The mention of Canada typically conjures up images of snowy landscapes and freezing temperatures, but it is also a beautiful location for summer. So, if summer is your favourite season, here are the best places in Canada for you to call home.
It is not just a thriving city of art and culture but also Vancouver beaches like Spanish Banks and Kits Beach offer a more typical summer experience of sun, sea, and sand. There is also Stanley Park which is bigger than New York’s famous Central Park – perfect for cycling. You can explore the art district of Granville Island or embark on a Sea Vancouver tour and see the city from the water.
At the heart of the French-speaking region of Quebec is Montreal, home to the country’s best poutine. There is Jean-Dore Beach and the Lachine Canal where you can while away the summer days or visit famous sites like Notre Dame, Mount Royal or Montreal Biodome.
Hailed as the “Texas of the North”, Alberta is home to part of the Rocky Mountains and you can catch the historic cowboy trail between the mountains and the Canadian prairie. Aside from the ranch experience offered in Alberta, you can also visit some of the region’s other stunning places such as Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise.
Like Vancouver, Toronto mixes city life with beach vibes with four gorgeous beaches to choose from. You can also hop on a tram and make your way to Queen Street East where you can chill out by the Lake Ontario shoreline. In the city centre, you have a choice between outdoor movie screenings and food festivals that are common during the summer. And of course, Niagara Falls! There is no end to the things you can do around Niagara Falls in the summer.
Whistler is the perfect place for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Just two hours north of Vancouver, you can hike the Valley Trail or go rafting on the Cheakamus River. Other summer activities include horseback riding, jet boating and canoeing. There are plenty of perfect places to go camping provided you keep an eye out for bears!
Just a few hours north of Toronto, Muskoka is known as cottage country and is a beautifully quaint location ideal for relaxing during the summer months. The Muskoka lakes and waterfalls in Arrowhead Provincial, Six Mile Lake and the Georgian Bay Islands offer up plenty of water activities such as paddle boarding, canoeing and water-skiing.
The Yukon – Dawson City
The Yukon has an expanse of wild landscapes perfect for explorers and site seeing looking to take beautiful photos for their portfolio, or just for their Instagram. Places like Miles Canyon, Whitehorse and Kluane National Park are absolutely breathtaking in the summer, or you can get a dose of culture and history by heading out to the Dawson City Museum or SS Klondike. Or you can rest and relax at the Takhini Hot Springs. Or join the party at the Dawson City Music Festival.