Exploring unique Canadian experiences: Five “must see” places

Published June 1, 2022.

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

In summary:
  • Taking time off from work for vacation or travel can help boost productivity and mental wellness.
  • Windmill partner, Canoo, offers new Canadians access to free or discounted arts, sports, culture and entertainment experiences across the country
  • Newcomers can enjoy unique experiences throughout Canada, ranging from museums and heritage sites to national parks.

Immigrants and refugees choose Canada for a variety of reasons. You may choose to live here for career development and opportunity, safety, stability or to build a better life for yourself and your family.

Newcomers focus on establishing their lives and careers when they first arrive in Canada. This makes sense as you strive to settle into your new country. However, this means what’s sacrificed is time away from work. Research shows the importance of time away from work as a tool to boost your productivity and mental health. Despite this, approximately one-quarter of Canadians don’t use their allotted vacation time. Think about the new experiences being missed because of this!

Immigrants and refugees experience unique mental health challenges in Canada. We share some helpful tips and resources on our blog. Read them here.

Windmill partner, Canoo, helps new Canadians, and permanent residents who arrived in the last five years, make the most of their time away from work. Their free app exclusively for newcomers to Canada offers access to arts, sports and cultural events and experiences, across the country. Tickets are either free or discounted.


Canoo asked its users to recommend suggestions for five Canadian experiences they consider “must see”. As you head out on the road, remember, this may be just what you need to recharge and refresh on your path to career advancement.

5. Explore the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site and Museum

Canoo Experience 5 - Cannery

Recommended by: Canoo member, Barry

Barry says: “There is a lot to explore and the displays are interactive and creatively set up!”

Website: https://gulfofgeorgiacannery.org/

About the experience:
Located on the banks of the mighty Fraser River, in the historic fishing village of Steveston, British Columbia (BC), the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site is a dynamic museum, full of sounds, images and artifacts waiting to be explored.

A walk through its history will bring you face to face with the Chinese, Japanese, First Nations and European fishermen and plant workers who toiled long hours, side by side, to keep up with the mountains of sockeye processed in the "monster cannery".

4. Discover Jasper National Park

Canoo Experience 4 - Jasper

Recommended by: Canoo member, Anna Katrina

Anna Katrina says: “I was in awe of the beauty of the lakes and mountains. I loved watching the sunset and sunrise with my family.”

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/jasper

About the experience:
Extending over 11,000 square kilometres, it's the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and part of UNESCO's Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site in Alberta. Jasper offers breathtaking sites and memorable experiences. Adventurers can take advantage of incredible backcountry locations, alpine day hikes, adrenaline pumping mountain biking and great paddling.

3. Enjoy hands on learning at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Canoo experience 3 - ROM

Recommended by: Canoo member, Aaizah

Aaizah says: “I’ve been able to see art, pottery, history, geography. My favorite part has been exhibitions at the ROM which take us to another world.”

Website: www.rom.on.ca

About the experience:
Founded in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), located in Toronto, showcases art, culture and nature from around the world and across the ages. Among the top 10 cultural institutions in North America, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive museum is home to a world-class collection of 13 million artworks, cultural objects and natural history specimens, featured in 40 gallery and exhibition spaces.

2. Soak in maritime history at the Cap-des-Rosiers Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada

Canoo experience 2 - Rosiers

Recommended by: Canoo member, Lorena

Lorena says: “The most spectacular view was from the top of the mountain! You could absorb all the magnificence of the Gulf of St. Lawrence!”

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=596

About the experience:
Built in 1858, this thirty-seven metre high stone light-tower is perched atop rugged cliffs near the village Cap-des-Rosiers, Quebec. The exposed point of land is at the mouth of the St. Lawrence River where it enters the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Witness to many shipwrecks, the lighthouse continues to guide ships navigating these treacherous waters.

1. Step into the past at Green Gables Heritage Place

Canoo experience 1 - Gables

Recommended by: Canoo member, Janega

Janega says: “Getting to see all the artifacts at the Green Gables House and getting dressed up in Anne's clothes and taking pictures was like getting to step into the book.”

Website: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/pe/greengables

About the experience:
A straw hat, red-haired braids and a pinafore define Canada’s most loved fictional character, Anne of Green Gables. Meet the head-strong orphan and re-live her youthful escapades and mishaps within the memory-filled rooms of her home – Green Gables – where images from the blockbuster 1908 novel blend with the real-life experiences of local author Lucy Maud Montgomery, who drew inspiration from the idyllic farmstead and its red woodland pathways.

Download the Canoo app today to discover more great Canadian experiences. There are more than 1,400 of our country’s most exciting cultural and outdoor experiences to choose from.

Looking for tips about making a big career move to another part of Canada? Our blog can help you plan your relocation to a new province, territory or community. Click here to read our post.

All images courtesy of Canoo.

Categorized in: A Newcomer's Journey, Settlement and Life in Canada, Newcomer Health and Wellness,