5 Canadian 'Tourist Traps' Worth the Visit
Travelzoo Deal experts pride themselves on finding the best deals for experiences around the world -- which sometimes happen to be in our own backyards. We’ve compiled a list of activities that are really musts for any Canadian’s bucket list. Across the country, certain experiences just can’t be missed -- so grab a friend or relative from out of town, if you need an excuse, and cross a few off your list.
- Whale watching on East and West coasts: From coast to coast, Canada’s vistas and wildlife are beloved by tourists -- but the coasts themselves deserve a little credit, too. Some 30-plus species of whales grace coastal waters and from May-September (or about a month earlier on the West coast). Boat tours are available in more provinces than you probably think touch the water: British Columbia, Quebec, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
- Peak-2-Peak Gondola in Whistler: Of course, the stunning views of nature can’t be missed either. One place to catch a wide-range of mountaintops, forests, lakes and glaciers is the Peak-2-Peak Gondola in Whistler. This ride hovers above Blackcomb Mountain and gives unobstructed 360-degree views. A special glass-bottom gondola even gives riders a daring omniscient perspective of Canada’s natural spoils.
- Old Port of Montreal: This historic district is home to a number of wacky favourites (think of family-quadricycle and Segway rentals) but the real draw is the historic atmosphere that oozes from every old-world crevice. Since its trading post days in the early 17th Century, the Old Port has evolved from a site of industry to a site of recreation and culture. Some 6 million people visit annually, seeking a pleasant mixture of historical charm and entertainment.
- Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City: Chateau Frontenac has long held clout as a tourist attraction. Designed for wealthy train travelers in the late 1800s, the hotel sits like a centerpiece on a craggy hill, high above the historic walled city. Captivated by the hotel’s impressive presence, Alfred Hitchcock even set his film I Confess in the hotel after staying there. Now part of the Fairmont brand, a stay at this hotel is itself a taste of Canadiana.
- Niagara Falls: This list would not be complete without Niagara Falls, which are something of a guilty pleasure for Southern Ontarians looking to get away for a weekend. Entertainment and accommodations run the gamut from motels with solar chairs to upscale fallsview suites – but the star of the show is always the mighty Falls. On most weekends, fireworks light up the frothy rapids, and in winter they turn into imposing natural ice sculptures.