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TransCanadaHighway.com’s ULTIMATE Canadian Bucket List

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St John's Newfoundland -iceberg offshore -sliver

Attractions Bucket List (from east to west)

We’ve seen many “wimpy” bucket lists for visitors to and around Canada. This is the ULTIMATE ONE, the only one worthy of Canada’s size, expanse, and diversity!  Things to see, do,  or experience on, along, just off (*), or a side trip from (**) the Trans Canada Highway…

Nova Scotia-Halifax Waterfront View From Citadel-sliver
Nova Scotia-Halifax Waterfront View From Citadel-sliver

Atlantic Canada Bucket List

The Maritimes, with their coasts, their mountains, and their history. More Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island (PEI), and New Brunswick.


 Signal Hill
 Iceberg Alley
 Whale Watching (east coast)
 Gander Airport
 L’anse aux Meadows**
 Gros Morne National Park
 Ferry to-from Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

 Cape Breton Highlands
 Fort Louisbourg
 Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site (Baddeck)
 cross the Canso Causeway
 Fundy Tidal Bore
 Joggins Fossil Beds*
 Halifax Citadel**
 Bluenose Schooner**
 Peggy’s Cove**
 Lunenburg Waterfront**
 Annapolis Royal Historical Site**


 Wood Islands-Pictou Ferry
 Fort Amherst
 Anne of Green Gables
 PEI National Park beaches
 Confederation Bridge

New Brunswick

 Fundy National Park
 Fredericton’s Garrison District
 Boyce Farmers Market
 Kings Landing Historical Park
 Hartland Covered Bridge

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Niagara Falls-Canadian Falls with Maid of the Mist-sliver

Central Canada Bucket List

The history, charm, and natural splendour of Lower Canada (Quebec) and Upper Canada (Ontario)


 Whale watching (St Lawrence)
 Ile d’Orleans**
 Montmorency Falls**
 Quebec City Lower Town*
 Take a toboggan Ride
 Quebec City Walls & Plains of Abraham*
 Route 132 Old seigneurial villages*
 Louis Hippolyte Lafontaine Bridge-Tunnel
 Montreal View Care (Old Town)
 Ride the Montreal Subway
 See Montreal from Mount Royal


 Canadian Museum of History
 Parliament Hill Tour & Peace Flame
 National Gallery
 Belvedere Lookout in Gatineau Park
 Ride the locks on the Rideau Canal
 White Water Raft the Ottawa River (Beachburg)*
 canoe on Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park**
 Upper Canada Village*
 Thousand Island Boat Tour**
 Old Fort Henry**
 Sand Banks Provincial Park**
 Peterborough Lift Lock**
 Canadian Canoe Museum**
 Peterborough Petroglyphs Provincial Park**
 Ride up the CN Tower**
 Take a Toronto Islands Ferry**
 Royal Ontario Museum**
 Take the Toronto subway**
 St Lawrence Market**
 Toronto Zoo**
 Historic Fort York**
 Maid of the Mist boat ride**
 Walk around Niagara on the Lake**
 Visit a Niagara winery**
 Climb the Niagara Escarpment, in Hamilton**
 Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum**
 McMichael Gallery (Group of 7 collection)**
 Holland Marsh**
 Ste Marie Among the Hurons, Midland
 Wasaga Beach*
 Fathom Five Marine Park**
 MS Chi-Cheemaun Ferry**
 Drive around Manitoulin Island**
 Sudbury see the Superstack
 Underground tour of a nickel mine
 Cross the International Bridge into Michigan (passport required)
 Ride the Agawa Railroad (in fall!)
 See the midpoint of the Trans-Canada, Batchwana Bay
 Cross the Nipigon River Bridge
 Hike the Sleeping Giant
 Ouimet Canyon
 Historic Fort William
 Kakabeka Falls
 Boat Tour on Lake of the Woods (Kenora)*

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AB-Storm Clouds Over Castle Mountain-sliver

Western Canada Bucket List

The Prairies, the Mountains, and the West Coast. More about Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia (BC).


 Mennonite historical Village, Steinbach
 Mid point of Canada
 Winnipeg Floodway
 Winnipeg The Forks
 National Museum of Human Rights


 Wascana Lake, Regina
 RCMP Museum
 Underground Tunnels, Moose Jaw
 Snowbirds home base CFB Moose Jaw
 Great Sand Hills Provincial Park*
 Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park**


 Blackfoot Crossing (Gleichen)
 Royal Tyrell Museum, Drumheller
 Horseshoe Canyon, Drumheller
 Heritage Park
 Calgary Zoo & Dinosaur Park
 Calgary Tower
 Glenbow Museum
 Canadian Olympic Museum and Sports Hall of Fame
 Ride the luge at Canada Olympic Park
 Buffalo Jump Museum**
 Frank Slide**
 Wind Turbines (Pincher Creek)**
 Sulphur Mountain Gondola
 Bathe in the Banff Upper Hot Springs (in period costume)
 Teahouse hike at Lake Louise
 Icefields Parkway
 Columbia Glacier
 Jasper Tram
 West Edmonton Mall (and waterslide park)**

British Columbia

 Spiral Tunnels National Historic Site
 Takakkaw Falls, Yoho Naiional Park*
 White water raft on the Kicking Horse River
 Rogers Pass National Historic Site
 Hike the Giant Cedars trail (easy)
 Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre & BC Forestry Museum*
 Drive up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway
 Craigellachie Last Spike Museum
 Houseboating at Sicamous
 cross the Bennett floating Bridge (Kelowna)**
 Skaha Beach (Osoyoos)**
 Osoyoos Desert**
 Visit an Okanagan winery**
 Hope Slide*
 Steam Train ride in Kamloops
 Drive the Fraser Canyon (highway 1)
 Hells Gate Tram
 Cultus Lake Waterslide (in summer)*
 Lynne Canyon Suspension Bridge (its free!)*
 Walk over the Lions Gate Bridge
 Walk/blade/ride the Stanley Park Seawall*
 Stanley Park Aquarium*
 Take the Seabus to North Vancouver*
 Granville Island Market*
 UBC Museum of Anthropology*
 Wreck Beach (nude beach, at UBC)*
 Steam Clock in Gastown*
 Drive up Burnaby Mountain*
 Ferry to Vancouver Island
 Horse Drawn Carriage Ride in Victoria
 Visit CFB Esquimalt**
 Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse**
 Whiffen Spit, Sooke**
 See totems in Chemainus
 Nanaimo waterfront
 Cathedral Gove at MacMillan Provincial Park**
 McLean Mill Historical Site, Port Alberni**
 Sproat Lake Mars waterbomber visitor centre**
 Long Beach at Pacific Rim National Park Reserve**
 Whale watching in Tofino**

Grizzly Bear - Kananaskis Country
Grizzly Bear - Kananaskis Country

Northern Canada Bucket List

Off the Trans-Canada, but still accessible by roads. See more about the spectacular Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut


 Watch the Caribou migration, Yukon
 Pan for gold at the MacBride Musum
 SS Klondike II paddlewheeler
 Yukon Transportation Museum
 Takhini Hot Springs
 Miles Canyon
 Dawson City
 Ride the White Pass and Yukon Railroad
 Hike Chilkoot Pass (from Skagway, Alaska)

Northwest Territories

 Visit Sign Post Forest, Alaska Highway @ Watson Lake
 Canoe on Nahanii River
 Virginia Falls, Nahanni Nt. Park

 Mackenzie River delta @Inuviik
 Diavik Diamond Mine Tour
 Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, Yellowknife
 See Northern Lights @ Yellowknife
 See the midnight sun @Yellowknife
 Deh Cho Bridge, over Mackenzie River @Fort Smith

Northern Provinces

 Visit Barkerville Historic Town & Park, BC
 tour the Fort McMurray Oil Sands
 See Buffalo at Wood Buffalo Nation Park, AB /NWT
 See Polar Bears (Churchill, MB)

Wildlife Bucket List

Not a complete list (by far) but these are iconic, for your bucket list. More Flora (plants), Fauna (Animals), Agriculture (Plants & Animals), Geography & Geology.

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Camping in mountains with elk-sliver

 Whiskey Jack
 Canada Goose
 Snowy Owl
 Mountain Goat
 Dahls Sheep

 White Tailed Deer
 Brown Bear
 Grizzly Bear
 Polar Bear
 Beluga Whale
 Killer Whale