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Stephanie Eaves

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Where should I go in Canada?

My husband and I are planning a trip to Canada in January and we have always wanted to go. We would love to see everywhere of course! Only having 1 week we want to get the most out of it and would like some direction on the best region to focus on. I have a friend that said British Columbia, are there enough sites to visit there and where should we go? Also Quebec and Toronto sound like a lot of fun. Last Prince Edward Island has always been a dream of mine. We need some help!! Please and thank you everyone. 

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  • Rocio Acevedo

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    Hola Stephanie. Eventhough 1 week is never enough to visit one of the most beautiful countries in the world, I think the clue will be to plan very carfefully. Based upon my experience I would mention the cities and places that I visited a few years ago during a road trip I made in 1 wk. It started when crossing the Appalachian Mountains until we arrived to the most beautiful city ever: Quebec City! We visited Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Chemin Royal, Dufferin Terrace and the amazing La Boutique de Noël de Québec Inc where Christmas season never ends. We continued to Montreal where we visited Basilique Notre-Dame, Montréal, Saint Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal and Olympic Stadium. Then we continued the journey to the city of Ottawa. It is a very interesting city as it has the Parliament Hill where the famous "changing of the guard" takes place. Toronto was the next step and the incredible CN Tower the most incredible place to visit. After here we visited Niagara Falls. I would recommend you the watch Bridal Veil Falls from the Skylon Tower and/or taking a ride aboard the Maid of the Mist, both ways are amazing. If you have time, plan a short visit to Thousand Islandsaboard the Cruise the 1000 Islands.

    As I told you before, I made this road trip in 1 week and it still remains in my mind as the most memorable spent time ever.

    Hope it helps! Saludos!!



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      Thank you so much for this wonderful and detailed answer. I really appreciate it. I think we will visit Quebec and I love the specific sites you mentioned it is exactly what I wanted and very helpful. · (1 likelikes)

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      You're very welcome! Quebec is a must! We had lunch at Le Chateau Frontenac once and it was so cool! · (0 likelikes)

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  • Maureen Hutchison

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    It depends on what type of traveler you are and what you want to see. If you're active then there are great places to ski across Canada but especially in Quebec including Mont Tremblant and I don't know the exact dates you arriving in Canada but there is the Québec Winter Carnival which is extremely popular for the locals & people visit this carnival from all over the world. Lots of great ice sculptures, parades, etc. The carnival doesn't start until January 30th & goes to February 15th. Quebec City has a very European flavour to it and a great place to visit if you don't mind the cold. About a 3 hour drive from Quebec City is Montreal A great hockey city if you like hockey and there are great places to eat in Montreal. 2 1/2 - 3 hours away from Montreal is Ottawa is our Nation's Capital. The world famous Rideau Canal is a great place to go skating in Ottawa and is 202 km of waterway and also a Unesco World Heritage Site. From Ottawa you can drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake where it's famous for it's ice wine. January is the month that ice wine is harvested and there is a huge festival that runs from January 9th - 25th to sample ice wines & food at the local wineries. It's best to get your tickets in advance as it sells out very quickly. Toronto is about a 1 1/2 hour drive from Niagara-on-the-lake or 4 hours from Ottawa. Lots to do and see in Toronto including the CN Tower, Casa Loma, etc. but it's better to see these attractions during the spring, summer & fall when the weather is nicer. Since you only have a week it's best to either do Ontario & Quebec together or go to Alberta & BC. The Rocky Mountainsstart in Alberta and you can also visit Lake Louise and go skiing there and visit many of the national parks with weather permitting. Banff is a great place to visit so don't leave it off your list if you travel to Alberta. If you travel to British Columbia, lots to see and do here. There is the wine region of Okanagan which have some award winning wineries, you can go skiing in Whistler Mountain in the city of Whistler. If you don't downhill ski, there are lots of options for snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, and snowmobiling. If you visit Vancouver the weather won't be as cold or as snowy as what you would experience in Ontario & Quebec at this time of the year. The temperatures are cool and rainy for the most part. Check out Grouse Mountain Skyride which is about 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver where you can zip-line, take the skyline tram up the mountain to do various activities. There is Stanley Park which is more enjoyed through the warmer months but still lots to do. En-route to Grouse Mountain is the Capilano Suspension Bridge. These are just some of the many things you can do in BC which can be enjoyed at any time of the year.

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    I've never been further east than British Columbia and Alberta. However, British Columbia is one of the prettiest places on earth.

    Vancouver is a really neat city full of all kinds of cultures and adventures. You could easily spend a week in the area and see Vancouver island, etc. This would be a great choice if you want a mix of urban and scenic vacation.

    The drive on Highway 3 across the southern border from Vancouver to Alberta is one of the prettiest drives I've ever been on. Depending on the time of year, you could spend days or weeks hiking and camping basically anywhere along the way (not to mention the produce stands along the way). The mountains, lakes, and trees are gorgeous.

    Toward the eastern border of BC is a charming small town called Nelson (Canada). The town is built on the banks of the Kootenay lake/river in the middle of a beautiful valley. The mornings are breathtaking. The town is very outdoorsy and has farmers markets and the like. The downtown is quaint and fun as well. Once again, you could easily spend a week in the area if you were going for an outdoors/nature vacation.

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    I, too, would love to see Toronto, Montreal, and PEI. I'm sure those places are full of adventure as well!

    Have fun!


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    British Columbia is beautiful with the mountains. Whistler is a great destination in itself with so many activities (mountain biking, Scandinavian spas, zip lining, etc). And Vieux-Québec makes you feel a bit like you are in Paris! I have not been to Prince Edward Island but have heard that it is beautiful. Although we have been to Toronto many times (because it is fairly close to where we live) and enjoy it, if I had to chose, it would be my last pick, since it is a big city and to me compared to other big cities like Chicago and NY, TO has the least to offer, whereas the other locations you are considering are different and stunningly beautiful.

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    Being a Vancouverite, I'm quite partial to my own city, Vancouver, particularly when it comes to great food. We have a really entrenched foodie scene where you can get any type of food you want.

    There are a ton of sushi restaurants with Minami being our favourite. You can find awesome veggie cuisine at The Acorn Restaurant, great seafood or steaks and everything in between. Lots of local restaurants source local ingredients and practice "farm to table" menus. The cocktail scene is also fabulous and our indy coffee shops are awesome! Bella Gelateria has the world's best gelato and local chocolatier, Mink Chocolates Cafe recently won an international award for their Mermaid's Choice chocolate bar.

    Vancouver also has one of the mildest climates in Canada but will still be quite a bit colder than Florida.

    Vancouver is also extremely scenic so you can enjoy lots of beautiful scenery to compliment all the ah-mazing food.

    Happy and delicious travels to you,
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    The other answers here are great! One week isn't a ton of time so I would suggest focus on one general region: east, central or west.

    East coast you can visit Prince Edward Island Halifax Moncton St John all easily and are very beautiful and scenic.

    Centrally based I'd start in Toronto, heading east you can visit places Kingston (Ontario) like and Ottawa on your way to Montreal - if you're really into moving and shaking you can keep going to Quebec City which is the most European city in North America.

    West cost is definitely worth it. Based from Vancouver you can head across the straight to Victoria for the day or a couple days and visit Tofino. Whistler is where it's at for mountains and skiing or split your time and also visit Banff and Lake Louise.

    I will warn you (especially since you're from Florida) January in Canada is cold. Very cold. Check the weather out and make sure you're prepared with down coats, hats, scarves, mitts and boots if you'll be doing outdoor activities. If you're not prepared it can ruin your trip. Also beware if you'll be driving that black ice, road closures, getting snowed in and car problems are pretty common in Canada in January. Yes it is a common stereotype that in Canada we all live in igloos, which of course isn't true (at least not all the time), but if you're spending the day walking around Vieux-Montreal it can drop down to -40C with the windchill. (apparently converted it's also -40F!) But if you visit The Fairmont Banff Springs they have amazing hot springs where it doesn't matter if it's -40 you can stay nice and toasty

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      Thank you so much! I love your answer, it so helpful. We will definitely be buying some new winter jackets for the trip! Being from Florida the cold and snow are a part of the draw. · (0 likelikes)

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    Oh definitely go east! We spent 2 weeks in NE Canada this summer: Quebec City, Saint Andrews, St John, Annapolis Royal, LunenburgLunenburgimage from citizenshift.org, HalifaxHalifax, Cape BretonCape Bretonimage from workaway.info, CharlottetownCharlottetown and Moncton.

    First of all, the people we met along the way were some of the nicest, kindest folks we've ever encountered travelling. They are chatty, helpful, friendly and Happy! It doesn't matter if you are in a crosswalk, the cars will stop to let you go. The scenery is spectacular. Again-spectacular! The seafood is crazy fresh. And the towns we visited, whether large (Halifax, Quebec City) or small (Lunenberg, Annapolis Royal) are quaint, approachable, and charming. The tides in several places are outrageous-40 feet (Moncton is a good place to base out of to see the Hopewell Rocks and the "wave" come up the river). And I absolutely adored PEI. I thought Charlottetown was adorable.

    We can't express enough how much we enjoyed this trip.

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      Thank you so much for your detailed answer and your beautiful pictures! I love all the boats. It is so helpful seeing the specific places you loved. · (0 likelikes)

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    The west coast VictoriaVictoriaimage from gilladventures.comVictoriaVancouver and Vancouver island are best visited in the spring and summer, chance of a lot of rain in the late fall and early winter, from February on it gets better.

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    Your planing to come to Canada when every canadien whant to go south. One week is not a lot of time. Be prepared for the weather. In the province of Quebec and even down to Toronto, you'll need very warm clothes. Concentrate in one province, example : star in Montreal for 2 days, then take the bus or train for a 3 days stay in Quebec City while there go skiing in the region, then come back to Montreal to finish your trip. Or arrive in Montreal and go for a couple of days in a snow resort, Saint-Sauveur, Mont Tremblant

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    Hi,

    First of all, i'd like to know what season you are planning to visit Canada, it might influence your choice of province to visit.

    Also, are you more into visiting cities? national parks? Are you doing any sports? you like north? Ocean?... Canada is huge but depending on your interests and season of visit, I might be able to help you out further ;)


    Cheers!


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    Wouldn't recommend PEI in the winter. A lot of snow and the weather is very unpredictable. BC in winter--January is quite nice though still not the best month for a visit. April would be a better time.

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    January can be cold in Toronto & Quebec. What do you & your husband like to do for fun & I can make some recos.

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