There’s certainly no shortage of attractions in Canada. From world-famous Niagara Falls to massive ski resorts and mountain lakes, there are loads of things to do in Canada. While we could certainly put together a list of what we feel are the best attractions in Canada, we thought we’d use Instagram to find out what everyone else is taking photos of. After all, Instagram is used by more than a billion people and has become an influential tool in promoting tourism in Canada and around the world. So, we waved our magic Instagram wand and found the…
100 ‘Most Instagrammed’ Attractions in Canada
From unspoiled landscapes to urban splendour, Canada has it all.
One of the best things to do in Canada is to take advantage of the fabulous outdoors – and there’s a lot of it. Approximately 90% of the country is uninhabited, with thousands of miles of untouched natural wonders, including 48 national parks and reserves and 970 national historic sites.
What’s more, Canada boasts some wonderful man-made attractions too, such as the world’s largest totem pole and the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. Its cosmopolitan cities each have their own distinct personality but are all friendly, multicultural and full of fun things to do.
So, it may come as no surprise to hear that people come from far and wide to experience Canada’s wonder. But as the second-largest country in the world, it can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to exploring.
We decided to crunch the numbers, with a little help from Instagram, and shine a light on the most picture-worthy things to do across the country…
Read on to find out which attractions secured a place on the top 100 list, but first, let’s have a look at the top 10…
10. Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia (363,022)
Located in downtown Vancouver, this multi-activity sporting arena is the home of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team, as well as the venue for some of the biggest concerts and shows in the city. Rogers Arena also holds the prestige of being the site of the ice hockey events at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. All Canadians remember that goal by Sydney Crosby that bid farewell to team USA.
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9. Granville Island, Vancouver, British Columbia (370,738)
Once an industrial manufacturing area, Granville Island is now a shopping district that is popular for entertainment in Vancouver. The tourist hotspot offers visitors the opportunity to explore its large public market, marina, theatres, art galleries, and a variety of shopping areas.
8. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, Toronto, Ontario (405,005)
Opened fairly recently in 2013, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is now one of the top things to do in Toronto. The country’s largest indoor aquarium houses roughly 20,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens, including sharks, jellyfish, stingrays, and more.
7. Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver, British Columbia (481,131)
Crossing the Capilano River in North Vancouver, this attraction has welcomed visitors since as far back as 1889. At 140 metres long and 70 metres high, the Capilano Suspension Bridge offers breathtaking views to those who walk across it – views good enough to capture by the looks of its top 10 position!
6. Old Port of Montreal, Québec (509,464)
This 1.2 mile-long, historical port in Montreal has been used from as early as 1611 when French fur traders used it as a trading post. Now a popular leisure attraction, the Old Port of Montreal offers a range of activities to visitors including walking, cycling, roller-blading, and boating on the Saint Lawrence River.
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5. Mont-Tremblant, Québec (512,052)
As the world’s second-oldest ski resort, Mont-Tremblant has been attracting snow enthusiasts since the first chairlift opened in 1939. And it’s still as popular as ever, now offering 95 trails, 18 acres of ramps, rails and jumps, and an Olympic-calibre super-pipe. The picturesque ski resort is also clearly one that visitors think is Instagram-worthy…
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4. CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario (548,969)
Standing at a height of 553 metres, the CN Tower is one of Toronto’s most well-known sights and landmarks. It was the world’s tallest freestanding structure until 2007 when it was surpassed by the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, but it still remains the tallest in the Western Hemisphere. Its grandeur has captured attention since it was built, and continues to do today!
3. Whistler Blackcomb, Whistler, British Columbia (567,932)
By many measures, Whistler Blackcomb holds the title of North America’s biggest ski resort, boasting over 8,100 acres of snow-covered slopes, 16 alpine bowls, 3 glaciers, world-class terrain parks, and over 200 marked trails. With all of this on offer, the ski resort often surpasses 2 million visitors a year – and its top-three position indicates that people like to share it on the ‘gram!
2. Lake Louise, Banff, Alberta (767,268)
Lake Louise is a picturesque lake in Banff National Park that entices visitors all year round. In winter, it freezes over, creating a wonderful ice skating experience, and in the summer, it is a hotspot for canoeing and paddle boarding. Its popularity is evident, with the turquoise lake securing second place.
Want more? Check out our guide to the best things to do in Lake Louise!
1. Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario (1,144,605)
Coming out in the top spot as the most Instagrammed attraction in Canada is Scotiabank Arena, with a whopping 1,144,605 photos.
The multi-complex centre in Toronto, Ontario, is home to the Toronto Raptors (NBA), the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), and the Toronto Rock (NLL). In 2018, it was ranked by Billboard Magazine as the 13th busiest arena in the world and the busiest in Canada for its size – a mecca for sports fans.
In fact, Canada is renowned for its passionate sporting culture so it’s no wonder that the majority of its most Instagrammed attractions offer activities of this nature – skiing, snowboarding, ice hockey, canoeing, and hiking to name a few.
Interestingly, more than half of the top 100 most Instagrammed places of interest in Canada are, in fact, outdoor attractions: Nova Scotia’s picturesque Peggy’s Cove Lighthouse, Alberta’s “drive of a lifetime” Icefields Parkway, and even Vancouver’s clothing-optional Wreck Beach.
You can view the entire table of results here…
10 ‘Most Instagrammed’ Lakes in Canada
Of course, there is a long list of reasons why Canada entices visitors from all over the world and one that is up there with the best is the lure of its vast, breathtaking lakes.
Did you know there are thought to be over 2 million of them across the country?! So we’ve dived back into the data to find out which of these are the most Instagrammed.
Banff National Park is one of Canada’s great national treasures, so it may not be surprising that the lake considered to be its crown jewel has taken the number one spot.
That’s right, with its soaring mountains, lush alpine forest and brilliantly blue waters, Lake Louise secured first place with an impressive 767,268 photos.
Following Lake Louise, the top 10 ‘most Instagrammed’ lakes in Canada are:
Somewhat amusing is the fact that Alberta has fewer lakes than almost any other province in Canada and yet it’s home to half of Canada’s top 10 most Instagrammed lakes. This is thanks to the beauty of both Banff National Park and Jasper National Park.
To compile our list of the top 100 most Instagrammed attractions in Canada, we curated a list of the most popular ‘things to do’ across the country, taken from countless articles and sources listing the must-visit places of interest.
This included places of interest where tourists visit, typically for its inherent and/or exhibited natural or cultural value, historical significance, natural or built beauty, offering leisure and/or amusement. Large sites like Niagara Falls and National Parks such as Banff and Jasper were consequently split up by their individual attractions.
We then scoured Instagram to identify how many photos on Instagram had been posted in the specific location and ranked the attractions based on this number to identify our top 100. For the list of lakes, we simply took all of the lakes in Canada that made it onto the initial list and ranked those again by the number of photos.
Some of them surprised us. For example, we never imagined any arena coming out on top, but when you think of the entertainment inside the arenas, it makes sense.
Did anything surprise you? What’s your favourite attraction in Canada? Let us know in the comments!