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, so buckle your seatbelts and let’s dive into part one of our series on discovering 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 some of our top picks for you (and your RV) to explore.
Banff National Park, Alberta
Established in 1885, Canada's first national park is 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.
Niagara Falls, Ontario
There's more to Canada's portion of Niagara Falls than just its famous 177-foot, 12,000-year-old waterfall. Explore Queen Victoria Park adjacent to the falls, interact with whales at the Marineland aquarium, and marvel at the botanical garden and butterfly conservatory.
Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario
This sprawling park contains 2,400 lakes and 1,200 kilometers of waterways, and is an ideal spot for fishing on Lake Nipissing, canoeing Lake Opeongo, and rafting the Petawawa River.
Old Quebec City, Quebec
This historic 17th-century district of Quebec City 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.
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia boasts 160 historical lighthouses, but the Peggy's Cove Lighthouse may be its most photographed.
Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador
In a park with over 1,800 square kilometers of spectacular sights, including jords, cliffs, and waterfalls formed over 485 million years ago, you can witness exposed deep ocean crust, get a glimpse into the earth's mantle, and much more.
Jasper National Park, Alberta
The largest park in the Canadian Rockies, you can hike the mountains, walk newly-paved trails, or dive into springs, waterfalls, and lakes (Lake Edith and Lake Annett are the warmest).
Churchill, Manitoba (Polar Bear Capital)
On the shores of Hudson Bay, you'll find polar bears from July to November; over 1,000 migrate to the polar bear capital each year!
Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
This scenic highway spanning 185 miles is a road-tripper's dream, with striking scenery winding around the northern tip of Nova Scotia and through the Cape Breton Highlands.
Yoho National Park, British Columbia
This 507-square-mile park is home to Emerald Lake, Wapta Falls, and 28 towering 3,000-meter mountain peaks.
Icefields Parkway, Alberta
Deemed one of the world's best road trip routes, Icefields Parkway winds through valleys and icefields between Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta.
Prince Edward Island National Park, Prince Edward Island
Camping, birding, and beach days await at this 10-square-mile national park by the ocean, along with red cliffs, red foxes, and sandy beaches.
Nahanni National Park Reserve, Northwest Territories
Spot caribou, grizzly bears, sheep, and more as you traverse 470,000 hectares of deep canyons and pristine cave systems in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia
A 950-square-kilometer park with 26 marked hiking trails, striking highlands make this a prime location for watching everything from humpback whales to boreal owls.
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.
Fundy National Park, New Brunswick
With its woodsy walks and ocean exploration, you can wander more than 30 trails through the Acadian Forest or kayak through high tides in the Bay of Fundy.
Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Walk the ocean floor, marvel at the world's highest tides, and view unique rock formations formed over thousands of years in this Bay of Fundy village with marine life galore.
Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario
Considered the 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.
Drumheller, Alberta (Badlands)
Dubbed the "Dinosaur Capital of the World,’ you can find dinosaur fossils, sandstone cliffs, and less than 8,000 residents in the heart of the Alberta Badlands.
Tofino, British Columbia
Grab your board and catch some waves at this cool spot for year-round cold-water surfing in Rosie's Bay, Chesterman Beach, and Long Beach.
Signal Hill, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Designated a National Historic Site in 1951, Signal Hill overlooks the city of St. John's in Newfoundland and Labrador. Check out Ladies' Lookout for aerial park views!
Athabasca Falls, Alberta
This beautiful 75-foot waterfall in Jasper National Park is a must-see along the Icefield Parkway and is accessible by a relatively flat one-kilometer trail.
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.
Thousand Islands, Ontario
This cluster of 1,800+ islands in the St. Lawrence River has castles and mansions, cycling and paddling, drinking and dining, and a 4,500-foot suspension bridge over the American Channel.
Butchart Gardens, Victoria, British Columbia
This 119-year-old garden in Brentwood Bay frequently hosts concerts, fireworks, and light displays, but the 900 plant varieties are reason enough to visit.
Ace Canada Sightseeing With Cruise America
With so many unique locations where you can stop and play along the way, why wouldn't you choose to explore this country in an RV? Cruise America has locations in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario, and Quebec that will perfectly position you for a fantastic road trip to any (or all) of the best sights to see in Canada.
Start planning your Canada road trip today!