Celebrating nice, wherever you are

Celebrating nice, wherever you are

Canada is made up of friendly faces, iconic places and rich cultures worth celebrating every day—from province to territory, neighbour to neighbour. The world needs more nice. Find your inspiration and (re)discover what it means to you.

Discover nice
Find out where (and how) to safely experience the incredible places and people of Canada.
  • Exploring Canada this fall
    Plan a trip or an escape—the perfect day or getaway. Make a plan to explore Canada safely this fall.
    Plan a trip or an escape—the perfect day or getaway. Make a plan to explore Canada safely this fall.
    Exploring Canada this fall - KBialous
  • How to plan for a winter on the slopes
    Everything you need to know about skiing and sliding for this winter season.
    Everything you need to know about skiing and sliding for this winter season.
  • 21 Record-Breaking Things in the Northwest Territories
    Discover the extraordinary in the Northwest Territories with these 21 record-breakers.
    Discover the extraordinary in the Northwest Territories with these 21 record-breakers.
  • Glaciers and Grizzlies in Kluane National Park
    Find out what makes Kluane National Park a must visit in Canada's North.
    Find out what makes Kluane National Park a must visit in Canada's North.
  • FREDERICTON'S CAPITAL MOMENTS
    In Fredericton, you’ve got the perfect mix of fall enjoyment.
    In Fredericton, you’ve got the perfect mix of fall enjoyment.
  • A local's guide to the Kelowna food scene
    From delicate sweets, to hand-formed burgers, dine to discover some of Kelowna’s most delectable dishes.
    From delicate sweets, to hand-formed burgers, dine to discover some of Kelowna’s most delectable dishes.
  • Cape Breton Island's Northern Hidden Gem
    Local ambassador Chuck Wrathall provides some travel inspiration on one of Cape Breton Island's hidden gems.
    Local ambassador Chuck Wrathall provides some travel inspiration on one of Cape Breton Island's hidden gems.
  • FISH, FEAST & FIRE – A SECLUDED ISLAND EXPERIENCE
    Discover boat to table culinary culture in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Discover boat to table culinary culture in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Irish Mythen Describes Her Love for Prince Edwards Island
    Find out what made Irish Mythen fall in love with Prince Edward Island.
    Find out what made Irish Mythen fall in love with Prince Edward Island.
  • The musical masterpiece inspired by the northern lights
    Learn how the Northern Lights inspired Roman Zavada to create a musical masterpiece.
    Learn how the Northern Lights inspired Roman Zavada to create a musical masterpiece.
  • Whales Tales in Newfoundland and Labrador
    Listen to two amazing stories from a couple of Newfoundland and Labrador's passionate whale watching guides.
    Listen to two amazing stories from a couple of Newfoundland and Labrador's passionate whale watching guides.
  • A Perfect Day in Regina
    Discover some of the best things that you can do in Saskatchewan's capital city, Regina.
    Discover some of the best things that you can do in Saskatchewan's capital city, Regina.
  • A Bikepacking Adventure in the Canadian Rockies in Tribute to a Lost Husband
    Watch Sarah Hornby's touching story on her bikepacking tour in the Canadian Rockies in honour of her late husband.
    Watch Sarah Hornby's touching story on her bikepacking tour in the Canadian Rockies in honour of her late husband.
  • Long Weekends in Canada: Arts and Culture Getaways
    Museums, performances, music and exhibitions in every province and territory for a perfect weekend away.
    Museums, performances, music and exhibitions in every province and territory for a perfect weekend away.
    Manitoba Museum
  • There's No Place Like Dildo
    Explore the unique character and welcoming community of Dildo in Newfoundland and Labrador.
    Explore the unique character and welcoming community of Dildo in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • With Glowing Hearts: Whistler
    Whistler wanted to say thank you. But, being Whistler, thank you meant a day of epic mountain adventures.
    Whistler wanted to say thank you. But, being Whistler, thank you meant a day of epic mountain adventures.
  • Dreaming of the open road?
    Canada's friendly communities and breathtaking landscapes stretching coast-to-coast-to-coast make for the perfect road trip.
    Canada's friendly communities and breathtaking landscapes stretching coast-to-coast-to-coast make for the perfect road trip.
    Canadian Rockies Road Trip
  • Paddling Victoria’s Waterways
    Explore Victoria from a refreshing new perspective with Kelp Reef Adventures.
    Explore Victoria from a refreshing new perspective with Kelp Reef Adventures.
    Kayaking Victoria's Inner Harbour with Kelp Reef Adventures
  • Calgary’s Rhythm and Flow
    Appreciating the intrepid city of Calgary with its most adventurous mom.
    Appreciating the intrepid city of Calgary with its most adventurous mom.
  • Wide Open Spaces in Yukon
    Discover mountains that scrape the heavens and waterways that gracefully carve through the land.
    Discover mountains that scrape the heavens and waterways that gracefully carve through the land.
  • At the Greenbriar with Micheael Bernard Fitzgerald
    Discover Calgary’s close-knit community through the eyes of local musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerland.
    Discover Calgary’s close-knit community through the eyes of local musician Michael Bernard Fitzgerland.
  • Long Weekends in Canada: Adventure Getaways
    Outdoor adventures in every province and territory—like surfing, cycling and hiking—for a perfect weekend away.
    Outdoor adventures in every province and territory—like surfing, cycling and hiking—for a perfect weekend away.
    Manitoba - credit: Ben Jaworskyj
  • A WINDING ROAD TRIP ALONG THE SAINT JOHN RIVER
    Nestled in the Saint John River valley you'll find a host of natural attractions, perfect for vacation getaways.
    Nestled in the Saint John River valley you'll find a host of natural attractions, perfect for vacation getaways.
    Grand Falls Gorge, Grand Falls
  • An Urban Escape in Vancouver with Jonny Bierman
    Discover an urban getaway that pairs an Indigenous adventure with art, culinary, and history for a perfect cultural connection.
    Discover an urban getaway that pairs an Indigenous adventure with art, culinary, and history for a perfect cultural connection.
    Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre - credit: Canadian Tourism Commission
  • Active Canada: Outdoor Adventures to Try Near You
    Hiking, biking and canoeing are just some of the outdoor adventures in Canada that active travellers can enjoy.
    Hiking, biking and canoeing are just some of the outdoor adventures in Canada that active travellers can enjoy.
    East Block, Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan
  • Explore your city with this Canadian summer staycation guide
    Need a break from the routine? Get into vacation mode in your own city at these hotels, restaurants and diversions
    Need a break from the routine? Get into vacation mode in your own city at these hotels, restaurants and diversions
  • Advice on life and travel from a mother
    In a letter to her son, Gemma reflects on how travel is something that expands horizons.
    In a letter to her son, Gemma reflects on how travel is something that expands horizons.
  • Discover Creativity and Community at Skullback Studios
    Find out what makes the Skullback Studios the perfect place for creative inspiration and rustic relaxation.
    Find out what makes the Skullback Studios the perfect place for creative inspiration and rustic relaxation.
  • The Tucks and Cuthbert
    Julie and Marcus Tuck explore the Yukon in their truck Cuthbert after their round the world adventure took a pause due to international travel restrictions.
    Julie and Marcus Tuck explore the Yukon in their truck Cuthbert after their round the world adventure took a pause due to international travel restrictions.
    Tucks and Cuthbert Yukon Adventure
  • Rick Mercer's Rant on Travel
    CBC personality Rick Mercer celebrates Canadians’ love of travel with a rant calling on us to explore our own backyards this year.
    CBC personality Rick Mercer celebrates Canadians’ love of travel with a rant calling on us to explore our own backyards this year.
    Rick Mercer's Rant on Travel
  • Hidden Canada: Home and Away
    The Globe and Mail celebrates Canada's diverse heritage in the annual Canadian travel guide.
    The Globe and Mail celebrates Canada's diverse heritage in the annual Canadian travel guide.
    Hidden Canada: Home and Away
  • Feast: Community Cooking and Indigenous Foodways
    Discover a microcosm of modern Indigenous culture and cuisine at Feast Café Bistro, Winnipeg.
    Discover a microcosm of modern Indigenous culture and cuisine at Feast Café Bistro, Winnipeg.
    Feast Winnipegs Chef Calvin Spencer and Elder Calvin Pompana
  • Travel Canada This Summer
    Peter Mansbridge calls on Canadians to travel this summer.
    Peter Mansbridge calls on Canadians to travel this summer.
    Peter Mansbridge calls on Canadians to travel this summer
  • Finding the Joy in Solitude at Race Rocks
    The island has allowed Nick Townley to centre himself, be immersed in the tranquility of the interconnectedness of land, sea, sky and his presence.
    The island has allowed Nick Townley to centre himself, be immersed in the tranquility of the interconnectedness of land, sea, sky and his presence.
    Race Rocks Ecological Reserve - credit: Hubert Kang
  • The Best Road Trips in Canada
    From a scenic coastal climb to an inland-sea ramble, these 13 tried-and-true road trips will show you the diverse sides of Canada.
    From a scenic coastal climb to an inland-sea ramble, these 13 tried-and-true road trips will show you the diverse sides of Canada.
    Road trip through Jasper National Park
  • 13 Must-Visit Sections of The Great Trail
    Since it’s (nearly) impossible to do it all, here’s where to find the best of The Great Trail all across the country.
    Since it’s (nearly) impossible to do it all, here’s where to find the best of The Great Trail all across the country.
    Kettle Valley Railway, BC
  • Canada. More than Travelling.
    Find inspiration for your next adventure.
    Find inspiration for your next adventure.
    Canada. More than Travelling
  • Canada's Calling Podcast
    Join hosts Ashley and Mike as they explore this beautiful country called Canada, and connect to what it truly means to be a Canadian.
    Join hosts Ashley and Mike as they explore this beautiful country called Canada, and connect to what it truly means to be a Canadian.
    Canada's Calling Podcast
    Canada's Calling Podcast
  • Virtual backgrounds for video conferencing
    Searching for beautiful virtual backgrounds? Check out these epic outdoor photos of Canada.
    Searching for beautiful virtual backgrounds? Check out these epic outdoor photos of Canada.
    Virtual backgrounds for video conferencing
    Virtual backgrounds for video conferencing
WHERE CAN I GO?

Hover over the provinces and territories to see current domestic travel restrictions and traveller self‑isolation requirements. Information updated as of November 19, 2020.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick
Travel bubble with other Atlantic provinces whereby no-self-isolation required for Atlantic Canadian residents; prohibition on all non-essential travel into New Brunswick (NB) for all other domestic travellers, except for workers and other specific exemptions such as Canadian residents owning property in NB or visiting family members, and Quebec residents entering for essential services or going to the Magdalen Islands. 14-day self-isolation for all other domestic travellers entering NB, except for exempt essential service providers and Quebec residents entering for essential services. Under specific circumstances, NB residents who work outside of the Atlantic bubble may be eligible to forego self-isolation requirements or be subject to less stringent self-isolation requirements.

Yukon

Yukon
Entry permitted for Canadians following self-isolation requirements; exceptions for critical or essential service workers and those transiting to/from Alaska (24-hour limit); enforcement at land borders and airport; mandatory travel routes for transiting through Yukon (YT). Several First Nations governments and communities currently have travel advisories in place. Travellers are asked to limit travel to YT communities (outside of Whitehorse) and travel respectfully. The government does not recommend non-essential travel to the territory. As of November 20, mandatory self-isolation for all domestic travelers entering YT, except for critical workers; self-isolation must occur in Whitehorse, unless visiting a family member (in which case self-isolation must occur at their residence).
What can you do?

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British Columbia

Current Phase/Stage

Phase 3 of 4

Hotels & Accommodation

Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.

As of November 13, vacation accommodations are limited to those who reside together, or if a person lives on their own, up to two other persons with whom the person regularly interacts.

Restaurants & Dining

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and breweries can open for dine-in (with sufficient distancing measures and a maximum of 6 patrons per table); patrons who remain on premises after being served must be seated.

As of September 8, liquor sales in all bars, lounges, pubs and restaurants must stop at 10pm and they must close by 11pm (unless full meal service is available). Stand-alone banquet halls are closed until further notice.

Activities & Attractions
Most businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to WorkSafeBC protocols and a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place). In addition, most parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces are open. Exceptions include casinos, which remain closed, and nightclubs, which are closed until further notice. Provincial park campground reservations are open for BC residents only; preferential access to camping will be given to BC residents. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Alberta

Current Phase/Stage

Stage 2 of 3

Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining

Restaurants, lounges and bars can open (with sufficient distancing and health measures in place).

As of November 13 in the Edmonton area, the Calgary area, Fort McMurray, Grand Prairie, Lethbridge and Red Deer: Restaurants, bars, lounges and pubs must stop liquor sales by 10pm and close by 11pm.

Activities & Attractions
Most businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to general and sector-specific guidance). Unless an exemption has been provided, the following activities are not permitted: nightclubs, amusement parks and indoor children’s play places. Most parks and outdoor spaces are open; however, only selected campgrounds are open at National parks and comfort camping remains unavailable at provincial parks. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Saskatchewan

Current Phase/Stage

Phase 4.2 starting June 29

Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining
Dine-in can open (with sufficient distancing measures).
Activities & Attractions

All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to sector-specific guidelines in the Re-Open Saskatchewan Plan). In addition, most parks and outdoor spaces are open. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

As of October 30, all nightclubs in Saskatchewan must adhere to a maximum of 6 patrons per table, with no mingling between tables, and no karaoke and dance floors. In addition, nightclubs in Saskatoon must prohibit alcohol consumption after 10pm and close to patrons at 11pm.

As of November 19, entertainment transportation services (e.g., limousines and party buses) are not permitted.

Manitoba

Current Phase/Stage
Beginning November 12, all regions in Manitoba are in the red (critical) response level
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining
Beginning November 12, all restaurants in Manitoba are closed with the exception of take out and delivery services.
Activities & Attractions
Beginning November 12, only essential services remain open in Manitoba. All casinos, museums, galleries, movie theatres and concert halls are closed.

Ontario

Current Phase/Stage

Effective November 7, 2020, Ontario is implementing the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

The framework categorizes public health unit regions into five levels: Green - Prevent, Yellow - Protect, Orange - Restrict, Red - Control, and Lockdown, and will outline the types of public health and workplace safety measures for businesses and organizations at each level.

To see which public health unit is in which level, see COVID-19 levels by region.

Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to operational reasons; meeting rooms and recreational facilities can open subject to the requirements in the level.
Restaurants & Dining

Green-Prevent (Stage 3): Indoor and outdoor dining permitted; must capture contact info for patrons; no buffet style service; night clubs only permitted to operate as a restaurant or bar

Yellow-Protect (Stage 3): Measures from previous level, plus: Maximum of 6 patrons per table; liquor service ends at 11pm and establishments must close at midnight (except for takeout service)

Orange-Restrict (Stage 3): Measures from previous levels, plus: 50 person indoor capacity limit; maximum of 4 patrons per table; liquor service ends at 9pm and establishments must close at 10pm (except for takeout service)

Red-Control (Stage 2): Measures from previous levels, plus: 10 person indoor capacity limit; outdoor dining, take out, and delivery permitted

Activities & Attractions

Museums, galleries, aquariums, zoos, science centres, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens and similar attractions may open with some operating restrictions.

Green-Prevent (Stage 3): Casinos limited to 50 people; cinemas limited to 50 people indoors, 100 outdoors, or 50 indoors per auditorium; performing arts facilities limited to 50 people indoors and 100 outdoors

Yellow-Protect (Stage 3): Measures from previous level

Orange-Restrict (Stage 3): Measures from previous levels, plus: Cinemas limited to 50 people per facility

Red-Control (Stage 2): Measures from previous levels, plus: Casinos limited to 10 people per facility indoors or 25 outdoors; cinemas are closed, with some exceptions (e.g. drive-in); performing arts facilities are closed to spectators

Quebec

Current Stage/Phase

Quebec is implementing a regional alert system. There are 4 levels in total.

The following regions are in the “Red” level: Montréal, Laval, Capitale-Nationale, Centre-du-Québec, Mauricie, Montrérégie, Lanaudière, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean, Chaudière-Appalaches, Estrie.

The following regions are in the “Orange” level but have specific territories in the “Red” level: Laurentides, Outaouais.

The following regions are in the “Orange” level: Bas-Saint-Laurent, Nord-du-Québec.

The following regions are in the “Orange” level but have specific territories in the “Yellow” level: Gaspésie-Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

The following regions are in the “Yellow” level: Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Côte-Nord, Nunavik, Terres-Cries-de-la-Baie-James.

Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns; regular vacation camps with accommodation are not permitted.
Restaurants & Dining

For “Red” regions: Dine-in at restaurants and bars is not allowed; only delivery and takeout permitted.

For “Orange” regions: Maximum of 6 patrons per table and required to capture contact information of patrons; alcohol and food sales in all bars must stop at 11pm and they must close by midnight; in addition, alcohol sales at restaurants must stop at 11pm and no alcohol can be consumed after midnight.

For “Green” and “Yellow” regions: Maximum 50% capacity, maximum of 10 patrons per table and required to capture contact information of patrons; alcohol and food sales in all bars must stop at midnight and they must close by 1am.

Activities & Attractions

For “Red” regions: Auditoriums, cinemas, theatres, libraries, museums, nightclubs, casinos, aquariums, zoos, amusement centres, saunas, and spas are closed. Organized sports and recreational activities are suspended.

Otherwise, all business are permitted to operate (with adherence to sectoral guides and health measures related to their area of activity). In addition, most parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces are open. Exceptions include karaoke activities at bars and public venues, which have been suspended. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

New Brunswick

Current Stage/Phase

All zones are in the Yellow (Level 3c of 4).

Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining
Dine-in can open at restaurants, brewpubs and taprooms (with sufficient distancing measures and are required to capture contact information of patrons).
Activities & Attractions
All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to WorkSafeNB guidelines and health measures related to their area of activity; all business must prepare operational plans). In addition, most parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces are open. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Nova Scotia

Current Phase/Stage
No official reopening plan in place
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining
Restaurants can open for dine-in and bars, wineries, distilleries and taprooms can open for in-seat service (with sufficient distancing measures).
Activities & Attractions
All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to sector associations' government-approved Workplace COVID-19 Prevention Plans). In addition, most parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces are open. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Prince Edward Island

Current Phase/Stage

PEI launched a new colour-coded COVID-19 alert system for the province on September 29. The province also announced that it will move to the Green 'New Normal' phase on October 1.

Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining

Dine-in can open with maximum 50 patrons indoors and additional patrons permitted on patios (with sufficient distancing measures); maximum of 20 patrons per table; no self-serve buffet; patrons must remain seated for alcohol service

Food premises may have more than 50 patrons seated indoors following multiple gatherings guidance (separated cohorts of up to 50 persons).

Activities & Attractions
All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to sector specific operational guidelines; business resulting in gatherings of more than 50 people must submit a COVID-19 Operational Plan and receive approval). In addition, most parks, beaches, and outdoor spaces are open. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Current Phase/Stage
Alert level 2 of 5 (moving from level 5 down to level 1) starting June 25
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining
Dine-in can open at restaurants, bars and lounges (at 50% capacity).
Activities & Attractions
All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to business specific requirements and public health guidance from the Department of Health and Community Services). In addition, most parks and outdoor spaces are open. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Yukon

Current Phase/Stage
Phase 3 of 4 starting August 1
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns (with enhanced cleaning and public health measures).
Restaurants & Dining
Restaurants can open at full capacity for dine-in (with sufficient distancing measures and approved operational plan); bars can open at 50% capacity (with distancing measuresand approved operational plan).
Activities & Attractions
All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to health measures and with completed operational plans where required). In addition, most parks and outdoor spaces are open. Territorial campgrounds and recreation sites have closed for the season. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Northwest Territories

Current Phase/Stage
Phase 2 of 4 starting June 12
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns (with control/safety measures in place).
Restaurants & Dining
Dine-in can open at restaurants, bars and lounges (limited capacity with sufficient distancing measures; no more than 25 customers indoors and 50 customers outdoors).
Activities & Attractions
All businesses and enterprises are permitted to operate (with adherence to health measures and following sectoral guidelines). In addition, most parks and outdoor spaces are open. All territorial campgrounds closed by September 30. It is recommended to check with the facility or tourism operator directly to confirm its status.

Nunavut

Current Phase/Stage
Every two weeks after June 1, the Chief Public health Officer will decide which measures can be eased, maintained or if additional restrictions are needed.
Hotels & Accommodation
Accommodations are open unless they have decided to close due to lack of demand/low occupancy/health concerns.
Restaurants & Dining
As of November 18, restaurants are open for take-out services only.
Activities & Attractions
As of November 18, all businesses are closed except for essential services; this includes the closure of all galleries, museums, and libraries. In addition, all parks and day-use areas of territorial parks and territorial park reserves are closed.