If there’s one place I never get tired of no matter where my travels take me, it’s the true north, strong and free – Canada. Some people write Canada off as a destination in favour of the U.S. but those people are fools. As the second largest country in the world by area, home to the most fresh water and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet, Canada has it all.
The hardest thing I find is know just where to start, which is why when my friends look to book flights to Canada I tell them to book a few flights or plan on visiting Canada more than just once. Want to know the best part of Canada? It’s not that simple! It would be like someone visiting Sydney and skipping Melbourne or the Great Barrier Reef, or London and claiming you’ve been to the U.K. Simply put there is a lot to explore and it’s a ways apart.
So I’ve made a brief list of some of the must-see Canadian destinations to get you started:
Montreal (Quebec – the French-speaking part)
Contrary to popular belief, Canadians aren’t all bilingual, but there is once province that is mostly French speaking, harkening back to the days when France was the first in control of what eventually became Canada. Montreal is a beautiful city teeming with life and history, a great ski destination and just a very different place than the rest of Canada.
Vancouver (British Columbia)
Home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, Vancouver is situated on the west coast of Canada on a bay overlooking the Pacific Ocean and framed by the majestic Rocky Mountains. Definitely the most trendy of Canada’s destinations, this is home to a thriving arts and movie industry as well as first class skiing just a few hours away at Whistler-Blackcomb (home of the 2010 Winter Olympics). While it has the tendency to rain most of the time, it is a great place for nature lovers and mild temperatures.
The largest city in Canada has one of the most diverse populations on Earth, home to Canada’s finances and the first place most people travel to. It’s from here that people can stare up at the CN Tower or take a day trip to Niagara Falls and sample some ice wine.
The other side of the mountains from Vancouver, Calgary also hosted the Winter Olympics and is a fantastic outdoor destination. From here you can access the majestic national parks by Jaspar and Banff, taking in their one of a kind views that will be the envy of all your friends. You haven’t seen natural beauty until you’ve been out here.
Newfoundland (The Maritimes – no specific city… just the whole place!)
The east-coast of Canada has the nicest people in the nicest country you’ll ever visit and no trip is complete without seeing the island of Newfoundland, particularly the west coast. Driving from St. John’s to Corner Brook will take the better part of a day, but from there you’re a few hours away from Gros Morne National Park and all it’s beauty, more moose than you can shake a stick at and lobsters a plenty. If you can, make your way up the north west tip to L’anse Aux Meadows – home of the Viking settlement that beat Columbus’s voyage by 400 years.