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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 15 attractions in Canada

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Skylon Tower

Skylon Tower

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Perched on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, the lofty Skylon Tower is famous for its bird’s-eye views. Boasting a panoramic observation platform, ambient dining, movies, shopping, and activities for the whole family, this 775-foot (236-meter) tower offers an entire day’s worth of entertainment.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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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal)

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Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal) charms visitors with its picturesque squares, grand old-world architecture, and winding cobblestone streets. Whether in the Old Port or walking down the main street Rue Saint-Paul, it’s easy to feel transported back in time—in fact, some architectural remains date back to New France. The historic site is considered to be the best preserved Old Town in North America.More
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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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Established in 1914, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is Canada’s largest museum. Housed inside a heritage-meets-modern building, it boasts a 6-million-strong collection, which focuses on objects relating to world culture and natural history. It includes everything from First Nations’ crest poles to Egyptian mummies to T-rex skeletons.More

Trip ideas

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 Day Tour from Toronto
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Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride Option
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Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour

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Vancouver Seaplane Tour
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Vancouver Seaplane Tour

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Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise

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Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
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Niagara Falls CANADA Helicopter Tour

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Recent reviews from experiences in Canada

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Nice day to experience the falls
Steve_W, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
On the Canada side of the falls found a couple of rainbows.
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Must do Niagara!
Donna_B, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Thrilled to see the falls from US and Canada.
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Amazing!
Bar_R, Sep 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
The falls are incredible and the tour included many things, it was one of our best days in our trip to Canada.
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Well done
Margaret_H, Aug 2022
Mountain Lakes and Waterfalls Day Trip from Banff
There was so much too see, each stop was special and gave us a good chance to see what Canada had to offer.
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Easy to check in! This...
Kimi_E, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls CANADA Open-Top Jet-Boat Ride
I had an amazing time learning about the history if Niagra Falls, and Canada all while enjoying this wet, thrilling, boat/roller coaster ride!
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Great Experience
Freda_L, Aug 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
Canada & Niagara Falls was an Exciting trip, great history and amazing sites.
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Enjoyable and interesting!!!!
Lavinia_W, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
I did not know Niagara Falls, Canada had so many other attractions to offer.
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Great way to see the city
Dave_C, Jul 2022
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Great way to see more of Vancouver.
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Great value trip to Niagara Falls
Julir_J, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Great value but if you want to do Behind the Falls go to this first as we did not have time.
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Great experience! Highly...
Patricia_W, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
He was a wealth of knowledge on ALL things Canada and Niagara Falls!
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First Time In Canada
Teshiera_J, Jun 2022
Niagara Falls Canada City Night Tour
They stop and let ya walk around to view both falls and then you go to the Skylon Tower!!
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Perfect day trip
Deanna_F, Jun 2022
Fall for Niagara Tour
Mel our bus driver was very informative of Canada and Niagara Falls history.
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Excellent trip
June_M, Jun 2022
Jasper to Banff One-Way Tour
We were blessed with good weather to see the beautiful sights Canada has in abundance.
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Martina was an amazing...
Felix_T, May 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
Martina was an amazing tour guide, I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Niagara Falls Canada
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Glen_C, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
This excursion allowed us to see all the major attractions fully.
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Great experience.
Ann_T, Sep 2022
Journey Behind Niagara Falls Special Access via Boat
Starting with the walking tour, we learned some of the history of the city of Niagara Falls, Canada.
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Amazing Experience!!
Melissa_S, Aug 2022
9-Hour Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
I liked that the guide gave information not only about the Niagara Fall but also about the general history of Canada, the land and people.
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Amazing Tour
Tiffany_G, Aug 2022
Scenic Niagara Falls Night Tour with Boat Ride - Canada
All of the excursions were amazing, no lines, long waits and just amazing to end the night with fireworks and lighting up the falls.
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Niagara Falls Review
Kumar_T, Aug 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto including Niagara Cruise and winery stop
Highly recommend tour if you want to check Niagara Falls, get some tips on getting the most of Niagara Falls tour, and the surrounding areas.
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A Whale of a Tour
Gail_S, Aug 2022
Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
So be prepared to see the antics of these characters.
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All about Canada

Currency
Canadian Dollar (CA$)
Time Zone
EDT (UTC -5)
Country Code
+1
Language(s)
English
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