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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.

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  • Go dog sledding in the Yukon
  • Skate on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal, the world’s longest skating rink


Festivals, events and Indigenous cultures.

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  • Immerse yourself in the world-famous Calgary Stampede
  • Attend the lively Festival du Voyageur in Manitoba

Food & drink

Unique dining experiences and guides for foodies.

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  • Eat a lobster dinner in the Maritimes
  • Taste an infamous Canadian poutine in Quebec

Natural wonders

Beautiful landscapes, scenic views and wildlife.

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  • Experience the northern lights in Canada’s Arctic
  • See icebergs float by as you stand on the Newfoundland and Labrador coastline

Vibrant cities

Neighbourhood guides and urban places to visit.

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  • Climb the CN Tower in downtown Toronto
  • Shop and eat at Granville Island in Vancouver

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:

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

Central Canada

More than half of Canada’s population lives in this area. The country’s national capital of Ottawa is located in this region.


  • Quebec
  • Ontario

Northern Canada

Northern Canada spans one-third of Canada’s land mass. It’s home to beautiful tundra and views of the northern lights.


  • Nunavut
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon

Eastern Canada

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

Canada’s Prairies

The Prairies provinces have some of the most fertile farmland in the world. The region is known for its energy resources and beautiful plains.


  • Manitoba
  • Saskatchewan
  • Alberta

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.

Fall things to do at Parks Canada


December – March is Canada’s coldest season. Temperatures can range across the country. You can expect colder temperatures and snow.

Winter things to do at Parks Canada


March – June marks the transition to warmer weather. Normally, there is more rain during this season and flowers start to bloom.

Spring things to do at Parks Canada


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.

Summer things to do at Parks Canada

Canada: it’s more than travelling

Keep exploring

Provinces and territories

Learn about Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories and find the right fit for you.

Student stories

Discover the many reasons why international students choose to study in Canada.

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