Canada is a big place, so it seems like a bit of a futile endeavour to try and narrow things down to just 4 of the top things to do in such a vibrant and interesting country. Luckily for you, I’m going to try and do it anyway. So, if you’ve been hankering for a trip to those friendly folks up north, or if you’re just looking for something new to add to your bucket list, here I go with what are indisputably the top 4 things to do in the lovely country of Canada.
See Niagara Falls
Slap dab on the border with the United States, Niagara Falls has cemented its place in the cultural consciousness of both countries – and boy, does it deserve it. The Falls are simply breath-taking, and no amount of footage or photographs can quite do them justice. The feeling of standing before this collection of three massive waterfalls will leave you feeling dwarfed and deeply appreciative of the scale of our planet.
While it might not have crept into your travel lists in the past, you’ll probably already intimately recognise lots of Vancouver if you decided to visit it. Vancouver has been used as the shooting location for a huge number of films, and often fills in for other North American cities on the silver screen like Seattle, Chicago and New York. On top of a budding film industry, Vancouver is also filled with beautiful parks, galleries and harbour tours.
Enjoy a Maple Syrup Tour
I can’t talk about Canada without mentioning Maple syrup, I mean they have a maple leaf on their flag for a reason. One of the first things that you’ll notice in Canada is that every single location that is popular with tourists is absolutely inundated with masses of maple syrup to buy as souvenirs. The main thing to remember about Canadian maple syrup is that it is vastly superior to any of the brown sugar water that you’ve likely had elsewhere, so I can only recommend cramming as many bottles into your baggage as possible.
You’ll be able to find tours across the whole of Canada – although Quebec is the capital of maple syrup – showing you the process behind making the stuff as well as the history of its production. Believe me when I say that it is an absolute blast.
Montreal is the biggest city in the Quebec region and is the ideal place to immerse yourself in the unique Quebecois culture, while also enjoying everything this beautiful city has to offer. The Notre-Dame Basilica is a particular standout, with its detailed stained-glass windows and towering interior leaving an impression that won’t be quickly forgotten.