Condé Nast Traveler magazine recently announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey. Canada came out on top, with Vancouver named the No. 1 “Best City in the Americas” and Quebec City the runner-up.
Vancouver: a jewel of the Pacific Coast
After a visit to Vancouver, it’s easy to see why it got the top spot in the ranking: The city teems with natural diversions and scenery. Blessed with mild weather, Pacific Ocean coastline, legendary Stanley Park, beautiful beaches and snow-tipped mountains, you’ll find citizens and visitors alike participating in outdoor activities.
A smaller city without the alienating feel of a larger metropolis, urbanites can walk or bike Vancouver’s streets with ease. Foodies can take advantage of a phenomenal food scene, particularly Asian cuisine and fresh seafood.
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Quebec City: European charm
Steeped in Old World charm, 400-year-old Quebec City is lined with cobblestone streets and protected by a walled citadel, one of the last remaining in the Americas. The UNESCO World Heritage-designated area of Old Quebec is a must-see, especially in the summer.
In the winter months, Quebec City is famous for its annual winter carnival, which takes place in late January. The family-friendly event transports visitors to a winter wonderland, complete with ice sculptures and winter festivities, all presided over by a beloved mascot, Bonhomme (“snowman” in French).
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