50 Fantastic Places to Visit by RV
1. Vancouver, British Columbia
Where else can you go running, sailing and hiking on the same day, drive to Whistler, come back and check out the horse races, hobnob with celebrities at the finest hotels, walk around in an Asian summer market, eat the freshest seafood, dance, and then go for an awesome twilight nosh–all in just under 16 hours?
2. Dawson City, Yukon
Radiant energy keeps the sun shining all summer long in this northern city. For runners, the Midnight Dome race is a draw. Music enthusiasts need to check out the annual music festival. The sour toe shot, gold miners and charming adventures wait for those who believe in magic.
3. St. John’s, Newfoundland
Canada’s oldest city is phenomenal. George Street, the Rooms, cod tongue appetizers, friendly people and the East Coast Trail will keep me coming back. Oh, and the views of the moody ocean, drama-inducing cliffs and bays, now that’s something to talk about.
4. Calgary, Alberta
Watch out for the handsome police that monitor the downtown streets dressed up in cowboy gear, dangerous! The city has grown up, big time. Posh hotels, shops and restaurants make way for the fast food and steak-and-potato joints of yesteryear. There's something for everyone.
5. Montreal, Quebec
Montreal is soul: It’s music, food, art, culture, fashion and intellect presented in a city form. Check out the stunning architecture, chic shops, downtown festivals and historic charm of "Canada's cultural capital."
6. Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa feels like a Toronto, Montreal and a Vancouver, all bundled into a neat-and-manageable present. I loved the trendy clothing scene of Bytown, and the even more on-point, slow food movement restaurants tucked away, sneaking up on you in alleys and courtyards. Uber-cool.
7. Long Beach, Vancouver Island, Tofino, British Columbia
Located smack-dab in the middle of the Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach is a haven for surfers, beach lovers and naturalists alike. Stand on one of Canada’s most westerly points and be mesmerized by the ocean as it pounds the shore. Gaze down an endless stretch of beach searching for an elusive pod of breaching orcas, or head into nearby Tofino to sit back and take it all in from the patio of a local coffee shop.
8. Quebec City, Quebec
European elegance, preserved history and glorious food is Quebec. Forward thinking, the romance can be bundled up during the winter, but blossoms during the summer. Try and visit during the Winter Carnival or Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations.
9. Victoria, British Columbia
It’s not about the horse-drawn carriages and high tea with grandma anymore. Hipsters have transformed Low-Jo (Johnson Street) to be one of the most unique shopping districts in BC, and the restaurants are alive-and-well with organic-and-local foods. Not what you'd expect to find in a city this size. It's refined.
10. Liard River Hot Springs, Liard River, British Columbia
Chase away the winter chills in the second largest hot spring in Canada. The stunning setting of these pools makes it easy to let a calm relaxation seep into your body. Originally this place was known as ‘The Tropical Valley’, due to the warmth the springs bring to this lush boreal spruce forest. And it’s not just a popular hangout for people, watch for moose feeding from nearby warm water swamps and an array of unique birds who call this magical place home.
11. Mount Washington, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Glide through glistening fresh snow above glorious views of the Pacific Ocean. Mount Washington is one of those amazing places where you can ski in the morning and then take a short drive to the beach for the afternoon. Whisk through 60 different runs and some of the deepest snow in the country (average of 10M per year).
12. Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, Ontario
Ponder modern cubism at Toronto’s squarest architectural masterpiece. The Ontario College of Art and Design is a two-storey building-above-a-building nicknamed the “Flying Tabletop”. Balanced on stilts 26 m above the ground, this crystalline cube of steel and glass looks as if it crashed from the sky directly into the side of the city’s classic museum.
13. Goose Lake, Roblin, Manitoba
Scenic Goose Lake is located within the Fly Fishing Capital of Manitoba, Roblin. Aerated and stocked with Rainbrow and Brown Trout this lake continues to provide excellent year-round fishing. Free camping is a bonus!
14. Chadburn Lake, Yukon
A beautiful evening on the shores of Chadburn Lake, just outside of Whitehorse Yukon Territory. A fantastic network of endless singletrack lies in the mountains and forests nearby.
15. Calgary Tower, Alberta
The place from which to set out on a tour of the relatively small inner city of Calgary is the Calgary Tower on 9th Ave./Center Street. At the top of the Tower is a viewing platform and revolving restaurant. Being 191 m (627 ft) high it is the city's landmark and was, until 1985, its tallest building. From the top there are views out over the city and beyond to the mountains. It is particularly beautiful at sunset or in the evening.
16. Castle Hill National Historic Site, Newfoundland and Labrador
Castle Hill National Historic Park is between Placentia and Highway 100. It is the site of English and French fortifications, whose history is told in the Interpretive Center. Fort Royal was built by the French in 1693 then handed over 20 years later to the British, who renamed it Castle Hill. There is a magnificent view from here over Placentia Bay, and from Le Gaillardin, 10 minutes' walk away, a redoute built by the French in 1692.
17. The Acadian Pioneer Village at Cape Egmont, Prince Edward Island
5 km (3 mi.) west of Mont Carmel on the Acadian Shore, is a recreation of an authentic early 19th c. village, with a church, village hall, store, school, a well and smithy. The houses have objets d'art and restored furniture of the period.
18. Old Quebec City, Quebec
Québec City is the capital of Québec, located on the St. Lawrence River in Central Canada. Québec's Old Town (Vieux-Québec) has an old-world charm unique in North America and is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, as the "Historic District of Old Québec". It's notable architecture has a distinct European feel with its stone buildings and winding streets lined with shops and restaurants.
19. Fathom Five National Marine Park, north of Tobermory, Ontario
This is the site of more than a dozen shipwrecks, of which some are heavily overgrown. These, together with the extraordinarily clear waters, make the Marine Park a mecca for divers and underwater photography. Another most unusual attraction is the so-called Flowerpot, a rock pillar in the shape of a huge vase (excursion boats from Tobermory).
20. Fairmont Hot Springs, Kimberley, British Columbia
To the north of Kimberley is a scenically charming route by way of Fairmont Hot Springs for you to take in your RV. Here there is a bathing center, opened in 1922, with four thermal pools with temperatures of up 42°C (108°F) ). More than 750,000 visitors come here every year. There are helicopter flights and flights over the glaciers, trail-riding Jun-Sep. and an 18-hole golf course. The scenery around the town is spectacular.
21. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Alberta
The Dinosaur Provincial Park, covering 6039 ha (14,920 acres), is a unique paleontological site which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1979. The remains of more than 35 species of dinosaurs and other saurians were found here. Annual rainfalls of 300 to 400 mm (12 to 16 in.) have produced what must be the most spectacular Badlands in Canada, with fascinating hoodoos, rock-needles, gorges and mesas. This barren moonscape-like region forms the bulk of the park
22. Trinity, Newfoundland
Picturesque Trinity is an old fishing and trading town which still has its wharves. The historical character of the town has been well preserved, with many 19th c. buildings have remaining almost unchanged in appearance. Trinity is one of Newfoundland's oldest settlements, having been founded in 1615 as the seat of the first maritime court. A number of companies in Trinity offer whale watching tours during the summer months.
23. Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia
Situated in charmingly landscaped countryside in Nova Scotia, the valley stretches northward from Digby and Annapolis Royal and runs parallel to the coastline of the Bay of Fundy. The valley with its fertile soil is protected on both sides from cold and unfavorable winds by huge mountains, meaning various kinds of fruit and vegetables can flourish. A lot of maize (Indian corn) is also grown here. In May, when the fruit trees are in blossom, the valley is a wonderful sight.
24. Tunkwa Lake, Logan Lake, BC
The 5,100 hectares of Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park protect grasslands, forests, creeks and animals for you to discover. Once used by First Nations peoples as summer hunting and fishing grounds, this beautiful area is still naturally bountiful. Visit a historic mine, photograph wildlife, go fishing or view the geological wonders. It's a great base from which to further explore the Highland Valley in your RV.
25. Athabasca Sand Dunes, Lake Athabasca, Saskatchewan
If it seems impossible that a desert full of sand dunes exists in the middle of Canada, it’s because it isn’t a desert at all. Formed by glaciers, the dunes are active: shifted by wind and eroded by water, they are constantly moving. They’re 30m high and stretch 100km along the shore of Lake Athabasca. Look out for huge skeletal trees emerging from the sand - once above ground, they were slowly buried by the shifting sands, and then exposed again by more dune movements. From an overhead plane they look almost pink in colour.
26. The Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia
The Bay has the highest tides in the world and it's estimated that 100 billion tons of seawater flow in and out each tide cycle (a foot every ten minutes, so you can literally stand there and watch the tide rise or fall). The waters of the bay are populated with about eight species of whales, plus of dolphins, porpoises, fish, seals, seabirds and more, all framed by staggering rock cliffs, sandstone formations, dramatic mud flats and abundant marsh plateaus.
27. Churchill, Manitoba
The wild world of Churchill is a haven for nature lovers. Swim with whales, spot caribou, listen for howling wolves. Remember, this is the land of midnight sun; you’ll have endless days to fish, hike the tundra and always, view wildlife. Don’t forget your camera to capture a polar bear or the Northern Lights.
28. Middle Cove Beach, Middle Cove, Newfoundland
A fantastic place to stop the RV for a campfire and a picnic. It is a very exciting place to be when the caplin start rolling on the beach (caplin are tiny silver fish that roll on the beach to spawn late June early July). Whales come to Middle Cove following the caplin and feed on them. The locals go there with buckets and nets to scoop up the caplin, which are a local delicacy fried, salted and dried.
29. The Painted Chasm, Clinton, British Columbia
This grand, painted chasm is 8 km long, 600m wide and 300m deep. The geological wonder has amazing detailed bands of sediment which formed over 16 million years, including active basalt lava flows. In 1862 this scenic location was home to 2-storey roadhouse on the Gold Rush Trail Visit the majestic Chasm views, spot some shy wildlife, enjoy a picnic or uncover a GeoTourism Treasure.
30. Carelton Martello Tower, Saint John, New Brunswick
Dating from the war of 1812, Carelton Martello Tower is a must see if you’re taking the RV through Saint John. It played a pivotal role in conflicts up until the Second World War and features a restored powder magazine, a restored barracks room, and exhibits in the tower and in the Visitor Centre. You’ll also marvel at the spectacular view of the city of Saint John and its harbour.
31. Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Alberta
Lake Louise is Banff Park’s main attraction, sitting1731 m (5680 ft) above sea-level and 60 km (37 mi.) north-west of Banff. Its sparkling waters are turquoisey-green, and it is about 2 km (11/4 mi.) long, up to 600 m (1970 ft) wide and 69 m (230 ft) deep and surrounded by glacial mountains. Although too cold for swimming, it’s a great place for canoeing.
32. Bonnechere Caves, Eganville, Ontario
Go hundreds of feet below central Ontario under a hill of limestone, said by geologists to have been the bottom of a tropical sea 500 million years ago. The Bonnechere Caves are a transfixing sight where stalactites hang from the ceiling and the handiwork of nature is enhanced by electric lights. You can bring along your own flashlight and comb the walls to see the literally thousands of fossils embedded there.
33. Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré, Quebec
A major Catholic shrine that rivals those of Old World Europe, the Basilica is considered a place of healing since its first chapel was built in 1658, and it’s easy to understand why pilgrims flock here every July. The breathtaking statue of St. Anne is the centerpiece - carved from one huge single piece of oak, she has healed thousands of believers.
34. RCMP Heritage Centre, Regina, Saskatchewan
Take your RV past the RCMP Heritage Centre, located in the west of Regina at the RCMP Academy. The museum, which attracts over 250,000 visitors a year, is Canada's largest devoted to the Mounties and displays items of equipment, weaponry, uniforms, photographs, archive material, personal effects and memorabilia. Other exhibits include Red Indian artifacts and clothing.
35. Diamond Tooth Gertie’s, Dawson City, Yukon
This famous non-profit gambling hall is named after famous Gold Rush-era bona fide dance hall queen Diamond Tooth Gertie, although these days it is run by the town itself. Complete with cancan dancers and a singing MC named Gertie, Canada’s oldest gambling hall lets you re-live the days of Dawson’s Gold Rush era while taking in shows and a beverage or playing blackjack, roulette, Texas Hold'em or the glittering slot machines.
36. Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick
You’ve got to stay in your RV to appreciate this phenomenon - take your foot off the brake and be amazed as your motorhome rolls uphill! Magnetic Hill is Canada's third most visited natural attraction and is adjacent to a family theme park so it’s a fun-filled stop on your RV road trip itinerary.
37. Miguasha Park, Quebec
A snapshot of 2 million year old life is preserved in the abundant fossil beds of the Escuminac Formation, exposed in a seaside cliff at Miguasha on the south shore of the Gaspé facing Baie des Chaleurs. There are around 60 similar Devonian period fossil sites around the world but none rivals Miguasha for variety of specimens, quality of preservation and depiction of evolutionary events, making it the only Devonian site on the World Heritage List.
38. Canada’s Wonderland, Toronto, Ontario
Located just north of the city, Canada's largest theme park, Canada's Wonderland, features more than 200 attractions and more than 65 thrilling rides. There’s something for everyone, from the new Planet Snoopy to Canada’s largest wave pool, shops, rollercoasters, family rides and more.
39. Spotted Lake, Osoyoos, British Columbia
This Dr Seuss-esque body of water lies just a kilometer away from the Washington state line. It changes colors throughout the year, dividing itself into white, green or yellow pools due to the high concentrations of minerals forming “walkways” that reveal themselves during summer’s evaporation. It’s on private land but you can get a good view from the shoulder of Highway 3.
40. Johnston Canyon, Banff National Park, Alberta
26 km along the Bow Valley Parkway is the start of a picturesque trail that leads through the canyon with bridges along the remarkable steep cliff walls. The trail leads to the Ink Pots, a group of springs that feature two basins of stunning bright blue-green water.
41. CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario
Located in downtown Toronto, the CN Tower is a 553.3 m (1,815 ft) tall communications and observation tower. It was the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world for 31 years but its height was surpassed in 2007 by Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai). It’s still the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere, Toronto’s signature icon, and a symbol of Canada. Go there for panoramic views, shopping, a revolving restaurant and the world’s highest wine cellar.
42. Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia
This town was a place prized by the Indians for its hot springs, and they continue to be the source of its fame. The springs complex itself has two swimming pools (39°C (102°F) and 28°C (82°F)) and thermal baths, set in the natural rock surroundings. There’s a restaurant, and whitewater rafting, golfing, fine dining, skiing are all nearby, as well as the breathtaking Sinclair Canyon.
43. Fort Ingall, Cabano, Quebec
About 2km out of Cabano on Route 232 is Fort Ingall, built of wood in 1839 and which at one time housed 200 soldiers. The fort was restored a few years ago and a small museum explains how the officers and men lived here and what disputes and clashes they were faced with. From the terrace of the fort surrounded with stout palisades there is a lovely view over Lake Témiscouata, and a beautiful picnic site nearby.
44. Old Town Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
This little town is a pristine example of the British colonial “model towns”. Created in June 1753, the townsite consisted of seven north-south streets, 48 feet wide (with the exception of the 80-foot King Street), intersected at right angles by nine east-west streets, each 40 feet wide, creating blocks that were divided into 14 lots of 40 by 60 feet each. Each family received one lot. The plans were developed without regard to local topography, which is why Lunenburg’s streets are always straight, but sometimes dizzyingly steep. There are around 400 major buildings within the old town, 70 percent of them from the 18th and 19th centuries, almost all of them wood, and many colourfully painted.
45. Cape St Mary’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Cape St. Mary’s is one of the largest, most accessible and spectacular seabird rookeries in the world. Located at the southwestern tip of the Avalon Peninsula, the reserve protects hundreds of thousands of birds who breed and nest on the islands and coastal cliffs of this rugged landscape. It’s a wonderland for bird watchers and explorers alike, perfect for nature walks and family adventures. The reserve can be visited year-round, and the interpretation centre is open from spring until fall. During the summer, its annual concert series includes traditional music, dancing, food and drinks.
46. L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Newfoundland
This World Heritage-listed archaeological site at the tip of the Great Northern Peninsula of the island of Newfoundland contains the excavated remains of an 11th century Viking settlement with wood-framed peat-turf buildings identical to those found in Norse Greenland and Iceland at the same period, making it evidence of the earliest known European presence on the American continent.
47. Writing On Stone Provincial Park, Milk River, Alberta
Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is a nature reserve and a sacred First Nations rock carving and painting site. Walk through towering rust-coloured sandstone hoodoos formed millions of years ago, check out ancient Blackfoot tribal rock art and stop to take in dramatic views from this awe-inspiring and spiritual valley.
48. Georgian Bay, Tobermory, Ontario
The sparkling turquoise waters of Georgian Bay on a summer’s day feels like a tropical paradise. An abundance of shipwrecks and underwater rock formations in and around Fathom Five National Marine Park make Tobermory a world-class destination for scuba divers and sightseers. You don’t even have to get wet to discover the treasures of this relatively unknown part of Ontario: a glass-bottom boat will let you experience the scenery above and below picturesque Lake Huron while remaining fully clothed.
49. Avonlea Village, Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Plan to spend a whole day in this storybook village based on author L.M. Montgomery's novel Anne of Green Gables, famously set in PEI. Travel back in time 100 years and live the story as the characters interact around you. There’s activities, entertainment, drama, music, food and all things Anne!
50. Niagara Falls, Ontario
The city of Niagara Falls is dominated by the falls themselves, a world famous set of two large waterfalls on the Niagara River. Luckily for the city, both falls (the American and Horseshoe), can be best seen from the Canadian side, making it home to one of the world’s biggest tourist attractions. There’s a tourist area along the falls and the gorge, concentrated at the brink of the falls and, apart from the obvious natural attractions of the river, includes huge parking lots, souvenir shops, observation towers, gardens, high-rise-hotels, casinos and theatres as well as an abundance of RV facilities. The falls look particularly amazing when they are illuminated each night.