Often mistaken for the nation's capital (which is actually Ottawa), Toronto is probably the best known Canadian city, in large part due to the Toronto International Film Festival, the CN Tower and major sports franchises, including the Blue Jays, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Raptors. Toronto is less than two hours from both the U.S. border and Niagara Falls and within two to three hours of magnificent cottage country and provincial parks. 2. Vancouver

Vancouver ± where the ocean meets the mountains. Aside from spectacular natural beauty, Vancouver has a laid-back charm that makes it one of the most popular Canadian cities to visit. Millions of people saw the allure of Vancouver both first hand and on the screens of their TVs in 2010 when the city hosted the Winter Olympic Games. Many of the events took place in Whistler, one of the world's premier ski destinations, but also a year-round visitor draw.
3. Montreal

Photograph by Chris Cheadle / Getty Images French and English are the main influences, but this unique Canadian city is truly international. Montreal has an energy and joie de vivre found only in the world s best cities. Whether you prefer modern conveniences like the vast Underground City and the Casino de Montreal complex or enjoy a quainter, more historic experience, Montreal will not disappoint.

French is still the prevalent language spoken is Quebec and can't help but add a certain allure to this already alluring town. attracting millions of newlywed or just plain romantic couples each year.in large part due to a new Casino that ushered in other fine dining and hotels.4. 6. In recent years. Canada. 5. 7. Calgary Uyen Le / Getty Images The Calgary Stampede put Calgary on the map and the city's role as host of the 1988 Winter Olympics solidified its place as one of Canada's top destinations. inlets. Quebec City Photo: Gary Cralle / Getty Images Quebec City offers an experience unlike any other in North America. well-preserved 17th century architecture. Victoria is a charming harbour city that is a gateway to all the wonderful towns. the surrounding area has much more to offer. Niagara Falls Although the main draw to Niagara Falls. The Niagara wine region and the Shaw Festival are just two more reasons to visit. Victoria Photo courtesy Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. coves and Pacific Ocean scenery that is Vancouver Island. the area has become more sophisticated . Quebec City s Old Town itself is a work of art: cobblestone walkways.all of which has given it status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old West spirit is alive and well in Calgary . is to view the two waterfalls. café culture and the only North American fortress walls that still exist north of Mexico . The capital city of British Columbia is located on Vancouver Island (an island that is confusingly not home to the city of Vancouver). Niagara Falls is probably best known as a honeymoon destination.

rugged shorelines. something for which the whole Maritime region is famous. yet friendly atmosphere. The city has enjoyed great prosperity since the 1990s and grown significantly. sandy beaches. 10. the two most famous being the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival. Edmonton is also a launching pad for northern Alberta adventure. Part of Halifax's charm is due to the hospitality of the people. Calgary's proximity to Banff and other ski hills. nearby fishing villages and historic architecture. . The many historic buildings ± most prominently the Parliament Building and the Château Laurier ± are lovingly preserved. More of the city's charm can be attributed to an oceanside location. Ottawa is a charming city to visit. icefields and other grand scenery is a big part of Calgary's draw. is Canada's capital city. So much of Ottawa¶s allure is due to the well-planned city that is pedestrian friendly and human in scale. Edmonton Photo courtesy Edmonton Economic Development Corporation Alberta's capital city is probably best known as a city of festivals. it has a cultured. Halifax Darwin Wiggett / Getty Images Nova Scotia's capital city has the amenities of a big city but the charm of a small town. 9. 8. Ontario.where cowboy hats and line dancing are always in fashion. Ottawa Though Toronto and Montreal may be better known. Ottawa.

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including Quebec City -.the only walled city north of Mexico -. 9.7. Thus. Quebec City. Canada's French Heritage French culture remains a prominent part of Canada. From pristine coastlines to rugged mountains and sparkling lakes. although it's certainly not necessary for tourists to speak French. Canada s natural environment is one of the most beautiful in the world. climates and landscape make Canada a destination to suit any interest. and shops. Canada: Fun for the Whole Family Canada's laid-back attitude and huge variety of fun outdoor activities and events make it a fantastic travel destination for families travelling with children. From hiking or skiing / snowboarding to visiting Quebec Winter Carnival or the The Calgary Stampede. such as the CN Tower. Its rich history and distinct heritage make it a unique tourist destination. . Quebec. Top 10 Canada Attractions and Destinations This list of the top Canada attractions and destinations represents a combination of the most visited Canada attractions (pure numbers) as well as those attractions or destinations that are particularly unique and contribute to Canada's national identity (more subjective and open to debate). historic sites. is where visitors can visit Montreal and the provincial capital. Quebec remains very European in feel. The Canada attractions and destinations on this list begin with those in western Canada and move to the east. but Canada also features interesting man-made attractions. urban hubs feature a range of ethnic neigbourhoods. These include architectural feats.and outstanding cultural attractions that include world-class museums and galleries. Canada s geography inspires awe coast to coast. mostly in Quebec. Interesting Man-Made Attractions in Canada Canada's natural beauty is a given and the country's natural wonders are many. but also in Ontario and the Maritime provinces. Diversity Diverse cultures. In addition to rich and varied urban centres. 8. Canada is a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging diversity. Canada is officially bilingual. Settled by the French in the 1600s. 10. restaurants. a Canadian vacation with kids is good fun for the whole family.

the Sea to Sky Highway. . skiing. B. and plenty of opportunity for adventure. B. Kennedy / Getty Imanges The resort town of Whistler is about a two hour drive away from Vancouver along one of the most scenic drives you'll ever take . Whistler offers visitors fine food. Whistler. Aboriginal culture. the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Chateau Lake Louise. Whistler and Blackcomb that loom a mile above the village and provide over 8000 acres of skiable terrain Year-round. restaurants and shops. (c) Parks Canada Backed by mountain range and facing the open Pacific Ocean at the tip of Vancouver Island. all in a breathtaking locale. Two of the most famous and historic Canadian Hotels. fishing or just relaxing.one of the best in the world . Banff National Park is one of five national parks in the Canadian Rocky Mountains that attract millions of visitors each year for camping. spas. Alberta Peter Adams / Getty Images A prized national treasure.C. This park boasts one of the country's most famous hiking trails.C. the West Coast Trail. long. Whistler is most famous as a ski destination . biking. Blackcomb. hiking. The resort towns of Banff and Lake Louise are both located within Banff National Park and offer a full range of accommodation. rainforest and an overall laidback charm. Banff National Park.and this is thanks to two spectacular mountains.Pacific Rim National Park. Taylor S. sandy beaches. Pacific Rim National Park has a rich natural and cultural heritage.

with the oldest buildings dating back to the 1600's. . Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America and maybe the most famous in the world.000 m³) of water falling over its brink per minute.Niagara Falls. Ontario With more than 6 million cu ft (168. restaurants. Tourists are naturally drawn to tall buildings where they can get a bird's eye view of a city. The Niagara region as a whole. with hotels. but kids love it and the glass elevator that takes you to the 1. residences and commercial spaces. This historic neighborhood is a safe and vibrant community and tourist attraction. Unfortunately the elevated observation usually comes at an elevated price and zero cultural appeal. The CN Tower is no different. Montreal Uyen Le / Getty Images Old Montreal is a part of downtown Montreal that has been preserved in much of its original state. Niagara Falls has had a reputation for being a tad on the tacky side . attracting millions tourist each year. 360. is worth deeper exploration.815 feet the CN tower is the tallest free standing structure in the world and it is located in downtown Toronto. CN Tower. which is actually quite good. Old Port. shops. Skip the lineup by making a reservation at the tower's top-floor restaurant. Niagara Falls is a city you only need to visit once or twice.122 foot glass floored outdoor observation deck is a real thrill for kids. though.but with the addition of the Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort in 2004.mix a small-time Las Vegas with a mediocre theme park . fine hotels and restaurants quickly followed. Toronto Photo Courtesy Tourism Toronto At 1.

particularly spectacular in fall. The trail takes a few hours to drive. Quebec City offers an experience unlike almost any other in North America. Nova Scotia Photo Daryl Benson / Getty Images The Bay of Fundy extends from the northern coast of Maine into Canada between New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Twice daily. Nova Scotia Photograph by Henry Georgi / Getty Images The 300 km (185 mi. Quebec City. Cabot Trail. the Atlantic Ocean and lush landscapes. the Bay fills and empties its 100 billion tonnes of water. but tourists generally spend a day or two. View the Fundy tides at Hopewell Rocks. Quebec Photo: Gary Cralle / Getty Images Quebec's provincial capital.Quebec City. The Cape Breton National Highlands Park is at the trail's most northern points and where the trail reaches its highest elevation.in some areas of the bay. The energy created by the force of these tides drudges up nutrients from the ocean floor that attract an interesting and wide range of animal life to the bay. Lawrence. is steeped in history and European in flavour. The effects of the tides has also carved out a dramatic surrounding landscape of steep cliffs and sea stacks.) long Cabot Trail is famous for the vistas it offers of the Gulf of St. stopping in at one or two of the towns along the way. The old town is the only fortified city north of Mexico in North America and is a World Heritage Site. water has worn away the shore's red sandstone and volcanic rock to reveal a plethora of fossils and signs of life from millions of years ago. tides reach more than 50 feet (16 m). Bay of Fundy. creating the highest tides in the world . . In addition.

a holiday when Ottawa really comes to life. like Canada Day . . Free tours are offered throughout the year and the Hill is also the setting for national celebrations.Parliament Buildings. Ottawa Photo © GeoStock / Getty Images Parliament Hill is a stunning group of buildings that house Canada's parliament.