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7 awesome ways to explore Canada virtually

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Sometimes travel isn’t always possible. Whether you’ve been asked to stay inside or you work full time and can’t travel as often as you like, or maybe you’re housebound because you broke your ankle, I don’t know, travel just isn’t always possible. Luckily, technology and a group of crafty people have come together to offer ways to explore Canada virtually.

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Canada is a big freaking country with many city centres, museums, galleries and natural wonders, but there are ways that you can see it all from the comfort of your own home. This makes it the cheapest way to travel across Canada!

There are several ways to explore Canada virtually, from live cams to street views to virtual tours. I’ve tried to list as many as I could find, but there are likely more out there. If there’s a spot you really want to see, try typing “(location) virtual tour” into your search bar, and you’ll probably find something!

Live Cams of Canada’s natural beauty

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The first way to explore Canada virtually is through the live cameras placed all around Canada. They can offer a sweet escape from reality while giving you incredible views of Canada’s natural beauty.

Underwater view of Orcas at Rubbing Beach, British Columbia

Orcas are freaking amazing. They are one of the coolest marine mammals out there, and in Canada, you can see them almost year-round off the coast of British Columbia. In this particular live cam, you can watch Orcas rub their bellies against the smooth pebbles of Johnstone Strait at Blackfish Sound.

It’s a popular spot, so you can also watch from above too, where you might even spy other animals like sea lions and eagles.

Polar Bear Spotting in Wapusk National Park, Manitoba

There’s nothing ~cooler~ than seeing polar bears in the wild. But if you’re stuck at home, why not watch them on a live cam placed at Wapusk National Park in Manitoba. It’s one of the largest concentrations of polar bear dens. While October and November are the busy months, you can go back and watch the highlights!

Algonquin Provincial Park Cam

Algonquin Provincial Park is one popular park in Ontario. It sees thousands of visitors during the summer and fall, but you can enjoy the views from the comfort of your armchair with this live cam. The camera is placed at the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre and overlooks the gorgeous valley!

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Niagara Falls Cam

Niagara Falls has to be one of Canada’s top destinations. But you can see the power of the falls from the live cam mounted at Fallsview Casino. Sometimes it gets so misty that it covers the camera and other times, like a night, you’ll want to watch for hours for the light show!

Nova Scotia Pier 21

Pier 21 in Nova Scotia welcomed thousands of immigrants to Canada from 1928 to 1971. Today, it’s a National Museum of Immigration. You can view the harbour, the Port Authority and the Seaport Farmers’ Market as well as Georges Island National Historic Site. Click the Ship Tracker to learn more about the boats you see on the live camera.

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Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse cam

Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, likely the most famous lighthouse in Canada, even has its own live cam. Watch the sunrise light up the famous landmark or watch the sunset over the harbour.

Northern Lights cam in Churchill Manitoba

There’s no doubt that most people have “seeing the northern lights” on their bucket list. But when you’re stuck at home, check out the Churchill Northern Studies Centre’s northern light cam in Churchill, Manitoba and watch them curled up on your couch.

Late winter and early spring are the best times for the aurora and, obviously, at night, BUT you can skip back to the previous night to see if the lights made an appearance.

CN tower Cam

Enjoy the 360-degree views of Toronto, Ontario, with the webcam atop the CN Tower. When the clouds don’t hide the view, you can see Lake Ontario, Toronto Islands, the Roger Centre and more.

Webcam of Downtown St. John’s

Take in the view of the Narrows and the Harbour of St. John’s Newfoundland from this webcam. Watch the sunrise or try to spot icebergs in the distance.

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Live From Long Beach Lodge Tofino

On the opposite side of Canada, watch the waves crash against the beach at Long Beach Resort in Tofino, British Columbia. Come back for sunset and watch the sun sink below the horizon over the Pacific Ocean.

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Live Cams of Canada’s Zoos

Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto

If you’ve wanted to check out Canada’s zoos, then you can do that from the comfort of your own home. Hey, it’s one way to explore Canada virtually!

Shark Cam at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

If you love Shark Week, then you’ll love the Shark Cam at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada in Toronto. I definitely jumped when a shark zoomed across the screen, super close to the camera.

Find more places to check out virtually in Ontario here.

Sea Otter Cam at the Vancouver Aquarium

If you’d rather watch cuddly sea creatures, then the Sea Otter Cam at the Vancouver Aquarium is for you. You never know what you’ll catch of these playful critters. They’ve got an underwater cam too! And if you want to see the other critters, Vancouver Aquarium also has a penguin cam and jelly cam.

Relax with the Calgary Zoo Pandas

Pandas are such fun to watch! And the Calgary Zoo has three (yes, three!) panda cams set up to give you the best view of these lovable, goofy bears every day from 9 am to 6 pm. You can even get in line to control the cameras!

Parks Canada street view project

Bruce Peninsula National Park viewpoint

Canada boasts some of the most incredible natural landscapes; from coast to coast to coast, we’ve got some of the best (and most remote) national parks in the world. But you can easily explore Canada virtually through a google street view project that Parks Canada completed in 2017.

You can explore every one of Canada’s 43 National Parks and many of its National Historic Sites. Check out the featured sites, or scroll to the bottom to see the list of places to explore sorted by province.

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My favourites are:

Explore Canada virtually with aerial tours

CN tower framed between buildings

Soar above your Canadian bucket list places with the help of aerial tours. There are many videos online of cinematic and 4K views of Canadian hotspots, like Banff, Toronto, Vancouver and more. This is a high-def way you can explore Canada virtually.

Here are some of my favourites:

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If seeing one of Canada’s great museums or galleries, then this way to explore Canada virtually should be right up your alley.

Many museums, like the Royal Ontario Museum and Canadian Museum of Human Rights, all have fantastic programs that you can use to learn all from the comfort of your own home. You can find a giant list of them on Virtual Museums.

Here are more online guides for museums and galleries across Canada:

Virtual Hikes

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One of the hardest parts about not travelling (or in our current case self-isolating) is not getting outdoors and hitting the trails. There are so many incredible trail systems in this country, and a great way to explore Canada virtually is to check out a virtual hike!

Nature Conservancy of Canada has several great hikes across the province. I suggest starting with Darkwoods, British Columbia or Gaff Point, Nova Scotia.

Other great virtual hikes are:

Virtual Reality tours

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Virtual reality took off a few years back, and many tourism boards are creating virtual reality tours of their cities or hotspots. The best part is, with special virtual reality glasses, you can feel immersed in a location without leaving your couch. What a way to explore Canada virtually!

You don’t necessarily need special virtual reality glasses (like these ones or even these cardboard ones) to go on these tours. A lot of the options below you can check out on your laptop, but I think it’s a little more fun this way.

Here are some excellent 360-degree virtual reality tours you can find online for Canadian destinations:

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These are challenging times we live in today, but it has brought us all together in new ways. While I can’t wait to be back exploring this beautiful country in real life, for now, these resources will help you and I explore Canada virtually.

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Olivia Rutt is the travel writer and photographer behind My Wandering Voyage, a travel website helping working millennials find time to travel. She shares insight in trip planning, travel inspiration and photography tips. Olivia hails from southern Ontario, Canada where she works in the media industry between travels. Follow Olivia on Instagram where she shares her travel photos, or catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter.