9 Instagrammable holiday spots to visit across Canada this year (PHOTOS)

Dec 11 2019, 7:33 pm

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us.

And what better time to brighten up your Instagram than when cities across Canada are all lit up for the holidays?

The holidays in Canada are a magical time when the country, from coast to coast, transforms into a winter wonderland.

From festive lights, decor, reefs, and Christmas trees, Canadian cities offer a sleigh-load of photo opportunities to be shared with the virtual world.

If you’re looking for some of the best spots to capture the spirit of the holidays, there is no need to look further.

All you’ll need to do is pack a bag, and check out the seasonal cheer across Canada.

Here are some of the most Instagrammable holiday spots in the country:

Old Quebec

Besides the charm of Old Quebec, Rue du Petit-Champlain transforms during the winter into a magical place, even (especially) when it snows.


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Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Besides being all lit up, Parliament Hill has multimedia projection shows every evening until January 7, 2020. Inspired by Canada’s nature, climate and culture, the digital projection combines technology, lighting and an original soundtrack with the architectural splendour of the Parliament buildings. And they glow in photos.


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Montreal is breathtaking in the winter, and not just because of the cold. One of the most festive spots in the city is Maison Pepin, which has channelled a little bit of Harry Potter by turning its charming alleyway into a photogenic rustic Christmas market.


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Toronto has many holiday spots to take that perfect winter shot. From its Christmas Market, to its massive Eaton Centre tree, there is a photo opp at almost every corner. But the outdoor skating rink (which is free to use) and next to the massive Toronto sign is a must-do in any winter bucket list.


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Niagara Falls

Not only does Niagara Falls have a massive light festival during the winter, it also freezes sometimes, making for the perfect winter wonderland photo. Literally.


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Stephen Avenue in Calgary gets an extremely festive makeover for the season, with lights strung up and magic in the air, this street makes for the perfect holiday backdrop — especially right after a fresh falling of snow.


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Banff is always a ‘gram staple, but especially when you head up to the top of the mountain for some seriously festive events. From mid-November until the end of December, Banff Gondola turns its sky-high destination into a Winter Wonderland, complete with visits from Santa, cookie decorating, star gazing, and a mulled wine bar.


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Like Toronto, Vancouver has a downtown skating rink that is lit up and festive for the season. But another spot to take in the holidays in Vancouver is the VanDusen Gardens, which is all dolled up for the holidays. From carousel rides and colourful lights, and the mistletoe, it will definitely add a touch of Christmas to your Insta-feed.


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Christmas in Victoria is all about strolling the Inner Harbour, and sipping Christmas cocktails at cozy pubs and lounges. This small city is filled with Christmas joy, and will get rid of any Scrooge.


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