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Canada is the largest country in North America and the second largest country in the whole world. The second largest country in the world is a peaceful and beautiful wonderland, ideal for living. Paradoxically, one of the main reasons why Canada is among the best countries to work in the world is the fact that it is very little inhabited.

Canada is a nation in which Mother Nature possesses almost unlimited powers with forests, rivers, lakes, mountains, and valleys. The air is pure, where animals run freely. Its main cities like Toronto and Montreal are modern, clean and safe cities, in which people live happily.

Canada is home to diverse geographical locations, people, and culture. The country offers landscapes that are untouched and breathtaking. It ranges from mountainous terrain, ski resorts to lush forests and pristine beaches.

Canada was chosen by the community of Lonely Planet traveling experts as the best destination to travel a few years back. The Niagara Falls, the stately city of Quebec, the cosmopolitan Vancouver and the elegant Toronto offer the cultural offer and a lively nightlife.

The country is bestowed with stunning natural beauty. However, do not restrict your holiday to explore the outdoors and the wilderness. Do take the time to visit the cities of Canada which are considered to be some of the best in the world. They are vibrant, friendly, clean and with almost zero percent crime rate among other things about Canada.

A visit to the Canadian cities is a must to complete your experience. While there are several great cities in the country, if you are thinking about which city should I visit in Canada, here are 5 best cities to visit in Canada.

1. Ottawa


When you think of the capital city of a country, you imagine a huge, uptight place which is all about rules and regulations. However, Canada's capital city of Ottawa is nothing like that! In fact, it is smaller than the popular cities of Vancouver and Toronto. It is charming, peaceful and friendly and is one of the best Canadian cities. Of course, you would get to see the Parliament and other government buildings and appreciate their gothic architecture and design.

Apart from this, Ottawa also has world-class museums, beautiful parks, and gardens. There are huge open spaces that enhance the beauty of all the four climates that the city experiences. While in the city, you would have a great time going around the city on a bike and even taking long walks along the river. The city has some great museums.

Do take time to check out the Canadian Museum of History, Canadian Museum of Nature, Canadian War Museum, Canadian Children's Museum, Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Bytown Museum to name a few. Apart from these, you must also include Parliament Hill, Jacques Cartier Park, Rideau Hall, Dominion Arboretum, Calypso Park in your list of things to see in Ottawa.

2. Quebec City


If you want to spend time in Canada submerged in history and culture, you must definitely visit Quebec City. It is the capital of Quebec, the largest province of Canada. Quebec City is the only walled city in America north of Mexico. In Quebec is the Ch√Ęteau Frontenac, the most photographed hotel in the world. It was built in 1893 by the Canadian Pacific Railway as part of its luxury chain.

It is also the place where the majority of the French population reside in Canada, giving the city a European air. The best part about the city is that it is small and can be easily seen by walking (in fact this is what is recommended).

When in Quebec City, you must definitely visit the Old Town which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You would get to admire and explore the historical sites. It includes Petit-Champlain District, the Plains of Abraham, Palace Royale, the Parliament Building. Chateau Frontenac is also a place you must visit. It is a luxurious castle-turned-hotel and also a landmark of the city.

Citadelle of Quebec, Plains of Abraham, Montmorency Falls, are a few of the places that would make your tour more interesting. In regard to activities and entertainment, Quebec City offers interesting festivals and musicals during the summer. While the Winter Carnival of the city is one of the most colorful and exciting winter festivals!

3. Montreal


If you are looking for a city to enjoy the good things in life in the best possible way, there would be no better place than Montreal. Montreal features an interesting art scene, an explosion of indie rock, as well as a combination of boutique hotels and elegant restaurants. There is a Parisian atmosphere on the terraces of its Quartier Latin.

There is a basilica, Notre Dame, and an old port that has been converted into a park and recreational area. The Montreal Jazz Festival takes place during 11 days at the end of June. Apart from the second largest city in Canada, it is also the country's cultural capital. Part of the Quebec Province, Montreal can be called the French part of Canada. If you have ever been to France, you would surely recognize the cool, laid-back attitude reflected in the people and air of Montreal.

Mount Royal, Old Montreal, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Botanical Garden, La Fontaine Park, are some of the must-visit places in the city. However, while sightseeing in Montreal is truly a pleasure, what most people look forward to when visiting this city is its arts and cultural side. With more than 250 theatre and dance companies and around 100 festivals, there is no chance of getting bored in the city with so many things to do in Montreal with kids.

One of the most popular festivals is the International de Jazz de Montreal. Apart from all these things, Montreal is a haven for food lovers. It offers the best food scenes not just in Canada but in the whole of North America. There are late night eateries, hipster bars, English pubs, tempting patisseries, delis, enormous food markets and countless cafes.

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4. Vancouver


British Columbia, on the Pacific coast, always appears in the rankings of the best places to live on the planet. And for something it will be. Vancouver is an animated fusion of cultures and cuisines of Asia. There is a lively counter cultural activity from a popular nudist beach to the political headquarters of the Marijuana Party and with the Bustling Asian neighborhoods.

If you are looking for a place to enjoy bustling city life and also the beauty of nature, you do not have to look further from Vancouver. Known as one of the best cities to live in the world, Vancouver in the province of British Columbia has a cosmopolitan population. It boasts of a rich culture and great food. Vancouver also hosts cultural events including theatrical events, festivals, live music.

When it comes to the natural wonders of the city, you would definitely be mesmerized by mountains, rainforests, beaches, amidst the skyscrapers and steely structures. You would have a great time outdoors trying out sports like mountain biking, skiing, biking, kayaking and relaxing.

If you are looking for specific things to do and places to visit to add to your itinerary, Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium, Chinatown, English Bay, Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, are few of the places that you should definitely see while visiting Vancouver. The Butchart Gardens is one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Just behind the sunken garden is the Ross Fountain, one of the most important attractions of the park.

5. Tofino


Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island in Canada, and bathed by the Pacific Ocean, Tofino in British Columbia will immediately captivate you. Take advantage of the low tide to discover thousands of mussels and barnacles stuck to the rocks. And do not forget to look for the colorful starfish in Chesterman beach.

Tofino is well known for surfing. Hundreds of people visit this area of ​​the Vancouver island to catch waves and enjoy their surfboard. There are many surf schools in Tofino. The Tofino area and the Pacific Rim National Park were the territories of the first Nuu-chah-nulth natives, an indigenous community of the Canadian Pacific. Their lands are full of magic and history.

Pacific Rim's bucolic national reserve is traversed along the West Coast Trail. Here a windswept ocean meets impressive, unspoiled nature and surfers line up to enjoy the waves. Then there is the valley of the Cowichan River, dotted with small, cozy farms and wineries, much appreciated by curious palates.

Along the famous Cabot Trail, you can reach the surroundings of one of the most spectacular parks in Canada. The 300 kilometers of this path wind and climb coastal mountains, with stunning views of the sea at each bend. There is the possibility of watching whales that face the coast, elk on the sides of the road and many alternative routes to deviate and explore foot.

The area is also dotted with Celtic and Akkadian communities, and local rhythmic violin music plays in local pubs. You cannot leave Vancouver Island without trying the fish tacos, the cod fish & chips or the salmon burger. The island of Meares is in front of the village is Tofino. From there, you can hire a water taxi to take you to Meares and spend the day touring the island and its trails.

One of the most spectacular views of the south of Vancouver Island you will get from the top of Lone Cone. For those who are not convinced with surfing but want to try the feeling of climbing on a board in the famous waters of Tofino, nothing better than paddle surfing. The black bears go out to look for food (small fish, fruits and crustaceans) when the tide falls in Tofino.

In Tofino live highly valued bird species such as puffins. But undoubtedly, the protagonist is the bald eagle. Nothing better than exploring the islands of Clayoquot Sound by kayak. Find the hidden treasures of Tofino from the water!

Being an excellent combination between urban and rural, culture and nature, Kelowna has a lot to show. Excellent for a trip of friends, a romantic getaway or family vacation. Located in the Okanagan Valley in the interior of the province of British Columbia, Canada. The name comes from the term Grizzly Bear in Okanagan language.

6. Kelowna


Kelowna is located 390 kms from Vancouver, so if you go by car the trip will be about 4 hours and something. If you have ever heard of Kelowna it must have been for its wines, as it is the birthplace of wines from the province of British Columbia.

Another visit that you can not miss on your trip to Kelowna is to visit the Vineyard Mission Hill Family Estate. Located in the heart of the wine region of the Okanagan Valley, this family vineyard has a beautiful establishment where they invite everyone to experience the nature and art of winemaking by walking through its vineyards and visiting its underground cellars. There you have the possibility to taste fine wines by the glass, marvel at the sight and reflect on a process that is almost as old as time.

If you dare to take a tour, you can visit the wineries and taste the wines they offer. They will also explain the whole wine making process at Mission Hill Family Estate, as well as all the details that make the Okanagan Valley so special for making them.

Venture and visit the underground wineries and experience the art collection that is there, which includes unique sculptures. Each tour culminates with a personalized tasting of the award-winning wines of Mission Hill in one of its private tasting rooms.

As one of the most important family wineries in Canada, Quails Gate Winery has been involved in the development of the wine industry for more than six decades, focusing on making the Okanagan Valley a true culinary destination.

7. Banff


Loneliness reigns in the central territory as you travel in Canada. If we cross the plains of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta we will find wheat, more wheat, and then again wheat, perhaps dotted by occasional grain silos that rise against the horizon. An unpretentious landscape reserves unique experiences, such as delighting in observing polar bears, sturgeons and even an ancient fortress in the inaccessible sub-arctic city of Churchill.

Located north of the Saskatchewan River in Alberta at the foot of the Canadian Rockies the landscape surrounding the Lake Abraham just outside the boundaries of Banff National Park is majestic, with snow-capped peaks everywhere and the pristine sky as a roof. It is not too far from Edmonton and Calgary, both just over three hours by car. It is also possible to arrive by tracing a whole route through the nature of western Canada leaving Vancouver.

In that case, it is nine and a half hours of travel, so you could make an intermediate stop to spend the night in one of the picturesque villages inland or at the foot of Shuswap Lake. Here one of the most beautiful and deadly natural phenomena in the world occurs. One should not wonder why Lake Abraham has become so famous among tourists and especially among photographers.

The ice bubbles or frozen bubbles as they are often called are all extra attraction this place can support. This particularity has a reason for being the plants in the lake bed release methane gas that freezes the closer it gets to the surface and the bubbles accumulate as the climate gets colder and colder.

The good thing about visiting Lake Abraham is that you can get unique snapshots, especially because you can walk on it to get them. The ice is thick enough at all times, although the feeling you have is that it can break at all times, hence there is no shortage of adrenaline rush.

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8. Winnipeg


Enjoy the prairie-style urban entertainment in the sophisticated and artistic Winnipeg - the city where the children's character Winnie the Pooh comes from.

9. St. John's


The Viking Trail, also called Route 430, connects two declared World Heritage sites in Newfoundland. At one end, at the base, we find the Gros Morne, with its fjord like lakes. At the tip of the peninsula is the Viking memory of the house of Leif Eriksson.

10. Northwest Territories


Nunavut, a part of the Northwest Territories is the largest and least populated area of ​​Canada. It is not easy to get here and even more difficult is to reach the Baffin region, the constellation of islands east of Nunavut and the Arctic. Desolate and brutal home of the Inuit, the island of Baffin shelters mountains that skim the clouds. The jewel of the island is the Auyuittuq National Park.

Canadian Northwest is hard to imagine with an extensive swath of boreal forest and Arctic tundra. Few visit the lone Aulavik, one of the four national parks of the territory to photograph one of the largest waterfalls in the world. I tell you all our experience and how we feel that spirit of camaraderie that reigns among those who dare to venture into the remoteness of the Canadian Arctic.

What better idea than to spend the summer solstice at the northernmost point you can reach? One of the clear advantages of traveling to the Arctic during the summer solstice is that you can live what is called the Midnight Sun here. When you have passed the Arctic Circle, there is no night for two months.

24 hours of uninterrupted light can be great if you are able to sleep in the absence of darkness. It is really strange to go to sleep when the light invites you not to rest. Fortunately, the body is wise and it does not take long to get used to it. There were several 'nights' that we spent behind the wheel. The best thing is that at that time we were practically alone on the road.

And in addition, we could see many more wild animals, because when temperatures are high they are usually hidden. Even we were very surprised when we saw a lynx crouched in the middle of the road (only for thousandths of a second so it was impossible to take pictures).

I made it to Tuktoyaktuk. And every time I look at it I remember that I have arrived in the Arctic Ocean! I have touched it, I have felt it, I have enjoyed it, I have known it, I have lived it! And even if it's only for a couple of days, traveling to the Arctic, being in Tuyktoyaktuk and getting there, of course, has been one of the most memorable adventures of my life.

It all starts on the dreaded Dempster Highway. In fact, on the internet there are endless articles that give advice to the 'brave' who decide to drive on this mythical road. The truth is that it was not so much. We only had 6 punctures! The truth is that the preparation of the car is essential. Let it be clear that to travel to the Arctic the normal thing is not to click so much.

Most leave the Dempster Highway without any problem and, at best, with a single puncture. The Dempster Highway is a long and dirty journey to the Canadian Arctic through the inhospitable places where the infinite tundra, the mountains of Tombstone Territorial Park and the green landscapes that form the Peel and Mackenzie rivers combine.

The Dempster is the only road in Canada that reaches the Arctic Ocean. The traditional 735 km to Inuvik is followed by 137 km more to reach Tuktoyaktuk. Inuvik will not leave you indifferent. I do not even want to imagine how cold it is here in the middle of winter. Nothing similar to what most of us are used to.

The igloo church and the greenhouse are obligatory visits. Remember to ask in the visitor center for your certificate of having crossed the Arctic Circle. While it is true that my original idea was to reach the Arctic Ocean from Alaska, the plans changed after reading and investigating a little about the subject. To summarize, I tell you that you can not reach the Arctic by road in Alaska.

You can get to Deadhorse and from there you need to hire a tour that lasts about 4 hours. This means that you will be quite limited since the area is the private property of an oil company. Given such conditions, although Prudhoe Bay is a little farther north, the Canadian option seemed much more promising. I have the firm certainty that I was not wrong!

We came from the north, which means we had to cross the border with Alaska through the Top of the World Highway. We were really going to the end of the world, everything indicated! So after crossing the Yukon River by ferry, we arrive in Dawson City. A city that has an important historical burden, since it was the birthplace of the gold rush.

Going around the center, walking its streets and reading the explanatory posters is moving to those times of wealth, opulence and waste. An experience that you cannot miss is to go up to the Midnight Dome Viewpoint, from where the views are incredible. And from Dawson, to get to the start of the Dempster Highway, you only have to drive about 40 kilometers.

You will drive on a gravel road in good condition until a sign will warn you that you have arrived at Tombstone Territorial Park. Here the wild life begins in all its splendor! The road gets fun and the animals start to appear. This park is the last point of life 'civilized' that you will find in many kilometers.

One of the things that surprised me most of the way we traveled to the Canadian Arctic was the multitude of wild animals that we found on the road. Bears, eagles, foxes, moose and many small mammals.

Although the above-mentioned cities are some of the most popular cities in Canada to visit, they are not the only ones. Niagara Falls, Halifax, Calgary, the Canadian Rockies, Whistler, Nova Scotia, are some other Canadian cities that offer something exciting and unique. As all the cities are spread around the country, it is impossible to cover all of these in just one holiday.

So, give it a good thought while you travel in Canada. Plan your holiday according to the city that excites you the most before you book your tickets and apply for the Canada visa for Indian tourist. This would ensure that you have a great and unforgettable Canadian holiday. The Canada tourist visa for Indians can be obtained from any of the Canadian Consulates.
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1 comment:

  1. I’ve visited two and the other three are on my list to visit. Canada is such a beautiful country, great list.

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