Canada’s diverse environment, architecture, history, and activities make it an exciting destination for everyone–from adventurers to foodies. Here are 10 places you shouldn’t miss when visiting our northern neighbor.
You can’t go wrong with Vancouver or the surrounding areas. This area is simply gorgeous. The rainforest-type ecosystem with the stunning Rockies as the backdrop is an unbelievable combination. Vancouver boasts a fantastic food scene as well, so be sure to visit with an empty stomach! (Click here to see our favorite hotels in Vancouver!)
Take a walk on a glacier. Any glacier. We promise you won’t regret it!
Don’t miss this beautiful city sitting on Ontario’s border, which neighbors Quebec. Be sure to soak up all of the Victorian architecture, visit some museums, and take a walk along the Ottawa River.
4. Banff National Park
This place is absolutely stunning. Period. Soak up nature all day, then enjoy a luxury hotel to unwind. At the Fairmont Banff Springs, we can get you exclusive perks that you won’t be able to obtain on your own, including complimentary breakfast, a $100 spa credit, complimentary Internet access, and, if available, a room upgrade upon check-in, early check-in, and late check-out.
5. Gros Morne Park
Be sure to take in this world heritage site, where you can witness breathtaking views of colliding continents and striking glaciers.
6. Calgary City
Stay a couple of nights in this Alberta city with some day trips out to surrounding areas. If you can, head there in July for its staple rodeo festival!
7. Bay of Fundy
Or shall we say “funky?” Check out the crazy rock formations that have been eroded by the bay’s famous high tides. The great whale-watching in this area only adds to its bucket-list-worthiness.
This is Quebec’s largest city with an abundance of activities to do and places to see. Side note: you may want to brush up on some basic French before visiting!
Outside of Montreal, Quebec is an incredible place as a whole. Here you can find authentic colonial settings, with bistros and boutiques galore!
10. Vancouver Island
No, Vancouver Island is not the same as the city of Vancouver. This separate island is accessible via ferry from both Seattle and Vancouver, and it includes the famous Butchart Gardens, as well as the historic city of Victoria, home of the stately Empress Hotel. High tea at the Empress is a must, but reservations are required well in advance. Want to stay at this breathtaking piece of history? Ask us how we can get you complimentary breakfast for two, a $100 hotel credit, a room upgrade, early check-in, or late check-out.
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