Summer is the best time for a trip to any of Canada's 10 Provinces and 3 Territories. You'll find places that are still quite cool even in summer, and those that are pleasantly warm but without the steamy quality of our summer weather.
To get you started, here's some excellent recommendations for each province & territory... from A to Z (well, OK...Y)...from our pals at the Boomer travel site My Itchy Travel Feet:
...home to the beautiful Canadian Rockies and several national parks including Jasper and Banff. Try the Canadian Rockies Tauck Tour, or a hike to Lake Agnes Tea House.
This Province stretches from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Ocean. Find lots to do in its biggest city, Vancouver (pictured), go heli hiking in the Bugaboos, or take a Vancouver Island road trip.
...has more than 80 provincial parks with a varied landscape that offers numerous outdoor opportunities. Watching polar bears in Churchill in a way that respects them would be tops on this Boomer's list.
...on the eastern coast of Canada, offers prime wildlife watching including whales, bear and moose. Or watch the amazing take in UNESCO sites or a tidal bore (a strong tide that pushes up the river against the current, creating true tidal wave) at Bay of Fundy (pictured).
Newfoundland and Labrador
Found on the eastern edge of North America, this province offers once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences. Highlights include the stunning Gros Morne National Park and cruises along Iceberg Alley.
Though the moniker is plural, this is one territory, and is Canada at its wildest. Arranging the hiking, white water rafting and adventuring is best left up to the experts. Start your research at the Northwest Territories tourism page.
This beautiful province provides history, culture and natural beauty on the eastern coast of Canada. Drive or bike the Cabot Trail with many scenic overlooks, cultural heritage sites, whale watching hiking trails and guided tours. Or, do the city thing and visit Halifax (pictured).
This territory lays claim to the term "like nowhere else on Earth." If you want to see wildlife like narwhal, polar bear, beluga whales and muskox, this Arctic territory adjacent to the Northwest passage will do the trick.
Ontario includes the cities of Toronto and Ottawa; Quebec, of course, holds Montreal (pictured). So much to see and do in all three. But you can also find plenty of outdoor adventure, too. Looking for something different? Explore Bonnechere Caves in Ontario, or walking with wolves in Quebec, one of the most respectful, beautiful ways to experience this otherwise unapproachable species.
Prince Edward Island
It may be tiny but it's packed with fun. Think lobster, Anne of Green Gables, lobster, well you get the gist. Check out these authentic PEI experiences.
...home to prairies, lakes and wide open spaces. Try horseback riding (if that's your thing...otherwise there's plenty of other ways to get around) in Grasslands National Park, where you'll travel back in time as you gaze at dinosaur bones, wander past tipi rings, and see a prairie homestead.
This territory offers extraordinary sights, including a peak into First Nations culture (the predominant Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
Drive the Alaska Highway, and explore Kluane National Park, home to Canada’s highest peak (Mount Logan), its largest ice field, and North America’s most genetically diverse grizzly population.
Need more ideas? Check out their Canada Travel Guide.
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