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The 10 most beautiful cities in Canada

The "real north", as Canada is also called, is an absolute natural paradise for adventurers. The second largest country in the world also offers a variety of pulsating cities, which are ideal starting points for exploration tours. Here are the ten most beautiful cities in Canada.

1. Vancouver, British Columbia

Though locals argue about whether Toronto is cooler in the east or Vancouver in the west, Vancouver clearly wins when it comes to beauty. Right by the sea with an exciting mountain backdrop, the modern young city with its glittering glass skyscrapers really does all the guns to enchant. As soon as you arrive here, it's best to walk from Canada Place along the harbor towards Stanley Park, the green lung of the extremely green city. From there you have a first-class view of the skyline and mountains of Vancouver and you can really look forward to your holiday here. This is also where it becomes clear why it is one of the most beautiful cities in Canada.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Try out all the specialties Vancouver has to offer at the Granville Island market.
  • Just outside the city, cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge at a height of 70 meters.
  • In summer: Relaxed at English Bay. In winter: Ski on Groose or Cypress Mountain or in the nearby winter sports paradise Whistler.

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2. Montreal, Quebec

Montréal brings the classic charm of France into play: the capital of the province of Québec captivates with districts in which one almost feels like in Paris without having to forego the typical North American skyline with high-rise buildings. The city is located on the Île de Montréal in the Saint Lawrence River and the Ottawa River also flows to the city from the west, which flows into the Lac des Deux Montagnes, a 150 square meter lake. As you can see, you are never far from the water in this enchanting city.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Stroll through the charming old town, which was built by the first French settlers in the 17th century.
  • Try all sorts of goodies at the Jean Talon market, which opened its doors in 1933.
  • Don't leave Montréal without tasting the traditional fast food poutine (french fries with cheese curds and gravy).

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3. Toronto, Ontario

While Toronto may not quite keep up with the first two cities in terms of picture-perfect beauty, it is the beating heart of the country and what feels like the capital (sorry Ottawa). It is practically the New York of Canada with its cosmopolitan attitude to life, many cultural influences, numerous shopping opportunities, classic concrete skyscrapers and many events. Toronto is not on the sea, but on the huge Lake Ontario, which connects Canada with the USA. In addition, Drake's ‘birthplace is also the ideal starting point to visit the Niagara Falls.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Climb the 553-meter-high CN Tower and see Toronto from a bird's eye view.
  • Eat your way through all kinds of culinary cuisines, from Indian to Chinese to the latest foodie trends.
  • Visit Niagara Falls in just 1.5 hours by car.

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4. Victoria, British Columbia

It is not easy to put Victoria “only” in fourth place, as this sweet town leaves a very special place in the hearts of visitors. Not only because it is located in the real vacation paradise of Canadians, namely on Vancouver Island (world-famous surfer hotspot and true hippie island with many farmers' markets, urban farming initiatives and vegan delicacies). Victoria is simply a feast for the eyes with its beautiful harbor, the magnificent British-inspired buildings, the red brick houses and the small but magnificent Chinatown. In addition, you always feel just a stone's throw away from the sea.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • For the ultimate diner experience with a huge slice of apple pie, visit the quaint John’s Place near the center.
  • Victoria has many beautiful beaches with huge driftwood logs - ideal for picnics in front of the wild Pacific.
  • Visit Butchart Gardens for the ultimate gardening experience or the Fisgard Lighthouse for the ultimate lighthouse experience - your choice.

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5. Calgary, Alberta

Calgary, the largest city in the province of Alberta with its classic skyscraper skyline, should be on the trend radar of all travelers, because it is already one of the most sought-after cities in Canada among the locals. The economic center, which had to reinvent itself in the early 1980s due to the oil crisis, is attracting more and more (creative and innovative) industries. It has developed into a cultural center whose tourism continues to grow.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Climb the 300-foot (190-meter) Calgary Tower for a view of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Visit the Heritage Park Historical Village and see what Calgary used to be like - western flair included.
  • Relaxed in Prince’s Island Park, where many events from theater performances to folk music festivals take place in summer.

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6. Ottawa, Ontario

Ottawa is a capital that doesn't feel like it at all, because with less than a million inhabitants in the center, the green city is above all very relaxed. That is, until you fully indulge in the outdoor activities that the city has to offer: paddle along the Rideau Canal and explore Ottawa by kayak or canoe (in winter you can also ice skate there) or spend your time on Ottawa River while rafting. The beautiful city can also be easily explored by bike and if the weather is not great, there are also seven national museums where you can learn about the history of Canada.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Take a trip to Gatineau, the city across from Ottawa on the other side of the Ottawa River (the Quebec border).
  • Get up close and personal with Canada's magnificent parliament building, there are also free tours.
  • Visit the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, where you not only see planes, but also do simulations and flights.

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7. Halifax, Nova Scotia

The easternmost city on our list is also the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, which means Nova Scotia in Latin and says a lot about the history of the region. Halifax is right on the ocean and is one of the first land points in Canada to be reached from Europe. Accordingly, it developed into an important port city - with charm, because Halifax is almost wrongly so far down our list with its historic facades and delicious farmers' markets.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Visit the Halifax Public Gardens, which were laid out in Victorian times in 1867.
  • Relax with a drink on a cozy pub terrace or visit the Alexander Keith Brewery.
  • Learn more about Halifax ‘exciting history at the many historical sites in the city.

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8. Québec City, Québec

Not only Montréal charms with old French flair, the capital of the province of the same name Québec also has numerous magnificent buildings and is one of the most European cities in North America. As the second largest city in the province, Québec is somewhat overshadowed by Montréal, but it doesn't have to be, thanks to its beautiful location right on the banks of the Saint Lawrence River. In the skyline, the imposing Château Frontenac, a luxury hotel of the Fairmont chain, stands out. In Québec, be sure to take the funicular that connects the Upper and Lower Towns of the Old Town.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Marvel at the roaring Montmorency Falls on the edge of town
  • Spend the winter at the Hôtel de Glace ice hotel in the Valcartier Resort, about 20 minutes outside of Québec.
  • Visit the Île d’Orleans for a relaxed dining experience. The island is known for its delicacies, but also for cute boutiques and galleries.

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9. Winnipeg, Manitoba

Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba, may seem a little inconspicuous at first glance, especially with the charming competition. But don't underestimate the city, because apart from architectural attractions such as the Museum for Human Rights, the beautiful city in the center of Canada offers many cultural, sporting and natural highlights. It is a festival hub with a rich program of music and art events, it hosts some successful sports teams and it is located on two rivers, the Red River and the Assiniboine River.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Visit the Winnipeg Art Gallery, which also has a significant amount of modern Inuit art.
  • Take part in a festival: there are so many taking place that you are sure to find a suitable one for you.
  • Get moving: Either ice skating in winter or hiking and biking in summer - Winnipeg's shores are waiting to be discovered.

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10. St. John's, Newfoundland

If you think of colorful cities, Cinque Terre, Buenos Aires, maybe Cape Town and Cartagena will come to mind, but Canada is not something that anyone thinks of quickly. Well, until now, because the colorful houses of St. John's in Newfoundland clearly show why the city has landed in the list of the most beautiful cities in Canada. They just shine at visitors in all tones. As if that wasn't fairytale enough, the city is also located on the Avalon Peninsula, named after the mythical place Avalon from the British Arthurian legend.

🇨🇦 Highlights:

  • Visit Cape Spear with its two lighthouses and stare at the seemingly endless sea.
  • Take a leisurely hike (or drive) up Signal Hill.
  • Try your way through the small foodie town: Small but mighty, the restaurant scene in St. John's is impressive.

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Our list here is a simple enumeration and not a qualitative ranking. Canada has many other beautiful cities and towns, and it was really not easy for us to choose. There is, for example, the northern city of Whitehorse in the Yukon Province, which regularly shines in the splendor of the Northern Lights, or the wine town of Kelowna in British Columbia, a popular excursion destination, or the eight-bridge city of Saskatoon in the Saskatchewan Province. You see, it is not easy to name the most beautiful cities in Canada, so it is best to discover as many as possible.

The most beautiful cities in Canada again at a glance:

1. VancouverBritish Columbia
2. MontrealQuebec
3. TorontoOntario
4. VictoriaBritish Columbia
5. CalgaryAlberta
6. OttawaOntario
7. HalifaxNova Scotia
8. Quebec CityQuebec
9. WinnipegManitoba
10. St. John'sNewfoundland

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