Awe-inspiring scenery, vibrant cities anda welcoming atmosphere all make Canada a popular tourist destination.
As the largest country in North America, Canadais a vast land encompassing majestic mountains, virgin forests, spacious prairies and Arctictundra.
While much of the nation is of British andFrench descent, Canada is home to a mosaic of multicultural communities.
Here's a look at the best places to visitin Canada.
The largest city in Alberta, Calgary is situatedbetween the Canadian Prairies and the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
After oil was discovered nearby in the early1900s, Calgary boomed into what is now one of Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, attracting thousands every year to its world-famous rodeo event, the Calgary Stampede.
This Old West celebration is held over tendays in July with rodeos, chuckwagon races, parades, competitions, crafts and food.
Located at the confluence of the Ottawa, Gatineauand Rideau rivers in southeastern Ontario, Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
As the nation’s capital, Ottawa is hometo many financial, commercial and federal establishments including Parliament Hill, the government seat where the ceremonial Changing of the Guard takes place daily during thesummer.
Running right through the heart of the city, the Rideau Canal is Ottawa’s star attraction.
In winter the canal becomes the world’slargest ice skating ring.
Thanks to a couple of spectacular mountainscalled Whistler and Blackcomb, the Whistler resort is the largest and most famous alpineski destination in North America.
Located in the Coast Mountains of BritishColumbia, Whistler is a two-hour trip from Vancouver along Canada’s most scenic drive, the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
At the base of the two mountains are threequaint villages, Whistler Village, Creekside and Upper Village.
The Peak 2 Peak gondola transports visitorsfrom the villages to the mountains.
Vancouver Island, named after the Britishexplorer George Vancouver, is the largest island off the West Coast of the North Americancontinent.
Located across from Washington State, it isaccessible by ferry through the San Juan Islands from Anacortes, from Port Angeles on the state’sOlympic Peninsula, or from Vancouver on mainland British Columbia.
Vancouver Island is famous for the quaintcity of Victoria, the gorgeous Butchart Gardens, the surf town of Tofino and the wildernessin the north, where one can catch a ferry to Prince Rupert, and another to Alaska fromthere.
Quebec City Quebec City may be the capital of the Quebecprovince in eastern Canada, but its French heritage, architecture and language make itappear more like a charming European village.
Perched on a hill overlooking the St.
LawrenceRiver is Vieux Quebec, the city’s historic district.
A walk along the cobblestone streets of theOld City offers encounters with attractions like the Citadel and the Place-Royale, thearea where explorer, Samuel de Camplain, established the first North American-French settlement.
The city’s icon, the stunning Chateau Frontenac, is regarded as the most photographed hotel in North America and offers tours even withoutan overnight stay.
The capital of Ontario, Toronto is the mostpopulated city in Canada as well as one of the largest cities in North America.
With a large number of ethnic districts likeChinatown, Little India and Little Italy, Toronto is also one of the world’s mostculturally diverse cities.
The city’s main tourist draws range fromimpressive landmarks such as the iconic CN Tower and the fairy tale castle of Casa Loma.
Additionally, the Toronto Islands are a populardestination with beaches and outdoor activities.
The second largest city in Canada after Toronto, Montreal is the cultural and financial capital of the Quebec province.
Boasting the largest French-speaking communityoutside of Paris, France, Montreal is a bustling metropolis comprised of a downtown district, a historic quarter, entertainment district and several distinctive neighborhoods.
Montreal’s main sights include downtownskyscrapers like the Olympic Tower, the historic buildings of Old Montreal and several familyattractions like theme and water parks.
Niagara Falls is a series of three awe-inspiringwaterfalls situated on the border of Canada’s Ontario and the United States’ New York.
The Ontario side of the Falls is called HorseshoeFalls and offers the best views and most attractions.
The immediate area surrounding the Falls isa premier tourist spot teeming in observation towers, restaurants, souvenir shops, casinosand high-rise hotels.
One of the best places to view the NiagaraFalls on the Ontario side is from Queen Victoria Park where the Falls are illuminated and fireworksare displayed nightly during the summer.
Banff National Park.
Located in the province of Alberta, the BanffNational Park is not only Canada’s first national park, but also one of the nation’slargest and most visited national parks.
The park’s breathtaking scenery and wildlifedraw many tourists every year along the Trans-Canada Highway, which passes through the park.
Banff National Parks large concentration ofwildlife includes mammals like black bears, grizzly bears, bison, moose, wolves and baldeagles.
Situated between the Coast Mountains and thePacific Ocean in British Columbia, Vancouver is favored for its majestic landscapes thatpresent a natural playground where tourists can swim in the ocean, rollerblade throughscenic parks and snow ski in the mountains all in one day.
The third largest metropolitan area in thecountry, Vancouver is one of the most poplar places to visit in Canada.
Vancouver’s star attraction is Stanley Parkwhich covers a huge area of woodlands, gardens and green spaces.
Some of the city’s other top sites includeGranville Island’s remarkable food market and Chinatown’s vibrant array of shops.