With its beautiful landscapes, historic sites, diverse museums and tourist attractions, Canada is a top destination for people who love to travel. The good news is that websites, online videos, virtual tours and photo galleries allow us to explore a variety of Canada’s greatest sights and attractions from the comfort and safety of home. See our list of amazing virtual tours of Canadian attractions whether you’re interested in sports, animals, history, music, art or the great outdoors.
See icebergs in Newfoundland
Browse spectacular photos of Newfoundland icebergs shared by travelers, many while taking iceberg tours from past years.
Join a lobster supper in PEI
With this video and photo gallery from Prince Edward Island, you’ll hear live music, see lighthouses, see a traditional lobster dinner and tour the island’s red sandy beaches. Plus see the best PEI photos taken by visitors and locals.
Roam the coast in Nova Scotia
Take a virtual visit to the Maritimes with more than 70 webcams around Nova Scotia showing the views of destinations such as harbours, beaches, lighthouses, golf courses and more.
Cabot Trail tour
Set to traditional fiddle music, this Cabot Trail video captures the stunning vistas of Cape Breton Island’s famous route.
Wander through Quebec City
Nobody makes winter look as warm and enticing as Quebec City. Whether you love history, culture, the outdoors or great food, you’ll find inspiring videos on the Quebec region’s YouTube channel.
Visit Canada’s online museums
Discover special exhibits and themed collections featuring subjects from sports to slippers in the online editions of Canadian museums.
- The ultimate online destination is Virtual Museum of Canada, the country’s largest source of stories, videos and digital experiences collected from our nation’s museum and heritage organizations from coast to coast. You could wander different virtual museums every day: the directory gives you access to more than 3,000 institutions and more than 600 virtual exhibits.
- At the Hockey Hall of Fame you can see exhibits, replica locker rooms, the Stanley Cup and biographies of the greatest hockey players of all time.
- Check out the Bata Shoe Museum for the world’s most incredible collection of shoes. Try a virtual jigsaw puzzle or colouring sheets of shoes, or visit the museum’s YouTube channel with short videos about special shoes from the museum
- The Canadian Museum of History allows you to access a variety of exhibits online including Dene artist Alex Janvier’s famous mural on the dome of the Museum, a history of Canadian health care, Her Majesty’s stamps and the art of puppetry.
- Visit the website for Winnipeg’s Canadian Museum for Human Rights to find information and exhibits online, such as this virtual museum tour.
- Find a comfy chair: the Royal Ontario Museum has more than 45,000 objects viewable through its online archive! Browse for topics such as Egypt, dinosaurs, gems, etc. Or listen to described audio tours of selected exhibits, including European florals, Winnie the Pooh, painted and printed cottons from India.
- Visit Canadian War Museum to explore Recognizing Service | Honouring Valour stories about the people behind military medals in the collection as well as a variety of exhibitions covering military technology, early wars, and the period from the Cold War to the present.
Stroll through a few Canadian Galleries
- Head online to Glenbow from Home, a series of online collections, videos and webinars. For an activity, seniors with school-age grandchildren might like to watch the Rocks and Minerals Gallery video and then research the questions together.
- The building may be temporarily closed but you can stay close and connected with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Art Connects. Register in advance for a free series of video webinars on a variety of topics and exhibitions by gallery staff. If you’re new to Zoom video webinars, you can get an account and learn how to attend a Zoom webinar here. Or click Exhibitions & Events to see some images and explanations about their latest exhibits.
- See a variety of artwork in every style at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Highlights in Artists & Collections include The Thomson Collection, a gift of 2,000 works from Ken Thomson, who has the most significant private art collection in Canada, including intricate models of British ships.
- Head to the capital online and drop in to see treasures from the National Gallery of Canada to see the most comprehensive collection of Canadian art.
Visit some animals
See what’s happening at the Vancouver Aquarium and marine research centre. They’ve got live underwater cameras showcasing penguins, otters and jelly fish, among others. Here’s a video tour of Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, located in Toronto. While you’re at it, don’t miss the pandas live stream at the Calgary Zoo or the Toronto Zoo’s YouTube channel for videos of animals including baby giraffes, hippos and more.
See a heritage theatre
If you love theatre or architecture, take a look at photos or a 3D virtual tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, a heritage landmark in Toronto.
Tour Rideau Hall
Wander through the heritage site and official residence of Canada’s Governors General with a virtual tour including photos and panoramas of the famously festive tent room, used for large gatherings and receptions.