The summer is finally here! The glorious warm and sunny season that most Canadians eagerly look forward to got underway this past weekend. For many, summer is synonymous with vacationing. But with the coronavirus pandemic not exactly over yet, many international travel plans have been cancelled.
While this summer may be tough one for many vacation-loving Canadians, there is an unexpected benefit to come from the COVID-19 crisis. Might this be the summer you discover more of your own country? There are numerous spots all over this wonderful nation that make for great travel destinations. Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver are the obvious ones. But what are some of the lesser-known locations that can provide a wealth of awesomeness?
Here are three surprisingly awesome Canadian cities to visit during the summer:
Banff is a breathtakingly gorgeous mountain town popularized by Banff National Park. The Albertan city is widely considered a must-see location simply because of its beautify scenery. Don’t assume, however, that it’s a winter-only destination. While the Rocky Mountains certainly make for a top tourist attraction, Banff’s lakes (such as Moraine Lake, which is pictured above) are also sights to behold all year round.
“In summer, the nearby turquoise lakes, including Lake Louise, and glacier-capped mountains are a glorious sight,” explains Lana Law on PlanetWare.com, “But you don’t even need to leave the town to enjoy a gondola ride to the top of a mountain for dinner, soak in a hot springs-fed pool, find fabulous shopping, discover lovely walking trails, and possibly see elk and woodland caribou that frequently make their way into town.”
The capital of the province of Quebec, Quebec City is one of the oldest European cities in North America. With origins dating back to 1608, Quebec City is known for its picturesque beauty and charm. The city’s landmarks include the Château Frontenac hotel and the Citadelle of Quebec. The latter is the largest British fortress ever built in North America. It forms the centrepiece of the ramparts surrounding the old city and includes a secondary royal residence.
Quebec City “also boasts a wonderful old town — Old Quebec — where you can walk cobblestone streets past well-preserved 17th- and 18th-century buildings,” informs Touropia, “Old Quebec is the only walled city north of Mexico.”
If the first thing you envision when thinking about the easternmost province of Canada is seafood, you likely don’t need much more convincing to visit! However, it must be said that Newfoundland and Labrador can offer you a whole lot more than just its famous lobsters. As Law points out, the capital city of St. John’s is a friendly city that has a lot of history and wondrous sites.
“Colourful buildings line the sloping streets that run along hills, with views out over the harbour,” she describes, “The city also has numerous historic sites and attractions, including Signal Hill and George Street, but the real appeal is the vibrant atmosphere, the people, and the maritime culture that makes this city so unique from mainland Canada.”
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