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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 things to do 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Hockey Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame

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A sacred site for Canadians—for whom ice hockey is a national obsession—the Hockey Hall of Fame holds a treasure trove of memorabilia, including the original Stanley Cup. Housed inside a grand 19th-century Bank of Montreal building, it also features interactive games including a virtual shoot-out where visitors can test their skills.More
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Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

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Built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal) now houses several attractions that form Montreal’s Space for Life museum district. There’s the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the 56,000-seater Olympic Stadium, the Biodome, an indoor zoo with around 4,500 animals, as well as the Botanical Gardens and Insectarium in neighboring Maisonneuve Park.More
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Canada Place

Canada Place

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Opened in 1986, Canada Place is hard to miss: The complex was built to look like a ship, and its five large fiberglass “sails” are visible above the Vancouver waterfront. This is the city’s main cruise ship terminal, and the complex is also home to a convention center, a hotel, and FlyOver Canada, a flight-simulation ride.More
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Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains

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The biggest ski resort in North America and mountain host of the 2010 Winter Olympics, Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains feature 8,171 acres (3,306 hectares) of terrain and over 200 trails. With lift-accessed mountain biking, hiking, and more in the spring, summer, and fall, Whistler-Blackcomb is a world-class resort year-round.More

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Top activities in Canada

Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
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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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Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
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Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Montreal City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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Zipline Adventure in Whistler

Zipline Adventure in Whistler

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Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

Toronto Tall Ship Boat Cruise

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Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Canada

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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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We had one day and we saw...
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 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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Fun experience
Loutha_L, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Tom was amazing and very knowledgeable about Niagara Falls.
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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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Fantastic tour!
Madeleine_M, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
Great way to see the falls, learn about Canada and see the scenery.
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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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Excellent adventure
Ada_G, Aug 2022
Private Full-Day Tour to Hopewell Rocks from Saint John
I really wanted to see the Hopewell Ricks, but I don’t drive.
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Terri_s, Jul 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Falls seen from every angle was amazing!
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Great way to see the city- don't miss the Harbour Cruise! Great experiece.
Matthew_L, Jul 2022
Vancouver City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Bus ride is good to see a lot of things quickly and get yourself oriented with the city.
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Great Victoria day trip
Manisha_S, Jul 2022
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
This was a great way to see Victoria in 1 day if you are okay with the time spent on the bus/ferry.
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Great time in Toronto
Rosemary_B, Jul 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
A great way to see Toronto!
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Honeymoonin' Dex & Brynn from Mesquite, Texas
Ulysses_C, Jun 2022
Quebec City and Montmorency Falls Day Trip from Montreal
Once we arrived in Quebec City, we were handed off to another guide who walked us through the enchanted city filled with hundreds of people fascinated by the nature blessed waterfalls, sea scapes, castles on cobbled stoned streets, rolling hills and smiling people in awe of this preserved masterpiece where time stood still.
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Adventure-Packed Day in One of the Natural Wonders
Jason_L, Jun 2022
Toronto: Small Group Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup and Optional Boat Ride
The boat ride was really fun as we got to see and take pictures of the fall up-close.
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Wonderful day in North Vancouver
Maria_S, Jun 2022
Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
So much to see and do atop the mountain — the gondola was the least interesting part!
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All about Canada

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