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These Are The Top 5 Destinations To Visit In Canada This Year According To New Survey

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With maple syrup, friendly people, and vast land and wildlife, Canada is attracting many visitors. 

While Toronto is known to be Canada's hotspot and a world leader in culture, entertainment, business, and technology, it's no wonder it receives 27.5 million visitors annually.

However, it is not among the top five Canadian destinations. According to a survey by U.S. News, tourists are seeking more than Canada’s well-known destination.

landscape of mountains, green tress and a river

If you are curious about the Land of Maple, which also has a tourist visa perfect for digital nomads, here are the places people love to visit.

1. Banff

Taking the crown for the best destination to visit is Banff in Alberta, Canada. With over 4.5 million tourists visiting annually, what makes this place a must-visit?

Like most of Canada, the landscape of Baniff appeals to outdoor lovers and thrill seekers. There are options for skiing, hiking, and canoeing. 

empty street with snow covered mountains in the baclground

Another attractive feature of Banff is its hundreds of glaciers. These gigantic sculptures of ice are between 45 and 120 million years old. 

Unfortunately, many of them are not surviving the planet’s warmer temperatures. Perhaps that has created some urgency for visitors to see the magnificent creations before they melt away.

Besides nature, Baniff offers a vibrant city life downtown, filled with boutique shops and diverse cuisines.

2. Jasper National Park

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, visitors, without a doubt, marvel at the beauty the park has to offer. 

An advantage of the park’s rich forestry is that it can be easy to spot wildlife year-round. There are over 50 species of animals. Black bears, bighorn sheep, and elk are the most commonly spotted. 

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rushing river with thin trees on either side

One of the most stunning aspects of the park is the waterfalls. Two popular waterfalls are Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls. 

In addition to the waterfalls, visitors will spend their days enjoying some of the 615 miles of hiking trails and then relaxing in the Miette Hot Springs.

3. Vancouver, Canada

The number three on the list is just under 150 miles north of Seattle. Vancouver is a diverse city whose population is made up of 40 percent immigrants from countries such as the Philippines, China, and the United Kingdom. And with a diverse population, you can try various cultural foods. 

When visiting, many ways exist to explore and learn more about this Canadian city. You can see the award-winning Anthropology Museum or experience even more culture at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

outside view of vancouver

If you want to get out of the city to explore, you can go skiing or hiking on Grouse Mountain or cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230 feet above the Capilano River. 

If those outdoor activities sound appealing to you, you’ll be happy to know that Vancouver does experience all four seasons and has an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit. 

4. Niagara Falls

Did you know Niagara Falls State Park has over 8 million visitors annually?

People come from all over the world to see not one but three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls. This powerful body of water borders two countries: American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls on the United States and the Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side. 

Niagara falls

If you plan to marvel at this 176-foot-tall waterfall that pours out 700,000 gallons of water, you’ll want to proceed cautiously. Those who try to be daring and attempt to go over the falls (yes, it seems ridiculous, but some people do attempt it) will be fined or put in jail.

The first person to go over the falls was Annie Edson Taylor. She was a 63-year-old schoolteacher who went over in a barrel and survived with a concussion and minor cuts. However, not everyone who has gone over the falls has met the same fate.

5. Whitehorse

Imagine a place where the beauty extends from snow-covered mountains to the demeanors of the welcoming local people. A place where people are friendly and nature is breathtaking exists in Whitehorse, Canada.

Voted the 5th most visited destination in Canada, this small city in the Yukon territory acts as mother nature’s canvas.

Not only is it a prime location to see the Northern Lights, but it is also a place where you can see the midnight sun. During the summer, because of the tilt of the earth’s axis, the sun will set and then rise again in the middle of the night.

This phenomenon that allows you to see what is usually blanketed by darkness illuminated by sunlight. 

riverbed surrounded by greenery

These outdoor specials are one of the many reasons people are drawn to Whitehorse. And if you’re wondering why this city has such a unique name, it comes from the infamous Yukon River.

On the surface, a foam appears that, when first discovered, seemed to resemble a horse’s mane. Thus, that’s how the city of only 25,000 people got its name.

Starry night with a wooden cabin

While it’s easy to spend most of the trip outdoors, especially with their Takhini Hot Pools, the town’s people are the true gems of Whitehorse.

The city has a diverse group of people who are known to greet you with a smile and help you whenever you’re in need.

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