Where to Start on What to Do in Canada

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Canada is a huge country with numerous and diverse tourist attractions. Deciding what to see and do there on a vacation isn’t easy – you could spend years and not see all that Canada has to offer.

Once you’ve booked a start and end point on your Canadian tour, there will be certain limitations to your trip. But if you’ve still got a blank canvas to work from, consider the three highlights below and see if any of them make it onto your shortlist.

The American Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada
The American Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada by Joe deSousa

See the world’s most famous waterfall

If there’s one waterfall that everyone knows about, it’s Niagara Falls, on the US and Canadian border. If you’re going to Canada, you simply have to see it for yourself. Niagara is actually three individual falls that combine – the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.

Between them, they produce the highest flow rate of any waterfall on the planet, about 4-6 million cubic feet per minute. To experience the majesty of the falls completely you should make sure you do a Maid of the Mist tour.

Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada
Horseshoe Falls, Niagara Falls, Canada by Joe deSousa

While you’re there, make a night of it by spending time at Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara. Fallsview – as its name suggests – has many breathtaking views of the falls, whether you’re reserving a room for the night or just there for a few hours.

The Casino Niagara is one of a number of casinos worth visiting in Canada. With 95,000 square feet of gaming space, you’ll have plenty of choices when it comes to the casino games you choose to play. Away from the gaming tables, there’s live entertainment and a smorgasbord of dining options.

Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls in winter, Canada
Bridal Veil Falls, Niagara Falls in winter, Canada by Diego Torres Silvestre

Mix mountain scenery with movies and literature

One of the main attractions for many visitors to Canada is to take in some of the amazing scenery. The Rockies are one of the most impressive mountain ranges in the world and are definitely worth including on your itinerary if you have time. Boasting a number of the highest peaks in Canada, there are also numerous ski opportunities.

Banff is the destination that film and book lovers head for in the Rockies. The Banff Mountain Film Festival is hosted there every fall, and around 300 films are entered for consideration.

Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada
Valley of the Ten Peaks and Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Canada by Gorgo

A pre-screening committee narrows the selection down to the top 60 films which are shown at the festival. At the same time, there’s also the Banff Mountain Book Festival which features readings, guest speakers and an international book contest.

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