This part of North America is everything wild and beautiful. It has jaw-dropping landscapes from mountains and glaciers to lakes and forests, which is something not found elsewhere. The 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites adds a feather to its cap. Following the trail, it boasts the longest ski season in the world, 80% world’s maple syrup, multicultural regions, natural wonders, outdoor exposure and the distinctive spectacular cities.
Indeed, the cities of Canada are proud of their individuality and how each all of these serve a different bunch of activities, fun and festivals on the tables for the visitors.
Fancy the unbelievable Northern Lights and the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, check out the famous landmark CN Tower in Toronto, witness the historic Ottawa’s Parliament Hill, ski in the world famous resorts in Whistler, and savour Poutine in Vancouver.
Here is a look at the 7 most famous cities that you can tour when you apply for the Canada Visit Visa-
1.Vancouver, British Columbia
Yes, You got this right! Vancouver is topping the charts with its extraordinary blend of quaint and cultural neighbourhood villages and snow-capped peaks and outdoor activities. Thanks to its strawberry season that this coastal city features lush green spaces and range of adventurous expeditions.
Things to Do:
• Explore the incredible must-see attractions in the urban oasis of Stanley Park like the Spanish Beach Bank Park, Beaver Lake, Vancouver Aquarium.
• Visit Granville Island, home to upscale restaurants, galleries, factories and theatre.
• Swim in the Kitsilano beach and play sports like volleyball, skating and table tennis.
• Upgrade your nightlife with Yaletown hot spots.
• Hike and cable ride over the Grouse Mountain.
A sea of multicultural and multi-ethnic people could be found in the largest city of Canada and the capital of Ontario. With urban fineries like fashion malls, trendy restaurants, and shimmering skyscrapers, there is something for every taste. Take some beer in the Distillery District, brush up knowledge in the Ontario Science Centre and hear the story of iconic castle and museum, Casa Lomo.
Things to Do:
• Shop at St Lawrence Market, gourmet to handicraft goodies.
• Catch a bird’s-eye view from one of the observation decks at one of the largest and impeccable structures, CN Tower.
• Hop a ferry to the Toronto islands dotted with gardens, beaches, picnic areas, amusement parks and other recreational options.
• Do hundreds of things from eating to sightseeing at Harbourfront Centre.
• Meet over 5,000 animals at Toronto Zoo.
Want to explore a city that brings a concoction of old charm and cosmopolitan vibes? Montreal is the perfect destination. Whether you look to lay your hair down in the vibrant nightlife, unfurl cultural curiosities, or set on a delicious gastronomical journey, this clamouring metropolis is beyond expectations.
Things to Do:
• Designed by the man who curated New York City’s Central Park, the Mount Royal Park is host to abundant activities from hiking to cycling.
• Roam around the 17th-century neighbourhood that sets up largest and magnificent historic buildings.
• Sign in for the biggest and best Montreal International Jazz Festival.
• Gaze at the town (Downtown Montreal, Mont-Royal mountain, the St Lawrence River and the Olympic Stadium) from the city’s second tallest skyscraper.
• Eat the French Canadian Dish, watch movies at Cinema Moderne and shop at Underground City.
Tucked in the confluence of the Bow River and the Elbow River in the south of the province, is one of the most understated cities. Some 120 different languages you could listen here, and there are wide open spaces, cool eateries, self-love and endless entertainment. It is for party animals and also for the families.
Things to Do:
• Get panoramic views of the city from the Calgary tower, at some 1228 meters above sea level, with cocktail and appetisers.
• Wander in the fabulous new museum that has a musical history in its amusing artefacts at Nation Music centre.
• Take a break with1000 animals, botanical gardens, a butterfly conservatory, and Centre for Conservation and Research at the Calgary Zoo.
• Hang out at Al Forno Cafe & Bakery.
• Spectate the greatest outdoor rodeo show in Calgary Stampede.
The wait is over! We are talking about Canada’s capital sitting on the bank of the Ottawa River where most people speak English and French. Known for numerous attractions, grand museums, large ice skating grounds, dynamic culinary scene and long walks on the river, it is a gregarious city. You will find people skating to school or work and as spring announces, the tulip blossoms in the surroundings.
Things to Do:
• Learn about Canada’s history from the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum, and the Canadian Museum of Nature.
• The National Gallery of Canada is beautiful inside out with its stunning ensemble of pink granite and glass spires and recognisable masterpieces.
• Paddleboard on the Gatineau River, looking up at the Rideau Canal Locks, Parliament Buildings, Supreme Court of Canada.
• Enjoy some of the best whitewater rafting in downtown Ottawa.
• Skate in the world’s largest outdoor skating rink in Rideau Canal.
6.Niagara Falls, Ontario
Straddling between the Ontario of Canada and New York of US, the Niagara Falls is a combination of three waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. Besides relishing and splashing fun here, you can get on with energetic rides, adrenaline rush tours, and stroll through Botanical Gardens.
Things To Do:
• Find your inner thrill seeker by touring in the Niagara Falls by whirlpool Jetboats and Hornblower that take passengers to an up close and personal view of the falls.
• The next promising thing to explore the falls is this Journey Behind the Falls where you descent 125 feet and then whiz through 30-year-old tunnels.
• Walk through the shops, museums, haunted houses in Clifton Hill.
• Dine, gamble, dance at Fallsview Casino Resort.
• Start the day with golf and loosen up at the wine tour and cherish the night with fireworks.
7.Whistler, British Columbia
Settled at the feet of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, at 90 minutes north of Vancouver, this is the most loved destination by outdoor enthusiasts. From the world’s largest and most popular ski resorts to untouched nature, this is one of the expensive destinations that you must go with pre-planning.
Things To Do:
• Ski and cable ride in the two mountains which looks out to snow-covered mountains, awe-inspiring view of alpine lakes, and dense coniferous forests.
• Up your adventure game with extreme sports like mountain biking, zip lining and rafting through forested valleys.
• Playing with birds in summer or snowshoeing in winter, Lost Lake is a picturesque spot.
• Stroll along the Whistler Village which organises several concerts and events.
• Explore the gems of nature as you hike to the Garibaldi Lake, Cheakamus Lake, and Wedgemount Lake.