With spectacular landscapes, rich history and culture and delicious cuisine, Canada is packed with extraordinary experiences – and you’ll get some of the best when you travel around Canada with Trafalgar. From exploring the wonders of the Canadian Rockies, the Niagara Falls and the Cabot Trail, to witnessing a traditional Pow Wow, meeting a real-life hockey player and staying in a château, here are 7 of our most unforgettable experiences in Canada.
1. Explore the wonders of Banff and Jasper National Parks
The Canadian Rockies are one of the most spectacular experiences in Canada – and the entire world. We’ll take you exploring through all the wonders of Banff National Park, including the ethereal Lake Louise and the surrounding Victoria Glacier. See the waterfalls, glacial lakes and rugged peaks of the Icefields Parkway.
Keep your eyes peeled for elk, mountain goats and grizzly bears as you wind your way through the wilderness to Jasper National Park. Here you can go rafting along the Athabasca River and take a guided walk to Maligne Canyon, one of the most stunning gorges in the Rockies.
You can also float along the shimmering Maligne Lake to marvel at its three glaciers and Spirit Island, the iconic grove of trees standing serenely in the middle of the lake. The island was named by the Stoney National Indigenous people after their ancestor’s experiences at this place centuries ago. You’ll likely experience your own spiritual journey as we cruise around this gorgeous lake. You’ll even get to sleep in the Maligne Lake Chalet, a rustic log building with beautiful views over Maligne Lake.
Not done with the Rockies just yet, we’ll also take you on an unforgettable trip across the Athabasca Glacier. Board the Ice Explorer and crunch across the glittering icefield of the glacier, while learning about glaciers and their crucial role in the ecosystem. You’ll get to take a sip of ice-cold glacier water while soaking up the icy vistas.
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2. Witness a traditional Pow Wow and learn about indigenous culture
We’ll venture into the French-speaking Province of Quebec for a private, exclusive experience at the world-renowned Canadian Museum of History, the most visited museum in the country. You’ll witness a lively interactive performance of traditional Pow Wow dancing, then join your Indigenous Cultural Ambassadors for a guided tour.
Explore the onsite Indigenous village and learn more about the diversity of Indigenous cultures in Canada, before taking part in an interactive beading workshop using authentic native materials. You’ll also discover the Manitobah Mukluks Storyboot Project, which is working to revive traditional arts by forming partnerships with indigenous elders and artisans.
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3. Feel like royalty with a stay in a château
If you’ve always wanted to stay in a castle, here’s your chance. We’ll take you around some of the most magical château hotels in Canada. Go from the elegant turrets of Fairmont Château Laurier to the luxurious wilderness retreat of Fairmont Le Château Montebello.
There’s also the Fairmont Château Frontenac, one of the most photographed hotels in the world, and the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, the largest hotel in Montreal. Don’t forget the Fairmont Royal York, one of the most elegant Toronto experiences you can get.
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4. Walk on the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks
Join us on a journey to the Bay of Fundy where you’ll come face to face with the world’s highest tides. Your Local Specialist will share the story behind the world-famous tides that can rise and fall over 16 metres, and show you around the stunning, eroded Hopewell Rocks.
If you’re visiting between mid-May and mid-October, you’ll have the rare opportunity to walk on the ocean floor at low tide. There are also two sandy beaches and several scenic walking trails where you can reconnect with the beautiful nature.
5. Drive along the spectacular Cabot Trail
The Cabot Trail is renowned as one of the best road trips in the world. We’ll take you cruising along the famous road, with striking coastal views and unspoiled mountain scenery that is sure to be one of your most unforgettable experiences in Canada.
Keep a lookout for wandering moose, bald eagles flying overhead and whales swimming in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. With so much natural beauty all around, you won’t want to blink!
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6. Meet a real Canadian hockey player
Learn the secrets and superstitions of ice hockey when we introduce you to a real Canadian hockey player in Canmore, Alberta. As Canada’s national sport, playing ice hockey is serious stuff here. You’ll quickly embrace the country’s sporting obsession as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a hockey player.
You’ll get to go inside the player’s dressing room and put on the full hockey gear with the help of a coach. Then grab your stick and skate onto the ice. Learn the art of the puck and find out if you’ve got what it takes to become Canada’s next ice hockey superstar.
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7. Take a boat ride to the base of Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the most iconic experiences in Canada. This natural phenomenon is the largest falls in North America. It pumps a staggering 2.8 million litres of water into the gorge below every second!
Be sure to bring a raincoat as we’ll take you up close with a thrilling boat ride. You’ll head to the base of Horseshoe Falls, the largest waterfall that makes up the Niagara Falls. Feel the spray and hear the thundering roar as you come face to face with one of nature’s masterpieces.
What are your favourite experiences in Canada? Let us know in the comments below!