Planning a summer road trip with friends? The good news is you don’t even have to leave the country because there are some pretty famous landmarks in Canada!
To celebrate Canada 150 this year, why not visit some of our own home-grown spots? There is so much to see and do right here on our own soil, you won’t even know where to start.
Here are the best famous landmarks in Canada, in every province from coast to coast, to make your summer road trip the perfect vacation. And because we at Caddle love helping Canadians save money, we’ve also found some ways you can save money on your vacation!
Stanley Park is a massive, versatile park that houses everything from the Vancouver Aquarium to its very own miniature railroad, as well as lush, beautiful natural landscape. The park is also a national historic site of Canada.
Money saving tip: bring a picnic lunch to save money on costly snacks and refreshments.
This famous bridge is a must-see for those who love the great outdoors. It’s known for its natural thrills that come with being suspended so high up. The gorgeous landscape is yours to explore in the surrounding park, with other walkways and bridges to wander.
Money saving tip: you can find discount tickets and the best rates on travel deal websites, such as Expedia.ca.
There are many cities in British Columbia and Alberta where you can experience the Rocky Mountains, but Banff National Park is the country’s oldest national park. Here, you will experience the clear blue lakes and the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian west.
Money saving tip: companies in the area will often group activities together for one pass, which you can purchase for a better value.
Nestled in the Alberta badlands, Drumheller, the “Dinosaur Capital of the World,” invites you to learn all about dinosaurs right in the locations where paleontologists have dug up some of the most amazing bones, fossils, and skeletons. The Royal Tyrrell Museum is the city’s famous dinosaur museum. If you’re lucky, you might get to experience a real dinosaur dig in action.
Money saving tip: if you’re visiting other historic areas of Alberta, you can purchase an annual admission pass that gets you unlimited admissions to a ton of attractions across the province for one price.
Right underneath the city of Moose Jaw lie the tunnels that once connected the country with Al Capone’s bootlegging activities in Chicago. Not only did Capone and his rum runners use these tunnels, but Chinese immigrants used it on the Passage to Fortune as well.
Money saving tip: if you take both tours, you can save $5 on admission.
Saskatchewan is mostly known for its flat prairies, but hidden in the prairie landscape are the Big Muddy Badlands. Here, you’ll find Castle Butte, a sandstone relic from the Ice Age you can climb up.
Money saving tip: there’s no fee to climb up the hill!
The Riel House is a national historic site. Here, you’ll learn about the Metis people, Louis Riel and his rebellion, and the history of Canada. Explore the area, participate in activities, and engage with the actors wearing period costumes.
Money saving tip: it’s free to visit the Riel House, but the city of Winnipeg also has a variety of options for passes you can buy to save on city activities.
For obvious reasons, Parliament Hill is one of the most famous locations in Canada. It’s the government headquarters, nestled in the nation’s capital.
Money saving tip: check out this list of free activities on and around Parliament Hill that offer some great photo-op spots and fun things to do.
The majestic Niagara Falls are a popular tourist destination for people from all over the world, and there are tons of activities to explore in the area. These waterfalls have also been a destination for daredevils over the years.
Money saving tip: Groupon always has tons of Niagara Falls hotel and activity packages to choose from that can help you save big time on everything you do.
This iconic building was the world’s tallest tower until 2010. It’s become a symbol of Canada, and is included in the 7 modern wonders of the world. No trip to Ontario is complete without a trek up this tower and a view through the glass floors of the observation deck.
Money saving tip: a Toronto City Pass gets you access to a ton of different attractions in Toronto at up to 40% off. Additionally, CAA members, students, and Air Miles collectors get discounts on admission to the CN Tower.
The Chateau Frontenac is an iconic, castle-like hotel overlooking the St. Lawrence River. It’s a national historic site of Canada, and a must-see if you’re traveling to Quebec.
Money saving tip: it’ll break your budget to stay here, but walking the grounds and hanging out in the lobby are free. Find a discount on a hotel in the nearby area and walk over- you’ll get to see the sights of old Quebec City in the process.
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this stunning, 17th century church. You will be amazed by the finely detailed architecture, the antique pipe organ, and the historic elements of the building.
Money saving tip: this blog on traveling Montreal on a budget has some great advice for saving money on your stay.
Signal Hill also offers an amazing view of the city of St. John’s, where you can see the colourful houses and historic fishing village. It’s been used as a military base since the 17th century, in all kinds of historic battles from the Napoleonic Wars to the American Civil War.
Money saving tip: St. John’s is notoriously complicated to navigate, so invest in a map to avoid wasting gas (and gas money) if you’re driving.
Peggy’s Point Lighthouse is the most famous lighthouse in Canada, and one of the most recognized in the rest of the world. It’s an iconic spot to watch the waves crashing on the rocks while you take in the salty Atlantic air.
Money saving tip: you can park for free in the gift shop parking lot next to the lighthouse.
The Bay of Fundy is actually one of the 7 wonders of North America, known for its extreme tidal range. The Hopewell Rocks were caused by tidal formations that have been eroding since the Ice Age, forming these unusual shapes in the process.
Money saving tip: bring your own lunch and snacks to avoid paying for food at the cafes.
The Confederation Bridge connects New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island, and it’s the longest bridge in the world that crosses ice-covered water. It’s part of the Trans-Canada Highway and is revered as one of Canada’s most notable engineering accomplishments.
Money saving tip: the shuttle across the bridge can save you about $40. If you’re going to drive and pay the full toll, make sure your car is gassed up because you could be charged $100 for running out of gas on the bridge.
Every Canadian at one point in their lifetime has either read, watched, or at least heard of Anne of Green Gables, one of the country’s most well-known literary heroes. Perhaps one of the most famous features of Canada’s tiniest province, Green Gables is the historic location that inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery’s story in 1908.
Money saving tip: try camping in P.E.I. to save on hotel costs. There are campgrounds all over the island you can choose from.
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