No matter what you look for when you travel, Canada can deliver. Want outdoor adventure? We've got that. Food, art, culture? There's plenty of that, too. Plus, there's stunning nature, vibrant cities, and friendly locals to add to it all. With this year being Canada's 150th birthday, it's especially fitting to roundup some of our favorite things to do from coast, to coast, to coast.

 

If you're looking for inspiration, here are 150 things to do across the country — from mountaintop hikes, to wildlife viewing, to culinary experiences. Time to start exploring!

Adventure outside

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  • Ride or walk the longest recreational trail in the world (over 13,000 miles!) and experience Canada’s beautiful landscapes up close.

  • Follow the silver trail and drive to the top of Keno Hill. Here, you’ll be rewarded with sweeping views overlooking valleys, mountains, and the quirky town of Keno with a population of about 20.

  • Swim the Grotto at Bruce Peninsula National Park. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled to the Caribbean in the crystal blue waters.

  • Go hiking in Tombstone Territorial Park in late August to take in the breathtaking fall colours.

  • Cast a line for salmon in world-famous fishing rivers.

  • Take a dip in one of Canada’s many lakes — it's said that there are more lakes in Canada than in every other country combined.

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  • Head for the hills across the country for some of the best hiking, biking, and skiing. Canada's known for its mountains.

  • Kayak among fjords and whales.

  • Experience cold water surfing on the east and west coasts.

  • Hike to “one of the four corners of the earth” at Brimstone Head on Fogo Island.

  • Plunge your paddle into Manitoba’s 100,000+ lakes and waterways. Go on an urban canoe day trip or a multi-day wilderness adventure on a heritage waterway.

  • Walk on the earth’s mantle at the Tablelands in Gros Morne National Park.

  • Go snorkeling with humpback whales.

  • Kayak with 10,000-year-old icebergs.

  • Cast a line — Manitoba is a fishing paradise for new or experienced anglers.

  • Visit the land of mountains, glaciers, and polar bears at Torngat Mountains National Park.

  • Visit Alberta’s national parks. Hike, camp, paddle, cycle, or explore on horseback.

  • Snorkel, kayak, or paddleboard alongside hundreds of curious beluga whales in Arctic waters.

  • Paddle a cedar Dugout Canoe in Tofino to get a First Nations’ perspective on the water surrounding this surfer’s paradise.

  • Tackle the high seas and wrestle a 1000-pound bluefin tuna in the "Tuna Capital of the World"!

  • Jump for joy at Canada’s highest bungee jump.

  • In the summer, explore mighty rivers or tee-off under the midnight sun.

  • Paddle the path of the voyageurs on the Churchill River and feel the rush of one of Saskatchewan’s highest and most beautiful waterfalls, Nistowiak Falls.

 

  • Ride the highest tides in the world as you raft the tidal bores on the Shubenacadie River. It’s nature’s rollercoaster.

  • Zipline at one of the most scenic, seaside spots.

  • Watch the start of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race — the toughest dog sled race in the world. Or, give mushing a try yourself and cuddle some husky puppies while you’re at it.

  • Go Heli-Skiing where it all began. Hop in a helicopter to access untouched, remote alpine terrain and deep powder.

  • Hike the rolling hills, coulees, valleys, and badlands of Grasslands National Park.

  • Glide along some of the best canoe-tripping rivers in the world.

  • Hook a big one in the Northern lakes that are said to produce the largest sportfish on Earth.

  • Climb the Maritimes’ highest peak in the Appalachian Mountains.

  • Roam the tundra and find the best spot to pitch your tent after a day of exploring.

  • Test your balance on a stand-up paddle board while exploring Ram Island’s international migratory site off the coast of Prince Edward Island.

  • Take a drive along an ice road.

Discover vibrant culture

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  • Coast to coast, check out an amazing festival — whether you like music, rodeos, or just about anything else.

  • Join in the noise at the loudest arena in the NHL while watching a Winnipeg Jets game.

  • Dance under the prairie sunset at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, a top stop on North America’s folk music circuit.

  • Saddle up at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.

  • Celebrate diversity in Canada’s colorful cities at a Pride Parade.

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Delve into history

  • Experience the rich culture of Canada's Aboriginal people.

  • Uncover Canadian history at one of many art galleries and museums.

  • See the earliest evidence of life on the planet at Newfoundland and Labrador’s newest UNESCO site, Mistaken Point.

  • Get inspired at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in an interactive journey from darkness to light.

  • Discover all of Alberta’s 15 national historic sites.

  • Visit Ancient First Nation Village Sites in Haida Gwaii amid the lush rainforest of Gwaii Haanas. Learn about the history of the Haida people while viewing carved poles, remnants of longhouses, and more.

Experience natural wonders

  • See colors dance above you while taking in the Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nunavut, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • Discover Canada’s flora at one of many beautiful gardens across the country.

  • See the first sunrise in North America at Cape Spear National Historic Site.

  • Look a wild polar bear in the eye, whether viewing from a boat, a tundra vehicle, or trekking alongside them at a remote wilderness lodge.

  • Explore the Canadian Badlands and hunt for dinosaur fossils in Dinosaur Provincial Park.

  • Spot a narwhal (and several other Arctic critters) in the wild.

Taste unique food and drink

  • With the most donut shops per capita, be sure to indulge in one of our country’s favorite sweet treats. Don’t have a sweet tooth? Check out some top chefs instead.

  • Have a scoop or two of COW’s Ice Cream — a local PEI favorite.

  • Visit a sugar shack in Quebec.

  • Learn how to make maple syrup.

  • Bundle up with a drink at the Hotel de Glace ice bar.

  • Grab a friend and go wine-tasting through the pastoral Okanagan Valley, stopping at farm stands to pick up plump cherries, peaches, and more along the way.

  • Test out the local spirits made from top-notch local grains in Canada’s breadbasket.

Take a break

Try something new

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  • Step back in time and relive the Klondike gold fever by taking a tour of Dredge No. 4, located just outside Dawson City.

  • Set out on a back-country train tour through landscapes that inspired the Group of Seven — alongside pristine lakes, awesome granite rock formations, the vast forests of the Canadian Shield, and the great Agawa Canyon.

  • Grab your camera and explore the colorful Town of Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to the iconic Bluenose II Schooner.

  • Drive the Alaska Highway over 1,390 miles through British Columbia to Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • Camp in a water droplet at Fundy National Park.

  • Explore a Nova Scotia beach – surf, kitesurf, swim, kayak, hike, cycle, or just relax along the pristine coastline.

  • Visit the most photographed lighthouse in North America and the beautiful, working fishing village that surrounds it in Peggy’s Cove.

  • Drive the world famous Cabot Trail in Cape Breton and stop for a guided hike of the stunning Skyline Trail at sunset.

  • Follow a road a little less traveled and discover panoramic coastal views and historic lighthouses on the PEI coast.

  • Experience the magic of the north with Arctic Watch.

  • Chase a storm or take in the most gorgeous sunrises and sunsets in the “Land of Living Skies”.

  • Drive the Klondike-Kluane loop through pristine wilderness. Then take a ferry across the Yukon River and continue your journey on the "Top of the World Highway" into Alaska.

  • See Quebec on two wheels with BIXI bike.

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And that's just the start of it. Canada is home to these 150 activities plus many, many more. Now all you have to do is book a trip up north and discover it all.

 

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