Are you planning to visit the great country of Canada but have no idea where to get started? Set your itinerary by including some of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, as measured by the number of visitors they receive each year.
Each has something unique to offer tourists, whether you’re in the area for a few days or longer.
10. Mont Royal Park – Montreal
Mont Royal Park is located at the highest point in the city of Montreal. Within the park you’ll find a ski trail, an oratory, and a Roman Catholic Basilica – amongst many other attractions. The park, named for the city itself, captures the attention of more than 3 million visitors each year.
9. Canada’s Wonderland – Maple, Ontario
Canada’s Wonderland is home to the largest wooden roller coaster in existence in Canada. It’s also the location of the only “flying coaster” in the country – the Time Warp. More than 3.35 million people visit this incredibly fun theme park each year and, according to news sources, the park is still expanding.
8. Banff National Park – Alberta
Banff National Park was the first national park established in Canada. The park consists of 2,500 acres of land in the Canadian Rockies and regularly attracts nature lovers to its glaciers and meadows. There are two towns within the park: Banff and Lake Louise. Both are filled with galleries, museums, and cultural attractions designed to occupy visitors in between treks into the wilderness. Approximately 3.3 million people visit the park, to explore and to ski, each year.
7. The Forks – Winnipeg
The Forks is another incredible park found at the point where the Red and Assiniboine rivers come together. The park has a lot of history, having once served as an Aboriginal settlement and then later as a major fur trading stop. Today the park draws more than 4 million annual visitors to its skateboarding park, plazas, and concerts.
6. Exhibition Place – Toronto
Exhibition Place is a large urban park spanning over 192 acres of land. The park sits on the shores of Lake Ontario and regularly hosts special shows, including the Canadian National Exhibition. The Canadian Bureau for the Advancement of Music calls Exhibition Place its home year round and is proud to cater to the 5.2 million visitors who flock to the park every year.
5. Vieux Port – Montreal
Vieux Port, also known as Old Port, draws nearly 6 million visitors each year. The riverfront is completely separate from the nearby Port of Montreal but has its own distinct and attractive allure. During the summer months there are circus shows and dances while during the winter months patrons stop by to see the Montreal High Lights Festival and fireworks shows.
4. Stanley Park – Vancouver, B.C.
The 1,000 acre Stanley Park lies within the city limits of Vancouver. Visitors come to walk amongst the cedars, hemlocks, and gardens or to watch their children in the playgrounds. There are even a few small restaurants scattered within the park grounds. More than 8 million people stroll the park grounds on an annual basis.
3. Grandville Island – Vancouver, B.C.
Granville Island was once a major epicenter for those working in the slaughterhouse or saw milling industries. Over time the island transformed and for the past 30+ years has drawn visitors to its steadily growing collection of artist studios, galleries, theaters, restaurants, and artisan shops. The island receives more than 10.5 million visitors each year and it is believe that only 29 percent of those visitors are British Columbia natives.
2. Harbourfront Centre – Toronto
The waterfront in Toronto consists of 10 acres of sheer beauty. Here you’ll find an amazing ice skating rink, a large boardwalk, and a number of great ships on display. One such ship, the 1812 War Privateer of the North Atlantic, allows visitors to come on board and look around. Approximately 12 million people visit the waterfront of Toronto annually.
1. Niagara Falls – Ontario
The folks in the City of Niagara Falls in Ontario estimate that Niagara Falls receives more than 12 million visitors every single year. We really weren’t surprised to find that it’s such a popular attraction – it’s one of the most famous in the United States as well. What we don’t do is attempt to determine which side – Canada or the US – gets more visitors.
Hopefully you’ll get to visit at least a few of these great attractions during your Canadian vacation. If not, you’ll just have to make a second trip!