As the world’s second largest country, Canada offers a well-varied set of activities for different types of travelers. From experiencing winter wonderland to exploring its national parks in summer, Canada has the right to claim as one of the world’s best places to visit. With friendly locals brought by it rich cultural mosaic and as one of the safest nations in the world, visitors will enjoy each moment they spend in Canadian soil. Whether you choose Canada’s major cities or cottage country, bring the whole family, spend your much-deserved solo break, ignite romance with your partner, or travel with your friends to this North American country!
Before Visiting Canada
Canada has 13 international airports, making major cities highly accessible from the rest of the world. It is easy to find and book cheap flights to Canada including direct flights. From most Asian cities like Tokyo, it takes 10 hours and 9 hours from Munich. For American visitors, getting to Canada by land has been a common entry via border crossings. Post 9/11 requires passports (birth certificates for under 15). Canada offers visa exemptions for many countries like Mexico, Great Britain, Germany, etc. Check for your visa eligibility before booking a flight to Canada.
Top Things to do in Canada
In Canada, indulge in experiences such as strolling around former French colonies, watching polar bears, and shop in Vancouver. Wherever you choose to visit, here are of the top activities to do in Canada:
Canada has preserved their local heritage as seen from their historic buildings. Through impressive urban planning, buildings and structures coexist with modern skyscrapers and developments. Don’t miss Quebec and Montreal’s Old Town including the Citadel, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Fort York in Toronto.
Parks and Gardens
With its vast space, Canada never runs out of open space. Well-planned and developed, it is easy to find a park like Stanley Park, to relax after a long day of exploring. Butchart Gardens is Canada’s most popular garden.
Nature and the Great Outdoors
Whatever the season is, Canada’s great outdoors caters to all types of visitors. From the Niagara Falls to the Northern Lights in Yukon, take a ferry ride and watch seals, dolphins and humpback whales. Visit national parks and watch elk, grizzly bears, and moose. Camp, trek, and hike Mountain Lake and Banff National Park.
Whistler is Canada’s prime ski destination. Enjoy the snow, slope, and power and go snowboarding. Enjoy the scenery with hot chocolates or while you lounge around the fireplace. For added adventure, try glacier skywalk, see the drifting iceberg in Fergo Island, experience ice fishing and yurt camping or sign up for arctic tours in Canada.
Poutine, which emerged in the 1950s in the province of Quebec, is among the favored 'comfort foods' in Canada. Cheese curds are scattered on top of French Fries, then topped with a delicious brown gravy. When in Montreal, opt for a Montreal bagel which is sweeter and more dense than a regular bagel and is made in a wood-fired oven. Or try Donair, a spit-roasted meat loaf grilled into a pita bread. For a tasty breakfast, go for a Candian bacon and pancakes drenched in maple syrup. When dining, opt to try local wines, ice wine and craft beer, sample the cheese and experience fresh produce in various markets across the country.
Best Places to Go in Canada
There is no way you can visit all provinces of Canada in one trip , but it doesn't mean you will fall short for authentic Canadian experience. For first time visitors, here are Canada’s top destinations:
There are experiences that when skipped, it makes a trip incomplete. In the case of Canada, it will be Niagara Falls. Witness how immeasurable volume of water flows from the viewing area or by taking a ferry. Splurge yourself and take a helicopter tour. At night, witness how Niagara Falls is lit up.
Canada’s prime cosmopolitan city with CN Tower dominating its skyline, enjoy a relaxed and laid-back city breaks when in Toronto. Visit the historic Distillery District, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto Island, and Harbourfront Centre.
A city known for its tight-knit Asian community, the city’s multi-culture scene makes it appealing to international visitors. Spend the day at Robson Street, visit museums and art galleries or challenge yourself by crossing the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Get a taste of French culture in Northern America; Quebec also serves as the only walled city in the continent. Stroll its cobblestone streets of the Old Quarter, get dreamy with its lavish castles and fortresses, and connect with friendly French-Canadians.
Experience a trip of a lifetime at Canada’s Northern Territories where one can challenge themselves with an expedition of a lifetime. Winter tours to see polar bear, the northern lights, caving, and other extreme winter sports and when the snow melts (not fully though), you get to engage in activities that is free from mass tourism, just real adventure.
Where to Stay: Hotels in Canada
Looking for a place won’t be a problem in a destination like Canada, even if you will be traveling to its off-the-beaten path areas. In key cities, there are plenty of choices where it is easy to get hotel deals especially when booking through TravNow.
Centrally located in Vancouver, Rosewood Hotel Georgia has been around since 1920s, yet still reign supreme as one of the top hotels in the city. This 156-room property has 4 in-house restaurants, coffee shop, health club, full service spa, and an indoor pool. Nearby attractions are Vancouver Art Gallery, Stanley Park, and Granville Island Public Market.
A historic property, fully renovated, Fairmont Hotel MacDonald was built back in 1915 and staying at this luxury 4-star hotel let guests feel what it’s like to be royal. Located at the heart of Edmonton, all of its 198 rooms are fitted with modern amenities. The hotel offers indoor pool, restaurants, babysitting services, and massages.
Ramada Plaza Toronto Downtown offers affordable rooms for those who want to stay in Toronto’s downtown district. Rooms are spacious, neat, and modern. The hotel offers indoor pool, sauna, breakfast, and business center. Allan Gardens, Toronto Public Library, and University of Toronto are close to this hotel.
For more hotels in Canada, check out our list below covering different cities in Canada. Browse, find, and book your hotel with TravNow. Only TravNow offers the best hotel deals and savings for your next Canadian adventure!