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Even the weariest luggage schleppers can recharge at :10 Minute Manicure, a chain offering breezy mini-spa treatments at dozens of airports around North... Read More

Let Shirley Lum, culinary historian, company founder, and gastronome, guide you through Toronto as you've never seen it. Since 1993, she's been offering... Read More

Every treatment on the menu at this full-service spa lists a duration time—so you’ll know exactly how much pampering you can squeeze in... Read More

The supermarket is the winner of the People's Choice Award for design. Read More

Adventure seekers should arrange an afternoon of windsurfing through this experienced local outfitter. Read More

The Aga Khan Museum is dedicated to offering guests a glimpse of beautifully curated Islamic art, Iranian art, and Muslim culture in Toronto. The museum... Read More

Created in the style of a traditional European "cabinet of curiousities," the back room of Alexander Lamb's Wunderkammer Antiques displays... Read More

Straight out of National Geographic--or Ripley's Believe It or Not--this kooky collection of travel mementos occupies a back room at a Main Street... Read More

This short-haul ferry service/mini tour offers an easy and inexpensive way to take in Vancouver's False Creek waterfront with stops in trendy Yaletown... Read More

This 40-acre indoor and outdoor public aquarium located west of the city center is home to over 10,000 marine creatures: fish, reptiles, amphibians, and... Read More

Most trips take expert planning, and even more so in the challenging Arctic Circle environment. Trusted by Disney, IMAX, and National Geographic, Arctic... Read More

The airport’s jostling crowds make it easy to forget that Toronto’s landscapes were once completely inhabited by Inuit peoples, like the... Read More

This Frank Gehry updated art museum houses over 80,000 works spanning the first century to present day. A revolving roster of exhibits, from Davie Bowie... Read More

An antiques and curios shop opened in 1975, Arthur Quentin has since expanded to offer housewares, accessories, clothing, cookware, and other decorative... Read More

This military installation has a 250-year history that began with its construction by the French, who used it as their military headquarters in the mid... Read More

Learn more about the history of Québec’s parliament by visiting the National Assembly, housed in an imposing eighteenth-century building inspired by the... Read More

The Audain Art Museum opened in 2016 and houses pieces by artists like Emily Carr and Edward J. Hughes, as well as British Columbia art, 19th century... Read More

A jumbled, items-spilling-off-of-shelves knitting store. Read More

Baie-Saint-Paul is Charlevoix’s main town, nestled at the bottom of a valley with open views onto the St. Lawrence River. The town is home to a highly... Read More

Though Montreal after dark used to mean La Calèche du Sexe and other such red-light joints downtown, the city’s nightlife is now centered... Read More

The largest professional Shakespeare festival in Western Canada, Bard on the Beach was founded by artistic director Christopher Gaze in 1990. Every... Read More

Rising from a bustling plaza in the center of Upper Town, this impressive cathedral belongs to the oldest parish in North America. Rebuilt twice since... Read More

Located just two blocks from the park entrance, this West End rental shop gears up sightseers for two wheeled adventures through the trails of Stanley... Read More

From sporting events to summer festivals, this year-round, open-air facility touts the biggest cable-supported retractable roof in the world. Originally... Read More

Set on an otherwise unappealing stretch of Rue Sainte-Catherine, the industrial-looking Belgo Building is an inauspicious hub for the city’s... Read More

Benjo is an innovative children’s toy store in the lively Saint-Roch neighborhood. Located directly across from L’Église Saint-Roch... Read More

Montreal has great bike trails throughout the city and along the water. The best of them is the one that follows the Lachine Canal for about nine miles,... Read More

What could be more energizing than visiting the city and admiring its most beautiful scenery by bike? The Corridor du Littoral allows you to do just... Read More

The kooky sister establishment to bar Plan B, Bily Kun hangs mounted ostrich heads along its 20-foot-high walls by way of decoration. The look is... Read More

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... Read More

The Black Sheep Gallery was a former fish plant in West Jeddore that now sells folk and outsider art. Read More

Quebec’s answer to American Apparel—a source for eco-friendly basics like perfectly fitting tees and baby-soft hoodies, all made in the... Read More

Boutique aux Mémoires is a Lower Town antiques store for both the serious collector and those who are curious about Quebec’s decorative... Read More

This museum boutique is set in a historic vault dating back to 1751. It sells memorabilia from the museum’s exhibitions, but you’ll also discover... Read More

Grab your fleece and hop aboard the Brewster Ice Explorer, which climbs up the Athabasca Glacier in Jasper National Park. Read More

Yes! Quebec City has its very own red double-decker bus! Running along a loop that takes in all the city’s major sights, the circuit covers eleven stops... Read More

Since leading its first tour in 1966, Butterfield has built a reputation for its active-luxury travel. With the belief that the best way to travel is by... Read More

Kayak the Great Northern Peninsula's shores and hike the 1,000-year-old Viking settlement L'Anse aux Meadows. Along the way, you'll dine on wild caribou... Read More

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... Read More

The iconic “five sails” of this waterfront, multi-use complex welcome thousands of arriving cruise-ship passengers on summer days—and... Read More

This is one Canada's leading not-for-profit contemporary theater companies, located in a historic brick-and-beam venue. Matthew Jocelyn is the company's... Read More

Create a picnic with a sweet, nutty parmesan or raw-milk chèvre from Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan. From Carmelis, all the area's wineries are... Read More

In recent years, Montreal’s music scene has given rise to a parade of innovative bands, including the Arcade Fire and the Stars. If you want to... Read More

Seat of the Anglican Church in Quebec City, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity was the first Anglican cathedral to be built outside of the British Isles.... Read More

The winery comes alive each summer with a sunset concert series and a restaurant serving game sausages and other wine-friendly food at lunch. But... Read More

In Montreal, where interior shops tend to cater to either traditionalists or cutting-edge Modernists, Celadon Collection bridges the gap between stodgy... Read More

Vancouver’s enviable natural setting places this annual fireworks “competition” above most others in the world. International teams... Read More

Original Debut: Home to a fading vaudeville scene when it opened in 1913, the Imperial became a movie house in 1934 when it was leased to Léo... Read More

Centre Island is a short ferry ride away from the bustling city. Sitting between Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point, once on the island, you can rent... Read More

From Quebec City to La Malbaie, the Charlevoix Rail Transit winds through 125 kilometers of countryside charm, stopping in seven towns and picturesque... Read More

This self-described "wellness center" in downtown's Shangri-La Hotel offers Asian-style spa treatments in a sensual space. Completed in Vancouver in... Read More

Engagingly out of place among the skyscrapers of downtown, this 1895 Gothic-style cathedral features some of the most expertly crafted stained-glass... Read More

At 1,815-feet and 5-inches, the CN Tower is the world's tallest free-standing tower (defined as a building where less than 50% of the construction is... Read More

Swoon over the heaps of handmade rugs and socks at the Co-op Artisanale in Cheticamp. Read More

A spindle whorl is a stone disc that serves as a weight to maintain the momentum of a spindle in a spinning wheel. This one, carved out of Canadian red... Read More

You don’t have to know how to ski or snowboard to enjoy the mountain. The Coca-Cola Tube Park is located on Blackcomb Mountain, and offers seven tube... Read More

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... Read More

Hidden behind a narrow storefront in Little Portugal, this unassuming bar is marked by a large sign that reads Nazare Snack Bar (the building’s... Read More

Founded by Sara Parisotto and Hamid Samad, Commute Home sells original furniture and home accessories. Located in The Annex neighborhood, the shop has... Read More

Since 1971, this nonprofit public art gallery has featured contemporary art from local and international artists such as Christopher Williams, Steven... Read More

Rue Saint-Denis, up in the Plateau, is the prettiest shopping street in the city, with pint-size boutiques tucked into gabled houses. At this basement... Read More

Given the ubiquitous presence of the St. Lawrence River in this city, it only makes sense that some of the best tours here are held on the water.... Read More

A playground of over 55 square miles, Station Touristique Duchesnay welcomes outdoor enthusiasts who come do a wide variety of activities all year long,... Read More

Chef-owned and operated, the Culinary Adventure Company delivers the culinary and historical diversity of the city in unique, tasty ways. You can... Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Snowboarding and freestyle skiing in 2010, and site of Shaun “Flying Tomato” White’s likely total domination of the... Read More

De Retour caters to collectors of 1950's and 60's modern furnishings, lighting, and objét d’art. The shop, located on Rue Saint-Paul, is... Read More

Granted, this maple-focused shop sells its products at a premium price, but its central location, array of treats, and a museum that explains the... Read More

The brewing tradition is alive and well in Quebec, nowhere more so than at this excellent, nothing-but-the-basics microbrewery just a few blocks east of... Read More

Travelers kill stopover time with a trip back to the late-Jurassic period (150 million years ago). Pearson's Terminal 1 is home to a diorama showcasing... Read More

Christmas markets have been happening since the early 1400s in Germany, where they originated. Today, you can get into the season every winter at the... Read More

The Domaine de Maizerets is a superb 66-acre urban park located in Limoilou that features over 11 kilometers of walking trails, an arboretum, a... Read More

From the same owners as Whiskey Café, Dominion Square Tavern serves a French-Canadian menu and house-made items by chef Érik Dupuis. The... Read More

The namesake owner of this 1995-opened gallery is passionate about the First Nations artists whose work he carries. Some of the finest modern work from... Read More

About 25 miles from downtown Quebec City is Mont-Sainte-Anne, a mountainous area in which you can go camping, golfing, mountain biking or hiking in the... Read More

A sprawling central business district, downtown also encompasses the stately McGill University, gorgeous mansions along Rue Sherbrooke, and some of the... Read More

This classically designed 'scholars' garden in Vancouver's Chinatown was the first of its kind built outside of Asia. Named in honor of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,... Read More

The namesake store of the trendy Drake Hotel, this nontraditional gift shop sells a wide array of unusual souvenirs, original antiques, local art, and... Read More

Sample local products at the Duncan Farmers’ Market, held every Saturday in Duncan, the valley’s workaday hub. Read More

A single- or two-person sea kayak paddle around False Creek is a terrific way to spot some of Vancouver’s landmarks—including the still... Read More

Edible BC, situated in its own room within the market, features tables and shelves stocked with delicious locally produced gourmet foodstuffs&mdash... Read More

With its impressive selection of imported European products and the countless teas and spices presented in a wall of wooden cubes that look like an... Read More

Several stairways connect the Upper and Lower Towns, but the Escalier Casse-Cou is probably the most well known. Linking Côte de la Montagne to the... Read More

This eclectic little boutique/art gallery showcases paintings by owner Lysanne Pepin, quirky jewelry, and a handful of well-priced bohemian women&rsquo... Read More

Girly dresses, fitted tees, tailored suits, and even, on occasion, handmade shoes, from Canadian designers pepper the racks in this Mount Pleasant... Read More

Where It Is: Lake Huron’s icy waters preserve sunken ships for decades with little disturbance. Fathom Five Marine Park, a land and water reserve... Read More

Undoubtedly the friendliest and most informal festival of all, the Festibière de Québec is the meeting point for all lovers of Québécois beer.... Read More

Quebec City completely transforms early July every year: the city center is bursting with energy, the terraces are jam-packed, and people venture out... Read More

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... Read More

This fall music festival began very humbly a few years ago but quickly became a must-see. Some 80 artists perform in numerous bars, concert halls, and... Read More

For three weekends in late January and early February, Parc Jean-Drapeau becomes an outdoor celebration of winter with the Fête des Neiges, or... Read More

Head to the Skier’s Plaza on any Sunday between December and March to witness the the Fire and Ice Show at 8 p.m. Whistler Blackcomb Snow School's pros,... Read More

Instead of hiking up north Vancouver’s infamous Grouse Grind, First Flight Paragliding offers a more adventerous alternative: soaring 4... Read More

Whether you're up for a group or private walking tour of one of Toronto's tastier neighborhoods, or a customized event to wow a group, Foodies on Foot... Read More

Opened in 2006, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts was specifically built for opera and ballet performances with an emphasis on outstanding... Read More

Gorgeous trompe l’oeil frescoes have completely transformed the area that was previously an eyesore separating the Saint-Roch neighborhood from the Old... Read More

Fans of vintage clothing shouldn’t miss this 15-year-old shop for its well-curated selection of designer hats, scarves, and party dresses from the... Read More

What started as a tiny consignment shop in the indie district around King Edward Avenue has grown into the neighborhood’s premiere boutique for... Read More

A traditional family activity in Quebec City during summer and early fall, fruit picking provides the perfect excuse to drive to scenic Île d’Orléans... Read More

Formerly GAP Adventures.  ... Read More

Raymond Brousseau is an art collector who sold his 2,500+ piece Inuit art collection to Quebec City’s fine arts museum, where a fraction of the pieces... Read More

The only Canadian museum dedicated solely to ceramics, the Gardiner showcases a collection of more than 3,000 pieces, ranging from ancient Mayan... Read More

Statue of John "Gassy Jack" Deighton, located in the Gastown District, where Vancouver was born. Gastown started with only one lumber mill in the... Read More

A well-dressed, 40-is-the-new-30 crowd gathers nightly at this slick lounge, set along Yaletown’s trendiest shopping strip. The doorman stationed... Read More

This ghoulish company conducts lantern-lit tours that cover some of the city’s darkest history: some 400 years worth of murders, gruesome executions,... Read More

This Vancouver International Airport (YVR) shop is located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing. The open-air retail space... Read More

Classical and popular music concerts, opera, dance, and theatrical productions are presented at this complex in the heart of Quebec City’s arts district... Read More

Operating in False Creek since 1982, this ferry service is the original one providing transport aboard its fleet of 10 vessels, which... Read More

Many of Granville Island’s most interesting shops are actually located outside the boundaries of the Public Market. Among our favorites are... Read More

Housed in the historical Crawford Block building in Edmonton, Gravity Pope has supported local fashion designers and collections since 1992. The 1800... Read More

A pleasant alternative to the ubiquitous newsstands of airportland, this shop has a sizable stack of fiction by Canadian authors (including Carol... Read More

Canadian artist Lutz Haufschild created this 131-foot-long stained glass panel inspired by the iconic Hokusai painting The Great Wave off Kanagawa.... Read More

Just a 15-minute drive from downtown, Grouse Mountain has attractions that can be enjoyed long after ski season concludes. If you're really fit,... Read More

Vancouver’s closest mountain for skiing and hiking sits eight miles north of Downtown, and it’s open year-round. A modern tram brings... Read More

Situated in waterfront Vanier Park, this educational center houses interactive space-related exhibits that include a virtual voyage to Mars, a touchable... Read More

It’s great fun to watch the takeoffs and landings of Vancouver’s numerous floatplanes (which locals use for quick transport to Victoria... Read More

Displayed in Terminal 1, this glimmering, double-sided figure was created by local sculptor Harold Town in 1963. Comprised of 60 individual panels of... Read More

A unesco World Heritage site in the prairies of southwestern Alberta, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump provides a fascinating look at the culture and... Read More

What this Hermès boutique in the Vancouver International Airport lacks in size, it makes up for in the grand quality of its signature scarves,... Read More

Take the Sunshine Meadows Alpine Shuttle to the Upper Access road and just start walking. Read More

Parc National de la Jacques-Cartier, a short 30-minute drive from Quebec City, is one of our real treasures. A valley runs through its center, and a... Read More

In the Victorian neighborhood of Gastown, this three-story Native American art gallery showcases ceremonial masks and totem poles, limited-edition... Read More

This serene, four-floor luxury department store, housed in a beautifully restored Art Deco building within the mansion-lined block known as the Golden... Read More

Every year, Hot Docs offers a stellar line-up of more than 200 films from Canada and beyond to an appreciative audience of more than 200,000. It's North... Read More

North America’s oldest corporation—established in 1670!—Hudson’s Bay Company (known locally as just The Bay) has long been known... Read More

In the heart of downtown, a refrigerated ice-skating rink is created for visitors can to glide around between mid-October and mid-March, depending on... Read More

In the heart of downtown, a refrigerated ice-skating rink is created for visitors can to glide around between mid-October and mid-March, depending on... Read More

Ile d'Orleans lies in the middle of the St. Lawrence River and is just a 15-minute drive from downtown Quebec City. The entire island is a designated... Read More

This 26-mile-long island, just 15 minutes’ drive from downtown Quebec City, is so rich in history and scenery that it is worth a multi-day trip in... Read More

Set on the main drag of trendy Gastown, this high-end showroom carries contemporary furniture, lighting, and accessories from high-end brands like B&... Read More

Once just a pet project of insect collector Georges Brossard, the Insectarium officially opened in 1990 within the Montreal Botanical Garden. More than... Read More

Stop in at this 2009-opened boutique to pick up cult clothing brands Supra and Elm, plus works by up-and-coming Montreal artists. Read More

The oldest grocer on the continent stocks English teas, French soaps, and picnic fixings (our favorites: wild boar sausage and a wedge of locally made... Read More

Opened in 1871, J.A. Moisan is North America’s oldest grocery store. Its meticulously restored storefront and the antiques that decorate the aisles will... Read More

As one of the smallest yet prettiest gardens in the city, the Jardin Jeanne d’Arc is located on the Plaines d’Abraham. Its rectangular grounds are... Read More

The Jardin Saint-Roch was at the core of efforts to revitalize the neighborhood of the same name in the early 1990s. Today, it lies at the heart of one... Read More

Summer is prime viewing time for Jasper National Park's Columbia Ice Fields or the Athabasca Glacier. Read More

Shrine to the rock God Jimi Hendrix, whose roots are in Vancouver—his grandparents immigrated to the city in 1911. The shrine used to be part of Vie's,... Read More

Located in Beaconsfield Village along Ossington Ave., this stylish boutique is known for its luxe tees and sweats, artfully draped dresses and... Read More

What to Expect: Backed by the snow-capped North Shore Mountains, this stretch of gray sand is a haven for active types looking to do more than just lie... Read More

Located in Kitsilano Beach Park on the edge of English Bay, this seasonal public pool features panoramic views of the downtown skyline backed by the... Read More

La Barberie is not a place for a haircut, but a longtime microbrewery at the crossroads of the Saint-Roch district and the entrance to Lower Town. The... Read More

Pick up croissants at this Kelowna bakery before spending the day in wine-tasting heaven. Read More

Quebec City is one of the last remaining fortified cities in North America—it was developed between 1608 and 1871—and you can take a guided tour to... Read More

Sitting like a five-pointed star among The Plains of Abraham and just above Terrasse Dufferin, La Citadelle de Québec is a still-active military... Read More

A star-shaped fortress located in a prime spot overlooking the St. Lawrence River, La Citadelle is a daily reminder of the city’s military past. Built... Read More

A newcomer, La Réserve is a great addition to Limoilou’s 3rd Avenue, an emerging food destination. Leaning towards Italy, its offerings include cheeses,... Read More

The name of this place means “the road to India,” which was the route the Spanish and Portuguese were looking for when they discovered America. Their... Read More

Try to catch a performance by the Mittenstrings, an up-and-coming Montreal phenomenon. Read More

The oldest public market in Montreal, the Lachine Market dates to the 1840’s. The farmers’ market became a permanent market in 1909, and the... Read More

Le Capitole is a Beaux Arts-style theater first designed in 1902 by famed American architect Walter S. Painter. It's one of 15 buildings in the city... Read More

In the heart of St.-Roch, this warehouse-like restaurant morphs into a dynamic performance space after dark. Events range from poetry slams, film... Read More

Close to the bike paths along the Lachine Canal, Le Marche Atwater pieces together a farmers’ market atmosphere from a mix of pastry shops,... Read More

Once you have the gourmet accoutrements from the Les Touilleurs kitchenware store, cab it up to Little Italy and this enormous food market, which is the... Read More

Le Paingrüel is one of the most popular boulangeries in Quebec City. Located in the heart of the St.-Jean-Baptiste district, the bakery is housed... Read More

Running through magnificent scenery, the Train du Massif follows a 90-mile track from the Montmorency Falls to La Malbaie. Different packages are... Read More

Pop in for the handsome leather buckets and bags. Read More

The 119-year-old grocery has plenty of Québécois cheeses. Read More

Step inside this tiny chocolatier and the powerful aromas of caramel, spice, milk, and yes, chocolate are as comforting as stepping back into your... Read More

Les Tam Tams is a free music festival held on rainless Sundays from May through September; it attracts drummers, dancers, vendors, and curious... Read More

Proof that Montreal is an epicurean’s dream: this exquisitely ordered kitchenware store in Outremont’s poshest shopping neighborhood. The... Read More

The shop specializes in underground comics and illustrated novels, including titles written and produced by the store’s own publishing house. Read More

Historically home to the city’s working-class, English-speaking black community, the gentrifying, still-off-the-tourist-map neighborhood that gave... Read More

p>Italian Canadians, Montreal’s largest ethnic group, originally settled in this far-north neighborhood after WWII. Italian is still spoken... Read More

Founder Chip Wilson opened the flagship store of his global yoga apparel chain, Lululemon Kitsilano, back in 2000. The brand is known for fashion... Read More

When you tire of stuffy airport smells, a stroll into this meadow-fresh Canadian bath-and-beauty chain does wonders. The products here are made largely... Read More

About a half-hour drive from downtown Vancouver, Lynn Canyon Park sits on the edge of a residential street and offers several trails, some of which link... Read More

Holland America's cruise ship, the Maasdam, underwent an extensive multimillion-dollar refurbishment in 2006, adding new stateroom furnishings and... Read More

If you need to visit a traditional Quebec City souvenir shop, this is where you should come. Modeled along the lines of an early-century general store,... Read More

In the western suburb of Point St. Charles, this 1668 farmstead—with a handsome stone house, outbuildings, and surrounding gardens—has been... Read More

Designed by Marius Dufresne and completed in 1914, the five-story Maisonneuve Market is located in its namesake district. Although historically a daily... Read More

As the city’s main public market, the Marché du Vieux-Port serves as a year-round pantry for locals as well as one of the best places for edible... Read More

Travel agent Maria Guerrieri has helped Linden Travel develop into one of the most well-known travel agencies in New York. Located on Third Avenue in... Read More

More than 20 years of experience have provided Mark Hoyer with the know-how to guide travelers through the most beautiful places in the world. His areas... Read More

Hike through the orchards of Merridale Ciderworks, seven miles south of Cowichan Bay. Rick Pipes and Janet Docherty make their cider from English and... Read More

Conseil des métiers d'art du Quebec is an organization that brings together talented artisans who produce crafts and handmade products to sell at a... Read More

Camping has its charms, but a wet tent and a hard mattress don't always add up to the pampered vacation you deserve. Don't you just wish you could... Read More

This ethnic enclave filled with Hasidic, Portuguese, Italian, and Greek communities has been immortalized in the novels of Mordecai Richler, who grew up... Read More

This quirky gallery and boutique is known for its offbeat exhibitions and designer home furnishings. Launched in 2007, MOTI was one of the first... Read More

Mission Hill is one of the most impressive wineries anywhere—a reported $26 million investment by the owner of Mike's Hard Lemonade—set on a... Read More

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

Explore the four biospheres here; the Atlantic puffin exhibit is a favorite.... Read More

Spread across 180 acres just a couple of miles east of downtown, the ... Read More

Explore and sample imported French goods and fresh Canadian products at these four public markets; Read More

Sitting on commercial Cartier Street, Morena is a modern Italian grocery store that sells a wide variety of prepared dishes such as soups, arancini,... Read More

Morrin Centre is housed in Quebec City’s first prison, built over 200 years ago. Tours explore the site’s dark but fascinating history, but the star... Read More

At the forefront of Main Street's growing reputation as a design Mecca, this quirky Mount Pleasant clothing boutique stocks locally made art-house... Read More

This museum is devoted to the history of French-speaking North America and is part of the historical Québec Seminary, dating back to 1663. In this... Read More

The Musée de la Civilisation is in no way a museum to be admired passively. It has opted for innovative, interactive exhibits to immerse visitors via... Read More

This museum was opened in 1988 in Old Quebec, next to the St. Lawrence River, to help promote and showcase French culture and history. Designed by the... Read More

Known for its immense diversity, the Musée de la Civilisation (Museum of Civilization) combines permanent historic displays with rotating,... Read More

Overlooking the very place where Quebec City was founded in 1608, the Musée de la Place Royale unveils the history of New France through the lives of... Read More

For a deeper look at Canadian art, don’t miss the Beaux-Arts museum in the heart of downtown’s Golden Square Mile. There is a small (but... Read More

Located right on the historic Plaines d’Abraham, the stately Musée National des Beaux-Arts fascinates visitors with its setting as well as its exhibits.... Read More

Located right on the historic Plaines d’Abraham, the stately Musée National des Beaux-Arts fascinates visitors both with its art as well as with its... Read More

Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Quebec houses Canada’s largest national art collection. Set inside three Battlefield Park (also known as ... Read More

Located on the Vancouver campus of the University of British Columbia, the Museum of Anthropology displays Northwest Coast First Nations art. It is... Read More

LeFort's hooked portraits of Jackie Kennedy and various Canadian prime ministers are astonishing in their obsessiveness, as is her 80-square-foot... Read More

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

Spend two weeks in a rugged, diverse landscape. Led by a seasoned naturalist, search for the elusive Brown Kiwi on Stewart Island and trek to Westland... Read More

One of the city’s best-kept secrets is the park nestled along the Rivière Saint-Charles, which runs from the lake of the same name to the St. Lawrence... Read More

If you happen upon the Old Port in Quebec City in early August, you’ll find yourself traveling 400 years in the past. This is the New France Festival,... Read More

Designed by "The Golden Bear," Jack Nicklaus, who won 18 career majors, the Nicklaus North golf course is one of the best golf courses in North America.... Read More

For five days every June, NXNE celebrates, first and foremost, music. Panels, screenings, parties, showcases, and installations are the name of the game... Read More

Located in the heart of the Old City, this 360-year-old basilica-cathedral stands on the site of the chapel constructed by Samuel de Champlain, the... Read More

Designed by New York architect James O’Donnell, the Gothic Revival-style Notre-Dame Basilica faces Place d'Armes in Old Montreal. Although... Read More

Overlooking historic Place Royale, where Quebec City was founded in 1608, this 300-year-old church has had a tumultuous history. Used as a place of... Read More

Every night starting at 9 p.m., top-notch jazz performers riff in this intimate restaurant/lounge on the ground floor of the arty Listel Hotel. The room... Read More

International design house Obakki sells clothing for both work and play that's geared toward young (and young-at-heart) career women. Founded by Treana... Read More

The Observatoire is the place to get an overview of Quebec City’s geography at a glance. Offering a stunning 360° view from the top floor of the city’s... Read More

Standing at 221 meters above sea level (and with 31 floors), this is Quebec City's tallest building. The former exhibition hall is now the city's... Read More

Set in the often-narrow streets of Old Montreal, said to be some of Canada’s most haunted, these English- and French-language walking tours... Read More

Site of the 1976 Summer Olympics, this complex of hulking concrete buildings—and former home of the Montreal Expos (now used for concerts and... Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Home to rowing events in the 1976 Games, and one of the largest artificial outdoor rowing facilities in North America.... Read More

Established in 1876 by the Ontario Society of Artists, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in downtown Toronto has grown to become the third... Read More

At the city’s north end, Outremont is home to the city’s tony Francophones, and its main drag, Avenue Laurier Ouest, is one of Montreal... Read More

Set right in front of the bridge leading to Île d’Orléans, Parc de la Chute-Montmorency provides up-close-and-personal access to the impressive... Read More

Located just out of the downtown area, the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge is a beautifully maintained park that will delight amateur horticulturalists and... Read More

After exploring Old Montreal, save time for a walk through Frederick Law Olmsted’s wooded and sprawling, 470-odd-acre Mont-Royal Park, which spans... Read More

Raft challenging white-water rapids on the Rivière-Rouge or cycle (or cross-country ski in the winter) along part of the 143-mile Parc Lineaire... Read More

This national park, just a 30-minute drive from Quebec City, is one of our real treasures. A valley up to 550 meters deep runs through its center, along... Read More

Quebec’s largest national park is perfect for swimming and the new rock climbing–like “via ferrata” (ropes, ladder rungs,... Read More

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

Between Jacques-Cartier and Clock Tower quays in the Old Port, the Patinoire du Bassin Bonsecours is a scenic outdoor skating rink along the St.... Read More

There are many outfitters like Whistler Eco Tours and River of Golden Dreams offering fishing tours around town, but Pemberton Fish Finder has teamed up... Read More

The trendy South Granville shopping district is home to this popular home decorating boutique known for its feminine style. Twinkling chandeliers,... Read More

Dubuc made his name with his super-sleek men’s wear collections (in a palette that rarely strays far from black, gray, slate, or beige). At his... Read More

Place Royale is a gorgeous public place that makes for pretty pictures, but it’s also one of our most significant historic attractions. Considered the... Read More

This is a park that needs no introduction: Covered by flowery, wooded and grassy plains and valleys, the Plaines d’Abraham serve as the lungs of Québec... Read More

The Plains of Abraham is one of Canada’s most scenic monuments, as well as hallowed ground for French and British soldiers who fought and died... Read More

Known as the Plateau, this hip, vibrant, edgy community is Montreal’s answer to Manhattan’s Greenwich Village and Lower East Side. Boulevard... Read More

Regardless of your airline or class of ticket, passengers can have access to first-class facilities at one of YVR’s two pay-per-use lounges.... Read More

This boutique in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood carries a carefully selected collection of jackets, knits, dresses, and other casual wear for women.... Read More

This traditionally working-class western suburb has several surviving historic sights, including the lovely Maison Saint-Gabriel. Read More

This neighborhood wine bar has a stylish décor that evokes a ‘60s-era Danish living room (Wegner-style chairs, teak bookcases), plus a... Read More

The Pride Week Toronto festival is North America's largest Pride celebration, with members represented from various communities. Two of the big draws... Read More

Architect Peter Smith, winner of the Governor-General's Award for his theater designs, was able to build a large, modern auditorium—with a huge stage... Read More

This walkway suspended from the cliff, connecting the terrace in front of Château Frontenac to the Plaines d’Abraham, is one of the most romantic walks... Read More

A gift from the city to its citizens for its 400th anniversary in 2008, Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain is a spectacular linear park that runs along the... Read More

Evidence that Montreal designers can compete on the world’s stage: the glorious interior of Pullman, which merges mid-century modernism (polished... Read More

Winemaker Grant Stanley grew up in Vancouver and New Zealand, and his whites split the difference between the tropical-fruit notes of a Kiwi bottling... Read More

Just to the east of downtown, Montreal’s gay village has terraced restaurants and clubs along Rue Saint-Denis (which runs through the Latin... Read More

This is an unmissable quarter of the city—in 2014 Rue de Petit-Champlain was named the best street in Canada. With cobbled streets, stone facades, and... Read More

One of the city’s newest touring companies takes visitors on a three-hour tour of the city’s most creative “foodie” neighborhood: Saint-Roch. Tours are... Read More

Winter is an integral part of our identity—so naturally, we have a festival to celebrate it! Taking place in the middle of February, often the coldest... Read More

The Québec-Lévis Ferry is the most scenic—and cheapest—“cruise” visitors can enjoy on the St. Lawrence River. It connects the Old Port on one side of... Read More

A stones throw from University of Toronto's main campus, Queen's Park is the home of the Ontario Legislature. The oval-shaped landmark includes a north... Read More

Who would think wandering around in the cold of winter wearing nothing but a bathing suit could be not only therapeutic, but fun? Nordic spas provide an... Read More

Who would think wandering around in the cold of winter wearing nothing but a bathing suit could be not only therapeutic, but fun? Nordic spas provide an... Read More

The mountain has the longest lift-serviced descent in North America, at 5,620 feet. Read More

Located in Terminal 1 of Toronto Pearson International Airport, this offshoot of the Colorado-based sweet shop sells a huge selection of handmade... Read More

Located inside Laval University, the city's main institution for post-secondary education, the Roger-Van den Hende Botanical Garden is free for all... Read More

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,... Read More

Hand-made leather goods such as bags, boots, and accessories. Read More

The Royal Ontario Museum, located near Queen’s Park and the University of Toronto, attracts over a million people each year. Opened to the public in... Read More

This street used to provide access to the Royal Treasure, and it's where the colonists ventured to pay their yearly taxes. The cobbled street now plays... Read More

Following a tragic fire that largely destroyed the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighborhood in 1881, this superb church was built and quickly restored the area... Read More

The Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica is located about 20 miles out of Quebec City and attracts over a million and a half visitors every year. Built on... Read More

Inspired by ancient Chinese tea traditions, this shop sells a wide variety of loose-leaf organic teas flavored with all-natural ingredients. Behind... Read More

Housed inside the international terminal inside the Vancouver International Airport, The Spirit of Haida Gwaii, known as the Jade Canoe, is the second... Read More

The Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre honors the Squamish and Lil’wat Nations. It’s an award-winning museum designed with to incorporate the look of a... Read More

Stop by the local Benedictine monastery where monks encourage guests to pick apples in their orchard and sample house-made cheeses and cider. Read More

Vancouverites have a never-ending love affair with this 1,000-acre spread of temperate rainforest, which occupies the entire northwest end of Vancouver... Read More

At the very end of Promenade Samuel-de-Champlain, Station des Cageux is a dock that features an observation tower, offering a clear view of the St.... Read More

Brewmaster and owner James Walton has deliberately kept Storm small since he started brewing in 1994. The brewery and storefront in East Van can be... Read More

Pop for tickets at the seven-month-long festival, renowned for its Shakespearean, classical, and contemporary performances. Read More

There are regular shuttles to Sunshine Village, the main Banff ski resort, where you ride the gondola to the top. Try one of the less-challenging Goat's... Read More

Terrasse Dufferin, which is perched just below the iconic Fairmont Château le Frontenac, is a public park with sweeping vistas of the St. Lawrence... Read More

Terrasse Pierre-Dugua-de Mons, at the end of popular Rue St. Denis, is a welcome oasis (it's part of the larger Champs-de-Bataille park). The green... Read More

Share a gelato while strolling the flower-carpeted 55 acres complete with traditional Japanese, Italian, and English rose sections. Read More

The place to watch essential cinema in the city, from classics to obscure films and new releases, is The Cinematheque. In addition to movie showings,... Read More

Well-named cocktails, such as the rum-based Grass Skirt and the gin-based Buck Buck Mule. Small, elegant menu including ceviches and charcuterie, with... Read More

At the McAbee Fossil Beds site, lake sediments that formed 50 million years ago now hold the fossilized imprints of more than 50 plant varieties. Fish... Read More

In the early 19th century, Quebec City's Old Port was one of the five biggest ports in the world. The surrounding waters remain a key cruise ship... Read More

Olympic Pedigree: Dutch skater Yvonne van Gennip won three gold medals and broke two world records during the 1988 Winter Games’ speed skating... Read More

Québec City is the only city north of Mexico that is still surrounded by fortifications. The three-mile circuit around the Old City offers breathtaking... Read More

In a town where martinis and serious conversation are the nighttime norm, this local haunt is—refreshingly—all about beer and laughter. The... Read More

Twenty-eight kilometers form the longest uninterrupted waterfront path in the world—Vancouver's Seawall. From the Vancouver Convention Centre to Spanish... Read More

Right at the foot of Château Frontenac, thrillseekers will be happy to find a toboggan 82 meters high that offers a heart-challenging 150-meter run. The... Read More

Right at the foot of Château Frontenac, thrillseekers will be happy to find a toboggan 82 meters high that offers a heart-challenging 150-meter run. The... Read More

Enjoy the end of summer at the Toronto Cider Festival. Showcasing the country's best hard ciders, you can sample and sip your way through, while... Read More

Since its start in 1975, Toronto International Film Festival has grown to become one of world’s best, considered by many to be second only to Cannes.... Read More

Canada's biggest airport hosts an average of 32 million passengers, and 400,000 flights per year. Pearson's two terminals, the somewhat confusingly... Read More

Frequent flyer miles aren't required to access this fee-entry airport lounge that's located on Level 3 of Terminal 1 in the International Departures... Read More

This agency conducts a wide variety of tours around the city and the region. Walking tours are the most interesting options, and combine the endless... Read More

Located in Vancouver International Airport, the Travel + Leisure store is the first of its kind in the world. The store, a partnership between... Read More

Seemingly every resident makes a daily pilgrimage to True Grain Bread & Mill, whose organic loaves you’ll smell from blocks away. Read More

Stop in at Tugwell Creek Honey Farm & Meadery to sample the excellent honey and strong mead. Read More

Vancouver's vast botanical gardens showcase a collection of approximately 8,000 species of flora, and also serves as a working center for plant research... Read More

What Lies Beneath: At first glance Montreal does not appear to be overcrowded, but maybe that’s because everyone is underground. More than four... Read More

Located within the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, which adjoins Pearson International Airport's Terminal 3, this small salon has a menu of pampering services... Read More

A 3 1/2-hour route that takes you past the craggy rocks of a glacial moraine. A good ending point is the Sunnegga transit stop, where you can catch a... Read More

The Pacific Northwest’s cool waters are teeming with colorful, fascinating sea-life—and the recently expanded Vancouver Aquarium brings... Read More

Outposts of the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park, these two displays are situated inside Vancouver International Airport. The first, located before... Read More

Premier art gallery in the city, exhibiting classic and contemporary art. VAG is undergoing a renovation that will see it moved to a new space ... Read More

Since its modest beginnings in 1978, this summer festival has grown to become one of Canada's biggest music events. Held in a public park at scenic... Read More

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the second busiest airport in Canada and welcomes millions of travelers each year. The airport is serviced by... Read More

One of the five largest film festivals in North America, the two-week Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) was first founded in 1982. Each year... Read More

Located pre-security on level three in the international departures wing of the Vancouver International Airport, this shop sells a selection of uniquely... Read More

The four-day, four-night transcontinental journey on Via Rail’s Canadian is a truly epic ride. Less well known, however, is the Jasper&ndash... Read More

The historic heart of the city, Old Montreal is a portside hamlet of narrow cobblestoned streets and handsome stone buildings dating from the 18th and... Read More

This huge year-round playground is the quintessential Quebec City family destination. In the summer, there’s a waterpark equipped with 35 waterslides,... Read More

Located in Beaconsfield Village, Virginia Johnson's eponymous shop showcases the illustrator and textile artist's silkscreens on a variety of... Read More

Large, Art Deco lettering marks this can't-miss landmark on Granville Street, calling attention to one of the last remaining theaters from what used to... Read More

This downtown cocktail bar takes its style cues from Manhattan's circa-1950s and -60s cocktail lounges with sleek black booths and wallpaper featuring... Read More

The outfitter arranges four-day guided wildlife tours with stays in a hilltop timber lodge. Read More

A man-eating trifecta of bears, wolves, and cougars call the woods around this trail home. Yet adventurers come from all over the world to hike the 48... Read More

Entering the stylish Whisky Lounge is a little like stepping (one imagines) into a Havana lounge, circa 1952. It’s not just the real Cuban cigars... Read More

Who needs Sundance?  Hollywood sophisticates hit the slopes (and the silver screen) during the annual Whistler Film Festival. Read More

Rent equipment and experience a variety of winter sports like Nordic skiing, ice skating, tobogganing, snowshoeing, and ski jumping at the site of the... Read More

New Favorite: The revamped Rosewood Hotel Georgia, in Vancouver. Housed in a 1927 Georgian Revival mansion, the 155-room property reopened in July with... Read More

The Sasquatch is one of the longest, highest, and fastest ziplines in North America. Founders Charles Steele and David Udow were the first to introduce... Read More

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