The longer I am in quarantine, the more I yearn to travel again. I miss being able to see the world from beyond my window. Until quarantine is lifted, here are five places in Canada to dream about visiting one day.
Banff National Park, Alberta
What started off as mining settlements soon turned into world renowned tourist attractions. Banff National Park is known for the awe-inspiring views of Canada’s Rocky Mountains and crystal-clear water. Here you can hike, canoe, dogsled, fish, golf, and so much more. Banff is also credited as Canada’s first national park.
Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia
Another amazing tourist attraction, Peggy’s cove is described as a “vibrant fishing village” (Tourism Nova Scotia) known for its splendid lighthouses. The most famous lighthouse is none other than Peggy’s Point Lighthouse which is still fully operational after being built over a century ago. This town is notorious for the colorful houses, shops, spirited festivals and lively atmosphere. You can hike, take photos, shop, eat, and enjoy the melodious sound of the waves lapping at the smooth rocks.
Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Hopewell Rocks is located along the Bay of Fundy, one of New Brunswick’s most visited tourist attractions. Here you can see the phenomenal flowerpot rocks; large sandstone formations with trees on top. During low tide, tourists can walk the ocean floor; during high tide, they can kayak. Other activities are hiking, photography, shopping, and dining.
Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories
Great Slave Lake is located near the capital city of Northwest Territories, Yellowknife. What started off as a gold mine has now evolved into a splendid tourist attraction. Tourists often adore the fishing, paddling, sailing, wildlife, and above all, the picturesque views. Perhaps the most jaw dropping feature the Northwest Territories has to offer is the Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights. Tourists can rent tents to sleep in outside to gaze at the night sky.
Notre Dame Basilica, Quebec
Last but not least, everyone should see Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal at least once. This Gothic Revival style church is the first of its kind in Canada and is a true staple in Quebecois history. The interior of the church is breathtaking with its gold leaves, beautiful stained glass windows, winding staircases, and the renowned Casavant organ with over 7,000 pipes! Notre Dame Basilica was named a National Historic Site of Canada in 1989.
I hope these destinations inspire you to travel to Canada in the future. Canada really is a beautiful country with so much to offer. Until this pandemic is over, keep dreaming.