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Experience Canada's Vibrant Cities



Regardless of the season, Canada is a country that is filled with natural wonders, thrilling adventures and delicious culinary offerings. What’s more, you can get a taste of Europe in North America without a long flight. The metropolitan cities of Canada provide some of the most unique and memorable experiences in the region.



Here are a few of Canada’s vibrant cities for you to consider for your upcoming vacation getaway.



Stanley Park in Vancouver B.C. offers more than just scenic strolls.

Vancouver

As Canada’s largest West Coast city, Vancouver - Opens a dialog is not only a major financial and commerce hub, it’s also a cultural melting pot. As an ideal destination for families with tweens and teens, every member of your family will appreciate the well-preserved cultural heritage which can be appreciated at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Local and international indigenous artifacts are celebrated throughout each year through regularly updated exhibitions. Multiculturalism can be further experienced through some of Vancouver’s regionally diverse culinary offerings. Whether it’s French, Mexican, or even Vietnamese cuisines, a myriad of international delicacies can be enjoyed throughout Vancouver. However, in adjacent Richmond, Chinese cuisine reigns supreme, and in nearby Surrey, authentic and highly rated East Indian cuisine is a must! With all Vancouver’s amazing eats, you’ll want to work off some of those calories by enjoying some kayaking, canoeing or surf skiing at Deep Cove, or take a pleasant scenic nature walk at Stanley Park, or hike at Pacific Spirit Park.

    The flowers are in bloom and the plants are lively at Butchart Gardens.

    Victoria

    About 76 miles from Vancouver is the British Columbia capital of Victoria. This charming city is ideal for couples and families with small children who are seeking solitude and good eats. Some areas are uniquely English, and the cuisine follows suit. Some of the best fish & chips can be found throughout Victoria. You should also visit the second-oldest Chinatown in North America, Victoria’s Chinatown. Serenity can be enjoyed at Butchart Gardens, which is one of the top gardens in Canada. While you’re in Victoria, enjoy the local hiking trails of Mount Work and Coastal Trail, and if your children are traveling with you, they’ll appreciate a fun and educational visit about insect life at Victoria Bug Zoo.

      Victoria

      About 76 miles from Vancouver is the British Columbia capital of Victoria. This charming city is ideal for couples and families with small children who are seeking solitude and good eats. Some areas are uniquely English, and the cuisine follows suit. Some of the best fish & chips can be found throughout Victoria. You should also visit the second-oldest Chinatown in North America, Victoria’s Chinatown. Serenity can be enjoyed at Butchart Gardens, which is one of the top gardens in Canada. While you’re in Victoria, enjoy the local hiking trails of Mount Work and Coastal Trail, and if your children are traveling with you, they’ll appreciate a fun and educational visit about insect life at Victoria Bug Zoo.

        The flowers are in bloom and the plants are lively at Butchart Gardens.

        Your whole family will appreciate Toronto’s fun learning experiences.

        Toronto

        The largest metropolis of Canada is Toronto. While this cosmopolitan city is energetic, it retains a decidedly unexpected degree of friendliness and charm. Families with children of all ages will enjoy the fun and exciting experiences this city has to offer. From 20th century farm life experiences of Riverdale Farm, to visiting some of its interesting museums (including the Bata Shoe Museum which is dedicated to the curation and exhibition of footwear), to spending an entire day at Ripley’s Aquarium (which is Canada’s largest aquarium), your family will appreciate all of Toronto’s fun learning experiences. Of course, a family vacation to Toronto isn’t complete without experiencing some of its exciting and thrilling adventures: Riding exciting roller coasters and attractions at Canada’s Wonderland as well as walking along the on the extreme edge while being tethered to of one of the world’s tallest buildings, The EdgeWalk at CN Tower. The culinary offerings of Toronto don’t disappoint. Local and regionally sourced ingredients abound in many of Toronto’s restaurants. Some of the city's very best Caribbean, Indian, African and Asian dining establishments are located at Kensington Market, while the very authentic Peameal Bacon Sandwich can be enjoyed at St. Lawrence Market. This delightfully savory sandwich contains slices of cured pork loin that has been rolled in cornmeal and nestled in a soft bun with mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce and cheddar cheese. Very Torontonian!

          Taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended.

          Montréal

          One thing’s for sure, Québec is one of the most standout provinces in Canada, particularly since it is the only province in Canada where French is the primary language. You will certainly feel as if you have been transported to Europe once you arrive in this magical place. And more than likely, you will arrive in Québec via its largest city, Montréal. An ideal destination for families with children of all ages, your family will enjoy the theme park thrills of La Ronde which is filled with an impressive array of over 40 rides and attractions, eight of which happen to be roller coasters (including one that’s a hypercoaster)! And if your family enjoys aquatic thrills, then there’s one experience that should not be missed: Jet boating the St. Lawrence River with Saute-Moutons! This isn’t a typical speed boat-type ride on calm water. In fact, your boat (commanded by a seasoned Captain) will experience the power of the Lachine Rapids, and in the process, you and your family will find themselves completely drenched and exhilarated from the ride. However, if you’re looking for a bit more of a sedate experience, you should enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants, gastropubs, cafes, and bakeries throughout the Old Port of Montréal. Afterwards, bask in the amazing views of this amazing city from Mont Royal Park as well as the Montréal Observation Wheel. Additionally, taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended. You’ll be in awe of its architecture, paintings, and sculptures as well as learning about the founding of Montréal.

            Montréal

            One thing’s for sure, Québec is one of the most standout provinces in Canada, particularly since it is the only province in Canada where French is the primary language. You will certainly feel as if you have been transported to Europe once you arrive in this magical place. And more than likely, you will arrive in Québec via its largest city, Montréal. An ideal destination for families with children of all ages, your family will enjoy the theme park thrills of La Ronde which is filled with an impressive array of over 40 rides and attractions, eight of which happen to be roller coasters (including one that’s a hypercoaster)! And if your family enjoys aquatic thrills, then there’s one experience that should not be missed: Jet boating the St. Lawrence River with Saute-Moutons! This isn’t a typical speed boat-type ride on calm water. In fact, your boat (commanded by a seasoned Captain) will experience the power of the Lachine Rapids, and in the process, you and your family will find themselves completely drenched and exhilarated from the ride. However, if you’re looking for a bit more of a sedate experience, you should enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants, gastropubs, cafes, and bakeries throughout the Old Port of Montréal. Afterwards, bask in the amazing views of this amazing city from Mont Royal Park as well as the Montréal Observation Wheel. Additionally, taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended. You’ll be in awe of its architecture, paintings, and sculptures as well as learning about the founding of Montréal.

              Taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended.

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                  Stanley Park in Vancouver B.C. offers more than just scenic strolls.

                  Vancouver

                  As Canada’s largest West Coast city, Vancouver - Opens a dialog is not only a major financial and commerce hub, it’s also a cultural melting pot. As an ideal destination for families with tweens and teens, every member of your family will appreciate the well-preserved cultural heritage which can be appreciated at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. Local and international indigenous artifacts are celebrated throughout each year through regularly updated exhibitions. Multiculturalism can be further experienced through some of Vancouver’s regionally diverse culinary offerings. Whether it’s French, Mexican, or even Vietnamese cuisines, a myriad of international delicacies can be enjoyed throughout Vancouver. However, in adjacent Richmond, Chinese cuisine reigns supreme, and in nearby Surrey, authentic and highly rated East Indian cuisine is a must! With all Vancouver’s amazing eats, you’ll want to work off some of those calories by enjoying some kayaking, canoeing or surf skiing at Deep Cove, or take a pleasant scenic nature walk at Stanley Park, or hike at Pacific Spirit Park.

                    The flowers are in bloom and the plants are lively at Butchart Gardens.

                    Victoria

                    About 76 miles from Vancouver is the British Columbia capital of Victoria. This charming city is ideal for couples and families with small children who are seeking solitude and good eats. Some areas are uniquely English, and the cuisine follows suit. Some of the best fish & chips can be found throughout Victoria. You should also visit the second-oldest Chinatown in North America, Victoria’s Chinatown. Serenity can be enjoyed at Butchart Gardens, which is one of the top gardens in Canada. While you’re in Victoria, enjoy the local hiking trails of Mount Work and Coastal Trail, and if your children are traveling with you, they’ll appreciate a fun and educational visit about insect life at Victoria Bug Zoo.

                      Victoria

                      About 76 miles from Vancouver is the British Columbia capital of Victoria. This charming city is ideal for couples and families with small children who are seeking solitude and good eats. Some areas are uniquely English, and the cuisine follows suit. Some of the best fish & chips can be found throughout Victoria. You should also visit the second-oldest Chinatown in North America, Victoria’s Chinatown. Serenity can be enjoyed at Butchart Gardens, which is one of the top gardens in Canada. While you’re in Victoria, enjoy the local hiking trails of Mount Work and Coastal Trail, and if your children are traveling with you, they’ll appreciate a fun and educational visit about insect life at Victoria Bug Zoo.

                        The flowers are in bloom and the plants are lively at Butchart Gardens.

                        Your whole family will appreciate Toronto’s fun learning experiences.

                        Toronto

                        The largest metropolis of Canada is Toronto. While this cosmopolitan city is energetic, it retains a decidedly unexpected degree of friendliness and charm. Families with children of all ages will enjoy the fun and exciting experiences this city has to offer. From 20th century farm life experiences of Riverdale Farm, to visiting some of its interesting museums (including the Bata Shoe Museum which is dedicated to the curation and exhibition of footwear), to spending an entire day at Ripley’s Aquarium (which is Canada’s largest aquarium), your family will appreciate all of Toronto’s fun learning experiences. Of course, a family vacation to Toronto isn’t complete without experiencing some of its exciting and thrilling adventures: Riding exciting roller coasters and attractions at Canada’s Wonderland as well as walking along the on the extreme edge while being tethered to of one of the world’s tallest buildings, The EdgeWalk at CN Tower. The culinary offerings of Toronto don’t disappoint. Local and regionally sourced ingredients abound in many of Toronto’s restaurants. Some of the city's very best Caribbean, Indian, African and Asian dining establishments are located at Kensington Market, while the very authentic Peameal Bacon Sandwich can be enjoyed at St. Lawrence Market. This delightfully savory sandwich contains slices of cured pork loin that has been rolled in cornmeal and nestled in a soft bun with mayonnaise, tomato, lettuce and cheddar cheese. Very Torontonian!

                          Taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended.

                          Montréal

                          One thing’s for sure, Québec is one of the most standout provinces in Canada, particularly since it is the only province in Canada where French is the primary language. You will certainly feel as if you have been transported to Europe once you arrive in this magical place. And more than likely, you will arrive in Québec via its largest city, Montréal. An ideal destination for families with children of all ages, your family will enjoy the theme park thrills of La Ronde which is filled with an impressive array of over 40 rides and attractions, eight of which happen to be roller coasters (including one that’s a hypercoaster)! And if your family enjoys aquatic thrills, then there’s one experience that should not be missed: Jet boating the St. Lawrence River with Saute-Moutons! This isn’t a typical speed boat-type ride on calm water. In fact, your boat (commanded by a seasoned Captain) will experience the power of the Lachine Rapids, and in the process, you and your family will find themselves completely drenched and exhilarated from the ride. However, if you’re looking for a bit more of a sedate experience, you should enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants, gastropubs, cafes, and bakeries throughout the Old Port of Montréal. Afterwards, bask in the amazing views of this amazing city from Mont Royal Park as well as the Montréal Observation Wheel. Additionally, taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended. You’ll be in awe of its architecture, paintings, and sculptures as well as learning about the founding of Montréal.

                            Montréal

                            One thing’s for sure, Québec is one of the most standout provinces in Canada, particularly since it is the only province in Canada where French is the primary language. You will certainly feel as if you have been transported to Europe once you arrive in this magical place. And more than likely, you will arrive in Québec via its largest city, Montréal. An ideal destination for families with children of all ages, your family will enjoy the theme park thrills of La Ronde which is filled with an impressive array of over 40 rides and attractions, eight of which happen to be roller coasters (including one that’s a hypercoaster)! And if your family enjoys aquatic thrills, then there’s one experience that should not be missed: Jet boating the St. Lawrence River with Saute-Moutons! This isn’t a typical speed boat-type ride on calm water. In fact, your boat (commanded by a seasoned Captain) will experience the power of the Lachine Rapids, and in the process, you and your family will find themselves completely drenched and exhilarated from the ride. However, if you’re looking for a bit more of a sedate experience, you should enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants, gastropubs, cafes, and bakeries throughout the Old Port of Montréal. Afterwards, bask in the amazing views of this amazing city from Mont Royal Park as well as the Montréal Observation Wheel. Additionally, taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended. You’ll be in awe of its architecture, paintings, and sculptures as well as learning about the founding of Montréal.

                              Taking a self- guided tour of the Notre-Dame Basilica Montréal is highly recommended.

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                                  Travel blogger Jason Gordon

                                  About the Author: The above piece was written by Jason Gordon, a guest travel blogger, and Costco enthusiast. Jason Gordon is compensated by Costco Travel to share his travel experiences.


                                   
                                   
                                   
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