Many visitors who take a trip to Canada only ever explore the west coast of the country, such as Vancouver, Whistler, the Rocky Mountains, and Vancouver Island.
However, travelers should keep in mind that if you head east you will find all sorts of amazing sights worth adding to your itinerary.
Read on for just some of the reasons to extend your Canadian vacation beyond the west coast next time you travel to this great land.
See the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick
Do you love looking at fascinating rock formations? Or perhaps you’ve always been fascinated by the ocean floor but are too scared to try scuba diving? No matter where your interests lie, it’s a good idea to pay a visit to the Hopewell Rocks in New Brunswick. These unique “sculptures” are one of the most popular attractions in the province, and have been carved out over thousands of years by erosion, as the tides in the Bay of Fundy move in and out.
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Visit the spot at low tide when tons of sea water empties out, allowing you to walk along the ocean floor in the shadows of the hulking Rocks. You’ll find more than a mile of beach to stroll along, as well as many different coves to explore. Once you’ve had your fill down below, walk back up the stairs built from the beach for visitors, and spend time in the interpretive center. Stay for high tide, too, if you want to see the Atlantic Ocean flood back in to the Bay and submerge everything you just saw, apart from the very top of some of the Hopewell Rocks.
Witness the Roar of Niagara Falls in Ontario
Another impressive site beyond the West coast, and one that is on the bucket list of millions of people around the globe, is Niagara Falls. This iconic phenomenon, which is actually three separate waterfalls not just one, is situated on the Canadian-U.S. border between Ontario and New York, and gushes with millions of cubic feet of water every minute.
Check out this useful travel guide to Niagara Falls.
There are many fun ways to see and hear the roar of the falls. For starters, when you arrive into town, it pays to choose one of the hotels in Niagara Falls which boast rooms with stunning views, from rooms, of the natural wonder. Next, take a boat ride, such as the Maid of the Mist tour, which will take you right up close to the Falls; and then see them from above, preferably at night, on the Niagara SkyWheel. After the sun has set, you can watch the Falls turn every color of the rainbow during the Niagara Falls Illumination and Fireworks show.
Explore Quaint Quebec City
If you want to feel like you’ve gone back in time and really traveled to another land, put a visit to quaint Quebec City, in the province of Quebec, on your itinerary. This predominantly French-style location has to be one of the prettiest cities in the whole country, and is a great spot to practice your French language skills or enjoy a European feel. The Old fortified City here is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While in Quebec City, make sure you explore streets such as the Rue du Petit Champlain, which has a distinctly Parisian vibe; or wander down others while will make you feel like you’ve landed in a rural French village, seeing cast-iron lanterns, sunny flower boxes, and painted signs hanging from eaves.
Check out this fantastic video guide to Quebec City
The famous Chateau Frontenac is also a must-visit. Now a hotel, the historic, castle-like building is found within the walls of Old Quebec. It was built in the late 19th century by the General Manager of Canadian Pacific Railway as a stopover for train travelers and draws on the architectural styles of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Over the years many famous faces have visited the Chateau, including King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Grace of Monaco, Charles de Gaulle, Charles Lindberg, and Montgomery Clift.
Attend the Toronto International Film Festival
Lastly, film buffs should try to time their visit to Canada to the month of September, when the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is held in Toronto, Ontario. This is one of the world’s most significant film festivals, and attracts big names just like Cannes and Sundance. The event, which debuted back in 1976, typically runs for 10 days each year, and provides moviegoers with the chance to see at least 200 different films, across numerous theaters spread around the city.
This video guide will help you understand why TIFF is so awesome and what to do when you’re in Toronto