When someone says “Canada” what is the first image that comes to your mind? Polar bears? Snow? Drake? While there’s no denying that those images are representative of the great white north, they’re but a fraction of all that Canada has to offer.
Canada’s drastic change in landscape as you travel from coast to coast makes it difficult to believe you’re still in the same country. But it also means there is no shortage of opportunities to capture the perfect Instagram photo.
Located in the Yukon, Whitehorse is the only city in the almost half a million-square-kilometre territory. In this remote corner of Canada, you can experience one of the most breathtaking natural occurrences: the Aurora Borealis, a natural light show caused by geomagnetic disturbances. Whitehorse is perfectly situated to view these kaleidoscopic northern lights between the end of August to mid-April.
Found within Banff National Park, this picturesque town lies in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Between the gorgeous mountain landscape and ski town architecture, there’s no shortage of Instagram-worthy shots. If you have some spare time, take the short drive to Lake Louise to be wowed by such a huge, glistening emerald expanse of water.
Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
Dinosaur Provincial Park has both a remarkable quality and quantity of dinosaur remains. But these aren’t the only strange features of this park’s landscape. Known as the Canadian Badlands, there are strange natural formations such as Hoodoos and Coulees as well as staggering ravines and sand dunes.
Nicknamed the “polar bear capital of the world”, you can probably guess what awaits you in Churchill. As one of the few human settlements in the world where you can also view polar bears in their natural environment, those who are willing to make the trip are rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The best time to see the bears is between October and November as they migrate from their summer to winter habitats. And for the best photos, hop on a local tundra vehicle, take a guided walking tour or spend the night at a wilderness lodge.
Toronto waterfront, Ontario
Spanning 46 km in length, the Toronto waterfront is home to many of the city’s most iconic structures. Along the western edge of the city you have the artificial islands that house Ontario Place and Exhibition place. In the downtown core, the CN Tower and Rogers Centre stadium. And in the east, the seemingly out of place Scarborough Bluffs. For a stellar panoramic Instagram shot, take the ferry over to the Toronto Islands and take a snap the downtown skyline.
Peggys Cove, Nova Scotia
Visiting Peggys Cove is like stepping back in time. Colourful houses, lobster traps and tiny fishing boats decorate this rural fishing village, that has less than 40 permanent residents. What makes Peggys Cove so popular is the still-active Peggys Point Lighthouse that has marked the coast since 1869. An instantly-recognisable national image, this lighthouse is one of the most photographed structures in Atlantic Canada.