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The Ultimate Canadian Bucket List: 150 Things to do in Canada

Happy Canada Day!

To celebrate my beautiful country in its 150th year, I’ve compiled a giant list of 150 things you can do in Canada! How many have you done already?

Festivals, Parades, and Events
  1. Watch a festive light show at Parliament Hill
  2. Embrace Winter at Winterlude
  3. Watch some extreme skating at the Red Bull Crashed Ice World Championships
  4. Hit up the Calgary Stampede
  5. Watch fireworks at the CN Tower in Toronto
  6. Watch the Canada 150 Parade in Vancouver
    Presented as part of Canada’s Place Canada 150 celebrations, the parade is part of a two-day series of events celebrating Canada’s 150th. It will feature floats, marching bands, and lots of exciting Canadian festivities!
  7. Take part in the Pride Parade in Toronto with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

  8. Enjoy some crazy culinary creations and fun rides at the Canadian National Exhibition
  9. Join in on the Interprovincial Picnic on the Alexandra Bridge
  10. Take part in the Redpath Waterfront Festival in Toronto
  11. Celebrate Montreal’s 375th birthday with the massive light show on the Jacques Cartier Bridge
  12. Enjoy an old time Canada Day parade and free pancake breakfast on Canada Day in the Yukon
  13. Visit BridgeFest 150 in Prince Edward Island that combines celebrations of Canada’s 150th and the 20th birthday of the Confederation Bridge that links PEI to mainland Canada
  14. Grab your shovel and pail and take part in the Coburg Sandcastle Festival
  15. Get in the Christmas spirit at the annual Christmas Market in Toronto’s Distillery District
  16. Stuff yourself with decadent deliciousness at the Chocolate Fest in New Brunswick
Food
  1. Eat a beaver tail in the Byward Market
  2. Enjoy a delicious Nanaimo bar
    Delicious, chocolate, creamy, and crumbly, these delicious desserts are the pride and joy of Nanaimo, British Columbia
  3. Try some “street meat” from a Toronto street vendor
  4. Eat a Montreal bagel
  5. Drink some delicious craft beer
  6. Enjoy some of our best wine offerings in Niagara on the Lake
  7. Eat a bag of ketchup chips
  8. Try some charcoal black ice cream in Toronto
  9. Enjoy some real maple syrup with your morning pancakes
  10. Enjoy a Montreal smoked meat sandwich
  11. Indulge in poutine at Poutine Fest – a national delicacy and utterly delicious
  12. Indulge in some beer and mussels at Blue Mussel Café in Prince Edward Island
  13. Go wine hopping in the Okanagan Valley
  14. Enjoy all the beer you can at the Toronto Festival of Beer
  15. Indulge your sweet tooth in some maple syrup on a stick – it doesn’t get any more Canadian than that!
  16. Enjoy panoramic views of the city at the 360 Restaurant at the top of the CN Tower
  17. Buy a smile cookie at Tim Hortons during Camp Day to support kids summer camp programs across the nation
  18. Try Canadian bacon, or as we call it here, “peameal bacon”
  19. Eat all the ribs you can at any rib fest across the country
Accommodation
  1. Pay a visit the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, the most photographed hotel in the world
  2. Spend a night in an igloo
    Hotel de Glace, or the ice hotel, in Quebec city is made entirely of ice and is sure to give guests an unforgettable winter wonderland experience.
  3. Enjoy high tea at the Chateau Laurier hotel in Ottawa
  4. Stay in one of the most scenic hotels in the country: Banff Springs Hotel
  5. Spend a night on Lake Ontario at the Boat Waves Hotel in Toronto
  6. Stay at the OPUS Hotel in Toronto, one of the trendiest hotels in the world
  7. Enjoy a cozy weekend getaway at a ski lodge in Mont Tremblant
  8. Spend the night in jail at the Ottawa Jail Hostel

  9. Spend a weekend at the Cavendish Maple Cottages in Prince Edward Island
  10. Enjoy a romantic, lakefront stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Sports
  1. Watch one of Canada’s Teams hit the ice at an NHL game
    (Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Vancouver Canucks, Montreal Canadiens)
  2. Or watch us on the court at an NBA game (Toronto Raptors)

  3. Or the baseball field for an MLB game (Toronto Blue Jays)
  4. Or even the CFL football field
  5. Or watch Canada’s official national sport: lacrosse
  6. Cheer on some of the young, prospective Canadian hockey players at an Ontario Hockey League game
  7. Or watch the best of theme duke it out in the Memorial Cup
  8. Watch the Honda Indy take over Lake Shore Boulevard in Toronto
  9. Listen to Don Cherry in between periods of the game on Saturday night
Active Adventures
  1. Paddleboard on Lake Ontario with Toronto Island SUP
  2. Scuba dive in Tobermory
  3. Do the CN Tower Edgewalk
  4. Go hiking through the Rockies

  5. Ski or snowboard in Whistler
  6. Canoe on Lake Louise
  7. Skate on the Rideau Canal
  8. Dogsled across the Northwest Territories
  9. Swim at Sandbanks, one of the best beaches in the country
  10. Try ice fishing
  11. Take part in a free yoga session on Parliament Hill
  12. Go surfing in Tofino
  13. Take a ride on the dozens of roller coasters at Canada’s Wonderland
  14. Boat through the Thousand Islands
  15. Walk across the Capolina suspension bridge in Vancouver

  16. Spend a weekend on the boat in Lake Muskoka
  17. Take a nature hike through Guelph’s Arboretum
  18. Canoe the Grand River
  19. Hike to Johnston Canyon’s Frozen Waterfalls
  20. Go white water rafting in Kicking Horse River
  21. Pretend to be an Olympic athlete at the Canada Olympic Park in Calgary
  22. Take a stroll through Stanley Park in Vancouver
  23. Go horseback riding in Calgary and become a real Canadian cowboy/cowgirl
  24. Go on a polar bear safari in Manitoba
  25. Zip line through the forests of British Columbia
  26. Take a jump off Canada’s largest bungee jump at the Great Canadian Bungee, just north of Ottawa
  27. Go caving in Collingwood’s scenic cave system
  28. Play hockey on an outdoor rink

  29. Cool off in Canada’s largest waterpark, Calypso Theme Waterpark
  30. Grab your friends and get rowing in Toronto’s Dragon Boat Festival
  31. Support the World Wildlife Fund by participating in the annual CN Tower Climb
  32. Hike up to one of the waterfalls in Hamilton, Ontario
History and Culture
  1. Visit the home of Anne of Green Gables in Prince Edward Island
  2. Visit Peggy’s Cove

  3. Learn about Canadian agriculture at the Agriculture Museum in Ottawa
  4. Visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  5. See an inuksuk in Nunavut
  6. Watch the Changing of the Guard
    Every morning at 10 am from June 25 to August 26 the changing of the guard takes place on Parliament Hill. Get there early so you have a good view, it’s quite a neat thing to see!
  7. Visit the War Museum in Ottawa
  8. Visit the Canadian Aviation Museum in Ottawa
  9. Take a tour of the Canadian Mint
    You know you’ve always been curious about how us Canadians make our Monopoly money…
  10. Visit the Arctic Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature
  11. Check out the Montreal Biodome
  12. Learn about the natural wonders of our west coast the Royal British Columbia Museum
  13. Visit Casa Loma in Toronto – It’s even turned into a haunted house over Halloween!
  14. Visit the Ontario Science Centre
  15. Take a stroll through hockey history at the Hockey Hall of Fame
  16. Party like the Germans at Oktoberfest in Kitchener-Waterloo
  17. Visit the Bytown Museum in Ottawa
  18. Visit the Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal
Arts, Music, and Film
  1. See a Cirque Du Soleil show
  2. See a live show at the Princess of Whales Theater
  3. Enjoy a weekend of music at RBC Blues Fest
  4. Celebrate Canadian music at the JUNO Awards
  5. Experience some of the best films in the world at the Toronto International Film Festival
  6. Party hard at the country’s largest country music festival: Boots and Hearts
  7. Enjoy some folk music at the best folk festival on the continent: the Winnipeg Folk Fest
  8. Visit the filming set of the Netflix hit “Riverdale”
    Yep, that’s right, the show was shot in Vancouver, B.C. and many of the West Coast’s landmarks can be spotted throughout the episodes
  9. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario
  10. You’d be surprised how well the Canadian Atlantic and country music go together, but they’re like peanut butter and jelly with the Cavendish Beach Music Festival
  11. Enjoy the world premiere performance of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra
  12. Be mesmerized by a performance by the National Ballet of Canada
  13. Dress up as your favourite characters for FanExpo
  14. Turn up with Drake at OVO Fest in Toronto
Miscellaneous
  1. Shop at the St. Lawrence Market
  2. Visit a National Park
    Entry to all Canada’s national parks is free this year so you may as well check off as many as you can!
  3. Whale watch in Newfoundland
  4. Drive the Cabot Trail
  5. Snap a picture at the 3D Toronto sign in Nathan Philips Square

  6. Ride a snowmobile across the snowy landscape of the Muskoka’s
  7. Sit in a hot tub in the middle of winter at Banff Springs
  8. Snap a photo of the famous digital orca in Vancouver
  9. Enjoy a relaxing day of pampering at St. Anne’s Spa
  10. Walk through the Toronto PATH, Canada’s largest underground system
  11. Drive the Trans-Canada Highway
  12. Get a little wet at Niagara Falls
  13. Check out Polson Pier for the best view of the Toronto skyline
  14. Smell the flowers at the Royal Botanical Gardens
  15. Roll up the rim
    I won’t lie, the odds are stacked against you, but the coffee is still pretty dang good! Go
  16. Visit a Nude Beach
    While we are polite, we’re not always modest. There are at least seven clothing-optional beaches across the country
  17. Adventure in Ontario Place’s new green space: Trillium Park
  18. Buy a flannel shirt (from Roots!)
  19. Shop at the West Edmonton Mall
  20. See the Northern Lights in Yellowknife
  21. Check out Nathan Philips Square in Toronto – there’s always something happening there!
  22. Play some slots at Casino Lac-Leamy
  23. Visit the Sudbury Nickel
  24. See the monarch migration at Point Pelee National Park
  25. Get lucky at the Niagara Falls casino
  26. Treat yourself to a spa day at Langdon Hall
  27. Take a helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains
  28. Have a picnic in High Park under the cherry blossoms
  29. See the Northern Lights in Yellowknife

  30. Ride the Via Rail across Canada
  31. Visit the Bay of Fundy
  32. Say “EH”

 

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