Canada was the first country that I spent time in overseas. Technically the first country was The United States, but that was for a few hours layover en route to Vancouver, Canada.
I have spent time in three different cities in Canada, including Vancouver, Toronto and Victoria. Each of these cities has great memories for me and all of them I would consider returning to in the future.
Canada forms northernmost most part of North America. Stretching from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east. Covering some 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the second largest country by total area. With some 9.09 million square kilometres of land area, which makes Canada the fourth largest country by land area.
The country is split into 10 provinces and 3 territories. The Provinces include British Colombia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, Fredericton, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. While the three territories are Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut.
Canada has a population of over 35 million people as at their 2016 census. Of the population, some 82% live in large or medium-sized cities near to Canada’s southern border with the USA.
Places To Visit
Canada as a country offers some amazing places to visit, some that I have explored and some that I have not. If you are visiting Canada these might be some options to include on your itinerary.
Niagara Falls is a collective name for three waterfalls that are on the international border between Canada and the United States of America. The border intersects the horseshoe falls, while the other two are entirely within America and are the American Falls and smaller Bridal Veil Falls.
You can visit Niagara Falls from either Canada or the USA, but I have only visited from Canada. If you are staying in Toronto it can be a great day tour. But there are also options to stay right next to the falls as well.
Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park, being established in 1885. The national park is located in the Rocky Mountains and covers around 6,641 square kilometres. Located in the province of Alberta and roughly 110-180 kilometres west of Calgary.
While I have not had a chance to visit the area myself it is one that is definitely on my list for the future.
Observation decks and towers have always been of interest to me. I think that it is something about getting the birdseye view of everything around. The observation deck at CN Tower definitely gives you one amazing view from above everything else in the city. Standing at 553 metres tall and with the highest observation platform at 447 metres, you won’t find many better views in the city.
For those looking to explore a little bit of heritage, you may just find it in Qld Quebec. The neighbourhood is part of Quebec City in Quebec, Canada. Comprising of the Upper Town and Lower Town the area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Again like Banff National Park, Old Quebec is somewhere that I have not yet visited. However, is very much on my list of places that I would like to visit in the future.
For those with an adventurous spirit, Whistler might be the place for you. Whistler is best known for winter activities such as skiing and snowboarding. However, there is also plenty to do in summer with biking and hiking on the cards.
When I visited Whistler it was part of a day tour from Vancouver. However, there is plenty of accommodation options to spend a few days in the area as well.
If you would like to know more about the places that I have visited in Canada you can find numerous posts on this blog. You will find all the posts listed below separated by city and date of the trip.