Your Canada Travel Guide! Canada is the second largest country in the world, and the largest country in North America. The country is known for its wildlife and immense amounts of untouched nature, from the Rockies to the prairies… Canada is every nature and adventure lover’s dream. But it doesn’t end with only nature, the country is home to large cities such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. I had the opportunity to live in the country for a semester abroad during my time as a student, and I enjoyed every second of it. Canada kept amazing me, and is by far one of my favorite countries on this planet. Read down below about my favorite places and some of my favorite things to do in Canada…
Montreal – After 4,5 months living in this city, this place is without a doubt on the top of my list. Whilst I haven’t seen a lot from Canada yet, Montreal has a special place in my heart. I love the artsy and cultural vibe of Montreal; the street art alone will have you exploring the city for days. Enjoy the view from Mont Royal or enjoy a walk through the old town, I am sure a visit to Montreal will not disappoint you.
Toronto – While Montreal to me felt so artsy and cultural, Toronto felt more like a business city, but nonetheless with lots to offer. The skyline, filled with skyscrapers and the famous CN Tower, is best seen from Toronto Island while the CN tower itself will give you a great view from up high. Wander through Kensington Market or enjoy a picnic on Toronto Island!
Quebec City – The state of Quebec has more to offer than the city of Montreal alone… Taking a walk through Quebec City will almost make you feel as if you are in Europe. Its cobblestone streets and beautiful architecture gives this city a warm and cozy feeling. Have a nice coffee in one of the many cafés and take a picture at Chateau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world. A couple of days, or even a day trip, should be enough to explore this pretty city.
Ottawa – Couldn’t leave Canada’s capital out of this list eh? While I would not consider Ottawa a city to be visited on its own, it is a great city if you are in the neighborhood. Go see the parliament on a sunny day, art lover and not such amazing weather? Go see one (or more) of the many art galleries Ottawa has to offer!
Mont Tremblant – Into winter sports? Mont Tremblant is the place to be during winter! While I wasn’t lucky enough to visit Mont Tremblant during snow time, I can say that it is a beautiful place during the fall. Hike to the top of the hill (or take the cable car) in a couple of hours, enjoy the beautiful scenery and the red, orange and yellow of the trees surrounding you. In the end I believe that no matter what season it is, Mont Tremblant will always me a beautiful place to visit if you are up for a nice hike.
Eat Poutine: Whilst I can name enough delicious Canadian treats you should try, poutine must be on the top of the list. While the combination of fries, cheese curds and gravy doesn’t sound to tasty (or look to tasty) at first, I cannot deny that I’ve been craving this food ever since I left Canada. While poutine can easily be found at large fastfood chains such as McDonald’s or A&W, my personal favorite would be to eat it at La Banquise in Montreal; and I am not the only one, don’t be surprised if you have to stand in line, be it 4am or 7pm!
Go City Tripping: East Coast or West Coast, besides the beautiful nature, Canada has some amazing cities! If you are finding yourself on the East side of the country, consider visiting Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto and of course Montreal. The 4 cities are all very different and each have their own beauty, from museums, to shopping, to sightseeing, you will not be bored in these cities.
Explore Canada’s Nature: Even though the cities are amazing, Canada’s beautiful nature should of course not be forgotten. Fan of outdoor sports? British Columbia and Alberta are the places to be for you, go climbing in the rockies or kayaking on one of the beautiful lakes. Can’t make it to the West Coast? Also the East Coast has many national parks to keep you busy for weeks, months, perhaps even years!
See the Niagara Falls: The Niagara Falls can be visited from either the Canadian or the US side, and according to hearsay, it is definitely prettier from the Canadian side! Put on your rain poncho, hop on the boat, and get close (and wet) to the waterfall. The Niagara Falls could easily be visited as a day trip during your stay in Toronto.
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