Explore Canada and Enjoy These 10 Must Visit Canadian Wonders

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Heading north to say hello to your neighbors, eh? For most Americans, Canada is known as the friendly, snow-covered country that puts gravy on their fries and trades a football for a hockey stick. A country larger than the United States by landmass but only 1/10 of the population, Canada’s vast landscape, and diverse climate is sure to have something for everyone. From the CN Tower to the subarctic igloos, our list of the top 10 places to visit in Canada will have you singing “Oh Canada!” in no time.

1. The Canadian National Tower in Toronto, Ontario

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Join Drake atop the tallest structure in the Western Hemisphere. At 1,151 ft. above the ground, the CN Tower is sure to give you the best views of the city. Make a reservation for the 360 a restaurant, a heart racing, revolving dining experience, or test your limits on the Edgewalk, an adrenaline-inducing walk around the outside edge of the structure (don’t worry, you’re harnessed in).

2. Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, British Columbia

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For something a bit off the beaten path, head over to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge. The bridge is nestled among 80-100-year-old trees and is near plenty of other outdoor activities. A short walk will take you to Twin Falls, two stunning waterfalls, and a swimming hole to cool off in after your hike.

3. Hotel de Glace in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, Quebec

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Spend a night in one of the world most luxurious igloos. True to its name, the Ice Hotel is made completely of ice, providing only a few non-frozen amenities for your stay. The Ice Hotel is only open for three months and takes roughly seven weeks to create. No need to stay inside under the covers, the Ice Hotel is surrounded by plenty of amenities. Stop by the Winter Playground, the largest snow playground with over 35 snow slides, or relax at the Valcartier Spa while the kids splash around the Indoor Waterpark.

4. Free Spirit Spheres in Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

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Looking for something a little less frozen? Take a tour or book a night at the Free Spirit Spheres, a village of suspended spherical rooms. Dwell among the forest critters surrounding the quaint town of Qualicum Beach. Your magical stay in these floating orbs come with everything you need to camp in style. The nearby town of Qualicum Beach offers plenty of activities and eateries as well.

5. Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario

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Sometimes, the grass is greener on the other side. Horseshoe Falls is the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and makes up nearly 90% of the falling water from the Niagara River. Boat tours, observation decks, and a souvenir poncho are available for your soaking wet adventure. If you’re short on time, Horseshoe Falls is a top rated place to visit in Canada you don’t want to miss.

6. Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada

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The Rocky Mountains surrounds the first Canadian national park, a breathtaking sight any time of the year. Campgrounds, ski resorts, hiking, biking and more are available for your leisure. Banff National Park has a bit of every landscape, from the Rocky Mountain peaks to crystal clear lakes, scuba diving to ice-skating; Banff National Park has plenty to offer the whole family.

7. Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Ontario

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Take a romantic tour down this historic canal on the Ottawa River. View the shops and buildings that line the scenic boat ride. You can camp alongside the waterway, fish during the warmer months, or just enjoy the cruise. During the winter, the Rideau Canal becomes the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink! If you’d rather cruise on your own terms, paddle boats and various small vessels are available for your self-guided trip.

8. Old Montreal – Montreal, Quebec

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Step into the Canadian time machine and travel back to the New France era in Old Montreal. There is plenty to see and do in this historic district. The French-inspired City Hall stands in the northwest corner, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and the nostalgic views of the old city. Notre-Dame Basilica sits near the coast of the St. Lawrence River and is a must-see gothic style church from the early 1800’s. Enormous vaulted ceilings, beautiful stained glass windows, and meticulously detailed finishes make the Notre-Dame Basilica one of the top places to visit in Canada.

9. St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Ontario

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Have a taste of Canadian cuisine at one of the hundreds of vendors in St. Lawrence Market. Merchants line the halls with Canadian fare, flowers, and specialty foods, such as caviar and fine cheese. No need to break the bank, the market has plenty of affordable food as well. The sights smell and smiles of the Canadian marketplace are sure to leave a lasting impression as one of the most delicious places to visit in Canada. Check their calendar before you go, there are plenty of year-round festivals that take place in this Toronto treasure.

10. West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta

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If you still haven’t had your shopping fix, the largest mall in North America is sure to provide. More than 800 shops fill this gargantuan shopping complex, with plenty of attractions for the kids (or less excited shoppers) as well. The world’s largest indoor amusement park has 27 rides inside the West Edmonton Mall.

Need to cool off? Stop by the world’s largest indoor wave pool or any of the other 21 water park slides at World Waterpark, located (you guessed it) inside the mall! Head downstairs to the Sea Life Caverns for a glimpse of the underground aquarium. Still not satisfied? Try your hand at the golf course, or skate around at the ice palace. Be careful – you can easily end up spending your entire trip at this Edmonton attraction!

We hope these 10 locations add some unexpected fun to your Canadian itinerary. Have you visited any of these locations, or did we miss any must-see attractions? Let us know in the comments below! Happy exploring!

Author

Ellie Herring is a creative writer who lives in Denver, Colorado. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.A. in Advertising. When she's not writing about her latest travel adventures, you can find her at Red Rocks Amphitheatre dancing in the mountains.

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