A visit to Canada can be a daunting prospect if you have never been before. It’s a huge place, with everything from wine tours to glacier-spotting on offer. Plus, with so many national parks teaming with wildlife, which one should you visit first? To help you plan for your next trip, I’ve put together just a few of the country’s major sights to be seen. No matter where you’re headed, you should have a couple of things to get your started for a truly memorable holiday.
1) Banff National Park, Alberta
This park is host to some of the most spectacular scenery that Canada has to offer. From its towering snow-capped mountains down to the sparking turquoise waters of Lake Louise, there is something for everyone here. If you’re going out during the winter, it’s perfect for romantic sleigh rides, or dogsledding for the more energetic. If you prefer the summer months, head out for some white water rafting or take up horseback riding. For more information on Banff, click here.
2) CN Tower, Ontario
This iconic symbol of Toronto life towers above all other landmarks in the area, but it has even more to offer on the inside. The 360 restaurant doesn’t just serve the finest food around, but it’s revolving platform makes a reservation there completely unforgettable. Enjoy fresh seafood right from the coast, while you take in the panoramic views of the city.
Food isn’t the only draw here though. For the more daring adventurers among you, why not undertake the Edge Walk challenge on Toronto’s tallest extreme urban adventure? A cool 1,168ft off the ground, you’ll make your way around the entire circumference of the roof, on the outside.
3) Notre-Dame Basilica, Montreal
For the history-lovers and culture-vultures among you, the Notre-Dame Basilica is the perfect place to express your love of ancient architecture. This gothic church decorated in gold and intricate wooden carvings, is steeped in the history of Montreal, with the stained
glass windows even depicting important scenes from the city’s past.
While you’re here, don’t forget to take a look around the quaint buildings of Old Montreal. With some of the architecture dating back to the 17th century, these streets have been lovingly restored to preserve Montreal’s culture, so stop off at Bonsecours Market and stroll around the many colonial mansions.
4) Niagara Falls, Ontario
Who can forget about this ultimate attraction? Get up close to the Niagara Falls by taking a Hornblower boat cruise right up to its crashing waters, and then head into Clifton Hill for an evening of entertainment. If you’re thinking that getting a room with a view will be impossible, you’d be wrong. You can check into a high-end Niagara Falls, Canada, hotel that offers a stunning view of this iconic giant, as well as fantastic getaway packages.
I hope these top four places have given you a starting point for your Canadian adventure – let me know how it goes!