Sometime's we all get cabin fever. That itching desire to just get out of the house, get out of town, and go explore the world.
However, traveling can be expensive, time consuming, and kind of scary. Not all of us are brave enough to venture off to strange lands far, far away. So why not explore the True North Strong and Free instead?
Here are 8 cities that you should definitely check out in Canada:
1. Whistler, BC
Whistler – situated 125 km north of Vancouver – is on any snow bunny's bucket list. The picturesque ski resort village attracts approximately 2 million visitors each year, which is no surprise because it truly is an amazing place. One cool thing to know about Whistler is that it holds the world record for the highest and longest unsupported cable car span with the Peak 2 Peak Gondola. On this gondola ride, you travel from Whistler Mountain’s peak to the Blackcomb Mountain’s peak. As a Canadian, having this experience is not only a must but also a civic duty.
2. Banff , AB
Located within Alberta’s Rockies, Banff National Park is a totally unique destination. The city of Banff, attracts many tourists, all there to make use of the ski resorts, take in the beautiful mountain views, as well as take a dip in the hot springs flowing from Sulphur Mountain. Not far from Banff is another town named after a very beautiful lake, Lake Louise. Here you will find one of Canada's most iconic views :the blanket of snow over the colossal Rocky Mountains and the Fairmont Chateau towering over the emerald coloured lake. One look at that view and you'll be booking a flight in no time.
3. Victoria, BC
Surprising to many, Vancouver is not the capital city of BC, but rather the quaint yet mesmerizing city of Victoria is. One word comes to mind when visiting this spot, just south of Vancouver Island: charming. It also has plenty of art and culture, with standouts like the Christ Church Cathedral, the Royal British Columbia Museum, which exhibits modern history, natural history, and local aboriginal history. as well as the Emily Carr house is right in the heart of downtown. Do we need to even mention the beautiful Victoria harbour pictured above? No, didn't think so.
Photo cred –Kelowna Travel
4. Kelowna, BC
I think we can all probably agree that BC is the most beautiful province in Canada. Kelowna is found in the interior of the Okanagan Valley on the Okanagan Lake (try saying that five times). For those of your that don't know Kelowna is a synonym for wine and is known for producing some of Canada’s best wines. The climate of the valley is extremely ideal for winemaking, and even more ideal for tourists, with totally stunning summers. In addition, the grounds of the wineries are absolutely breathtaking. Mission Hill Winery is a definite must-see. So why go to Napa Valley when we basically have our our own. Put it on your bucket list.
5. Tadoussac, QC
Tadoussac is a small village about six hours away from Montreal. Why go there? Well, it was France’s first trading post and therefor is an amazing place for history buffs. It is home to the oldest wooden church in both Canada and the U.S. While it’s loaded with history, most people just go for the whale watching. Super fun and super bumpy, a zodiac boat will take you where the Saguenay and St. Lawrence rivers meet, in order to get a glimpse of a beluga or two in their natural habitat. It’s worth the trip!
6. Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON
While people usually are more interested in visiting Niagara Falls, you should also make a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. This adorable spot is known for being the location for the most wedding proposals in the world! The city mostly attracts tourists because of its wineries, especially those producing ice wines. Niagara-on-the-Lake is said to make the world’s largest volumes of ice wines due to the very unique climate that ice wine grapes require. Again, wine country= ADD IT TO YOUR BUCKET LIST!
7. Gaspé, QC
650 kilometers northeast of Quebec City is the city of Gaspé, located at the tip of the Gaspé peninsula. This is the perfect spot for any nature lover due to the abundance of nature-related things to do in the region. You can take a hike in the Forillon National Park, you can take a sea kayak to see the Pierced Rock, and you can even, like Tadoussac, get on a cruise that will take you to watch whales!
Photo cred- Flickr
8. St. John's, NL
The colourful city of St. John's is the capital of Newfoundland and Labrador and is one of the most easterly points in Canada, making it a very unique spot. You can take part in all kinds of aquatic activities, from scuba diving to kayaking to boat tours. One point of interest is the East Coast Trail, with it's amazing hiking and views of the Atlantic.
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