In my last post I wrote about 5 places in the US I’ve been to, but never really got a chance to explore and would like to revisit. Since I’m Canadian and I’ve gotten to travel a bit within Canada (certainly not everywhere though) I thought I’d write about some places in Canada I’ve technically been to, but never got to see much of. So here are 6 places in Canada I need to revisit.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
In 2009 I went to the east coast to visit a friend, but I made the mistake of trying to do too much in a short period of time. My trip to Halifax culminated in my friend and I going to the Pier 21 Museum before I had to fly home. I’d love to go back Halifax and spend more time there exploring downtown and trying to find the best lobsters rolls. It would be cool to see The Halifax Citadel or to check out an event like the Halifax Comedy Festival.
A couple of years ago I went to Niagara Falls, and spent about 20 minutes in the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. While I liked Niagara Falls I really wish I would have spent more time in Niagara-on-the-Lake, which was a very cool historic and pretty town. Next time I’m in the region I’d like to see all the things there are to do in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Being a theater nerd if I went in the summer I’d check out the Shaw Festival, or if I was there in the winter plan a winter trip and check out the regions ice wine.
Prince Edward Island – The Entire Province
It might be a little unfair to put an entire province here, when the rest of this list is filled with cities and towns, but I won’t explain my stupidity. See on that same trip where I saw nothing in Halifax a few days earlier I thought I could do Prince Edward Island in a day. This province is the smallest in Canada, but there’s a lot to see and a day wasn’t enough. I’d love to go back and see more of PEI maybe take a seafood tour of PEI and check out the amazing restaurants in Charlottetown, see the birthplace of Canada at Founder’s Hall, and check out the annual Anne of Green Gables The Musical.
I’ve been to Regina a few times, when I was little and couldn’t remember it and then when I was older and just passing through. Stopping at Tim Horton’s for lunch and seeing inside the airport doesn’t count as visiting a place. Regina seems like an underrated destination, and I’d like to go back and spend a couple of days there. Maybe I could check out Wascana Park, The RCMP Heritage Centre, see a play at the Globe Theatre, or attend an festival like the Regina Fringe Festival.
2013 I did a road trip from Calgary to Toronto and I got to spend one brief night in Winnipeg. I was pretty tired from driving (was alone) and so the only thing I did was visit The Forks. It was a cool area, but it was early in the day and so nothing much was opened before I had to hit the road again. I’d like to go back and see more of Winnipeg. It might be neat to see the Winnipeg Ballet and I’d definitely love to visit The Canadian Museum of Human Rights (the only National museum in Canada outside of Ottawa).
Bonus – Drumheller, Alberta
This is a bonus because I’ve been to Drumheller a few times. This is a small city here in the Alberta badlands that is well known for dinosaurs. Yes, the area around Drumheller has lots of dinosaur fossils and the town has a fantastic palaeontology museum (The Royal Tyrell Museum) that I’ve been to a couple of times, but aside from snapping a photo of the giant Dinosaur in town and snapping another photo of the hoodoos I feel like I haven’t seen a lot of Drumheller. Granted the town isn’t huge, but it always felt like there was more to explore in this area. Since Drumheller isn’t too far away from where I live (about 200km) it’s unfortunately become one of those, “it’s so close I’ll just go there later” kind of trips.
Well not for long. My birthday is coming up soon and I’ve never gone anywhere for my birthday, and while Drumheller might not seem super glamorous I thought it would be fun to spend a couple of days there. I’m going to take a (short) hiking tour of the region (something I don’t usually go for), but I’m also going to be seeing two shows. Yes, there is live theatre in the region. I’ll be seeing a production of The Wizard of Oz at Rosebud Theatre, and The Canadian Badlands Passion Play, which take place completely outside. I’ll be in the region for about 2 days so if you got more suggestions on what I should see or do let me know on Facebook or Twitter or down below in the comments.
Shout out to the following travel blogs for their great resources on these Canadian destinations I dropped the ball on.
- Bacon is Magic
- Breathe Dream Go
- Calculated Travel
- Hike Bike Travel
- Savoir There Blog
- Travel Yourself
- Travel + Happiness
What places in Canada would you like to revisit?