Canada; home to incredible wildlife, stunning landscapes and ice hockey. This amazing country is the second largest in the world and has all you could need for an adventurous break away. So in celebration of Canada Day, here are my favourite places to visit.
One of the world’s most multi-cultural cities, Toronto is the cultural hub of Canada with many art galleries, music venues and museums for you to enjoy. This cosmopolitan city is home to Canada’s largest zoo and the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, the famous CN Tower. For impressive views, climb to the top to see Toronto’s skyline, or for something even more dramatic, visit the nearby Niagara Falls.
2) Banff and Lake Louise
The landscapes in Alberta are truly spectacular. Banff and Lake Louise are particularly beautiful and known as the hiking capital of Canada; it’s the perfect destination for those seeking adventure. Explore the dramatic glacier peaks of the Canadian Rockies, canoe across the blue waters and discover the local wildlife like bears, birds of prey and whales.
Mainly French speaking, Montréal is one of the more traditional cities. Set on a picturesque island by the Saint Lawrence River in Québec, Montréal is where you can discover Canada’s past. Visit the sophisticated Old Town for a meal by the waterfront and enjoy the fantastic range of arts and culture. Also great for shopping, the Underground City is a maze of over 2,000 shops, bars and restaurants.
Thick green forests and towering skyscrapers, Vancouver is ideal if you want to explore the great outdoors but still have the comfort of city life. Spend your days sailing across the glistening lakes on a kayak before returning to the city for its laid back nightlife. You may recognise Vancouver’s landscape as it’s often used in the movies as a filming destination.
Rich in history, Calgary has an interesting past full of aboriginal heritage, rodeos and traditional culture. Explore the dramatic landscapes at one of the four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Dinosaur Provincial Park, where some of the most important fossils were discovered.
Have you visited any of these Canadian cities? Why not tell me why you like them in the comments below?