Top 5 Cities to Visit in Canada
From east to west, Canada stretches over 3,426 miles, and offers very diverse terrain from rugged driftwood-strewn beaches to towering mountains. It’s also home to many great cities but if you can only visit five, these are the places you should put on your itinerary.
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Newfoundland and Labrador’s largest city is located on the eastern tip of the Avalon Peninsula. The oldest city in North America, it has a long, rich history to explore and a fascinating downtown filled with historical sites, museums, art galleries, specialty shops, pubs and restaurants. Take a walk down Jelly Bean Row and you’ll get a stunning view of the vibrantly-painted row houses that overlook the harbour. There’s lots for outdoor adventurers too, with coastal trails to hike and all sorts of activities out on the water. After dark head to George Street for local live music – it sets the record for the most pubs and bars per square foot of any other on the continent.
Quebec City, Quebec
Enjoy an experience unlike any other in North America by visiting Quebec City. Its Old Town is practically a work of art, filled with cobbled walkways lined with 17th-century architecture while boasting a vibrant café culture and being home to the only fortress walls in the Americas that exist north of Mexico. Enjoy dining on the locals’ favourite, poutine, to fuel up your pursuits like visiting the citadel to watch a military ceremony by Canadian troops or indulging a shopping spree.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The capital city of Halifax offers small-town charms in a big city with friendly locals and an especially picturesque seaside location. Look forward to exploring historic architecture, pretty lighthouses and interesting museums like the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. You’ll also find a wide range of outstanding restaurants, pubs and bars for enjoying the local cuisine with live music and other entertainment.
Banff looks as if you’ve stepped into a Swiss ski village that was dropped into Canada. This town that’s tucked into the heart of the Canadian Rockies in Banff National Park is the ultimate spot to base yourself for enjoying all sorts of activities and jaw-dropping scenery, along with abundant wildlife. The village itself boasts a thriving arts and culture scene, home to concert venues, art galleries and museums along with a variety of shops and eateries.
Vancouver, British Columbia
The largest city in western Canada often makes its way on lists of the world’s most beautiful cities, enveloped by forest, snow-capped peaks and glistening water in every direction. Some say it’s the “supermodel of North American cities.” Whatever you want to call it, it’s a city that all travellers should visit at least once. Take in the stunning views from Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain, browse artsy Granville Island and take in world-class shopping, dining and museums. There’s so much to do here it’s going to be hard to say goodbye so you might want to thumb through the Vancouver homes for sale to have a better chance of truly experiencing it all.