13 must-visit Places in Canada During your Vacation

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Tourist Attractions in Canada

From the Rocky Mountains and urban places like Victoria, Vancouver, and Calgary in Western Canada, to the Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montreal in Central Canada, there is a lot to see in this world’s second-largest country. If you go to visit the Maritime Provinces in the east of Canada, you can see nature’s beauty at its peak in the places like Gros Morne National Park, and view the urban life at its best in cities like Halifax and St. John’s too.

Well, I have used the most out of my road trip planner to make a list of all the amazing places that you should not miss at any cost. Have a look to choose one that suits your taste.

Tourist Attractions in Canada

Niagra Falls

This is the country’s most famous tourist attraction. It attracts millions of tourists each year. With a drop estimated at 57 meters, this is just an hour’s drive from Toronto. There are several key points to give you a splendid view of the fall.

Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains

This national park is situated in the center of the mighty Rocky Mountains. The whole province of Alberta is a place worth visiting, showcasing the most picturesque sites and sceneries. You can find all here, from snow-capped peaks to emerald-green lakes.

CN Tower, Toronto

If you enjoy visiting important landmarks during your foreign trips, you should not miss this one. It is on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is 553 meters high, elegantly covering the skyline.

Another tourist attraction is the revolving 360 restaurant which you can find on top of this tower, which overlooks the city.

Vieux-Quebec (Old Quebec)

Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is another gem in Canada’s crown. Boasting of housing country’s most historic buildings, this city is spread across the Lower and Upper Town of Quebec. The Lower Town which is along the river St. Lawrence, is the home to the famous Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, including many other treasures. Situated on 100 meters high cliffs, the Upper Town grounds the Citadel, Place d’Armes, and the Plains of Abraham.

It is well developed to host tourists. Different restaurants, shops, and museums are the main attractions other than the historic ones.

Whistler

This famous ski resort is just two hours away from Vancouver. Although a small village, it has always been an important tourist spot. With time, it has also started attracting tourists in the summer season, with attractions like golf, mountain biking, and a town brimming with lively activities. Whistler also hosted the Winter Olympic Games in 2010. From a world-class dining experience to skiing, you can have all in this village.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Adorned by the Neo Gothic-style Parliament buildings built in the 19th century, Parliament Hill in Ottawa stands above the namesake river. The must-visit place here is the Peace Tower, which separates the Senate and the House of Commons.

It becomes a special tourist attraction in summer when the Changing of the Guards takes place. It usually happens on the front lawn of the House of Parliament, if the weather permits, that is.

You can also enjoy strolling along the Ottawa River situated right below.

St. John’s Signal Hill National Historic Site

Signal Hill National Historic Site is situated at the entrance of St. John’s harbor. You would be surprised to know that the first wireless transatlantic signal was received here in 1901. This site is also a memorial to the Seven Years war with France.

The must-visit building here is the Cabot Tower. It was built to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Newfoundland in 1897. You can view special exhibitions on the history of the Signal Tower and visit the special section designated to the memory of Guglielmo Marconi. It presents a picturesque view of the city.

Old Montreal

If you want a relaxing vacay, packed with fine dining options and lots of shopping, this is the place to go. While you can see urban life at its full glory in the city of Montreal, many tourists visit Old Montreal to spend time at the waterfall, by nature’s side. Places you must visit are Rue Bonsecours, the beautiful interior of Notre-Dame Basilica, the 1870s City Hall, and the landmark Marche Bonsecours.

Polar Bears of Churchill, Manitoba

If you are into wildlife, you can avail the chance to see the polar bears live here. These majestic creatures migrate here to the ice on Hudson Bay, in the town of Churchill in Northern Manitoba.

This small town welcomes tourists with open arms each fall season. The locals arrange special tours in tundra buggies that have caged windows. The tourists can enjoy close encounters with the majestic polar bears, and see them in all their glory. The bears usually head out when the ice freezes, in October or November. You can plan your vacation during this time if you don’t want to miss the viewing.

Vancouver Island

It is about two hours away from the mainland. The main tourist attraction here is the city of Victoria, as it is the cultural hub for sightseeing. But if you want to satisfy the nature-loving side of your soul, you must head to the North for some amazing landscape and nature displays. You can also go hiking, and enjoy camping. If you prefer comfort, you can always stay at a lodge or resort there. 

Have you chosen your ideal vacation spot yet? I hope you have! Have a memorable vacation!

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GLYNNIS CAMPBELL is a USA Today bestselling author of swashbuckling action-adventure romance. She’s the wife of a rock star, and the mother of two young adults, but she’s also been a ballerina, a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band, and a voice in those violent video games you won’t let your kids play.