Best Sights to See in Canada | Top 100 Picks

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The hardest part of Canada sightseeing is choosing between the multitude of incredible options. We'll be honest: It wasn't easy narrowing this list down to a mere 100 destinations. Buckle your seatbelts! We’re about to discover the best sights and tourist attractions to see in Canada.

Best Sights to See in Canada

Canada is packed with pristine national parks, unique attractions, and renowned landmarks. Here are our top picks for you (and your RV) to explore.

1. Banff National Park, Alberta

Canada's first national park, established in 1885.

Nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this park boasts stunning mountain views, gorgeous glaciers, and activities like white water rafting, wildlife viewing, and ziplining.

2. Niagara Falls, Ontario

Famous 177-foot, 12,000-year-old waterfall.

There's more to Canada's portion of Niagara Falls than water. Explore Queen Victoria Park adjacent to the falls, interact with whales at the Marineland aquarium, and marvel at the botanical garden and butterfly conservatory.

3. Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

Sprawling park with 2,400 lakes.

Containing 1,200 kilometers of waterways, this park is an ideal spot for fishing on Lake Nipissing, canoeing Lake Opeongo, and rafting the Petawawa River.

4. Old Quebec City, Quebec

Historic 17th-century district of Quebec City.

Old Quebec is a UNESCO World Heritage site packed with architectural marvels. As the only North American city with its ramparts intact, it serves as an example of a fortified colonial city.

5. Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia

Quaint fishing village that's home to a popular 1915 lighthouse.

Nova Scotia boasts 160 historical lighthouses, but the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse may be its most photographed.

6. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

Fjords, cliffs, and waterfalls formed for over 485 million years.

In a park with over 1,800 square kilometers of spectacular sights, you can witness exposed deep ocean crust, get a glimpse into the earth's mantle, and much more.

7. Jasper National Park, Alberta

Largest park in the Canadian Rockies.

Hike the mountains, walk newly-paved trails, or dive into springs, waterfalls, and lakes (Lake Edith and Lake Annett are the warmest).

8. Churchill, Manitoba (Polar Bear Capital)

1,000 polar bears migrate to the polar bear capital each year.

On the shores of Hudson Bay, you'll find polar bears from July to November and beluga whales in the summertime.

9. Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Scenic highway spanning 185 miles.

Cabot Trail is a road-tripper's dream, with striking scenery winding around the northern tip of Nova Scotia and through the Cape Breton Highlands.

10. Yoho National Park, British Columbia

Rock walls and waterfalls in the Rockies.

This 507-square-mile park is home to Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, and 28 towering 3,000-meter mountain peaks.

11. Icefields Parkway, Alberta

Two-lane highway through Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.

Deemed one of the world's best road trip routes, Icefields Parkway winds through valleys and icefields between Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta.

12. Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island

Red cliffs, red foxes, and sandy beaches.

Camping, birding, and beach days await at this 10-square-mile national park by the ocean.

13. Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories

UNESCO World Heritage Site with limestone caves.

Spot caribou, grizzly bears, sheep, and more as you traverse 470,000 hectares of deep canyons and pristine cave systems.

14. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

A 950-square-kilometer park with 26 marked hiking trails.

Its oceanside location and striking highlands make this a prime location for watching everything from humpback whales to boreal owls.

15. Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon's capital and hub for nature lovers.

This city of 30,000 people is a great starting point for outdoor adventures, such as paddling the Yukon River, cross-country skiing, or boarding a float plane.

16. Fundy National Park, New Brunswick

Woodsy walks and ocean exploration.

Wander more than 30 trails through the Acadian Forest or kayak through high tides in the Bay of Fundy.

17. Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Bay of Fundy village with marine life galore.

Walk the ocean floor, marvel at the world's highest tides, and view unique rock formations formed over thousands of years.

18. Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario

Crown land on the Ottawa River banks.

Enjoy the Gothic architecture as you explore the Parliament of Canada on your own or as part of a guided tour.

19. Drumheller, Alberta (Badlands)

Small city dubbed the "Dinosaur Capital of the World."

Find dinosaur fossils, sandstone cliffs, and less than 8,000 residents in the heart of the Alberta Badlands.

20. Tofino, British Columbia

Grab your board and catch some waves.

A cool spot for year-round cold-water surfing in Rosie's Bay, Chesterman Beach, and Long Beach.

21. Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Check out Ladies' Lookout for aerial park views.

Designated a National Historic Site in 1951, Signal Hill overlooks the city of St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador.

22. Athabasca Falls, Alberta

A 75-foot waterfall in Jasper National Park.

This beautiful waterfall is a must-see along the Icefield Parkway and is accessible by a relatively flat one-kilometer trail.

23. Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia

A 1000-acre park with 200 bird species and an abundant forest.

Vancouver's first-ever park offers a beautiful walking path along the Vancouver Seawall, an aquarium, dining options, and a thriving forest with more than half a million trees.

24. Thousand Islands, Ontario

Cluster of 1,800+ islands in the St. Lawrence River.

This unique archipelago has castles and mansions, cycling and paddling, drinking and dining, and a 4,500-foot suspension bridge over the American Channel. 

25. Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia

Gorgeous 119-year-old garden in Brentwood Bay.

This lush, 55-acre garden frequently hosts concerts, fireworks, and light displays, but the 900 plant varieties are reason enough to visit.

26. Quebec Winter Carnival, Quebec

Join thousands of attendees at this huge winter festival.

A tradition since 1955, this famous festival features night parades, ice canoe racing, an ice palace, and its snowman mascot: Bonhomme.

27. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

Dinosaur fossils abound at this 28.3-square-mile park.

Camp close by an endless assortment of dinosaur fossils in a diverse environment that includes prairie grassland, badlands and riverside land.

28. Iceberg Alley, Newfoundland and Labrador

Prime spot for viewing 10,000-year-old glaciers.

Order an Iceberg Vodka (seriously!) and watch these glacial beauties, along with whales and seabirds, from land, boat, or kayak.

29. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Camp on 3,000-square-kilometers of wilderness and farmland.

Located on the shores of Clear Lake, Wasagaming, this is one of only five national parks with a resort townsite. Watch for black bears, elks, moose, and lynxes!

30. Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Museum located on Treaty One Territory, indigenous ancestral lands.

Learn more about human rights at Canada's fifth national museum.

31. Magnetic Hill, New Brunswick

One of Canada's most-visited natural attractions.

What's up might be down at Magnetic Hill. The terrain creates an optical illusion, called a gravity hill, that makes a downhill slope look like an uphill one.

32. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

A town known for its wineries and theater festival.

This quaint town is full of 19th-century buildings and hosts a series of world-class theatre productions during the Shaw Festival.

33. Royal Tyrrell Museum, Alberta

Paleontology museum with 800+ fossils on permanent display.

It may take you two hours to fully explore the 4,400 square meters of display space in this vast museum.

34. Polar Bear Provincial Park, Ontario

Remote wilderness park of pristine tundra.

Certain times of year (namely November) draw up to 200 polar bears to this area, which is accessible only by air.

35. Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia

North America's biggest ski resort.

World-class skiing, snowboarding, and lodging await at this expansive resort. Whistler features 200 trails and gets 467 inches of snowfall per year.

36. Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Nova Scotia

Museum overlooking the Bras d'Or Lakes.

On nearly 2.5 acres, this historic site features a full-scale replica of Bell's Silver Dart airplane and HD-4 watercraft.

37. Lake Louise, Alberta

Crystal-clear lake surrounded by mountain peaks.

A 222-acre lake in Banff National Park, this magical glacier-fed lake has a canoe dock in summer and a skating rink in winter.

38. Assiniboine Park Zoo, Winnipeg, Manitoba

An 80-acre zoo with a beloved polar bear exhibit.

This zoo contains 200 species of animals, including tigers, toucans, and kangaroos, plus a cafe, restaurant, and interactive farm exhibit.

39. The Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Where the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet, so have many generations.

A meeting place for 6,000 years, The Forks now includes a market, promenade, and museums, plus attractions like the Alloway Arch and Agowiidiwinan Centre.

40. Maligne Lake, Alberta

Tranquil turquoise waters fill the Canadian Rockies' largest lake.

Located in Jasper National Park, this 7.61-square-mile lake provides a view of three glaciers and Spirit Island.

41. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

Walkable fishing village with colorful British Colonial buildings.

Spend a day eating seafood, drinking rum, sailing aboard the Bluenose II, or enjoying this town's impressive arts scene.

42. Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Water wonderland with tides up to 52.5 feet.

Explore massive sea stacks in a kayak at high tide and by foot at low tide. 

43. Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Archipelago with 150 remote islands and rich rainforests.

Around these islands, you'll see whales, orcas, seals, and sea lions. Kayak to the Skidegate Inlet or take a boat/seaplane to Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve.

44. Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Huge waterfall minutes from downtown Quebec City.

Wander the cliffside boardwalk or brave the suspension bridge for a panoramic view of this 276-foot waterfall.

45. White Point Beach Resort, Nova Scotia

Relaxed beachfront accommodations along the Atlantic.

Enjoy surf, spa, golf, and local attractions, like lighthouses and museums, before retiring to your comfortable room at this welcoming resort.

46. CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

A 1,815-foot observation tower in downtown Toronto.

Deemed the world's tallest freestanding structure from 1975 to 2007, CN Tower offers 100-mile views on a clear day.

47. Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

Newfoundland's largest offshore island.

Fogo Island contains Tilting Harbour, known for its Irish culture and dialect.

48. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Ontario

Canada's largest art museum.

Join more than one million visitors per year at Canada's largest art museum, which houses a staggering 13 million artworks.

49. Yukon Quest, Yukon

A 1,000-mile dog sledding race.

Every February, up to 50 teams (one human, 14 sled dogs) compete in this incredible test of strength and endurance.

50. Fundy Trail Parkway, New Brunswick

A 19-mile parkway through coastal wilderness.

Whether you explore this parkway by foot, bike, or vehicle, don't overlook the 20 lookout points or the suspension footbridge leading to waterfalls.

51. Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon

See 17 of Canada's 20 tallest mountain peaks.

Spanning 8,499 square miles, this park is home to the King's Throne trail, Alsek River, and more than 100 bird species.

52. Fort Edmonton Park, Edmonton, Alberta

An interactive tourist attraction.

This heritage park offers an outdoor escape room, wagon rides, food and shopping, and themed streets.

53. Gros Morne Mountain, Newfoundland and Labrador

Second-highest peak in Newfoundland.

Seasoned hikers will enjoy the 10.5-mile Gros Morne Mountain Trail, which takes around 6 hours and rewards you with beautiful views.

54. Alexander Bay National Historic Site, British Columbia

Trading post designated a national historic site in 1925.

You'll find this fort west of the Fraser River in the Cariboo District, but it's not easy to spot; no remains exist above ground.

55. Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario

725-square-mile park protecting undeveloped shoreline on Lake Superior.

Follow the boardwalk to Horseshoe Beach or admire the traditional Anishinaabe structures around the Anishinaabe Camp and Bimose Kinoomagewnan trail.

56. Old Port of Montreal, Quebec

Historical port with 70+ events and activities.

Restaurants, boutiques, pedal boats, riverside yoga, fireworks displays, spas, want it, Old Port's probably got it.

57. Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Simple (but magical) suspension bridge.

Walk 230 feet above the Capilano River and through old-growth forest on this gently swaying suspension bridge.

58. Confederation Bridge, Prince Edward Island

World's longest bridge over icy water.

This two-lane toll bridge will take you from Prince Edward Island to New Brunswick (or vice versa) in 10 minutes.

59. Northumberland Strait, New Brunswick

Tidal water body with warm water and suspended red clay.

Shallow depths mean warmer, swimmable water at one of Northumberland Strait's many beaches.

60. Big Muddy Badlands, Saskatchewan

Striking land between southern Saskatchewan and northern Montana.

Big Muddy is home to 70-meter-tall Castle Butte, which was a landmark for First Nations people. Check out St. Victor Petroglyphs or the Willow Bunch Museum.

61. Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours, Ontario

45-minute tour of the Niagara River.

A 15-20 minute drive from Niagara Falls, these boat tours will take you to the Niagara Whirlpool and through Class V Devil's Hole Rapids.

62. Niagara Wine Country, Ontario

Idyllic countryside encompassing 50 wineries.

Wander through vineyards, check local events, and don't forget to try Niagara's famous "Icewine" (it's made from frozen grapes)!

63. Kings Landing, New Brunswick

Living history museum exhibiting 19th-century rural New Brunswick.

Travel to the 1800s by touring original buildings and participating in interactive, educational exhibits.

64. Kluane Lake, Yukon

Largest lake entirely within the Yukon borders.

Swim, canoe, or kayak through this lake to enjoy its pristine water, or hike through its verdant forests, but watch for bears!

65. Reversing Falls, New Brunswick

Unique rapids created by the Saint John River and the Bay of Fundy.

At Reversing Falls, specific tide changes cause the river's flow to reverse every 12.5 hours.

66. Bruce Peninsula National Park, Ontario

A 59.46-square-mile park with varied scenery.

Set up your campsite and explore The Grotto (a limestone cave), white cliffs over Georgian Bay water, and the Bruce Trail.

67. Signal Hill Tattoo, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Renowned historical animation program.

Witness an award-winning reenactment of a 19th Century British military battle atop the famous Signal Hill.

68. Mactaquac Provincial Park, New Brunswick

A 2-square-mile riverside park with 300+ campsites.

Check out the beaver pond nature reserve, two marinas, or TreeGO Mactaquac Aerial Adventure course.

69. Château Frontenac, Quebec City, Quebec

Historic 5-star hotel dating back to 1892.

A National Historic Site of Canada, this grand hotel boasts stunning architecture, lavish rooms, and three dining experiences.

70. Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia

Beach fun within Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

Hop from ocean saltwater at Ingonish Beach to freshwater lakes, golf course to tennis courts, and playgrounds to picnic areas.

71. Big Salmon River, New Brunswick

Small river flowing into the Bay of Fundy.

Relax and dip your toes in the water at Big Salmon River, which marks the end of the 25-mile Fundy Trail.

72. Fort Walsh National Historic Site, Saskatchewan

Site of the Cypress Hills Massacre.

At a living fort from the 1870s, learn how the North West Mounted Police impacted the Nakoda people.

73. Manitoba Museum, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Not-for-profit natural history museum founded in 1965.

Focused on heritage and science education, this museum features planetarium shows and gallery exhibits.

74. Hopewell Rocks Ocean Tidal Exploration Site, New Brunswick

Explore the ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy.

For three hours before and after low tide, see what lies beneath the ocean tides and walk among the Flower Pot Rocks.

75. Dawson City, Yukon

Klondike Gold Rush town with frontier-style architecture.

Visit the Dawson City Museum for a dose of 19th-century history, gold-pouring demonstrations, and interactive exhibits.

76. Bow Valley Parkway, Alberta

Scenic alternative to the Trans-Canada highway.

Located within Banff National Park, this 50-kilometer stretch is great for cycling, hiking, or pulling over for a picnic. It's closed to vehicles from May 1 - June 25 and September 1 - 25.

77. Fathom Five National Marine Park, Ontario

Scenic National Marine Conservation Area.

This park has beautiful shoreline scenery and offers scuba diving on 24 shipwrecks. The park is dedicated to lighthouse protection and freshwater conservation.

78. Muskoka, Ontario

A whole lot of lakes — 1,600, to be precise.

Spanning from Algonquin Park to Georgian Bay, Muskoka is a collection of country cottages, sparkling lakes, and thousands of acres of forest.

79. Fort Henry National Historic Site, Ontario

War of 1812 fortification located on Point Henry.

Fort Henry's construction was completed in 1837, and today its visitors enjoy 19th-century military demonstrations, musical performances, and guided tours.

80. Carcross, Yukon

Small community that's home to the Carcross/Tagish First Nation people.

Enjoy top-tier mountain biking territory, dive into Bennett Lake, or admire totem poles around town.

81. Byward Market, Ottawa, Ontario

Lively attraction with farmers' markets, specialty shops, and entertainment.

Byward Market is an excellent spot for snagging snacks and souvenirs or exploring festivals and events.

82. Wood Buffalo National Park, Alberta/Northwest Territories

Canada's largest national park at 17,275 square miles.

In a park bigger than the whole of Switzerland, you've got outdoor options. To name a few: swim at Pine Lake, stargaze, rent a cabin, paddleboard, or take a hike.

83. Torngat Mountains National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

Unspoiled wilderness spanning 6,000 square miles.

The land of the Inuit, this incredible countryside includes polar bears, caribou, mountains, glaciers, and incredible vistas for those who can take the hike.

84. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Toronto, Ontario

An immersive aquarium with 20,000+ marine animals.

It'll be well-worth the 2.5 hours it takes to journey through all the exhibits at Ripley's Aquarium.

85. Saskatchewan Science Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan

Interactive, charitable science museum with 185 exhibits.

Kids and adults alike will enjoy educational exhibits ranging from day camps to IMAX showings.

86. Parliament Building, Victoria, British Columbia

Breathtaking architecture and educational opportunities.

Join a free, guided tour to learn about the Legislative Assembly or simply admire the Inner Harbour scenery.

87. Western Development Museum, Saskatchewan

Network of four museums, established in 1949.

Each Western Development Museum branch has a separate focus — people, transportation, agriculture, and economy — and offers a different experience.

88. Botanical Gardens, Montreal, Quebec

An urban oasis packed with 22,000 plant species.

Wander through 10 greenhouses, 30 themed gardens, and 185 acres of botanical beauty — all smack dab in the middle of the city.

89. Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia

Drive to the mountain summit at this 100-square-mile national park.

A scenic 16-mile drive will lead you to the wildflower meadows at Mount Revelstoke's summit — no hiking necessary.

90. Point Pelee National Park, Ontario

5.8 square miles of ecologically diverse land.

You can make your way through the marshes, see 700 plant species, and watch butterflies and birds in their woodland habitats on the Botham Tree Trail.

91. Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Museum honoring Canada's 13th prime minister.

This museum honors John G. Diefenbaker, who granted First Nations and Inuit people the right to vote. Peruse archives, educational exhibits, and Saskatoon's first school (Little Stone Schoolhouse).

92. Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan

Natural history museum and home to the world's largest T. rex.

Get to know Scotty the T. rex, try your hand at paleontology, and enjoy special events. 

93. Muttart Conservatory, Edmonton, Alberta

Botanical gardens featuring glass pyramids, events, and courses.

This indoor botanical garden has three climate-regulated biomes, 700 plant species, and a feature pyramid for special themed and seasonal exhibits.

94. Kootenay National Park, British Columbia

Access this 543-square-mile park via Historic Highway 93 South.

Beautiful grassy fields, forests, and rivers invite you to camp, hike, and hit the hot springs at Radium Hot Pools.

95. Dettah Ice Road, Northwest Territories

Unique 3.97-mile road connecting Yellowknife to Dettah.

Dettah Ice Road is literally a road of ice, so drive carefully and — obviously — make alternative plans in warmer months.

96. Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec

National museum promoting Canada's heritage.

Founded in 1856, this museum focuses on Canadian history and has the largest indoor collection of totem poles.

97. Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec

Peninsula on St. Lawrence River's south shore, famous for Percé Rock.

Gaspé Peninsula encompasses four national parks, one of which contains the continent's biggest colony of gannet seabirds.

98. Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden, Lethbridge, Alberta

A 3.75-acre garden near Henderson Lake.

Stroll through this peaceful park with bridges over water, light displays, and trees on grassy hills.

99. La Mauricie National Park, Quebec

A 207-square-mile park with 150 lakes.

Nestled in the Laurentian mountains, this park contains many plants and animals. It's also an excellent place to view autumn hues!

100. Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Level, 4-mile boardwalk trail winding along the coast.

At under 5 miles with a slight incline, this trail is accessible for most — and the views make it well worth the hike.

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