Places I Recommend Visiting on a Canada
But the next best thing to being in Canada is writing about it (for me, anyway). I thought I would share the places I loved visiting in Canada and recommend you add to your Canada bucket list. Although I crossed off a few of the best cities in Canada, there are still so many places I'm yet to see.
I mean, could I really begin with any other Canadian city? I know I may be biased, but Vancouver is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and one of the best cities in Canada. It has the perfect combination of urban and nature that I haven't seen anywhere else. The fact you can go from brunch in Gastown to tobogganing on a mountain within an hour is mind-blowing.
Ottawa is one of those cities that gets a bad rap, but I recommend adding it to your Canada holiday itinerary. The capital city is small, so it can easily be explored in a weekend. I only spent one day in Ottawa but I was instantly charmed. I took a boat cruise down the Rideau Canal, visited the Parliament and even stayed in a former jail. Yes, that experience was unforgettable and kind of creepy. I visited Ottawa in fall and had clear skies and perfect weather.
If there's one place that needs to be on your Canada holiday itinerary, it's the Canadian Rockies. Jasper is just as charming as you'd expect. It's a small town that's home to cute cottages, shops with rocky facades and friendly locals. It's also surrounded by sights like Maligne Canyon and Lake.
Speaking of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is a total tourist hotspot, but I still believe it's one of the best places to visit in Canada. It's easy to walk or take the public bus to a lot of the town's main attractions. I spent my time doing a day trip to Lake Louise, walking to Bow Falls and soaking in the hot springs. In my opinion, it's much more budget-friendly compared to Jasper and is close to a lot of the beautiful natural attractions the Canadian Rockies are known for.
I am so glad I got to see Victoria and a little slice of Vancouver Island before I left Canada. I really did leave it until the last minute, as I visited Victoria with my bestie during my last month in Vancouver. But it was prettier than I imagined, thanks to its colourful Victorian architecture, floral hanging baskets and floating homes. If you have more time on Vancouver Island, I recommend driving to Tofino. It's one place that sits very high on my Canada bucket list.
Visiting Quebec feels very strange. I couldn't quite get my head around the fact I was using Canadian money but trying to speak French. Just like in Europe, most locals speak English. But the magnificent architecture, particularly in Old Quebec, makes you feel like you're in Europe. I know a lot of people might choose between visiting either Montreal or Quebec City, but I believe they're both deserve a visit. Here's a little photo of the world's most photographed hotel to convince you to visit Quebec City.