9 Things You Should Do When In Canada

written by local expert Rizza Sta. Ana

When it comes to new adventures, Rizza has a taste for the lesser-known path. If she's not off somewhere near the beach, she's probably lost in her own little adventure with a book.

Canada is more than just its famous moniker or its reputation as the country that shares the United States’ longest land border. The Great White North has some of the world’s awe-inspiring wonders that truly deserves your visit. From its iconic hotspots like the Niagara Falls, Rocky Mountains, to its less-explored parks, lakes, and towns, your travel itinerary for Canada will never disappoint. Here, I list down 9 things you should do in Canada you should not miss.

Howl like a Wolf at Algonquin Park

It’s a real thing, promise. At Algonquin Park, hundreds of people participate in the annual wolf howling expedition. Every year, travelers can witness the park rangers call out to the park’s wolves with their best howls. Once the wolf pack howls back, everyone heads out to catch a glimpse of these amazing animals up close in expert-led caravans. Although the wolf howling expedition is free, book a guided tour starting at $220 minimum with taxes to enjoy the annual tradition best. The wolf howl will also include a little presentation on these elusive animals. wolf howling

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Discover a Dinosaur at Drumheller, Alberta

Drumheller, which is located in the heart of the Canadian Badlands, is known as the dinosaur capital of the world. And why wouldn’t it be? Also known as Dinosaur Valley, Drumheller is a dream destination for the kid and the kid at heart as you take a selfie with the massive, 86 feet-high fiberglass Tyrannosaurus rex. Purchase your tickets in advance for Dinosaur Provincial Park, and you might chance upon a paleontologist or two at work. Majority of the activities, including programs like campouts and dinosaur digs happen in the summer, so you may want to schedule your travel plans around this time. The Atlas Coal Mine, Horseshoe Canyon, and Midland Provincial Park are also perfect spots for trekking, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Do More Than Just Sightseeing At Niagara Falls

In the mid-1990s, Niagara Falls has transformed from the home of one of the world’s natural wonders to a popular tourist destination. Aside from the magnificent waterfalls, you can also explore Niagara’s selection of sights including Dufferin Islands, Botanical Gardens, and Floral Clock. The best way to enjoy all of them is by signing up for a tour where you can truly get up close to the Falls, go right up to the base, go right behind the body of water, or fly over on a helicopter. You can also stay a night (or two) and experience activities unique to Niagara Falls. There are Niagara Falls hotel packages that offer either a family getaway at the Fallsview Indoor Waterpark, a couples trip to an exclusive resort with VIP hotel amenity access, spa and fine dining, or an ultimate spa experience featuring the most luxurious hotel accommodation and wellness services. Niagara Falls also hosts a fireworks display during the summer months and on special occasions like New Year’s Day. niagra falls

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Spot American Eagles at Sunwolf

These magnificent birds also take a vacation too. They just call it migration. Hundreds of American eagles head out to neighboring Canada for its favorite food: fresh salmon swimming in glacial waters that run through its rivers. You can join the outdoors enthusiasts at Sunwolf in mid-December to mid-January for a guided tour of this natural event. They will show you the best places for bird-watching and how to experience the largest annual gathering of bald eagles in North America.

Walk like Jesus (sort of) at the Bay of Fundy

The Bay of Fundy is a perfect destination for sea lovers. You can rent out a kayak with friends and explore the cliff shores. But the best time to head out to this body of water is at low tide. 100 billion tons of seawater at the Bay of Fundy recedes during this time, where you’ll have the unique opportunity to walk on the ocean floor. Marvel at the age-old fossils and rock formations like the “Mother-in-law” and “the bear.” Do find higher ground quickly once the water reaches your ankles, as the tide at the Bay of Fundy rises as high as 54 feet in some areas. bay of fundy

Learn More About the Vikings

Yes, these Nordic-speaking seafarers actually considered Canada as one of their many homes. Head to L’anse aux Meadows, a UNESCO World Heritage site and learn about the interesting Viking history which television shows can’t fully cover. But if you’re into scenic routes and iceberg sightings, this charming province does not disappoint either. Norstead, on the other hand, is a must-see. This recreated Viking trade post will take you back in the time of the Vikings. Enjoy traditional food with a costumed Viking inside a sod house replica, or spare another costumed one with an actual ax.

Sip Lots of Chardonnay on a Wine-Tasting Trip

In the last few years, the Great White North has been gaining attention for its excellent wine. Niagara’s top table wineries are some of the best in the country, particularly its chardonnay, riesling, pinot noir and cabernet-franc variety. A winery tour with Magnificent Tours starts at $178 per person, but you can get freebies and more on a vacation package.  Winery tours usually include transportation and a guide to help you experience the best Canadian wines, a one-night accommodation at a nearby 3-star hotel, dining cards and spa credit. wine pouring

Awaken Your Inner Child at Clifton Hill

Clifton Hill‘s world-famous Street of Fun by the Falls should be on your list of places to visit in Canada. Families, couples, and sightseers can revel in the theme park’s rides and attractions, including the Niagara Skywheel, a 175 feet Ferris Wheel above the Falls. Do get a Clifton Hill Fun Pass to enjoy six attractions at one price. If you do get hungry or looking for some nightlife action near the Falls, explore Clifton Hill’s entertainment area. Do check out the local scene at  Strike At Night, which is located at Boston Pizza. Kelsey’s Patio Entertainment, Yuk Yuks, Silver Aces, 365 Club, Avalon Theatre and Seven nightclub are also some of the most popular nightclubs at Clifton Hill.

Hike Along the Longest Trail in Canada

One of the things that makes Canada such a unique country to experience is its great outdoors. Everywhere you look, it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery imaginable. What better way to explore the nature in Canada than by tackling The Great Trail which is claimed to be the longest recreational trail in the world. Whether you want to hike, bike, paddle, or cross-country ski, there is something for everyone in this outdoor haven. Featuring 24,000 km of trail across 13 provinces and territories, this place is truly spectacular and worth exploring. canada trail

There you have it! Hopefully, this article has given you a few ideas or two on things to do in Canada.

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