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Traveling to Canada: Top Destinations

15 February 2012 No Comment

Canada has a stunning amount of natural landscape beauty, from ice-bound glaciers and majestic mountains to vast, virgin forests and gorgeously pristine secluded lakes. The great outdoors is just the start with this amazing country, there are also fascinating cosmopolitan cities packed with cultural and entertainment attractions. Canada repeatedly tops the polls of best countries in which to live and you don’t have to look far to discover why.

Toronto

Toronto is as exciting, big and multicultural as New York or Chicago. It is Canada’s largest city as well as being its financial center. Despite not being the country’s capital it is the provincial capital of Ontario and is Canada’s most popular city to visit. It has a rich and varied heritage and many colorful ethnic neighborhoods to explore, with arts and crafts in abundance and first-class restaurants in which to sample the region’s varied cuisine. Toronto is muggy and hot in summer and cold in winter, but spring and fall are perfect for a visit.

Niagara Falls

This is the biggest and most impressive waterfall in North America and probably the world’s most popular. It makes for a great honeymoon destination but there is also plenty here for all the family. There are many good hotels and restaurants, and attractions such as the Butterfly Conservatory, Great Wolf Lodge and the stunning Winter Festival of Lights from November to January, when the whole Niagara Falls area is illuminated.

Quebec City

Quebec City is fairly steeped in history and has a distinctive European atmosphere. The old town is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is actually the only fortified city on the continent north of Mexico. It is the capital of Quebec province, standing on the majestic St Lawrence River and is best visited in summer for its cool evenings and warm, sunny days. Visitors are happy to stroll around the cobbled streets of the old town and soak up the old world atmosphere, visit the trinket shops and boutiques, and see the sights. These include Battlefields Park, where the French and British once clashed, the splendid Musee de la Civilisation and the famous National Museum of Fine Arts.

Where to stay

There are numerous places to stay across Canada, from remote hunting lodges up in the mountains to luxury hotels in the great cities. For visitors on a budget there are guesthouses and bed and breakfast accommodations available everywhere to suit all pockets: it all depends on your travel plans. If you fancy splashing out in Quebec City you can do no better than book into the spectacular Fairmont le Chateau Frontenac, a vast French-style castle of a hotel overlooking the St Lawrence River. If you prefer an outdoor setting, try something like the Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain, a magnificently isolated mountain resort in Collingwood.

All Inclusive vacation deals for Canada are not difficult to find, and once you get there you will discover a stunning landscape, wonderful cities, and some of the friendliest people you are ever likely to meet.


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