10 Things you Need to Experience in Canada

by Alicia Taggio
St Marks summit BC hike with canada flag

Covering nearly 10 million kilometres, Canada is the second largest country in the world (by total area). That’s certainly a lot of ground to cover when you’re trying to see and experience all that our home and native land has to offer. It was hard to narrow down our top highlights, but after much debate (and a few Caesars), we’ve compiled a list of 10 things we’ve experienced first-hand that are worth sharing. Have any other must-do’s in Canada? Leave your recommendations in the comments below!

Banff from Above

As if Banff doesn’t already have jaw-dropping scenery from ground level, taking the Banff Gondola to the top will offer you 360 degree panoramic views of Banff and the Rocky Mountains. There’s a long boardwalk you can walk along with various different vantage points to capture photos. If you’re feeling hungry, there is a few restaurant options at the top as well.

The Beauty of the Yukon

There’s more to the Yukon than just the Northern Lights. From the beautiful lakes, to the amazing wildlife spottings, (grizzly bears anyone?) the Yukon is such a beautiful (and barely touched) part of Canada that we encourage you to experience.

The Rocky Mountaineer Train

gold leaf rocky mountaineer

One of the best ways to experience British Columbia and Alberta is by taking a train journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. This train only travels during daylight hours so you don’t miss any of the beautiful scenery, and goes into some of the most remote places that aren’t accessible by vehicle.

Eating Fresh Seafood in the Maritimes

From eating fresh lobster at Peggy’s Cove, to enjoying the best fish and chips in Newfoundland, the east coasters know a thing or too when it comes to seafood.

A Weekend Getaway in Ontario’s Cottage Country

cottage muskoka chair

Talk to most Ontario residents, and they either own, (or have a friend or family member who owns) a cottage. Offering the perfect weekend escape, there is nothing quite like sitting in a hammock or Muskoka chair, reading a book, and listening to the sweet sounds of nature around you. Extra points if you have a Caesar in your hand.

A Toronto Blue Jays Game

toronto blue jays playing at the rogers centre skydome

Canada only has one team in the MLB, and that team is the Toronto Blue Jays. If you’re lucky enough to be in this fine city during one of their home games, buy yourself a ticket and get a real taste of Toronto and its people. Located right next to Toronto’s iconic landmark the CN Tower, you might be lucky to watch a game with the Dome open, offering you a great view of both the game and the highrise buildings around you.

Fresh Poutine in Quebec

Poutine in Quebec

It’s not quite known who exactly invented poutine, (several people have come forth as the creator) but what is known is that it was developed in the late 1950’s somewhere in rural Québec. From the streets of Montreal, to the rural towns that sell Poutine gravy in their grocery stores, you’ll find no shortage of this classic Canadian ‘junk food’ dish.

The West Coast Trail

man on the west coast trail

Named one of the top five hikes in the world, the West Coast Trail is a 75km stretch along the Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island that will change the way you see the world. From walking along the ocean floor when tide is low, to spotting whales around every corner (we’re not kidding) this is a hike worth challenging yourself to do. Spots are limited though so be sure to reserve a spot in the Spring when availability is open to the public.

The Sea to Sky Drive

Sea to Sky Hwy views of British Columbia

If you’re looking for a great roadtrip with jaw dropping scenery, do the drive from Vancouver to Whistler also known as the Sea to Sky Highway.

A Good Ol’ Hockey Game

When visiting Canada, the best way to find out about its people and their passion, is by going to a hockey game. From the Edmonton Oilers, to the Winnipeg Jets, there is no shortage of options across Canada. If you aren’t able to score tickets to an NHL game, head to a local frozen pond or lake in the winter, and you’ll most likely find locals playing a game outside.