Whether you are planning to travel around Canada or visiting a single province, Canada –– the Great White North, the land of maple syrup and poutine and Justin Trudeau –– will welcome you with open arms. It is here that you can experience majestic rocky mountains, grassy plains, slightly chilly ocean waters and ethnicities from around the world. A country filled with one-of-a-kind Canadian bucket list experiences.

One of the best ways to plan a trip, and remain excited about it, is to create a bucket list. Whether you write it down on paper or create a Pinterest board, we all pour over magazines and books and blog posts and Google images in search of cool, unique, trendy, fun or off-the-beaten-path things to see, do and experience during our travels.

If you’re planning a trip to Canada, or a Canadian planning to explore more of our beautiful home country, Robin Esrock’s ‘The Great Canadian Bucket List: One-of-a-Kind Travel Experiences’ is the one book you should buy, read, bookmark, highlight and travel with!

The Great Canadian Bucket List

The Great Canadian Bucket List by Robin Esrock

Newly updated, The Great Canadian Bucket List features one-of-a-kind travel experiences from viewing polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba to the caves on Îles de la Madeleine to dinosaur bones in Alberta’s badlands.  Slightly larger in size than a guidebook (but not a guidebook) Esrock’s Great Canadian Bucket List is travel-friendly, and the first thing we pack when embarking on a new adventure ––especially road trips –– in Canada.

Divided by province, The Great Canadian Bucket List was initially written to encourage Canadians to explore their crazy large home country, however, Esrock’s stories, experiences and tips are an inspiration to anyone planning a trip to Canada. It’s time to get excited!

Note: This book is not meant to be a guidebook, therefore you will not find practical information on where to stay, eat etc. For practical travel information for Canada, check out some of the books and resources listed below.


Other Books to Read Before Your Trip to Canada

The Great Canadian Bucket List is the first the book we turn to when looking for Canadian travel inspiration, helping us to decide which provinces or regions to explore. Once your basic plan starts to take shape, it is time to fill things out a little ––adding things you want to see and experience, searching for practical tips and advice and so on. The following are an essential part of our Canadian travel resource collection at Urban Guides ––hopefully, you’ll find them as useful as we do!

National Geographic Guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada: Published in honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, this guide features 236 national historic sites spread throughout Canada. Learn about places like Château Frontenac in Québec City, St. John’s, Newfoundland and more!

National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of Canada: A companion guide to the National Historic Sites of Canada, this delightful little book features 47 National Parks in Canada. Get details on hiking, camping, wildlife watching and more from parks like Banff, Haida Gwaii and Sable Island.

The Insider’s Guide to Canada by World Nomads: This digital guide to Canada features insider tips and travel advice from travel experts across Canada. A helpful guide when planning your Canadian bucket list, the guide covers everything from city guides by locals to road trips to cuisine, culture and more.

Why I Hate Canadians by Will Ferguson: Written by one of our favourite Canadian authors, Why I Hate Canadians goes beyond the idea that all Canadians are ‘nice’ and delves into different parts of Canada’s history and culture, from mounties to beavers and beyond.

How to Be a Canadian: Even if You Are Already One by Will Ferguson: Will has written several excellent books focused on Canadian travel and culture (as you can see on this page!). Written with his brother, Ian Ferguson, ‘How to Be a Canadian‘ is a tongue-in-cheek guide to Canadian culture. If you want to understand Canadians, this is one of your best (and most fun to read) resources!

The Orenda by Joseph Boyden: A masterpiece, this book delves into 17th century North America, long before the founding of Canada, and weaves a tale of a Jesuit missionary, an Iroquois girl and a Huron warrior. A glimpse into aboriginal history and culture in Canada. Boyden has also written Wenjack (which speaks of the horrors of Canada’s residential schools) and Three Day Road.

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King: An essential read for those wishing to learn more about North America’s Aboriginal history and culture, this book is at times humorous and unapologetic. Myths are debunked and unconventional insights are given. A must-read by Native rights activist, Thomas King.