Encompassing vast mountain ranges, thousands of lakes, the world’s longest coastline, glaciers, Arctic tundra and even a desert, Canada’s geographical diversity makes it a land of adventurous possibilities.
From the highest tides in the world at the Bay of Fundy in the East to the rare temperate rainforests on the West Coast, the Great White North’s natural beauty is undeniable.
Across the border from Niagara Falls and just a short ride away from Toronto, the eponymous Horseshoe Falls dwarf its American counterpart. Go up the Skylon tower for a panoramic view of the area and enjoy a meal there.
Those seeking to experience a uniquely different culture will love Quebec. Expect everything from the art to the food and even music to have a distinctive French Canadian character. Here, the history of Colonial France awaits to be discovered.
The city of Toronto is another one of Canada’s top attractions due to its cosmopolitan nature that’s infused in all its art, cuisine, fashion and even entertainment. Stand on the edge of the CN Tower looking out at Toronto with a harness and enjoy the bird’s eye view. Or hang out at Dundas Square – Canada’s less flashy version of Times Square. And as the city rejoices in summer festivals that happen as often as every weekend, you can be a part of the largest celebrations in the world. For instance, Caribana, the third largest Carribean heritage festival in the world is an experience that’s not to be missed.
Some of the best lobster in the world resides in the Bay Fundy area and its magnificent tides. You could also head down to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, a fortress city that will take you back in time to the 18th century in Louisbourg. Pristine ocean views reminiscent of the Amalfi Coast in Italy await along Cabot trail on Cape Breton Island.
Finally, feast your eyes on the majestic Rockies and sample a taste of old Europe at the Fairmont Chateau on Lake Louise. Complete this with high tea at the Empress Princess Hotel and Tea House to fully experience the life of 19th century British aristocrats. Those with green thumbs will definitely adore the colourful Butchart Gardens outside the city.
As most of Canada is partially immersed in or surrounded by water, you will probably take a ferry at some point of your stay. Extensive ferry services between the islands and the mainland exist throughout the Atlantic provinces and in British Columbia. Car rentals are available at a variety of costs as well. Greyhound Canada has an extensive network of bus services operating throughout central and western Canada. VIA Rail operates most of Canada’s intercity and transcontinental passenger trains, which link most of the major cities and about 450 smaller communities.
Quebec City is the only city in North America that is stone walled.
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