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Canada comes into its own in the summer with thousands of festivals, epic urban bike trails, world-class beaches, and open-air art shows. Explore this interactive gallery and start planning your trip to Canada, where long summer days and even later nights are a given.

 

1. Joining the crowds at a music festival

 

Summer days were made for music festivals. And Canada has plenty of them. From folk fests in Vancouver and Winnipeg, to blues celebrations in Ottawa, to giant electronic parties in Montreal and Toronto, all you have to do is choose your favorite style and jump into the crowd.

2. Taking in a street party

 

Street food. Live music. Giant parades. Street festivals are always amazing and no one does them better than Canada. From Calgary’s world-famous Stampede and North America’s biggest Caribbean festival, to the ultimate yoga celebration in Whistler and Ottawa’s epic dragon boat race, here are some of Canada’s biggest — and best — block parties.

Calgary Stampede
Calgary, Alberta
What:
Calgary’s nicknamed Stampede City for a reason. Featuring rodeos, free pancake breakfasts, and truly huge parties, bring your cowboy hat for the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.”
Where:
Calgary, Alberta
When:
July 8 – 17, 2016

Alberta

3. Sampling Canada’s craft brews

 

Though the craft beer scene is booming, there’s much more the country can offer occasional imbibers. From craft beer celebrations and cider fests in Ontario, to Okanagan Valley wine tours and prairie whisky tastings, your glass will always be full.


Photos: Destination Canada, Jaques Scheepers Photography for Canadian Club Brand Heritage Centre, Olivier Bourget for Mondial de la bière, LB Distillers

 

4. Hitting the beach

 

With 125,567 miles of coastline – over 10 times more coast than the USA – Canada’s home to world-class beaches. Surf beaches. Pink quartz beaches. Golden beaches. Singing beaches. Lakeside beaches. There’s plenty to choose from. And in summer they’re scorching. Here are a few of our favorites.

Toronto city beaches
Toronto, Ontario
What:
On the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto’s 11 city beaches are buzzing all summer long. Good for volleyball, picnicking, people watching, and swimming, the hardest thing to do is choose your favorite lakeside hangout.
Where:
Toronto, Ontario
When:
Year round

Ontario


Photos: Turbona, Destination Canada, Tourism PEI/Carrie Gregory, Bob Linsdell, Alan and Flora Botting

 

5. Going on an urban adventure

 

Whether you’re hiking through temperate rainforest next to Vancouver’s downtown, taking on North America’s fastest zipline in Calgary, or surfing right next to Halifax, here are our top picks for what to do when you’re in the city.

Whitewater kayaking in downtown Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario
What:
The Ottawa region is surrounded by what are widely regarded as three of the world’s best whitewater rivers. If you want to stick to the downtown core and its historic Parliament Buildings, you’ll find excellent paddling there too. Numerous outfitters in the capital will take you out on the water.
Where:
Ottawa, Ontario
When:
Summer

Ontario


Photos: Destination Canada, Dennis Jarvis for Lawrencetown Beach, Destination Canada, WinSport for urban ziplining, Slide the City

 

6. Experiencing Canada’s diverse cultures

 

Canada is nothing if it’s not diverse. Experience rich Aboriginal tradition, explore one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and listen to over a fifth of the population speak French. It’s time you experience Canada’s cultures.

7. Cruising the city by bike

 

One of the best ways to discover a city is on two wheels. Some trails stick to a single charming neighborhood, others take cyclists from city to nature. All are awesome.

8. Digging into the arts scene

 

Wwith outdoor installations in Vancouver, open-air street art festivals in Montreal, and groundbreaking art galleries across the provinces, Canada’s art scene is second to none. Here’s where to check out some of the most exciting developments in the country’s artistic offerings.

9. Living the simple life

 

Canada’s home to amazing cities and some of the finest landscapes on Earth. Whether you’re trekking through rainforest, exploring Pacific islands, or climbing mist-cloaked mountains, the country is a beautiful place to revel in even the most simple experiences.

Canadian Tulip Festival
Ottawa, Ontario
What:
Over a million tulips attract more than 600,000 visitors every year. Taking place throughout the Canadian capital, with huge displays by Dow’s Lake in Commissioners Park and along the Rideau Canal, this festival also features live music, speakers, and food stalls.
Where:
Ottawa, Ontario
When:
May 12 – 23, 2016

Ontario


Photos: Destination Canada, Quirpon Lighthouse Inn by Linkum Tours, Frances Lake Wilderness Lodge, Kenauk Nature, Neil Robertson for Travel Ontario

 

10. Taking advantage of world-class museums

 

Rethink your idea of the typical museum in one of Canada’s unique cultural spaces. Whether you visit the biggest museum in the country, discover more about your favorite sport, or delve into Canada’s past, you won’t associate the word “museum” with the word “boring” anymore.

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