*This is a collaborative post with e-visa
Canada is a country close to my heart. 13 years ago my older sister moved over to Toronto for work and she has lived in Canada ever since. With her job, she does a fair bit of travelling around the world and has seen countries such as Australia, Norway, Spain, and Chile, as well as quite a few US states. Before we had the girls my husband and I went over to visit her. It’s a beautiful country and there are many must see places to visit in Canada, some of these I’m going to share with you now. A few of them we visited while we were out there and some are on the bucket list.
Visiting Canada – Do I need an eTA?
It’s always fun to plan your list of adventures in a country like Canada to explore, but there is also the paperwork side of things you need to research as well. If you are visiting Canada from visa-exempt countries, and do not hold a Canadian or US passport you are required to apply for an eTA Canada. It’s pretty simple, easier and faster to apply for an eTA, as it can be all done online, and is, of course, subject to immigration checks. Getting an eTA means you won’t need to have the traditional visa to get into Canada for your holidays, business trips, studies, and family visits. If you are only planning a transfer through a Canadian airport you will still need a Canada eTA don’t forget as you are flying into Canada by plane.
Now that bit is out of the way, here are my choice of must see places to visit in Canada.
1. Niagara Falls
We drove down to Niagara Falls from Peterborough, just outside of Toronto, where my sister was living at the time. It’s been one place I’ve wanted to visit for years, after seeing pictures in magazines and online. In fact, one of my favourite photos was of when the falls had frozen over in the extreme cold weather.
Driving down to Niagara on a really hot day in July was one of the most exciting road trips I’ve ever been on. The smell of peaches growing on the trees by the road is a fond memory.
We stayed in the Hilton hotel right by the falls and could see it out of our room window. By night when it was illuminated in all the colours of the rainbow was a wonderful sight. If you can I highly recommend getting on one of the boats (Maid of the Mist) to view Niagara Falls up close and get a little wet! The Ontario side of the falls is called Horseshoe Falls and offers the best views around.
2. CN Tower – Toronto
My husband loves stadium tours so while we were looking at places to visit in Canada, the Skydome and CN Tower were on our list. I’m not a fan of heights but if I remember it didn’t take too long in the queue for the CN Tower and once we were at the top, it felt fine. I couldn’t bring myself to stand over the glass floor though and look down.
3. Algonquin Provincial Park
Canada is known for its lush forests and Algonquin Provincial Park is one of the most beautiful. We took a day trip there while we were in Canada. It’s a few hours north of Toronto and full of recreational things to do.
We particularly enjoyed the Algonquin Logging Museum which features a re-created camp and a steam-powered tug. There are many trails for you to explore including the Whiskey Rapids Trail, along the Oxtongue River, and the Barron Canyon Trail.
Now my sister lives in Vancouver, she has been a few times up to Whistler and has highly recommended it to us. Whistler resort is the largest alpine ski destination in North America.
5. Quebec City
Another destination recommended by my sister and one I would love to visit to see Quebec City’s French heritage. The architecture and language make it appear more like a charming European village.
Ottawa is the capital of Canada. It’s home to many financial, commercial and federal establishments including Parliament Hill. There is stunning Victorian architecture and museums to see such as the National Gallery of Canada.
I’m finishing with Vancouver, my sister’s adopted home. Vancouver has loads to offer from skiing in the mountains to shopping in Chinatown, not forgetting walking through beautiful parks. Vancouver’s star attraction is Stanley Park which covers a large area of woodlands, gardens and green open spaces.
500 miles to the east of Vancouver is the Canadian Rockies, it’s a bit far for a day trip but ideal for a week away to explore. Here are a few tips on what to see in the Canadian Rockies.
Have you ever visited Canada? Is it on your bucket list?
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post.