Our Expert Travellers have fallen in love with exciting destinations all over the world… but there’s no place like home! These gorgeous Canadian stops will inspire your next photography getaway- no passport required.
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
Stroll down creaky wooden docks to watch the tall ships rock by or tour the splashy shops and houses lining the town core. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is vibrant, picturesque, and popping with undisputable East Coast personality. Once you’ve filled up a few rolls of film (or memory cards), enjoy the 60-minute drive to charming Peggy’s Cove.
Churchill, Manitoba is a wildlife photographer’s playground. Visit during summer to kayak among beluga whales in the Hudson Bay and photograph gorgeous Arctic birds. Explore during autumn to witness the polar bear migration or during winter (if you’re well-dressed) to travel by dog sled and spend a night under the Northern Lights.
Cheltenham Badlands, Ontario
Your eyes might play tricks on you when you visit the Cheltenham Badlands, where soft, red shale mimics the rolling ancient sea that formed it. Pack a good zoom lens and capture the eerie scene from the viewing area at the edge of a beginner-friendly trail.
Rural Prince Edward Island
For the last few years, a visit to P.E.I.’s farmlands has been almost impossible to make without stumbling across stunning golden-yellow fields. That’s because a wireworm epidemic has led most potato farmers to fight back with crops of mustard, which both counteracts soil-borne diseases and helps boost potato crops in subsequent seasons. Amateur and seasoned photographers alike will enjoy working with the playful colours.
Record the drama of tides rising and falling around the iconic Hopewell Rocks, then keep exploring! The Cliffs of Fundy is full of trails and prehistoric scenes, leaving no wonder about why the gorgeous site is being evaluated as a UNESCO Global Geopark.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland & Labrador
Take advantage of Gros Morne’s dark sky preservation program and capture the celestial dance over vast Tablelands and mountains. Or visit bright and early to snap a shot of the sparkling freshwater fjord, hike to the top of Western Brook Pond Gorge, and navigate your way to a 2,000-foot waterfall that disappears into mist before it hits the ground.
Moraine Lake, Alberta
This jaw-dropping scene may be Canada’s most famous, especially among avid shutterbugs. But that shouldn’t stop you from creating your own portrait of Banff National Park’s treasure. If you do manage to pick your jaw off the ground, embrace the outdoors with scuba diving, horseback riding, mountain climbing, skiing, and more.
From the black sand beaches to the mossy coniferous rainforest, the archipelago of Haida Gwaii is like nowhere else you’ve been. Reserve one of the limited visitor spots to Gwaii Haanas National Park, then photograph land’s edge at Chaahluu Kaahli Rennell Sound. Next, visit the 19th century Haida village, SGang Gwaay Llnagaay to see hundreds-of-years-old totem poles.
Tombstone Territorial Park, Yukon Territories
Take the Dempster Highway past Dawson City, beyond the reach of any cell tower, and find yourself in the beautiful wilderness of Tombstone Territorial Park. Despite its northern latitude, the region is full of diverse flora and fauna. Camp in the shadow of jagged mountains and spend all day playing with micro and macro photography.
Baffin Island, Nunavut
Stay in Kanngiqtugaapik (Clyde River) in the summer months to watch Arctic wildlife gather at the floe’s edge. Depending on the time of your visit, the sun might never set, making this mesmerizing location the perfect setting to experiment with light and deep contrasts in your photos.
Athabasca Sand Dunes, Saskatchewan
Journey to the Athabasca sand dunes by float plane (the only way to get to this vast 100 km stretch). Between unique photoshoots in an otherworldly landscape, you can follow a wilderness guide through the massive provincial park. Enjoy fishing and boating in Lake Athabasca, then spend a night in a cozy fishing lodge or rough it in your own tent.
Aurora Borealis from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
Drive into the centre of Yellowknife and climb up to Pilots Monument, where you’ll find one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. Photographing the Aurora Borealis can be tricky. Don’t forget to bring your tripod, remote shutter release, and a strong familiarity with your camera’s manual settings.
Old Quebec, Quebec
Don’t make the mistake of photographing the iconic Chateau Frontenac and thinking you’ve snapped your best photo of Quebec City. Both Upper Town and Lower Town, outdoors and in, boast limitless opportunities for one-of-a-kind pictures. Explore historic buildings, cute cafes, antique shops, and chic restaurants, and create your own impression of La Vieille Capitale.