Canada mixes both the great outdoors with charismatic towns and cities in this vast North American country. Some visit to party for a few days and others will book one of the Whistler cabin rentals and spend a family vacation in the mountains. Here are the top 10 places to see in Canada.
1# Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls in the most iconic attraction in Canada and one of the natural wonders of the world. Sitting along the border between the United States and Canada, millions of visitors make the trip from Toronto to see this massive waterfall. Water cascades 52 meters over the edge at approximately 50 kilometers an hour into the pools below giving off a distinctive roar that’s heard for miles. The Horseshoes, Bridal Veil, and American Falls together form Niagara Fall, which makes a typical spot for weddings.
Vancouver combines a cosmopolitan and urban feel with natural beauty just outside the city limits. The city is on the western coast of British Columbia and attracts tourists to the high-end boutiques and film crews for the picturesque setting. If you visit Vancouver, see the 1000 acre Stanley Park, take a day trip to Granville Island and head out to Yaletown for a few drinks afterward.
The second largest city gives a very distinct feeling of being in France. More than half the people speak French, and there’s an air of elegance and chic radiating from the locals. The modern skyline juxtaposes against the older 18th-century buildings and the cobblestones and cathedrals in Vieux-Montreal. Shopping is a favorite pastime in downtown areas and bars, and cafes line rue St-Denis.
If you’re looking for a skiing vacation, head to Whistler. The skiing resort in one of the biggest in Canada and has a total of 8000 acres of pistes. Tourists and locals flock to the slopes between November and May when up to 10 meters of snow falls. And the same tourists return in the summer to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountains and lakes or for a round of golf.
The most prominent resort here is the Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, which gets thousands of visitors each year. Accommodation and spots sell out fast as it’s one of the most popular places for Canadians to take a winter family vacation. Plan your trip to avoid disappointment.
Quebec is the most extensive province in Canada and has one of the oldest settlements dating back centuries. Sat on the east coast of Canada, you can expect ski resorts, modern skyscrapers, and a UNESCO World Heritage Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec). Notable attractions are the cobblestone streets in the old town and visiting the citadel and Notre Dame Basilica.
6# The Canadian Rockies:
The Canadian Rockies stretch along both British Columbia and Alberta. Some of the most significant peaks in the Canada are along this mountain range. Several ski resorts open in the winter and have pistes catering to all levels of abilities and skills. The summer months attract fans of the outdoors who enjoy hiking or mountain biking along the trails. However, be aware that both Black and Grizzly Bears call these mountains home. You should take extra care when you’re out hiking.
More than 200 ethnic groups call Toronto, the most prominent city in Canada, home. Residents speak over 140 languages making Toronto one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Visitors feel this atmosphere as soon as they arrive. One minute you’re walking through the modern city center near the CN Tower or sipping a beer in Distillery District. The next you’re in Little Greece of Chinatown, which gives visitors a diverse travel experience and access to a range of ethnic foods. Other attractions in Toronto include PATH, the largest underground mall, Toronto Zoo, and taking a day trip to one of the islands.
Ottawa is a favorite destination for travelers, with many of them wanting to return. The capital city in southern Ontario has a modern architecture with the main attractions mostly clustered together in the downtown areas. The must-sees are Parliament Hill, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Rideau Canal. Ottawa hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, which you should try to attend if you’re in town.
Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies makes a perfect spot for outdoor adventures at all times of the year. The terrain is rugged and creates an excellent area for hiking, trekking, and mountain biking. Stoney Squaw Mountain is a particular favorite for locals. When the temperature takes a chilly turn and snow begin to fall, skiers and snowboarders head to Mount Norquay. You can find lots of resorts and vacation rentals throughout the national park.
10# Novi Scotia:
Novi Scotia, in eastern Canada, hugs the Atlantic coastline and gets fewer tourists than other destinations. Because of its geographic position, Novi Scotia shares similar characteristics to Scotland across the Ocean. The province has a reputation for seafood and a beautiful waterfront in the capital, Halifax. Tourists can also visit a few historical sites such as the Fortress of Louisbourg or go whale watching. Popular outdoor activities in this rugged wilderness include trekking, skiing, and whitewater rafting.
Plan Your Canadian Adventure Today:
Canada makes a perfect travel destination combining the metropolitan with vast wilderness and endless mountain ranges. History and natural beauty are together in a perfect blend, and you’re almost sure to find something you instantly fall in love with when you visit Canada.