Feel the passion and pride of Canada's cultural mosaic

  • 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 2400-plus museums
  • 200 different ethnic groups and 100 languages spoken

Canadian culture is as diverse as our geography. If you think Canada is young, scratch beneath the surface of our mountains and forests, and you'll find history rooted deep in the myths of Aboriginal peoples.

Our UNESCO World Heritage Sites will introduce you to 6,000 years of Aborignal plains peoples as well as the site of a Viking encampment. You can go tipi camping under the stars. Get a taste of French Canada with a slice of maple-sugar pie and francophone music ringing from coast to countryside. Toss your hat in the air during the world famous Calgary Stampede. Paddle a voyageur canoe down a famous waterway. Enter a shimmering ice palace during the Quebec Winter Carnival. And sway under the midnight sun at an Inuit arts and music festival. Be part of the stories that make Canada special.

Alberta

British Columbia

  • Pan for gold, listen to the blacksmith's anvil ring, meet legendary Gold Rush pioneers and tour Barkerville Historic Town by stagecoach.
  • Slip behind the scenes at the Royal BC Museum where you can touch Woolly mammoth fur, discover labs and hidden rooms where curators and collectors turn props and prototypes into dramatic displays.
  • Art, wine, food, and architecture blend like a fine Bordeaux during a memorable day Mission Hill Family Estate vineyards in BC's sunny Okanagan Valley.
  • Luxury-loving cowboys and cowgirls can grab the reigns and explore 80,000 acres of Wild West wilderness at soul-stirring Siwash Lake Ranch.

New Brunswick

  • Le Festival Acadien captures the joy and journey of early French settlers to the Maritime provinces with clap-along concerts, cabarets, and folk celebrations.
  • Trotting workhorses and village blacksmiths, live fiddlers and ladies in hoop skirts evoke pioneer life at Kings Landing Historical Settlement.
  • Sink deep into the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival where world-famous headliners mingle with up-and-comers to play the blues raw and smooth.

Nova Scotia

Ontario

  • Enter the world of French "voyageurs," and Scottish fur traders as you relive the drama and romance of 19th century life at Fort William Historical Park.
  • Paint your imagination with inspiration from the Group of Seven, Inuit sculptors and avant-guard Canadian artists on display at the National Gallery of Canada.
  • Embrace fame as you mingle with actors and check out legendary costumes and props behind the curtain of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
  • Toronto is alight with art installations and fashion, live music and gourmet street food during a multi-disciplinary arts frenzy known as Luminato.
  • Paddle like a pioneer, traveling from canoe to log cabin on a voyageur quest into fabled Algonquin Provincial Park.

Quebec

  • Wander across 1,000 years of Canadian history and into the world's largest collections of totems as you tour the Canadian Museum of Civilization's magnificent Grand Hall.
  • Visit an ice palace, go snowboating, watch dogsled races, and take a carriage ride down cobblestone streets at the Quebec Winter Carnival.
  • Twirl maple taffy, listen to fiddle music, sniff the sweet air at Sucrerie de la Montagne, a traditional sugar shack just east of Montréal.
  • Taste French Canadian cuisine and touch the heart of Quebec on a local walking tour of historic Québec City.
  • Listen to the foot-stomping solos and heart-stopping harmonies of 3,000 jazz masters performing at the Montréal International Jazz Festival .

Weather

Weather varies considerably with four distinct seasons and across the country. Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.

When to go
  • Arts and cultural attractions are staged year-round in Canada.
  • Skip the summer lines by visiting museums and galleries during the spring and fall shoulder season to spend more time indulging your passions.
  • Canada's festivals and events range from international jazz festivals where crowds swoon and cheer in the streets, to get-out-in-the-snow celebrations where enchanted visitors explore winter palaces.
Need to know
  • Canada's Aboriginal people number 1.2 million, including Metis, Inuit and First Nations, each with distinct myths, languages, art and music.
  • Practice your French and learn to say "bonjour" with a Quebec or Acadian accent.
  • Read award-winning historical fiction like "The Book of Negroes" by Lawrence Hill, to go on an epic journey through black history in Canada.
  • Emily Carr was not a member of the legendary Group of Seven artists but their influence is on display at the National Gallery of Canada