This is my Discover Canada Bucket list! All family-friendly Canadian destinations to experience and see in the great white north. And all unique to Canada. I know…we often think water parks or festivals when we plan a family vacation but what if we thought outside the norm and tried something different. Something amazing. Something from your discover Canada bucket list…
Discover Canada Bucket list
So what makes the cut of my bucket list? Places, sites, and experiences that I’ve read about through the years and thought “that’s cool” or heard about from friends who have been-there-and-loved-that.
Magnetic Hill, Moncton, New Brunswick
It’s the science geek in me who wants to see if this really works. Magnetic Hill is a place where your car rolls uphill when left in neutral. There is a whole science and magnetism explanation to it.
Ottawa Jail, Ottawa, Ontario
I’m kinda an architecture geek too. Love the history of old buildings. And what kid would not want to spend a night in jail with your family?! I hear there’s a ghost tour too.
Ice Hotel, Quebec
And yes, me who is cold all the time wants to sleep in a hotel made out of ice. Why not?!
Lake Louise, Alberta
I want to go to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies and take that picture postcard view of the lake and rockies that everyone takes.
Polar Bears in Churchill, Manatoba
Plan: one October or November I will go to Churchill and see real live polar bears (preferably from a safe, heated, space…bonus if there is a washroom nearby).
Salt Water Swim in Little Manitou, Saskatchewan
I just read about the mineral density in Little Manitou being three times saltier than the ocean making this Canada’s version of the Dead Sea.
Capilano Suspension Bridge, British Columbia
This is the “vision board” part of my bucket list. I like the “idea” of walking the suspension bridge but the fact that it is 135 metres across and 70 metres above the Capilano river makes it a “perhaps not because I’ll be scared stiff” possibility.
The Northern Lights in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
I think I saw the Northern Lights once. At least my childhood memory tells me I saw the Northern Lights. At my cottage. I’ll have to ask my parents if this is real or imagined (Dad…if you are reading this…do tell). But it would be something to see it from the best viewing place in Yellowknife.
Cross Canada on Via Rail
This would be a great summer vacation idea: 4-night, 3-day VIA train trip on Rail Canadian from Vancouver to Toronto. Yes, there are washrooms aboard (I checked).
Canada has so much to discover! If you need another recommendation…I suggest reading this…