From the adventureseeker to the party animal, there’s no denying that the Great White North offers the perfect destination for just about every traveller. If you’ve eschewed an international vacation in favour of a local retreat this summer, Canada is home to numerous beautiful outdoor spaces and diverse, bustling cosmopolitan hubs. Whether you plan to embark on a shopping spree in Montreal or speed past the city limits in favour of the serenity of nature, try exploring one of Canada’s most gorgeous (and Instagram-worthy) locations. From Toronto to Cape Breton Island, stop by these hotspots just in time for Canada Day and our country’s 150th birthday.
Toronto is one of Canada’s most iconic cities and has definitely got earned some attention over the past couple of years, as the hometown of stars like Drake and The Weeknd. It’s recognized for its breathtaking diversity, not to mention its culture and fashion. Aside from the CN Tower, a visit to Toronto can involve a stop at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) for the creative soul and art lover. Meanwhile, sports fans can catch a game at the Rogers Centre or the Air Canada Centre, whether their game of choice is baseball, basketball or hockey. Naturally, fashion fanatics will be pleased to know that Vogue named Queen Street West the second most stylish and most interesting neighborhood in the world. The city is also a great shopping destination, as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue have also recently come to Toronto. You can also head to High Park for a picnic with the family, or visit Ripley’s Aquarium to see fish and other aquatic creatures under the glass.
Montreal may be a Francophone destination, but the various exciting foods, ongoing festivals, nightlife, and art scene certainly speak a language of their own. Tourists can head to La Ronde amusement park for a day of rollercoasters, or head to the Planetarium. The Montreal Pride Parade also hits the city in August, and is sure to turn the city’s party-ready vibes up another level, just like every year before.
This West Coast city is known for its beautiful landscapes and its mixture of diverse ethnicities and cultures. You can spend some time in the sun at Stanley Park or hit the waves at Wreck Beach. Foodies will delight in the delicacies at the markets at Granville Island, while stylish souls will also feel at home shopping along Robson Street.
Cape Breton Island
Cape Breton is a perfect location for honeymooners or anyone looking for a weekend away from everyday stress and work duties. Start your journey by embracing fresh air and hiking on the Cabot Trail or the Skyline Trail. You can get a tan at Ingonish Beach, take a boat tour of the island and enjoy the scenery while you are there. You might even see whales, if you’re lucky! Support the local arts scene by going to The Artisan Trail and checking out the region’s talented artists.