I'm thinking/hoping of taking a trip to Canada sometime in the nearish future and I've just started looking into it. I was just wondering if anyone/everyone can give me some pointers on what they enjoyed, and what not to miss while I'm there. Thanks heaps.
Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.You get better views than you would on the American side.
Then Montreal,Toronto and Quebec are woth visiting.Oh and avoid Winnepeg at all costs.
I would also recommend the west caost. Crossing the Rockies into Vancouver is a spectacular dirve. And then once you land in Vancouver you've got beaches and skiing all within easy reach. I lived in Vancouver for a couple of months and really had a great time.
When are you coming? Do want to spend time in the outdoors or are you more comfortable in the city? Are you an adventurer? Do you like sports?? ( You have to see a few hockey games!! )
Canada's a pretty big country - are you planning to visit right across? If so, I'd recommend (unless you absolutely love snow) you wait till spring - at least early May. Winter is nice and all, but all that snow can get pretty tedious (not to mention cold and dreary).
I'd definitely recommend a stop in Montreal - especially for the shopping and the food. And although I've never been myself, the Maritimes are reputed to be absolutely beautiful.
Ottawa is also great. Halifax, Lunenburg, St. John's, Vancouver are all great cities. Stopping in Winnipeg means, for me, going to the city hall, getting the brocheur and looking for the hidden mason symbology !!
Banff and Jasper National Parks, simply breathtaking.
I definetely agree with the choices put up here..I will just add that a stay in Vancouver is not complete without the ferry ride over to Vancouver Island and the double decker bus ride from the ferry port to Victoria (the capital)..When I went a few years ago I was in bliss during the whole journey... Victoria is a beautiful city too with some great museums and scenery..The ride on the ferry and the bus ride to Victoria are also quite cheap...Best of luck
I just did a couple of months in canada. Started off in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Beautiful. You can do a 7 day Salty bear tour out of the Halifax hostel. Everyone I met recommended going to new foundland and labrador. I didn't have time to go. I also took the Moose travel tour up to taddoussac from montreal for the whale watching. Quebec city is definitely worth a visit. I like ottawa city too, the ottawa jail hostel is worth a visit!
The moose travel tours are good as you can hop off and on whenever you want. And they take you to places that you wouldn't see if traveling by greyhound/train. they do the west coast as well.
I took the train from toronto to vancouver which I enjoyed. It goes through the rockies.
Banff, Jasper, Kelowna, Vancouver, Vancouver Island are all great. If you really like the outdoors, you can hop off the moose bus at revelostoke and go up to the mountain hostel. I highly recommend it. check it out www.mountainhostel.ca
Canada is so huge, and if you have the time, the best way to see it all is to take the train from one end to the other. The East Coast (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) is beautiful, and the people are so hospitable. Then Montreal, Quebec City (Quebec City is like a little bit of Europe right here in Canada, it's beautiful), Niagara Falls, Toronto, Ottawa. Then you hit the prairies, and you really can't miss Vancouver, Jasper, Banff...the Rockies really are something else.
VIA Rail goes right from one end to the other. you might want to look into it It's not a cheap trip, but it's well worth it.