Canada's Top Cities
Some would describe Australia as 'Canada with better weather' - and they'd be right. Canada and Australia are very similar. Relatively young democracies (by historical standards), multicultural, large geographic land masses with proportionally few inhabitants, resource rich, etc. Given these commonalities it's not surprising so many Australians journey to Canada's cities and national parks for a holiday - be it in summer or winter.
Halifax - Atlantic Gateway to Canada
Steeped in history, Halifax is a modern port city and the capital of the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia. Its international airport is one of the primary points of entry for tourists wishing to explore Canada's picturesque Atlantic Provinces.
Halifax - Things to See & Do
Holiday Attractions a bit further away from Halifax...
Montreal - Canada with a French Twist
Montreal, the second largest french speaking city on the planet (after Paris) is a skiing and ice hockey paradise in the winter and an outdoor events destination of choice in the summer. With historic Quebec City and the Gaspe Peninsula within reach by rental car, Montreal and the province of Quebec have a lot to offer travellers wanting to experience a North American holiday... with a french twist!
Things to See & Do in Montreal
- Notre Dame Basillica
- Saint Joseph's Oratory
- Montreal's Olympic Stadium
- Mount Royal Park
- Montreal's Botanical Gardens
- Old Montreal
- Casino Montreal
- Maple Syrup Experience (March - May)
- Montreal Jazz Festival (End of June - Early July)
- Montreal Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival (July)
- Hot Air Balloon Festival - in St Jean on the Richelieu near Montreal (August)
- Montreal Canadiens Hockey (October - May)
Ski Resorts Near Montreal
With the exception of Mont Tremblant which is quite a large mountain, Montreal's ski resorts are similar to Australia's top end resorts - smaller than Thredbo but with plenty of runs and heaps of snow. So if you find yourself in Montreal during the winter, make a trip to the snow. A word of caution though... be prepared for the cold!
Quebec City - Where Old Europe meets North America
Quebec City is the aptly named capital of the province of Quebec, Canada's only french speaking province. A much smaller city than Montreal, it retains its old world European charm and distinct French character while providing travellers with all the modern amenities they could wish for.
Things to See & Do in Quebec City
- Quebec City Fortifications
- Quebec City Citadelle
- Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilisation)
- Chateau Frontenac (Hotel)
- Artillery Park
- River Rafting (Spring through to Autumn)
- Red Bull Crashed Ice (January)
- Quebec City Celebrates 400 Years
- Montmorency Falls
- Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré
Quebec City Ski Resorts
Ottawa - Canada's Capital
Along the shores of the Rideau Canal and Gatineau River lies the city of Ottawa - Canada's capital and one of the country's major cultural centres. Home to the Canadian Parliament, Ottawa abounds with museums and outdoor recreation opportunities.
Things to See & Do in Ottawa
Toronto - Canada's Metropolis
You've heard of the CN Tower and of Niagara Falls, arguably two of Canada's better known tourist attractions - both closely associated with Toronto, Canada's largest city. But did you know Toronto is the launching pad to many holiday outings - from a reknowned Shakespeare Festival to leisurely canoe trips in gorgeous natural settings? Discover Toronto, Canada - a great travel destination for the whole family.
Things to See & Do in Toronto (& surrounding areas)
- CN Tower
- Niagara Falls (1.5 hour bus ride away)
- Canada's Wonderland Amusement Park
- Ontario Science Centre
- Casa Loma
- Bata Shoe Museum
- Art Gallery of Ontario
- Centreville Amusement Park
- Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre
- Canadian National Exhibition - The Ex (last two weeks of August)
- Hockey Hall of Fame
- Black Creek Pioneer Village
- Stradford Shakespeare Festival
Calgary - Welcome to Canada's Wild West
Everything's bigger in Calgary - big cowboy hats, big belt buckles, big trucks... And things are only getting bigger with a booming petrol fueled economy! With the rocky mountains beckoning in the distance with Banff and Jasper National Parks only a day's drive away, Calgary offers up big holiday experiences in an unforgettable setting.
Things to See & Do in Calgary
- The Calgary Stampede
- Calgary Tower
- IngleWood Bird Sanctuary
- Fort Calgary
- Telus World of Science - Calgary
- Calgary Flames Hockey (October to May)
Things to See & Do from Calgary
- Banff National Park
- Lake Louise
- Jasper National Park
- Athabasca Glacier
- Royal Tyrrell Museum (Drumheller dinosaur museum)
Closest Ski Resorts to Calgary
Edmonton - More than just a shopping mall!
Yes Edmonton has a shopping mall - a really big shopping mall - so big in fact it has a waterpark inside, a roller coaster, a submarine ride, and ice rink... It's a really big shopping mall! And you'd have a big shopping mall too if you had a long, cold winter that could peal your face right off. Fortunately there's a summer in Edmonton too, lovely riverside parks and the wonderful rocky mountains not too far away.
Things to See & Do in Edmonton
- West Edmonton Mall
- Edmonton Oilers Hockey
- Royal Alberta Museum
- Alberta Railway Museum
- Telus World of Science - Edmonton
- Muttart Conservatory
Closest Ski Resort to Edmonton
Vancouver - Travel to the Beautiful West Coast
Nestled between the mighty Pacific Ocean and the stunning, snow-capped Canadian Rockies, Vancouver is a jewel for holiday travellers wanting to answer the call of the wild. From Grizzly Bears to Killer Whales, Vancouver is surrounded by exotic wildlife and stunning vistas. Journey to the Vancouver, British Columbia and discover Canada's wild side!
Things to See & Do in Vancouver
- Capilano Suspension Bridge
- Vancouver Aquarium
- Lonsdale Quay
- Stanley Park
- Museum of Anthropology
- Granville Island Shopping
- Robson Street
- Vancouver Canucks Hockey
- Vancouver Museum