Canada

Things to do in Canada

If you’re visiting Toronto, take a helicopter tour of Niagara Falls for a bird’s eye view of the magnificent Horseshoe and American Falls. Or hop aboard the Maid of the Mist boat for a closer look (and a few splashes). Once you’re back on dry land, head to the Royal Ontario Museum to check out its huge art collection, or dance the night away at one of the bars at West Queen West. The French province of Québec has some of the most exciting things to do in Canada.

In Montréal, stroll around the Old Port, the perfect setting for people watching and outdoor dining. Dig into its local cuisine–it’s the city with the largest number of restaurants per capita in North America. If you visit Montréal in late June or early July, make sure you snag tickets to the International Jazz Festival. For those who prefer the great outdoors, there are plenty of things to do in Canada. Alberta has gorgeous lakes, rivers and forests for hiking, and is an ideal location for seeing the Northern Lights aboard a dogsled. Mont Tremblant in Québec and Whistler in British Columbia are two of the best ski regions in Canada.

In May 2009, the city launched North America’s largest public bike-share program, rolling out 3,000 bikes at 400 docksa round the city available 24 hours a day for rent at $5 a day.

In the heart of St.-Roch, this warehouse-like restaurant morphs into a dynamic performance space after dark. Events range from poetry slams, film screenings, and DJ sets to concerts by folk and indie bands from around the country.

One of Canada’s most beloved bath and beauty chains, Fruits & Passion is literally for everyone—the label’s yummy potions even include organic massage oils for babies and men’s and women’s fragrances. The fruit-extract bath foams make for relaxing post-trip soaks.

Formerly GAP Adventures. 

Eclectic Mile End space that's one part antiques shop and one part gallery.

Every year, during the first week of July, Montreal puts on this music celebration. Some acts have included Emmylou Harris, Paul Simon, and Mali's Amadou et Mariam, many of which play for free on outdoor states downtown.

The Vietnam-born Andy Thê-Anh may be Quebec’s best women’s fashion designer—he’s certainly the city’s most polished.

Located inside Stephen Bulger Gallery in the Queen Street West arts district, Camera is a small rentable theater with a six-by-eight-foot screen and comfortable stadium seating for up to 50 viewers.

Young music lovers and older fans of Art Deco architecture share an affinity for this restored, historic (built in 1929) venue in the middle of the Downtown entertainment district.

The funky, two-floored shack on the side of the road in Margaree Forks, carries campy stock.

The iconic “five sails” of this waterfront, multi-use complex welcome thousands of arriving cruise-ship passengers on summer days—and also serve as a visual anchor for the city skyline.

A pleasant alternative to the ubiquitous newsstands of airportland, this shop has a sizable stack of fiction by Canadian authors (including Carol Shields, Douglas Coupland, Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, and many others) as well as nonfiction and Vancouver- and Canada-themed coffee-table books.

A stones throw from University of Toronto's main campus, Queen's Park is the home of the Ontario Legislature.

The skating rink at Place d'Youville, in windswept Upper Town, is always packed.

Girly dresses, fitted tees, tailored suits, and even, on occasion, handmade shoes, from Canadian designers pepper the racks in this Mount Pleasant boutique set in a former mercantile shop.