Your Canada Vacations will be Unforgettable
Are you ready for your Canada vacations? Lined by the Pacific and the Atlantic, with cities of Halifax and Vancouver enthralling on its coasts, the stylish city of Toronto is welcoming cultures from all over the world. The dominantly French-speaking cities are Quebec and Montreal. Traversed by the Rocky Mountains with Ottawa as its capital, Canada is a dream country to visit. 13 international airports and around 130 national airports within the country are at your service. So, sit back and fly into the city of wonders.
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Vancouver is one of the best places to visit in Canada. Bound by the scenic beauty of mountains and shimmering beaches, Vancouver is a city looked up for fashion boutiques and enticing food. Nicknamed “Hollywood North,” Vancouver has invited many directors and producers. Movies like “The Twilight Saga”, “Supernatural” and many television shows have been shot in its picturesque beauty.
Escapades like kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking, and skiing summon the adventurous when they have a solo travel.
And families with kids can enjoy the amazing beaches, go crazy shopping in the biggest open air market – Granville Island Public Market and enjoy the beauty of the Capilano River from the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Remember that changing money can cost you a fee. Do not rent a car to see the city, explore the young city on foot.
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This spirited city is where the old meets the new, it keeps the essence of the olden days while furbishing it with new ideas. Old-fashioned houses have been turned into funky restaurants serving French pastries and famous Montreal bagels.
Historic Cathedrals await you in the cobbled streets of Vieux-Montreal. Relish the ancient glory whilst you enjoy a Cappuccino from one of the French Cafés by boulevard Saint-Lauren. For those who are tired and wish to relax, the enchanting Parc du Mont-Royal (761-foot towering hill from where Montreal gets its name) is where you can feast your eyes on beautiful parks or just swim in the Beavers Lake. The park is free and open to everyone throughout the year. St. Denis is known for its nightlife which endures till the early morning.
Although many people in Montreal speak English but most of its population speaks French, downloading a translating app on your mobile or carrying a phrasebook might come in handy.
Keep a huge space for warm clothes in your suitcase as it is cold in Montreal throughout the year. Montreal is a city that can hardly be missed when planning Canada vacations.
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Situated in the core of the Canadian Rockies near the south-eastern border of Banff National Park, Banff is where you can treat yourself with outdoor adventure. You can ski down the Mount Norquay, hike your way to the huge lime-stone pillars known as “Hoodoos” in the Stoney Squaw Mountain or bike along the Healy Creek. Exhausted? Go to your room and energize yourself with a heavy meal of bison, elk or venison meat. The northern part of the town gives you an experience of its countryside and mountain style ways. We recommend the Sleeping Buffalo restaurant and Lodge which serves regional dishes and has implausible mountains views. Banff Avenue has many international cuisines to offer the tourists in the cheap restaurants in Canmore.
If Banff is on your holiday list, it means you are a lover of the wilderness, keep yourself close to nature, camp in the national park and save yourself paying to the overpriced hotels. Banff is your getaway.
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The fifth largest city in North America, Toronto is home to the tallest free-standing tower in the world. It has the largest underground shopping mall and the longest street in Canada. Toronto doesn’t stop to amaze us and has prided itself in the Guinness Book of World Records many times. Do not forget to visit majestic Niagara Falls, if you are in Toronto.
More than half of the population of Toronto are immigrants. Deeper into the city, you can explore Chinatown, Little India, Roncesvalles Village, and Greektown. The public transport is inexpensive, so don’t worry about burning a hole in your pocket when visiting Toronto for your Canada vacations.
Remember to buy a City-Pass which you can use to visit the top five places: CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Art Gallery of Ontario and Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and save 50 percent. Mouth-watering delicacies can be enjoyed at St. Lawrence Market where vendors prepare finger licking local treats for a fraction of prices compared to the restaurants. The warm sunny weather of Toronto attracts throngs of tourists and raises the price of hotels, winters will get you good rates at the hotels.
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You know you are in Quebec if you are surrounded by the enticing aroma of fresh bread baking in the oven, creamy café lattes being poured into cups, buttery croissants being munched across. Quebec City is the capital of Canadian province and it is common to sight cobblestone streets and soaring cathedrals.
Spend your time leisurely by exploring the architecture and museums in Old Quebec. See the dreamy fort at Citadelle of Quebec, the famous Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame and the Basilica of St. Anne-de-Beaupre. Around 12 kilometers from the Quebec City is the beautiful Montmorency Falls surrounded by the Montmorency Falls Park, giving the access to both the falls and the park. If you are here in the summer, you could witness the international fireworks competition. Old Quebec has been declared as World Heritage by UNESCO and is flocked by thousands of tourists every year to discover the rich heritage of Quebec.
Quebec believes in being laid-back, so you have to be patient and enjoy doing things slowly, you are on a vacation, so you can spare time.
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Tempting restaurants, snow-covered mountain peaks, glittering lakes and lush green golfs – Whistler has something for everyone, Whistler Blackcomb Mountain being its key tourist attraction. The 8,100 acres of land has an annual snowfall of 40 feet, making it one of North America’s top après-ski spots. While ski and snowboard festivals and competitions held every year in the winter, the summer continues to attract tourists as they can indulge in bungee jumping, biking up the mountains or hiking. Carry your cameras while taking a ride through PEEK 2 PEEK Gondola, the Coast Mountains offer some of the best views for you to capture.
Enjoy brews and pub food in the Whistler Blackcomb Resort. Many resorts offer you open seating arrangements where you can grab a hot cocoa and enjoy the scenic beauty of the mountains or relax around the fireplace. Enjoy organic food in the local restaurants, or if you wish to have something more tempting, drive south to Rim Rock Café & Oyster Bar.
The wilds are home to many grizzly bears, keep your distance. Skiers are advised to keep a track of themselves, the area is prone to avalanches so it is better to check the Whistler Blackcomb’s website for advice. Drive slow as the snow is deep in the winters, make sure you rent a reliable SUV.
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The intoxicating charm of the ocean-carved island of Victoria and Vancouver is full of extremes. Admire the snow-capped mountains while slashing the water of beaches. Breathe nature while you witness the grandeur of the wildlife. Set in the charming roots of British traditions, the sophisticated city still thrives on the afternoon tea. Try the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
The history wrapped island has a lot of places for you to visit. Those who love food and wine will appreciate weaving through the Cowichan Valley farm region, while those who want to enjoy some time with friends and family in a laidback region should head to the twin seaside towns of Parksville and Qualicum. The west-coast area of Tofino is perfect for those who enjoy surfing.
There is a whale watch tour available for those who want to watch the lovely whales. However, if you do not want to pay for the tour, you can just keep your eyes on the water while you are on the ferry, and you will encounter quite a few whales.
Canada is a land of diversities. It has a lot to offer and our list of the best places to visit in Canada is just the beginning to your vacation. There are many beautiful sights that Canada has to offer, so Canada vacations can ensure that you will be thrilled.