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5 Breathtaking places in Canada to visit that aren’t Banff

There are so many breathtaking places in Canada to visit from coast to coast. While the jaw-dropping mountains in Banff are indeed spectacular, there is so much more to experience.


From red sand beaches to the polar bear capital of the world, the nation’s diverse landscape will leave you in awe. To help fuel your wanderlust, and inspire your next vacation, here are five Canadian locations to discover.

Churchhill, Manitoba

Mother and cubs polar bear walk across artice flats in Churchill, Manitoba
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The remote northern town on the shores of Hudson Bay is only accessible only by plane or train but is worth the trip for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to see polar bears.

The best time to visit is in the summer or fall. You can book a tour on a tundra vehicle to safely see the wild polar bears up-close in their natural habitat.

Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland

A young female hiker climbing near the summit of Gros Morne Mountain, in Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. A gorgeous green valley of mountains and lakes are behind her.
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Gros Morne National Park needs to be on your list of places to visit in Canada! There is no shortage of natural beauty to photograph within the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Without leaving the park, you can see fjords formed by glaciers, cliffs, a gorge, beaches, forests, and cascading waterfalls.

Another stunning sight is the desert-like Tablelands with unusual rock formations created by the earth’s tectonic plates colliding.

The Yukon

Emerald lake, Yukon, Canada
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To watch the aurora borealis, head to the Yukon. It is one of the best spots in the world to view brilliant colours dance across the night sky

To experience the natural wonder, the best time to visit is from mid-August to mid-April, between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. No special equipment like a telescope is needed; all you need to do is look up at the clear sky. While the northern lights are viewable in Whitehorse, you’ll want to leave the city for the best view.

Prince Edward Island

It may be small in size, but Prince Edward Island is full of trails to explore and unique east coast experiences, like Anne of Green Gables attractions and red and white lighthouses everywhere you look.

The island also has endless beaches to discover. While visiting, you can walk along long stretches of shoreline with eye-catching sand in shades of pink, champagne, and red.

flowerpot rock in Price Edward Island
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Tobermory, Ontario

Bruce Peninsula National Park in Ontario
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Here you can find crystal clear turquoise water that looks like it belongs in the Caribbean. One popular tourist spot is The Grotto, a pool of aquamarine water with an intricate cave structure created by waves in Georgian Bay.

Tobermory also features ample hiking trails to scenic lookouts, like the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest footpath. Or adventure seekers can go snorkelling or diving to see the over 20 shipwrecks within Fathom Five National Marine Par

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