time and Haida watchmen must guide them.
2. Rue du Petit Champlain, Quebec
One of the oldest and narrowest streets in North America, the Rue du Petit Champlain was once the home to wealthy merchants and trading posts. Today, the street is full of art galleries, boutiques, cafés, and restaurants—all in the stone buildings constructed in the distinct Nouvelle France style. The beauty here comes from the history, diversity, and creativity exploding from each shop.
3. Whitehorse, Yukon
Capital of the Yukon, you’ll be right smack dab in the middle of this glorious territory. Located in the remote north, the city is the starting point for many explorations. We recommend staying in Whitehorse but taking plenty of trips out to see Yukon’s natural beauty that Yukon. Miles Canyon is a great spectacle as it’s easy to see any time of year.
4. Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick/Nova Scotia
Bay of Fundy separates the New Brunswick and Nova Scotia provinces and offers some incredible magnificence for both in water and on land. The Bay is known for having the highest tidal range in the world, reaching about 53 feet and filtering 160 billion tons of water in and out, twice a day. Travelers compare the diversity of marine life to that of the Amazon, which is just one of the reasons people come to this area.
5. Banff National Park, Alberta
No list of breathtaking places to visit in Canada would be complete without Banff National Park. There’s plenty of beautiful spots to hike to, such as Lake Agnes, Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. There’s camping, rafting, tea houses, gorgeous hotels, and so much more. This should definitely be on the top of your list for places to visit in Canada.