We lived in Canada for almost 6 years and spent weekends and holidays travelling around it. There is still so much more I want to see but we did manage to visit some of the biggest places on my Canada bucket list.
If you’re planning a trip to Canada (especially western Canada) then check out my Canada travel guides below.
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The view from Black Tusk British Columbia Travel Guides
Beautiful BC is the province’s tagline and it really couldn’t be more accurate. From the coast to the mountains, I loved every part of the province I’ve seen.
6 years and enjoyed living in Vancouver hiking, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at every opportunity we got.
17 Unforgettable romantic BC getaways
Kamloops to Whistler road trip itinerary
Kamloops to Vancouver road trip itinerary
9 of the Best BC Mountain Towns
Sea to Sky Highway: Driving to Whistler from Vancouver
The Best Hot Springs in BC
All Beautiful British Columbia’s National Parks and what to do there
7 Day road trip to Banff and Jasper from Vancouver
How to get from Vancouver to Tofino & the must-do road trip stops! Vancouver Travel Guides
Where to stay in Vancouver & an area guide by a local!
Local’s Guide: Do you need to own a car in Vancouver? 5 reasons to own a car and 7 reasons not to
Hiking the Jug Island trail in Vancouver BC
Is Capilano Suspension Bridge worth it?
Pros and Cons of Seattle vs Vancouver BC (living & visiting)
19 nicknames for Vancouver BC used by locals
Where to find the best croissant, Vancouver BC
21 of the best rooftop bar Vancouver options & best Vancouver patios
Living in Victoria vs Vancouver
Living in Vancouver Pros and Cons
The Best Bars & Restaurants on Main Street Vancouver
16 Best Things to do on Main Street Vancouver BC
Best Restaurants in the West End Vancouver BC
The Best Restaurants in Kitsilano Vancouver BC
The Best Granville Island Restaurants and Place to Eat
24 Best Things to do in Granville Island Vancouver BC
The Best Restaurants in Yaletown Vancouver BC
21 Best Things to do in Yaletown Vancouver
The Best Restaurants in Gastown
What to pack for a trip to Vancouver in autumn
Vancouver’s best independent shops and where to find them
The best things to do in Gastown, Vancouver according to a local
Things to do to in Vancouver’s West End by someone who lives there
Adventures & what to do in Stanley Park, Vancouver
43 most instagrammable places in Vancouver
My incredibly relaxing weekend on Bowen Island
What to do on Bowen Island, BC
The best places to kayak in Vancouver
37 Things to do in Kitsilano, Vancouver
Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival
A guide to the Tulips of the Valley tulip festival in Chilliwack, BC
Sunday spring road trip in BC’s Fraser Valley
What to do on the Sunshine Coast BC
Local’s guide: The best one day in Vancouver itinerary
7 Awesome things to do on the water in Vancouver
How to spend a long weekend in Harrison Hot Springs, BC
Visiting Grouse Mountain Vancouver – is it worth it?
The best trestles in British Columbia
The best pumpkin patches near Vancouver this fall!
12 of the best Vancouver weekend getaway ideas
The best things to do in Vancouver in winter
The BEST things to do in Vancouver at Christmas time!
What to do in Vancouver when it rains
20+ Cute date ideas and romantic things to do in Vancouver, BC
45 Things to do in Vancouver in the summer
Port Moody Breweries along the BC Ale Trail
52 Best cabins near Vancouver, BC
The best Bowen Island accommodation
Camping on Bowen Island: Is it Allowed?
17 Hidden gems in Vancouver, BC
The best cozy coffee shops in Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Murals: Self guided tour of Vancouver street art
The best vegetarian and vegan breakfast in Vancouver
Horseshoe Bay Sunset Platform
19 Best views in Vancouver and how to find them
The best things to do in Deep Cove, North Vancouver Hikes near Vancouver
50+ Transit accessible hikes Vancouver has to offer!
7 Best hiking tours Vancouver BC has to offer
The best hikes for spring in Vancouver BC
26 Best winter hikes in Vancouver BC
Cycling into the sea at Iona Beach
Lake O’Hara Hike Guide (with/without Lake O’Hara reservations!)
Hiking Quarry Rock in Deep Cove
Everything to know about the Joffre Lakes hike in Joffre Lakes Provincial Park, BC Whistler Travel Guides
The 5 Best Whistler ATV Tours
Best Whistler Cross Country Skiing Trails
Whistler in December: 27+ things to do
21 of the best Whistler indoor activities
The best Whistler snowmobile tours and rentals
Guide to the best ice skating Whistler BC
Ultimate guide to snowshoeing Whistler BC
Best dog sledding Whistler tours
What to do on an adventurous weekend in Whistler
47+ best Whistler winter activities (by a local!)
43+ VERY Best Whistler Summer Activities (by a local!)
13 Best Whistler Coffee Shops: Local Favourites Revealed
9 of the best Whistler waterfalls
15 of the Best Lakes in Whistler BC
The best easy hikes in Whistler BC
How to find the Whistler Ice Cave on Blackcomb Glacier
The Best Camping in Whistler
Staying at Kees and Claire Hut – Backcountry Camping
Things to do in Whistler in winter for non skiers
3 Days on the Spearhead Traverse, Whistler
Ultimate Guide to Lillooet Lake Lillooet BC Squamish Travel Guides
37+ very best things to do in Squamish BC
Biking the Sea to Sky Trail: Squamish British Columbia Interior Travel Guides
The best Revelstoke beaches for those hot, sunny days
10 of the best waterfalls near Revelstoke BC
23 of the best Revelstoke hiking trails
The best Kelowna wineries to visit on a long weekend
24 of the best Okanagan rental cabins
Best Things to do in Sun Peaks, BC
The 12+ Best Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer
15+ Best things to do in Sun Peaks in Summer
Jones Lake Chilliwack BC Camping / Wahleach Lake
Ultimate Guide to Visiting Johnson Lake BC
Kentucky Alleyne Lake BC Vancouver Island Travel Guides
15 of the best easy hikes in Victoria BC
17 best hikes in Tofino, BC you absolutely need to try!
Ultimate Victoria day trip [tours, attractions & more]
The best and most unique stays Victoria BC has to offer
Best grizzly bear tours on Vancouver Island BC
How to hike the Cox Bay Lookout Tofino trail in BC
34 Best places to visit in Victoria in winter
How to spend a weekend in Tofino and Ucluelet
The best things to do in Campbell River, Vancouver Island, BC The Sunshine Coast BC
17 Best Things to do in Powell River BC
How to Plan a Desolation Sound Kayak Trip
Camping in Powell River BC
The Best Restaurants Powell River Sunshine Coast BC
Hiking up Soames Hill on the Sunshine Coast, BC
The incredible Skookumchuck Narrows on the Sunshine Coast BC!
Explore Smuggler Cove Marine Park on BC’s Sunshine Coast
A Guide to Savary Island & Savary Island Camping The Gulf Islands
Gulf Islands Travel Guides
28 Best things to do on Gabriola Island BC
25+ best restaurants on Salt Spring Island
Best places for Hornby Island camping
37 Best things to do on Hornby Island BC
8 of the best accommodation on Galiano Island BC
Best Galiano Island restaurants you need to try
The best accommodation in Salt Spring Island BC
The best camping on Galiano Island
8 of the best restaurants on Pender Island BC
Best Pender Island Camping
31 Best things to do on Pender Island BC
17 Best things to do on Salt Spring Island, BC
Galiano Island Guide & 12 Things to do on Galiano Island Southeastern BC Travel Guides
13 Best Things to do in Kootenay National Park
The Ultimate 10 Day Kootenay Hot Springs Road Trip
13 Best Things to do in Creston BC
19 Best Things to do in Radium Hot Springs, BC
15 Best Things to do in Fairmont Hot Springs BC
Fairmont Natural Hot Springs BC: How to Find Them
18 Best Things to do in Kimberley BC
24 Best Things to do in Nelson BC
14 Best Things to do in Kaslo BC
30+ Best Things to do in Fernie BC
34 Best things to do in Invermere BC
26 of the best things to do in Golden BC
Things to do in Yoho National Park
Alberta Travel Guides
Rocky Mountain Travel Guides
Ultimate guide on how to canoe on Lake Louise
Ultimate guide to the Lake Louise to Jasper road trip
29 of the best lakes in Banff National Park
Canmore vs Banff: Where should you stay in the Rockies?
Everything to know about visiting Lake Louise in winter
Best places to stay in Jasper National Park, Alberta
27 Awesome waterfalls in Alberta you need to visit
20 Best day trip from Calgary itineraries
34 Best things to do in Canmore in winter
The Best 4 Day Banff Itinerary
The best things to do in Jasper National Park
Where to camp in Banff, Jasper and Yoho National Parks
Where to stop on the Icefields Parkway
Best things to do in Banff National Park & Lake Louise
Ontario Travel Guides
Ontario is home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, as well as Toronto and Niagara Falls. I’ve taken
trips to places in Ontario in winter as well as the summer and both seasons have something to offer.
24 of the best romantic getaways in Ontario for couples
24 Best Places to visit in Ontario in winter
The best things to do in Toronto in winter
14 Things to do in Toronto for first time visitors
10 Things to do in Ottawa in winter
Visiting Montreal Quebec Travel Guides
The French-speaking province of Quebec feels very different to the other provinces listed above. If you’re looking for a change in culture without leaving Canada, you can find that in Quebec.
11 Best experiences for dog sledding in Quebec
Poo-what?! What is poutine and where to find the best ones!
8 photos which prove Quebec City is a winter wonderland
Best Outdoor Activities Montreal
Montreal Winter Activities: The best things to do in Montreal in Winter
Canada Travel Planning Guide
Should I buy Canada travel insurance?
100% YES! — You should have travel insurance for all your trips. Though Canada has “free” healthcare, it’s only for residents. If you’re just visiting, you’ll need travel insurance should you need medical care. It also helps you claim for delayed flights or lost/stolen baggage. We use for our travel insurance! SafetyWing
Is it safe to rent a car in Canada?
Yes — Renting a car is a good idea in most of Canada as public transit isn’t the best!
Car hire is usually quite reasonable, especially compared to some other countries and they’ll all be automatic so you shouldn’t have a problem driving it if you’re used to manual transmission.
I personally use a mix of
and DiscoverCars to find the best deal that works for me when I rent a car. I used them in Norway, Italy, and Canada when we first moved, and have never had an issue. For RV rental I recommend RentalCars . Outdoorsy
What’s the best way to pay/exchange money for Canada?
Wise (formerly Transferwise!) — I use my Wise card everywhere these days. I fill it with a certain currency and then I can spend it in countries across the world, online and even for direct debits. Wise has the best currency exchange rates (and they’ll even tell you when you can get it cheaper elsewhere!). When you pay in another currency through chip and pin or tap/wireless, they’ll automatically convert it for you – it’s easy! This link gets you a fee-free transfer.
Do I need a visa for Canada?
Many countries do not need a visa to travel to Canada — However, you may need an ETA which costs $7 (you need this if you’re from the UK). You can and they usually take a few hours to come through though it can take longer. Only ever buy from buy them online otherwise you’ll end up paying more money necessarily. If you want to move to Canada, check out my this official website which is how we first moved there! Always check the guide to the Working Holiday Visa to see whether you need a visa to travel there. official Canadian Immigration website
Will my phone work in Canada?
It depends — Some American and European companies work in Canada for a certain amount of data or time but many will not work at all. Getting a will help you get around with Google Maps and stay in touch with people back home. There isn’t much free WIFI in Canada so you can’t really rely on that, especially if you’re heading outside of major cities. Canadian SIM card
Where can I book my Canada accommodation?
I always check
for hotels or Booking.com for hostels. If I’m looking for something for a bigger group of people, or a bit more unique (cosy cabins, luxury beach houses) then I use Hostel World . VRBO
When we first moved to Canada we used
to get free accommodation! Trusted Housesitters
What’s the best site to buy Canada flights?
I only ever use
to find cheap flights no matter where I’m travelling! Skyscanner