Canada is the second-largest country in the world, so you can imagine the plethora of things to do and places to explore – from Vancouver, British Columbia, in the west to Quebec and Toronto in the east. The country is teeming with natural beauty and activities for outdoorsy types, but Canada’s largest cities are also great for exploring, trying new foods, and maybe even learning a little French.

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WHEN TO GO

The best time to visit Canada is from May through September, when there’s great weather and the beautiful lush scenery is at its peak. It can be pretty cold between November and April, but those are also prime skiing months, if you’re going to Canada for winter sports.

High season in Canada is between June and August, and between December and March at the ski resorts. Canada is really large though, and there’s never really too many people to contend with, no matter what time of year you go. You may just want to avoid the major tourist areas during high season, as prices will go up and availability will be low.

WHERE TO GO

There are many large cities to explore in Canada. Toronto is the biggest. Montreal and Vancouver are both fantastic, too.

Skiing on Whistler

Ski Resorts

There is tremendous skiing to be done in Canada. Try resorts like Whister Blackcomb and Mount Tremblant.

Banff's gorgeous Lake Morraine

National Parks

Canada is filled with spectacular scenery at its numerous National Parks, like Banff and Glacier National Park.

Admire the beautiful architecture of the city, both modern and historical.

Big Cities

There are many large cities to explore in Canada. Toronto is the biggest. Montreal and Vancouver are both fantastic, too.

Polar Bears in the Northern Territories

The Northern Territories

Making up nearly 40% of Canada’s total landmass, it’s one of the best places to see Northern Lights. Plus, polar bears!

WHERE TO STAY



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In Vancouver

Vancouver is a lovely seaside city. It’s a great launching point for adventurers who want to explore the wilderness on and around Vancouver Island. We like to stay in the city for a few days before venturing off, and the best place to stay in the city is right downtown, so you can walk to all the fun things there are to do there.

In Toronto

Many of the top tourist areas of Toronto are located downtown and along the Waterfront.

In Montreal

Montreal has many distinct and interesting neighborhoods, where you might choose to stay. Still some of our favorite hotels in Montreal are located downtown.

  • Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile:  Trip Advisor  |  Expedia
  • Hotel Omni Mont-RoyalTrip Advisor  |  Expedia

    WHAT TO EAT

    Poutine (fries with gravy and melted cheese curds) served in Canada
    Montreal Smoked Meat
    Maple Syrup

    Canada has some unique foods that originated in certain areas, like Montreal smoked meat, but you can find these specialties throughout Canada. Here is a list of foods you should try while in Canada:

  • Poutine
  • Fresh seafood
  • Montreal smoked meat
  • Maple syrup
  • Nanaimo Bars
  • Nova Scotia lobster
  • Tourtière

    WHAT TO DRINK

    Caeser cocktails are popular throughout Canada

    Canada has some pretty well-known wine regions, including the Niagara area’s ice wines and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, where you’ll find both peppery Syrah’s and cool-climate pinot noirs.

    For breakfast in Canada, you’ll see many people order a drink that closely resembles a Bloody Mary. That’s called a
    Caesar and it’s really popular for brunch.

    Some other drinks you’ll find in Canada include Canadian Whiskey, Molson Beer and Moose Milk.