Canada is the second largest country in the world by land mass. It is also a vast and diverse country with more lakes than the rest of the world combined. You can explore the history, culture and breathtaking sceneries of the country. From stunning vistas to charming cities, Canada is definitely a must-see country.
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Situated on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, the 17th century small city was briefly the capital of Canada. Today it is better know for its incredible history, culture and architecture. You can visit the historic Fort Henry and the Bellevue House, a gorgeous villa that was once the home to the first Canadian Prime Minister. Bellevue House is packed with costumed guides from the 1840s to help you feel like you’re stepping back in time.
The islands can be found right on the border between the United States and Canada and is made up over 1,700 small islands. The main attraction of islands is the Boldt Castle on its very own island in the river, you can reach the castle by boat tour. If you’re lucky enough to stay in a cottage in the area, you’ll be in for a treat.
The city is the largest in the province and the second-largest French speaking city in the world. You can visit historic architecture like the Victorian Gothic Notre-Dame Basilica or the 18th century Château Ramezay Museum in Old Montreal. At the Vieux-Port if you can visit the Montreal Science Center and famed Clock Tower. Stroll along the Place Jacques-Cartier a pedestrian street for souvenir shopping or dining.
Canada’s largest city and it also recommended to start your adventure in this city. Visit the CN Tower, where you can ride the glass elevator to the top of the structure and soak in sweeping views over the city. Then visit the Casa Loma, a historic mansion with stunning gardens. You can also visit the world-class museums, shopping and great beaches. During summer months head to the shore of Lake Ontario waterfront for spectacular views and plenty of activity.
The wonderful Old Town that feels more like a European city than an urban North American city can be located on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. French colonial architecture is all around the Old Town, with some of the most stunning landmarks being the Chateau Frontenac and the Citadel. Hop in a horse-drawn carriage for an unforgettable tour at the Place-Royale a charming plaza. The Ice Hotel, only open between January to April each year and the annual city-wide Winter Carnival is a big must see in the winter months.
6.NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO
Situated on the Canadian side, in Ontario, as well as the United States, in New York, it is the best known attraction in Northern America. From the Queen Victoria park you will be able to see the best views of the waterfall. You could take a boat ride underneath the waterfalls, or see them from above on a helicopter ride. The destination is also home to countless hotels, casinos and nightlife options. You can also dine at a restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows looking out over the illuminated falls.
7.GROS MORNE NATIONAL PARK
Gros Morne is the name of a peak in the Long Range Mountains, and it boasts some incredible hiking and other opportunities for outdoor recreations. You can visit some of the geological wonders such as the unusual rock formations, cliffs and waterfalls. Take a boat tour on the water and spectacular views of the mountains and cliffs surrounding the Western Brook pond. After a long day you can visit one of several nearby pubs offering fresh seafood and a lively, welcoming atmosphere for visitors.
Built in the early 19th century, the 200km canal is located where the Ottawa River and Lake Ontario are connected. During summer you can see the canal close up with a boat tour along some of its length, or cycle or driving alongside the canal. During winter a section of the canal through central Ottawa becomes an 8 kilometer long ice skating ring. Visit the Bytown Museum in Ottawa, which explains more about the history of the canal. Then, get active and enjoy the water and the scenery of the Rideau.
9.L’ANSE AUX MEADOWS
The historically significant National Historic Site is worth a trip to East Canada. It is here where Leif Eriksson landed and settled his Viking contingent more than a 1,000 years ago. This is the only authenticated Norse site in all of North America, and it allows you to step back in time and experience life like it was for the Vikings. You can watch women weaving and blacksmiths practicing their craft in the encampment. You can listen to Norse legends around the kitchen fire and dine on the traditional foods of the Vikings.
10.BAY OF FUNDY
Located just south of New Brunswick and north of Maine, the bay is best know for its high tides, charming coastal town and seafood. At Hopewell Rocks, you can rapidly watch the tides change, walking out onto the empty seabed after watching the waters recede just minutes before. The world’s longest covered bridge is situated in Hartland. You can relaxing in one of the many seaside restaurants eating fresh lobster with a glass of chilled wine!
In many ways, the fall months, particularly September and October, are the best time to travel, as the weather is frequently very pleasant. If you are looking for value, spring is another good time to visit Canada.