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Seven Places to See in Canada Before You Die

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Our Home and Native Land

Our family never did any travelling when I was growing up so it has always been one of my dreams. I think I am a natural explorer even though I never really venture far from home.

Money can be a big hindrance to travelling but my husband and I bit the bullet twice over the past four years and decided if we were ever going to do it it was best to do it now.

We divided our trip into two adventures. The first. Driving from Eastern Ontario to Nova Scotia stopping in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island along the way. The second, RVing with the in-laws to British Columbia. We saw a lot of places but not nearly enough to say we have seen it all. Canada is so big! And there is still so much to see.

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What follows are my suggestions for places to see in Canada before you die based on these two trips. If you have been somewhere you would like to recommend then please consider leaving your recommendation in the guest book below or better yet... create a Hubpage and let me know and I will link to it. But make sure you let me know so I can visit too.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

A busy but exhilarating experience...

Niagara Falls is a border town which falls on the Canadian side in Ontario and on the U.S. side in New York. There are two sets of falls. The larger of the two falls is on the Canadian side and are called the Horseshoe Falls because of its curved resemblance to a horseshoe.

Must see attractions at Niagara include:

Read About Niagara Falls - Explore through reading...

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Sleeping Giant Provincial Park


The Sleeping Giant or Sibley as she is known to long-term residents is a peninsula that hugs the shores of Thunder Bay, Ontario protecting it from Lake Superior. The rock formations on the peninsula resemble a reclining figure with arms folded across its chest. Of course there are many legends surrounding the figure but the most common is from an ancient Ojibway narrative about Nanna Bijou, the Spirit of the Deep Sea Water, who was turned to stone when one of his people was tricked into sharing the whereabouts of the tribe's silver mine.

As part of a provincial park its protected boreal forests and man-made trails provides a home for an array of wildlife from deer, moose and fox to shore and water birds like the heron and loon.

Must see attractions when visiting The Sleeping Giant:

View of Sleeping Giant from Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay

View of Sleeping Giant from Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay

View of Sleeping Giant from Hillcrest Park, Thunder Bay

Stop for a persian from The Persian Man on Balmoral in Thunder Bay.

Stop for a persian from The Persian Man on Balmoral in Thunder Bay.

Stop for a persian from The Persian Man on Balmoral in Thunder Bay.

Hopewell Rocks

During low tide visitors to the Hopewell Rocks, in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick can walk out onto the Bay of Fundy floor to journey around these amazing natural formations.

This can be an all day adventure if you arrive early... because it is so busy I highly recommend the earlier the better during the summer tourist season.

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Must see attractions when visiting the Hopewell Rocks:



Jasper National Park

Every day is breathtaking...

If you long to be surrounded by mountain peaks and exceptional wildlife then you must take the time to go camping in Jasper's National Park, "Canada's largest rocky mountain park". Wake to caribou grazing outside your tent or go and hike a glacier or gaze into turquoise lakes.

Must see attractions at Jasper National Park include:

Dinosaur Bones at Tyrell

Dinosaur Bones at Tyrell

The Badlands

Not so bad...

The amazing land formations that exist in the badlands of Alberta, especially in the Drumheller area are definitely a must see. As are the Hoo Doos and the dinosaur museum.

Our time here was so short because we did not know better. I would definitely like to spend more time exploring here.

Must see attractions in the Badlands include:

Confederation Bridge

Confederation Bridge

Confederation Bridge

"The longest bridge, the shortest route"

Spanning between PEI and New Brunswick this 8 mile (12.9-kilometre) bridge is a visual phenomenon to see from the sidelines and to drive.

Cabot Trail

Cabot Trail

The Cabot Trail

The circle is complete...

Located in the province of Nova Scotia on Cape Breton Island, this is one of my favorite places to see in Canada. Water meets land everywhere you look and the land is so incredibly lush.

Must see attractions when visiting Cape Breton Island:

Canada Travel Wish List

Canada being such a huge topographical area with so much to see, it is not surprising that I have a wish list of places in Canada where I would like to visit but have not been... yet. This is my list in no particular order.

  • Newfoundland
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Pretty much anywhere in the North West Territories but especially Yellowknife.
  • Anywhere in the Yukon but especially Whitehorse.
  • Northern British Columbia.
  • Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta.
  • Wapusk National Park in Manitoba.
  • Polar Bear Provincial Park in northern Ontario.

Thank you so much for stopping by to read my lens and view my photos. I really love hearing from you so please share with us where you have been in Canada and what you consider to be one of the "must visit" places. If you have never been then where would you like to go?

Canada, the Beautiful - It is so big it makes it impossible for one person to experience it all.

helen81 on August 06, 2014:


Richard from Hampshire - England on July 11, 2014:

What beautiful and fascinating places. I would love to visit one day!

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on July 02, 2014:

@BarbaraCasey: Cool.. four more to go! :D

Moe Wood (author) from Eastern Ontario on July 02, 2014:

@Sara2901: I could never do the Edge Walk around the CN Tower. Definitely not on my bucket list. LOL

Sara2901 on July 01, 2014:

Canada is really beautiful. Last month my daughter, her cousins and their aunt did the Edge Walk around the CN Tower. My heart stopped seeing them walk around attached only to a harness system :)

BarbaraCasey on July 01, 2014:

Cool... I've been to three of the seven already. Neat lens.

Laura Hofman from Naperville, IL on April 07, 2014:

We loved Niagara Falls, Montreal, Toronto, and Quebec. Would love to explore more of Canada! Thank you for whetting my appetite!