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Classically Canadian – Destinations Not To Miss In The Great White North


Most people the world over have grand dreams of travelling to Canada, and for good reason. The second largest country in the world, Canada is home to several beautiful regions of differing natural wonders and beautiful scenery that draw visitors year after year. Luckily many countries offer reasonable rates to various cities within the larger realm of Canada, including Toronto and Calgary and you can even fly to Vancouver from many places within Europe. Read ahead for three fantastic things to do while visiting western Canada that you shouldn’t miss.

Drumheller, AB

This unique place in southern Alberta, about an hour east of Calgary is truly spectacular. Set in a valley made of sedimentary layered rock, the town of Drumheller draws tourists from around the world each year with its rock formations, view points, hiking trails and museum. Known as the dinosaur capital of Canada, Drumheller lives true to its reputation by offering up some of the most impressive examples of dinosaur specimens found in both the local region as well as further afield in its Royal Tyrrell Museum. Sculptures of various dinosaurs also litter the streets of the town for photo opportunities and visitors can take a car and explore the surrounding areas such as the ghost town of Wayne and the village of East Coulee where a school museum is set up from the thirties to show how schools were back in those days. For the curious and brave, take a tour of the Atlas Coal Mine – one of the remaining skeletons of the area which shows off the areas former coal boom.

Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is one of the most colourful cities in Canada and also one of the most beautiful, especially with its enormous Stanley Park nature reserve right in the centre of the city set along the Pacific coast. Vancouver is home to Robson Street – a quirky shopping and dining district with many one off stores and restaurants where you’d be sure to find some of the most unique fare in the area. For a bustling market experience and to purchase nearly every type of fruit or vegetable (or fish!) under the sun, head over to Granville Island and it’s swathes of market stalls touting everything you can think of and more. Take the cable car up to Mount Fraser for some stunning views or go for a bit of a drive up to the resort town of Whistler in the mountains. Whatever you choose to in Vancouver though, you are guaranteed an incredible time.

The Rockies

The Rockies are one reason that many people visit Canada. With the gorgeous scenery in the likes of Banff and Jasper National Parks as well as routes such as the Icefields Parkway through the mountains, it’s easy to see why so many visitors come to this part of the world. Add to this the fact that the Rockies are within prime travelling distance to areas within British Columbia like the Kootenays and the Okanagan, along with keen points of interest like Radium Hot Springs and cultural points of interest like Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump and Frank Slide in Alberta.

So there you have some great reasons to visit Western Canada – and we haven’t even gotten onto the cities or other points of interest such as National Parks or Vancouver Island. With so much to see and do in this part of the world you will find that you keep coming back to the region again and again.