5 Most Beautiful Places in Canada for Unique Student Experience
They say Canada has the nicest people on Earth, which is indeed an enough reason to visit it and to feel comfortable among its citizens as an international student. However, the Great White North also has many of the most gorgeous, awe-inspiring and vibrant sceneries and cities in the world. Although much of the country is of British and French descent, Canada is a medley of diverse cultures and communities.
Where should I travel in Canada?
- Calgary, Alberta.
- Quebec City, Quebec.
- Toronto, Ontario.
- Ottawa, Ontario.
- Montreal, Quebec.
- Niagara Falls, Ontario.
- Victoria, British Columbia.
- Vancouver, British Columbia.
- Winnipeg, Manitoba.
- Banff, Alberta.
Canada is the world’s 2nd largest country, yet still manages to get overlooked because its long shores don’t host tropical blue beaches. In fact, its shorelines are backdropped by picturesque snow-capped mountains. If you have been granted a Canadian visa, here are some places you can start at:
Niagara Falls: natural wonder of the world!
The Niagara Falls is one of the Natural Wonders of the World and is one of the most renowned landmarks on the planet. The water spills down from a height of 170 feet and the beautiful attraction brings in millions of visitors every day.
These majestic waterfalls are located just an hour’s drive from Toronto and you can view it at a very close distance from several points. They’ve also attracted a large number of daredevils over the years. There have been five tightrope walks over the falls, the first one in 1859 by Charles Blondin. However, this exercise isn’t for amateurs as the Falls have the world’s highest flow rate with 700,000 gallons of water traveling down every second and many people who have jumped into the water has met a watery demise.
For a safer pastime, you can take a walk down the Clifton Halls that lead to the gorge and falls. No matter what age you are, the Niagara Falls offers you the most alluring sites. You can also enjoy a plethora of outdoor activities like golfing, camping, cruises, live music, and shopping, to the backdrop of rushing waters.
Are you into big festivities? Calgary Stampede awaits you
The Calgary Stampede is a highly anticipated 10-day affair which sees about a million locals and tourists flocking to the event in July. The stampede was first started in the 1880s in Calgary— which is the major reason why it is called the Stampede City — and sees the city turned into a western American town, complete with people wearing blue jeans, cowboy boots, and brightly colored Stetsons.
Known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”, Calgary Stampede is held on Stampede Park, which is easily accessible via car or public transit, and has a lot of parking space. Major events include rodeo competition, a big parade, chuck wagon races, a First Nation village, concerts, agriculture shows, and a fun fair. You can also get a free Stampede Breakfast around town which is hosted by several establishments and provide pancakes. Don’t be surprised if you see some familiar country music faces here.
Even if you visit Stampede Park in the off season, there will be some amusement available like a tour of the venue or a concert taking place.
Heard about the Rocky Mountains?
Located in British Columbia, the Rocky Mountains stretches for over 3,000 miles and offers visitors as many miles of entertainment, particularly in late summer when the vacationing crowds have gone.
With its sharp peaks, stunning waterfalls, glacial blue lakes, and outrageous canyons and caves, the Rockies are one of the most impressive and breathtaking places in the world.
If you are visiting the Rockies for the weekend, Canmore, Waterton, Bon Accord are some towns that look like they come out straight from Hallmark cards and can offer you hours of hiking around the mountains.
It also has some of the most beautiful and majestic national parks in the world, including the Banff, Yoho, Jasper, Kootenay, and Yellowstone National Park.
Picturesque bright blue lakes surrounded by snow-topped mountains and fir tree forests are a visual treat which you can visit up-close with the help of Rocky Mountain train. Tourists can also spend the night in its quaint chalets and take part in mountain climbing, snowshoeing, and trekking.
This beautiful mountain range is teeming with wildlife, romance, and luxury, and is one of the best beautiful sites that Canada has to offer.
Banff National Park
This outstanding natural park is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and is a perfect retreat for people tired of the hustle and bustle of everyday life. You can reach the Banff National Park in under 90 minutes and the route itself is spectacular allowing tourists an incredible view of the snow-tipped mountains as soon as you leave the city.
Over three million visitors come to see this beautiful natural reserve every year and the park offers them a variety of outdoor activities including hours of biking and hiking trails, ski treks, kayaking lakes and camping spaces amidst the most breathtaking mountains in the world.
After entering the park gates, you will find yourself in the town of Banff which is the only community inside the national park. It is also a wonderful place to explore and offers you tons of dining and shopping options.
Yet, one of the biggest highlights that you absolutely must not miss is Lake Louise. The unspoiled turquoise crystal-clear lake is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains and is extremely selfie-worthy. If you want to extend your time there, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a luxurious place to spend the night at.
Visit Quebec: the Europe of Canada
Indeed, Quebec province is the “Europe of Canada” as this is the only province whose first language is French, not English, and its architecture and heritage all make it appear like a historic French village.
Its capital, Quebec City, is one of the most picture-perfect and nostalgic places to visit and features plenty of 17th and 18th century buildings and horse-drawn carriages. The city’s old-fashioned gas lamp-lined cobblestone streets give you a decidedly Parisian vibe with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and baked bread making your visit even more joyful.
Even though the city is lauded for its culture and history, it also has youthful neighborhoods which are filled with groovy restaurants, nightclubs and energetic ambiance.
When it comes to exploring Canada, these places are just the tip on the iceberg. There are many more wonders to see. So, which are the places you plan to visit during your studying journey? Just book your visa, pack your bags, and get a flight to Canada.