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 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, 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 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 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
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 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 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
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.Published in