Canada holds some of the hottest destination spots in the world. We Canadians are proud to boast of our natural wonders, amusement parks and summer festivals that bring millions of tourist pouring into our borders. If you are wondering where to travel this summer, look no further. Canada has it all going on!
1. Niagra Falls – Ontario
Three separate, massive waterfalls combined to make this magnificent water display. Watch from the observation deck across from the falls or take a boat ride down near the falls itself.
2. Northern Lights - Manitoba
Collide energetic charged particles with atoms in high altitude atmosphere; you experience an incredible night sky light show. The higher the altitude the more amazing the lights dance in the sky.
Tallest freestanding structure in the Americas. Draws in nearly 2 million visitors annually. Sky Pod deck is the second highest observation deck in the world. Tower broadcasts radio, television and holds the world's highest bar and revolving restaurant.
4. West Edmonton Mall – Alberta
By far the largest shopping mall in North America. The fifth largest in the world. Nearly 30 million visitors visit the 800 stores, or take a thrill ride at "Galaxy" the world's largest indoor amusement park. Water park, indoor ice rink, this mall has it all!
5. Olympic Stadium – Montreal
Used for the 1976 Olympics but now home for special events. Watch soccer, football, or baseball in this near 67,000-seat venue. Concerts and trade shows held here as well.
6. Toronto Zoo – Toronto
Canada's largest zoo currently home to over 16,000 animals. Also includes invertebrates and fish representing over 491 species. Check the new black penguin exhibit.
7. Butchart Gardens – British Columbia
It is like a storybook "Alice in Wonderland" magical flower garden. Covers about 55 acres and receives about 1 million visitors a year.
8. Calgary Stampede - Alberta
A 10-day summer festival event that attracts 1 million visitors per year. Features the world's largest rodeo, stage shows, concerts and chuck wagon racing. Festival held in July so mark your calendar.
9. Fairmont Hot Springs – British Columbia
Relax in four thermal natural bathing centers at temperatures of up to 42°C (108°F). More than 750,000 visitors come here every year. Play a round on the 18-hole golf course, ski downhill during the winter or brave whitewater rafting during the summer.
10. Québec City Old Town
Walk down narrow winding streets or take a ride on a horse-drawn carriage along the stone-paved streets. Sidewalk cafés and music in the air. Lovely!
11. Bard on the Beach Festival – Vancouver
The plays staged on the waterfront in open-ended tents against a spectacular backdrop of mountains, sea and sky. The largest professional Shakespeare Festival brings in rave reviews and attracts near 100,000 people per year.
12. Bird Kingdom - Ontario
Walk around the largest free-flying indoor aviary in the world. Rainforest setting with a 40-foot waterfall and tropical plants holds more than 300 birds. About 80 species of birds endangered or threatened in the wild. Treat for young and old.
13. Greektown - Toronto
In the downtown district, you will find home to 200,000 people of Greek decent. Stroll down Danforth Avenue, as this is the focal point of the community. Enjoy Greek food, specialty stores and check the calendar for special events.
14. Ice Hotel & Bar - Quebec
Have you ever stayed at a hotel made completely of ice? Drinks served in large, hollowed-out ice cubes. Sit on an ice couch or sleep on an ice bed. Brrr…
15. Bay of Fundy – New Brunswick / Nova Scotia
The Bay fills and empties 100 billion tons of water twice a day, creating the highest tides in the world. Tides carved out a dramatic landscape of steep cliffs. Also has worn away sandstone and volcanic rock to reveal fossils. Great place to hang out as long as you avoid the 50-foot tides.
16. Playland - Vancouver
If you love amusement parks with roller coasters then this is the destination for you! Do note it is only a 17-day carnival fair. Stage performances, nightly fireworks and famous roller coasters used in American films. Fair starts two weeks before Labor Day.
17. Rocky Mountains – British Columbia / Alberta
World-class skiing, five national parks, hiking, biking, fishing make the Rocky Mountains a fun family destination for travelers all over the world. Gorgeous in the summer and snow haven in the winter, take your pick.
18. Sleeping Giant – Ontario
One of the seven wonders of Canada. It is a natural rock peninsula in the shape of a giant sleeping person. Steep cliffs are among the highest in Ontario. Great for rock climbers.
19. Casa Loma – Toronto
Have you ever been to a castle? Dubbed as "Canada's Castle," this huge mansion nestled on five acres in downtown Toronto. Open to visitors and offers self-guided audio tours in several languages. Set location for several Hollywood movies including Chicago and X-Men.
20. The Columbia Icefield – Canadian Rockies
Icefield covers a total area of 389 sq. km (150 sq. miles). You can travel to the glacial icefield in a snowcoach, which is a type of snow bus. Considered a major destination for ski mountaineering.
21. Science World – Vancouver
This museum holds five permanent galleries with hundreds of interactive exhibits. Try out hands-on experiments, walk through a 1,700 sq. foot maze, create music, or see how tornadoes formed. If it's science, it's here.
22. Metrotown – British Columbia
Attention shoppers! This is the largest mall in all of British Columbia and definitely one of the best in all of Canada. It holds over 450 high-end stores, a variety of international cuisine and hosts special events. You need a map, you will get lost here.
23. Ontario Place – Toronto
Need to cool down for the summer? Welcome to a water wonderland paradise! Swim around three artificially landscaped islands. Also has hiking trails, over 30 thrilling rides and attractions plus home to the world's first permanent IMAX Theater.
24. Dinosaur Provincial Park - Alberta
Here you will find some of the most extensive dinosaur fossil fields in the world. Find at least 35 species of dinosaurs that lived here 75 million years ago. Visitors can choose from bus tours, hikes, expeditions and other educational programs.
25. Whistler / Blackcomb - British Columbia
Do you love to ski? Visit Canada's top ski destination and one of the best in the world. It is crowded though. Draws in about 2 million visitors a year, very popular winter spot! Eight thousand acres are skiable mountainsides.
26. Percé Rock – Quebec
It is a massive block of limestone with a naturally made arc, considered one of the "Seven Wonders of Canada." From a distance, it looks like a ship under sail. It is 1.06 km (0.66 miles) long, 90 meters (300 ft) wide and 88 meters (289 ft) high at its highest point. Rock formation has about 150 fossil species.
27. Baffin Island - Nunavut
How would you like to jump off a cliff, literally! The vertical-drop cliffs are as high as 1,200 meters (4,000 feet). Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world. Thrill seeker's haven for rock climbers and base jumpers.
28. The AGO – Toronto
AGO stands for the Art Gallery of Ontario. Museum contains more than 40,000 pieces of art. Is the 10th largest art museum of North America with masterpieces spanning from 100 AD to the present.
29. Place Jacques Cartier – Montreal
Take it slow and easy at this carnival-like city. Enjoy lunch at outdoor cafes. Street cluttered with musicians, jugglers, mimes, face painters and caricaturists. Take a romantic ride on a horse-drawn carriage.
30. Vancouver Aquarium – Vancouver
Canada’s largest aquarium holds 600 species and near 9000 creatures of the sea. Watch beluga whales swim and listen to the sounds of whales, seals, walruses and other arctic creatures. Up deck watch sea otters, sea lions and dolphins play in their secured habitats.
31. Capilano Suspension Bridge – Vancouver / British Columbia
Want to take a walk on the wild side. How about on a bridge, that is 136 meters (446 ft) long and 70 meters (230 ft) above the raging Niagra River. The bridge is shaky attached only by small cables as you stand over 200 feet from the Canyon floor.
32. Canada Wonderland - Toronto
Disneyland, move over. Wonderland has over 200 attractions, 65 rides, 20-acre Water Park with 16 slides, incredible roller coasters plus great live shows. Drop Zone ride drops you from 23 stories high at 100 km an hour. Try the inverted jet coaster, suspended roller coaster, corkscrew roller coaster or a roller coaster with two 360-degree loops!
33. Granville Island – Vancouver
Open on weekends and warm days this market filled with performers and musicians. Shops, jewelry, woodcrafts and artwork bring on a true local flare. There is also a large food market sells fresh produce, flowers, European meats and cheeses.
34. Saguenay Fjord - Quebec
More than a dozen whale species, including giant blue whale, fin and humpbacks migrate here. Coolest part is the resident population of 1,200 stark white belugas whales. Get up close and personal in this rich feeding ground for whales.
35. Royal Ontario Museum – Toronto
Museum of world culture and natural history contains more than six million items and forty galleries. Has the world's largest collection of fossils from the Burgess Shale with more than 150,000 specimens. Draws in about 1 million visitors a year.
36. Jasper National Park – Alberta
The largest national park in the Canadian Rockies region includes glaciers, hot springs, lakes, waterfalls, mountains with an abundance of wild life. You may bump into a grizzly bear, mountain lion or even a wolverine!
37. Butterfly Conservatory – Ontario
Kids will love this! Conservatory features over 2,000 tropical butterflies floating freely in this rainforest setting. Paths wind through ponds and waterfall. Signs state to not touch the butterflies but they might just land on you!
38. ChinaTown – Toronto
Is one of the largest Chinatowns in North America. Shops contain Chinese-made clothing, furniture, accessories and even ancient Chinese medicinal herbs. Plethora of authentic Chinese food eateries to try. If you can't go to China, this is as close as it gets!
39. Notre Dame Basilica - Montreal
Church is over 300 years old, filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings and several religious statues. The history of Montreal sketched on beautiful stained glass throughout the church.
40. Harbourfront Center – Toronto
Ten-acre waterfront holds an ice skating rink, a large boardwalk and even has huge ships on display. The Center hosts more than 4,000 events a year in theatre, dance, literature, music, film, visual arts and fine craft. About 12 million people visit annually.
41. Stanley Park – Vancouver
The largest city owned park in Canada hosting about 8 million visitors each year. An 8.8 kilometer (5.5 mi) path circles the park used by 2.5 million pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters annually. Park ranked sixteenth best park in the world and sixth best in North America.
42. Eaton Center – Toronto
Also known as, "Ex" is a multi-leveled, glass-roofed galleria. Mall comprises of more than 320 shops, restaurants, 17 cinemas and a 400-room Marriott hotel. Within the 350-acres of "Ex" discover a mix of entertainment, rides, sports and agriculture.
43. Royal Tyrrell Museum – Alberta
World-class attraction that houses more than 130,000 fossils as well as the largest collection of dinosaur fossils under one roof in the world. Triceratops, Dimetrodon and Tyrannosaurus (T-Rex) are just a few of the dinosaur skeletons on display.
44. International Jazz Festival – Montreal
This is the world's largest jazz festival featuring around 3,000 artists, 650 concerts close to 2.5 million visitors. The festival takes place at ten free outdoor stages and ten indoor concert halls. About 30 countries participate in the festival, which runs from end of June to mid-July.
45. Ontario Science Center – Toronto
Museum features geology, astronomy, human anatomy, communication and has a planetarium. In the south wing, you can learn how to play music. From ancient dinosaur skeletons to moon rocks, this museum has a little bit of everything science.
46. Magic Mountain Water Park – New Brunswick
Welcome to the largest man made tourist attraction in Atlantic Canada. Water rides to enjoy are "The Tornado" a 400-foot (120 m) enclosed tube slide. "The Kamikaze" speed slide that drops straight down 100 feet (30 m) sliders reaching a speed of 40 mph (60 km/h). Wave pools with waves that reach 6 feet tall.
47. St. Lawrence Market – Toronto
Food and Wine magazine notes this one of the world's 25 best food markets. There are more than fifty gourmet food vendors and over a dozen lunch counters. On Saturday, it is host to the Farmers' Market and on Sunday, there is an Antique Market.
48. African Lion Safari – Ontario
Take a tour through seven game reserves that cover around 740 acres. Safari includes more than 1,000 animals and has over 100 species of mammals and birds. If you go through in your own vehicle, keep your windows up. Not all animals are friendly.
49. Parliament Hill – Ottawa
Seat of government for Canada attracts nearly 3 million visitors each year. Newly renovated with over 88,480 square meters (952,391 sq ft) area is the site of major celebrations, demonstrations and traditional shows. You can watch the changing of the guard or join the fun during the annual Canada Day celebrations.
50. Marine Land – Ontario
Sea themed amusement and animal exhibition park and is the world's largest whale habitat for viewing killer whales (orcas) above ground and below. Entertainment shows put on by sea lions, walrus, dolphins and splash shows with orcas. A few animal exhibits include the black bear, fallow deer, elk and buffalo.