Attractions in Canada
Vancouver prides itself on its laid back and natural lifestyle. You’ll find amazing scenery encompassing both mountains and sea, and enjoy the various outdoor adventures like sea kayaking, in-line skating, mountain biking, snowboarding, skiing and winter camping. Host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, there are plenty of transport and civic projects underway to make this already tourist-friendly city even more geared towards visitors.
Banff and Jasper
The Canadian Rockies are home to the Banff and Jasper national parks; behold the snow-capped peaks and glistening glaciers! Experience this amazing scenery or check out the rare wildlife - grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves.
If you’re a fan of the old ‘Wild West’ you won’t want to miss the Calgary Stampede, the city’s main attraction. This event, featuring a large parade and world-class rodeo, draws more than a million people each year. Other attractions, including the Glenbow Museum, Calgary Tower and Eau Claire Market are great places to visit year-round.
Winnipeg is at the geographical center of Canada and is home to some of the largest arts festivals in the world. Despite the long winters, Winnipeg also has some great beaches including Grand Beach which is sizzling during the summer months. Take a tour of the Royal Canadian Mint to see where the coins of Canada and a number of other foreign countries are made, or browse the funky market and gathering place, ‘The Forks’.
On the border of America and Canada you’ll find the mighty Niagara Falls. Find your sea legs on one of the tour boats and watch while 168,000 m2 of water pounds over a drop of 51 m every minute, making Niagara Falls one of the most amazing natural wonders of the world.
Visit Toronto for museums, galleries, theatres, great food, bars and clubs. Don't miss the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Ontario Science Centre, the Metro Zoo and Ontario Place, a fantastic leisure and entertainment complex on Lake Ontario. Outside of town is Paramount Canada’s Wonderland, a large theme park.
The events calendar in Canada’s beautiful capital will keep you busy – especially during the summer when the tulip and jazz festivals are on, among others. While you’re in Ottawa head along to the Rideau Canal - used for boating in summer, and for ice sculpting and skating in winter.
Montreal is a city of festivals and these occur throughout the year – some of the ones not to be missed include the Fête de Neiges (Festival of Snow) in January, the International Fireworks Festival in early summer, the Canadian Grand Prix in June, the Montreal Jazz Festival in June/July, the Just-For-Laughs comedy festival, and the Montreal World Film Festival to name just a few.
Coastal Halifax is home to over 400 km of coastline and hence life here revolves around the sea. Not many people know that the bodies recovered from the sinking of the Titanic are buried in Halifax, with the majority at Fairview Cemetery. You’ll even find a J. Dawson (James Dawson who was a 23 year old crew member) resting there. Check out the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to see some of the items recovered from the Titanic.
Quebec is the second-oldest existing European settlement in Canada so there are plenty of historic sites to see. Don’t miss the old quarter - the only walled city in North America and is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Quebec is predominantly French-speaking so if you took French during your school days, here is the place to practise it!
*The small print
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