Best Places to Visit in Canada

Sometimes we forget about our northern neighbor. But that doesn't mean we should. This North American country contains towering cities and surreal landscapes, from the larger-than-life waterfalls of Niagara to the snowcapped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Many Canadian cities also put their rich cultural heritage on display for visitors. U.S. News Travel has compiled a list of the best destinations in Canada, so fly (or drive) north to check them out.

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Why go: It's no mystery why Vancouver was chosen to host the 2010 Winter Olympic Games: This city is all about sports. Vancouverites spend their days skiing on Grouse Mountain, surfing at Wreck Beach and strolling through Stanley Park. Plus, Vancouver offers plenty of cultural attractions, including museums and outdoor markets.  Read More»

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Why go: Nestled along the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, this tiny mountain town is a haven for both nature enthusiasts and luxury seekers. Visitors can spend their days skiing or hiking before retiring to one of the several opulent hotels for some spa therapy and a hearty bison steak. Banff also boasts homey shops and a thriving nightlife scene. Read More»

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Why go: Montreal is a city of juxtaposition: Skyscrapers rub elbows with the 17th-century architecture of Vieux-Montreal, while the familiar sounds of English intermingle with the foreign buzz of French. Boulevard Saint-Laurent is a world-class shopping district by day and a popular party scene by night. Plus, the Underground City offers more territory to explore. Read More»

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Why Go: "Big" doesn't even begin to describe this Ontario city. Composed of numerous cultural pockets (such as Greektown, Little India and Koreatown), this massive city transports you around the globe. With such diversity to experience, you can practically call yourself a world traveler after visiting Toronto. Read More»

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Why Go: Canada's capital may not be as big as Toronto or as historic as Montreal, but Ottawa has plenty going for it. Its small size makes it manageable; its laid-back atmosphere makes it personable; and its abundance of museums and cultural sites makes it desirable. Come in spring to witness the city burst with colorful tulip blossoms. Read More»

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Why Go: While Montreal and Québec City honor Canada's French roots, Victoria pays tribute to the country's British heritage. Many visit British Columbia's capital for afternoon tea at the Empress or a tour of Parliament. Others are more interested in touring Vancouver Island's wineries, skiing along its slopes and whale-watching from its harbors. Read More»

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Why Go: A trip to Europe may not be in your budget, but a visit to Québec City could be. This Canadian city charms its visitors with quaint 17th- and 18th-century buildings. The enchanting aromas of freshly baked bread and brewing espresso emerge from windows and doorways, filling the cobblestone streets with the essence of Paris. Read More»

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Why Go: If you're looking to stretch your sea legs, you'll be more than satisfied with a trip to Halifax. With a variety of maritime attractions, Nova Scotia's capital revolves around the ocean. Get acquainted with the historic wharf by perusing the area's shops. Then, dive into the city's seafaring past during a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  Read More»

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Why go: This popular destination swarms with visitors each year who are looking to see the wondrous falls for themselves. With the Niagara River plummeting over the 170-foot drop at up to 68 miles an hour, the falls are this destination's main draw. But Niagara Falls offers a variety of other attractions like museums, wineries and casinos.   Read More»

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Why Go: Saint John is a hot spot for nature-lovers. Hiking trails and a well-preserved shoreline lie beneath a skyline of shipping terminals and old factories. Without ever leaving town, you can experience the phenomenon of the Reversing Falls and hike through Irving Nature Park. You should also spend a day walking along the Fundy Trail Parkway. Read More»

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