Top 10 Canadian Summer Destinations

Summer in Canada can be oh so sweet.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

One of the reasons Canada is such a fantastic place to play and live is because of the diversity of our landscape, which translates into an endless array of activities. The lakes, oceans and rivers, mountains and countryside as well as cities and suburbs all culminate into one major hub of beauty and fun.

Our summers may be short-lived so take full advantage of everything Canada has to offer this season by checking out one (or a few) of these top 10 Canadian summer destinations.

 

Lake Louise, Alberta

The picturesque tourist hotspot features a gondola that is open all summer long and promises almost daily grizzly bear sightings from the tippy-tops of the Rocky Mountains. Given the varied landscape, visitors can do a wide range of activities, from canoeing and hiking to taking a zip line tour.

 

Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Just a few hours outside of Montreal is this quaint wintertime ski town, that still remains alive and exciting all summer long too. Book an afternoon of luxurious treatments at Spa Scandinave or check out the Circuit Mont-Tremblant racetrack.

 

Toronto, Ontario

Always a happenin' place to be, Toronto's summer schedule is jam-packed, with endless festivals, concerts, plays, and museum exhibits on the bill.

 

Montreal, Quebec

There's the beer fest, Just For Laughs fest and slews of other great events to attend in Montreal – or just spend some time wandering around Old Montreal and St. Catherine Street. Daytime, night-time… this city really is Canada's playground.

 

Saint John, New Brunswick

The largest city in the province boasts historic walking tours as well as a vibrant arts and culture scene. With the Bay of Fundy at their front door, discover local wildlife, go fishing, explore the beaches, and soak in the summer sun.

 

Lunenberg, Nova Scotia

A cozy town with a closely-knit community, Lunenberg is always a welcoming place to be. If you'll be in the area this summer, stop by the Folk Art Festival at the end of this month or the Folk Harbour Festival next month.

 

Muskoka Cottage Country, Ontario

Largely overlooked by visitors, locals know that charming Muskoka Cottage Country epitomizes summertime's best. Just 90 minutes north of Toronto, Muskoka has got it all – high-end resorts, pristine golf courses, a bustling waterfront, and so much more.

 

Niagara Falls, Ontario

The city for honeymooners is also busy during the peak summer months – from upscale hotels and modern casinos to a jumpin' nightlife and concerts, fine dining, golf courses and spas, with wine country just down the road.

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba

The 'Peg knows how to celebrate summer right – the historical haunted Winnipeg Tour will get your heart racing, while biggies like Katy Perry, Steve Martin, Slayer with Rob Zombie, Lighthouse, and Air Supply are all schedule to perform there in the coming months.

 

Canmore, Alberta

Off the beaten path lies Canmore, a quieter summer destination that has yet to be taken over completely by tourists. Similar to Lake Louise, Canmore offers hiking, fly fishing, golf, a range of spas, and helicopter tours, not to mention top-notch accommodations and fine dining.