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Places To See Before You Die Canada Version

banff national park canada

From the top 15 places to see in Canada before you die, here is the glorious Banff National Park featuring the Ice Fields. I live 4 hours from here, and whether I travel to Jasper and then south east, or to Calgary and then north west, this is one of my favorite drives. I’ve worked, camped, backpacked and climbed mountains all through here. It’s truely worth making your way out here to see. Summer has great camping and climbing while the winter has great skiing either in Banff or Jasper. Hostels are very nice as well.
Forbes has pictures and descriptions of a few more places in Canada to see before you die, and I was pleasantly surprised that I had been two a couple of them, even having a great dinner and fabulous bottle of wine at the Pointe Restauraunt in the Wickaninnish Inn in Toffino.

cabot trail canada

I got a couple of great ideas as well, namely the Cabot trail on Canada’s east coast as seen in this picture here, and the Polar Bear expedition in Churchill. Traveling by train through the Rockies is part of my plan as well, and has been for a long time as part of my own things to do before I die.

Patricia Shultz released the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die: A Traveler’s Life Listback in 2003 and just recently released her 1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. & Canada Before You Die version. These photos are from the Forbes website article on the subject.

Drawing on her years of travel and research, Patricia has some tips for travelers–especially those just starting off. “Start small–a few memorable days in Paris or a week in California driving the Pacific Coast Highway with stops along the way,” she says.

Make travel a priority. As an internet marketer, I sit in front of a computer for days on end, but make time for 3 to 5 day mini vacations each month with my girlfriend wife Darlene. We plan for it and make it happen.

My Things To See In Canada List

Recently a friend of mine asked me a question. He starts out by saying he’s thinking of a road trip and wondered “what should a person see or do in Canada?” I quickly came up with 8 or 10 items and then he started taking notes. A few days later he texted me saying he was on the road and then asking “what should I so in ….. place?” as he drove through certain towns. Where to eat? where to golf, where should he take a date? etc. He’s trying out internet dating and decided to see some women while on tour.

In no particular order, this is my list of things to see or do in Canada before you die. I’ll note if I’ve done it or not. If it’s on this list though, I recommend it.

  • See polar bears in Churchill Manitoba
  • Drink coffee at the Blue Moose in Hope, BC. (Done it)
  • Drive the Coquihalla former toll road in BC (Done it)
  • Eat at The Naam in Vancouver (Done it)
  • Hike The Chief in Squamish (Done it *many* times)
  • Bungee Jump in Whistler (North America’s longest bungee jump) (Done it)
  • Hike the West Coast Trail (Done it)
  • Watch the storms off the west coast of Canada from Tofino on Vancouver Island
  • Have a beer at the Alexander Keith’s Brewery in Halifax
  • See The Bluenose in it’s home port of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
  • Drive across the Confederation Bridge in P.E.I (Done it)
  • Drive the Banff to Jasper highway
  • See the Columbian Icefields
  • Soak in the Miette Hot Springs outside of Jasper, Alberta (Done it)
  • Visit the secret underground tunnels of Moose Jaw, made famous by Al Capone
  • Spend a day in the Drumheller Badlands, Drumheller, Alberta (Done it)
  • Watch objects roll uphill at Magnetic Hill in Moncton New Brunswick
  • Go wine tasting in the Okanagan (BC) and in the Niagra Region, Ontario (BC has better wine) (Done it)
  • See the lighthouse at Peggys Cove (Done it)
  • Eat at a Take Out spot in Prince Edward Island (Done it)
  • Visit Stomping Tom Connors school on Prince Edward Island (Done it)
  • Drive the Cabot Trail in Cape Breton Nova Scotia

Certainly not an exhaustive list of things to do in Canada before you die, but it’s a start. I’ve never really explored much of Ontario or had a desire to, so nothing much on my list. I’ve no desire to go to our capitol in Ottawa and as far as I’m concerned, Niagra falls is one of those “ya.. been there, done that, glad I saw it but… ” you know?

I’m sure there’s more… add them to the comments if you like


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1 Comment

  1. salim

    its a beautiful place … i wanna live their but i dont have the luck for it …:( .. i tried some ways to go there with out sucesses..

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