Which Canadian City is the Most Beautiful?
Guest Post by Dorothy Jones
It’s an understatement that Canada is a spectacularly beautiful and instagrammable country. Some of its most impressive landmarks are found in its major metropolitan centers like Toronto, Vancouver, and Quebec. However, these are just a small sample of the stunning cities in Canada you should plan to visit if traveling to the country, and some of the most beautiful are actually the lesser-known ones like Calgary, Halifax, and Ottawa, Canada’s capital.
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Most Beautiful Smaller Cities in Canada
One of the most important things to know before visiting Canada is that it is a huge territory with a large number of gorgeous towns and cities scattered across the breadth of the country.
As it’s probably not going to be possible for you to visit all of them in one trip, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most beautiful places to stay in Canada that are lesser-known, accompanied by a brief description, so you can pick out the ones that sound appealing depending on your tastes.
Some of the most beautiful towns and smaller cities in Canada include:
● Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – Located off the coast of Nova Scotia on Canada’s East coast, Charlottetown is often considered one of the most beautiful places in Canada due to its mix of leafy boulevards and impressive historic architecture.
● Banff, Alberta – One of the most beautiful mountain cities in Canada, Banff is located on the border of Alberta and British Columbia and within the National Park. It’s an ideal base from which to explore the stunning wilderness of its surroundings.
● Halifax, Nova Scotia – This historic city boasts an imposing 19th-century fort, extensive public gardens, a 4 kilometer-long boardwalk along the shores of the Bedford Basin.
● Montreal, Quebec – Located on an island in the Saint Lawrence River, Montreal is renowned for its mix of dazzling scenery and French colonial architecture.
● Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Ranked highly among the most cultural cities in Canada, Saskatoon straddles the Saskatchewan River and is commonly known as ‘The City of Bridges’. It boasts a range of natural attractions including the Wanuskewin Heritage Park and the Beaver Creek Conservation Area.
● St. John’s, Newfoundland – One of the best rural cities in Canada and an ideal scenic destination for a marriage proposal, St. John’s is situated in a dramatic natural harbor, is known for its colorful row houses, and is one of the oldest cities in North America.
● Victoria, British Columbia – The capital of BC is located on the Southern tip of Vancouver Island just across the border from Seattle, one of the most beautiful cities in the USA. Victoria’s exquisite British colonial attitude includes the imposing Craigdarroch Castle, and it also boasts a number of charming public gardens.
The Most Beautiful Large Canadian Cities
While many appealing destinations in Canada can be found in rural and less-populated areas, its famous cities are among the some of the most beautiful places in the country, and many would argue, in the world.
The capital of Canada, Ottawa is an appealing mix of cultural attractions including the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of History and striking historic architecture such as the Parliament Building on Parliament Hill.
The most beautiful time of year to visit Ottawa is during the Winterlude, an annual festival held each February during which visitors can skate along the frozen Rideau Canal and wander among countless striking ice sculptures in Confederation Park.
The largest city in Alberta, one of Canada’s most beautiful province, Calgary has also been voted the most liveable city in North America for 2 consecutive years, in both 2018 and 2019.
This is undoubtedly due to a large number of green spaces in the city, including the 50-acre Prince’s Island Park, as well as the fact that it receives the most days of sunshine in any part of Canada, making it an ideal base from which to explore the country’s most beautiful state.
It’s also home to the Calgary Stampede, a massive annual festival of rodeo events that draws over 1 million visitors to the city every June.
Although it is the county’s largest and most-visited, Toronto is also often regarded as the most peaceful city in Canada because of its ample natural beauty in areas such as High Park and proximity to Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands.
This bustling city of over 3 million people also boasts a number of must-see places and attractions in Canada, such as the iconic CN Tower, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the gothic-style Casa Loma castle.
Quebec City, Quebec
The appeal of Quebec can largely be narrowed down to the charms of its oldest neighborhood, Vieux-Québec, the fortified city center which dates back to the founding of the city in 1608.
Boasting cobblestoned streets along which you can still take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage, Vieux-Québec also offers visitors a number of well-preserved pieces of colonial architecture to marvel at, including the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac castle and the Citadelle de Québec historic fort.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Often cited as the most beautiful city in the world, Vancouver is undoubtedly the most striking city in Canada due to its location on the tip of the Burrard Penninsula, surrounding by multiple rivers and a wealth of natural scenery and green spaces.
Chief among these are the massive Stanely Park right in the middle of downtown Vancouver, from where you can take in impressive views of the city skyline and the numerous walking trails of Pacific Spirit Park.
A 48-hour stay in Vancouver is more than enough time to get around the major attractions in the city, although if you plan to explore the mountains to the north or spend time relaxing on the beaches of Kitsilano you may want to hang around for a few extra days!
British Columbia is arguably the most beautiful province in Canada, and Vancouver one of it’s most exciting cities!
Have you been to Canada? Which Canadian city do you think is the most beautiful?
Dorothy Jones is an experienced content writer. She is associated with many renowned travel blogs as a guest author where she shares her valuable travel tips with the audience.