Canada is overwhelmingly beautiful. From one coast to the other, you will venture through an assortment of exhilarating experiences. Spectacular natural sceneries, exotic wildlife, lush wilderness, vibrant cities, ethnic cultures, delectable epicurean delights – these beautiful nature spots in Canada are the true hiker’s paradise.
But there’s more… Canada extends your travel experiences to adventure expeditions when you start exploring its pristine collections of Canadian Islands. Located away from the Canadian coasts, these islands of Canada have an enigmatic charm that takes your Canadian holiday experience a notch up, leaving you with remarkable memories.
The charisma of Canadian Islands has to be visited and experienced to be believed.
Here are our Top 6 selections of Canadian Islands to explore:
1. Vancouver Island – An ultimate Canadian Outdoor Experience
Possibly the most conspicuous island in Canada, Vancouver is distinguished as one of the popular places to see in Canada. For any outdoorsy traveller, Vancouver Island is a treasure trove of activities and experiences.
If you are a beach lover, Tofino welcomes you to laze around at its gorgeous stretches of beaches. Enjoy barefoot leisure, bask in the warm sunshine and splash around in the water here. You can try surfing and challenge the waves as Tofino is also the best surf town in North America. In fact, Tofino is a one stop hot spot in Vancouver Island for all kinds of adventure.
Want to reconnect with nature? There’s abundance of rainforests, marshes, and mountains with an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Keen on spotting some amazing wildlife? You can enjoy a whale watching adventure, watch grizzly bears fishing in the wilderness and view thousands of amazing species of birds.
Craving for some water adventures? There are plenty of water activities to indulge in such as kayaking, fishing, and canoeing. If you need to unwind, there are hot spring coves where you could just dip in and feel your stress melt away.
Vancouver Island is flanked by an impressive snowy mountainous terrain which serves as a perfect location for fantastic skiing, snowboarding, and other winter sports activities amid breathtaking vistas. Kootenay Rockies are particularly famous for its powdery white snowy landscapes where you can enjoy heli-skiing. That’s just a gist of some of the things you can do here in Vancouver Island. The art, culture and history scene is fantastic with plenty of art exhibits, museums, and galleries to explore. This islands of Canada is teeming with a myriad of farms, orchards, vineyards, breweries, and an amazing array of restaurants, hotels, and spas to give you the ultimate plentiful yet healthy experience in wine, dine and relaxation.
2. Prince Edward Island – A haven for beach and seafood lovers
Those who are familiar with Lucy Maud Montgomery’s much-admired children’s novel ‘Anne of Green Gables’ would have admired the beautiful dreamlike settings of Prince Edward Island. For those ardent fans, Prince Edward Island is dotted with the attractions related to the fabled tale.
Set in the east of Canada in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Prince Edward Island is not just an island but an entire Canadian province. Those who enjoy blissful days at the beach and love delving on sea food cuisines would fall in love with this Island. Teeming with stunning beaches fringed by jagged red cliffs and lush green mountains, Prince Edward Islands is a great place to experience life like an islander.
Renowned for its fresh farm produces, vineyards, and delicious succulent seafood, Prince Edward Island is rightly known as Canada’s food island. If you are a foodie, this island province will spoil you with its extravagant culinary delights and sea food delicacies, especially lobsters and mussels.
3. Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia – Hiker’s Paradise
Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia is another breathtaking Canadian island that lets you experience a beautiful blend of remarkable nature, history, and culture. It is a paradise for hikers and wanderers who love to explore nature escapes. Cape Breton Highland National Park is a perfect place to bond with nature. The scenery of mountains slowly ebbing away into the sea is simply astounding.
There are around 26 nature trails, of which Cabot Trail and Ceilidh Trail are popular Canada tourist attractions. These picturesque nature trails offer spectacular opportunities for a scenic walk and drive tours. You can head for off-beaten expeditions through verdant forests, come across spectacular waterfalls, and wind up your day with stunning sunsets.
Explore the dramatic panoramas of rolling highlands and coastlines unfold at every curve on a bike ride on Cabot Trail. The best part of bike rides or drive tours is that you can spend as much time gazing at breathtaking views as per your heart’s desire. Truly a hiker’s paradise.
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Baffin Island is Canada’s largest island located in Canadian Territory Nunavut. Most of the island is set extensively through the Arctic Circle. Its strategic location lets its visitors experience an amazing assortment of unique adventures. Enjoy spotting an exotic collection of wildlife such as polar bears, arctic foxes, bowhead whales, walruses. Step on a floe edge at Arctic Bay, Clyde River, Igloolik, Pond Inlet. Build an igloo and stay overnight in it at Iqaluit.
Pump up your adrenaline with rock climbing at rugged terrain having terrific vertical drops. Gear up for adventure activities at Auyuittuq and Sirmilik National Parks. Spend the night under the gleaming northern lights skies. These are just few of the amazing things you can do in Baffin Islands. Being one of the best Arctic playgrounds in the world, you can only imagine the once in a life time experiences you will witness on your journey.
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5. Haida Gwaii, British Columbia – Exceptional culture and nature vistas
Another beautiful nature spots in Canada is Haida Gwaii. It is a small cluster of islands just off the northern coast of British Columbia in Canada. It comprises of some of the gorgeous island panoramas and indigenous cultures you have ever encountered. Popularly referred as Canada’s Galapagos, Haida Gwaii Islands is one of the best nature reserves in North America teeming with an impressive collection of foliage and wildlife.
These islands of Canada are also culturally enriched and the essence of Haida and Aboriginal culture can be seen in its surroundings and ambiance. Embark on an expedition through rainforests at SGang Gwaay that offers an adventurous trek amid diverse wilderness. Wander around the wildlife to get a glimpse of remarkable heritage works and native totem poles. Haida Gwaii Islands are also a favored spot for surfers as it is the only surf spot in Northern British Columbia.
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6. Ellesmere Island – Arctic Wildlife Adventure
Another spellbinding island in Nunavut – Ellesmere Island is a part of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. Most of the island’s landmass is covered in glaciers and ice. For those who are keen on venturing into extraordinary adventures, Ellesmere Island is a definite feature in their bucket list. A hike in Quttinirpaaq National Park that has a very close proximity to the North Pole is once in a lifetime opportunity and an unforgettable experience.
The world’s northern most National Park is home to exceptional wildlife such as muskox, ptarmigan, arctic fox and Peary caribou. Hues of blue fading into pristine white dominates the landscape offering picturesque views of majestic snowy mountains, icy glaciers, magnificently chiseled fiords and ice shelves descending into the sea. With much of the island not inhabited and inaccessible, there are very few places that can be visited. But once you have visited Grise Fiord and Quttinirpaaq National Park, every other experience of your life seems underwhelmed. With secluded stillness echoing in its ambiance, Ellesmere islands feels like a surreal realm away from the reality.
Getting to Canada is fairly easy; all you need to do is get your Canada visa sorted. But planning your Canadian tour can get confusing regarding where to go in Canada and which Canada points of interest to be included in the your trip. By adding few Canadian islands in your holiday itinerary would make a big difference in terms of experiences on your journey. Whichever island you choose to visit, you will be bewitched by its spectacular natural scenery. Be it serene coastlines, snow peaked glacial mountains, stunning fjords or icy landscapes, every experience will be spellbinding.
The islands of Canada suits all genres of visitors. The adventures on these islands are intense with plenty of activities for thrill seekers and sports enthusiasts to get involved in. Couples, families and those who seek for leisure vacations find simple joys of life in serene stillness. The delightful splashing in crystal waters, indulging in ethnic cultures and lip-smacking palette of culinary treats complements your island journey. Whatever experience you have on the Canadian islands will exceed your expectations with memories that stay with you long after you leave.
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