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Top Things To Do & See In Canada: Tourist Attractions


Things To Do In Toronto


Canada Travel Photos


Things To Do In Montreal


Iguazu Falls vs Niagara Falls

All of the things to do in Canada vary across the 2nd largest country in the world. Rarely does a country have as much variety and natural beauty as Canada, from the highest tides in world at the Bay of Fundy in the East to the rare temperate rain forests on the West coast.

Make sure to also visit the new attraction on the CN Tower where you can stand on the edge of the tower looking out at Toronto with a harness

If you would like to get to know the real Canada then investigate everything in-between.  The prairie provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba are expanses and the bread basket of Canada and also prepare one for the gracious and majestic beauty of the Canadian Rockies.  Here are the Top 5 things to do in Canada:

Horseshoe Falls (Niagara Falls Canada Side):

horseshoe falls, niagara falls, niagara falls picture

Niagara Falls – Niagara Falls, Canada

Across the border from Niagara Falls, they dwarf the American Falls.  The name actually comes from the shape that nature has created.  Be sure to eat at the Skylon Tower which provides a 360 degree panoramic view of the area.  Don’t forget to make a reservation because walk-ins may not be seated.  We compared Niagara with Iguazu Falls in this post.  Being only a short ride from Toronto this is one of the most popular things to do in Canada.

Quebec Province:

Le château Frontenac Vieux-Québec

Le château Frontenac Vieux-Québec

If you want to experience a uniquely different culture the Quebecois would be happy to oblige.  From the art, the food, and even the music, this area of Canada is distinctly French Canadian.  Make sure to brush up on your French because it will make your experience more worthwhile.  Montreal is 2nd largest French speaking city in the world right after Paris and is what I consider the American Paris.  If you want to familiarize yourself with the history of Colonial France, stop by Quebec City which is the only city in North America that is stone walled.

The City of Toronto:

Toronto Canada Skyline

Toronto Canada Skyline

One of the most cosmopolitan and international cities in the world and one of top Canada attractions.  You can experience almost every culture in this incredibly diverse city.  From the art, cuisine, fashion, and even entertainment.

The CN tower gives an impressionable view of the great lake that surrounds Toronto.  Dundas Square is the Canadian reinvention of Times Square, lesser in size and prestige.

Toronto makes up in size in what it has in festivals in the summer.  The city erupts with festivals what seems like every weekend, you can even attend some of the largest festivals in the world here.  Caribana, one of the great things to do in Canada, is the 3rd largest Caribbean festival in the world.

New Brunswick & Nova Scotia:

Hopewell Rocks Bay of Fundy

Hopewell Rocks in Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick

Explore the natural wonder of the Bay Fundy which boasts the most impressive tides in the world.  One of the popular Canada attractions they dont tell you about is the lobster meals served in this part of old Canada (some of the best lobster in the world.

A fortress city lies perfectly preserved in time from the 18th century in Louisbourg, Nova Scotia.

There are also impressive sites in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia.  If you enjoy pristine ocean views take a drive along Cabot trail on Cape Breton Island.   It is North America’s answer to the Amalfi Coast in Italy.

British Colombia & The Canadian Rockies:

Cheakamus Lake, BC at dawn

Cheakamus Lake, BC at dawn

The Canadian Rockies are the cathedrals of North America.  Be sure to visit the Fairmont Chateau on Lake Louise which gives a taste of old Europe.  In addition to visiting Vancouver, it’s worth while to take a ferry to the capital of Victoria.

Visit the wax museum and the colorful Butchart gardens outside of the city.

Cap off your trip with high tea and crumpets at the Empress Princess Hotel and Tea House to see what life was like in the British Empire during the 19th century.

The waiters and even the ladies take this event very seriously which can be evident by the clothes they wear.  If time persists you can go whale watching at certain times of the year as well.


{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

WanderingTrader June 26, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I find that America and Canada share a common culture together.. With the United States being the dominant culture in the world I would consider it the American Paris instead of the Canadian Paris.. thanks for catching the spell check!


J_V_G2008 January 23, 2012 at 5:08 am

Well, seeing as how Canada and the U.S both are part of North America! I see nothing wrong with what was written above. Just as South America is shared by multiple counties it is the same with North America. I myself am American and cannot stand how ignorant our people have become. This is exactly the reason why I was looking at this site, to escape this type of arrogance.


Bantlan Sandhya September 22, 2011 at 2:08 pm

hii …Nice Post ..


J_V_G2008 January 23, 2012 at 5:07 am

Well, seeing as how Canada and the U.S both are part of North America! I see nothing wrong with what was written above. Just as South America is shared by multiple counties it is the same with North America. I myself am American and cannot stand how ignorant our people have become. This is exactly the reason why I was looking at this site, to escape this type of arrogance.


Brianna Justice May 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

these are pretty


Brianna Justice May 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

J_V_G2008 u need to be quiet’


Marcello May 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Brianna…. I don’t know where you are from but constructive criticism isn’t always a bad thing.. ;-)


TravelWorldOnline May 15, 2012 at 7:50 am

These are great picks of what you should see in Canada, but I would not limit it to these. Canada has so much more to offer: the breathtaking wilderness of the North, the beautiful West Coast, the rough, but beautiful coast of Newfoundland and Labrador, the more serene bays and cliffs of Atlantic Canada, the idyllic rural areas of Quebec and Ontario, the vastness of the Great Lakes. This country is worth more than one trip and should be explored in detail to really appreciate its beauty and charm.


Marcello May 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I would agree with you but its a list of the best things to do not all the things to do in the country. Of all the people that visited Canada I don’t know too many that have done everything on that list that you mentioned. From what I asked Canadians and did myself this is the list of the best things to do in my opinion. Thanks for the comment!


Yes1560 June 29, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Dude very nice post love it!! Everywhere you go there are things to do and see. It doesn’t matter what country state city village planet. So stop being all stupid about it and love live life.


Taylor Parker August 2, 2012 at 11:20 am

My husband is going on a business trip next month to New Brunswick, Canada. Because he is spending a week up there, we just decided that I would purchase my own plane ticket and go with him! I’ve always wanted to be able to say that I’ve been to Canada, and those pictures above are absolutely gorgeous! They make me want to go there even more! I’m so excited to go.


Jean August 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm

“With the United States being the dominant culture in the world I would consider it the American Paris instead of the Canadian Paris…” Even when trying not to be an ignorant American you still can’t pull it off. American culture is in no way the “dominant” culture in the world and Montreal is not American. North American yes, American no. Next time you feel like educating people about Canada please reconsider.


Marcello August 14, 2012 at 11:07 pm

Jean… Everyone watches American movies, listens to American music, and buys American things. There is no other country in the world like that and that is why the United STates is the sole world power and has been for quite some time. I wouldn’t say that the American culture is better than Canada, I would say that America & Canada share a similar culture and since America is what everyone knows about it is better to compare Montreal to America than to Canada. No one is going to know what the Canadian Paris is… Cheers


Liv October 21, 2012 at 8:50 am

Toronto sounds great. My brother is moving there next year and I expect I may manage a visit! Thanks for the tips.


Kate - Canuckiwikate October 21, 2012 at 8:55 am

My boyfriend and I will be driving from Vancouver to Halifax next summer and plan to take in all of these!


Emmilia Hapsari January 27, 2013 at 12:36 am

thanks for the tips! oh i’m so gonna be there soon.


Aria January 28, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I have read your blog for a while u have alot of very interesting adventures and it’s somehow a very different picture when you have come to Canada… It’s not a country in its own to you, but an extension of your own country? Canadians do not like being called American because we simply are not! unfourtunatly our government doesn’t do alot to protect that letting alot of American Buisness up here:(.. Side note; your country is not ” the sole world power” that would be Britain they still have many commonwealth countries and the largest influence in my mind, and honestly China is right up there if not the top , just because Americans scream the loudest doesn’t make them the sole world power.


Marcello January 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Aria.. I would not consider United States my home country first of all. Second of all, the United States & Canada share a common culture. As the United States is the dominant culture being the sole world power for the better part of our generation people around the world can equate Canada’s culture with the culture of the United States.

FYI: Just because a country has commonwealths does not mean a country is a world power. After the lost of the British Empire which occurred on the 50′s and 60′s and the run on the pound in the 60′s England has not been a world power. You may like their British accent but their not a world power and haven’t been for quite some time. China is not a world power as their currency isn’t even fully convertible yet. Just because everything you buy says made in China does not mean their a world power. Feelings and emotion are not a replacement for facts. America has been the dominant power for quite some time.


Monacosheila March 17, 2013 at 5:13 am

Beautiful pictures/politics ….. shame about the politics!


Monacosheila March 17, 2013 at 5:14 am

Beautiful pictures/places …. Shame about the politics!


David 355 May 7, 2013 at 2:14 am

yes! lets all bow down to America. were you all have the right to bare arms.
and if you fancy harm bears..


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Marcello June 2, 2013 at 10:35 pm



Brad November 29, 2013 at 1:23 am

It’s British Columbia (after the Columbia River) not British Colombia. Lake Louise is in Alberta. Montreal is not an American city. Canada and the USA may share some cultural similarities, but lumping them together as one in the same is insulting to both countries. Just like it would be insulting to say that all South American countries are the same to the people of that continent. Ignorance. You’d think someone as well traveled as yourself would see this clearly. Guess not.


Marcello November 29, 2013 at 8:50 pm

Wouldn’t agree it is an insult Brad… explained that way most people understand what I say and what I mean. I know this because I’ve had experience with this while traveling to over 80 countries. I tell someone it is in Canada and they ask what is Canada like or even ask where is Canada. If I say the American Paris everyone understands except Canadians… they just get offended. All South American countries do have many things that are similar. The cultures of Uruguay & Argentina for example are nearly identical. Colombia and Venezuela are very similar as well. Paraguay is a mix of Argentina and Brazil. Bolivia & Peru are extremely similar while Ecuador is very similar to both the cultures of Colombia and Venezuela and Peru. I see it very clearly and will not change describing it that way. Thanks for the note.


Weaver January 8, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Nice post Marcelllo, keep it up! I’ve read the comments and being a Canadian and a traveller myself just thought I’d chime in. Chill folks-so much animosity and from my fellow countrymen/women even! We don’t want to lose our rep for being mellow! Listen, I’m Canadian and I can’t deny that we have more things in common with Americans than we have that differ. We live on the same continent, speak the same language, we largely sound the same (particularly to tourists but there are areas of the U.S where I can scarcely tell if someone is American vs Cdn just by their speech), we experience similar climates and geography(there are extremes at each end that we differ in of course), and are exposed to much of the same popular culture. I’ve been mistaken for American often in my travels and have never been insulted by it. The U.S is a beautiful country with a populace that are largely good people just like any other country. If there is one thing that travel has taught me it’s that world is essentially good and is mostly filled with kind-hearted/charitable people. To be honest, the most hospitable people I’ve encountered are in countries that don’t include Canada or the U.S so it seems a little silly to me for Cdns to get ‘puffed up’ about being superior in some way to our neighbours to the south or to be insulted when compared to Americans or even mistaken for being one. Not to say that either Cdns or American are bad people, we’re maybe just a little more spoiled than some others and ignorant/apathetic to the plight/experiences of people in less affluent nations(keep travelling folks-it helps with this!). There are some things that I prefer about Canada relative to the U.S in terms of having less guns and free medical care etc but I understand that this has less to do with the essential morality/goodness of the American people and more to to with corporate interests and/or the interests of a minority(albeit a wealthy one-think 1%). That’s it for my little rant-enjoy travelling and each other folks—–make love not war-lol!


Marcello January 10, 2014 at 3:53 pm

Thanks for the note Weaver


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