Canada is an insanely beautiful, enriched country with loads of history and we are so excited to dive into our top picks. Choosing the top places to go in the second largest country in the world was difficult and we hope that you can relate to some of these choices. You can check out more of each city by clicking on them and this redirects you to view other attractions generated by our travel itinerary Explore page feature.
Vancouver, home to about 2.5 million people, is well known for its culturally diverse culinary scene and highlights its freshly caught seafood blended with all sorts of spices and herbs. Also known for its accessibility, Vancouver makes it easy for tourists to visit and learn their routes on foot or by the metro. With so much to offer from spread out greenscapes of Stanley Park, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, the Gastown area, Science World Museum and more. You’ll probably never run out of things to do here. Not only does this city have beautiful grounds to discover, but also there are scenic mountain ranges that are within 30 minutes away that are ready to be skied on. Vancouver seems to be one of those few places in the world that has many sides that are full of surprises.
Montreal, the second largest populated city in all of Canada and the second largest French speaking place in the world, is a true cosmopolitan of all sorts from decadent foods, fine arts, and gothic architecture. First, a building that should be recognized here is the Notre Dame Basilica, which dates back to the 17th century with intricate, hand-painted ceilings with 24-karat gold stars. From playing a huge part in commerce, technology, to fashion and gaming, Montreal was ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. Plus, there are so many different events across many industries held here such as the International Jazz Festival, the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One, and the Just For Laughs Festival. Montreal is known for having all seasons so whichever one you choose to visit during will bring adventure and so much more!!
Toronto is the largest populated city in all of Canada and is another extremely culturally diverse city in the world, with having over 140 languages blended here. Located within the Golden Horseshoe of Southern Ontario, Toronto is home to the infamous CN Tower that helps you identify this city amongst the rest. The city is mainly known for their performing arts scene, media market and sports teams so be sure to dabble in all of those when you visit because it’s sure to be remarkable. If you want to see what New York City would be like with a unique twist, come to this city and see what it has to offer. Whilst being on the border of Lake Ontario, this is also a great chance to take in the smallest of the Great Lakes’ beaches and stunning blue waters.
Calling all outdoors enthusiasts to this part of Alberta. Banff is located within the Banff National Park and never fails at stunning people with its turquoise Moraine Lake waters and picturesque views of the Valley of the Ten Peaks. You won’t ever get enough of the amazing terrains, glaciers, ice fields, alpine landscapes and more. Go ahead and take a hike on the various Tunnel Mountain trails to get a spectacular view of the mountain itself. Visit the Bow Falls where you soak in breathtaking views of this waterfall that was abraded by a glacier. It’s actually mind boggling how many national parks and forests surround this area because it’s THAT beautiful to be messed with. Just north of Banff is Lake Louise that is also worth stopping and enjoying the view of, which also leads you into Jasper National Park just north of that. We honestly believe that tasting the insane natural creations of this Earth are some of the most worthy of adventures and this part of Canada will never disappoint.
Just up the St. Lawrence River from Montreal lies the capital of the province of Quebec, Quebec City. In the city where their people are referred to as Algonquians, meaning where the river narrows, they are mostly well known for the Old Town that was established in early 17th century and was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. If you’re into quaint, historic cobblestone streets and stone buildings, then Quebec City will be the place for you. Other than the remarkable structures dating back to the 1600s including the Chateau Frontenac Hotel and Citadelle of Quebec, Quebec City is known for being home of the narrowest and oldest street in North America: Rue de Petit Champlain. On this street you can get a real taste of the Old Town style while you’re enjoying and shopping the art galleries and boutiques. If you’re more of the nature lover, there are several ski resorts surrounding the city and hiking trails that lead to the beautiful Montmorency Falls!
As we explained earlier, Jasper lies north of Banff National Park and Lake Louise and home to Jasper National Park. Jasper just adds to the beautiful, picturesque scenery found here in Alberta from their views of the snowy Canadian Rockies, turquoise lakes, and thick forests. We recommend combining your trip here along with Banff National Park and Lake Louise because they all share unique views but share similar features and you probably won’t get enough of them anyway. Many outdoor activities can be done here as well from skiing, hiking, kayaking, golfing and more. Next family trip you want to switch up, choose Jasper and Banff!
Victoria, the elegant capital of British Columbia, is established on the lower Pacific Coast of Canada. There is so much to see here in “The Garden City” because of how broad the spectrum reaches. They are known for their fine arts, business and technology sectors, outdoor sports, and more. They also tend to their 4 million yearly visitors with their several appealing attractions such as: Beacon Hill Park, The Empress Hotel, Royal BC Museum, Craigdarroch Castle, Fisherman’s Wharf Park, Abkhazi Garden, Victoria Bug Zoo, and the British Columbia Parliament Buildings to name a few. Explore the Victorian architecture or take on some of the water sports that are well known here. There is something in store for any visitor that comes to Victoria!
The infamous Niagara Falls that has been in countless movies is located on the border of New York and Canada. Niagara is the collective name for three separate ones, Bridal Veil Falls, American Falls, Horseshoe Falls, with water draining from Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. The best times to visit are in the Summer months and the public often prefer to view this beauty on the Canadian side. If there are any waterfalls to see in your lifetime, this one should make that list given are that the flowing waters can reach up to a speed of 68 miles per hour. Visiting Canada wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Niagara Falls!
At last, we have come to the capital of all of Canada, Ottawa. Rounding out our Canadian tour, Ottawa is composed of the signature Victorian architecture, outdoor markets, art museums, the stunning Rideau Canal that becomes an ice skating rink during the winter months, and more. Whilst being the most important city of Canada, there are so many annual events held here from the largest festival in all of Canada, the Winterlude, to the Dragon Boat Festival and the Canadian Tulip Festival. As of 2007, the Rideau Canal was declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because this is the oldest operated canal system in North America that is still running today. On top of that, there are 24 other National Historic Sites that are recognized here as well. Since Ottawa is very close to Montreal we recommend you tackle both of these cities in one trip!
Waterton resides just north of the Glacier National Park of Montana and is recognized as a small settlement in the middle of pure beauty. Alberta, Canada must be one of the most ridiculously attractive provinces in the world and Waterton is yet another stunning addition to the list. There are countless amounts of activities that you can do when you visit from hiking the trails to a viewpoint of so many choose from and by checking out the Waterton Lake, Cameron Lake, and Red Rock Canyon. It’s worth the trek out here to see this slice of heaven on Earth!
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