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25 Things In Canada Totally Worth Crossing The Border For

There are many activities and sights to see just across the northern border in the massive country of Canada. The country is home to ten different provinces and three different territories which all offer distinct attractions and experiences that are sure to be one of a kind and memorable. Natural beauty is very plentiful in Canada across all of the territories, and along with many historical sights and villages that have been very well preserved to tell the story of people living there many years ago, visitors can enjoy fine dining and shopping that is reflective of the resources of the regions where they are located.

There are many different ways to explore the numerous natural attractions, islands, and cities in Canada that include helicopter tours that offer jaw dropping aerial views, ferries that also move along a lot of diverse marine life, trains that race through rugged mountain terrain, and numerous hiking and biking trails for those who want to make their own adventure.

Whether you are looking for a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation or a thrilling and adventurous one, you are sure to find something to quench your wanderlust just north of the border. In the list below, we look at 25 of the many different adventures to be had in Canada.

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25 Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto, Ontario

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Canada’s Wonderland lies on 330 acres in Vaughan, Ontario and is the country’s largest amusement park with over 17 roller coasters, which is the second most of any theme park around the globe and makes it a perfect travel destination for people who want to have a thrilling experience. The theme park is seasonal and is also home to the Yukon Striker which is the world’s tallest, longest, and fastest dive roller coaster which includes a 245-foot drop into an underwater tunnel. In addition to the variety of entertainment options and attractions, the large theme park also features “Splash Works” which is a 20-acre water park with rides for all ages. (canadaswonderland)

24 Vancouver Island Helicopter Tours, British Columbia

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In order to truly see the scope of a city, going up into the air will offer a very unique view and experience. There are many helicopter tour companies in the Vancouver Island area that fly over the beautiful waterside city which is located in the province of British Columbia in the northeastern Pacific Ocean. The island has a number of different cities people to get a taste of urban life on an island, and there are beach resorts as well as sport fishing, whale watching, hiking, surfing, and skiing. There is also beautiful historical architecture in the area that has been well preserved. (vancouverisland.travel)

23 Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

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The Hopewell Rocks in the province of New Brunswick are well known for having the highest tides in the world and are only open during mid-May to mid-October. This means that visitors can visit at two different times and see a completely new view and even walk on the ocean floor In addition to experiencing the highest tides in the world, the Fundy Region is also home to quiet beaches, biking and hiking trails, and majestic waterfalls. For those who want more indoor attractions, there are also artisan shops, crafters, lighthouses that are open to the public for guided tours, and museums. (thehopewellrocks.ca)

22 Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

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Algonquin Provincial Park is the first provincial park in Ontario and offers a variety of year round and seasonal activities such as backpacking, biking, interpretive walking trails, dog sledding, whitewater canoeing, and wildlife watching. There are also a variety of educational programs targeted towards school, youth, and adult groups offered so that visitors can discover Algonquin Park’s amazing natural and cultural history. There are also three indoor facilities such as the parks Visitor Centre, the Algonquin Logging Museum, and the Algonquin Art Centre that also offer interactive displays so that guests can take advantage of the full park experience. (algonquinpark.on.ca)

21 Valcartier Vacation Village, Québec

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Valcartier is known as the world’s largest winter playground in North America and has a lot of wintertime activities to offer visitors who enjoy the snow. There are different levels of activities so that all ages can enjoy the fun and that includes inner tube slides, snow rafting, and skating. For those who want to have a more extended stay and really take the time to enjoy all that the resort has to offer, there are several accommodations near other a lot of other attractions such as spas, restaurants, and small shops that offer unique gifts and locally made souvenirs. (valcartier)

20 CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

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The CN Tower was originally known as “Canadian National” which was the railway company that built the tower in the mid-1970s. It measures in at over 1,800 feet and not only does it offer visitors amazing views of the city of Toronto, from three different public observation points at different heights: the SkyPod which is the tallest observation deck standing at 1,467 feet tall, the Indoor Lookout Level which stands at 1,135 feet tall, and the Outdoor Observation Terrace standing at 1,122 feet tall. For visitors who are a bit more adventurous, they can ride the world’s highest paneled elevator in the world. (cntower.ca)

19 Polar Bear Migration In Churchill, Manitoba

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For a close up look at a creature that is extremely rare to see in its natural habitat or on their natural migration path, you can head to the town of Churchill in Manitoba which is used to seeing these large white furry creatures on their path from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal hunting territory over the Hudson Bay. Prime viewing times are between October and November and visitors have a choice of how to view the polar bears, either behind glass and a fence at a wilderness lodge along the migration path, or up closer by riding in a tundra vehicle that was meant to move smoothly over ice and protect passengers from curious bears. (everythingchurchill)

18 Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver, British Columbia

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If the architecture of the Vancouver Public Library in Vancouver, British Columbia looks familiar, that is because it was styled to look like the Roman Colosseum in Italy. The library is not just a resource for books, they also offer engaging opportunities such as the Tween Book Club, Afternoon at the Movies which features kid friendly movies, a Tech Café that provides a place for people to practice their basic computer skills, and access the internet and email. One of the more unique characteristics of this library (other than its unique architecture) is their collection of over 320 instruments that people can borrow and enjoy. (vpa.ca)

17 Jasper National Park's Dark Sky Preserve, Alberta

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Visiting Jasper National Park's Dark Sky Preserve in Alberta is sure to be a unique experience, especially for people who are used to living in cities with bright lights everywhere you look at all times of the day and night. Residents of Jasper Park have taken a special commitment to reduce light pollution which resulted in Jasper National Park being officially designated as a “Dark Sky Preserve” in 2011 by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. The best time to visit? In October when the Park hosts their Annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival where they offer speakers, night time star parties, and kids programs. (pc.gc.ca)

16 Baffin Island, Nunavut

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Baffin Island is located in the territory of Nunavut which is the newest and largest territory of Canada. The island itself is also the largest island in the country and the fifth largest island in the world although there are only about 11,000 permanent residents. There is a lot of rugged wilderness in the territory since it is so far up north, so it is a perfect spot for people who want to get away from crowds and cities to enjoy a much more natural vacation that can include climbing Clyde River’s fjord walls or skiing along a path marked years ago by the Inuits. (caen-keepexploring.canada.travel)

15 Aurora Village, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories

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For an otherworldly and one of a kind experience, Aurora Village in Yellowknife is sure to leave an impression. Located in the Northwest Territories of the country, the village is located in the perfect spot to offer prime views of the natural electrical phenomenon known both as Aurora Borealis and the Northern Lights. This beautiful natural light display is caused by the village’s location and happens often in high-latitude regions near a magnetic pole. Aurora Village is perfectly situated and is a very popular tourist destination for those who would like to enjoy nature’s free spectacular light show. (auroravillage)

14 Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Gros Morne National Park in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador offers the perfect range of activities for anyone who wants to really experience and view the natural beauty that Canada has to offer. Visitors can reserve accommodations or camping areas and have the option to enjoy activities such as iceberg viewing, whale watching, hiking and walking the many trails that offer stunning views of the mountains and coastline. There are also a number of festivals and events that are offered throughout the months that offer visitors a chance to experience traditions as well as enjoy the cuisine of the area. (newfoundlandlabrador)

13 Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

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The Bay of Fundy is considered one of the seven wonders of North America and happens to lie between 3 different territories: between the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, and it also touches the state of Main. The area encompasses over 6,178 miles and in addition to being home to the highest tides in the world, visitors can also enjoy the beauty of the area along the coastal Fundy Trail Parkway which offers numerous beaches and lookouts to stop and rest at as well as the Fundy National Park which offers trails that run through the Acadian Forest.

12 Victoria's Inner Harbour, British Columbia

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Located in the province of British Columbia, Victoria's Inner Harbour was voted one of the “Top 10 Cities in North America” by Travel + Leisure readers in 2015. The town offers a number of historical, well preserved attractions including numerous 125 year old heritage buildings inland, as well as viewing diverse marine wildlife along the coast. The town is also home to the world-class Royal BC Museum and Craigdarroch Castle for people who want to know more about the colorful history of the area. Shopping and dining are plentiful, as are outdoor activities like gardens, parks, beaches, and lakes. (tourismvictoria)

11 Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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Offering displays that are dedicated to the understanding of all age groups from children to seniors, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The powerful museum hosts 11 galleries and visitors can choose to either take their own time and path to explore the museum, or opt in to a guided tour offered in both English and French. The Museum is dedicated to ensuring that it is accessible and inclusive through its design and also includes a bistro and boutique full of one of a kind souvenirs that tell a story about human struggle and triumph. (humanrights.ca)

10 Butchart Gardens, Brentwood Bay, British Columbia

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Butchart Gardens in Brentwood Bay, British Columbia is the perfect destination for those who want to enjoy the beauty of lush greens that span over 55 acres, include over 900 different varieties of bedding plants, and are housed in 26 different greenhouses that are open to the public. The Gardens are constantly being decorated and updated to reflect the seasonal changes and in addition to enjoying unique plant species that are not seen commonly seen anywhere else in the country, Butchart Gardens also offers two different options for dining that is reflective of different festivities such as Christmas and other major holidays. (butchartgardens)

9 Cabot Trail, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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Apart from the main road that offers spectacular scenic views of the ocean, The Cabot Trail on the Island of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia also has a lot of different smaller trails that offer hiking and walks through small fishing villages where you can taste the fresh local cuisine and shop at small artisan shops. Cape Breton is considered one of the best locations in Nova Scotia to watch sea life in their natural habitat, including the gigantic whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and many other forms of marine wildlife that are not common in most areas of the world. (cbisland)

8 The Rocky Mountaineer Train, Rocky Mountains and Western Canada

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For a truly relaxing and unique way to view the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and Western Canada, the Rocky Mountaineer Train is a great way to sit back in luxury as the train moves through jaw dropping beautiful views of lakes, waterfalls, snow capped mountains, and rugged terrain located across four distinct routes that is otherwise inaccessible through any other method of transportation. Riding along such beautiful but intimidating scenery truly seems like a dream because the train itself is very focused on offering a phenomenal and delectable experience through their menu of gourmet items and local wines and beers. (rockymountaineer)

7 Old Québec City, Québec

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Old Québec was designated a UNESCO world heritage treasure in 1985 and is home to a variety of historical monuments that reflect defensive works such as Fortifications of Québec and the Citadel as well as more religious architecture such as the stunning Notre-Dame-de-Québec Basilica-Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. In addition to fine dining and shopping, tourists have a wide range of museums to choose from as well and have the option of taking walking tours as well as relaxing in the back of a horse drawn carriage for a unique view of the historical city. (quebecregion)

6 Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan

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The Royal Saskatchewan Museum has two different locations, the main site in Regina and the T.rex Discover Centre in Eastend. The Royal Saskatchewan Museum offers visitors 5 different exhibits including the Life Sciences Gallery, the First Nations Gallery, the Earth Sciences Gallery, traveling exhibits, and “Mega Munch”, a half-sized robotic Tyrannosaurus rex that was named Mega Munch after the Museum held a province-wide contest for elementary school students who submitted different name ideas. The Museum offers a lot of different events for children and families including solving mysteries in different exhibits, hunting for fossils, and making arts and crafts. (royalsaskmuseum.ca)

5 Old Port, Montreal, Québec

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The Old Port of Montreal is a bustling city along the water that has a lot to offer people who visit. Some of the wide variety of activities include visiting pandas and interacting with them, skating along with others at the Natrel Skating Rink, a large winter adventure park, and zipline and quick jumps for the more adventurous visitors. To see all of Montreal, including the downtown area and the gorgeous mountains in a very unique way you can also go up on the Montreal Observation Wheel which takes people 60 meters up and offers one of a kind views. (oldportofmontreal)

4 Green Gables Heritage Place, Prince Edward Island

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Unlike the fictional and well loved character “Anne of Green Gables”, the Island of Prince Edward where the popular novels were set is not fictional, it is a real place that lovers of the book series can visit and explore. Visitors have a lot of different activities to choose from while they are there such as exploring the original house of the author, 19th century gardens, farmyard, gift shop, walking trails, such as the famous Haunted Wood and Lovers Lane, and The Butter Churn Café. In addition to Anne related activities, there is also a beautiful beach and a National Park available for exploration as well. (tourismpei)

3 Lady Dive Tours, Ottawa, Ontario

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Lady Dive Tours is the perfect way to see all that Ottawa, Ontario has to offer. Lady Dive offers two different options so tourists can see the city from all different angles- their Double Decker buses offer guided tours of the National Capital region in a variety of different languages, and their unique Amphibus is capable of operating both on land and in the water along the Ottawa River so tourists can view the historic scenery of the region of Ottawa-Gatineau from two different sides. The tours offer over 70 important sites, both historical and modern so people can truly get a taste of the city. (ladydive)

2 Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market, Fredericton, New Brunswick

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Operating in Fredericton, New Brunswick for over 60 years, The Fredericton Boyce Farmers Market is recognized as one of Canada’s top 19 community markets because of its craft, fresh and healthy foods, conversation, and creativity. The market hosts more than 250 indoor and outdoor suppliers from the Saint. John River Heritage Corridor and across the Province. It also changes as the year goes on to reflects the seasons and offers seasonal products as well as seasonal events that bring people together to enjoy treats like paintings, artisan chocolates, meats and seafood, cakes and confections, and much more. (frederictonfarmersmarket.ca)

1 Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Niagara Falls is one of the most popular natural landmarks in the entire world with over 30 million tourists per year. Niagara Falls is actually made up of three individual waterfalls: Bridal Veil Falls, Horseshoe Falls, and American Falls. The largest one is Horseshoe Falls and straddles the Canada and United States border. On the Canadian side, visitors can walk through Queen Victoria Park which has views of both Horseshoe Falls and American Falls. In addition to viewing the gorgeous falls, people can also enjoy the many different restaurants, events, hotels, and attractions in the area if they plan to stay for a while. (niagarafallstourism)

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