My Ten Favourite Canadian Cities In Canada To Visit

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Canada and Places In It I Love

I love living in Canada, and have traveled to most of the provinces of Canada, so I'll try to narrow down some of my more favorite cities and why I love them. In no particular order, as I really don't have a true primary favorite.

Canada has millions of towns and villages and other areas that people will go to travel and explore. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth and most people should try to visit it at least once. As with all countries there are some not so positive things about it, but still Canada is a country of people. So, without any more writing, here is the top ten cities to either see or to visit in Canada.

Vancouver, BC:

The largest city in Western Canada is also the third largest city in the country. It is home to a very diverse population, and has an Asian population which defines it more so than the rest of the country. While it is not a capital of the province of British Columbia, there are more people who live there than they do in the capital- Victoria.

Over the past 30 years, Vancouver has grown in culture and population but like most larger cities it has had its fair share of problems, with high housing prices and a large low income population. However it has played host to two important events: Expo in 1986, and the 2010 Winter Olympics. These have lead to increased transportation in more suburban areas, but also some soul searching for one of the major cities in Canada.

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Kitchener Waterloo:

A smaller sized city close to Toronto and like Vancouver, holds a lot of history and a center of education. These two cities boast not one but two universities, and a college. The winters are not mild, they get a lot of snow, and ice, but there are many things to do in the area.

Fun Fact: Kitchener was once called Berlin, due to the high number of ethnicGermans living in the area. During World War I it was changed from Berlin to Kitchener, to show loyalty to the Canadian government. Kaiser Wilhelm park became Victoria Park, and his statue has gone missing since about 1916.

I love it for the history and every time i go to Ontario I tend to stop there for a few days.


A northern city with plenty of history and many things to do. If you go there, the Hotel MacDonald is a site to see. The downtown core has plenty to see and Edmonton does have a number of Colleges and a Large university.

For the more sport minded person, Edmonton was known as "city of Champions" for a time with their Hockey team and football team both winning numerous championships. ( Hockey Five Stanley Cups. and Countless in Football.. sorry not sure of the number in the CFL, can someone help with that?) There are so many things to do in winter and summer. Fort Edmonton is a must for any history lover.


The Calgary Stampede. Enough said. This even is held yearly and is a lot of fun to see the horses and cattle.

There is many sites and the transit system is grand, it run fast and effectively. In 1988 there was the Calgary Olympics, of which the movie: Cool Runnings is based on. The winters are lovely, but not the hot and cold spells during the spring. Still there is a lot to do, and many sites to see. The revolving restaurant is great to go to. A must.

Much of their Olympic venues are still found around the area, providing some great training to new athletes.


The city on the island. This is one of the most westerly cities of Canada, A very nice capital city, and named after a Queen. The Parliament building is a great place to visit. The climate is perfect and there is both old and new Victoria side by side.


CN Tower. Canada's largest city. Bloor Street Shopping. (Okay a lot of shopping areas on Bloor Street... very expensive I might add!) The Canadian National Exhibition. Ontario Place. The many Universities. The History, once a capital of Upper Canada. Hundreds of sites to see and things to do.

Enjoy the shopping or take in a hockey or baseball game, or even a basketball game. There are things for every sports fan.

I love the vibrancy and movement in this city. The main city hall is a must view, but also if you have the chance, and want to stop there are some smaller areas to see "old toronto."

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You'll need to speak French, but the language makes the city, The Eastern island city is a wonderful piece of history and tradition and a great place to view the river surrounding it. A rough translation of the name in English is Mont. Royal.  Still it is a city that is ever changing and has more links to english canada than the rest of the province.

Still, with so much history and areas to explore, it is a must see city.  If you are lucky you need to go to a Montreal Canadiens hockey game.  The atmosphere is awesome.

I love the ability to go to the city and speak another language and yet, still be within Canada. The city has a wonderful hockey team who has been there for more than a century. The Montreal Canadiens. ( this is the French version of Canadian.)


This is a historical city and yet, it is also the place where much is changing and yet remains the same. A city on an island. Prince Edward Island to be exact. Named after a son of King George III. ( Or so the story goes.)

This is mentioned in Anne of Green gables and its series. This is a lovely city in Summer and a Wonderful place in winter.  It has a timeless quality to it, and the sandy beaches are a place where everyone needs to take a photo of.  Quite a lovely city and it has so much travel in such a small province...


Three Words For you: The Guess Who. Love that rock band. some great talent has come from this city. There are thousands of lakes in the area. It's great for fishing.

Last but not least....(it might also be my favorite!... you never know)


For the History lover, this is Bytown. The city is the capital of Canada. It was chosen as such by Queen Victoria. Toronto to close to the United States border, and Montreal would anger the Upper Canadians... so off North to Bytown it was. The newly renamed Ottawa is home to royalty and government.

This is a wonderful city to visit, but be advised to do so outside of sessions of Parliament, easier to be able to view the city.

There you have it my top ten, there are others, but these are the ones I love and a reason or two why I love them.

NB: This is my first travel and places hub, so hope you enjoy it!

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Rebecca E. 2 years ago from Canada Author

ajgodinho- which ones have you been to? Quebec is quite unique I might add.

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ajgodinho 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Canada is definitely one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I've been fortunate to live in various part of Ontario and visited a couple of placed in Nova Scotia, but would love to visit other places, many of which you have listed here!

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freecampingaussie 3 years ago from Southern Spain

So far we have been to Niagara Falls/Toronto/Montreal & Quebec which we really liked. After our Alaskan cruise we will be exploring Vancouver in a couple of weeks !

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

samsons1-- it is a lovely place to visit, and winters can potentially be mild-- depending on when and where you come to visit

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

prarieprincess-- yes lived or visited many of them which was why they happened to be my top ten!

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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and interesting- you must have written this earlier in your hub-career, but I enjoyed it as I do all your writings. Had a friend from Pinketon of something like that. He said the winters were mild there. I would love to visit Canada...

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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Rebecca, nice hub! I have lived in three of these cities: Calgary, Edmonton and presently Winnipeg. I haven't been to Ottawa yet but I definitely would love to see the beauty. And Victoria is so pretty! Enjoyable read about our country. Take care!

Rebecca, I am going to add this to my hub on Canada, too, at the bottom. Thanks!

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

James-- I'll be doing more as time premits, I'd like to do a few hisotry blogs or hubs.

James 5 years ago

well done, do more travel hubs you are good at them. Better than your other writing-- on making money

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

SweetMarie-- welcome, thre are soo many places, ust do another hub sometime soon on other places in Canada.

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SweetMarie83 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Greetings from a fellow Canadian! Of your list, I've been to all the places in Ontario you mentioned (I live 2 hours east of Toronto), as well as Montreal and Charlottetown. I love Canada!! :-)

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

funMontrealgirl-- should be interesting, Montreal is a very nice place.

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funmontrealgirl 6 years ago from Montreal

Just published a hub about Montreal, if you are considering to have a vacation there feel free to read my hub


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

TravelinAsia-- it was incrediable, and it is a really cool city to live in most times as well. And yes there are more Asians than of any other demographic it is a unique city.

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TravelinAsia 6 years ago from Thailand/Southeast Asia

Being in Vacouver during the 2010 olympics was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, and I have had a life rich with amazing experiences. The atmosphere,the patriotism, the multi culturism was amazing. I have never witnessed so many people so passionate and so accepting of one and other in my life. I truly believe this experience could only every occur in Canada, and in Vancouver where the city is a true example of many cultures and races living together in harmony. For a city made up of more Asians than Caucasians, race is not much of an issue in Vancouver.

And during the olympics, the only colour that mattered was the red and white of the maple leaf! Go Canada!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

justin-- well glad you enjoyed the hub!

Justin Bieber 6 years ago

I love Canada my home country!!!!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Suki-- hope you are able to visit it really is an awesome place to be!

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Suki C 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

My father's sister immigrated to Canada from Ireland in the 30s and went on to have 12 children!

They live in Calgary, Edmonton & Vancouver and I would dearly love to go & visit them one day.

I did visit Montreal for a weekend in the 70s when I was staying with family in upstate new York - not a happy experience as I felt they were very hostile to me because of my English accent!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

sportyfunster--- yes Canada is an awesome place to explore and discover, keep up the travelling.

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sportyfunster 6 years ago from Canada

I have been to half of those places mentioned here but my next Canadian destination would hopefully be Montreal and Quebec City.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hypnosis4u2-- yes there are so many things to see in Canada.

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hypnosis4u2 6 years ago from Massachusetts

I live in America but always enjoy traveling to Canada - mostly Toronto but occasional visit to Vancouver and got our to Victoria once. Took a train across when a student.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

a2zsupport-- Vancouver is very nice, but busy right about nwo with the oylmpics and such.

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a2z Support 6 years ago from Canada

I live in Toronto and you even got me thinking about visiting some of these other cities. Vancouver is on the top of my list, and then Victoria. I've been to Montreal and I have to agree with you, the language really does make the city! That was a truly wonderful experience.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Adele-- I agree with you about your comments in regards to Victoria and Vancouver, Edmonton is very lovely as well.

Adele 6 years ago

Very good list! I want to go to Edmonton as it's only about 5-6 hours from where I live in Montana. I have been to Waterton N.P. and it is gorgeous. My aunt lives in Victoria and I enjoy the Vancouver/Victoria area - both are charming metropolitan cities. Canada is so pretty!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

glassvisage-- yes the olympics are great around here, and yes this is WHAT Vancouver looks like in February.

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glassvisage 6 years ago from Northern California

I enjoyed reading this Hub... especially after watching the Olympics! That photo from Toronto looks great!

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

loriamoore-- yes that is one of the things that people don't realize, Vancouver is beautiful, but since it is so mild we have homeless people in the area. It's a hard thing to come to grips with since prices are so high around here.

loriamoore 6 years ago

The only place I've been in Canada is Vancouver. Flew into Seattle, drove into Vancouver and caught a cruise ship to Alaska. Nice city, but I was quite surprised by the number of homeless people there.

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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

honeymoontravel--- yes it is quite nice, but for me, I've always been to Calgary just after the winter, so not as beautiful then, but still it is quite nice.

honeymoon-travel 6 years ago from US

Calgary holds the best scenic beauty out of the above.

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

Duchess-- you are so right ten it is!

Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

Oh, there are so many more than 20 places, but you wouldn't be able to do them all justice in one hub I don't think.

So far so good, I'd say try 10 at a time! LOL

It is a great country and well worth every hub!

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

maybe I should make the twenty other place to be in Canada as my next hub!

liminal 7 years ago

AdsenseStrategies, I agree about Gros Morne Park! I loved Western Brook Pond.

The mountains on one side and the sea on the other. If I ever win the lottery, that's where I'll retire!

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AdsenseStrategies 7 years ago from CONTACT ME at

Oh dear, not to include Newfoundland... Gros Morne National Park might be favourite non-urban place in the *world* never mind Canada

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

liminal, I certainly will, I do like Toronto, as hard as it may be to believe and new list in new year.

Univited Writer--- great points I love to travel and I hope it shows.

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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Glad you included my hometown (Toronto) and where I live now (Kitchener) on your list :) I preferred Toronto to Vancouver in ease of getting around.

liminal 7 years ago

Sigh, my hometown of Toronto always gets kicked around - the city Canadians love to hate! lol

I'd definitely add St. John's to your next list. Newfoundland is beautiful, the people are great and St. John's is one of the oldest cities in North America!

Beautiful pics on this hub!

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

thanks for the compliment the best homes.

TheBestHomes 7 years ago

Good informative Hub! Thanks.

TheBestHomes 7 years ago

Good informative Hub! Thanks.

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Little Princess 7 years ago

I just read your hub. I dream also of living there. My brother and his family lives in Winnipeg. Nice to know more about the place.

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HarperSmith 7 years ago

I love Canada. My family used to vacation in Ontario every summer, but I never been out west. Not yet anyway. Thanks

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

Okay now must write out the top 10 list for places I need to go!

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Enigmatic Me 7 years ago from East Coast Canada

I added St. John's as a place people NEED to go and experience. Growing up in Newfoundland and going back when I can, it has a hold on me.

I now live in Halifax. A younger looking version of St. John's, though a little more fast paced. Its pretty and more refined (in design, and in lanscape), but people (ahem) are not as friendly as they are in St. John's.

I loved Ottawa when I was there. It's a bigger version of Halifax with lots of things to do.

My time in Quebec City (I was 18) was the best I ever had away from home - mind you 6 weeks is a great vacation, but, I don't know what its like to live there. I disagree with your assessment that you NEED to know French to get around in Montreal - 60% of the population are Anglephone.But I have heard many a depiction in the way you have described, so maybe its something that depends on the day?

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Mardi 7 years ago from Western Canada and Texas

Excellent hub. I love the country and have lived in many places but really love the Ponoka area of Alberta and the area around Langley in BC. Would really want to spend more time in the Maritimes some day!

barrier316 7 years ago from Dublin

Vancouver is my favourite place in Canada, I've only been to Calgary, Vancouver Toronto and Montreal but Van is amazing.

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thaninja 7 years ago from America

I like Vancouver a lot. One place I really want to go in Banff. I hear that it is beautiful there!

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

you know i've never been to Mosse Jaw, ut I hear it's a pretty cool place =)

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Cari Jean 7 years ago from Bismarck, ND

WHAT? Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan is not on your list!!!

My husband is from Toronto so I've been there a couple of times - been to Kitchener/Waterloo as well. Also Niagra Falls and Regina. We honeymooned in Mountain View, Alberta. I would love to travel to the Northwest Territories someday. Would also love to go to the Calgary Stampede. Great hub!

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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

Ah, this makes me want to visit even more! I've never been, and these provide a good place to start. There seems to be something for everyone, from the sports nut to the music lover to the history buff...

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

Port Colburn and Banff will be on the next list...

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Rob Dee 7 years ago from Florida

No Banff on the list????????

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Ken R. Abell 7 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Good Hub, just one question: How come my hometown of Port Colborne, Ontario did not make the list? :>)

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

montreal is my most favorite city, by far, I really wish i'd lived there for while.

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Pleinairalacarte 7 years ago from Quebec

Montreal is Just Like France 7 years ago

I love Montreal. I just came back from there. The people there give you everything you could get in France but without the snobbishness. I found the Quebecois to be very nice though the media paints them as raving lunatics.

Besides Montreal I am also a big fan of Vancouver. It's a beautiful city and it has the best temperature out of all the big Canadian cities.

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

Halifax I've never been to but anyone who has what do you think?

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juneaukid 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

You've done a good job with these Canadian cities. I like your comments on Vancouver very much. My favorite Canadian city is La Ville de Quebec. Halifax is pretty nice too

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euro-pen 7 years ago from Europe

Very interesting. Canada has indeed some cities I would be interested in to visit. From a distance my personal choice would be Vancouver - just for being to near to great mountains :).

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

I must admit, of all of these cities, Toronto had been the least popular.

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Jyle Dupuis 7 years ago from Henrico, Virginia

I love Quebec City. But Montreal is by far the best city in Canada to visit - just don't want to live there anymore. Too much politics. You can scratch Toronto off that list for sure though. Terrible place.

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thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

love the country my mother was born in winnpeg bbest person I ever knew to be child of God great hub mike

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

Kitchener is where most of my family is. Kinda cool place to be =)

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starla 7 years ago

Kitchener??? Really? I disagree.

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

I hope you all enjoyed it, and awsydney you are correct.

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livingsta 7 years ago from United Kingdom

Very good information. Many thanks

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awsydney 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I truly believe that Canada is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. I actually got a residency after I got one for Australia and having gone to school here and made friends and being closer to my birth country of Malaysia, I chose Australia. Vancouver is a great city if it only rained a little less :) Thanks for sharing.

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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada Author

yep all of these top my list as well, but since I haven't been to Quebec city more than once, well I can't say much about it =) It is a lovely city and I'd go back right away!

MadCatzDancePad 7 years ago

Throw quebec on there! i love that city!

P.S : love the hub and the pics!

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jlswenson 7 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma USA

We visited many of the places you mention and our best friends are Canadians. Our favorite places in Canada are the wilderness areas of northwestern Ontario and northeastern Manitoba. We go every year and love the unspoiled beauty. Thanks for hub.

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Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

Those pictures of Canada are fantastic,I never knew a whole city spoke French in Canada,that's news to me!Great hub Rebecca E!

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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Canada is a charming place :) I'd love to go there one day...

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