Where to Start on What to Do in Canada
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 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 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 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 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.
Not to brag, but we get to hang out in a pretty cool part of the world. https://t.co/xZBnxq3qnK
— Banff Mtn Festival (@BanffMtnFest) May 14, 2017
Even if you don’t, a visit to Quebec is definitely worth including on a tour of Canada. The largest province, it has some amazing countryside as well as fascinating cities such as its capital Quebec City, one of the oldest settlements in North America.
Montreal is Quebec’s largest city and its most bilingual – with over half the residents fluent in French. The historic centre is Old Montreal, with cobblestoned streets and some buildings dating back to the 16th century. At the same time as having a European flavour, Montreal is still very much a North American city, especially in the downtown area.
Old Montreal, Canada
With over 100 festivals taking place in Montreal, there’s something for every taste. Many of the festivals are held in the Quartier des Spectacles and include the International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival.
Of course, this barely scratches the surface of what cosmopolitan Canada has to offer its visitors. It’s more than likely that one visit won’t be enough!
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