places to visit in Canada

14 best places to visit in Canada

Canada’s cities and towns offer travelers a diverse choice of experiences, from chic, cosmopolitan centers to mountain resorts and maritime towns. In the heart of the country lies Toronto, Canada’s largest city and the pinnacle of Canada’s arts and culture scene. Nearby, in the French-speaking province of Québec, Montreal is known for fashion, culture and history. To the west, Vancouver and Victoria offer two very different perspectives on West Coast cities, but each has something unique to offer. The mountain towns of Whistler and Banff are places to immerse yourself in beautiful mountain scenery and enjoy a bit of the outdoors. Eastern Canada has its own culture, with a rich maritime heritage and friendly people.

1 Vancouver

Vancouver
 

For beauty, climate, a fun atmosphere and plenty of things to do, you can’t go wrong planning a trip to Vancouver. It lies on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is surrounded by snow-capped mountains. It is an active city, where locals enjoy the outdoors all year round. Sunbathers can pamper themselves on the beach in summer and skiers can hit the nearby slopes in winter. At any time of year you can walk the sea wall or stroll through the towering trees in Stanley Park, enjoy fine dining or a casual meal while watching the sunset, or find fantastic shopping, from the Granville Island marketsto the high-end shops in the city center. If you’re staying in the city for more than a few days and are looking for interesting day trips, take a day trip from Vancouver to some of the nearby hotspots like Whistler, Victoria or some of the small towns in the mountains or Fraser Valley.

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2 Niagara Falls

Niagara falls
Niagara falls
 

Canada’s most famous natural attraction, the majestic Niagara Falls, has been attracting tourists almost since it was discovered. The great wall of water crashing over the falls is an astonishing sight, and the view and access for visitors was stunning. You can literally walk to the edge of the waterfall, separated only by a cast iron railing, and see the water as it disappears over the top. The city that emerged here, also called Niagara Falls, has been deeply influenced by the people and atmosphere that the falls created. Stuntmen and daredevils have tempted their fate at the falls over the decades, and as a result, a carnival-like atmosphere has come to define this unique city.

3 Toronto

Toronto
Toronto
 

As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is the country’s cultural hotspot, hosting ballet, opera, symphony and Broadway shows. Add extraordinary shopping, fine dining and fantastic museums, and there’s no end to the entertainment. In recent years, Toronto’s waterfront has undergone continued development and now offers beautiful walking areas, restaurants and, in the summer, outdoor concerts and cultural performances. Just outside the city center, in both directions of the city, there are beautiful beaches, perfect on hot summer days. In winter, a public skating rink comes to life outside City Hall and unique winter events, including the popular Winterlicious , add to the fun.

4 Montreal

Montreal
Montreal
 

Montreal is a unique city, with a beautiful old historic district dating back to the 1600s and a modern city center with extensive underground shopping. Old Montreal is the main tourist attraction, with cobblestone streets, fantastic old buildings and horse-drawn carriage rides all year round. Montreal is also home to a large number of fashion designers, and its historic streets are lined with expensive boutiques and quaint hotels and restaurants. Montreal is located in the French-speaking province of Québec and Montreal has its own cultural identity, but English-speaking visitors have no problem communicating with anyone in the tourism industry.

5 Banff

Banff
Banff
 

The charming mountain town of Banff, in the stunning Banff National Park, is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the Rocky Mountains and see some of the most beautiful landscapes in Canada. This is undeniably a tourist city and caters to international travelers from all over the world. Just a short distance from the city are two of Canada’s most prominent ski resorts: Lake Louise and Sunshine Village. In summer, the nearby turquoise lakes and glacier-capped mountains are a glorious sight. But you don’t even have to leave the city to enjoy a gondola ride to the top of a mountain for dinner, soak in a hot spring pool, find great shopping, explore scenic hiking trails, and possibly see moose and woodland caribou that often find their way into the city.

6 St. John’s

St. John's
St. John’s
 

In Canada’s easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador lies the historic and friendly city of St. John’s. This is the main gateway for air travelers to the island of Newfoundland, but many people come just to enjoy the city. Colorful buildings line the sloping streets that run along hills, overlooking the harbour. The city also has plenty of historic sights and attractions, including Signal Hill , but the real draw is the vibrant atmosphere, people and maritime culture that define this city. what makes mainland Canada so unique.

7 Ottawa

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Ottawa

Ottawa, Canada’s capital, is home to a number of notable national museums and historic sites, as well as Parliament Hill and has a beautiful location on the Rideau Canal. It’s also a small city, making it easy to navigate and fun to explore. Summer is a great time to visit, with a whole host of events held throughout the season, including the Tulip Festival in the spring and the always lavish Canada Day Celebrations on July 1. In winter, when the weather is cold enough, the canal turns into a 7.8 kilometer long ice skating rink and in February, the annual Winterludecelebrations draw huge crowds. There’s no bad time to visit Ottawa, and it’s only a few hours by car or train from Toronto.

8 Victoria

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Victoria

British Columbia’s beautiful capital has a quaint small-town atmosphere, perhaps because of its island location. Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, the city has a mild climate all year round, with wet mild winters and warm, glorious summers. The views are breathtaking in every direction, looking out over the harbour, south across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Washington State, or over the mountains of mainland British Columbia. Most of the tourist activity centers around Victoria’s Inner Harbour, home to the Houses of Parliament and the historic Empress Hotelare. A walk along the waterfront on a sunny day is beautiful. Just outside the city center are beaches and beautiful coastal areas, as well as parks and walking areas.

9 Halifax

Halifax
Halifax
 

Halifax is a great city for anyone looking for an introduction to Canada’s maritime provinces. Halifax’s waterfront is the city’s main tourist hub, especially during the summer months, with a few historic buildings and plenty of activities. Overlooking the city is the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site , one of the city’s main attractions. Outside the city are a number of small coastal villages that give a good idea of ​​life in the Maritimes. One of the best-known villages is Peggy’s Cove , home to the most photographed lighthouse in the Maritimes. A little further away are Lunenburg and Mahone Bay, also worth a visit. A day trip from Halifax is highly recommended.

10 Quebec City

Quebec City
Quebec City
 

Like Montreal, Québec City is packed with history and located in the French-speaking province of Québec. This is the provincial capital and a city with a history dating back to the early 17th century. The old buildings and curving, cobblestone streets make this one of Canada’s most charming capitals. A third the size of Montreal, Québec City is also relatively small and easy to navigate. While summer is the busy season, the famous winter carnival, the Carnaval de Québec , attracts huge crowds and is the city’s best-known event.

11 White horse

White horse
White horse
 

A visit to Whitehorse offers a chance to see life in Canada’s far north. This is the capital of the Yukon and also a gateway to areas further north, including Alaska and the beautiful Nahanni National Park. The city’s history dates back to the Klondike gold rush, when prospectors found their way here on their way to Dawson City. Many of the city’s attractions offer insights into its gold rush days, and outside the city limits are some beautiful natural areas to explore. If you’re lucky, the night sky will come alive with a display of Northern Lights.

12 Whistler

Whistler
Whistler
 

Whistler has long been known as a world-class ski destination and was the site of many of the skiing organizations during the 2010 Winter Olympics, hosted by Vancouver. Despite this reputation, Whistler is an equally impressive and popular summer destination, with hiking, cycling, golf and many other activities on offer. The village has grown over the years and is now a vibrant, high-end seaside resort with all kinds of hotels, restaurants and shops. Known for their incredible terrain, Whistler-Blackcomb’s ski slopes bring skiers from all over the world. The Peak-2-Peak Gondola , which connects the two hills, is a 2.7-mile, 11-minute ride with spectacular views and is open year-round to skiers or non-skiers.

13 Charlottetown en Prince Edward Island

Lighthouse in Cavendish National Park
Lighthouse in Cavendish National Park
 

If you’re going to visit Charlottetown, you might as well take the time to explore the entire province of Prince Edward Island. PEI is a summer playground, with beautiful beaches and interesting historical sites, including the fictional home of Anne of Green Gables in PEI National Park . Charlottetown is the capital and main city, but has an almost small-town feel, with numerous historic Victorian-style buildings. PEI is small enough that you can see the entire island in a short vacation. Many visitors, especially families, rent beach houses or cottages on PEI during the summer months.

14 Kelowna

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Kelowna

The beautiful city of Kelowna is located in the interior of British Columbia. This city is a favorite place for Canadians, but less known internationally. The picturesque location on the shore of Lake Okanagan and surrounded by rolling mountains, Kelowna attracts tourists during the summer months, when it is possible to hike, play golf or enjoy the lake. Renting a houseboat to explore the surrounding waters is a popular summer vacation in this area. In winter the surrounding mountains are a skiers playground, with the popular nearby ski resorts of Big White and Silver Star within easy reach.

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