Best Places to Visit in Canada

Top 8 Destinations in Canada

Vancouver - Best places to visit in Canada - On The Go Tours
Our pick #1


If there's one thing Canada does well it's attractive cities and Vancouver is no exception. Located on the coast in British Columbia, Vancouver is a city of diverse scenery with the dramatic peaks of the North Shore Mountains, the deep blue waterways of the Fraser River delta and the rich greens of North America's largest urban park - Stanley Park. Unsurprisingly, outdoor adventure abounds here, from mountain hiking and biking, to kayaking and skiing. Vancouver is a city big on culture too, with festivals, music performances, public art and theatre shows to keep you entertained no matter the season. And Vancouver might well be the culinary capital of Canada with a mouth-watering choice of international cuisine, deliciously fresh seafood and an exciting craft-beer scene.

Banff National Park - Best places to visit in Canada - On The Go Tours
Our pick #2

Banff National Park

Canada's oldest national park boasts some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes you're ever likely to find. Picture dramatic mountain ranges, pristine emerald lakes, mighty glaciers, dense forest and alpine meadows. Established in 1885, Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to a number of elusive mammals including grizzly and black bear, cougar, wolverine, elk, moose and wolves. The small resort town of Banff is the gateway to the park and lures visitors with its boutiques, restaurants, château-style hotels and souvenir shops. While the parkland that surrounds the town offers an endless choice of outdoor adventure from world-class hiking to white water rafting.

Toronto - Best places to visit in Canada - On The Go Tours
Our pick #3


Toronto is widely regarded as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world, home to a diverse population of nationalities with over 140 different languages spoken. It's a vibrant and sophisticated city with world-class restaurants, trendy bars and an eclectic offering of festivals and cultural events. Mixed in amongst the ethnically diverse neighbourhoods, the bustling waterfront and the glossy commercial core is an abundance of open spaces that deliver a healthy dose of nature to Canada's largest city. From public parks to bike-friendly islands, lakeside beaches to urban forests, it's easy to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a moment's respite.

Victoria - Vancouver Island - Canada
Our pick #4

Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is located off the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is renowned for its diverse ecosystems, charming communities, and outdoor adventures. The island boasts lush rainforests, rugged coastlines, and serene beaches, making it a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and hikers. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is famed for its historic architecture and vibrant cultural scene. Visitors can enjoy whale watching, fishing, and exploring quaint villages. Vancouver Island's natural beauty and relaxed atmosphere offer a perfect escape for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Niagara Falls - Best places to visit in Canada - On The Go Tours
Our pick #5

Niagara Falls

Straddling the border between Canada and the USA, Niagara Falls is one of the country's most famous attractions. Comprised of three individual waterfalls, the largest of which is Horseshoe Falls, Niagara is an incredible spectacle of nature as gallons of rushing water drop over a vertical cliff-face measuring over 50-metres in height. In fact, it's the most powerful waterfall in North America. There are many ways to witness the might of Niagara, whether it's with a bird's eye view on board a helicopter tour or from the observation deck of the Skylon Tower. Though if you really want to experience Niagara then nothing beats the popular Maid of the Mist boat trip, taking passengers right up beside the cascading sheet of water - prepare to get wet!

Montreal - Best places to visit in Canada - On The Go Tours
Our pick #6


Centred around a triple-peaked hill on the Island of Montreal, the city of Montreal is a delightful mash up of Parisian chic and North American design. The continental influence is strong here with French the city's official language and Old Montreal rich in 18th century buildings, charming townhouses with incredibly photogenic facades, and picturesque canals. Perhaps the most striking of Old Montreal's monuments is the highly decorated Notre-Dame Basilica, famed for its lustrous vaults painted in vivid colours and finished with golden stars. Aside from the city's fascinating heritage and remarkable architecture, Montreal is also a foodie heaven with a thriving culinary scene influenced by cultures and communities from all around the world.

Quebec City - Best places to visit in Canada - On The Go Tours
Our pick #7

Quebec City

Contained within the fortified walls of Quebec City is one of North America's oldest settlements with a history spanning 400 years. The city proudly displays its French identity from its UNESCO-listed Old Town replete with magnificent 17th century ramparts, churches and town houses, to its cosy bistros serving classic French dishes and traditional patisseries offering something a little sweeter. Overlooking it all is the grandiose Château Frontenac, one of the world's most photographed hotels thanks to its dominance of Quebec's skyline. And if all this wasn't enough to charm visitors, Quebec City never fails to entertain regardless of the time of year with winter carnivals, summer street performances and year-round cultural events.

Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park - Canada - North America Tours - On The Go Tours
Our pick #8

Jasper National Park

Situated in the Canadian Rockies of Alberta, Jasper National Park is a pristine wilderness renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and abundant wildlife. With rugged mountain peaks, turquoise lakes, and cascading waterfalls, it offers endless opportunities for outdoor adventure, including hiking, camping, and wildlife viewing. Visitors can marvel at iconic attractions like Maligne Lake, Athabasca Falls, and the Columbia Icefield. Recognised for its dark sky preserve, Jasper is also a haven for stargazers, providing unforgettable experiences beneath the twinkling night sky.

See also

For further information to help plan your trip to Canada, see the following:

Best Time to Visit - climate and seasons in Canada
Top Travel Tips - packed with useful info to help you plan your trip!

Canada Trip Styles