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Canada is a land known as with lots of fascinating places and amazing adventures. The only here is a problem: Narrowing down your choice of destination. KnowInsider would like to introduce you 7 of the best places to visit in Canada for any traveller determined to discover the true north strong and free.

Banff and Lake Louise, Alberta

One of the best recommendations is the Banff and Lake Louise. Set inside the borders of the vast Banff National Park, the area that surrounds the towns of Banff and Lake Louise is one of the best places to visit in Canada. Here you’ll find a Rocky Mountain wonderland; a place of electric blue glacial lakes, waterfalls, abundant wildlife (from elk to bighorn sheep to grizzly bears) and breathtaking grandeur. Stay either in Banff, the busy hub of the area and home to classic hotels like the Fairmont Banff Springs (one of Canada’s greatest hotels), or pursue some solitude up at Lake Louise, where hiking trails up into the mountains—and unparalleled silence—are just steps away.

Toronto

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Toronto is one of Canada’s largest and busiest cities. Ever growing the downtown area is a commercial hub with a grid network of roads, also served by trams and a subway. The city’s most iconic attraction is the CN Tower often seen in postcards not just of the city, but of the entire country. The tower stands at 553.33 meters with an observation deck at 346m and a higher platform at 447m. Visit for breathtaking views of the city or out towards the Toronto Islands. Located along Lake Ontario the Toronto Islands are a must-visit. You can take the ferry across where you can enjoy the city’s skyline from afar.

Vancouver

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Head over to Canada’s west coast and you’ll find Vancouver. This busy metropolis is famous for being a place where you can be at the beach in the morning, and up to nearby mountains in the afternoon. The city is also the gateway to one of the world’s most famous Ski Resorts, Whistler Blackcomb. For those wanting a more nature-based trip then you’ll find tours to visit the Rocky Mountains, or if you wish just drive yourself. Note the Rocky Mountains are a fair drive from Vancouver but a different way to visit should you not be starting in Alberta.

Icefields Parkway

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Sometimes referred to as one of the world’s most beautiful drives the Icefields Parkway runs between Jasper and Lake Louise. Along the route, you’ll be driving along tree-lined roads with scenic views of the Canadian Rockies. Also along the route are many places to stop including stunning lakes and waterfalls. For those wanting a longer stay you could even consider camping.

Churchill, Manitoba

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Set on the shores of Hudson Bay, this subarctic town has earned international fame as the polar bear capital of the world and is rightfully renowned as one of the best places to visit in Canada. So plentiful are the bears that the town actually has a “polar bear jail,” which holds wayward bears that wander into town until they can be released back into the wild. Seen on foot, from the air or from a boat (local tour companies venture into the mouth of the Churchill River in Zodiacs), encountering a polar bear in the wild is an unforgettable experience.

Ottawa

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Ottawa is the capital of Canada and located in the Ontario province. The city is home to the Canadian parliament as well as top museums and attractions. Such as the National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of History and ByWard Market. Also running through the city is the Rideau canal which during the winter freezes. As a result, you may see locals skating along with it. Why not join in and enjoy a taste of how the locals enjoy winter?

Thousand Islands

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Ranked 7th position is the Thousand Islands. Close to Ottawa and great for a day trip is the Thousand Islands. These are a group of over 1000 islands located along the St Lawrence River which flows into Lake Ontario. The islands have over time been populated with various houses which are only accessible by boat. A tour will take you around some of the islands, allowing you to learn more about them and the people that live there.

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