Must See Cities: Destinations in Canada!

Although it is sometimes overlooked by travelers, price due to its larger neighbor to the south, drug Canada offers visitors a lot to see and do in its major cities, as well as in its expansive and spectacular open countryside.  Canadian cities such as Vancouver are often to be found in top-ten lists of the world’s favorite cities.  It is, therefore, advisable for visitors to allow themselves plenty of time to soak up the urban Canadian atmosphere.

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The most popular Canadian cities

Canada features notable cities from east to west, from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast.  There are easily a dozen great cities to visit in Canada, but this selection could capture a visitor’s interest for the diversity on offer.

Vancouver

In British Columbia, Vancouver is a spectacular gateway to both the ocean and the mountains.  Winter sports are a big attraction for many, but urbanites also have a lot to enjoy in the city.  Stanley Park, with its aquarium and walks, is a popular family destination.  The beaches are popular, too, as is the shopping at Granville Island.  Head to the Vancouver Lookout for a panoramic city view to get oriented.

Toronto

For many visitors, the highlight of Toronto is the culture and nightlife.  The Distillery District offers a tasty drop or two to thirsty travelers, while shoppers can head to Kensington Market or St Lawrence Market.  Check out Ontario Place for concerts and Toronto Islands for outdoor gardens.  The view from the CN Tower should help in getting to know the city’s layout.

Montreal

The international city of Montreal is one of Canada’s best urban locations for a touch of history.  Old Montreal, also known as Vieux-Montréal, is a family destination with lots of sightseeing and museum visits to take in.  Depending on interests, a family could also make a point of seeing one or more of the Botanical Gardens and its neighboring Biodome, the shops of the Underground City, or the La Ronde amusement park.

Quebec City

More distinctively French, the city of Quebec has a unique cultural and historical feel to it in comparison to other urban Canadian destinations.  The old town and the citadel are not to be missed as far as sightseeing is concerned.  On the other hand, many shoppers head to the Petit-Champlain quarter, while nature lovers might consider some time hiking a little out of town, in Montmorency Falls Park.

Edmonton

Edmonton is a highlight for many visitors in search of some retail therapy.  The West Edmonton Mall is a hotspot for shopping, while parks and historic sites are also represented, including Fort Edmonton Park and William Hawrelak Park.  Long-term trips to Canada allow travelers to delve more deeply into the culture.  In this case, a number of special services are available, such as help with planning Edmonton apartment rentals.  Visitors who are planning a longer stay in Edmonton, or in more than one city, should also check for any visa requirements that are applicable for the foreseen duration of time to be spent in Canada.

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5 Responses to “Must See Cities: Destinations in Canada!”

  1. Nick Paton
    July 22, 2014 at 3:57 am #

    I absolutely loved Vancouver and wanted to move there instantly after spending 2 weeks there, perhaps one day I still will. As for the other cities they sound equally as amazing and Canada still calls so I’ll be back to visit them.

  2. noel
    August 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm #

    Definitely on my bucket list of places to visit in Canada

  3. Dennis Kopp
    September 5, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    Thanks for the great list Michelle! As it looks like I am only missing a visit to Edmonton and now I will make sure to remember it for my next Canada visit… 🙂

  4. Sophie @ Sophie's World
    October 19, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    I liked Halifax too. It had that edge-of-the-world atmosphere that one finds in the more extreme parts of the globe.

  5. Lily Lau
    October 31, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    You know your stuff, Michael! Vancouver’s my beloved city too, and I had so much fun in Toronto… thanks for sharing 🙂

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