News report | | 18/12/2020 | ±4 minutes reading time

When thinking of Canada, most people think of the vast and beautiful natural landscapes that Canada is known for. It is not without reason that Canadaʼs national parks are among the countryʼs most popular features. Canada has much more to offer, however. Anyone planning a trip to Canada, whether to immerse themselves in the breathtakingly beautiful landscapes or to visit the cities, should apply for an eTA Canada or a visa before departure.

Breathtakingly beautiful natural landscapes

With its vastness, countless national parks and pristine nature, Canada is the perfect destination for nature lovers. Several of Canadaʼs national parks are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Yoho, Wood Buffalo, Kootenay, Gros Morne, Kluane, Nahanni, Waterton Lakes, Banff and Jasper. Banff National Park, located in the Rocky Mountains, is the oldest national park in Canada. One of the main highlights of the park is Lake Louise, the most famous lake in the Rocky Mountains. Its distinctive blue water framed by beautiful mountain scenery makes Lake Louise an essential stop-off point for many tourists on their travels through Canada.

Jasper National Park is also located in the Rocky Mountains, about 230 kilometres from Banff. Many tourists visit both national parks, which are connected by the famous Icefields Parkway. This road leads through the rugged mountainous landscape of the Rocky Mountains, past blue lakes (including Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Moraine Lake), waterfalls and glaciers, making the road in itself an unmissable tourist attraction.

The Kootenay and Yoho National Parks are also located in the Canadian Rockies. Together with Jasper, Banff and three provincial parks, these parks are part of the World Heritage site Canadian Parks of the Rocky Mountains. Kootenay is a park of contrasts; here you can find both icy mountain rivers and steaming hot springs. Major attractions of the park include Olive Lake, Helmet Falls, the hot springs, the so-called Paint Pots - rust-coloured mineral springs - and Marble Canyon. The park - like all national parks in Canada - is an ideal location for hiking and walking. One of the main highlights of Yoho National Park is Emerald Lake, characterised by the beautiful turquoise colour of its water. Due to its high altitude, the lake is frozen from November to June.

Cities and museums

A trip to Canada is not only worthwhile because of its beautiful and unspoiled natural landscapes. There are also several cities and other highlights to visit. The country has been in the hands of both the French and the British, which is clearly visible in some cities, such as Montreal, Quebec and Victoria. In Montrealʼs historical centre, Vieux-Montreal, founded in 1642 by French colonists, you almost feel as if youʼre in a French city. The same goes for the historical centre of Quebec City. The most characteristic building of Quebec and at the same time one of the most famous sights of the city is the impressive Château Frontenac. In Victoria, the capital of the province of British Columbia, one finds monumental buildings from the English colonial era. A popular sight in this city is the Parliament building in neo-baroque style.

Canadaʼs capital, Ottawa, is also worth a visit. Here you can find, among other things, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian War Museum and the most visited museum of Canada, the Canadian Museum of History. Despite being the capital, Ottawa is not the largest city in Canada; the countryʼs largest cities are Toronto and Montreal.

Churchill is also a popular destination among tourists. The city is nicknamed the Polar Bear Capital of the World: in autumn, you can spot polar bears here, an unforgettable experience. An interesting fact about this city is that many residents do not lock their cars in case someone needs to quickly get away from a polar bear.

Applying for an eTA Canada

Anyone planning a trip to Canada, whether to hike and enjoy the pristine natural landscapes, spot polar bears or soak up culture in one of the cities, must apply for an eTA Canada or a visa before departure. The eTA Canada is a digital travel authorisation to fly to Canada without a visa. This travel authorisation is easier, cheaper and faster to apply for than a visa. To be eligible for an eTA Canada, it is important that the traveller meets all the requirements that are imposed for the travel authorisation. For example, they must not pose a threat to Canada or its citizens.

The eTA Canada is valid for five years, and during this period you can make an unlimited number of trips to Canada. Each stay in Canada cannot exceed six consecutive months. The eTA therefore allows you to visit all the places of interest mentioned in this article. One important requirement is that the passport used to apply for the eTA must be valid throughout the entirety of your stay in Canada. If the passport used to apply for the eTA is no longer valid, the validity of the eTA Canada will also instantly expire.