1. Travel
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Canada

By

The expanse of Canada's natural beauty, from mountains and glaciers to secluded lakes and forests, is almost unparalleled worldwide. But Canada's allure is not just the great outdoors, Canada has cosmopolitan cities that are clean, safe, friendly and multicultural. In fact, Canada repeatedly is lauded as one of the world's most livable countries. Whether your interests are river rafting or live theater, Canada won’t disappoint.
 

1. Spectacular Canadian Cities

Toronto, Canada
Jumper/Photodisc/Getty Images
Although it’s doubtful you’ll get to all of them in one trip, the following cities are the most popular destinations for visitors to Canada.
 

3. Affordability

Canada is an affordable vacation choice. Historically the Cdn$ is worth less than the US$, thus prices in Canada generally seem reasonable to travelers. The 2005 Mercer Worldwide Cost of Living Survey ranked Canadian cities among the most affordable. Toronto, even as the most expensive Canadian city, sits at number 82 out of the 100 most expensive cities, and Ottawa stands out as the most affordable city in North America.

Read More: Using Your Debit and Bank Cards in Canada, Money in Canada

4. Canada's Amazing Array of Outdoor Activities

One of the best reasons to visit Canada is to take advantage of the fabulous outdoors -- and there's a lot of it! We're happy to share our trails, mountains and lakes with visitors. Some of the most popular outdoor activities in Canada are:

5. Events & Festivals in Canada

Canadians know how to put on a party. Just check out any one of these popular Canadian events and festivals to find out how hospitable a group we really are: More Canadian Events & Festivals

6. Visit Canada Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall

Lots of Canadians head for warmer climates in the winter, but while they're leaving the country, skiiers and other winter enthusiasts from around the world are pouring in. Canada is a famous "northern" destination, yet it's not all igloos and snowcaps. Spring, summer and fall have their own charms and add to Canada's appeal.

Of course, because Canada is so large, the climate varies greatly, allowing for a wide range of activities year-round. More on Canada's Weather

Read More: How To Dress To Stay Warm, Average Temperature by Month & City in Canada

7. Canada's French Heritage

French culture remains a prominent part of Canada, mostly in Quebec, but also in Ontario and the Maritime provinces. Canada is officially bilingual, although it's certainly not necessary for tourists to speak French.

Settled by the French in the 1600s, Quebec, is where visitors can visit Montreal and the provincial capital, Quebec City. Quebec remains very European in feel. Its rich history and distinct heritage make it a unique tourist destination.

Read More: 10 Quebec Foods You Must Try, Language in Canada

8. Canada: Fun for the Whole Family

Canada's laid-back attitude and huge variety of fun outdoor activities and events make it a fantastic travel destination for families travelling with children. From hiking or skiing / snowboarding to visiting Quebec Winter Carnival or the The Calgary Stampede, a Canadian vacation with kids is good fun for the whole family.

9. Diversity

Diverse cultures, climates and landscape make Canada a destination to suit any interest.

Canada is a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging diversity. Thus, urban hubs feature a range of ethnic neigbourhoods, restaurants, and shops.

In addition to rich and varied urban centres, Canada’s natural environment is one of the most beautiful in the world. From pristine coastlines to rugged mountains and sparkling lakes, Canada’s geography inspires awe coast to coast.

10. Interesting Man-Made Attractions in Canada

Canada's natural beauty is a given and the country's natural wonders are many, but Canada also features interesting man-made attractions. These include architectural feats, such as the CN Tower; historic sites, including Quebec City -- the only walled city north of Mexico -- and outstanding cultural attractions that include world-class museums and galleries.
Related Video
Walking Tour of Old Montreal
Tips for Traveling to Canada

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.