Ten top things to do in Canada

A journey across Canada is virtually a rite of passage for Aussie travellers and this majestic country offers an extraordinarily rich travel experience from East to West. Following a recent three-week tour with Evergreen Tours, Adam Ford checks in with ten moments not to miss in Canada's key tourist centres...

Ten top things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada: Lake Louise

Ten top things to do in Canada

Canada is the second largest nation on earth and an incredibly vibrant and diverse country.

This is a destination where Aussies immediately feel at home, and one that guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime travel experience.

Here’s our list of the ten top things to do in Canada on your first visit – starting in the wild West and finishing in the urban East.

Ride the Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world’s great rail experiences, and travels through some of the planet’s most spectacular scenery.

GoldLeaf Service, with its glass domed roof and a la carte dining service, is unforgettable, but however you choose to travel, this will be an experience you’ll talk about for the rest of your life.

Watch our video of this experience:

Watch a preview of Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf Service – Tour the World TV

Thinking about booking Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf Service? In this excerpt from the Tour the World travel TV series, we take you on board the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer for the rail journey of a lifetime in Gold Leaf Service through Canada’s spectacular Rocky Mountains!

Please note: Since we produced this video, RedLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer has been discontinued. 

Enjoy a night at gorgeous Lake Louise

Lake Louise is quite possibly the world’s most beautiful location for a hotel and our tour included a night at the historic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, which is located right on the magnificent lake.

Push the boat out on a Lakeview Room during your stay. You won’t regret it.

Take afternoon tea at the Banff Springs Hotel

Banff is the adventure capital of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy some serious people watching in town or hit the outdoor and adventure wear stores, before you head off to the legendary Banff Springs Hotel for afternoon tea.

Ten top things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada: Banff Springs Hotel. Image: Adam Ford

Spend a weekend in Vancouver

It’s easy to see why Vancouver is regularly up there as one of the world’s most liveable cities. Paddle-board in the morning, ski in the afternoon. Need we say more?

Things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada: Vancouver. Image: Photodune

Spot a bear in the wild

OK, so this one doesn’t come for the asking, but if it does happen (and there’s a good chance it will) you’ll never forget it. The bear spotting tours offered in Whistler are an extra strong bet. Travel in spring for the best chance of seeing mums with their cubs.

Get lost in Old Quebec City

Old Quebec is a walled slice of old-world Europe, the likes of which you won’t find anywhere else in North America. This is seriously one of the most amazing things to do in Canada. Stay at the legendary Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac.

Ten top things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada. Image courtesy of Quebec City Tourism

Take the plunge under Niagara Falls

Fulfil your life’s ambition to visit this icon of North American popular culture and take a ride into the thundering abyss. Despite the tackarama surrounds, Niagara Falls is everything you dreamed it would be.

Ten top things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada: Niagara Falls. Image: Bigstock

Eat breakfast at the top of the CN Tower in Toronto

Get the day off to a great start with breakfast five hundred metres up at the top of the mighty CN Tower in Toronto. Enjoy your weeties with spectacular views of the city and Lake Ontario.

Ten top things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada: CN Tower, Toronto. Image: Bigstock

Experience First Nations’ culture in Ottawa

This is a familiar story in some ways, although Canada seems to have been able to embrace integration a little more easily than we have back home.

Learn more about Canada’s First Nations people at a fascinating cultural presentation on Turtle Island in the nation’s charming capital Ottawa.

Ten top things to do in Canada

Ten top things to do in Canada: Try poutine. Image: Photodune

Tuck into a plate of poutine

Poutine is Canada’s unofficial and much-loved national dish – chips, gravy and cheese curd all mixed together in one gooey lump of goodness. Montreal is reputedly the spot to sample the world’s best.

Adam travelled as a guest of Evergreen Tours.

Do you have anything to add to our list of ten top things to do in Canada? We would love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment.

Additional images: Bigstock

This segment of Tour the World was produced by Late Night Media Productions, under a co-production agreement with Peppercorn Productions, publisher of The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Copyright © Late Night Media Productions.


Adam Ford

About the writer

Adam Ford is editor of The Big Bus tour and travel guide and a Melbourne-based travel TV presenter, writer, blogger and photographer. Adam has travelled extensively through Europe, Asia, North America, Africa and the Middle East. He worked as a travel consultant for a number of years with Flight Centre before taking up the opportunity to travel the world himself as host of the TV series Tour the World on Network Ten. Adam also appears regularly as a travel commentator on Sky News Business Class. He loves to experience everything a new destination has to offer and is equally at home in a five-star Palazzo in Pisa or a home-stay in Hanoi.

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