Vibrant cities on the edge of nature

  • 28.2 million visitors each year to the West Edmonton mall
  • 147 floors in Toronto’s CN Tower
  • 32 km (20 mi) of subterranean shopping in Montréal

From the towering skyscrapers of Toronto and the effortless chic of French-Canadian Montréal to the mountains-meets-the-ocean beauty of Vancouver, Canada's great cities all have something a little extra-special. Discover one-of-a-kind designer goodies and big-name stores in glittering shopping districts. Soak up the culture; see a Broadway show, visit a world-class museum, feed your soul in a First Nations art gallery. Five star dining or satisfying late-night munchies at a food truck? Find your new favourite thing to eat - Vancouver Island oysters washed down with sparkling wine from the Okanagan.

Alberta

  •  From jazz to Shakespeare, there's always something to do in Edmonton, Festival City. Surf in the world’s largest indoor wave pool at the World Waterpark inside West Edmonton Mall [NEW PAGE - West Edmonton Mall Page].
  • Don your denim, grab your Stetson and saddle up for the Calgary Stampede, “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” for 10 days of western fun.
  • Let history unfold before your eyes at Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s largest living history museum.
  • Find out why Calgary's nickname is Cowtown when you sample Alberta’s legendary beef at one of two-dozen steakhouses.

British Columbia

  • Take a foodie tour with a professional chef at Granville Island Public Market.
  • Rollerblade along the seawall, cycle on paths, tour the totems, sit back and watch the world go by in Stanley Park.
  • Discover British Columbia's capital city, visit Victoria's famed Butchart Gardens for its glorious sunken gardens and blue Himalayan poppies.
  • Walk around Victoria's downtown’s Inner Harbour, dress to impress at the ivy-covered Empress Hotel; sip exotic tea blends and indulge in warm scones with Devonshire cream and strawberry jam.

Manitoba

  •  Get a true sense of Winnipeg at The Forks National Historic Site. Stroll the paths in summer and snowshoe in winter. Get a river’s eye view of the skyline from your canoe. All within steps of your downtown hotel.
  • Discover a trail of intricate clues at the majestic Manitoba Legislature Building. Decode a century-old mystery. Join a Hermetic Code Tour to unlock a library of coded messages and secret teachings.
  • Enter a wild world, once ruled by the bison, where Aboriginals, Métis, Voyageurs and pioneers walked side by side. Learn about life on the prairie, toss an ancient hunting spear, paddle a Voyageur canoe at FortWhyte Alive.
  • Hear the beat of the drums. Drink in the colours and sounds of North America's largest pow-wow at a sacred First Nations site. Join the Manitoba Ahbee Festival for five days of music, dance, traditional food and handcrafts.

Nova Scotia

  •  Say cheers and step back in time to the 1860s on a brewery tour unlike any you’ve ever encountered. Visit the birthplace of a great beer at Alexander Keith’s Brewery on an award-winning theatrical trip back to Halifax’s historic waterfront.
  • Walk into history and explore it with a 21st century lens. Slip into a Highlander uniform and live life as 'Soldier for a Day' on the fields where the clashes took place. Fire rifles, eat authentic food and live life just as soldiers would have done at the Halifax Citadel.
  • Discover your immigrant roots and your ancestors’ journey to Canada at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, now the National Historic Site and Canada’s Immigration Museum. Imagine how it felt to stand on a gangplank on the cusp of a new future. Find your family’s name on a ship’s roster in the Immigration Database. Find the nation’s soul. Get goosebumps.
  • You haven’t seen anything like this: mimes, magicians, bullwhip crackers, fire dancers, pavement artists, musicians and puppeteers, all in one place, the Halifax International Busker Festival, the largest outdoor festival in Canada.

Ontario

  • Get a Canadian take on international cuisine at Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Canada's take on Paris in our capital city.
  • Paddle a canoe on a guided tour of the Rideau Canal, a Canadian heritage river and UNESCO World Heritage Site in the heart of the city.
  • Debate the best hot dog, visit the world’s highest wine cellar, munch through Toronto's neighbourhood markets, eat your way around the world.
  • Step into whisky-soaked history, view rare architecture, be inspired by art and music in Toronto’s pedestrian-only Distillery District.
  • Dig deep into the past and become excited by the possibilities of the future at the Museum of Civilizations and enjoy the largest collection of historical and contemporary Canadian art in the world at the National Art Gallery of Canada.

Quebec

  • Montréal’s abundance of festivals, nightclubs and performances means come la nuit, there’s something for everyone.
  • Summer brings one of the world's finest jazz festivals to the city. Listen to the styling of over 3,000 international jazz musicians. Indulge in foods as rich as the culture is diverse.
  • Explore a UNESCO city of design. Feel air from below the planet’s surface. Meet forward-thinking designers. See art everywhere. Practice your French in Montréal.
  • Dance with a snowman, visit an ice palace, take a dogsled ride and smell the sugary aroma of warm maple syrup. Take to Québec City's snowy cobbled streets to celebrate the world's biggest winter festival, Carnaval.
  • See Québec City through the eyes of a local. Walk with a guide who lives here. Feel like a guest—not a tourist. Follow your guide—and your nose—down the cobblestone streets for exquisite French-Canadian cuisine. Sip wine. Sample cheese. Savour pastries. Taste Quebec.

Weather

When to go
  • Soak up the sunshine in Montréal from June until August; culture, music, food and long, late nights in the old town.
  • Indulge your secret passion for leaf peeping! Admire those dazzling fall colours as you stroll Toronto's streets during October and November.
  • Combine a Vancouver winter getaway with a weekend in Whistler between November and March. Hit the shops, then hit the slopes.
Need to know
  • Direct flights serve major Canadian cities, making them perfect as standalone destinations or the ideal gateway to explore further afield on a great Canadian adventure.
  • See the city from ground level and take a walking tour to explore with an expert. Local guides bring the city alive, indulge your independent spirit with a self-guided tour.
  • Grab a day pass and get around the city like a local on public transit. From buses to ferries, subways to trams, Canada's cities make it easy to get around.
  • Don't go over the limit! Make sure you're up to speed on customs and duty free information.
  • Tipping is common in Canada. Aim for around 15% if you're happy with the service you receive.
  • If you hear shopkeepers asking for a "loonie' they mean a dollar. The two dollar coin is called a "toonie".