From its cosmopolitan cities to its scenic peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Canada is loaded with hotspots for even the most discerning traveler. Just be sure to pack the right Canadian tourist visa, so you’re abiding by Canadian immigration laws. Starting March 15, 2016, visa-exempt foreign nationals who fly to or transit through Canada will need an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Exceptions include U.S. citizens and foreign nationals with a valid visa. With your Canadian tourist visa in hand, don’t miss out on these top 4 places.
Surrounded by pristine beaches and snow-capped mountains, Vancouver is all about embracing the great outdoors. It reminds me Italy in a way. In fact, for your next trip to Italy check out this site. But, back to Canada. Surf at Wreck Beach, have some powder fun on Grouse Mountain or spend the day strolling through scenic Stanley Park. There’s also hiking, mountain biking, kayak boat that is even enough for two and whitewater rafting to appeal to your adventurous side. For a real thrill, take a stroll across the Capilano Suspension Bridge. At the popular Queen Elizabeth Park, there’s rock quarries filed flowers and shrubs, the Painter’s Corner, tennis courts and the Bloedel Conservatory where hundreds of birds swoop around you. When you’re ready to refuel, grab something at the delicious food markets in Lonsdale Quay and Granville Island.
Montreal is the perfect mélange of old and new with its 18th century structures and funky fusion restaurants. The cities top attractions include vibrant marketplaces and world-class museums. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride or Walk the ancient cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montreal, where you can enjoy a cup of cappuccino while exploring historic cathedrals like the Notre-Dame Basilica. At night, this grand church is illuminated to highlight its majestic Gothic Revival style. There’s also a nice lineup of bars and clubs for some fun nightlife. If you’re traveling with kids, take a visit to the La Ronde Amusement Park. From the toddler-friendly La Galopant carousel to the adrenaline-thumping roller coasters, there’s something fun for everyone. Plus, there’s a fireworks extravaganzas throughout the summer.
Toronto is big all around. This sprawling city is home to the largest underground shopping mall and the second tallest free-standing tower in the world. Feel like a globetrotter with a visit to its Little Indian, Greektown, Chinatown and Little Italy neighborhoods. Catch a panoramic view of the city from the observation decks at the CN Tower, take the kids to the Toronto Zoo and sample some hometown brews in the historic Distillery District. Hop aboard a ferry from the harbor and head to the Toronto Islands. This collection of eight islands feature beaches, wading pools and the Centreville Amusement park. In the wintertime, there’s cross-country skiing.
From emerald green golf course and sparkling lakes to hiking trails to powdered steeps, Whistler serves up fun year-round. Hike to Alexandra Falls to see Mother Nature in all her glory. From the observation deck, you can view the impressive falls along with the lush forest surrounding the Callaghan Valley trails. Adrenaline junkies can carve Whistler Blackcomb Mountain, jump at Whistler Bungee and enjoy a thrill at Whistler Sliding Centre. History buffs can enjoy a day at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre or Whistler Museum.