Future travel in mind, we take a look at what Canada has to offer, starting by taking a look at the country’s glorious cities.
1. Beautiful Cities
Home to some of the greatest in the world, Canada’s major cities are a joy to experience.
Popular metropolis to visit include Vancouver on the west coast, Calgary of stampede fame, stylish Toronto and the historic city of Quebec.
Close to the US border, Vancouver lies along a beautiful stretch of coastline punctuated by lovely islands.
Ideal for visitors looking to explore the city, Vancouver has a pedestrian-friendly layout.
Key places to tick off during a visit include the beautifully lit Canada Place, the Chinatown quarter and Gastown – the oldest part of the city.
Nestled amongst competing skyscrapers, Gastown has some incredible features including a steam-powered clock fed by pipes mazing their way under the city’s streets.
Sometimes lost in a city setting, beautiful green spaces are never far away in Canada and Vancouver is no exception.
At over 1,000 acres, hours can be spent exploring Stanley Park with a stop by resident colourful totem poles a must.
Tucked away in an inlet, English Bay is a stone’s throw away from downtown Vancouver and is a bit of an exotic attraction compared to the rest of the city’s sights.
Historic Quebec, the only walled city on the North American continent, is packed with history.
Offering cobbled alleyways to wander, monumental landmarks to look out for include the huge Citadelle and Château Frontenac hotel.
Some of the oldest buildings on the continent reside here with period structures oozing charm and showcasing the longevity of this special city.
Iconic Toronto and its skyline is the capital of Ontario province sitting on the banks of Lake Ontario.
Excellent places to visit include the symbol of the city – the CN Tower and its glittering shoreline.
Incorporating influences from across the world, Toronto’s very own Chinatown and Little Italy are the stuff of ‘foodie’ dreams.
2. The Great Outdoors
Canada is well regarded around the world for its wide-open spaces and natural wonders.
Undeniably the most famous part of the country, the epic wilderness of the Canadian Rockies attracts visitors from around the world.
Setting off from iconic resorts, the spellbinding beauty of Moraine Lake within Banff National Park is a glacier paradise.
Alternatively, Jasper National Park and the immense Athabasca Glacier do not disappoint, serving up their own incredible scenery.
Sat on the US border, glorious Niagara Falls is another of Canada’s great natural spectacles.
Indeed, great outdoor sights are never far away in Canada.
On Vancouver’s doorstep, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park guides visitors through beautiful green spaces with the main attraction – a bridge spanning over 100 metres – letting readers walk amongst the treetops high above the forest floor.
3. Delicious Food
Canadian cuisine incorporates a number of influences. Taking inspiration from France, the UK and Eastern Europe, as well as the neighbouring USA, different regions around the country each have their own wonderful signature dishes.
Alongside dishes including bagels, Californian roll and salmon jerky, Poutine is often cited as one of the national dishes of Canada.
A fancy version of gravy and chips, Poutine often has strong appeal with visiting stomachs, consisting of thinly cut fries, cheese curds, gravy and sometimes peanut sauce.
The perfect snack that can quickly turn into a full-blown meal, this famous dish is best enjoyed in the Quebec region of the country.
4. Fall Colours
As Canada enters into the autumn months, the seasonal change sees much of the country transform into a collection of brown and orange hues.
Foliage covering huge parts of countryside transforms with magical effect, creating a visual feast for the eyes and a great subject for your photography.
Alongside the Rockies, the country’s wonderful driving routes are perfectly placed to provide some truly romantic scenic driving moments as seemingly endless beautiful scenery passes you by.
Historic Quebec is often cited as one of the best cities to experience fall colours with its array of historic old buildings framed wonderfully as surrounding trees begin their transformation.
5. The Wildlife
In the footsteps of Grizzlies, admiring Moose and catching sight of Deer, Canada’s epic array of wildlife is at home in the country’s parks and wide-open spaces.
Sometimes found much closer to civilisation, Black Bears can be spotted closer to resorts and major cities roaming for food.
A key Canadian experience for many, a selection of different species of whale are often spotted just off the coast of Vancouver Island including Orca and Gray with dolphins also counted amongst the locals at certain times during the year.
The special sight of a pod of Orcas gliding through the water really will leave a lasting impression.