The Beauty of Exploring Our Backyard: A Canadian Travel Guide

O Canada. A beautiful, vast country with many nooks, crannies, and naturally beautiful landscapes to explore. To someone visiting for the first time, you could say that coming up with an expansive Canadian travel itinerary would be an undertaking―there is a lot of ground to cover between the coastlines and each province and territory has something to offer.

To assist, we’ve listed some places that are worth the trip―a taste of Canadian travel―whether you are visiting or a tourist in your own country.


Peak 2 Peak gondola.


The Summer Soul of Whistler

Whistler may be defined by snow and winter, but that is only half of its equation―it is also long, warm summer days. In fact, while it may come as a surprise, more people head to Whistler during the summer months than during the winter. And so, whether the desire is to stroll the plentiful trails by foot or by bike, tee off at any of the three championship golf courses or get that enviable run-and-jump-off-the-dock-into-a-lake photo, Whistler is the place for all that and more. —Claudia Cusano





New Brunswick’s 5 Scenic Drives

If you’re going to cross off a Canadian bucket list adventure this year, make this one a priority. These scenic drives in New Brunswick are diverse experiences and a rich tapestry of both natural and cultural beauty. —Jim Bamboulis





The Best Hikes in Canada for All Skill Levels

Whether for a quick walk or a multiday adventure, these hikes are a must-do when visiting the Great White North.




Photo by Robert Postma


Churchill, Manitoba, is a Canadian Bucket List Destination

My journey started with a flight to Winnipeg, followed by a 2.5-hour flight to Churchill and then a 20-minute helicopter ride to Seal River Heritage Lodge on the edge of Hudson Bay. When I touched down in the middle of August, the temperature was 10°C. Save for two fellow Canadians, other adventure-seekers hailed from Australia, the United States, Germany, and England, all in the pursuit of the polar bear. —Katie Nanton





Sacred Wanuskewin: A Heritage Park Preserving and Celebrating Indigenous Culture, Traditions, and Legacy

Minutes north of Saskatoon’s modern, bustling downtown sits Wanuskewin, a heritage park where visitors step back in time to a sacred Indigenous gathering place more than 6,400 years old. In this place of profound cultural significance and jaw-dropping natural beauty, the collective heartbeats of the Cree, Ojibwa, Assiniboine, Nakota, Dakota, and Blackfoot Peoples still echo. —Jim Bamboulis




Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort


Swap Streetlamps for Starlight in B.C. With These Wilderness Resorts

Stargazing and limiting light pollution are also part of a wider philosophy of creating off-grid accommodations to highlight the natural beauty of an area while minimizing the impact on the environment and the communities who have been on the land for multiple generations. For British Columbians looking to stargaze in a peaceful setting, there are numerous options across the province. —Jack Lowe





5 Cute Southern Ontario Towns Worth the Road Trip

Sprinkled across Southern Ontario’s lush countryside, small, quaint towns exude undeniable charm with locals eager to welcome you. From picturesque Elora to peaceful Picton, these adorable destinations offer heartwarming allure, making for worthy road trips from Toronto. —Jim Bamboulis





How to Spend 24 Hours in One of Canada’s Most Pleasant Cities

With Victorian architecture, cobblestone streets, gardens aplenty, and half as much rain as Vancouver, there’s a lot to love about Victoria. But if you’ve already toured the Parliament Buildings, ogled the Royal British Columbia Museum’s woolly mammoth, and admired the views from Beacon Hill Park, there are endless other things to do right in the city. —Elia Essen





Escape to Charlevoix

If dreamy coastal drives, farm-fresh food, and scenic hikes are your idea of a perfect summer weekend, it’s not too late to book a quick late-summer getaway to the Charlevoix region of Quebec. In this picturesque area north of the St. Lawrence River and less than two hours east of Quebec City by car, award-winning cheeses and notable distilleries are as plentiful as whale sightings and national parks. —Truc Nguyen