Canada is more than its hulking-mountain, craggy-coast good looks: it also cooks extraordinary meals, rocks cool culture and unfurls wild, moose-spotting road trips.
Whatever season you come, don’t expect non-stop tourist attractions. Instead, slow down and stroll through the neighbourhoods, soaking up the different cultures that make their mark on Toronto. Kensington Market is a good place to start: this bustling, bohemian neighbourhood is where successive waves of new Canadians have forged their way and given colour to the cityscape. The Annex, Chinatown, Greektown, Cabbagetown, the Beach and Yorkville are other characterful districts that are worth a ramble. For inconspicuous consumption, veer away from the mainstream towards Toronto’s quirkier streets – West Queen West, the Danforth, College Street – where individuality comes across in unique shops and places to eat.
Ottawa has a strong government presence, including embassies, high commissions and consulates representing countries from around the world. The nation’s capital is also home to a world-class research and development infrastructure, a high concentration of technology companies, and the head offices of many organizations. With a population of 1.3 million, Ottawa is the fourth largest city in Canada. It offers all of the advantages of the big city, while remaining safe, clean, and easy to navigate.
Discover the real meaning of joie de vivre in Quebec City. High-spirited and stylish, much like the people who live there, Quebec City radiates with a unique charm and sophistication. Combined with its distinctly European flair, this city is the perfect place to shop, dine and explore some of Canada’s top attractions.
Montreal is a city with streets named after saints and with church buildings around almost every corner, but things are not what they seem.“Even if it seems like Jesus’ presence is here, it’s not. It’s a religious presence here. His work is not known. His sacrifice is not known. Nobody can explain why Jesus died on the cross. Ninety-five percent have no clue,” says church planter Francois Verschelden, a Montreal native.