Discover Canada: Tips to Plan Your Solo Adventure


Visit Canada. Winter, summer, spring, fall, it doesn't matter. Every season offers unique opportunities to discover Canada. In this post I'm jamming in everything I think you need to explore Canada. Whether you want to discover the Canadian wilderness or our urban lifestyle, here is your guide to Canada.
The natural landscape. Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of land mass. It's divided into 10 provinces and three territories. The provinces run vertically, east to west. The territories are in the north. In a country this size, the landscape ranges dramatically. There are national and provincial parks as well as conservation areas across Canada preserving the land for those who love the wilderness. From east to west, here's what you can expect from the landscape: Newfoundland, known as The Rock, offers the drama of its west coast (comparable to the Rockies in my opinion), the sea with the village of Trinity being one of the oldest communities in North America, and a rugged interior with dwarfed trees.
From Newfoundland you can take a ferry to the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon.
Throughout the east coast, known as the Maritime provinces (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick), there are lots of forests for fishing, hiking, and hunting.
The coast lines of the Maritime provinces are stunning especially the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia and the Bay of Fundy that borders on both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.Prince Edward Island has rolling hills, beautiful red earth, and farmland. Of course, it's also home to Anne of Green Gables.
Quebec offers more forests for fishing, hunting, etc. The drive around the Gaspe is beautiful. Near Montreal there's the best skiing in Canada east of the Rockies.
Ontario has Niagara Falls, wine country in Niagara and Prince Edward County, cottage country, and hundreds of lakes and rivers including the Great Lakes. The north shore of Lake Superior is a particularly stunning drive through wilderness. Algonquin Park is a wonderful provincial park covering almost 3,000 square miles of wilderness for camping, hiking, and canoeing.
The prairie provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta are flat. Some people would leave it at that but I see great beauty in this big sky country. The colors can be subtle in the grasslands or dramatic as when a canola field and flax field are side by side. The yellow on purple is stunning.
On the far side of Alberta are the Rocky Mountains that also stretch into British Columbia. The Rockies offer great skiing, mountain climbing, hiking, rafting, and kayaking.
Further west into British Columbia, just past the Rockies is a desert and then a fruit belt as well as the massive Thompson and Fraser Rivers.
Finally, we're on the west shore of Canada where there is Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands with their fabulous rainforests.