Travelling in Canada
Get ready for adventure outside the classroom! Canadian communities are dynamic places to visit.
What to do
From large urban centres to smaller rural areas, there’s something for everyone when travelling in Canada. Discover what to do from Destination Canada, including experiences and guides based on your interests.
Outdoor activities like hiking, skiing and canoeing.
- Go dog sledding in the Yukon
- Skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink
Festivals, events and Indigenous cultures.
- Immerse yourself in the world-famous Calgary Stampede
- Attend the lively Festival du Voyageur in Manitoba
Beautiful landscapes, scenic views and wildlife.
- Experience the northern lights in Canada’s Arctic
- See icebergs float by as you stand on the Newfoundland and Labrador coastline
Explore your local neighbourhood
Keep in mind, Canada is one of the largest countries in the world. You won’t be able to see everything! Another great and affordable way to experience Canada is to be a tourist in your own city.
Ways to discover your community:
- Walk around your neighbourhood
- Spend time at local coffee shops, farmers’ markets and restaurants
- Visit local parks, museums, libraries, historical sites and community centres
- Go to festivals, concerts or events
- Visit your municipality’s website or join a local Facebook community group to learn about local events and activities
See Canada by train
Have you thought about seeing the country by train? Via Rail offers discounts for youth & student travellers.
Find out how to explore Canada by train from Via Rail.
Regions of Canada
There are vibrant communities to explore across the country. You’ll find food, music, festivals and diverse cultural experiences in each. The 5 geographic regions of Canada are:
Canada’s West Coast
The West Coast borders the Pacific Ocean. It’s known for its mountains, outdoor adventures and temperate climate.
- British Columbia
More than half of Canada’s population lives in this area. The country’s national capital of Ottawa is located in this region.
Northern Canada spans one-third of Canada’s land mass. It’s home to beautiful tundra and views of the northern lights.
- Northwest Territories
Home to friendly communities bordering the Atlantic Ocean. These provinces are known for their natural resources.
- Newfoundland and Labrador
- Prince Edward Island
- Nova Scotia
- New Brunswick
The Prairies provinces have some of the most fertile farmland in the world. The region is known for its energy resources and beautiful plains.
Learn more about Canada’s provinces and territories.
Seasons in Canada
Canada has 4 seasons. The climate varies depending on which part of the country you live in. You can find current conditions and weather forecasts for Canadian weather from Environment Canada.
Fall in Canada is the season where the leaves change colour to oranges, reds and yellows. It takes place from September – November.
December – March is Canada’s coldest season. Temperatures can range across the country. You can expect colder temperatures and snow.
March – June marks the transition to warmer weather. Normally, there is more rain during this season and flowers start to bloom.
From June to September, you’ll find the warmest season. Some areas have dry heat while others have more humid heat. There can sometimes be thunderstorms and heatwaves.
Canada: it’s more than travelling
Learn about Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories and find the right fit for you.
Discover the many reasons why international students choose to study in Canada.
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