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Canada is a great country for solos. If you're planning to solo travel Canada, I've put together a solo female travel Canada guide on the best places to visit for solos, recommended accommodation, how to get around and recommended tour companies. Happy planning!

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Vancouver

Solo Travel in Canada

Canadians are some of the loveliest people on the planet (they apologise as much as the British!) And with vast open spaces and cosmopolitan cities, this country has a lot of offer. Canada is safe, and friendly, has good transport infrastructure and spectacular landscapes and is ideal for different types of solos. That's why I've given it 5 out of 5 stars for solo female travel. But with the country being so vast, you will need to plan which regions you want to visit.

Active solo – Canada offers a plethora of activities for the active solo traveler. Explore the stunning landscapes of Banff and Jasper National Parks in Alberta, where you can hike through picturesque mountain trails or try your hand at kayaking on pristine lakes. For a more rugged adventure, head to the Yukon Territory for wilderness trekking and even dog sledding experiences. In British Columbia, the coastal rainforests of Vancouver Island offer fantastic opportunities for wildlife encounters and sea kayaking adventures.

Adventure solos can go horse riding on the world’s largest active sand dune in Saskatchewan, spot polar bears in famous Hudson Bay, go whale watching in New Brunswick or kayak amongst beluga whales in Manitoba. For those who love skiing British Columbia is the place to ski.

Cultural Solo – Cultural solos can mingle with the locals in Halifax whilst spotting kilt-wearing soldiers. Or slow down the pace at Prince Edward Island with some of the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. Enjoy the culture and festivals of Saskatoon or the artistic talents within Dawson City or choose to explore the arctic capital of Nunavut and its Inuit history.

For city lovers, immerse yourself in Canada's rich cultural tapestry by visiting cities like Quebec City and Montreal. Wander through the charming cobblestone streets of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and savor French cuisine. In Toronto, explore vibrant neighborhoods like Kensington Market and world-class museums like the Royal Ontario Museum. Experience the indigenous culture in Winnipeg, where you can visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and learn about the history of Canada's First Nations.

History Solo – History buffs will find plenty to discover in Canada. Visit the historic Fortress of Louisbourg in Nova Scotia to step back in time to the 18th century. Explore the well-preserved colonial architecture in Old Montreal, discover historical routes in Yukon or the Celtic traditions in Nova Scotia. For a glimpse into the country's indigenous history, head to the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, which houses an impressive collection of First Nations art and artifacts.

Nature lovers can get lost in one of the world’s last wilderness regions in Labrador or visit Charlevoix with the oldest rock formation on earth or walk on the ocean floor at the Bay of Fundy. Venture to the Canadian Rockies in Alberta for breathtaking scenery and lakes such as the iconic Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Alaska is the perfect place for nature with remote wilderness, mountain peaks, and glacier lakes to an abundance of wildlife from whales to bears. And for a truly remote wilderness experience, consider a trip to Nunavut, where you can witness the stunning Northern Lights and explore the Arctic tundra.

Ocean Solo – Canada's coastline is vast and diverse. Head to the Maritime provinces for rugged coastal adventures, including sea kayaking along the Bay of Fundy, known for having the highest tides in the world. On the west coast, Vancouver Island offers opportunities for whale watching and surfing, making it an ocean lover's paradise.

Party Solo – Canada's cities come alive after dark. In Toronto, the Entertainment District is a hub for nightlife, with bars, clubs, and live music venues. Montreal's Plateau Mont-Royal neighborhood offers a vibrant nightlife scene with eclectic bars and cafes. For a more laid-back party vibe, visit the pubs and breweries in Victoria, British Columbia.

Spiritual & Wellness Solo – Find inner peace and rejuvenation in Canada's serene landscapes. Consider a wellness retreat in the tranquil setting of the Canadian Rockies, where you can practice yoga amidst stunning mountain views. Head to the natural hot springs and turquoise lakes in Alberta. Or explore the healing powers of nature in the Haida Gwaii archipelago, a place rich in indigenous culture and spiritual significance.

Canada's vast and diverse landscapes offer a wide range of solo travel experiences,

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Moraine Lake in Alberta

About Canada

If you love stunning scenery, the great outdoors, and long train journeys then Canada is a great starting point for your solo adventure. Known for its picture-perfect mountain backdrops and diverse culture, Canada is a country that’s bursting with as many different experiences and activities as it has people. From snowy plains with dog-sledding to whale-watching and old-fashioned fishing excursions, Canada has it all, and you can’t expect to see it all in one trip. Here are the best places in Canada for all types of solos including recommendations from those who have been there and loved it. 

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Ottawa

Ottawa

If you're a cultural Girl about the Globe or love history, the country’s capital Ottawa with its famous landmarks and culture is a good place to start. Ottawa is home to the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum and the Canadian Museum of Nature. It also has a 19th-century Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in all its Gothic glory. 

Imposing architecture in all its gothic glory, the many sculptures and depictions throughout this structure are well worth the trip. There’s also plenty for nature lovers in the area, with the rolling, green landscape of the Dominion Arboretum and its thousands of plant species, to the stunning sight of the Rideau Falls cascading into the Ottawa River.

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The skyline of Toronto

Toronto

Toronto is a city not to be missed. Toronto is a multicultural city with trendy restaurants and a great nightlife scene. There are constant music festivals and concerts and if you love sports, there's basketball, hockey and baseball too.

From the grand Art Gallery of Ontario and the contemporary architecture of the Royal Ontario Museum to the tranquil High Park, beaches and bustling Kensington Market of Downtown, there are plenty of things to do in Toronto.  

I really enjoyed my time here and recommend seeing the CN Tower, and St Lawrence Market and having a bite to eat at one of the food stalls in Chinatown. And once, you’ve seen everything in Toronto, you can pay a trip to Toronto Island Park, which is made up of several islands. See the lighthouse, spot some birds, paddle a boat between the islands or just swim on one of the beaches.

And you could time your visit here for the Canadian National Exhibition, the largest annual fair (fifth largest in North America) that is held in the run-up to Canadian Labour Day.

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The stunning Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

When you’re in Toronto, make time to take a day trip out to Niagara Falls. This town may be a bit on the touristy side, but as it’s less than 2 hours by bus (or 2.5 hours by train) it’s definitely worth seeing this natural wonder.

Hikers can take advantage of the many trails around the surrounding national park, while those seeking peace and quiet can either take a stroll around the beautiful Botanical Gardens. there are also regular tours into the vineyards, breweries and wineries around Niagara. Adrenalin junkies won’t be left out though – you could learn to flyboard, take a helicopter tour or ride the brand new MistRider Zipline at terrific speeds to take in the sights with hair-raising style.

Just seeing the thundering Horseshoe and American Falls will make the journey down the QEW worth the trouble, but you’ll also get the chance to go on a cruise to the edge of the falls (Maid of the Mist) or walk behind the curtain of water itself. Although the area is a bit touristy, it’s worth the journey to see the falls. I loved it!

Solo tip – “If I had to pick my favourite places to visit, they would be Niagara Falls, and Lake Louise,” Robin, solo female traveller. 

* Read more: A Solo Trip To Niagara Falls

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View from the Inn at the Falls in Bracebridge

Algonquin Park

If you love the outdoors and want to get your heart racing, from Toronto, you may want to spend a few days outdoors at Algonquin Park. 

Algonquin Provincial Park is a vast wilderness area located in southeastern Ontario that covers more than 7,600 square kilometres. The park is home to a wide range of ecosystems, including dense forests, sparkling lakes, and winding rivers. Here you can kayak, canoe and go ATV'ing to your heart's content. The park is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including moose, black bears, wolves, and beavers. I even spotted a moose here!

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Montreal

Montreal

If you want to practice your French, head to Montreal, where French is the most spoken outside of Paris. Montreal has museums, shopping, and its own volcano (it is extinct). You can take a bus or walk to the top of Mount Royal to Belvedere for a great lookout. It's even more spectacular in Autumn (the fall).

This city is known for its street art which you can see along Rue Duluth, or Saint Laurent Boulevard, to name just a few. It's also home to the country's largest church called Saint Joseph's Oratory.

Spend time at the Old Town and Old Port and walk along the riverfront. It is easily walkable and is beautifully lit up at night. Old Montreal dates back to the 17th century with cobblestoned streets and museums. Climb the clock tower for great views of the river and buy some local produce at Atwater Market to enjoy along the canal.

Dine at one of the restaurants in the Latin Quarter, and listen to live music at The Plateau, a trendy district in the city, where you can mingle with the hipsters. If the weather isn't great, spend some time in the underground city, a network of more than 30 km of shops and entertainment to explore!

Solo Tip: “The Laurentian mountain area near Montreal has spectacular colours.” 

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Quebec

Quebec

Food GatG, History GatG, Nature GatG

Quebec is a beautiful province in eastern Canada that offers a wide range of cultural and natural attractions. There are many things to see and do in Quebec, from exploring historic landmarks to experiencing the stunning natural beauty of the province's landscapes.

One of the most popular destinations in Quebec is the city of Quebec itself. The capital city is steeped in history and boasts many well-preserved architectural gems, such as the iconic Chateau Frontenac and the Place Royale. 

Foodies will also find plenty to love in Quebec, as the province is known for its delicious cuisines, such as poutine, maple syrup, and Montreal-style bagels. Additionally, Quebec's many festivals, such as the Quebec Winter Carnival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, are great ways to experience the province's rich cultural heritage.

If you’re looking for a quaint historical city with all of the charm that it had in the seventeenth century, then look no further than Quebec. Quebec has managed to preserve its Old Town and its beautiful cobbled streets and original buildings are simply magical.

As a UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Quebec City is a must-visit for its narrow streets, historic buildings, and picturesque squares. There are plenty of art galleries and restaurants in the area to keep you entertained.

Outside of Quebec City, there are many other attractions worth exploring in Quebec. For example, Mont Tremblant is a popular ski resort that is also a great destination for hiking and other outdoor activities in the summer. Meanwhile, the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region is home to some of the most beautiful fjords in the world, and the Gaspé Peninsula is famous for its rugged coastline and stunning natural vistas.

The harbour in Newfoundland

Newfoundland

The Atlantic Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland may not have the mountains of British Columbia, but the aged peaks of Gros Morne National Park in Western Newfoundland have a charm all their own. Rounded off by a half a billion years of erosion, there is a gentleness to these highlands that will remind many of the Scottish Highlands. When you aren’t traversing its many outstanding trails, take a day to go on a boat tour of Western Brook Pond, a landlocked fjord walled in by steep canyon walls that will evoke memories of Milford Sound. 

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The waterfront of Halifax in Nova Scotia

Halifax

If you're a maritime GatG, Halifax has plenty of maritime history such as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic where you can delve in the region's maritime past. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia.

One of the biggest attractions in Halifax is the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, a hilltop fort where you can take guided tours to learn more about this former military fortification, learn how to fire a rifle and even dress in a military uniform for an afternoon. Discover more history at Pier 21 where you can hear stories of the immigrants who arrived here by sea. Spend time at the Halifax Public Gardens and admire the gardens in all their Victorian glory, or marvel at the art collection at the Art Gallery of Halifax.

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Jasper in the Rockies

Canadian Rockies

You’ve probably heard of the Canadian Rockies and for good reason. These beautiful National Parks have some of the most stunning lakes. 

Whether by train or plane, make your way east to the Canadian Rockies next. The last wall of rock before the seemingly infinite Prairies, the sheer steepness of these peaks will take your breath away. Some are permanently capped by glaciers, while powder blue lakes and fragrant forests of pine and spruce cloak its lower slopes.

From the tourist attractions of Banff to the tranquil solitude of The Ramparts in the backcountry of Jasper National Park, this is certainly a special corner of Canada. Highlights you shouldn’t miss include the Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff, the Columbia Icefields, and the Maligne Lake boat cruise. Banff is absolutely beautiful too.

Solo tip – “Visit Jasper, Banff, Vancouver Island all of it! It’s so beautiful especially Haida Gwaii, an archipelago.” – Dallice Mchugh.

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The skyline of Vancouver

Vancouver

On the west coast you’ll find the coastal city of Vancouver. Surrounded by mountains, this city offers a diverse range of activities for visitors. One of its crown jewels is Stanley Park, a sprawling urban oasis where you can walk or bike along the famous seawall, or venture into forested trails. Be sure to check out the iconic Totem Poles and enjoy breathtaking views from Prospect Point.

Granville Island is another must-visit destination. This artistic hub is home to a bustling public market where you can savour fresh, local foods, shop for artisan crafts, catch live performances, and explore theatres and galleries. Gastown, Vancouver's historic district, is a charming area to stroll through with its iconic Gastown Steam Clock, cobblestone streets, and a vibrant nightlife scene.

For outdoor solos, Grouse Mountain is just a short drive from downtown. It offers year-round activities, including hiking, skiing, and the challenging Grouse Grind hike. The Skyride gondola provides panoramic views of the city and surrounding mountains.

As well as a diverse culinary scene with farm-to -table cuisine and plenty of seafood, Vancouver is also blessed with beautiful beaches like Kitsilano Beach (Kits Beach), Spanish Banks, and Wreck Beach. Other things to see in Vancouver include the Museum of Anthropology and Vancouver Art Gallery, or walk across suspension bridges in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

You can even take a day trip to Whistler, Victoria, or take a scenic ferry ride to Vancouver Island. There’s loads to do!

Solo Tip – “Capilano Suspension Bridge Park was absolutely gorgeous. It's in Vancouver, pretty close to the downtown area. There's also a hatchery pretty close to it as well.” – Victoria, solo female traveller.

Solo Tip – “On Vancouver island: do a loop through Cowichan lake, Honeymoon Bay, Port Renfrew through to Jordan River. You could check out Botanical Beach, or do the West Coast Trail (74km long), the Sooke potholes in Sooke (there is also an old ghost logging town on an old road from the Sooke potholes called Leech town…about a 8km walk) and then through to Victoria!” Also the Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast trail is 180km long and Canada's longest hut to hut trek.”  – Tammy, solo female traveller.

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Go skiing in the famous Whistler resort

Whistler

As awesome as Vancouver is, a trip up the Sea to Sky Highway will show you what a treat you are in for as you explore Canada solo. From the contrast you’ll see between Howe Sound and the mountains above to waterfalls like Brandywine Falls, you will be blown away by what you see en route to Whistler.

Whistler is definitely a place for the adventurous solo. World class skiing and boarding, skating, and snowshoeing are popular in winter, while hiking, golfing, and mountain biking are some of the things you can do here in the summer months.

Explore the charming Whistler Village with its variety of shops, restaurants and vibrant nightlife. Take the breathtaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride for panoramic views or just unwind in one of the luxury spas. 

Solo Tip – “Ski or snowboard in Whistler. Plus Bugaboos National Park or Banff never disappoints.” Lilly, solo female traveller. 

Canada is so vast and the above are just my recommendations of destinations for solo travellers but there are so many more places to visit here.

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Emerald Lake in Yukon

Tours in Canada

G Adventures Canada – Travelling in Canada is relatively easy as a solo but if you prefer the ease of an itinerary already mapped out for you along with the company of others for your trip then consider joining a group tour. G Adventures is a sustainable company that offers tours for all ages. Spend a week discovering the Canadian Rockies, two weeks exploring the Rockies and the west or east coast or 19 days encompassing the next of the Rockies. There are several to choose from. * Check rates and availability for G Adventures Canada tours

Day Tours – For day tours in Canada, Viator helps you to find top-rated Canada activities and things to see in Canada.  Choose from a day tour to Niagara Falls, a Lake Louise & Banff & Moraine Lake tour from Calgary or Banff or a Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park tour. Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. * Check rates and availability for Canada day tours 

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Accommodation in Canada

There are a variety of places to stay in Canada. From budget to luxury, international chains to boutique options, hotels are widely available in Canada's cities as well as apartments. For a more cozy stay, you’ll find B&Bs that offer homemade breakfast with friendly locals. Inns and Lodges are found in the more rural areas.

And if you take a road trip you’ll find motels along highways and in smaller towns. For those on a budget, you’ll find hostels with dorm rooms and private rooms within the cities. Or if you prefer to stay in nature (it is Canada after all), there are tent and RV sites within campgrounds too.

For the best places to stay in Canada; Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal are the most popular destinations for solos. Below are recommended solo female-friendly accommodations by myself and our Girls about the Globe community. For all other places to stay click on the link below. * Check rates and availability for all Canada accommodation

Montreal

$ – Auberge du Plateau. This friendly hostel has a great atmosphere. It’s close to a metro station, there’s a rooftop terrace, laundry services and a shared kitchen so you can meet others. Plus they have female-only dorm rooms too. * Check rates and availability: Auberge du Plateau 

$$ – Bed and Breakfast du Village BBV. This 3-star B&B in Montreal’s gay village is really hospitable and popular with solos. Breakfast is included and you’re close to public transport and restaurants. * Check rates and availability: Bed and Breakfast du Village 

$$ – LHotel Montreal. For somewhere arty, Hotel is a 19th-century 4-star hotel located in Old Montreal with a bar and art gallery. The Place d’Armes metro is just a 5 minute walk away. * Check rates and availability: LHotel 

Toronto

$ – The Clarence Park. This is where I stayed in Toronto. I liked the fact that it was walking distance to downtown and there were restaurants nearby. Plus they have a female-only dorm room. But you do need to take ear plugs as it can be a bit noisy. * Check rates and availability: The Clarence Park 

$$$ – Pantages Hotel. Located in downtown Toronto, this 4-star hotel is a short walk from Yonge-Dundas Square. The deluxe rooms have a kitchenette and even come with a coffee machine! * Check rates and availability: Pantages Hotel 

Vancouver

$ – Barclay House Bed and Breakfast. Located in the heart of the city centre, this B&B is close to cafes, shops and the harbour. The host is really friendly and welcoming and you get a great hot breakfast included! * Check rates and availability; Barclay House B&B 

$$$ – Rosewood Hotel Georgia. If you want to treat yourself, this 5-stunning star hotel has a pool and spa and is close to the main bus station and metro. It’s ideal for shopping solos as it’s a short walk to the Robson Street Shopping district. * Check rates and availability: Rosewood Hotel Georgia 

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Travelling Around Canada

There are a few different ways to get around Canada. Bear in mind that distances are long so plan your trip ahead. Flying is the quickest option for travel within Canada, especially for long distances. Several airlines connect major cities, with well-connected airports to major transit hubs. Air Canada and WestJet are popular carriers.

But the best way to get around the country is by train. Canadian trains offer comfort, dining cars, and even sleeping compartments. Via Rail has an extensive network to explore Canada, with various classes to choose from. And it’s scenic too as you can just reflect on your journey as you watch landscapes go by. 

You can’t miss one of the best train journeys here: the Rocky Mountaineer, a train that snakes its way through the Canadian Rockies and breathtaking landscapes.

Buses offer budget-friendly travel options between cities in Canada. Multiple bus companies operate across the country and stop at tourist destinations. While faster than trains, bus travel can be more expensive but they are a great option for shorter distances or visiting smaller towns.

Driving in Canada can be challenging, especially if you're not accustomed to driving on the right-hand side of the road. Familiarise yourself with traffic laws, watch for signs indicating hazards like icy roads and wildlife, and note that distances are measured in kilometres and not miles. The Trans-Canada Highway (Highway #16) spans the nation, and other major routes include the Yellowhead Route (#16), Alaska Highway (#97), and Queen Elizabeth Way (#QEW), all well-marked and paved.

Best Time to Visit Canada

Canada is spectacular to visit any time of the year but because it’s a vast country, the weather can vary significantly from one region to another. Unless you’re skiing or snowboarding, you may want to avoid the winter time from December to February as temperatures can get as low as minus 40 degrees celsius. But the northern regions of Canada are worth visiting in the winter for a chance to see the Northern Lights. 

The summer months (June to August) are the best for outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, camping, and water sports, summer is the ideal time to visit. This is when Canada's national parks and wilderness areas are in full bloom, and the weather is generally warm, especially in regions like British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec. Plus, many festivals and events take place during the summer months, including Canada Day on July 1st and various music and cultural festivals.

Visit between September to November (Autumn or Fall) to see the changing colours of the leaves especially in the regions of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and the province of Quebec. It’s also less crowded to visit at this time. 

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FAQs About Canada

  • Can I drink the water? Yes, tap water is generally safe to drink.
  • Is tipping expected? Yes. Canada has a tipping culture similar to the U.S. Tip 15-20% in restaurants and 10-15% for tour guides. 
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed price.
  • Any ATMs? Yes, you’ll find ATMs across the country.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? They drive on the right-hand side in Canada
  • Good for vegetarians? Yes. There are many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Canada. Ottawa is apparently the most vegetarian place in Canada. 
  • Any Seven Wonders of the World? No but the Rockies and Niagara Falls are definitely worthy.

Plan a Trip To Canada

Current time in Ottawa

Capital –  Ottawa

Population – 38.25 million

Language spoken – English. French is spoken in Quebec and Montreal.

Local Currency – The Canadian dollar (CAD)

Daily Budget – Budget approx $150 US a day

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Can I Visit Canada Without a Visa?

As a citizen of the United States, you do not need a visa to visit Canada for up to six months. However, it is always important to check the latest requirements before travelling, as they may change over time.

As a British citizen you need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) to travel to Canada. 

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UNESCO Sites in Canada

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