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Are you curious about the top cities in Canada? We’ve put together a list of the most beautiful Canadian cities….

By Chan , in Travel , at January 13, 2023

Are you curious about the top cities in Canada? We’ve put together a list of the most beautiful Canadian cities. When people think about Canada, they tend to think of the great outdoors and vast open spaces. But Canada also has some exceptional urban centers.

We’ve traveled extensively across Canada over the years and have compiled a list to help you plan your Canada trip.

We are sure to be criticized as everyone loves their hometown, but this was an experiment that we thought would be fun to see how others feel about our incredible Canadian cities.

The Best Cities in Canada

Ottawa, Ontario

You might think Toronto is our top choice city, but we love Ottawa, Ontario. What is it that we love about Ottawa? It has a small-town feel.

Ottawa is Canada’s capital city. But there’s more to Ottawa than the Parliament Buildings on Parliament Hill. Ottawa, located on the Rideau Canal and the Ottawa River, is beautiful. There are many things to do. Like most capital cities, Ottawa has many outstanding museums, from the historical Diefenbunker to Canada’s Space and Aviation Museum.

Ottawa, home to Winterlude, is a year-round destination. When the Rideau Canal freezes, people skate it. In the summer, they paddleboard and sail down it on their kayaks or paddleboards. It is the heart of Ottawa. We rank Ottawa as one of the best cities in Canada because of its festivals and fine food, excellent bar scene at ByWard Market, lots of outdoor spaces, and many other amenities.

Toronto, Ontario

Toronto is our hometown, so we tend to be biased about The 6ix. Or the T-Dot, or Hogtown – depending upon your generation Toronto has a lot to call. Toronto is frequently ranked among the world’s top ten most desirable cities, and for a good reason. Toronto is Canada’s biggest city, and it offers everything you could want in a city.

Toronto is home to the Toronto International Film Festival. This city attracts Hollywood stars and jet-setters to take in its skyline, shopping, and dining. In just a few years, Toronto will have more skyscrapers than Chicago. It’s easy for people to believe with all the construction.

Take advantage of shopping in Yorkville and the CN Tower while in Toronto. The uniqueness of Toronto is in its many neighborhoods. For Greek Food, Pasta in Little Italy, or Dim Sum in one of the six Chinatowns, head to the Danforth. Toronto is the city with the most diverse cultural offerings in the world.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Halifax is one of Canada’s most lively cities. Nova Scotians are among Canada’s friendliest people so you will feel at home in Halifax. Halifax is known for having more bars per capita than any other Canadian city.

With a 4km boardwalk connecting many of Halifax’s best attractions, the Halifax Waterfront is among the most popular in Canada. For a stunning view of Halifax and the harbor, visitors love climbing up to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site.

Vancouver British Columbia

Vancouver is the most hip city in Canada. Dave and I were residents of Vancouver in the 1990s. We have returned many times since. It was only our last visit in 2021 when we realized just how amazing Vancouver has become. Vancouver is a city that has been outdoors-minded and ecologically conscious since its inception. It truly is one of the most beautiful places in Canada.

Vancouver seamlessly blends urban and nature, with waterfront living on False Creek or English Bay and stunning views of the mountains. You can enjoy the stunning Stanley Park or sip a cocktail on Granville Island from just minutes away.

After moving to British Columbia, I will always remember opening the curtains of my new apartment and seeing the Coastal Mountains for the first time. Vancouver was the place I fell in love with.

Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City is one of only two North American urban centers to receive the distinction of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Quebec City is located on the St. Lawrence River, and its historic city walls date back to 1608. This makes it one of the oldest American cities.

Montreal is Canada’s European City. However, Old Quebec City is the most historic. It feels like it was centuries ago. Ride a horsecar through cobblestone streets and enjoy a pint at an old pub that feels right out of the 17th Century. You can also admire the Chateau de Frontenac, which towers over the Saint Lawrence River.

Saint John, New Brunswick

Before visiting Saint John, we didn’t know much about it. However, this Eastern Canadian City is experiencing a revival and a great vibe. We love it! It has a vibrant downtown with trendy eateries and boutique hotels.