The Best Cities In Canada For The First Time Visitor

​Known for sprawling untouched landscape, amalgamation of cultures and multifaceted history, Canada is one of the major tourist destinations all across the globe. Stretching from the U.S. in the south to the Arctic Circle in the north, Canada shows a multitude of climate attracting all nature lovers. Let’s take a look at some of the must visit cities in Canada.

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Toronto

Behind the pride of this cultural and economic capital of Canada shines some prominent landmarks like the CN tower. When in this beautiful cities in Canada, not to miss is the world’s third largest live theater. Places like the modern expanse of Ripley’s Aquarium, the 18th century castle Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum and the High Park make to the top of the list for the tourists.

Another worth a visit is one of the five Great Lakes of North America, Lake Ontario. Not to miss is a unique museum devoted to shoes and footwear that contains Napoleon Bonaparte’s socks, and footwear from cultures all over the world.

Vancouver

A clean, modern and efficient, Vancouver one of the cleanest cities in Canada, owes its part to the mild climate giving it an outdoor streak. One can bask on the beach and at the same time ski down the slopes. The sunniest and driest months of Jun-Aug makes the city buzzing with tourists.

Though, the resort offers mountain activities year-round,one can treat their adrenaline rush at the Downhill ski season (Dec-Mar) at Grouse Mountain. Some of the top sights of the city include the Lions Bridge, the bustling English Bay Beach and the massive Canadian Cauldron.

Ottawa

Sitting on the river bank across Quebec the city boasts for its Parliament Hill, national museums, the By Ward Market, and the prime attraction being the Canada Day celebrations. One can begin witnessing the Victorian architecture of Parliament Hill sitting at the centre of the city.

Take a sight into the wars from the past at the Canadian War Museum or explore the natural world at Canadian Museum of Nature. Another attraction for the locals and tourist is the Rideau Canal which is filled with boats in summer and ice-skaters in winter.

Montreal

Set on an island in the Saint Lawrence River packing a punch as one of the most unique cities in North America, Montreal is the heart of Canada’s francophone culture. The once independent boroughs of Montreal include the bohemian Plateau to the cobblestone, French colonial Vieux Montreal.

Also at the centre lies the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica. When in town one can stroll the streets of Old Montreal, take the metro to Olympic Park, be part of the city’s numerous festivals, savor a scrumptious Montreal-styled bagel in Mile End, or delve into the picturesque views atop Mont-Royal- A three peaked hill.

Calgary

This fast booming town of Canada is a host to the Calgary’s Stampede every summer. Start fresh by a walk in the Central Memorial Park followed by the panoramic views atop the Calgary Tower. Further, a visit to the Calgary Zoo will show you around 800 animals from 130 different species.

Take a tour to the sprawling Dinosaur Provincial Park and discover the fossils of long extinct dinosaurs and relish the vistas or go camping in the wild. Besides this Fish Creek Provincial Park, Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary and Heritage Park Historical Village are some more attractions of the city. Also, the Banff and Canadian Rockies are just an hour away and Calgary forms the landing base to these natural beauties of Canada.

Overall, a Canadian tour is something that takes you through all forms of landscapes from the thick forests to the sunny beaches to the snow packed hills. All this at just one place makes Canada top every traveler’s bucket list.

Mohit Agarwal

Mohit Agarwal is a civil engineer by profession & started travel blogging to share his experiences while traveling to new places without any planned itinerary, as it adds up to more adventure & exploring more about the city. He also loves photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters.

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