Canadian Islands: 8 Must See Islands in Canada

Canada is known all over the globe for its beautiful islands. A major tourist attraction, Canada’s islands offer visitors the perfect blend of serenity and comfort. If you are looking to spend quality outdoor time, Canada’s islands could be a fabulous destination for you. Here are some of the best islands that you should definitely visit if you are thinking of visiting Canada anytime soon. Getting a visa for Canada is fairly easy, and the country is famous for its hospitality and openness.

1. Baffin Island

Baffin Island, Nunatuk, Canada

Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world and one of the largest islands in Canada. It is named after the famous British explorer William Baffin. The island finds appeal among tourists for its year-round wildlife. Visitors looking for polar bear, Arctic wolf, and barren-ground caribou can visit the island in the summers. The island is also famous for its picturesque mountains and cliffs, with Mount Thor among the most famous attractions.

2. Granville Island

Granville Island, Canada

Granville Island, one of the most famous shopping districts in Vancouver, British Columbia is popular among tourists looking for a mix of tourism and entertainment. Some of the must-see places in Granville Island include the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the Arts Club Theatre Company, andannual festivals, including Vancouver Fringe Festival. Many tourists to Canada throng to Granville Island to take in a fun-filled shopping experience. An interesting trivia about Granville Island is that the city of Vancouver was known as Granville unit until 1886.

3. Victoria Island

Victoria Island in Canada

Victoria Island is the eighth largest island in the world and Canada’s second largest island. Coincidentally, the island resembles a stylized maple leaf, which is the main Canadian symbol. The Victoria Island is named after Queen Victoria, the Canadian sovereign. Victoria is a blend of old and new world experiences. In Victoria, traditional architecture, vibrant gardens can be visited along with some outdoor adventure, culinary experiences and cocktail. One can stay at a luxurious hotel, attend a local event or celebrate one of seasonal annual events running.

4. Ellesmere Island

Ellesmere Island in Canada

Ellesmere Island is part of the Qikiqtaaluk Region of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. It is world’s tenth largest island and Canada’s third largest island. This Island has numerous species of birds, several other land mammals and thirteen species of spiders are found here. Ellesmere Island is a succession of gigantic fiords, high mountains, deep valleys, glaciers and immense plateau. During winter, the temperature can get as low as -45 Degrees Celsius and in the rare sunny summer days, it can get as high as +21 Degrees.

5. Newfoundland Island

Newfoundland Island, Canada

When you visit Newfoundland Island, you will never run out of things to do here. It is the world’s sixteenth largest island and one of the fourth largest islands in Canada. Right from outdoor adventures, wildlife, bird watching to soaking up a bit of pub culture, there are so many things to do. You could kayak with whales, jump on a tour boat and chase icebergs later along with a meal at a world-class restaurant, followed by dancing the night away to live music.

6. Banks Island

Banks Island in Canada

Banks Island is an island in the Arctic Ocean north of Inuvik and is a part of the Northwest Territories. A paddling trip down to the Thomsen River on Banks Island offers an opportunity to traverse one of Canada’s High Arctic’s islands, and a remarkable experience in one of the most wonderful natural and cultural environments in North America. The Banks Island is treeless, with the tallest plant, the Arctic willow, growing occasionally to about the height of a person’s knee. Banks Islands is world’s twenty fourth largest islands and fifth largest island in Canada.

7. Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island in Canada

Vancouver Island is known for its mild climate, thriving arts community and is a home to the capital of British Columbia. One can explore a lot here and do lot of things including whale-watching, see bears in the wild, visit fishing village Tofino, go surfing, Sea kayaking , visit sandy beaches around. The list doesn’t end here; one can take a sea plane ride up to Hot Springs Cove. An easy 2 kilometers walk takes you to the rocks and pools where you will find the natural hot mineral spring and stay in Telegraph Cove.

8. Cape Breton Island

Cape Breton Island in Canada

While the scenery is impeccable, there are also a lot of things to do in Cape Breton Island. Driving the island is most recommended and as along the way you go, you are surrounded by gorgeous highlands, delightful little seaside towns and stellar coastal views. The Alexander Graham Bell Museum is a must see for anyone visiting Cape Breton. It is a national historic site that houses interactive displays, films, artifacts, models and a beautiful historic photo collection. Also don’t miss the big fiddle market for unique jewellery, knitting, crocheting, sewing, music, paintings, photography, books and a lot more. Also, The Cabot Trail is a must for any traveler to Cape Breton with its breath taking scenery, rugged coastlines and winding roads.

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  1. Ajay 2 months ago

    Amazing Pictures. Canada is on my bucket list and I am very much eager to visit it soon. Thanks for sharing the info 🙂

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      Priya 2 months ago

      You are welcome Ajay! We’ve been fortunate to experience a lot of Canada’s Beauty & nature. I’m sure you will love Canada.

  2. I didn’t recognize much about Canada, but one thing I always wanted to be is to live there if I get the chance. I didn’t know Canada owned all this gem that are truly beautiful. You’re so kind to grant me a glance of these islands. I’ll surely penned this on my bucket list.

    LaiAriel

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      Priya 2 months ago

      Hey, thanks for the comment. Definitely you will like Canada & its wonderful islands.

  3. Sindhu Murthy 2 months ago

    Interesting Article Priya. Canada seems to be an amazing place to travel. Loved the pics.

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      Priya 2 months ago

      Thanks Sindhu. Yes, Canada is truly amazing.

  4. Julia 2 months ago

    Wow, your pictures are beautiful and this post looks like a real cool summary of the islands. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Julia 2 months ago

    BTW: my favorite one – based on your description is Victoria Island, with the form of a maple leaf…. 🙂

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      Priya 2 months ago

      Hey Julia, Victoria is also one of my favorite. We had lot of fun there, as we had enjoyed there’s local events & some adventures. Its must visit island.

  6. Rashmi and Chalukya 2 months ago

    Baffin Island is stunning. Would love to visit and explore its amazing landscape and wish to spot some polar bears. Canada definitely has so many incredible island destinations to explore Newfoundland looks beautiful too.

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      Priya 2 months ago

      Baffin is one of the must-visit Island. Its best in summer.

  7. seema 2 months ago

    This is very helpful and i love the images.. Canada is indeed a nice and a friendly country

  8. Marge 2 months ago

    I have been reading so much posts about Canada lately, I wonder if I should take that as a sign to finally go there hahaha…. But I am definitely convinced that it’s a must-visit, especially Newfoundland Island. Wow, what do you call that beautiful beach/island right there? It looks amazing.

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      Priya 2 months ago

      Thanks for stopping by & its great that at last you also have added Canadian islands in your bucket list. Hope to hear from you soon about experiences visiting the islands.

  9. Sheena 2 months ago

    I used to live in Vancouver so I’ve been to 3 of these islands. I travelled a lot around BC but didn’t get to spend nearly enough time exploring the rest of Canada, these islands have given me serious wanderlust! Did you take all of these photos? They’re amazing!

  10. Mohit Agarwal 2 months ago

    A great collection of islands…..I loved the Baffin island

    • Priya 2 months ago

      Thanks Mohit. Ya, You will definitely enjoy Baffin.

  11. Cai Dominguez 2 months ago

    Since I never experience snow in my entire life. If ever I have a chance to tour on of these Islands, I would choose Baffin Island. Its far way different than the Philippines. Im just not sure if I can handle its temperature. 🙂

  12. trisha velarmino 2 months ago

    Canada is world’s second largest country by total area. No wonder why most of the top largest and fascinating Islands in the world are in here.

    Your photos are stunning but the beauty of The New Found land attracts me the most. Specially, when you mentioned that “You could kayak with whales” Seriously? That’s awesome!

  13. Vyjay 2 months ago

    I am always awestruck by the sheer natural beauty of Canada whenever I read blog posts about the country. Your post comes with a fresh perspective as it talks about the islands of Canada. Each of these islands are beautiful and seem to have their own unique character.

    • Priya 2 months ago

      Thanks Vyjay. It was really unforgettable experience in my life. I had never been experienced such type of weather & fortunately I had got a chance to visit these islands & will never be tired to visit them them again 🙂

  14. Priya 2 months ago

    Hey Cai, Baffin is truly awesome but its true that its too cold, but can be handled. In one entry its bit difficult to explore whole island. But its one of not to miss experience when you will be in Canada. So enjoy Island journey in Canada 🙂

  15. Gerry 2 months ago

    Victoria Island, you won’t find any luxurious hotels there or lush gardens, fine dining.. Victoria Island is remote and barren and is found in Canada’s Arctic waters.
    You are confusing it the city of Victoria.

  16. Gerry 2 months ago

    Victoria Island, you won’t find any luxurious hotels there or lush gardens, fine dining.. Victoria Island is remote and barren and is found in Canada’s Arctic waters.
    You are confusing it the city of Victoria.

  17. Gerry 2 months ago

    Victoria Island is a remote and barren island in Canada’s Arctic waters. No luxurious hotels and dining or lush gardens.

  18. Iris 2 months ago

    Heaven’s sake, this looks gourgeous! I find myself quite the nature lover lately, especially if talking about islands, shores, cliff etc. Those look majestic and your shots are very good!

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