With its vibrant cities and breath-taking scenery, Canada is one of the popular travel destinations in North American. This is a vast country with mountains, beautiful coastlines and Arctic tundra. From coast to coast, Canada is home to culturally diverse cities and incredible natural wonders. For the visitor in western Canada, popular attractions include the Rocky mountains, Calgary and Vancouver. If you are interested in central Canada, some points of interest include Ottawa, Montreal and Niagara Falls. Lastly, visitors to the east maybe interested in Halifax or St. John. Here is a short list of the best places to visit in Canada.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Surrounded by mountains and beaches, Vancouver is a place where tourists can visit the beach and ski in the snow of the mountains, all in the same day. This is a young city; what it lacks in history it makes up with its chic cosmopolitan atmosphere. This city has been used as the backdrop for a few television shows; therefore Vancouver has earned the nickname “Hollywood North.” Vancouver is all about sports; it is the third largest metropolitan area in Canada and one of the most popular to visit.
Ottawa, Ontario Parliament Hill
In southeast Ontario, at the junction of the Gatineau, Rideau and Ottawa rivers, Ottawa is home to the capital of Canada. Ottawa’s Parliament Hill sits high above the Ottawa River and is graced by the Neo-Gothic style buildings there. The most noticeable feature of the Parliament building is the Peace Tower; it divides the Senate from the House of Commons. Also in front of Parliament is the Centennial Flame, that was lit in 1966 to honor the centenary of the Canadian Confederation. Lastly during the summer, weather permitting, the Changing of the Guard takes place on the front lawn of the Houses of Parliament.
Banff National Park
Located at the base of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park is a popular place for the nature-lovers and luxury seeking traveler. Some popular activities are hiking, skiing and a electric nightlife. For the traveler looking to visit in warmer weather, the best time to visit is June thru August or December to March. However if you are a skier, you will want to visit during the winter months. Depending on what you want to do, Banff could be thought of as a year round travel destination.
Saint John, New Brunswick
Saint John or Fundy City is located on the eastern coastline of Canada in New Brunswick; while the shipping terminals & oil tanks may give the city an industrialized appearance, don’t dismiss this area too quickly. In the downtown area are the remnants of Victorian era buildings; also for the history buff, you can visit the historic Loyalist House, which gives a glimpse back to a time when the city allegiance was to the British crown. If you get thirsty you can visit one of the many Irish pubs; For the traveler interested in the history of technology, you can visit Signal Hill National Historic Site. This area was part of Canada’s coastal defenses from the 1700’s to WWII. Today this site recalls the town’s historic past, communications triumphs as well as offering colorful performances and coastal hikes.
Quebec City is the capital of the province of Quebec; a visit there is an experience in itself. First this is a UNESCO World Heritage Site; second Quebec City’s old town is a work of art in itself. There are Cobblestone walkways and well preserved seventeenth century architecture. If that was not enough, this is the only city in North America with its fortress walls still intact. This is one of Canada’s most popular historical places and the old town area is traveler friendly.
Niagara Falls is one of the most popular attractions in Canada, which attractions millions of visitors each year. Located on the Ontario Canadian border & the United States’ New York, Niagara is a series of three awe-inspiring waterfalls fifty-seven meters tall. Although it is a popular honeymoon destination, recently it has become popular for family outings and continues to be popular with the adventurer too. Located just over an hour from Toronto, this is a great addition to your Canadian travel itinerary.
Whistler resort is one of the most popular ski destinations in North America. Located two hours from Vancouver, this ski resort has also been developed into a popular summer destination with mountain biking and golf. Back in 2010, Whistler received international attention when it was selected as one of the locations for the 2010 Winter Olympic. The area offers hotels, dining, world class skiing and all kinds of outdoor recreational activities; with all this and the beautiful mountain scenery, Whistler is a must see place.
Halifax, Novas Scotia
The city of Halifax is located on the east-side of Nova Scotia, there on the western side of the harbor. With a variety of maritime attractions, Halifax is about the sea. Visit the local shops along the Halifax Waterfront Boardwalk and acquaint yourself with Halifax’s historical past; for the history-enthusiast, explorer its seafaring past with a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Other popular attractions include the Halifax Public Gardens , Citadel National Historic Site and the Halifax Harbor Ferry. If you find Halifax intriguing, the best time to visit is between May and October. During the Summer & Fall months numerous festivals are going on. However, these are the months that attract the most tourists. If you want to avoid the crowds and you don’t mind the cold weather, try to visit between November & February.