15 Breathtaking Gems in Canada Handpicked by Locals

Canada attracts visitors from all over the world. It offers history, First Nations culture, beautiful scenery, cities, and a range of outdoor activities. Canadians love their country and have their own recommendations for beautiful places travelers should visit.

1. Jasper, Alberta

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This alpine town sits between Jasper National Park. Explore forests, rivers, and glacier-fed lakes, and try out the Jasper SkyTram that goes to the top of Whistlers Mountain. You can even visit the Jasper Yellowhead Museum and learn about the fur trade and early exploration of the national park.

2. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

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The fjords, towering mountains, and panoramas of forests, cliffs, and beaches make this national park popular. This is nature at its best. You can explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site with a tour guide or the park’s app, or brave it on your own.

3. Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador

Nachvak Fjord, Torngat Mountains, Labrador, Canada
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Culture and wildlife collide at Torngat Mountains National Park. The Inuit call it home and share it with the caribou and polar bears, who live amongst some of the oldest rocks in the world. Learn more about the Inuit’s culture, traditions, stories, and spirits while spending time beneath the subarctic Torngat Mountains.

4. Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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If you’re a beach baby, Vancouver Island should be on your Canada bucket list. The area is dotted with surf towns, quirky communities, and ancient rainforests. Vancouver Island will keep you busy during your visit. The snowy mountains, wild coastlines, and old forests make this place one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world and the perfect escape from everyday life.

5. Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba

Deep Lake in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba
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Camp, hike, and discover everything the Riding Mountain National Park offers. From grasslands and forests to wetlands and lakes, the natural beauty of Riding Mountain National Park will take your breath away.

6. Thunder Bay, Ontario

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Along the world’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Superior, you will find the adventure-laden Thunder Bay. Try snowshoeing, ice climbing, or skiing in winter, and spend the summer months sailing, hiking, or mountain biking.

7. Banff National Park, Alberta

Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
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Seeing Banff is a must. It’s part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site and Canada’s first national park. Capture Instagram-worthy pics by the gorgeous turquoise lakes or with the Rocky Mountains as your background.

8. Blue Lake Provincial Park, Ontario

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Blue Lake Provincial Park is the place to go if you’re in the mood for all kinds of water activities. The park is known for its long stretches of beach and crystal waters, perfect for kayaking, boating, or hiking.

9. Canmore, Alberta

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Canmore offers breathtaking scenery and exciting seasonal activities within the Bow River Valley. Try dog sledding or snowboarding in the winter, or spend a summer’s day hiking along the trails.

10. White Rock Pier, British Columbia

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There’s nothing better than fish and chips by the sea, which is one experience that White Rock Pier offers. This 1,542-foot-long pier provides access to the beach and its many attractions.

11. Northumberland County, Ontario

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Northumberland is an excellent county to base yourself in and spend your days hiking, paddling, fishing, visiting farmers’ markets, and the Ranney Gorge Suspension Bridge. The beaches and forests give this county natural beauty.

12. Centennial Beach, British Columbia

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This stunning bay is excellent for a summer day by the sea. Pack a picnic, bathing suit, and towel, and spend a day at Centennial Beach.

13. The Cardinal Divide, Alberta

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The Cardinal Divide has essential ecological significance and runs across the continental divide that separates the Athabasca River and the North Saskatchewan River. It’s known for its high plant biodiversity, rare animal species, and incredible views that stretch on for miles.

14. Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia

Garibaldi Provincial Park, British Columbia
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The Garibaldi Provincial Park is a mountain wilderness that stretches from Squamish to Pemberton. This is another place to add to the bucket list. It’s accessible on foot or by gondola. Tackle one of the hiking trails that takes you to alpine huts, impressive mountain summits, valleys filled with flowers, or glorious turquoise lakes.

15. Joffre Lakes Park, British Columbia

Upper Joffre Lake - British Columbia, Canada
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Joffre Lakes Park has three beautiful lakes you can hike along as you explore the park. Go camping, hiking, fishing, wildlife viewing, or mountaineering while also seeing the ice fields, mountain peaks, and rushing streams.

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