Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday, and we welcome the world to celebrate with us. Visitors from distant global locations are vacationing in our beloved land and they want to take is as much of Canada as they can. There’s so much to see, so I’ll try to narrow down the top five places to visit in Western Canada.
Canada is a land of outstanding beauty with breathtaking landscapes, mountains, lakes, clean air, vast space, stillness, and unlimited adventures. It’s also a land of vibrant cities, innovative visions, and proud values. To me, Canada’s splendor spans across all provinces, but here are some places in Western Canada you may want to include in your itinerary.
Banff, Lake Louise & Lake Moraine
Banff National Park has 6,641 square kilometers of unparalleled mountain scenery to explore. It’s the home to grizzly bears, Bighorn sheep, mountain goats, wolves, moose and more. Rent a canoe and glide through the iridescent blue waters of Lake Louise and Lake Moraine and enjoy the solitude. Stay in the Banff Springs Hotel and enjoy fine dining and spectacular views.
Jasper National Park
Resting in the Canadian Rockies is Jasper National Park which comprises a vast wilderness area of Alberta. It’s defined by glaciers, lakes, soaring peaks like 11,033-ft.-high Mt. Edith Cavell and reflective solitude. Take the Icefields Parkway road from Jasper and experience the subalpine forest and the immense Columbia Icefield. Outdoor activities like hiking, camping and canoeing are popular. Native wildlife includes elk, moose, bighorn sheep and bears. Bring your camera.
Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park is a located in the southwest corner of Alberta and borders Glacier National Park in Montana, in the United States. It’s bursting with lofty mountains, peaceful prairies, rare wildflowers, and indigenous wildlife, making it the panoramic jewel of southwest Alberta. Enjoy the surroundings on one of the many hiking trails or tour on one of the 5 bike trails. Canoes, paddleboats and kayaks are a fantastic way to experience the crystal clear, spring-fed mountain lakes.
Lynn Canyon Park
Lynn Canyon Park is a gorge-ous city park in North Vancouver, British Columbia, encompassing a spacious 617 acres. The Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge is one of the park’s best-kept secrets. The 50-meter high bridge stretches across a beautiful canyon boasting rumbling waters, thundering waterfalls and deep pools below. There are also several beautiful hiking trails for all levels of stamina. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely stroll through the forest or a brisk climb up hill, Lynn Canyon has lots to trails to choose from.
Tofino, British Columbia
If you like ocean spray and long walks on the beach, then you’ll want to visit scenic Tofino. Tofino is a small district on Vancouver Island that rests peacefully on the peninsula’s tip, off the west coast. It’s characterized by the best Mother Nature offers with wild natural scenery, panoramic lakes, inlets and ancient rainforest. Surf year around on one of the Sandy beach facilities like Cox Bay, Chesterman Beach and infamous Long Beach.
The harbourfront offers kayaking and boat cruises to see humpback whales, sea lions and the black bears that roam the peninsula’s rocky shoreline. Or visit the nearby forested Meares Island with its huge ancient trees and steep hiking trails up Lone Cone Mountain.
There are so many more reasons to love Western Canada and I hope these suggested places will encourage you to explore the wild west of Canada.