T Brand Studios, the branded content arm of the New York Times, has captured the transformative power of Canada in five captivating videos. In each film, creative Canadians were able to show just how their passions are shaped by the places in which they live.
Featured in those videos are a number of attractions and destinations that you can visit and experience for yourself.
Picturesque lakes where you can swim, paddle, and fish, endless hiking, skiing, and snowshoe trails, local produce galore, and small town charm — this is what the Lanaudière region of Quebec brings to the table. Just a quick drive northeast of Montreal, this unsung area is an absolute paradise for those who love the outdoors. In the New York Times video, canoe-builder Jean-Daniel Petit can be seen paddling, cliff jumping, and simply floating in one of the region’s seemingly endless array of lakes. But this region is a four-season destination and has a ton to offer at any time of year, from colorful fall hikes to bicycle touring to snowmobiling.
Mount Royal (Montreal, Quebec)
Located right in the heart of downtown Montreal you’ll find its namesake: Mount Royal. This small mountain is located within a large park of the same name that was actually designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the man behind New York’s Central Park. The two landmarks serve a similar purpose: providing an outdoor oasis in the city where people meet, hang out, play sports, and much more. Climb to the lookout point at the top (as you see Petit do in the video), visit the giant cross and snap photos of the city’s best view. Or, stop by on a Sunday for one of Mount Royal’s biggest draws: tam-tams. Tam-tams are weekly gatherings (weather-permitting) of drummers, dancers, vendors and just about anyone else.
St. Martins Sea Caves (New Brunswick)
Did you know that the record-breaking tides that flow into the Bay of Fundy twice each day could fill the Grand Canyon? While seeing 50-foot tides from the shore is impressive, getting out onto the water might just be the best way to really experience them. Join up with Red Rock Adventures, the tour company featured in our New Brunswick New York Times video, for a kayak adventure to the St. Martins Sea Caves. Paddle out of the charming, colorful harbor and into dramatic sea caves, carved out of the red rock cliffs over thousands of years by the powerful tides.
The Hopewell Rocks (New Brunswick)
If you want a photo that really captures the changing tides, the Hopewell Rocks is definitely your best bet. Located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, these unique rock formations are the awe-inspiring result of tidal erosion. Visit during low tide to walk the ocean floor and look up at the massive rocks towering four stories above your head. Then, return a few hours later and snap a photo of the tops of those same rocks, sitting above the waterline. You can also head out on a kayak tour for that immersive experience.
The Fundy Footpath (New Brunswick)
Are you a true outdoor adventurer who likes to leave the crowds behind and challenge yourself? The Fundy Footpath is a 50-kilometre stretch of untouched coastal wilderness that will knock your socks off – just ask Red Rock Adventures co-founder Mike Carpenter. From postcard views of the Bay of Fundy to tidal river valleys and red rock cliffs, this hike is more than bucket list-worthy. Strap on your best shoes and don’t forget to bring a camera.
Vancouver’s many murals (Vancouver, British Columbia)
You could easily spend a week just looking at the stunning urban art in Vancouver. Thanks to a slew of talented artists—including, of course, muralist Ola Volo who starred in the first New York Times video—as well as events like Vancouver Mural Festival, the city is a giant gallery waiting to be explored. Check out the Vancouver Mural Festival’s handy mural map and head outside to enjoy some art.
Harbour Air (Vancouver, British Columbia)
If you want to see all of Vancouver, and you genuinely mean ALL of Vancouver, your best option is to book a flightseeing tour with Harbour Air Seaplanes. Harbour Air is part of the world’s largest all-seaplane airline, and offers a number of different sightseeing options, that you can pick based on your mood. Book one of their popular Vancouver Panorama tours and take a quick flight over the city and surrounding mountains, camera at the ready. Feeling more adventurous? Try the Alpine Lakes and Glacier tour for an unbelievable flight over the peaks of Mount Mamquam and a remote alpine lake.
Stanley Park (Vancouver, British Columbia)
Vancouver is all about incredible, accessible nature close to, or often within, the city, and Stanley Park is as good as it gets. The 1,000-acre park provides an unparalleled green escape right downtown. Walk or cycle the famous Seawall for impressive views of the Burrard Inlet, making sure to stop, as Volo did, to take in Instagram-worthy Siwash Rock. Then head inland and lose yourself among the towering Douglas firs or the impressively old western red cedars. There are also three beaches, a pitch-and-putt course, a world-class aquarium, several restaurants and a number of totem poles within Stanley Park. No shortage of ways to spend a day.
Kitsilano Beach (Vancouver, British Columbia)
While on the topic of accessible nature, Vancouver has an impressive nine beaches within the city boundaries, so you never need to walk far to enjoy some warm sand beneath your feet. National Geographic even named it one of the world’s 10 best beach cities. In the New York Times video, Volo strolls along beautiful Kitsilano Beach, a popular hangout located within the neighborhood that shares its name. It’s a popular destination for foodies and yoga-lovers, and the main stretch along 4th Avenue makes for an awesome boutique shopping experience.
Alicja Confections (Ottawa, Ontario)
Do you have a sweet tooth? Is your idea of a fully balanced meal three different kinds of chocolate? Then don’t leave Ottawa without making a pit stop at Alicja Confections. Founder Alicja Buchowicz, the local featured in our City of Makers New York Times video, shows a different side of the city in every little bonbon or bar, by using fresh ingredients from local producers to really spice up her creations. She’s also the mind behind the chocolate postcard, a chocolate bar that can be signed, stamped and sent in the mail.
Of course, Alicja Confections is just one example of Ottawa’s incredible maker community. Check out Little Victories Coffee Roasters for your daily caffeine fix, quench your thirst on a Brew Donkey tour of local breweries, or visit Freewheeling Craft to discover more of Ottawa’s creators and artisan events.
The Rideau Canal (Ottawa, Ontario)
No matter what time of year you visit Ottawa, the Rideau Canal is a must-visit attraction. While it’s known worldwide as the largest naturally frozen skating rink (at 4.8 miles long), the Canal is definitely a year-round destination for outdoor entertainment. Yes, when the water freezes, skating along a seemingly unending ice surface, winding your way through downtown with two blades strapped to your feet, is absolutely unforgettable. But when the ice melts and it’s t-shirt weather outside, you can take the same journey via voyageur canoe or while on a relaxing boat cruise. You can also explore the Canal by walking, running, or cycling (as you saw in the video) along its banks, so get outside and enjoy it!
ByWard Market (Ottawa, Ontario)
Fresh produce, cheese galore, endless baked goods, every meat you can imagine… this is the ByWard Market. One of the country’s oldest and largest public markets, “the By” has connected farmers and craft merchants to the city’s foodies and makers like Buchowicz since the early 19th century. Still going strong, the market provides you with the opportunity to see, listen, touch, taste, and smell your way through over 150 stands, including everything from butter chicken to bubble tea.
Escape Bicycle Tours (Ottawa, Ontario)
Cycling through breathtaking scenery is the best way to discover Canada’s Capital City according to Escape Bicycle Tours founder Maria Rasouli, the local featured in our New York Times cycling in Ottawa video. From April to October, Maria and her knowledgeable guides offer leisurely rides that take visitors to all major attractions and many of Ottawa’s hidden gems. Every outing includes plenty of stops to explore the city’s history, take memorable photos and enjoy some of the best cafés and restaurants in town.
Ottawa City Rafting (Ottawa, Ontario)
One of the most memorable ways to explore Ottawa is by getting on the water. If adventure is what you crave, join Ottawa River City for unique urban rafting experience, minutes from the downtown core. During your 3-hour excursion, you'll be treated to an interpretive tour, enjoy stunning views of Parliament Buildings and the Canadian War Museum and, get just wet enough to cool off on a warm summer day. No previous experience required.
Parliament Hill (Ottawa, Ontario)
Canada’s Parliament Hill, home to the country’s government, is a cultural and community hub. In summertime, hundreds of people flood the hill with mats and yoga pants to stretch out in front of the iconic buildings for Yoga on Parliament Hill (free, every Wednesday at noon). The Sound and Light show, a 30-minute multimedia feature that projects a beautiful, engaging story onto the Parliament Buildings themselves, is another must. Visit the historic Peace Tower for a 360-degree view of the city and take in the Changing of the Guard, before heading inside for a building tour.
Mer Bleue Bog (Ottawa, Ontario)
Ottawa is surrounded by the National Capital’s Greenbelt. It’s the largest publicly owned greenbelt in the world, spreading over 49,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and farms. The 7,700-year-old Mer Bleue Bog has a northern ecosystem that is more typical of the Arctic than of the Ottawa Valley, making it one of the most outstanding natural features of the Greenbelt. This conservation area is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, with more than 12 miles of hiking trails, boardwalk and picnic spots.
Jasper National Park
The town of Jasper is located in the heart of Jasper National Park, the largest park in the Canadian Rockies and the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world. The deepest canyon in Jasper National Park is the swirling Maligne Canyon, reaching an incredible 160 feet down at its lowest point. In winter, explore its frozen waterfalls, natural ice sculptures and caves on a Canyon Ice Walk. During the warm months, keep your eyes peeled for rare black swifts, underground stream outlets, and the fossil of sea lilies and ancient snails as you follow the easily accessible trails that wander up and down the canyon.
Pyramid Lake (Jasper, Alberta)
A short 15-minute drive from the town center, you’ll find the tranquil Pyramid Lake the spectacular Pyramid Mountain towering above. In summertime, join a canoe tour, complete with home baked treats and drinks, for the ultimate Canadian Rockies experience. Kayaks, canoes, paddle boats, mountain bikes, and electric family cruisers are also available for rent at the Pyramid Lake Resort, a cozy lakeside chalet-style alpine resort. In wintertime, the frozen lake is a fantastic place for ice skating, horse drawn sleigh rides, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Rockaboo Mountain Adventures (Jasper, Alberta)
Whether you are an experienced mountaineer or just getting started, Rockaboo Mountain Adventures can help you get safely into unforgettable Rocky Mountain adventures. Each of their expertly trained guides, including Max Darah, the local featured in our New York Times video, will provide you with useful instruction and top notch gear for your mountain expedition. In winter, join them to experience the thrill of ice climbing and backcountry skiing. During summer, reach new heights with guided rock climbing and mountaineering.
Jasper Town Center (Alberta)
In Jasper, adventure is all around you. From scenic hikes to remarkable skiing, it’s a dream come true for any nature lover. But where you’ll find Jasper’s charm is along its streets and in the restaurants that litter Connaught Dr and Patricia St. Want fresh baked goods with a cup of locally roasted coffee? Look no further than Bear's Paw Bakery. How about a cold craft beer after a hike? Treat yourself to a crisp, refreshing beer from Jasper Brewing Company. For a memorable mountain town dinner, head to The Raven Bistro.
Affectionately known as “the wilderness city”, Whitehorse is the perfect starting point for your adventure in the spectacular Yukon. While visiting it’s well worth your while to unearth some of the 700 kilometres of trails that lead out to picturesque lakes and run along rivers. Whitehorse features an eclectic mix of public art, local cuisine, and speciality shops that captivate curious minds.
At Lumel Studios, the glassblowing facility of Luanne Baker-Johnson, the local featured in our New York Times video, you can learn how to be a glassblower from the resident experts. Lumel Studios offers insightful lessons before you dive into creating your masterpiece. Bring your partner or family along for what they aptly call a “hot date”.
Sky High Wilderness Ranch
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of exploring the dynamic Yukon environment with a pack of huskies propelling you forward. At the Sky High Wilderness Ranch you’ll be able to do just that and go on adventures such as horse riding, northern lights viewing, sled riding, and more. After a full day of traversing the area’s stunning surrounds, you’ll find comfort in cozying up next to your cabin’s wood stove while you enjoy the tranquility of the ranch.
Every year, in February, one of Canada’s most beloved winter festivals takes place in Whitehorse. That festival is none other than the Sourdough Rendez-Vous, where you can participate in a wide array of eccentric events from axe throwing to dog sledding and chainsaw throwing. The best part of the festival is by far meeting the friendly and welcoming locals that make the event a particularly colourful one.