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Often overlooked as a travel destination, Canada offers an abundance of natural outdoor recreational opportunities and cultural activities designed to please any personal taste.

The Great White North is brimming with majestic beauty and bustling metropolitan areas, making it an ideal vacation destination. The choices can be overwhelming when planning a visit to Canada, but here are the top destinations to consider when putting together an itinerary.

TORONTO: The largest city in the country offers a bustling downtown scene complete with glittery skyscrapers and eclectic dining and shopping opportunities. Toronto is home to the venerable CN Tower, rising over the city at 1,815 feet.

NIAGARA FALLS: Straddling the border of Canada and the United States, this natural wonder draws in millions of visitors each year who come to wonder at three distinct waterfalls. The area offers a myriad of activities and tours, making it an ideal long weekend destination for couples and families.

VANCOUVER: This west coast city is often neglected in favor of its east coast metropolitan area counterparts. Visitors delight in Vancouver’s natural beauty, boasting both water and mountain outdoor recreational opportunities. Because of its proximity to Asia, the area attracts a culturally diverse population and a variety of ethnically diverse dining options. The nearby mountain resort town of Whistler offers some of the country’s best snow skiing. As host to the 2010 Winter Olympics, the resort features 8,000 acres of pistes complimenting 1,610m of vertical.

THE CANADIAN ROCKIES: This majestic mountain range in the western part of the country spans both Alberta and British Columbia. Visitors flock to the region for its abundance of winter sports opportunities, including the popular resorts in Banff. In the summer, travelers are drawn to the pristine green waters of Lake Louise and a vast network of hiking and biking trails.

QUEBEC CITY: The French influence in Canadian is no more apparent than it is in Quebec City. As one of the oldest settlements in North America, Quebec City is home to the famous Ch√Ęteau Frontenac hotel. The French-speaking city is part of the province of Quebec, a region that is known for its quaint mountain villages and idyllic ski resort towns.

 

Whatever your fancy, there is something for everyone in Canada. With friendly people, amazing wildlife, and tasty syrup, it could be the perfect destination for your next vacation.