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A Land of Diversity

Regions

In a country as vast as Canada, there is no shortage of opportunities waiting to be explored - and every region can offer you something unique. From impressive nature to fascinating culture, if you’re an adventurer looking to get off the beaten path, or a foodie and wine lover hungry for the next delicious meal, we’ve got you covered. All the way from the Canadian Rockies to the Great Bear Rainforest!

5 of the most beautiful regions in Canada

1. Southern Rockies

The Southern Rockies are characterised by the unparalleled beauty of glittering glaciers, white mountain peaks, colourful alpine meadows and emerald lakes.

Extending across the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, the Southern Rockies are home to five national parks: Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kootenay National Park, Yoho National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park.

Each park has its own unique characteristics and attractions. Yoho is home to the enormous Takakkaw Falls, while Jasper has the Athabasca Glacier, and Banff is famous for the glacier-fed Lake Louise. Interspersed throughout this region are some fantastic cities to add to your itinerary as well.

Enjoy stunning views of the Canadian Rockies
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2. Whistler Valley

The majestic mountains and crystal-clear lakes of the Whistler Valley make it a sight to behold. Located in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, just a two-hour drive north of Vancouver, this area offers adventures all year round.

In the winter, you can enjoy the largest ski area in North America. During summer, head out for a hike or mountain bike ride through beautiful nature trails. Prefer to take it easy? Then relax at the beach on one of the three major lakes around Whistler, all within walking distance of the town. If you really want to unwind, book a trip to the spa or schedule a tee time on the golf course!

Discover the beautiful Whistler Valley in British Columbia
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A magical view of the lake in Whistler
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"Canada is not just a beautiful country but an amazing opportunity to appreciate a different lifestyle, being close to nature and so much natural beauty appeals to everyone."

Michael, Travel specialist

3. Haida Gwaii Islands

Haida Gwaii is an archipelago of 450 islands located about 80 kilometres off the west coast of British Columbia. One of the most curious corners of the world, these islands were not affected by the most recent ice age. They still contain ancient plant species that are distinctly different from the mainland, and the rainforest is as thick and impenetrable as the Amazon.

The inlets and fjords that separate the islands are feeding grounds for orcas, humpback whales and dolphins. You can even spot them from the beach!

Gwaii Haanas National Park is undoubtedly the most popular part of the islands, and it's the spiritual centre of the Haida people, who have inhabited this land for more than 14,000 years. Here you’ll find yourself surrounded by historic settlements, ancient totem poles, and thousand-year-old trees.

Spot wildlife, like grey seals, on the Haida Gwaii Islands

4. The Icefields Parkway

One of the most beautiful driving routes in the world, the Icefields Parkway takes you through ancient glaciers at the Columbia Icefields, to the turquoise waters of Peyto Lake, from high rocky peaks to vast valleys of thick pine forests.

Running from Lake Louise in Banff National Park to Jasper in Jasper National Park, the route is 232 kilometres long. Take it at a leisurely pace and bring plenty of snacks! If you stop at every scenic spot, the trip will take about 10 hours. Most attractions are not far from the road and only require a short walk. Keep an eye out for wildlife while hiking - chances are you will spot a black bear, a caribou or a bighorn sheep on the journey!

Enjoy a beautiful view of the snowy mountains
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Take an unforgettable hike at Jasper National Park
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5. Great Bear Rainforest

One of the most special places on earth, the Great Bear Rainforest is a vast expanse of pristine wilderness the size of Ireland. A true ancient world, this forest has been protected for millennia by the Indigenous people of the region, and is the last intact temperate rainforest in the world.

There is nowhere else on earth where you can spot the ‘Ghost Bear’ (or the Kermode white bear). But the forest is also home to grizzly bears, wolves and more, and in the waters surrounding it, you’ll find otters, whales and dolphins.

The forest stretches over 600 kilometres along the north coast of British Columbia, from Knight Inlet to the Alaska Panhandle. It is primarily accessible by boat or seaplane.

Come face to face with a Kermode Bear in the Great Bear Rainforest, this is the only place on earth you can see it!
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A beautiful view of the Great Bear Rainforest
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