January 24, 2021

10 Hidden Gems That Will Put Canada On Top Of Your Bucket List

If your life is all about discovery, few places on the planet have more to offer than Canada. You will be amazed by the country’s natural beauty, culture, and heritage. And our Canada Bucket List serves you a list of places to visit that will keep you busy for years.

Ready for the Canada bucket list challenge? Here are our top picks for unique places to visit in Canada in 2020.

1# Northern Lights in Manitoba

Located at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, this live cam is located directly underneath the aurora oval–one of the best places on earth to watch the aurora borealis, the spectacular atmospheric phenomenon better known as the Northern Lights. Late winter and early spring are the best times for the aurora, so be sure to stop in during the months of February and March!

You can view it live at explore.org

2# The Grotto, Ontario

The Grotto in Tobermory is Bruce County’s most popular attraction, a bustling hot spot visited by hundreds of thousands of people every year. One of Mother Nature’s crown jewels, its turquoise pool of water, and intricate cave structures are mesmerizing!  I’m sure you’ve heard of it.  Yep, that’s right – it’s the Grotto in the Bruce Peninsula National Park! Nestled within the Bruce Peninsula National Park is an intriguing and exciting seaside cave with crystal clear, turquoise waters that glow under the patches of sunlight seeping through the overhead pockets. This little known yet fascinating natural wonder is located at a half hour’s drive from Cyprus Lake. Jump into the most refreshing and rejuvenating water you’ll ever enjoy swimming in.

3# Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia

Located in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, rising from the sea and clinging to mountains, the 298-kilometer-long Cabot Trail is a winding mix of roadways, paths, stairs, and stunning beauty that takes you from unreal ocean vistas to quaint fishing villages. Witness the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the thriving green hillside of Nova Scotia. The best way to enjoy this off the beaten path beauty – pack a picnic hamper and take the two-hour trail. Eat at the viewing platform, while taking some gorgeous Instagrammable images.

Plan several days to experience the journey of a lifetime along one of the world’s most scenic drives—you’ll need it.

4# Banff Natural Springs, Alberta

One of the best natural hot springs in Canada, the Banff springs are a nature lover’s dreams come alive. Visitors will enjoy swimming in the natural waters at Sulphur Mountain’s base. Not just that, the water is said to possess plenty of healing properties (all the more reason to enjoy a dip here). The spring water gets warm within the inner earth crust and comes bubbling out on the surface, gushing straight to the Upper Hot Spring pool. It goes into the pool after remaining in the crust for several hundred years. Imagine the healing properties and wonders it can do for your body.

5# Haida Gwaii, British Columbia

Lush rainforests, mountainous landscapes, and a fascinating abandoned ship; this is a region of several hidden wonders that are surprisingly undiscovered. Make the most of it while it’s still unknown. Haida Gwaii is an isolated archipelago nestled off the BC western coast. Visitors can enjoy hiking, mountain climbing, pitching a tent on the shore of Agate Beach, and much more. Watch the sun melting into the horizon at sundown from your tent-probably one of the best sites you’ll ever see here.

6# River Surfing, Kananaskis River, Alberta

A group of surfing enthusiasts built a huge wave from a boulder for around 25,000 dollars and innumerable hours invested in the pursuit. The wave is conveniently located at an hour’s drive from Calgary and is free for riding. Bonus – the unbelievably beautiful scenery surrounding the wave makes for an interesting backdrop for practicing your surfing skills. River Surfing makes for a good picnic or day-tripping option form Calgary, if you are looking for more off-beat destinations that are not hijacked by tourists. Adventure, nature, and serenity, where else can you experience all this, except Canada.

7# Montmorency Falls, Quebec

Climb atop the suspension bridge or enjoy the views from its lookout base. Quebec’s Montmorency Falls spell natural grandeur and spectacular beauty. They feature an unmistakable Instagram appeal and are a staggering 65 feet higher than the world-famous Niagara Falls. Don’t forget to stop for some delectable poutine at Montreal. You’ll never get over its taste!

8# Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick

Hopewell Rocks at low tide. Credit, Tourism New Brunswick. For Jody Robbins story

Sitting pretty on the Bay of Fundy coastline, the Hopewell Rocks feature one of the most striking topography in the region. Canada’s New Brunswick has the world’s tallest tides that can escalate four stories in height, wow! Visitors can enjoy peddling among the rocks during high tide. When the tide mellows, go hiking through the various nooks and corners of this hidden gem of a destination.

9# Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta

The park radiates an intriguing prehistoric vibe that is hard to miss. You’ll instantly know that the place was once inhabited by prehistoric creatures given the fossils and other evidence you are likely to stumble across. Hear the sinister coyotes howling at sundown, while watching out for prairie rattlesnakes. Plus, astronomy buffs and stargazers will have a great time looking at the clear night sky (perfect for stargazing).

10# Acid Lakes, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario

Killarney is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets. If features everything from pristine, white mountains to incredible camping grounds to lots of hideaway cabins – all housed at a short drive from Toronto. Since the lake bottom was acidified due to the rainfall in the mid 20th century, you can witness sparkling clear waters, where visitors can clearly see their shadow as well sights of small fish species below water level.