Best Places To Visit In Canada In Summer

The best places to visit in Canada in summer include iconic cities, beautiful national parks, unforgettable hiking trails and more. During the summer months, Canadian nature is at its best and its cities become vibrant places with many fun things to do. This diverse and vast country in northern America has many amazing attractions, creating an unforgettable travel experience for travelers. As it can be difficult to choose between all the amazing destinations in Canada, this blog will help you make a bucketlist with the best places to go. We teamed up with international travel bloggers to create a list of the most beautiful places to visit in Canada during the summer.

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Lake Louise Canada In Summer

Why visit Canada in summer?

The best time to travel to Canada is during the warmer months, so from May to October. In winter it can be very cold in Canada, which makes the mountain areas especially interesting to visit for winter sports holidays but the rest of the country rather unattractive for travelers.

Although Canada is best visited from May to October, you should take into account that the country has many different temperatures and weather conditions. A country as vast as Canada has several climate types. For example, the west coast has a moderate maritime climate with a more uniform temperature. But in the inland of, for example, British Columbia you have to deal with a continental climate, which means that the winters are very cold and the summers are very dry and hot. And in the higher mountains like the Canadian Rockies it can snow all year round!

Because of the different climates in Canada, keep in mind that if you travel outside of the high season in early spring or late autumn you may already have to deal with cold temperatures and snow. A number of national parks will then be closed and you can only visit in the warmer months. Many accommodations also close their doors outside the high season.

All in all, we would recommend you to visit Canada in summer, when temperatures are pleasant, cities have come alive and national parks, attractions and accommodations are open for travelers.

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Best places to visit in Canada during the summer

#1 Niagara Falls Region

Recommended by Melissa from Navigation Junkie 

While the Niagara Falls region of Ontario is a delight to visit any time of year, it is a prime destination in the summer months when you can enjoy all the outdoor activities the area has to offer in combination with viewing the falls and enjoying the fun-filled attractions of Clifton Hill. Your visit to the area must include time spent viewing the massive waterfalls barreling through the Niagara Gorge. You can take a boat tour to get up close to the falls, or simply enjoy the view from the many observation points and walking trails. Hang out and relax in Queen Elizabeth park, where you can enjoy a picnic or marvel at the beauty of the colorful flowers.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, go ziplining over the Niagara River towards the base of the Horseshoe Falls, go on a Whirlpool jet boat ride, or go for a hike along the White Water Walk and get up close to the Niagara River rapids. Be sure to visit the falls at night when it is lit up in a rainbow of colors and in the summertime catch fireworks displays over the falls.

After viewing the falls, you will want to make the approximately 40-minute trip to Niagara on the Lake and Ontario Wine Country. Niagara on the Lake, known as the prettiest town in Canada, is a well-preserved 19th-century village where you can enjoy downtown shopping, dining, and historic sites. A self-guided or professionally guided wine tour is also a must when visiting Niagara on the Lake, with plenty of options available.

If you want to get away from the Falls and enjoy some of Ontario’s other attractions, make the 90-minute drive to Toronto, where you can ride to the top of the CN Tower or shop at the Kensington Market or the quaint, charming town of Stratford where you can enjoy downtown shopping, dining, and attend the Stratford Theatre Festival.  

Because of the vast diversity of activities to do in the area, you could easily spend a week or more exploring, but 2 to 3 days is plenty to enjoy the main highlights. Sheraton Fallsview Hotel is a great option that offers stunning views of the falls right from your hotel room and is near many of the area’s top attractions. Americana Waterpark Resort is another excellent option that features an indoor waterpark. 

Niagara Falls Canada

#2 Toronto

Recommended by Stephanie from History Fangirl

The lakeside city of Toronto is a fabulous place to visit in the summer when locals are out enjoying the warm weather in full force. Famous sites like the CN Tower offer even better views when the sun is out, and you can take in a Toronto Blue Jays game and enjoy being in the outdoor stadium. 

Must-sees in Toronto include stops at the Royal Ontario Museum and St. Lawrence Market, which you can enjoy during a Toronto winter getaway or a summer getaway, but other must-sees like the Boardwalk are much more enjoyable during the summertime.

Another fun place to hang out when the weather is warm is the Distillery District. The place practically feels like a block party, with locals and tourists eating outside and taking advantage of being able to hop from gallery to distillery to gift shop.

If you can spend two days in Toronto, stay in the city proper, but if you have a full three-day weekend or longer, you can plan a day trip to somewhere fun nearby. Popular day trips from Toronto include Niagara Falls, Webster Falls, and Blue Mountain Village.

For fun things to do in Toronto at night, you can go to special events in the city, look for live music, or people-watch in some of the city’s fun squares. One fun tour you can enjoy in Toronto in the evening is the Haunted Toronto Walking Tour. This outdoor tour takes advantage of the still-warm evening weather and shows you the city’s spookier side.

If you want a nice mid-range hotel in Toronto, check into the Holiday Inn Express Toronto Downtown. For a more luxurious experience, make a reservation at the Fairmont Royal York.


#3 Dinosaur Provincial Park

Recommended by Deirdre from Build & Board Travel

Dinosaur Provincial Park is one of the most exciting and unique places to visit in Canada. This provincial park this located in southern Alberta, approximately 2 hours east of Calgary. The park is known for its otherworldly landscape, dinosaur fossils, and a wide range of outdoor activities that are perfect for everyone. There are many things to do in the park, and since many of the activities take place outside; summer is the most ideal time to visit. 

A great way to explore Dinosaur National Park is by taking a guided tour. These tours will allow you to learn about the park’s history and geology while enjoying some breathtaking views. The badlands landscape makes for some difficult terrain and is home to some particularly dangerous wildlife, like rattlesnakes. A guided tour ensures you will get the most out of the areas you visit with an expert who will keep you safe. 

If you are feeling more adventurous and independent, there are plenty of hiking opportunities to be found among Dinosaur Provincial Park’s trails. You can choose from easy walks along the river valley or more challenging hikes up to the top of the canyon walls. Rafting along the Red Deer River is also an activity best enjoyed during the summer. 

If you want to get as close as you can to digging up your own dinosaur; the park is home to some incredible dinosaur fossils that you can discover yourself! There are designated areas where visitors can search for fossils under the guidance of park rangers.  

Spending at least two days in the park will give you ample time to explore the area. There are no hotels located in Dinosaur Provincial Park. Camping is available throughout the park (tent and RV) and there are some glamping options, for a more luxurious stay. 

Hotels can be found in Brooks, located approximately 30 minutes from the park. There, hotels like Ramada and Days Inn are popular choices. 

Dinosaur Provincial Park

#4 Whistler

Recommended by Karen from Forever Karen

Whistler may be best known for hosting the 2010 Olympic winter games. While it’s a first-class destination for winter sports, the summer allows for great hiking, outdoor activities, and relaxing at fantastic spas.

Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains flank Whistler Village, a walkable area with lots of shopping and restaurants. Staying at the Hilton Resort & Spa allows you to walk everywhere. If you prefer something more rustic, the Riverside Camping & RV Resort offers log cabins and yurts a little north of Whistler.

When you visit Whistler in summer, its trail system begs for exploration. You can take the Peak 2 Peak gondola to the mountain tops and start there or choose a trail closer to the village. At the peak, the Cloudraker Skybridge is a must for those who love suspension bridges.

The Train Wreck Trail provides a leisurely walk through an old-growth forest to view graffiti-filled carriage cars from an old wreck. On the trail, you’ll cross an unusual suspension bridge featuring locomotive wheels and railway ties. 

Whistler has its share of lovely lakes and waterfalls. Families will enjoy Lost Lake, which is ideal for swimming and picnicking. Brandywine Falls provides a beautiful cascade 29 miles south of Whistler if you enjoy waterfalls. Equally as spectacular are Alexander and Nairn Falls.

Head to the Whistler Sliding Centre to relive the winter Olympics. During the summer, the facility offers an opportunity to experience their bobsled track, rated as the fastest in the world! Participants must be 14 years or older and join experienced guides as they pilot a passenger-wheeled bobsleigh. It’s a thrilling ride and a unique experience for any adrenaline junkie!

For tranquility, check out the Whistler Scandinave Spa, built on the side of a mountain and surrounded by lush rainforest. Based on a Nordic Spa, the outdoor baths offer cold and hot dips, saunas, and steam rooms for ultimate relaxation.

During your getaway, make sure to take a selfie at the Olympic rings. Located at Whistler Olympic Plaza in the village, it’s where the athletes received their medals.

Whistler Canada

#5 Lake Louise

Recommended by Anu of Destination Checkoff

Lake Louise is a stunning glacial lake located in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is one of the most iconic and beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies region of Canada. Most visitors to Banff National Park do a day trip to Lake Louise and the nearby Moraine Lake as it is only 45 minutes from Banff town. But Lake Louise is a summer destination and you can stay here as well. The deep blue waters of Lake Louise surrounded by the snow-covered mountain ranges is a breathtaking sight to see. 

Lake Louise is a popular summer destination for hiking, boating, and other outdoor activities. During the summer months, visitors can take a leisurely stroll around the lake on the paved Lakeshore Trail, which offers breathtaking views of the glacier-fed lake and surrounding mountains. For the more adventurous, there are also several hiking trails that lead to stunning vistas and viewpoints, such as the Plain of Six Glaciers and the Lake Agnes Tea House.

Canoeing on the lake is a popular thing to do here. Lake Louise is a very popular tourist area and it can get very crowded during the peak summer months. Parking at Lake Louise can be tough and it’s best to arrive early in the day to find parking. 

The Fairmont Chateau at Lake Louise is the best place to stay right on Lake Louise. The hotel has impressive views of the Lake and the surrounding mountains. The Lake Louise village has several other accommodations like the Lake Louise Inn. Lake Louise is in general an expensive place to stay overnight.

Lake Louise

#6 Banff National Park

Recommended by Jessica from Uprooted Traveler

If you’re looking for epic mountainscapes, Gatorade-blue lakes, and wildlife galore, there’s no place better in Canada than Banff in summer. Located an hour east of Calgary, Banff, tucked away in the dramatic Canadian Rockies, is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. 

There are tons of incredible hiking trails to explore. For example, along the Lake Agnes Tea House trail, you’ll depart from the shores of Lake Louise’s milky waters and climb through a dense pine tree forest. At the endpoint, you’ll find a charming log cabin tea house on the banks of an alpine lake, dishing out steaming mugs of tea and hearty soups and sandwiches.

With all of the incredible lakes in Banff, getting out on the water is one of the best summertime activities here. Moraine Lake is perhaps Banff’s most famous body of water, with eye-popping electric blue water that sits in the shadow of the surrounding snow-capped Rockies, towering above. Here, you can either bring your own watercraft or rent a canoe from the Moraine Lake Lodge to enjoy unique perspectives of the turquoise water and the jaw-dropping mountains as you glide across the lake.

If you’re looking for something a bit more chill, consider driving down Icefields Parkway, which is frequently ranked as one of the most scenic drives in the world! Along this 144-mile stretch of road that snakes from Banff up to Jasper National Park, you’ll pass rushing waterfalls, soaring mountains, and over 100 ancient glaciers. Be sure to carve out some time to make some stops along the way, like taking a short hike to see the brilliant waters of Peyto Lake or gazing at the Columbia Icefields, the largest icefield in the country. 

While you can hit some of the highlights in just a weekend, staying five or so days will allow you to truly soak in the magic of this section of the country. While you’re here, there are plenty of comfortable accommodations to choose from in the town of Banff. For example, Canalta Lodge is a cheery hotel, with a convenient location close to downtown Banff and lots of fun extras, like free breakfast and an outdoor hot tub. If you’re looking for something a bit more bougie, the Fairmont Banff Springs is an icon in the area, directly sitting on the banks of Lake Louise itself.

Banff National Park

#7 Quebec

Recommended by Kenny from Knycx Journeying 

Quebec City is the capital city of the province of Quebec that sits on the Saint Lawrence River. The city was established in the 17th century with a long history and French-speaking culture. 

Situated in the high latitude in the north, Quebec City has a cold winter and celebrates the season holidays with its Christmas Market and Carnaval de Quebec. That’s why the locals take advantage of the pleasant and warm weather during summer to explore the beautiful old town on foot. 

Quebec City’s Old Town is around a magnificent Château Frontenac, an enormous castle turned heritage hotel and the centerpiece of the promontory of Quebec. The castle is the most photographed landmark and there are so many more to explore in the Upper Town. 

Château Frontenac was opened in 1893 and was later assigned as a National Historic Site in 1981; the castle features 18 floors and 600 suites. The hotel has hosted numerous celebrities and VIPs, and its clientele ranges from Princess Grace of Monaco, Prince Andrew, Sir Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, to Angelina Jolie. Tourists are welcome to enter the building and admire the beautiful lobby with valuable artefacts going back 400 years. Join a guided tour to learn more about the history and fun facts of this castle.   

Take a stroll on the wide boardwalk, Terrasse Dufferin, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the city and the scenic cruises that sail on the Saint Lawrence River. Take a ride on the Old Funicular and descend to the Lower Town and explore the Quartier Petit Champlain, the old district takes tourists back in time to over 400 years ago. Place Royale is the First French Settlement in North America. Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church is a beautiful Roman architecture that was constructed in 1723.  Today, Petit-Champlain Street is filled with unique designer stores, boutiques, and restaurants.

It is recommended to stay in Quebec City for two to three days; recommended accommodations include Château Frontenac and Hilton Quebec.

Quebec City

#8 Jasper National Park

Recommended by Dhara from It’s Not About the Miles

Jasper is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Canada if you love nature. Jasper National Park, located in Alberta, is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, and part of the Canadian Rockies UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of the best things to do in Jasper National Park is take a cruise on beautiful Maligne Lake to see Spirit Island, one of the most photographed places in Canada. You can only visit the island by boat! There are many other lakes in Jasper you can visit. Go boating, stand-up paddleboarding, or canoeing, or walk along the shores to take in the views.

Jasper is the northern terminus of the Icefields Parkway, considered one of the most scenic drives on the planet. The drive connects Jasper with Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Doing this drive is a must, especially if you visit in the summer, when the lakes and waterfalls are thawed. Near Jasper, Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls are two must-stop spots along the parkway. Also look for wildlife along the way and around Jasper.

If you enjoy wildlife watching, you can book a wildlife safari to look for bear, moose, elk, coyote, and other wild animals. And if you like hiking, there are many trails in the park, ranging from easy to difficult, from which you can choose.

Jasper is a dark sky reserve and an excellent place to do some stargazing! Around the lakes you will find many scenic spots from where to observe the night skies.

Two to three days is the perfect amount of time if you want to enjoy the park at leisure and do some hikes. Stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or the Jasper Inn & Suites.

Valley of Five Lakes, Jasper, Canada

#9 Vancouver

Recommended by Emilie from Love Life Abroad

Vancouver is a must-see when visiting Western Canada in the summer. Located on the west coast, between the Pacific Ocean and mountain peaks, Vancouver has so much to offer. 3 days in Vancouver is the bare minimum to fully explore the city and surroundings.

Vancouver has a mild climate; it even has the warmest winters in Canada. But it gets a lot of rain. It’s thus better to visit in the summertime when it’s sunnier. You’ll get to enjoy some of Vancouver’s beaches such as Kitsilano Beach or English Bay Beach and won’t need your umbrella.

When in Vancouver, you can’t miss a visit to Stanley Park. This 400-hectare urban park has so much to offer. You can walk on the West Coast rainforest, enjoy the Second Beach and admire the totems. 

Then, you’ll also want to take the ferry to Granville Island and spend at least half a day on the Island. Grandville is famous for its public market where you can find lots of yummy food and snacks for the perfect summer picnic.

No visit to Vancouver is complete without a stop in North Vancouver to Capilano Bridge. The Capilano Bridge is 140 meters long and hangs 70 meters above the Capilano river. In addition to walking on the suspension bridge, there is a cliff walk through the rainforest, a series of seven suspension bridges attached to eight 30-ton, 250-year-old Douglas-firs, and much more.

There are many options in Vancouver when it comes to lodging. Staying in the Waterfront district is ideal. You’ll be able to walk to Glastown and its Steam Clock, to Canada Place and even to the ferry for Granville Island. The Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel and the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel are two great options. They are located within walking distance of each other, on Hasting St.


#10 Kelowna wineries

Recommended by Hannah from That Adventurer Blog

Located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is one of the best places to visit in Canada if you enjoy touring vineyards and tasting wine. Thanks to Kelowna’s unique climate and topography, the area is the ideal environment for growing grapes, which has resulted in numerous award-winning wineries in the region. 

The wineries in Kelowna are best visited during the summer months when the weather is warm and sunny and the vineyards are open to tours. 

On a vineyard tour in Kelowna, you’ll have the chance to taste delicious wines and learn about the wine-making process. Many wineries offer guided tours, wine tastings, and food pairings, providing an unforgettable experience for wine enthusiasts. 

There are plenty of other things to do in Kelowna besides visiting the wineries. One of the best things to do is to go hiking or biking on the Myra Canyon trestles. The Myra Canyon trestles are a series of 18 historic railway bridges and tunnels that were built in the early 1900s. The trestles offer stunning views of the Okanagan Valley and are a must-visit attraction in Kelowna. Renting a boat or going swimming in the Okanagan Lake is another popular attraction in Kelowna. 

To fully enjoy the area and explore its many vineyards, you should plan to spend at least two nights. Some of the best accommodation options for Kelowna are to book an Okanagan cabin rental. These cabins offer a rustic and cosy atmosphere, perfect for relaxing after a long day of exploring. For hotels, the Manteo Resort Waterfront Hotel & Villas and the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort are two good options. 

Kelowna Wineries Canada

#11 Dempster Highway

Recommended by Agnes from The Van Escape

One of Canada’s most exciting summer road trips for nature and adventure lovers is driving the Dempster Highway. This road stretches 874 kilometers one way, and it’s a gravel road. It starts from Dawson City, Yukon, then lead you through the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, and then to the remote village of Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean. So at the end of this trip, you can soak in the freezing water of Arctic Ocean.

That is why the best time for driving on Dempster Highway is summer, from mid-June to mid-September. Part of the year, this gravel road is covered by deep snow and ice, and is impassable. Campsites along the road are open also only in summer. The number of services, telephone, Internet coverage, gas stations, and stores on the route is minimal, so you need to prepare well for the journey. The best places to stay on the road are the Eagle Plains Hotel, and Nova Inn Inuvik.

You should have at least 4-5 days to drive there and back. Due to the weather that can change unexpectedly, you should use a 4WD vehicle for the Dempster trip. On this route, it isn’t easy to get any help, so a spare wheel for the car, a first aid kit, and water and food supplies are essential. During a heavy downpour or storm, the route becomes muddy and slippery. When driving through the mountains, there may be thick fog limiting visibility. 

But with good preparation and careful driving, Dempster Highway is one of Canada’s most beautiful and loneliest roads. It leads through the fairy-tale scenery of Tombstone Territorial Park, where you can go hiking, Windy Pass Summit, Arctic Circle crossing, and Jak Territorial Park. The highway from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk winds through the tundra, boreal forest, and past ice hills. Near Tuktoyaktuk, stop at Pingo Canadian Landmark to see pingos (ice-cored hills). Along the way, you can also encounter wild animals such as grizzly bears, wolves, coyotes, caribou, and moose. So if you decide to spend the night in a tent, remember not to attract wildlife with smells.

Dempster Highway

#12 Montreal

Recommended by Lisa from Waves and Cobblestones

Montreal, Quebec is one of the best places in Canada to visit in the summer.  The long summer days give you plenty of time to explore all of Montreal’s top attractions, both indoors and out. You’ll love Montreal’s old-world charm and European flair. While French is the official language of Quebec, most people speak English so it’s easy to visit Montreal.

One of the best things to do in the summer is to visit Mount Royal Park. You’ll get a bit of a workout climbing up the stairs if you’re approaching from downtown Montreal. But the payoff is the fantastic panoramic views of the city and the St. Lawrence River!

Another fantastic place to enjoy nature during the summer is the Montreal Botanical Garden. Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling through the rose garden and admiring the pagodas in the Chinese Garden.  Be sure to visit the exhibition greenhouses for some spectacular blooms.

Summer is also the perfect time to take a food tour in Montreal. Savor classic Montreal favorites such as poutine and Montreal-style bagels while you explore the city. Plus, you’ll get great insider tips on restaurants to enjoy during the rest of your visit!

You’ll definitely want to spend some time exploring Vieux Montreal, the historic city center. Don’t miss the Notre-Dame Basilica, which is one of the city’s must-see attractions. Some of Montreal’s best museums are located near the Old Port – check out the Montreal Science Center or the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History.

Three days is the perfect amount of time to spend in Montreal to experience the city’s highlights. Plan to stay in downtown Montreal for easy access to top attractions.  Le Square Phillips Hôtel & Suites features full kitchens and a great breakfast buffet.  Or stay at the 5-star Hotel Birks Montreal, where you can treat yourself to luxury culinary and spa experiences!


#13 Sunshine Coast Trail

Recommended by Melanie from Postcards & Places

The Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT) on the west coast of British Columbia has so far stayed under the radar when it comes to great Canadian hikes. But it won’t stay that way for long. 

The trail is 180 kilometres long and is located on British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast, a more-secluded part of the mainland on the territories of the Sechelt and Squamish First Nations. It’s Canada’s longest hut-to-hut hike, but there are also tent spots available for those who prefer sleeping outdoors – or for when the huts are full. 

The SCT starts at Sarah Point at Desolation Sound, past the town of Lund and is only accessible by 4×4 or water taxi. The trail winds over coastal shorelines and rises up to several panoramic mountain peaks as it continues to Saltery Bay. There are currently 14 huts along the route, with more being built. The trail also passes through the town of Powell River around the 50-kilometre mark, which is a nice place to restock food supplies and sleep at a hotel (like the Powell River Town Centre Hotel or the Old Courthouse Inn) for a night of comfort, if desired. 

With multiple access points, it’s possible to do parts of the SCT during winter when snow is present at higher elevations. However, summer, when the weather is warm and the days are long, is the ideal time to complete the full trail. 

The SCT is free, though donations to the qathet Parks and Wilderness Society are welcomed to help maintain the trail and huts. Huts are first-come-first-served and cannot be reserved. There are bears in the area so bear-smart behaviour is necessary, and carry bear spray.

Sunshine Coast Trail Canada

#14 Lake Moraine

Recommended by Catrina of 24 Hours Layover

One of the most spectacular must-visit places in Canada is Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. With its vibrant blue colored water and magnificent towering mountains providing the ultimate backdrop, Moraine Lake seems like it’s straight out of a postcard. It is one of the most beautiful lakes not only in Canada, but in the world!

Moraine Lake can only be accessed during the summer months of June to September due to heavy snowfall throughout the rest of the year. Therefore if you’re in Banff National Park in the summer you absolutely must stop off and see Moraine Lake.

The picture-perfect view of Moraine Lake can be found from the rock piles to the left of the lake. The climb is very easy and short and you can get some spectacular photos of Moraine Lake from here, so don’t forget to upload them to social media with the perfect Banff captions.

Many people just come to Moraine Lake, visit that viewpoint and leave. However if you have the time, you should definitely do one of the short hikes around Moraine Lake such as the Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail. The 3.2-mile return walk offers absolutely fantastic aerial views of Moraine Lake and the mountains.

The nearest accommodation is Moraine Lake Lodge, situated right next to the lake and offering fabulous views. However, most people choose to stay in nearby Banff Town as they will only spend around an hour or so at Lake Moraine. If you prefer to stay at nearby Lake Louise (another absolute must-visit in the area), then splash out at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, otherwise there are plenty of accommodation options in Banff Town to suit all types of budgets.

Lake Moraine Canada

#15 Vancouver Island

Recommended by Campbell and Alya from Stingy Nomads

Vancouver Island, on the west coast of Canada, is a fantastic place to visit in summer for adventure travelers. The largest island on the Pacific Coast of North America has a rugged coastline and is covered in beautiful old-growth forests. The spectacular terrain renders the island perfect for a variety of exciting outdoor activities such as hiking, diving, snorkeling, surfing, and camping.

The easiest way to get to the island from mainland Canada is with the Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria) ferry from Vancouver city. The ferry ride is a great start passing close to the beautiful Gulf Islands and rocky coves, it is possible to see seals and whales! There are some fantastic hiking trails on the coastline and in the forests of Vancouver island. Camping while hiking along the coast and through the woods is challenging and orcas, whales, dolphins, and black bears can be seen.

The West Coast Trail is a challenging 75 km multi-day hike, walking on miles of extensive, white sandy beaches and through the spectacular forests. The Juan de Fuca hiking trail is another fantastic coastal trail with awesome spots to camp right on the beach. Booking is not necessary and you can hike shorter parts of the trail as day hikes or weekend hikes. Surfing is popular on Vancouver island. Tofino on the west coast of the island is the best area for surfing in Canada with waves to surf for all skill levels. Vancouver Island offers some spectacular whale watching, with opportunities to see humpback whales, orcas (killer whales), pacific grey whales, and minke whales.

Summer is the best whale-watching season, with the most whale sightings around Vancouver Island from May to October.

Hotel Rialto and Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel are two nice hotels two stay in with a very central location in Victoria.

West Coast Trail Hike Vancouver Island

#16 Halifax & Nova Scotia

Recommended by Chelsea from Adventures of Chels

One of the best places to visit in Canada in Summer is the province of Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia has no shortage of places to see and activities to partake in. The province itself is mostly surrounded by water and offers numerous beaches, lakes, fishing towns, whale watching, and mouth watering seafood.

A specific city that shouldn’t be missed in Nova Scotia is Halifax. Halifax has numerous museums, historical sites and beauty to take in all around the city. Be sure to visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic if you’d like to see recovered artifacts from the Titanic. Interesting side note: 150 victims of the Titanic’s sinking are buried at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Halifax. Stop by the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site and explore this fort which was built in 1749. Visit the Halifax Public Gardens to enjoy the beautiful fountains, flowers, and peaceful atmosphere of the park located right in the middle of the city. And lastly, enjoy a relaxing stroll along the waterfront and a whale watching tour as summer is the perfect time for it.

A popular day trip to take from Halifax is a visit to Peggy’s Cove. Peggy’s Cove is famous for its small lighthouse which may just be the most photographed in all of Canada.  Peggy’s Cove is easily accessible by car or a coach tour.  Enjoy a crab roll lunch on your visit as they’re perfectly fresh and absolutely delicious!

Two great hotel options to choose from in Halifax that are competitively priced and well located within the city are The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites and The Barrington Hotel.  Both of these hotels offer clean and comfortable rooms within walking distance of the waterfront and best sites to see in the city.


#17 Victoria

Recommended by Mayuri from ToSomePlaceNew

Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia is the perfect destination for a summer getaway in Canada. With its beautiful scenic ocean views, lush parks, and plentiful outdoor activities, Victoria provides memorable experiences year-round. 

In the summertime however, temperatures remain relatively mild, making it an ideal spot to enjoy activities like biking, kayaking, and hiking without getting too hot. During the summer months, the beautiful floral displays that Victoria is known for are in full bloom!

You must spend at least 3 days in Victoria BC to explore all the city’s main highlights. Visit the Inner Harbour which is home to several art galleries and museums that highlight the city’s rich history and culture including the iconic BC Parliament Buildings, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and the Harbour area.

Victoria’s mild climate also makes it an ideal spot for exploring the region’s many wineries and craft breweries. These local businesses offer delicious food and drinks, as well as tours of their operations. 

No trip to Victoria would be complete without visiting the lush Butchart Gardens. This botanical garden features vibrant and colorful blooms, along with plenty of peaceful trails for walks. You can also take advantage of the gardens’ numerous concerts and events throughout the summer months that feature live jazz music and other entertainment.

Plan to stay at the Inner Harbour to explore the city attractions. Top places to stay in Victoria BC include the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Hotel Grand Pacific.

Victoria, BC is a great spot for an unforgettable summer getaway. With its mild climate, picturesque views, and numerous activities to choose from, visitors of all ages can enjoy the city’s charm year-round. 

BC Parliament Victoria BC Canada

#18 Calgary

Recommended by Kristin of Global Travel Escapades

A wonderful city in Canada to visit during the summer is Calgary! During the summer, the city experiences average high temperatures of 73°F and average low temperatures of 50°F, making for perfect conditions to explore the city. Plus, the summer days are extremely long with sunset sometimes happening around 10 pm, so you’ll have plenty of time to fill your itinerary every day!

For example, a crowd-favorite activity is shopping at the CORE Shopping center, which is a massive indoor mall filled with 120+ shops ranging from designer places to more affordable shops and eateries! Afterward, take a stroll along Stephen Avenue. During the summer months, this normally busy street is converted into a pedestrian street. Thus, you’ll be able to admire all the different boutique shops and observe an eclectic mix of architecture from the different buildings.

If you start to crave being outdoors, consider making your way to Banff National Park! This wildly popular park is located not far from Calgary and offers incredible views of the Canadian Rockies. But, if you prefer to stay in the city, you’ll also find several hiking trails through Calgary’s local parks, such as Fish Creek Provincial Park.

In terms of how long to spend in the city, it is recommended to spend at least two full days in Calgary to avoid feeling too rushed. But if you have the time, consider staying a few extra days so that you can experience every corner of this beautiful city.

And when it comes to where to stay, consider checking out The Fairmont Palliser for a luxury stay or Best Western Plus Suites Downtown for a budget stay. Both hotels are conveniently located within downtown Calgary, so you can easily walk to a nearby breakfast spot or walk to the main tourist sites.


#19 Revelstoke

Recommended by Natasha from The World Pursuit

One of the best places to visit in Canada in the summer is Revelstoke, a small town located near the Selkirk Mountains and Glacier National Park, renowned globally for its amazing powder during winter months.

Revelstoke is located on the southern side of the Revelstoke Dam, situated on the banks of the Columbia River. Unlike Banff or Jasper, Revelstoke is not a crowded Canadian mountain town, partly because of its location off Trans Canada and close proximity to Rogers Pass. While it speaks to skiers and snowboarders thanks to its legendary snow, it’s still a fantastic place to visit between June and September. It is highly recommended to go downhill biking at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, or go for a ride on the mountain coaster. A great road trip is to take a drive on the Meadow in the Sky Parkway before having a cold one at Begbie brewing!

If you’re just looking for a chill day there are plenty of lakes in the area to relax on. Lake Revelstoke and Arrow Lakes are highly recommended. When you want to get your heart rate up, Glacier National Park has plenty of hiking trails and is just a short drive away. 

It is recommended to spend at least three days here to enjoy all the magic. The best places to stay are the Sutton Place Hotel and Basecamp Resort.

Lake in Revelstoke

#20 Cape Breton

Recommended by Erin from Pina Travels 

Cape Breton is an island found at the eastern end of the province of Nova Scotia. This maritime island is famous for its Indigenous and Acadian history, and its rugged, beautiful coastline. Summer is the best time to explore Cape Breton, because during the summer months, highs are regularly around 25.3°C (77.6°F). It’s the perfect weather for sightseeing, hiking, whale watching, and more.  

The best thing to do on Cape Breton is to make a full loop of the island by driving the Cabot Trail. Completed in 1932, this 300-kilometer loop passes through national parks, historic communities, and quaint fishing villages like Cheticamp. Spending 3 days in Cheticamp will give you enough time to visit local museums like Les Trois Pignons Cultural Center, hike nearby trails like the Salmon Pools Trail, and go whale watching. 

Just off the coast of Cape Breton are migratory routes of various types of whales, including fin whales, minke whales, pilot whales, and humpback whales. You might also spot Atlantic white-sided dolphins! Whale watching season runs from late spring to early fall, making summer the perfect time for a whale watching tour. 

Cheticamp is also convenient for visiting Cape Breton Highlands National Park. The entrance to the park is just a 10-minute drive from town. Head into the park to see beautiful highlands and ocean scenery, steep cliffs, gorgeous beaches, forests, and river canyons. You can do a driving tour of the park, or pull over at points for lookouts, beaches, and trails. 

Cheticamp makes a great base for exploring Cape Breton. Stay in The Archie & Isidore Hotel, which has 8 modern suites. Suites include in room coffee, a mini bar, and charming pieces by local artists. For a budget-friendly stay, book the Cheticamp Outback Inn. It’s a small, simple inn that has just 5 rooms. Outback Inn has all the amenities you need, and is conveniently located just a 3-minute drive from the center of Cheticamp. 

Cape Breton Canada

#21 Prince Edward Island

Recommended by Erin from Wanderlust With Kids

With its stunning coastlines, gorgeous beaches, and friendly locals, it’s no wonder why Prince Edward Island is one of the best places to visit in Canada during the summer months. 

Prince Edward Island has some of the most stunning beaches in the country, and with over a thousand miles of coastlines, there are plenty of beaches to explore on the island. The white sand beaches near Cavendish are among the most popular, with gorgeous fine sand and impressive dunes, as well as the unique ‘singing sands’ beach on the east coast of the island. And then there are the beautiful red sand beaches on the south side of the island, which boast some of the warmest water on the island. 

In addition to its beautiful beaches, PEI is also known for being the setting of the classic children’s novel, Anne of Green Gables. Fans of the novels can tour the Anne of Green Gables House, a National Historic Site that has been restored to look as it did in the late 1800s, when the novel was set, visit author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s birthplace and experience the charming village of Avonlea.

PEI is also famous for its excellent seafood, which can be found in restaurants and seafood shacks around the island. Lobster is a specialty, but there is also an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish, including mussels, scallops and oysters. 

To make the most of your visit to Prince Edward Island, plan to stay for at least 3-4 days, although a week is ideal to explore all that the island has to offer. 

There are many accommodation options on the island, ranging from cozy cottages to quaint bed and breakfasts, as well as some excellent hotels. The Holman Grand Hotel is located in the heart of Charlottetown and makes an excellent base to explore the island. For a more unique experience, consider staying at the still-active West Point Lighthouse on the west side of the island. 

Brackley Beach Prince Edward Island

#22 Newfoundland

Recommended by Melissa from My Beautiful Passport

Newfoundland is one of the best places to visit in Canada in the summer. With its coastal views, unique culture and outdoorsy attractions, Newfoundland is an ideal destination for a summertime getaway. 

From whale-watching to hiking trails and adorable towns with delicious seafood restaurants, it’s hard to be bored. 

When flying into St. John’s, you can explore the Avalon Peninsula. During summer here, enjoy strolling through the colourful houses of St.Johns, seeing the first sunrise in North America, and hiking along the ocean on the East Coast Trail. But don’t miss going on a boat tour to search for whales, puffins, and icebergs. A highlight of any trip to Newfoundland! 

When flying into Deer Lake, you can explore the Great Northern Peninsula. During summer here, go hiking in Gros Morne National Park, see the remains of a Viking village at L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, and enjoy the sunset at Deer Park Beach.  

Spend at least 4-5 days in Newfoundland if you are looking to explore one section of the province and take advantage of all it has to offer. Like doing either the Avalon Peninsula or Great Northern Peninsula in a short trip. To travel across the island, you need at least 1 or 2 weeks to allow for driving time and to explore. 

Stay in St. John’s at a waterfront hotel, like the Alt Hotel or JAG Boutique Hotel. Its downtown location makes it a great choice. You are close to a variety of restaurants and a short drive away from any of the attractions in the St. John’s area.

Overall, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, boating and kayaking as well as plenty of cultural attractions including art galleries, musicals, and historical sites. With so much to do, Newfoundland in the summer is a great choice.

Newfoundland Canada