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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

#1
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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Stanley Park

Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park enjoys a stellar natural setting, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it offers a combination of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience.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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Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.More
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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)

Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal)

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Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal (Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal) is the city's oldest Catholic church and the venue of Quebec hero Celine Dion’s wedding. The Gothic Revival-style church is one of Canada’s most lavish cathedrals, with stained-glass windows, intricate wood carvings, frescoes, sculptures, and a 7,000-pipe organ all vying for attention beneath a blue ceiling studded with gold stars.More
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.More
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CN Tower

CN Tower

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For many visitors to Toronto, this needle-like telecommunications tower—often seen from the airplane window—is their first glimpse of the city. When it was erected in 1976, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Though it no longer holds that title, it is still the tallest tower in Canada, and the spectacular views from its observation decks are second to none.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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Gastown

Gastown

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One of Vancouver’s oldest and buzziest districts, Gastown is packed with Victorian architecture and cobbled streets. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, an English mariner who opened a saloon in the area in the 19th century, the district is filled with heritage buildings now hosting boutiques, coffee shops, hip restaurants, and bars.More
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Granville Island

Granville Island

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Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.More

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How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

Top activities in Canada

Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Small-Group Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
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Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
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Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
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Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Seaplane Flight to Victoria with Ground Transport and Butchart Gardens Admission
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
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Banff Gondola Ride Admission

Banff Gondola Ride Admission

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North Shore Day Trip from Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge & Grouse Mtn
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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
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