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Most Visited Cities & Top Attractions in Canada

Most Visited Cities & Top Attractions in Canada

Jun 13, 2019

Canada is a country that holds a definite attraction for a wide diversity of international visitors. Lovers of nature or modern cities, arts or sciences, sports or leisure, will find a plethora of things to visit and do.

The 5 most visited Canadian cities are Toronto, Niagara Falls, Montreal, Vancouver, and the Canadian Rockies. Also, visit Quebec City for a charm-filled city or Calgary for a taste of the West.

Toronto is a cleaner, calmer version of New York. Toronto is indisputably the best place to shop designers, visit rooftop patios and discover jazz bars. It is North America’s fourth largest city, so all the cultural perks come with it. Start with the CN Tower, then go to the museum named Ago for intimates or the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as the Royal Ontario Museum. Explore the Distillery District and St Lawrence Market. Shop the posh stores on Bloor Street and the trendy ones on Yonge Street. A trip to Toronto calls for a special treat. This big city attracts all the top performers. This summer take in a show like Lion King or The Book of Mormon. Concerts in Toronto are plentiful. Book the Arkells if Rock is your thing, the Riot band for hard rockers or the Toronto Symphony orchestra if your style is classical. The best international performers put on shows in Toronto so a weekend into calls for a show. If you want to see a cheering crowd get tickets for the Toronto Blue Jays and feel like a real Torontonian.

The practical and smart thing about first heading out towards Toronto is that you are only two hours away from the famed Niagara Falls. The Niagara River serves as an international border between Canada and the US. So, on one side there is Niagara Falls, New York and in Canada, you will be in Niagara Falls, Ontario. There are actually 3 sets of falls, but the most spectacular fall is the Horseshoe Fall which is on the Canadian side. The best time of the year to visits Niagara Falls is from June to August. While you are there you may want to fly into the Bird Kingdom or take a leap into the Butterfly Conservatory.

Montreal is known as one of the most “European” cities of North America to visit this city for its special flavour. This city overflows with European charm and history. Montreal is the most bilingual city of Canada and after France the most French-speaking city in the world. It was a French colony before being taken over by Great Britain, so it is made up of different Old World cultures. Take in its history by strolling along the quaintest cobblestoned streets of Montreal or driving up in a horse-drawn carriage to Notre Dame Basilica, one of the oldest buildings in the city.

Talk and taste your way through this city of epicurean delights that also benefits from being a multicultural hub. The Jean Talon and Atwater markets will afford you many sights, tastes and the colors of the flower markets. Little Italy will offer the very best in authentic Italian food. The trendy Mile End district has many options in cool eateries and colorful boutiques. Visit streets like Bernard and Laurier and you will feel like you are in an upscale Parisian street.

Nightlife in Montreal is all over the city, especially in the summer because after hibernating all winter, Montrealer’s swarm the streets to enjoy an ice cream in Old Montreal or real nightlife in the busy St. Paul or downtown Crescent Street lined with pubs and bars. Nightlife can also be composed of a dinner out and an evening listening to the Orchestre National de Jazz or the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. If you visit Montreal during the winter season, be sure to book a game cheering the Montreal Hockey team “Les Canadiens”. A trip to Montreal also calls for a jaunt in the country complete with canoeing in the summer or skiing in the winter at only 45 minutes away from downtown. Places like St. Agathe, l’Esterel and St. Sauveur have charming resorts by the lakeside, markets, and villages. Some of the best flea markets like Finnegan’s in Hudson or the Marché aux Puces St. Michel will make you a real treasure hunter. Of course, don’t forget to taste the best Canadian beers and bagels.

A straight arrow drive will take you to Quebec City where there are many things to do. Start by exploring charm filled Old Quebec City with a walking tour of iconic spots like Place Royale and the Cathedral Basilica of Notre Dame. Then take a whale watching Cruise from Quebec City or if you happen to be there in the winter go for a day of skiing at the Massif overlooking the St. Lawrence River.

Tourist attractions in Vancouver are plentiful. Vancouver is always included in the top 5 worldwide cities for life quality. This coastal seaport has one of the most beautiful skylines. Start by taking a bus stroll through Vancouver City and walking across the Capilano Suspension Bridge built since 1889. It is definitely worth it to take a day trip to the Butchart Gardens. Also take in Vancouver’s largest urban Park, the Stanley Park or the Queen Elizabeth Park offering the most beautifully manicured gardens. The Granville Island, which is actually a peninsula offers a fun-filled shopping district and the charming Gastown is known for souvenir shops, art galleries and trendy food eateries in a Victorian setting. Paul McCartney will be performing this July 6th and is in himself a big reason to visit Vancouver!

The Canadian Rockies mountain range crosses the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. The towering Mt. Robson includes ice-capped peaks overlooking pristine alpine lakes. Depending on the season you can go for either rock climbing, backcountry skiing, white-water rafting or mountaineering. There are options to visit national parks of Jasper, Banff, Lake Louis or a summer wildlife discovery tour. Hop over to Calgary especially in July. Plan ahead for the very popular Calgary Stampede tickets for a rodeo. Every July sees the Calgary Stampede that helped put this city on the international map. The Calgary Stampede is a rodeo and exhibition, and festival held every July.

Between nature and cities, smiles and music, fine dining and trendy eateries, museums and athletic activities Canadian cities are extremely vast in what they have to offer.