These 15 places have been named the best in Canada to visit

May 21 2021, 3:27 pm

With nearly 10,000,000 square kilometres of places to explore in Canada, how does one possibly decide which is the best, especially when they’re all so different?

Canada is one of the largest countries in the world, coming in second only to Russia, and it’s home to both large cities and wide open spaces.

Our country’s many places range from urban metropolises and picturesque towns to mountain peaks and vast forests to stunning oceans and lakes.

A new study by U.S. News & World Report has taken on the difficult task of ranking the best places in Canada. The report identified the 15 best locales to visit in the country, analyzing both expert and user opinions from a variety of websites.

When compiling the list, U.S. News & World Report considered a number of categories, based on the characteristics that each location exhibits. These categories included sights, culture, food, shopping, nightlife, accommodation, romance, affordability, and others.

“All of our destination rankings are updated once per year on a rolling basis,” reads the U.S. News & World Report’s website, noting that travel opinions are personal ones.

“The best options for you may not be those ranked [number one] or [number two],” the website says.

British Columbia and Quebec swept the rankings, with four places in British Columbia and three Quebec spots making the list. Two locations in both Alberta and Ontario made the list, while Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, and Nova Scotia were each mentioned as well.

Both urban centres and natural spaces are featured on the list, showcasing the diverse options in our country.

These are the best national parks in Canada, according to U.S. News & World Report.

1. Banff, Alberta

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Banff National Park (Zhukova Valentyna/Shutterstock)

2. Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver (Shawn.ccf/Shutterstock)

3. Niagara Falls, Ontario

Niagara Falls, Ontario (Travelzoo)

4. Jasper National Park, Alberta

Jasper National Park (Stas Moroz/Shutterstock)

5. Montreal, Quebec

Montreal (Daniel Ouellette/Shutterstock)

6. Quebec City, Quebec

Quebec City (Stockphotodesign/Shutterstock)

7. Victoria and Vancouver Island, British Columbia

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Tofino, Vancouver Island (fokke baarssen/ Shutterstock)

8. Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island (rusty426/Shutterstock)

9. Whistler, British Columbia

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Whistler (Juana Nunez/Shutterstock)

10. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

Mont-Tremblant (San Hoyano/Shutterstock)

11. Whitehorse, Yukon

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Whitehorse (Pi-Lens/Shutterstock)

12. Toronto, Ontario

Toronto (Dan Sedran/Shutterstock)

13. Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland and Labrador

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Gros Morne National Park (RuthChoi/Shutterstock)

14. Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Nova Scotia

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Cape Breton Highlands National Park (Pierrette Guertin/Shutterstock)

15. Okanagan Valley, British Columbia

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Okanagan (Matthew Ferguson/Shutterstock)

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