Canada Travel Guide
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.
What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for all things antique and secondhand. Find vintage leather clutches and bags alongside baby toys, kitchenware, printed stationery, and more.
In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition prints, and bentwood boxes. The beaded moccasins and hand-carved “talking sticks” make for great souvenirs.
The Canadian company that created the U.S. Olympic team uniforms for the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Games has stores across Canada and Asia (but, ironically, only four in the U.S.).
Looking to inspire on-flight creativity? Breeze by the glass display cases here to see the fruits of the Origami Society of Toronto’s labor: airplanes and motorcycles composed of crisply creased paper.
From sporting events to summer festivals, this year-round, open-air facility touts the biggest cable-supported retractable roof in the world. Originally opened in 1983, the stadium underwent a massive renovation and reopened in 2011.
Once just a pet project of insect collector Georges Brossard, the Insectarium officially opened in 1990 within the Montreal Botanical Garden. More than 150,000 arthropods—of which insects are a sub-group—are on display at the museum.
New Favorite: The revamped Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver.
The fashion atelier was built as a glass row house in a former parking lot between two brick buildings.
p>Italian Canadians, Montreal’s largest ethnic group, originally settled in this far-north neighborhood after WWII. Italian is still spoken here, and you’ll find the Marché Jean-Talon, one of the best public food markets in the city.
Benjo is an innovative children’s toy store in the lively Saint-Roch neighborhood. Located directly across from L’Église Saint-Roch and with a green Art Deco-like metal arch, Benjo beckons kids and adults alike.
This quirky gallery and boutique is known for its offbeat exhibitions and designer home furnishings. Launched in 2007, MOTI was one of the first upmarket shops to put down roots on this once-gritty strip of now-prime downtown real estate in hipster-centric Beaconsfield Village.
Stop in at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery to sample the excellent honey and strong mead.
Grab your fleece and hop aboard the Brewster Ice Explorer, which climbs up the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park.
This serene, four-floor luxury department store, housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building within the mansion-lined block known as the Golden Square Mile, is a veritable candy store for fashionistas.