If you’re planning a trip in late summer, you don’t have to leave Canada to find amazing vacation-worthy destinations.
Narcity spoke to several Canadian travel influencers to make their picks on the best summer spots to visit in the country, and you’ll definitely want to plan a visit to these spots.
Recommendations include all sorts of locations, with desert, beach, and city vibes to suit all types of vacations.
With dreamy beaches and otherworldly landscapes, here’s where seven Canadian influencers say you should go.
The Quebec Laurentians
Isabelle Cheng in a treehouse in the Laurentians region of Quebec.
Courtesy of Isabelle Cheng
Isabelle Cheng, or @allons.y on Instagram, who also runs travel blog theallonsy.com, says her favorite place in Canada for summer is the Laurentians region of Quebec.
“It’s far enough away that you can enjoy the outdoors while still being close enough to town that you don’t spend most of your time commuting,” she told Narcity. “Also, it’s not as crowded as other places in Canada.”
“With its vast wilderness, you can go hiking, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking, etc.,” Cheng says. “Mont-Tremblant National Park also has some of the clearest blue waters I’ve seen in the country and all with sprawling mountains as a backdrop.”
“The Laurentians offer some of the most unique accommodations to help you enjoy nature. Some of my favorites include stilt cabins and treehouses,” she says.
Thunder Cove Beach
Stephanie McQuaid in Cape Tryon, PEI.
Courtesy of Stephanie McQuaid
For photographer and adventure influencer Stephanie McQuaid, known as @theredheadroamer on Instagram, the best summer destination in Canada is in the Maritimes.
“I’ve always said there’s no better place in the world, let alone in Canada, than Prince Edward Island in the summer,” she says.
“PEI shines brightest in the summer and for good reason: with over 1,100 kilometers of coastline, you can choose a beach — any beach — and you simply can’t go wrong. .”
Her all-time favorite beach is Thunder Cove, an off-the-beaten-track beach in Darnley, just outside of Kensington, PEI, where you’ll find the iconic Teacup Rock.
“Thunder Cove has all the elements of the best beaches in PEI. On top of that, you can walk for miles along the shoreline looking for sea glass or just soaking up the rays,” says McQuaid.
Emma Leger (@emmaleger) and Nitsan Raiter (@nitsanraiter), co-hosts of the That’s So Sabotage podcast, agree that Tofino, a village on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, known for its beach vibe and its excellent surfing, is their top vacation destination in Canada.
“I love surfing in the morning,” says Léger, who posts fashion, lifestyle and travel content on Instagram and YouTube. “I always have my coffee at the Rhino Coffee House (it’s the best).”
“There’s also a ton of hiking to do, and of course, you can watch the beautiful sunset from the beaches. Oh, and don’t forget to go to the OG Tacofino food truck,” she says.
Raiter, who is based in Toronto and also publishes travel, fashion and beauty content, says Tofino has “the best beaches and such a relaxed vibe on the West Coast.”
“Sometimes I forget I’m in Canada with beautiful, untouched landscapes,” she says.
Raiter recommends “driving and making various stops along the way at swimming spots to take in the scenery.”
“If you’re more of a foodie, there are some amazing markets where you can stop for snacks for the rest of the way,” she says.
Alexandra Dunlap in the Canadian badlands.
Courtesy of Alexandra Dunlap.
Content creator Alexandra Dunlap, @alexandra.dunlap on Instagram, says that although she is based in Vancouver, her favorite destination to visit in the summer is not in British Columbia
“My main vacation destination to visit in the summer, and one of Canada’s best kept secrets, is the Canadian badlands in Alberta,” she says.
“The Badlands are miles of spectacular, otherworldly scenery. It’s one of my favorite destinations because it’s still relatively unknown, and you don’t encounter epic scenery like this anywhere else!”
She also has tips for anyone traveling in the area.
“I would recommend staying in Calgary rather than the nearest town of Drumheller, as there are great places to eat and drink and the drive to the Badlands takes less than two hours,” she says.
“If you can rent a jeep, start at Horseshoe Canyon, then Hoodoos Trail and finish at Dinosaur Provincial Park. Go early in the morning for sunrise or late at night for sunset.”
“It’s not a vacation, technically, because I’m from there, but I honestly believe Montreal is the best place to be in the summer,” says travel influencer and photographer Lisa Homsy, @lisahomsy on Instagram.
“The city is so alive and has so much to offer, endless live music festivals like Osheaga and the Jazz Festival, outdoor events like the Oyster Festival, fireworks, outdoor markets air,” she said.
“And, honestly, I’ve traveled the world and Montreal is home to some of the best sunsets I’ve ever seen.”
For things to do, Homsy says she enjoys “attending festivals, sipping sangria on terraces, watching the weekly fireworks competitions, enjoying sunsets along the canal or in the village of Pointe Claire [and] buy fresh produce in open-air markets.”
If you plan to visit Canada’s second largest city, she recommends visiting in the summer.
“Make sure you try all the food. Montreal is home to one of the best food scenes.”
Lily Carlson of @lilyslensonlife previously told Narcity’s Madeline Forsyth that her favorite place to travel in Canada for the summer is Manitoulin Island in Ontario.
“The largest freshwater island in the world, Manitoulin Island is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts to explore and vacation this summer,” she said.
“With beautiful natural scenery, it is home to the famous Cup and Saucer hiking trail, Bridal Veil Falls and the beaches of Providence Bay.”
She recommends “[breaking] spend your time adventuring with a cold beer from Split Rail Brewing or Manitoulin Brewing Company, a craft caffeinated beverage from Sugar Bush Canadian Coffee House, or visiting one of the many small craft businesses dotted around Gore Bay and Little Current .
Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.