A majority of tourists who travel to Canada are Americans. In 2017, 14.3 million Americans traveled to Canada as tourists. The expansion of air travel between the two countries saw a significant rise in the number of tourists who travelled by air. 2017 saw the number of air travel break a record high for the third year in a row. Arrivals by busses, personal vehicles, trains and other non-air transport also increased by 9.9%. In total, 55.7% of American traveled to Canada by air. States closer to Canada accounted for the majority of those who traveled by land. New York, Washington, and Michigan jointly accounted for 44.5%.
11. Calgary - Alberta
Calgary city in Alberta is a beautiful city with scenic views of two rivers, romantic restaurants, historic attractions, and great parks. Tourists get the opportunity to explore Fort Calgary and the Heritage Park Historical Village. Other places to visit in Calgary include the Calgary Zoo and the National Music Centre
10. Niagara Falls - Ontario
The Niagara Falls refers to the three waterfalls on the Niagara Gorge on the international border between the US and Canada. The waterfalls are the main attractions, but the environment close to the falls offers other tourist attractions such as the Old Fort Niagara, Maid of the Mist, Cave of the Winds, and the Niagara SkyWheel.It is among the most visited places by Americans.
9. Lake Louise - Alberta
Lake Louise sits at the heart of the Banff National Park. The lake is characterized turquoise colored water mirrors the mountains. The lake attracts visitors seeking to hike, paddle, bike and enjoy the natural environment. During winter the lake freezes and turns to one of Canada’s best ski destination. During summer the lakeside turns attract thousands of campers.
8. Halifax - Nova Scotia
Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia. It is a city characterized by modern architecture. It is a center for research with more than six colleges and universities. The city’s harbor is among the largest in Canada. Tourist attractions in Halifax include Peggy's Cove, Halifax Harbourfront, Halifax Public Gardens and the Point Pleasant Park.
7. Vancouver Island - British Columbia
Vancouver Island in British Colombia is among the most beautiful natural environments in Island. The island is reachable by ferry from Vancouver. One of the must-visit places on the island is the marvelous Butchart Gardens. Other places to visit include the Chemainus Wall Murals, Tofino, and the West Coast trails. The Empress Hotel offers the best service and accommodation to visitors.
6. Whistler - British Columbia
Whistler is a famous ski resort at the base of the Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains. It is closely associated with skiing, biking, golfing and nature walk. The village of Whistler is characterized by modern services which include restaurants and to end hotels. Other attractions in Whistler include the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.
5. Quebec City - Quebec
The city of Quebec is located on a hill above St. Laurence River. It is European style city. The city is scenic to visit any time of the year. One can stroll strolls through streets of the old city and view the art galleries, marvelous cafes, and restaurant and see 400 years of history unfold. Other places to visit include the Place Royale, Forillon National Park, Château Frontenac, Mont Tremblant, and Canadian Museum of Civilization.
4. Banff - Alberta
The Town of Banff is unique because it is located within the boundaries of the Banff National Park in Alberta. Banff National Park was the first part to be designated in the country. The park offers an opportunity for boating, climbing, biking, and wildlife –watching. Other places to visit include the Upper Hot Springs Pool, Banff Gondola, and the Bow Falls
3. Toronto - Ontario
Toronto is the largest city in Canada. It is located on the shore of Lake Ontario. The city offers natural and manmade attractions. The Niagara Falls is among the most visited place while the Algonquin Provincial Park provides a serene natural environment to tourists. Other places to visit in Toronto include the Botanical Garden, the Distillery Historic District, the Toronto Zoo, and the Hockey Hall of Fame museum.
2. Montreal - Quebec
Montreal is a tourism hotspot in Canada. The city attracts about 10 million overnight visitors annually most of whom are Americans. Montreal is the world’s 4th largest francophone city. It is a beautiful city with famous attractions that features ancient and modern culture. The Montreal Museum exhibits various artifacts that reflect the city’s and Canadian history. The Montreal Botanical Garden offers a peaceful nature walk while the Notre-Dame Basilica is among the world’s best architecture. Other places to visit in the city include Mount Royal and Old Montreal.
1. Vancouver - British Columbia
Vancouver, British Columbia is the most visited place in Canada by Americans. Vancouver is known for its beautiful scenery. The city is surrounded by beaches and mountains which attracts hikers, bikers, kayakers, and skiers. Other places to visit in Vancouver include Stanley Park, Granville Island, Grouse Mountain, Museum of Anthropology, Kitsilano Beach, Chinatown, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
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Victor Kiprop is a writer from Kenya. When he's not writing he spends time watching soccer and documentaries, visiting friends, or working in the farm.
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