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Welcome to Canada

From the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Lake Louise to Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains, Canada offers a wide variety of great outdoors excitment for adventurous travelers of all types. But away from the open wilderness, Canada's bustling cities showcase thriving arts scenes, bars and restaurants featuring cuisine from across the world, museums explaining First Nations history, and a maritime heritage that stretches back centuries. Multicultural Toronto and Vancouver deliver visitors an international feel, while French-Canadian cities such as Montreal and Quebec City boast a strong flavor of France. Victoria, meanwhile, retains its British charm. Skiers and snowboarders can practice their turns in popular resorts like Kicking Horse and Whistler (7- and 2-hours from Vancouver, respectively), while wildlife lovers should take to the water on whale-watching cruises. Thrill-seekers can tackle swirling rapids on white-water rafting trips or sightsee by helicopter or seaplane. Back on dry land, visitors can look out for native animals like bears, beavers, elk, and moose on wildlife safaris in Alberta or British Columbia. Pristine countryside and spectacular scenery abound in Banff and Jasper National Parks (1- and 3-hours from Calgary, respectively), while travelers heading into the expansive Yukon should take northern lights tours to increase their chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis swirling over the rugged territory.

Top 10 attractions in Canada

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Kamloops BC Wildlife Park

Kamloops BC Wildlife Park

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Dedicated to the rehabilitation and protection of Canada’s native wildlife, the BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops is home to over 200 animals, including Arctic wolves, bison, and cougars, most of which have been rescued. Visitors can engage in activities ranging from observing grizzly bear feedings to holding a snake.More
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Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

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Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering masterpiece. It extends for 126 miles (202 kilometers) between Ottawa and Kingston. Ottawa’s most visited stretch lures boaters, cyclists, and strollers in summer, and ice skaters in winter.More
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Porteau Cove Provincial Park

Porteau Cove Provincial Park

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Stretching over 56 hectares of Howe Sound, North America’s southernmost fjord, the Porteau Cove Provincial Park makes a tranquil retreat from nearby Vancouver, and is renowned for its diverse array of marine life. Taking its name from the French ‘Porte d’Eau’ or ‘Water’s Gate’, the protected area offers a serene expanse of ocean, fringed by a pebble beach and dotted with campsites, swimming spots and lookout points.While holidaymakers come for the glittering waters and dramatic sunsets, the star attraction lies beneath the ocean – an underwater playground for scuba divers, with artificial reefs, sunken shipwrecks and a diver’s float providing habitats for a colorful population of starfish, anemone and octopus. Windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and boat tours are also popular activities.More
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Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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The powerful border-straddling Niagara Falls is actually composed of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls). Combined, these cascades have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. While they’re wildly impressive from the US, here’s how to explore the Canadian side.More
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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds

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At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More
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Ottawa Parliament Hill

Ottawa Parliament Hill

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A concentrated cluster of grand government buildings overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the centerpiece of Downtown Ottawa. At the heart of the complex is Centre Block, a neo-Gothic riot of greening copper turrets, stone-carved gargoyles, and pointed arches built around a soaring central campanile (bell tower) known as the Peace Tower. Parliament Hill is not just a pretty sight; it’s also home to Canada’s most important democratic institutions, including the Library of Parliament and the chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate.More
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Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)

Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency)

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Higher than Niagara Falls, the impressive Montmorency Falls stand 272 feet (83 meters) tall and serve as the centerpiece of Montmorency Falls Park (Parc de la Chute-Montmorency). The site is a year-round destination for visitors to Quebec City and Montreal, offering an array of outdoor activities and the stunning sight of the falls themselves tumbling into the St. Lawrence River.More
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Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

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The biggest ski resort in North America and mountain host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains feature 8,171 acres (3,306 hectares) of terrain and over 200 trails. With lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking, and more in the spring, summer, and fall, Whistler-Blackcomb is a world-class resort year-round.More
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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

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Once a busy shipping hub, the Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal) is now an entertainment center stretching along the St. Lawrence River. In addition to the promenade, the port is also home to the Montreal Science Centre, La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel, a boat spa, and seasonal outdoor attractions including an urban beach and an ice rink.More
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Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)

Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)

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With its narrow, cobbled streets and historic 17th- and 18th-century homes and monuments, there’s no place else in Canada that feels quite like Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). As the only existing fortified city north of Mexico, it’s full of living history, rich Quebecois culture, and European-style charm. The historic district of Old Quebec—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is a must-see when in Quebec City.More

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Recent reviews from experiences in Canada

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Adams the real MVP
Sandy, Feb 2020
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
What a great day seeing the wonder of Niagara Falls from the US and Canada.
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Worth every cent
joshuavanrooij, Dec 2019
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Our guide Michael F was fantastic and his knowledge off Toronto, Niagara Falls and Canada in general was amazing.
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Suspension bridge and mountain
Roving770889, Nov 2019
Small Group Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver
Got to see the bears.
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Excellent Tour!
shivarahimi, Jul 2019
Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour
Even though they couldn't understand much English to truly benefit from a guided tour, they quite enjoyed their time in Victoria and Butchart Gardens.
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Amazing Tour ... and Amazing Tour Guide - Josh
Jeff M, Jul 2019
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Covered most of the important and jaw dropping sites from both sides of the Falls.
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Great overall experience in Niagara Falls
Davie954, Jun 2019
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
Package included all the main things to see in Niagara Falls, Canada.
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Wonderful day
Vacation00636608501, Mar 2019
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise
Definitely worth the night time view of the falls especially with all the new lights!
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Tour Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
glpamajl, Aug 2018
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Canada is a great place to visit.
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A great trip
Duncan C, Oct 2018
Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec city
The falls are spectacular and the basilica of Saint Anne de Beaupre is a stunning piece of 20th century architecture.
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We had a very nice time on this tour...
wlee315695, Aug 2016
Laurentian Mountains Day Trip From Montreal
This was our first opportunity to see some small villages in Canada.
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My husband and I had a great time. It...
Patricia T, Jul 2016
Niagara Falls CANADA Open-Top Jet-Boat Ride
I would recommend it for visitors to Niagara Falls in Canada.
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This tour takes you to a beautiful part...
Phyllis C, Oct 2015
Laurentian Mountains Day Trip From Montreal
This tour takes you to a beautiful part and Canada--the scenery is breathtaking, and the included activities make for an enjoyable day trip!
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Over the Falls - Excellent
twcca1, Jul 2019
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Over the Falls Deluxe tour was perfect.
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Very much enjoyed the ride. It was...
Erik, Oct 2017
FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Ride
It was a nice way to see different parts of Canada without leaving Vancouver.
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Right on time! Courteous drivers...
Ben D, Sep 2017
Private Transport from Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal to Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
and upon the return from Canada Place to YVR, our driver drove us through down Granville and Churchill Streets to see the beautiful houses!
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We thoroughly enjoyed this tour...
June R, Jul 2017
Victoria Whale Watch Tour
It was great to see the orcas.
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Fantastic! This tour gave us an...
Sharon, Feb 2018
Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal
This tour gave us an opportunity to visit both Montreal where we stayed and Quebec when only having 3 days to spend in Canada.
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Our tour was wonderful and the guide...
chayil50, Mar 2018
Niagara Falls Canada Tour + Helicopter Ride and Skylon Tower Lunch
Our tour was wonderful and the guide was quite knowledgeable of Canada and Niagara Falls.
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This flight was spectacular. It...
Vanessa W, Jun 2016
Niagara Falls Grand Helicopter Adventure
It gave amazing views of up and around the falls.
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Amazing experience! We were...
Ann B, Jul 2016
FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Ride
We felt cool air, a breeze, mist from Niagra Falls, and smelled fragrant flowers.

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