Canada is a big, diverse nation. Due to its size, the majority of visitors concentrate on either the western or eastern provinces. Eastern Canada is an exciting place to explore history, culture, and breathtaking scenery while the west has Vancouver and the Rockies. Listed below are some best places to visit in Eastern Canada with a map. You can expect us there.
Eastern provinces of Canada
In general, the area of Canada south of the Hudson Bay/Strait and east of Manitoba known as Eastern Canada (also known as the Eastern provinces or the East) is thought to include the following provinces: Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and Ontario.
The province of Ontario is home to Ottawa, the nation’s capital, which is situated in Eastern Canada.
The Canadian Shield encompasses a large portion of eastern Canada. In order to create a rocky landscape with lakes and swamps, glaciers swept the land, leaving behind deposits that were later dammed and diverted streams. Permafrost affects a large portion of the soil, which makes drainage even more difficult. The most northern extension of the Appalachian mountain range is found in the far eastern uplands.
Here are some best places to visit in eastern Canada. Are you ready?
Ottawa, the Capital of Canada
If culture is the doorway to the mind, then food is the path to your heart. Ottawa, the nation’s capital, is home to seven of Canada’s nine national museums, more than its fair share of cultural attractions. The Canadian Museum of History has interactive exhibits and a 3D theater where visitors can learn about the history of the entire country, including the greatest accomplishments of the indigenous First Nations people.
The National Gallery of Canada, located across the river, is home to the largest collection of artwork in the nation, as well as a sizable collection of works by indigenous and Asian artists that reflect the diversity of the country.
Gros Morne National Park
Don’t miss Newfoundland’s Gros Morne National Park for its breathtaking natural beauty and abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation. A peak in the Long Range Mountains by the name of Gros Morne offers some amazing hiking for those looking to get active while taking in beautiful scenery.
Bring a camera because the geological wonders include, to name a few, cliffs, waterfalls, and unusual rock formations. Visit Western Brook Pond to take a boat tour on the water and enjoy breathtaking views of the cliffs and mountains that surround the pond.
Quebec is the most famous province in eastern Canada.
The capital of Quebec, a province that speaks French, is Quebec City in eastern Canada.
Old Québec, the city’s historical district, is the thing that makes it famous. It is the only fortified city north of Mexico and one of the earliest European settlements in North America.
Good farmers’ markets can be found all over the city, and there is also a fantastic selection of restaurants, from chic fine dining establishments with extensive wine lists to outdoor eateries serving comfort food to the sound of live music. Every hour, a shuttle leaves from Place d’Armes in front of the Château Frontenac to take you to ExpoCité, where the daily Old Port Market has since relocated from its former location. The best way to learn about the seasonal produce, including the maple syrup they source from the nearby forests, is to have a conversation with the welcoming vendors.
Waterfalls in Northern Ontario
I recently traveled through Northern Ontario in the dead of winter, so I can’t wait to visit again in another season. We were unable to access many attractions or much of the scenery due to the snow, but we were still able to appreciate the area’s beauty despite the storms. And that was enough for me to vouch for our return.
From enormous (hello Huron and Superior!) to tiny lakes (see Killarney below), as well as SO MANY waterfalls, this region is filled with water. One of three impressive waterfalls in Agawa Canyon, which is best reached by the Algoma Central Railway, is the 68m Bridal Veil Falls.
The largest city in the province of Quebec is Montreal, which has the second-highest population in Canada. The Mount Royal hill, a must-see in the city, is where Montreal gets its name. There is a sizable city park with wooded paths in Mount Royal. From the top of the hill, take in the expansive view of the city.
Stroll through Old Montreal’s streets to see structures from the 17th and early 18th centuries. Admire the 1705-built Château Ramezay and the Notre Dame Basilica, both of which date to 1687.
You can find more history at the early 18th-century Château Ramezay, as well as a garden in the French colonial style. But if you take a taxi or walk to the top of Mont Royal, you’ll be greeted by the country’s history as you take in the breathtaking views from the summit of the extinct volcano. You can see as far as Vermont on a clear day.
Niagara Falls is arguably one of the most well-known tourist destinations in North America. Both in the United States, in New York, and on the Canadian side, in Ontario, these waterfalls can be seen. The best views of the waterfalls can be had at Queen Victoria Park, which is on the Canadian side of the falls.
But Niagara Falls is not just about the natural attractions. Numerous hotels, gambling establishments, and nightlife options can be found at the destination. You could go on a boat tour to see the waterfalls up close, fly over them in a helicopter, and then enjoy fine dining at a restaurant with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the sparkling falls. Niagara Falls is the best famous places to visit in eastern Canada.
Toronto is a must visit city in eastern Canada
Toronto is not only Canada’s most populous city, but it is also the most diverse and dynamic. It is actually regarded as one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the entire world.
Toronto is one of the best tourist destinations in Eastern Canada because there are so many things to see and do there. You can find Toronto on the map of eastern Canada below.
The 553-meter-tall CN Tower, a communications and observation tower situated in the heart of the city, is Toronto’s most well-known landmark. It’s difficult to miss the tower because it dominates the skyline. It was once the world’s tallest free-standing structure when it was finished in 1976. It is currently the ninth-tallest free-standing building.
Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick
Grand Manan Island must be among the quietest places on the East Coast because it has no traffic lights, no fast food joints, and only 2500 residents. Geographically, Grand Manan is closer to the US state of Maine than New Brunswick because it is situated in the Bay of Fundy.
A winding coastal road follows the steep cliffs, occasionally detouring through sandy bays, lighthouses, and active fishing communities. The island appears to be a fantastic location to disconnect.
Thousand Islands, eastern Canada
The amazing Thousand Islands are located right at the point where the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario converge on the border between the US and Canada. Over 1,700 little islands that rise out of the water make up this incredibly popular summer vacation spot. You’ll be in for a treat if you’re fortunate enough to book a cottage nearby.
Choose a boat tour and a trip to Boldt Castle if you can only take a day trip. The castle, which is the main draw to Thousand Islands and is technically located in the United States, is situated on a small island in a river.
The Cabot Trail, Nova Scotia
The Cabot Trail, which circles Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia, is hailed as one of the world’s top road trips. A 300km coastal drive that winds its way past picturesque bays, lush highland scenery, and vibrant fishing villages.
Bay of Fundy, eastern Canada
The Bay of Fundy is located just south of New Brunswick and north of Maine. Although this bay is best known for its high tides, tourists flock here because of the quaint coastal towns and world-class seafood.
At Hopewell Rocks, you can witness the tides changing quickly while stepping out onto the barren seabed just minutes after watching the waters recede. The longest covered bridge in the world is located in Hartland, and the area’s many seafood restaurants serve up some delicious fresh lobster. This is one of the best places to visit in eastern Canada.
I am absolutely in awe of the scenery in Newfoundland. This location seems enormous! Newfoundland, which is perched on the edge of the Atlantic, is home to imposing fjords, mountains, and untamed coastal scenery. Additionally, this province is among the best in the world for viewing enormous icebergs.
Keep your fingers crossed; those ferry fees are on the pricey side. Nevertheless, if we do make it to Newfoundland this year, I’d really like to arrive in time to see the icebergs from Twillingate.
Map of eastern Canada
This is a map of eastern Canada. You can see all provinces and destinations.