Must-see attractions in Canada

  • Marché Bonsecours

    Old Montréal

    This sprawling neoclassical building houses shops selling tourist-targeted arts and crafts, leather goods and garments, and several cafes. The upstairs…

  • Quai Alexandra & Around

    Old Montréal

    This easternmost pier in the port is home to the Iberville Passenger Terminal, the dock for cruise ships that ply the St Lawrence River as far as the…

  • Église St-Jean-Baptiste

    Québec City

    This colossus, named after the patron saint of French Canada, completely dominates the southwest end of Rue St-Jean. The first church was built in 1842…

  • Hamilton Manor

    Gaspé Peninsula

    The Palladian Hamilton Manor was built in 1852 by the town's first mayor. It's a wonderful portrait of colonial life – from the picture of Queen Victoria…

  • Granby Zoo

    Eastern Townships

    The town of Granby is known far and wide in Québec as the home of this zoo, with its 1000-plus animals including reptiles, gorillas and elephants. One of…

  • Rue de la Commune Est

    Old Montréal

    Set back from the waterfront, ‘the Common’ is a showcase of the rejuvenation that has swept Old Montréal. Compare it with old photos and you’ll see the…

  • Maison du Festival Rio Tinto Alcan


    A key concert venue during the Jazz Festival, this multistory building hosts concerts year-round in the Salle l'Astral. It also has a small gallery with…

  • Parc du Portugal


    This quaint little park is dedicated to Portuguese immigrants and their community, founded in Montréal in 1953. At the rear of the park, next to the…

  • Louis-Joseph Forget House


    This late-19th-century Victorian mansion has a pleasing symmetry, with a focus on its wrought-iron, oak doors with fine iron grilles created at Montréal's…

  • Église St-Viateur d’Outremont


    If you are already on Ave Laurier for the shopping and food, poke your head into this church, opened in 1913. The interior is pure Gothic Revival with…

  • Place Ville-Marie


    Known for its rotating rooftop beacon that illuminates downtown at night, the 42-story Place Ville-Marie tower marked the beginning of Montréal’s…

  • Library & National Archives of Canada


    The mandate of this monstrous concrete institution is to collect and preserve the documentation of Canada. Behind the tiny checkered windows lies a vast…

  • Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap

    Eastern Townships & Mauricie

    The grand Sanctuaire Notre-Dame-du-Cap looks like a spaceship sitting on a launch pad. Located in Cap-de-la-Madeleine (take bus 2), about 4km northeast of…

  • Université du Québec à Montréal


    The modern, rather drab buildings of Montréal’s French-language university blend into the cityscape and are linked to the underground city and the Berri…

  • Dr. Henry N. Payne Community Museum

    Gros Morne National Park

    Located in Cow Head, at the very northern edge of the park, this historical building is really more of a collection of cool stuff: an axe murderer's axe,…

  • Matamajaw Historic Site

    Gaspé Peninsula

    Head here to see how the chaps in the old fishing club used to relax in wood-paneled luxury after a hard day on the river. There's a wooden suspension…

  • Martello Tower 2

    Québec City

    Near the entrance to Battlefields Park, Martello Tower 2 is only open to the public for special events, which vary from year to year; inquire at the Musée…

  • Westmount Square


    Westmount Square, designed by Bauhaus architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is a modern complex with office towers, terrace and shopping concourse that…

  • Carleton Martello Tower

    Saint John

    Built during the War of 1812 for defence purposes, this round stone fort is going through restoration for the foreseeable future. In the meantime, you can…

  • Quidi Vidi Battery

    St John's

    Built in 1762 and still symbolically guarding the bay from up the hill is Quidi Vidi Battery. Built by the French after they took St John's, the battery…

  • Albert Faille Cabin

    Northwest Territories

    This little cabin was the home of eccentric local prospector, Albert Faille, who went searching for gold in the Nahanni Mountains every year from the…

  • Westmount City Hall


    The faux medieval towers of Westmount City Hall come as a surprise after the skyscrapers of downtown. This Tudor gatehouse in rough-hewn stone looks like…

  • Guardian Trust Building

    Old Montréal

    One of several grand buildings along Rue St-Jacques, the 1902 Guardian Trust Building has helmeted women's heads guarding the entrance while those of…

  • Fraser Manor


    Rivière du Loup was called Fraserville in the 19th century, after the powerful Scottish dynasty that inhabited the grand Fraser Manor. Today, the building…

  • St James United Church


    The excellent acoustics at St James United are coveted for organ and choir concerts, as well as performances at the international jazz festival. The…

  • Musée Amérindien et Inuit


    This museum, located in the town's first post office, is more a gallery of indigenous art and crafts. As you may guess from the name, there's a focus on…

  • Musée des Anciens Canadiens


    With more than 250 wood-carved figures from René Lévesque to Harry Potter, this museum provides a good introduction to the work of the beret-clad…

  • Porte Kent

    Québec City

    The last (1879) of the three main city gates to be built. 'Kent Gate' lies between Porte St-Jean and Porte St-Louis.

  • Salmonid Interpretation Centre

    Newfoundland & Labrador

    Watch Atlantic salmon start their mighty struggle upstream to spawn. Unfortunately, they do so under the pulp mill's shadow. To get there, cross the river…

  • Martello Tower 4

    Québec City

    Martello Tower 4, which is never open to the public, is in the St-Jean Baptiste district perched on Rue Lavigueur between Rue Félix-Gabriel-Marchand and…

  • Poste de Traite Chauvin


    This replica of a fur-trading post from 1600, the first in New France, offers some history on the first transactions between the region's indigenous…

  • Petite Chapelle de Tadoussac


    Built in 1747 by the Jesuits, this is one of North America's oldest wooden churches. Also known as the Indian Chapel, it contains a small exhibition on…

  • Pavillon du Bassin Bonsecours

    Old Montréal

    This pavilion has a snack bar in summer and winter. On frosty days, it's a fine place to warm up after ice-skating on the rink in front.

  • Rest Stop

    Jasper National Park

    Pause at this picnic area on the east side of the road between Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake and watch for bears and mountain goats.

  • Lower Spiral Tunnel Viewpoint

    Lake Louise

    Canada's marvel of railway engineering, the so-called 'spiral tunnels,' can be viewed from this pull-out on the Yoho Valley Rd.

  • Paltinum Bench Estate Winery

    Okanagan Valley

    Excellent wines, but what sets these guys apart is that they also have an artisan bread business on-site and tastings are pairings of breads and wines…

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