One of the places on my travel bucket list is Canada. It is a country I have always wanted to visit, not only for its heritage and culture but the beautiful scenery too. With modern cities thriving next to the scenic landscape and mountainous terrain. There really is something to explore for everyone in Canada.
For visitors to the country, there are so many different accommodation options to choose from including hotels and but staying in vacation homes in Canada has a certain appeal for me over a hotel and leaves you free to your own devices. To be able to come and go as please and take on Canada at your pace and you make it a real home from home. Having only ever holidayed abroad at resorts choosing an accommodation where you are not restricted and free to explore would be a new experience for me.
But with so many things to see and visit, it is best to know what you would like to see before you go. Especially if it is your first time visiting a new country. More important too if you are travelling with children or other family members. You really want to make the most out of your trip. So for me, I have a few places that are really must see options should my feet touch terra firma on Canadian soil.
A must see for anyone really. A visit to Ontario to the borders of the US and Canada, Niagra Falls is home to 3 cascading waterfalls guaranteed to wow you as you take in their natural beauty. If you visit with children you can also take advantage of their national park to explore the area more and find out a little more about the country and the history of the Falls.
Whilst you are there, you can check out the views from the Skylon Tower, catch a 4d movie or even take in a festival or show depending on the timing of your visit.
You are really spoilt for choice in Toronto. From soaking up the arts in one of the many museums and theatres, to shopping till you drop in in Toronto’s largest tourist attraction the Toronto Eaton Centre. There are so many things to do. Personally, I would love to spend time exploring the area and experiencing all that the city has to offer.
If you are visiting around this time of year, November – December, you will have the opportunity to visit Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery Historic District or hit the Ice Rink at the Harbourfront Centre or even catch the annual Santa parade mid-November for an extra festive trip.
If all the hustle and bustle of Toronto is too much for you and you prefer more of a serene and calm getaway, Banff could be just what you are looking for. The Canadian Rockies are a sight to behold and no trip to Canada is complete with even a fleeting visit. As someone who prefers fewer people, quieter environments, the calm, majestic beauty of the Rockies is alluring as it is welcoming.
As Banff town is situated in Banff National park, you will need a pass to be able to access everything it has to offer. So whether you explore the wilderness around you, hit the slopes or just relax in your accommodation, Banff is definitely top of my list of places to visit in Canada.
I can just imagine it now, sitting by the lake looking over at the mountains as I take in the view from what must be one of the most picturesque places in the world.
With Canada having 2 official languages, French and English, Quebec is quintessentially French. For all intents and purposes, you may as well be in France. Quebec City oozes with an old town French feel. With bistro’s and bakeries galore, you won’t be disappointed if you are after an authentic French Canadian Experience.
Within the walls of the Old Quebec, all of which is accessible by foot, you are transported back to the 17th and the 18th century with the cobbled squares and rich heritage it is definitely a part of Canada you have experience.
With its French roots, Montreal is the largest city in the Quebec province with a population of around 1.7 million. There is so much to explore here there won’t be any time for getting bored as you immerse yourself in all Montreal has to offer. Boasting an exciting food scene with a plethora of restaurants, deli’s, cafe’s, bars, patisseries and more, you are sure to find something to delight your taste buds as you taste your way around the city.
Once you have eaten your fill of the delicious foods, you can immerse yourself in the culture and arts the city has to offer. From its festivals, of which there are over 90 that take place, to all of the theatres with its artists, singers, writers, comedians and dancers all contributing to the flavour that makes Montreal what it is today.
Soak up the history that is Old Montreal with a visit to Basilique Notre Dame as Montreal seamlessly merges the old with the contemporary. Then pay a visit to Parc Du Mont-Royal where you can take in the scenery with family or just for a stroll after sampling the delights of the rest of the city. This is definitely a place I need to experience in Canada.
With 13 international airports and smaller ones across the country Canada is really accessible via air from overseas flights or domestic should you choose to travel via air during your stay. Whilst out and about in your chosen destination, transport links via rail, metro, ferry and bus services are all within reach to help you move around quickly. However you may find that getting around on foot is the best option, especially you want to explore more of your chosen city.