10 places that will make you want to visit Canada (part 2)

Happy birthday Canada! Today we celebrate #Canada150 and I can’t wait to go out and join the festivities. In following up to the first part of my 10 places that will make you want to visit Canada post, here is the next five destinations that I’ve visited and loved. 

6. Halifax, NS

Halifax has a long maritime history.  From being a navy port, a hub for privateers, the main port of entry for immigrants arriving in Canada until 1971, and resting place for many passengers of the Titanic, there is a lot of history here. Despite the major fire in 1917 that destroyed a good portion of the city and killed thousands, today’s Halifax has a beautiful waterfront and if you’re up for hiking on the hilly streets, lots of pubs and restaurants to stop by for a drink and a bite to eat.

It is a major university hub with friendly locals and home to Alexander Keith’s brewery where tours are conducted in period costumes. A must see.

View of Citadel Hill
Halifax waterfront
Halifax waterfront
Halifax waterfront

7. Montreal, QC

An interesting combination of French and English, Montreal is a fascinating blend of European and North American vibes.  Here you will find 18th century charm in Old Montreal, glitzy and modern downtown with a wide range of fantastic cuisine and shopping, to everything in between.

Montreal is also a university town which adds even more layers to the fun and vibrant city that knows how to have a good time.

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@4Corners via Tripadvisor

8. Ottawa, ON

Ottawa is our nation’s capital and is home to our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, many museums and the Rideau Canal where you can skate your heart out when it freezes during the winter.

While not a large as other Canadian cities, Ottawa has its own unique charm that will win you over once you arrive here.

Parliament building
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Chateau Laurier
Photo by my brother Matt (Instagram @lovin_this_city )
Photo by my brother Matt (Instagram @lovin_this_city )

9. Toronto, ON

Toronto is Canada’s largest and most populous city, and has been recognized as the most multi-cultural in the world with something like 200 languages being spoken here. It also happens to be my home. I’ve watched the city change over the years and still marvel at its continuous evolution, wondering where it will go in the future.

Love it or hate it, Toronto is home to numerous sports teams, each with an avid fan base in their own right, multitude of cultural and culinary attractions, and a tech an innovation hub that make the city buzz with activity day and night.

Toronto sign in front of city hall
Dundas Square
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Toronto waterfront
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

10. Vancouver, BC

Although I’ve been trying to write about places in Canada that I have been to, Vancouver happens to be the one place that draws me immensely, so I’ve decided to add it to the list despite the fact that I have not been there.

There is something about the mountains, the sea and the mild weather that makes Vancouver a popular Canadian destination. If the views don’t impress you, surely the laid back attitude and variety of things to do will. For me, it’s definitely the mountains and the breathtaking wilderness right at your fingertips that makes me want to go there.

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Source: www.huffingtonpost.ca

Canada is the second largest country in the world and there is so much of it to see.  I try to see as much of it as I can and every new place I see blows me away.  There is so much of Canada to see from coast to coast to coast. Gotta #keepexploring!

What are some of your fave places in Canada? Let me know!


Note: Canada has 10 provinces and three territories. Here is a quick breakdown of where the places I mentioned are.

PROVINCES: Alberta (AB),  British Columbia (BC), Manitoba (MB), Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), New Brunswick (NB), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI), Ontario (ON), Quebec (QC), Saskatchewan (SK)

TERRITORIES: Northwest Territories (NT), Yukon (YT), Nunavut (NU)

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Yes, sign me up for more 🙂

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