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  • Audrey Owens

I Went To Canada To See These 4 Places Up Close

Nothing says good times like gathering up your closest friends and taking the trip of your dreams to Canada. I knew what it had to offer, grabbed my BFFs, and headed up north to see it up close!


It’s safe to say that Canada has a little bit of a reputation. Yes, it’s true – it really is one of the friendliest, most welcoming places in the world. If you’re looking for the ultimate destination for your next girl’s trip with you and your besties, you need to take a closer look at this country situated directly above the United States. Not only is it one of the most rapidly growing tourist destinations in the world, but you’ll also quickly discover that it’s so much more than just maple syrup and hockey. It’s also the most unexpectedly awesome hotspots for the ultimate vacay with you and your girlfriends.


1. Niagara Falls



As Canada’s most famous natural landmark, millions of people flock to this stunning wonder every single year. Niagara Falls boasts heights of up to nearly 170 feet and processes over 3,000 tons of water every single second. While many people have tried to cross it over the past couple hundred years – including several foolhardy endeavors including both a tightrope and a wooden barrel – it’s much wiser to enjoy it from the safe distance provided by the numerous lookout points. Once you’re done admiring the waterfalls, you’ll want to take the short drive into the town of Niagara Falls, Ontario – which was obviously named for its waterfall – for a bite to eat at one of the many delicious restaurants that can be found there.

 

2. Banff National Park



Canada has so many breathtakingly beautiful things to see and admire, and it can be hard to try to narrow it down to just one. But if there was just one thing you had to visit while you’re there, then you need to take a trip out to Banff National Park. As Canada’s first national park, Banff offers a little bit of everything to its guests. Nearly three million visitors would have to agree, as well, making it a major draw for people who are spending time in Canada. Nestled right in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park has crystal-clear blue lakes, snow-capped peaks, and dense coniferous forests. If you and your girlfriends are fans of hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and of course, dipping into the glacier-fed lakes, then Banff National Park is an absolute must-see!

 

3. Old Quebec (Vieux-Quebec)



While many parts of Canada have been completely modernized (hello Toronto!), sometimes you want to break away from the hustle and bustle of city life and escape to a more historical region of the country. That’s where Old Quebec (also known as Vieux-Quebec to locals) really stands out. This city is a hidden treasure tucked away into the city of Quebec proper and is a UNESCO World Heritage landmark. While you’re there, you should take your besties into the art district of the Rue de Trésor. Or if you’re in the mood to do a little bit of shopping, why not spend some time strolling around the Rue du Petit-Champlain, which boasts nearly 50 shops and restaurants. No matter what you decide to do while in Vieux-Quebec, you’ll be sure to walk away feeling fulfilled and emotionally enriched afterward.

 

4. Whistler



If you’re looking for a touch of adventure when visiting Canada, then this resort town found a two-hour drive from Vancouver is exactly what you’re looking for. While Whistler is definitely worth seeing during the summer, winter is the ideal time to plan your trip to this cozy city. Nearly forty feet of snow powder the mountains every winter, making it the perfect place for every winter sport you could imagine. If you like skiing, then Whistler is for you. Into ice skating? Whistler’s the place to be. Curling up next to a roaring fire with a mug of hot cocoa? Well, while it’s not exactly a winter sport just yet, it should be. Of course, if you’re not into sports, don’t let that hold you back. Whistler also has its own share of art museums, concerts, and – of course! – ample shopping to enjoy, too.