It’s not very often that you have a chance to travel for pennies or the dollar. But, that is the case for American, and to a certain extent European, tourists looking to travel to Canada. While the Canadian dollar has been floating at almost par level with the US dollar for the last few years, it has recently dropped hard, reaching a low of $0.69 per $1 US dollar.
This has opened the gates for Americans to get some real bargains in the Great White North. I spoke with JustFly, an online travel agency, to talk about the economics and the destinations Americans should be seeking out.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Prayitno
What to visit in Canada
JustFly’s review of top Canadian destinations begins with Toronto. Canada’s largest city, Toronto is Canada’s economic capital. But, just because Toronto has a big business vibe doesn’t mean there isn’t fun to be had.
A few must-see destinations include the Royal Ontario Museum, the CN Tower, Kensington Market, and neighbourhoods like Queen West and Trinity Bellwoods Park. If you are a sports guy, Toronto offers the chance to see Canada’s most famous sports team, The Toronto Maple Leafs, and Canada’s only MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays.
Gates at the entrance to Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto, Canada by SimonP
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada’s West coast playground according to JustFly, Vancouver still has the layer of polish from hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics. If actually participating in outdoor activities is your preference, some of Canada’s best beaches and skiing areas are near Vancouver.
To the West, you have Tofino. Considered the best windsurfing spot in Canada, whether you are a master surfer or a beginner, Tofino is a good place to figure that out.
Want to ski, hike, or mountain bike? Check out Whistler. As part of the Rocky Mountains, you’ll find great trails, runs, or whatever you seek to quench your outdoor sports thirst.
Vancouver and mountains, Canada by Arvin Asadi
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada by Sébastien Launay
Whistler, Canada by James Dennes
A little slice of European culture can be found just North of the American border. One of the oldest cities in North America, Montreal carries its French past and mixes it with modern Canadiana to form one of Canada’s most unique cities.
Loaded with great restaurants, massive parks, and many museums and historical buildings, Montreal will have you saying c’est le vie, and enjoying this little piece of Europe in the Great White North.
Make sure you aren’t late for your date at the Bell Centre to see the Montreal Canadiens play. A must see experience, “the Habs” are a major part of the cultural fabric of Montreal.
Maisonneuve Monument Montreal, Quebec, Canada by Mauricio Lima
Montreal Skyline from Mont Royal, Canada by Taxiarchos228