Canada is a beautiful, safe country. The people are friendly; the food is delicious, and the scenery is stunning. There are many places to visit in Canada and you can travel here safely if you plan. The following tips will help guide you through planning your trip:
Solo Travel in British Columbia
- Victoria: the capital city of British Columbia, this is a great place to start your trip. You can go whale watching or check out the local art scene.
- Vancouver: Canada’s third largest city and one of its most important cultural centers, this is an excellent place to visit if you want to experience urban life in Canada.
- Whistler: an internationally famous ski resort community located north of Vancouver, Whistler offers plenty of outdoor activities for those who love nature (or skiing!).
- Kamloops: a city in southeastern British Columbia that’s known for being a gateway between Alberta and Vancouver Island. Kamloops has also been named one of Canada’s ‘best places’ based on quality-of-life factors such as climate, cleanliness/safety ratings and health care facilities!
Visit Vancouver Island on your Solo Travel in Canada
The Vancouver Island is a beautiful place with many small towns and large cities to explore. I suggest staying in Victoria, which is the capital of British Columbia and offers plenty of attractions such as the Royal BC Museum. You can also visit Butchart Gardens, a popular tourist attraction in this region. If you want to do some hiking, there are many trails around the island that offer stunning views of mountains and forests. You can also rent a car and drive to Port Renfrew, which is a small town at the end of Vancouver Island. This place is known for its beaches, but it’s also home to many beautiful forests where you can go hiking or camping. If you want to explore more of Canada after your solo trip in British Columbia, there are plenty of places to visit.
- Banff National Park: Visit the Rocky Mountains and take in some of Canada’s most awe-inspiring landscapes. Hike, bike or drive through this beautiful area.
- Jasper National Park: See wildlife, hiking trails, lakes and glaciers on your trip to these mountains.
- Drumheller: This small town is home to the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology which has one of the largest dinosaur collections in North America. Also visit the Royal Tyrell National Park where you can see fossils from over 80 million years ago!
Alberta is the most populous of the three prairie provinces and its capital city is Edmonton. Alberta is also home to Jasper National Park, which are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The province has a lot of wildlife, including bears, cougars and elk.
Banff National Park
This is the most popular Canadian national park, and for good reason! It’s not just the stunning views of mountains and glaciers that make this place so special. Banff has it all: wildlife, hiking trails, canoeing opportunities, horseback riding excursions…you name it. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and known as “the Heart of the Canadian Rockies.”
And what better way to get to know this world-renowned park than by traveling there yourself? You’ll find endless activities in Banff National Park from hiking through endless forests or taking in views from high above with a helicopter tour (which is something I highly recommend).
Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The park’s headquarters can be found in Jasper, Alberta where you can get all your information and buy a park pass. The three best ways to enter the park are by train, car or bus. You can also fly into Calgary International Airport and take a bus directly to Jasper National Park or Edmonton International Airport and take a flight over it.
Jasper National Park has no roads within its boundaries, so walking is one of the major activities here. However, there are many routes available for hiking across the spectacular landscape of mountains, lakes and waterfalls that I recommend taking advantage of! Some trails require crowding onto buses but this still provides an experience unlike any other as you see wildlife like moose at proximity on these rides through the great outdoors!
Drumheller is a town in Alberta, Canada. It’s known for its dinosaur fossils, which are on display at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The best way to get there is by car or bus from Calgary or Red Deer (a popular tourist destination). Just remember that the border crossing with Montana is only open during daylight hours. If you’re flying into Calgary International Airport, it’s easy enough to rent a car and drive straight out onto Highway 2A; otherwise, you can take one of many buses leaving from downtown Calgary each day—don’t forget your passport!
Western Canada, Prairie Provinces & Territories
Banff and Jasper are a short distance from Calgary, Alberta’s largest city. If you’re traveling by train, you can enjoy the scenery along the way, including sweeping views of Mount Rundle.
In Edmonton, you can take in the breathtaking beauty of Jasper National Park from aboard the West Coast Express as it travels through Canadian prairies and forests towards Vancouver Island. Regina is also home to many impressive attractions like Wascana Centre (a park with a lake) and Evraz Place (an arena).
Visit Toronto and Saskatchewan when you Travel Solo
Saskatchewan is the largest prairie province and the only one with a majority of its population concentrated in the south. Its capital, Regina, is home to more than half of Saskatchewan’s population. The economy of Saskatchewan has been traditionally tied to agriculture, but in recent decades it has diversified and become increasingly tied to manufacturing and services.
Saskatchewan has some of Canada’s most distinctive cultural traditions, including music festivals like SaskTel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival (June) or Regina Folk Festival (July), agricultural fairs like Western Development Museum’s Ag Days (August), or quirky events such as Teddy Bear Picnic in Moose Jaw (September). In addition to being Canada’s sunniest major city, Saskatoon also boasts one of North America’s largest populations per capita: over ten times more people than you might expect!
Manitoba is the 5th largest province in Canada and has a population of 1.3 million people. The capital of Manitoba is Winnipeg, which is known for its multiculturalism, arts scene and food scene.
The most popular tourist destination in Manitoba is The Forks National Historic Site. It’s an old railway town that was once surrounded by water but now sits on land due to rising levels from climate change and flooding.
The Forks National Historic Site has beautiful views of downtown Winnipeg as well as trails that lead you through historical places like St Boniface Cathedral and Habitat Bog where you can see local wildlife such as moose!
Ontario, Newfoundland, Quebec and Atlantic Provinces
Toronto Canadians are famously friendly, and they love to travel. Most will be happy to chat with you while you’re exploring their country’s capital city or cultural centers. You may even find yourself invited over for dinner or on a hike! Quebec City is a smaller city but offers visitors plenty of ways to explore the history and culture of this unique province. And in Toronto you can find everything from museums that highlight Canadian history to art galleries showcasing some of the world’s best contemporary artworks.
Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Provinces – Eastern Canada
In Ontario you can visit the famous sites that make up Ottawa’s Golden Triangle. You can visit Parliament Hill, where a tour of the Centre Block is included with your admission ticket or choose to pay an additional fee for a guided tour of the East and West Blocks. If you prefer to see more than just Ottawa’s centre, take a trip out to Gatineau Park which offers endless activities including hiking, biking and kayaking along beautiful rivers. Another scenic place to visit would be Algonquin Provincial Park where there are over 1000km of trails for hiking, canoeing and camping.
If you want to stay closer to Toronto then check out Pukaskwa National Park located right on Lake Superior which offers excellent opportunities for hiking in one of Canada’s most beautiful areas!
Ottawa is Canada’s capital and, therefore, a popular destination for tourists. There are lots of museums and galleries to visit, including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Nature. With so much culture to enjoy, you may not even need to leave the city limits!
The Rideau Canal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that runs through downtown Ottawa on both sides of the Ottawa River before connecting with lakes Ontario and St. Lawrence downriver from Kingston in Ontario (to which it was once connected by canal). Unlike most canals around North America at this time period, it was actually built primarily as a military defense system rather than purely as an industrial or commercial route; however, its importance as a transportation route was quickly recognized when European settlers began moving westward after initial settlement in Quebec City during 1608-1610 under Samuel de Champlain’s direction.
This led them farther south along Lakes Huron or Superior until they reached Georgian Bay where they could turn east again towards Lake Erie or southwest towards Lake Michigan before heading south into what would eventually become Wisconsin Territory (1836) then Illinois Territory (1809), Iowa Territory (1838), Minnesota Territory (1849), Nebraska Territory (1854), Kansas Territory (1854), Montana Territory (1864) then Wyoming Statehood in 1890 before finally reaching Utah Statehood in 1896!
Visiting Nova Scotia and Montreal on my solo travel Canada
This trip was one of my favorite solo adventure trips. I went to both cities for the first time and loved them so much that I returned a few years later with a group of friends. Here are some tips for planning your own Canada trip:
Traveling alone is a great way to meet new people. If you’re nervous about it, start with a small group tour or day trip that allows for time to yourself in the evenings. That way, you’ll be able to get to know your fellow travelers and feel more comfortable when it’s just you on your own.
Do some research before traveling so that you can figure out what activities are available in each city and which one would be best suited for your interests and preferences. There are tons of solo travel books out there that can help you plan and prepare for your trip.
Travel Solo in Canada Today
Canada is a big country and you can travel here safely if you plan ahead. It’s important to research the area you are going to before going, and also know what the weather will be like, so that you know what kind of clothes to pack.
There are many reasons Canada is a great country for solo travellers. There’s so much to see and do, which means there are also lots of opportunities for people who want to meet new people or just enjoy their own company. Travelling alone has many benefits, including helping you build confidence in yourself and get out of your comfort zone while exploring new places. If you’re planning on travelling solo in Canada, make sure you do some research beforehand so that your trip goes smoothly!