As someone who loves to travel, I hardly show enough love for my home country. Many people dream of living in Canada and I’ll admit I take it for granted. I’ve seen quite a bit of the country, but most of the trips were when I was younger. Though I enjoyed each of those trips, the memories aren’t super clear aside from a few favourite things to do in each place. So here is a quick summary about the most popular cities to visit in Canada:
The order is just West to East; not ranked!
**The photos for Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and St. John’s are not mine. Click photos for original link.**
1. Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is an incredibly beautiful city. It’s the city that people imagine when they think of Canada. Mountains, forests, lakes, and the ocean, all surrounding a large city. It’s also close to the famous ski resort, Whistler. Vancouver is laid back but sadly, a super expensive city to live in.
2. Toronto, Ontario
The “New York of Canada”. It’s the biggest city in Canada, with lots to do. Many movies are filmed here when they need to portray a city like New York, Boston, or Chicago.
3. Ottawa, Ontario
I have to include my hometown. For those of you who don’t know, Ottawa is the capital of Canada, so the area around Parliament is beautiful to wander.
4. Montreal, Quebec
For European flare, Montreal is a great place to visit. It’s a bustling French city (and only one and a half hours away from Ottawa if you want to knock off two birds with one stone).
5. Quebec City, Quebec
Must Do: The ice toboggan slide at Chateau Frontenac (winter).
6. Halifax, Nova Scotia
You have to visit the east coast of Canada at lease once and Halifax is a great place to start. I really recommend going to university in this city. Infact, I wrote a whole post about what makes Halifax so great – see all the reasons why here.
7. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Last summer my friends and I took a road trip to Charlottetown to see The Killers perform at the Big Red Music Festival (don’t get me started on how amazing The Killers were). And I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the small city. It was one of my favourite trips.
Must Do: Harbour Hippo tour and eat seafood along the water.
Honourable Mention: St. John’s, Newfoundland
St. John’s is listed as an honourable mention because I’ve never been, but I’d love to go. I’ve heard it’s like Canada’s own Ireland.
Must Do: participate in a pub-crawl along George Street.
Have you ever been to Canada? What’s your favourite place to visit or where would you want to go? Let me know in the comments.