Travel and Leisure
|Top ten places to visit in canada
Banff National Park
Canada's finest (and first) national park, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, about an hour's drive from the city of Calgary, Alberta. Enjoy the towering mountains in summer and winter, and beautiful glacial blue mountain lakes in the warm months. The town of Banff is a small but vibrant tourist centre; however, to restrict your visit ot the national park to the townsite would be a horrible mistake. Lake Louise is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vieux Quebec (old Quebec)
Old Quebec is filled with history, from the Notre Dame des Victoires church in the lower town, built on the site of Champlain's original "Habitation de Quebec", to the 19th-century Citadel and fortifications which surround the Upper Town of Old Quebec. Although Vieux Quebec has a number of excellent museums, its cobblestone streets are full of life, with excellent restaurants and varied shopping. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Prince Edward Island National Park
This beautiful park stretches along the eastern shores of Prince Edward Island. Ocean beaches with warm water, red sand dunes, and stunning views are among the natural charms of this park. Inland, the home which was to become a setting for L. M. Montgomery's wonderful Anne of Green Gables books is also a part of this park.
In the 18th century, Louisbourg was a bustling French outpost on the eastern edge of North America. Today, after painstaking research from colonial records and archeological work, a large part of the town has been rebuilt and restored to the way it looked in the days of the French regime. Costumed interpreters play the roles of soldiers, merchants, innkeepers, and other townsfolk, and vividly bring the history of Louisbourg to life.
Waterton Lakes National Park
The Canadian Rockies have an incredible diversity of scenes. At Waterton Lakes National Park, the mountains rise abruptly and majestically above the flat prairie. Startlingly beautiful.
On the northern end of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, St. Anthony is a good base for exploring the NW tip of Newfoundland. L'Anse Aux Meadows National Historic Park is the site of the only confirmed Viking settlement in the New World, c. 1000 A.D. A Viking longhouse similar to the ones originally on the site has been reconstructed, and costumed interpreters explain what life was like for these early visitors.
Kananaskis Country, Alberta
For those who find Banff too built-up, and Jasper and Waterton to be too far away, Kananaskis Country is the hidden gem of the Canadian Rockies. The mountains are beautiful, yet distinct from the mountains in the area around Banff.
This mountain highway connects Lake Louise to Jasper. Although it only takes three hours to do the entire trip (one way), it would be a crime to just drive it without stopping. Not only are the views totally breathtaking, but there are also many chances to stop, walk, and explore. Mountain caribou and grizzly bears can be seen by the roadside.