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Welcome to Canada

From the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Lake Louise to Niagara Falls and the Rocky Mountains, Canada offers a wide variety of great outdoors excitment for adventurous travelers of all types. But away from the open wilderness, Canada's bustling cities showcase thriving arts scenes, bars and restaurants featuring cuisine from across the world, museums explaining First Nations history, and a maritime heritage that stretches back centuries. Multicultural Toronto and Vancouver deliver visitors an international feel, while French-Canadian cities such as Montreal and Quebec City boast a strong flavor of France. Victoria, meanwhile, retains its British charm. Skiers and snowboarders can practice their turns in popular resorts like Kicking Horse and Whistler (7- and 2-hours from Vancouver, respectively), while wildlife lovers should take to the water on whale-watching cruises. Thrill-seekers can tackle swirling rapids on white-water rafting trips or sightsee by helicopter or seaplane. Back on dry land, visitors can look out for native animals like bears, beavers, elk, and moose on wildlife safaris in Alberta or British Columbia. Pristine countryside and spectacular scenery abound in Banff and Jasper National Parks (1- and 3-hours from Calgary, respectively), while travelers heading into the expansive Yukon should take northern lights tours to increase their chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis swirling over the rugged territory.

Top attractions in Canada for Spring

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Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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The powerful border-straddling Niagara Falls is actually composed of the American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls (also known as Canadian Falls). Combined, these cascades have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world—more than a million bathtubs of water plummet over the edge every second. While they’re wildly impressive from the US, here’s how to explore the Canadian side.More
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Cave of the Winds

Cave of the Winds

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At the Cave of the Winds observation decks, thrill-seeking visitors can get within 20 feet (6 meters) of the thundering Niagara Falls for an experience that feels like the inside of a tropical storm with torrents of water cascading down and winds up to 68 mph (109 kph). Safe to say, you’ll probably get wet.More
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Stanley Park

Stanley Park

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Vancouver’s Stanley Park enjoys a stellar natural setting, surrounded on three sides by the Pacific Ocean and set against the backdrop of the snow-capped North Shore Mountains. At nearly 1,000 acres (405 hectares) in size, it offers a combination of coastal red-cedar forest, lakes and lagoons, and scenic meadows. A walk along the public park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience.More
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Floral Clock

Floral Clock

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While Niagara Falls is justifiably famous for the force of nature that is the falls themselves, the Floral Clock is one of several other impressive attractions in the area. Comprising thousands of colorful plants and flowers, the clock blooms from spring to fall. It’s a fun photo opportunity, especially for nature lovers and avid gardeners.More
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Downtown Vancouver

Downtown Vancouver

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Surrounded by water on three sides, downtown Vancouver is the place to go for sea views, bright lights, and action. The city’s commercial core, it encompasses several distinct areas including shop-lined Robson Street, the green expanse of Stanley Park, historic Gastown, and one of the largest Chinatowns in North America.More
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

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Admire Vancouver's natural beauty at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, a quintessential British Columbia experience and one of the Pacific Northwest's most popular attractions. The highlight includes walking out onto the 450-foot (137-meter) suspension bridge as it sways between the temperate rain forest over the rushing Capilano River below. With plenty more to see and do besides, it’s a must for adventurous visitors in Vancouver.More
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CN Tower

CN Tower

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For many visitors to Toronto, this needle-like telecommunications tower—often seen from the airplane window—is their first glimpse of the city. When it was erected in 1976, the CN Tower was the world’s tallest freestanding structure. Though it no longer holds that title, it is still the tallest tower in Canada, and the spectacular views from its observation decks are second to none.More
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Gastown

Gastown

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One of Vancouver’s oldest and buzziest districts, Gastown is packed with Victorian architecture and cobbled streets. Named after John “Gassy Jack” Deighton, an English mariner who opened a saloon in the area in the 19th century, the district is filled with heritage buildings now hosting boutiques, coffee shops, hip restaurants, and bars.More
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Ottawa Parliament Hill

Ottawa Parliament Hill

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A concentrated cluster of grand government buildings overlooking the Ottawa River, Parliament Hill is the centerpiece of Downtown Ottawa. At the heart of the complex is Centre Block, a neo-Gothic riot of greening copper turrets, stone-carved gargoyles, and pointed arches built around a soaring central campanile (bell tower) known as the Peace Tower. Parliament Hill is not just a pretty sight; it’s also home to Canada’s most important democratic institutions, including the Library of Parliament and the chambers of the House of Commons and the Senate.More
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Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)

Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec)

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With its narrow, cobbled streets and historic 17th- and 18th-century homes and monuments, there’s no place else in Canada that feels quite like Old Quebec (Vieux-Québec). As the only existing fortified city north of Mexico, it’s full of living history, rich Quebecois culture, and European-style charm. The historic district of Old Quebec—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is a must-see when in Quebec City.More
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Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal)

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Once a busy shipping hub, the Old Port of Montreal (Vieux Port de Montréal) is now an entertainment center stretching along the St. Lawrence River. In addition to the promenade, the port is also home to the Montreal Science Centre, La Grande Roue de Montréal, an observation wheel, a boat spa, and seasonal outdoor attractions including an urban beach and an ice rink.More
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Granville Island

Granville Island

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Overflowing with art studios, theaters, restaurants, and kid-friendly activities, Vancouver’s Granville Island is a popular spot for both tourists and locals. The “island”—really a small peninsula—is an ideal getaway from the bustle of city life, with waterfront views, scenic alleyways, and a thriving food and art culture.More
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Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls

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The smallest of the three waterfalls that comprise world-famous Niagara Falls, Bridal Veil Falls is anything but small. Located on the US side of the falls, the 56-foot-wide (17-meter-wide) waterfall thunders over a 78-foot (24-meter) drop. Its frothy white cascade is reminiscent of a bride’s veil, hence the falls’ name.More
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Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal)

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Built for the 1976 Olympic Games, the Montreal Olympic Park (Parc Olympique de Montréal) now houses several attractions that form Montreal’s Space for Life museum district. There’s the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium, the 56,000-seater Olympic Stadium, the Biodome, an indoor zoo with around 4,500 animals, as well as the Botanical Gardens and Insectarium in neighboring Maisonneuve Park.More
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Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal

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Built between 1826 and 1832 to offer secure passage for British ships from Montreal, the Rideau Canal—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is an engineering masterpiece. It extends for 126 miles (202 kilometers) between Ottawa and Kingston. Ottawa’s most visited stretch lures boaters, cyclists, and strollers in summer, and ice skaters in winter.More

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How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

How to Spend 2 Days on the Canadian Side of Niagara Falls

Top activities in Canada

Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
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Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
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Small-Group Victoria and Butchart Gardens Day Trip from Vancouver
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Niagara Falls Platinum Tour from Toronto with Cruise and Lunch
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Vancouver
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Vancouver Harbor Sunset Dinner Cruise
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Half-Day Whale Watching Adventure from Victoria
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver
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Whale-Watching Tour from Vancouver

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Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour: Granville Island & Stanley Park
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Ticket
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Zipline Adventure in Whistler
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Zipline Adventure in Whistler

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Niagara Falls Helicopter Tour

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Half Day Wine & Cheese Tour - Niagara On The Lake Wine Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Canada

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Great tour and tour guide!
rosaliearmes, May 2022
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
Seeing the falls from different angles - being up close, up high, at the bottom!
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Martina was an amazing...
Felix_T, May 2022
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
Martina was an amazing tour guide, I would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Niagara Falls Canada
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Fantastic 7 hour tour of Niagra Falls and attractions
Michael_B, May 2022
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
The Maid of the Mist is a must do for anyone going to the falls as well as the Cave of The Winds.
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Fantastic Way to see Niagara Falls
Faye_B, May 2022
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Three hours at Niagara Falls was more than enough time to do the activities I had hoped to (Journey Behind the Falls and Skylon Tower, with leftover time to get a snack).
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Glad we used Viator for this! Booked it way ahead!
Kris_H, Apr 2022
Vancouver to Victoria - Coach Bus Transfer
I imagine in summer the bus and ferry would be very crowded, so spring travel is nice!
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Sunday Fun day experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise we will be back to do it again
Cheryl_G, Apr 2022
Experience Banff National Park and Lake Louise | Private Sightseeing
It was snowing such a treat to see snow and made the photos extra special.
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Greatest tour and tour guide
Saule_M, Oct 2021
Night on Niagara Tour with Power Station Light Show (Canada)
First of all, Nick our tour guide was amazing and gave us great tips with touring Niagara Falls Canada.
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Trip planned
Lauren_B, Oct 2021
Best of Niagara Falls Tour from Niagara Falls, Ontario
Instead, we went on the aero car and behind the falls Our tour guide was Nick, and can’t say enough about him!
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Arlene_R, Oct 2021
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
It's a good ride, but wasn't expecting to have a long drive route to niagra, took us way more than 2 hours and didn't have a good view at night with the niagra canada falls.
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All the view excitement...
Berdette_S, Aug 2021
Skylon Tower Observation Deck Admission
All the view excitement seeing Niagara falls wonders of GOD and all the new activities they have since the last time I was in Canada 1971
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Great tour
Pilar, Aug 2021
Private Tour of Niagara Falls with Niagara City Cruise
I can't wait to visit Canada again.
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Intriguing!!!!
Abi_O, Aug 2021
FlyOver Canada Simulated Flight Ride
We didn’t need the glasses to see anything.
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Adams the real MVP
Sandy, Feb 2020
Niagara Falls in One Day: Deluxe Sightseeing Tour of American and Canadian Sides
What a great day seeing the wonder of Niagara Falls from the US and Canada.
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Worth every cent
joshuavanrooij, Dec 2019
Niagara Falls Day Tour from Toronto
Our guide Michael F was fantastic and his knowledge off Toronto, Niagara Falls and Canada in general was amazing.
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Suspension bridge and mountain
Roving770889, Nov 2019
Small Group Tour: Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain from Vancouver
Got to see the bears.
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Excellent Tour!
shivarahimi, Jul 2019
Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour from Vancouver
Even though they couldn't understand much English to truly benefit from a guided tour, they quite enjoyed their time in Victoria and Butchart Gardens.
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Wonderful day
Vacation00636608501, Mar 2019
Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
Definitely worth the night time view of the falls especially with all the new lights!
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A great trip
Duncan C, Oct 2018
Half-Day Trip to Montmorency Falls and Ste-Anne-de-Beaupré from Quebec city
The falls are spectacular and the basilica of Saint Anne de Beaupre is a stunning piece of 20th century architecture.
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Tour Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
GayleL_W, Aug 2018
Niagara Falls Canadian Side Tour and Maid of the Mist Boat Ride
Canada is a great place to visit.
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My husband and I had a great time. It...
Patricia T, Jul 2016
Niagara Falls CANADA Open-Top Jet-Boat Ride
I would recommend it for visitors to Niagara Falls in Canada.
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