Top 10 things to do as a newcomer to Canada this August 2023 

Julia Hornstein
Published: August 1, 2023

Canada’s summers provide a great opportunity for newcomers to this country to travel and experience everything this country has to offer.

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Summer in Canada officially begins this year on June 21, 2023. August is midsummer in Canada. It is usually slightly cooler than July, but still warm. This gives newcomers to Canada the perfect opportunity to experience all the best events and excursions this beautiful country has to offer during the warmest part of the calendar year.

In no particular order, the following list will provide one recommendation of a marquee experience in each province that newcomers to Canada can take advantage of this summer.

Walk on a suspension bridge in British Columbia

British Columbia (BC) is home to six suspension bridges, each resting over a river or canyon with scenic views of that part of the province. For instance, the Capilano Suspension Bridge is a 140-meter-long structure in North Vancouver that was built 70 meters above a river. Use this August, when the weather is at its best, as an opportunity to enjoy one of the most unique experiences BC has to offer.

Visit Banff and Lake Louise in Alberta

Summer in Banff and Lake Louise brings warm sunny weather. This is the only time of year where the hiking trails at higher elevations are mostly snow free. July is definitely the warmest month, so August brings a more comfortable temperature to enjoy the vivid turquoise hues of Lake Louise and the many outdoor activities offered in the area like biking and paddle-boarding.

Trek through sand dunes in Saskatchewan

A province known for its landscape and enticing sceneries during the summer, Saskatchewan is somewhere newcomers to this country can get involved with some of Canada’s most unique outdoor experiences. One of those experiences is the Great Sand Hills, which are home to roughly 1,900 square meters of active sand dunes and a special desert-like environmental experience that is a rarity across the world, let alone in Canada.

Experience Canadian history at Manitoba’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Canada has a long and interesting human rights history that is at the core of many parts of modern Canadian identity. From climate justice to women’s rights and the history between Canada and indigenous populations in this country, newcomers interested in getting to know more about the history of their new home should definitely consider visiting this iconic museum in Winnipeg.

Get a look at Toronto from above at the CN Tower in Ontario

For 30 years, the CN Tower in Ontario was the tallest freestanding structure on land in the entire world. Although it has since been dethroned by Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the 553.3-meter-high landmark in Toronto remains one of Canada’s most noteworthy summer attractions. Whether you want to grab a meal, observe Toronto from the main observation level and/or the SkyPod, or even try your hand at the famous edge walk on the outside of the tower, the CN Tower is largely considered one of the quintessential summer experiences for those in Ontario.

Hike the many trails of Mont-Tremblant in Quebec

For outdoor adventure seekers and lovers of scenery, Mont-Tremblant National Park in Quebec features more than 50 different hiking trails that make for a great day of fun in nature and the August heat. With trails ranging from less than one kilometre to more than 80 kilometres long, this Quebec park offers a great way to stay active and outdoors in the summer as a newcomer to Canada.

Visit Peggy's Cove Lighthouse in Nova Scotia

A fixture in one of the country’s most iconic images, the Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse has a permanent place in the history of this country. Although the lighthouse is no longer operational, the over-100-year-old lighthouse provides Canadians with a great place to spend the day watching the waves and experiencing a monumental part of this country’s history in the summer.

Experience Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and Labrador

Whether you and your family want to go camping, take a boat tour, kayak or swim, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Gros Morne National Park provides one of Canada’s most picturesque landscapes to enjoy the outdoors in Canada this summer. Known for being a “rare example of the process of continental drift, where deep ocean crust and the rocks of the earth's mantle lie exposed”, this national park is a unique one in Canada that definitely warrants a visit by any Canadian newcomers who are in the area during the summer months of 2023.

Zipline above New Brunswick’s iconic landmarks like the Grand Falls

Ziplining may not be an activity unique to New Brunswick, but not many places in Canada offer adventure seekers the opportunity to zipline above beautiful natural scenery like a waterfall such as New Brunswick’s Grand Falls. This is a great way for newcomers to Canada to experience the beauty of one of Canada’s four prairie provinces from above this August.

Visit Prince Edward Island’s Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place

Anne of Green Gables is a world-renowned story written and set in Canada by Prince Edward Island native Lucy Maud Montgomery. Published over 100 years ago, this book is such a fixture in Canadian literary culture that it has spawned more than a dozen adaptations across television, film, stage and radio.

Anne of Green Gables Heritage Place is a 19th-century farm and museum dedicated to this iconic piece of Canadian literature and its author, a landmark that is surely worth a visit for all families who find themselves in Eastern Canada this August.

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