Canada is known for its natural beauty, diverse culture, and friendly people. If you’re planning a trip to Canada, make sure to include Vancouver, Montreal, and Quebec City, on your itinerary! Each city has unique charm and attractions that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Vancouver is a city that has it all: from picturesque mountains and nature to bustling city life! You can quickly travel from the cities to the mountains in under an hour in all directions. The Cypress Mountains, Mount Seymour, and Grouse Mountains are all nearby.
Cypress Mountain is a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts thanks to its top-notch facilities and its being featured in the 2010 Winter Olympics. If you aren’t a winter sports fan, you can visit the Grouse Mountains to explore one of Vancouver’s most popular hiking trails, the Grouse Grind. The Grouse Grind is known as “Mother Nature’s Stairmaster”; the trail climbs over 2,800 ft up Grouse Mountain in only 1.8 miles. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with stunning city views and a gondola ride back down the trail!
Bard on the Beach is another reason many visitors travel to Vancouver. Between June and September, Bard on the Beach is Western Canada’s most prominent professional Shakespeare festival. The festival is run by the Bard on the Beach Society, whose goal is to provide Vancouver residents and tourists with affordable and accessible Shakespearean productions of the highest quality.
Montreal is a city for festival lovers! There are nearly 100 multi-day events annually, from art to literature, cinema, music, and much more. The Quartier des Spectacles is a zone close to the downtown area where most festivals take place. There are multiple open spaces with indoor and outdoor stages. The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the most popular festival, which draws over 3,00 performers and 2 million spectators annually. The festival doesn’t only focus on jazz, you can also enjoy hip-hop, gospel, folk, and electronica, so there is something for every musical taste!
If you want a perfect family-friendly experience in Montreal, you can look at the Montreal Biodome! The Biodome is a way to experience first-hand all five North and South American ecosystems in one place. The Biodome is part of the Montreal Space for Life, Canada’s most significant natural science museum complex. The Biodome is considered a mix between a natural history museum and a botanical garden and is home to more than 2,500 animals and more than 800 plant species.
Quebec City is a destination filled with culture, history, and warm hospitality! You can walk through 400 years of living history in Old Québec, designated as a UNESCO World-Class Heritage site in 1985. Stroll down one of the oldest shopping streets in North America, Petit-Champlin; the streets will make you feel like you stepped into a French fairytale with charming boutiques and cafes lining the streets. The Place Royale is another popular destination, where Samuel de Champlain founded the City of Québec in 1608. The buildings combine both the French and British influences that took place over the years.
If you are up for a once-in-a-lifetime hotel experience, you can travel 10 minutes from downtown to the Hôtel de Glace (the Ice Hotel). This unique hotel stay was constructed with over 30,000 tons of snow and 500 tons of ice on the Laurentian mountains, attracting around 43,000 overnight visitors. Overnight guests can enjoy the Nordic relaxation area with outdoor spas and saunas before they spend the night in arctic sleeping bags drifting off under the ice and snow!
Canada is a diverse country with plenty to offer visitors. Vancouver, Montreal, and Quebec City are just a few cities worth exploring. Each town has unique attractions and cuisine that will leave you with unforeseen memories. So, pack your bags and book your Canada adventure today with Thomas Hogan Vacations!
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