Although it is one of the largest countries in the world, and is directly to the north of the US, Canada is a country that somehow still manages to fly under the radar. Canada just isn’t a place that many people talk about as a travel destination, and that’s a shame; Canada has a huge amount to offer tourists who decide to give it a try.
Of course, there are plenty of mountain ranges and winter sport destinations worth checking out in Canada– but these aren’t going to appeal to everyone. So, for now, let’s focus on the Canadian cities so delightful they’re just begging for you to find out more information about flights so you can get there as quickly as possible, along with a few recommendations of what you should do when you arrive.
It makes sense to begin with the capital of Canada, even if it is the kind of capital that has a tendency to trip you up in a quiz (Australia’s Canberra is much the same). As the Canadian capital, it’s somewhat surprising that Ottawa lags behind more well-known Canadian cities, but there’s plenty here for a tourist to enjoy.
Main attractions include Parliament Hill, where the government of Canada sits, and offers views of the spectacular parliamentary neo-gothic parliament building. You’ll also want to visit Rideau Canal, which was finished in 1832 and is Ottawa’s only UNESCO World Heritage site. As well as these highlights, there are several museums based in Ottawa that are definitely worth a visit: the National History Museum is fun for all ages, while the National War Museum offers a reflective view into the past.
Toronto is one of the most well-known of Canada’s cities, and if you choose to spend a vacation here, you’ll soon realize why. Toronto is a fantastic metropolis that you’ll just want to come back to again and again.
The city is home to one of the world’s tallest buildings, the CN Tower, which features an incredible hands-free Edge Walk. See it for yourself here:
The Eaton Center in Toronto is a gift for shopping fans; there’s over 250 stores, as well as seven upmarket restaurants in total. Finish off your stay with a trip to the stunning Ripley’s Aquarium, which is home to more than 20,000 aquatic specimens and more than 1.5m gallons of water.
Vancouver has quite the reputation to live up to; the city is seen as Canada’s “capital of cool”– and you’ll be delighted to discover it won’t disappoint. The city is the filming home for many TV shows, allowing Vancouver to cultivate a reputation as a place to see and be seen.
Among the attractions away from the glitterati, delight in a visit to the Telus Centre, a high-tech interactive museum that has something to thrill everyone. If you’d prefer a more sedate and high-brow experience, round off your trip with a visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery, which is judged to hold the finest art collection in the country.
Are you convinced? Canada is a fantastic country for tourists – why not join them for a city break?
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