Canada is a North American country stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north. Major cities include massive Toronto, west coast film centre Vancouver, French-speaking Montréal and Québec City, and capital city Ottawa. Canada’s vast swaths of wilderness include lake-filled Banff National Park in the Rocky Mountains. It’s also home to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It’s a vast and beautiful country, easily accessible from the United States, and a wonderful place to vacation.
Here are 5 spots you shouldn’t miss in Canada:
Calgary comes alive in July during the Calgary Stampede, the greatest outdoor show on earth, and an epic party that the entire city gets behind. You can explore Studio Bell, the home of the National Music Centre and discover the past, present and future of Canadian music before taking a ride on the WinSport’s Olympic bobsled track! Calgary is home to 14 venues situated along Calgary’s Music Mile, a true growing music mecca for any music lover.
Festivals galore are unparalleled each summer in Montreal. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Old Montreal and the Notre-Dame Basilica should be at the top of your list to visit when you arrive in the city.
Quebec City, Quebec
The best time to visit Quebec City is in the spring, just a bit before peak tourist season. Walking through an uncrowded Old Town is the perfect way to start a day. Explore charming boutiques and narrow streets of Vieux-Quebec. Walk along Dufferin Terrace for spectacular views of the St. Lawrence River and don’t leave without visiting the towering Parc de la Chute-Montmorency waterfall.
June to September is the best time to visit with warm weather welcoming weekly culinary and cultural events. Talk a leisurely walk around Toronto’s neighborhoods, especially Kensington Market, Queen West and the South Core. Make a day trip to the Toronto Islands and enjoy cycling, beaches and an amusement park. The Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario are not to be missed!
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver in September can sometimes still be warm enough to swim in the ocean or camp in the mountains. Stand 295 feet above the canyon on the Cliffwalk at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Spend a day at Stanley Park to see totem poles and explore private wooded trails. A visit to Granville Island to see artists at work and eat your way through the Public Market are just some of the ideal things to do in Vancouver.