The beautiful thing about Canada is its variety. Being such a large country, cities are going to look and feel different depending on whereabouts you are. Snowcapped mountains, brilliant cityscapes, cultural landmarks, and societal touchstones like the legalization of Cannabis meaning you can buy weed online. From Quebec to British Columbia there are beautiful and unique cities providing great experiences no matter where you are. But which is worthy of the best city award? Let’s take a look. 

Surrey: 

Located right in British Columbia, Surrey is a vibrant city with diverse cultural communities. With relatively high-quality living environments, Surrey is a perfect city to visit if you are looking for something a little cheaper but still full of life. Throughout the year Surrey is home to many big citywide events like the Party for the Planet, the international children’s festival, and the fusion festival. Not to mention Surrey is full of Museums and Theatres which make the city full of life. 

Toronto:  

The largest city in Canada and the Capital of Ontario, Toronto is home to some of Canada’s major hot spots. Not only is it host to one of the world’s biggest film festivals the Toronto International Film Festival but Toronto houses some of Canada’s major landmarks like the CN Tower and the Hockey hall of fame. If you’re a fan of sports, then look no further. Toronto is host to seven different professional sports teams. Some of the highest caliber teams in the country. If you’re looking for culture the various micro-communities around the city, make for a wide range of dining and shipping experiences from Chinatown to Little Italy.  

 

Quebec City: 

Shifting a little over to the right into Quebec and you’ll find Quebec City. A historic, French-speaking city sitting alongside the Saint Lawrence River, Quebec City is a culture-rich city reminiscent of a much older European city. From the city’s amazing Landmarks like the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac to the most visited museum in the country the Museum of Civilization, this city is packed to the brim with a fascinating culture that would entice anyone.  

Ottawa: 

Moving back to Ontario it’s time to look at the Capital of the country, Ottawa. Another city home to cultural icons like the countries National Gallery and the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum. After visiting the museums, you could ice skate down the Rideau Canal that runs through the city or maybe if it’s later on in the year take part in the cities many festivals. After all the partying you could take a guided tour around the countries Parliament building to get a sense of the country’s political history and finish off the evening in one of the countless high-class restaurants dotted around the city.  

Vancouver: 

Heading back to British Columbia it’s time to look at Vancouver. A beautiful city surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the flowing Pacific Ocean, Vancouver has much to offer. Whether you want to take in natural beauty by visiting the beaches and the vast Stanley Park or treat yourself to the inner cities vast and varied shopping district, Vancouver is paradise whether you’re visiting on holiday or living your life there.  

 

 

Calgary: 

Off to Alberta now to talk about Calgary. Known often as the wild west of Canada, Calgary is home to a major event known ad the Calgary Stampede. A big festival celebrating the town’s history with ranching and farming. Cowboys aside the city still has much to offer. A revolving restaurant atop the Calgary tower, beautiful walking trails along the Bow River at Prince’s Island Park, and sunshine almost the entire year-round. It’s a unique city with character to spare. 

 

 

St John’s: 

Speaking of character to spare its time to move to Newfoundland to visit St. John’s. This small but colorful city on the coast with a huge cultural history is nothing to shrug at. Museum’s such as The Rooms tell an important story about St Johns’s importance in Canada’s historic battles or the Great Fire that ripped through downtown, the city is layered with history and beautiful sights. Or you can make quick trips to just outside the city to go whale watching and enjoy the other deep and important local wildlife. 

Whitehorse: 

Another small city this time in Yukon, Whitehorse is a stunning landscape and the gateway to Canada’s snowcapped north. With beautiful northern lights spanning the skies and thick snow coating the city, it’s hard to argue that there is a prettier place to be. And whilst the city is small it is less than half an hour away from the Takhini Hot Springs and the Yukon Wildlife Preserve making this place perfect for exploring the natural wonders in the area. With it being so small, it’s not too expensive either making for an affordable and beautiful getaway.  

By Brittney

Brittney is a writer, curator and contemporary art gallerist. Born in Singapore and based in New York City, Brittney maintains a deep interest in the contemporary art landscape of Southeast Asia. This is combined with an equally strong interest in contemporary art from the Asian diasporas, alongside the issues of identity, transmigration and global relations.