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10 Places To Visit in Canada

Seattle (her real name) from Seattle`s Travels has travelled to many countries and has seen a lot of places, but she hasn`t quite seen all of Canada yet. She wanted to share with us her Top 10 Places in Canada that she`d most like to visit.

As a full-time travel blogger, I’ve probably spent about 75% of the last five years on the road. I’ve been on trips that have taken me from Morocco to Norway to the Dominican Republic all in one go, and plenty of times trading between Europe and Asia, or the Caribbean and South America before even having a chance to make a quick trip home in between. So, where is home? Canada.

I may not get to spend as much time as I like in Canada, but it is the place that I was born and raised, and the place I call home. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel like I have been lucky enough to see a great deal of our country, with a cross-country train trip from Toronto to Vancouver and back, a couple of East coast road trips, and several adventures to BC, AB & QC—but I want to see more.

Canada is such an incredibly diverse country that it was fairly difficult to narrow down, but here are the top 10 places that I would love to visit, surrounding 60°N 95°W.

Seattle standing on a beach in a 60°N 95°W women's henley

1.  Tofino, British Columbia

I’ve only been to Victoria so far, but I have probably planned at least five different Vancouver Island road trips in my head. Tofino seems like the perfect spot to centralize my Island adventures around, with dramatic coastlines, small town vibe, and surf culture.

2.  The Alaska Highway

Running from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, through Whitehorse, Yukon, to the border of Alaska and Canada, the Alaska Highway is one of Canada’s most beautiful drives. I’d definitely love to spend a couple of week’s road tripping through midnight sun or Northern Lights.

3.  Churchill, Manitoba

Polar bears, polar bears, polar bears.

4.  Baffin Island, Nunavut

While I’ve had the pleasure of visiting every Canadian Province, I’m yet to step foot in a Territory. I’d be happy to go to any of them, but I’d love to make it up to Baffin Island, Nunavut. The Island consists of endless staggering mountains giving way to stunning coastlines and vast plains. Most people think of Canada’s mountains being on the West Coast, but the mountains of Nunavut are just as beautiful.

5.  The Badlands, Alberta

The Badlands of Alberta look like they are made up of a barren wasteland of orange rock and red sand. They extend between Red Deer and Drumheller, made up of a type of dry terrain where rock and soil have been so eroded by wind and water, that it created a geological land of awesomeness.

Seattle standing in a pool of water on a beach in a 60°N 95°W women's boat neck

6.  Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia

The Great Bear Rainforest is the place of Fairy Tales. There is an Island on the Pacific coast of BC that is home to a rare breed of bear that is pure white. No, it’s not a polar bear, it’s actually a subspecies of the American black bear.

7.  Treehouses in British Columbia

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has a thing for treehouses. So I’m probably not the only one that swoons for the Free Spirit Spheres & Enchanted Forest Treehouse that dwell in the forests of British Columbia. When can I move in?

8.  Halifax, Nova Scotia

I’ve driven into and across Nova Scotia a few times now, but it just never worked out that I had enough time to make my way into Halifax. There are so many things that I’d love to see and experience in the city, including the Alexander Keith’s Brewery, all of the fresh seafood restaurants, and some of the great nightlife I’ve heard so much about. There’s just something about East Coast cities.

9.  Manitoulin Island, Ontario

This one is actually pretty close to where I’m living now, so I’m hoping to make it up there by next summer. Not only is it the largest fresh water island in the world, but it holds over 100 lakes of its own, and is home to six Anishinaabe reserves. For me to get there, I will simply have to drive up to Tobermory, and hop on the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry.

10.  Nahanni National Park Rabbitkettle Hot springs & Tufa Mounds, Northwest Territories

This might be one place that you’ve never heard of, but it closely resembles the terraces of Pamukkale, Turkey.  Numerous terraces of carbonate minerals have been built up, holding warm pools of on the mountainside of Nahanni National Park, in the Northwest Territories. These terraces are known as the Rabbitkettle Hot springs and Tufa Mounds.

Seattle lying down on a blanket in a 60°N 95°W women's boat neck

Guest blog post by: Seattle Dredge of Seattle's Travels