Expedia’s Travel Sensations series is exploring all the ways we use our senses on holiday, from the scents of the ocean to the sounds of cities. But there’s one sense that many people consider the most important: sight. We use it so much, we probably take it for granted sometimes. When we go on holiday, however, it’s a different story.

In a recent Expedia Canada survey of 1,200 Canadians, more than 50% of people named sightseeing as their favourite experience in a new place. And while nearly 70% said they prefer seeing the city from street level, well, we have some suggestions. It’s time to change your outlook on travel and experience the most scenic vacations from a new angle.


Above Ground

Toronto, ON

The CN Tower’s EdgeWalk is the world’s “Highest External Walk on a Building,” at 356 metres. More into Toronto rooftop restaurants? Lavelle Rooftop Bar has you covered.

views of toronto from CN tower


Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC

Fly up, up, and away at the International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, held August 11 to 19, 2018.

balloon festival in saint jean sur richelieu


Lake Louise, AB

Want to try your hand at an 11er? That’s a peak over 11,000 feet above sea level, and Mount Temple is one of the least technical–the summit will only take you 1–2 days. Not into hiking? Get the best mountain views from above on a Banff Adventures helicopter tour.

overlooking Lake Louise from high up on mountain hike


On the Ground

Kejimkujik National Park, NS

Canoeing on the calm, glassy waters of Kejimkujik National Park is about as peaceful as it gets. Sign up for a tour with Whynot Adventure or go it alone with a rental.

views of the lake and landscape of Kjimkujik Natinal Park Nova Scotia Canada


Vancouver, BC

Night views in Vancouver are one of a kind. See the city in a whole new light on a nighttime photography tour with Vancouver Photowalks.

city views of Vancouver BC at night and sunset


Montreal, QC

Clock Tower Beach provides some of the best views of Montreal—and the golden sands and bright blue umbrellas are perfectly Insta-worthy.

clocktower and bridges in Montreal Quebec


Below Ground

Tobermory, ON

In the Scuba Diving Capital of Canada, you can search for treasure among more than 20 shipwrecks in the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay. Divers Den has everything you need to get started.

underwater views of tobermory ontario


Jasper, AB

Maligne Canyon is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park—an incredible 50 metres down at its lowest point. In the winter, explore its frozen waterfalls and ice caves on the Maligne Canyon Ice Walk with the pros at Jasper Tour Company.

frozen falls, caves, and mountain views in jasper, alberta


Drumheller, AB

Atlas Coal Mine National Historic Site has Canada’s last standing wooden coal tipple. Don’t know what that is? You’ll have to visit to find out.

entrance and interior of atlas coal mine, drumheller alberta

Some of the most beautiful places in the world are right here in Canada, if you only know where to look. It’s time to #CometoYourSenses and see the country in new ways. For more Travel Sensations, check out our homepage, and don’t forget to share your favourite articles!