Canadian love to travel. But more and more, Canadians are choosing to keep their wallets in the country, having staycations in their home city, or travelling within Canada. With 9.9 million square kilometres of space within our borders, there’s plenty to see and do in Canada. As a proudly Canadian company, here are our top 10 cities to visit within our borders.
1 - Toronto
This city of skyscrapers is a multicultural mecca. You can visit nearly every country in the world without even leaving the city. There’s Little Italy, Chinatown, Little India, Greektown, Koreatown, Little Portugal or the multi-ethnic Kensington Market. Toronto is the place in Canada for an urban adventure. Book a walking tour, or explore on your own. You’re sure to find something around every corner to explore.
2 - Niagara Falls
There’s a good reason millions of visitors flock to the jaw-dropping 170-foot waterfall each year.
Straddling the US-Canada border, Niagara Falls is one of Canada’s most iconic landmarks and is an easy day trip from Toronto.Walk up to the cast iron railing that separates you from the falls and hear the roaring water pounding over the falls.
Once you’ve set your eyes on the spectacular falls, get a closer look by taking a Maid of the Mist tour. Then explore the town and head to the Imax theatre to learn about the history of the Falls. Stroll through the vineyards and try some Niagara ice wine or take a walk through the Niagara Park Botanical Gardens.
3 - Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta
Banff is a charming mountain town in the Banff National Park. Explore the Rocky Mountains and take in some of the most beautiful scenery the country has to offer.
While soaking in a hot springs pool, we might add. You don’t need to go far to catch a glimpse of Canadian wildlife, too. Elk and woodland caribou are frequently sighted in town amongst the tourists. Just a short distance away is Lake Louise, a turquoise-coloured lake surrounded by glacier-capped mountains. This area provides the perfect little hideaway to connect with nature and enjoy the Canadian outdoors.
4 - Capilano Suspension Bridge, British Columbia
Thrill seekers and nature lovers alike will love to spend a day at Capilano. The suspension bridge is 140 meters long and 70 meters above the river. It’s one forest walk you’ll never forget.
If you have a fear of heights, this is a great reason to face them!
5 - Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland
On the opposite coast of Canada lies a national park that is truly unique. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Gros Morne has attracted geologists and nature lovers from all over the world.
6 - Quebec City
Head over to French Canada and visit Quebec City, one of the oldest settlements in North America. The old walled city holds European charm mixed with unique French Canadian character. Home to poutine, and the Chateau Frontenac, you can take a horse-drawn carriage down the cobblestone streets, visit the world-famous winter carnival and eat delicious French Canadian cuisine. Fresh baked bread, pungent cheese, buttery croissants. UNESCO world heritage site. Pass through the fortified walls of old Quebec – world out of a European painting – history – bistros and boutiques, cobbled streets, café tables. Rich history.
7 - Whistler
One of Canada’s most popular ski resorts, Whistler was host to the 2010 Olympic Games. With two mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb and an extra-long ski season (November to May), this place is a haven for skiers and outdoor adventurers. Equally enjoyable in the summer, Whistler has dozens of outdoor activities available from cycling to hiking and golf. The high-end village resort town offers popular restaurants, hotels and boutique shops, making this town a premier destination for travelers.
8 – Ottawa
Canada’s Capital, Ottawa is definitely worth a visit. This small city is family-friendly and has a lively nightlife culture. Take a stroll to visit Parliament Hill, visit the renowned museums and check out the dozens of little boutique shops along the way. Enjoy a skate along the Rideau Canal in the winter or one of the dozens of festivals Ottawa hosts throughout the year including the Tulip Festival in the Spring, Canada Day Celebrations and winterlude in February.
9 – St. John’s Newfoundland
On Canada’s far eastern province lies the historic city of St. John’s. Known for its vibrant colourful buildings lining the hills along the harbour, this city is home to a number of popular attractions and maritime culture.
10 – Victoria
This quaint capital city of British Columbia sits at the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Its mild climate make it a popular spot for visitors all year round. Stunning views looking over the harbour or at the mountains on mainland British Columbia make this tiny city a picturesque place for photographers, artists and nature lovers.