Canada is ripe for visiting. With the major drop in the value of the Canadian dollar it has never been cheaper to cross the pond and visit the Great White North. While Canada is full of great places to see, some people are daunted by the sheer scale of the country. For completionists it could be a full on nightmare. Well, I spoke with FlightHub, an online travel agency based out of Canada, to get some suggestions for how to best see the country. FlightHub reviews travel destinations all the time, but is particularly familiar with the attractions within its home country. I asked them which three cities people should check out when they visit Canada and why.
The biggest attraction on Canada’s west coast, Vancouver is one of Canada’s most popular cities. Featuring some Canada’s most temperate weather, Vancouver rarely sees snow, even in the thick of Winter. As the home of the 2010 Olympics, Vancouver’s downtown and surrounding areas still have a relatively fresh coat of paint, making it one of the prettiest cities in Canada as well. In terms of attractions, outdoor activities like skiing and skating are always an option, but if you are looking for a place to go Stanley Park is the answer. Featuring a massive aquarium, playgrounds, and a water park, Stanley Park is one of the most kid friendly areas in the city according to FlightHub. If you want to capture the true thrill of being Canadian, you can also check out Canada’s favourite sport, hockey. Vancouver is home to the Canucks, one of seven Canadian teams in the National Hockey League.
Speaking of hockey, Montreal is the birthplace of the sport in Canada. As such, seeing the Montreal Canadiens play is a must see attraction. Their downtown arena is conveniently located along public transit lines and FlightHub recommends you definitely take advantage as parking can be both pricey and hard to find. Montreal is also home base for French culture in Canada. Checking out Old Montreal is a must-do. Other places to see include Montreal’s Olympic Park, the Biodome, and Mont Royal Park.
Canada’s largest and most vibrant city. The number of things to see and do in Toronto are pretty much limitless. Start off downtown and check out the CN Tower and Rogers Centre. If it’s Summer definitely do your best to see the Rogers Centre’s main tenant, the Toronto Blue Jays. One of Major League Baseball’s best teams, it’s a good chance to explore America’s pastime North of the border. Don’t worry, Toronto also has a hockey team, but bear in mind, Toronto will be the most expensive city to see a game according to FlightHub. From downtown you can explore Kensington Market or Chinatown or both if you’re feeling ambitious. Exploring out further you can visit the Toronto Zoo and Canada’s Wonderland. If you are renting a car and feel like road tripping, places like Niagara Falls and Algonquin Park are also well within reach of Toronto.