While Canada may be renowned for its majestic ski mountains and unbeatable snow seasons during Winter, the Summer months open up a whole new treasure trove of awe-inspiring scenery and rugged adventures just waiting to be discovered.
1. Breathtaking beauty in Banff
Banff National Park is straight up beautiful. Get back to nature as you hike one of the many scenic trails, such as Bow Glacier Falls, Johnston Canyon or Larch Valley. Be amazed by some of the most bafflingly blue water you’ve ever seen at Lake Louise, Morraine Lake, and Peyto Lake. The pretty little town of Banff makes for the perfect base for your Summer adventures, boasting a smorgasbord of great restaurants and lively bars for you to enjoy by night.
2. Hit the beach at Tofino
A popular Summer spot for locals and tourists alike, Tofino is a chilled-out town on the coast of Vancouver Island. Sort of like Canada’s answer to Australia’s Byron Bay, Tofino attracts the young surf and beach-going crowd with its artsy vibe and laidback way of life.
3. Jaw-dropping Jasper National Park
Just when you thought Canada’s landscape couldn’t get any more incredible… Jasper is just begging for you to spend your Summer outside, hiking its lush forest trails, kayaking across its unbelievably blue glacial lakes, and catching close encounters with its spirited wildlife.
4. Camp out amongst The Rockies
Summer in the Rockies is all about packing up your car or van, and hitting the road through one of the world’s most impressive mountain ranges. Experience one of nature’s most epic scenic routes as you cruise the 9-hour drive from Vancouver, BC to Jasper, AB, and camp out under the stars along the way.
5. City life in Vancouver
Trade the mountains for towering skyscrapers and head to the vibrant city of Vancouver. Each neighbourhood in Vancouver is its own unique hub of food, art, and culture just waiting to be explored. Though Vancouver is notoriously rainy, Summer provides somewhat of a reprieve and is the perfect time to spend an afternoon bike riding around Stanley Park or strolling through the markets at Granville Island.
6. Beers and Boats in Victoria
Located on Vancouver Island, Victoria is a quaint city deeply rooted in its colonial history. Perhaps due to its British heritage, Victoria’s beer and pub culture is alive and kicking, with some of Canada’s best craft breweries found here. While checking out Victoria’s stunning waterfront, be sure to take a stroll amongst the rows of charming and eclectic houseboats.
7. Have a French fling in Quebec
The charming 17th and 18th Century architecture and cobblestone streets of Le Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec City) will make you feel like you’ve somehow teleported to the streets of Paris. In typical French fashion, fine food and boutique shopping are a must here.
8. Make a splash at Niagara Falls
Straddling the border of Ontario, Canada and New York, America, these famous falls are an unbelievable sight to behold. The thundering waters cascade down at a staggering 567,811 litres per second, and no visit to Canada’s east is complete without ticking this one off the bucket list.