The second largest country in the world can become overwhelming to some when planning a trip to Canada. From Vancouver to Montreal, Calgary, and many other cities, the decisions on where to go and what to see in Canada can be tough. Before you find cheap flight deals, first decide which city you’d like to visit. The things to do in Canada are endless but here are some of the best things Canada has to offer that you definitely won’t want to miss.

Attend Montreal’s Osheaga Music Festival

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Hosting some of the most important names in the Indie music scene, Osheaga is one of Canada’s largest music festivals, accommodating over 120,000 people over the span of three days. The festival takes place the first weekend of August and has featured the likes of Coldplay, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, and Montreal locals and legends: Arcade Fire.

The festival itself has five stages, with headliners playing later sets on the River and Mountain stages, newcomers playing early on the Green and Trees Stage, and finally, for electro heads and deep-house fanatics, a slew of incredibly talented DJs and electronic artists play all day at the Zone Picnik Electronik. The festival is non-camping, and consequently, at the end of the last set (shows generally wrap up around 11 pm) the city comes alive with after-parties filled with blissful—and drunk—festival-goers. Passes can be purchased for single days or for the die-hards, three-day passes are also available.

Fun fact: Osheaga comes from the original name for Montreal given by the St. Lawrence Iroquoian people who called their settlement Hochelaga meaning ‘beaver path.’

Visit the Canadian Rockies

Canadian rockies

Many who have never visited Canada believe it to be a barren snowy wasteland. And if by barren snowy wasteland you mean breathtakingly beautiful expanse, then you’d be right. Canada is the second largest country in the world (second only to Russia) with a population of only around 35 million (about the same as Poland). This means there are miles and miles of unpopulated land, perfect for hikers and adventurers alike.

Though the list of beautiful Canadian natural locations is endless, the Canadian Rockies may take the crown. For west-coasters, the Canadian Rockies are the Northern cousins of the familiar Rocky Mountains. The Canadian segment spans across Alberta and ends in Northeastern British Columbia. There are five national parks in the Canadian Rockies, with opportunities for front and back country hiking as well as mountain climbing and camping.

Fun fact: Kootenay National Park is Canada’s only park that has both glaciers and cacti.  

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Climb to the Top of the CN Tower

CN Tower, Toronto

Downtown Toronto’s top attraction is the massive CN Tower that stands at 1,815 feet tall. Most visitors can’t help but take the elevator to the top for spectacular views above Toronto. The elevator has a glass floor and a glass front, so if you have a fear of height this probably isn’t for you. You can expect to see as far as Niagra Falls and Rochester, New York. And, if you’re brave enough, try the EdgeWalk, an outside circle around the top of the CN Tower where visitors put on a red jumpsuit and are strapped by a harness to the tower. There are also three restaurants to complete your day at the CN Tower.

Fun fact: The CN Tower was complete in 1976 and was the world’s tallest tower at the time.

Check Out the Hockey Hall of Fame and Watch a Leaf’s game

hockey hall of fame

If while watching the NHL final you’ve ever wondered: Who was Stanley? Why do we want to win his cup? Was Wayne Gretzky the best hockey player that ever lived? Then you’ll want to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Featuring the history of hockey and its players—both past and present—the Hall inducts new members every year, and their career highlights and accomplishments are presented. The hall itself is quite beautiful and the inside has the best players from the US and Canadian teams.

For a truly Canadian experience, you’ll have to check out a hockey game, and when in Toronto, who but the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Leafs, Canada’s love-to-hate team hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967 and despite that, they still draw some of the rowdiest crowds you have ever seen. And don’t bother asking the fans why people hate the Leafs, they don’t really know why, they just do.

Bonus tip: Visit Honest Ed’s discount store, famous for its fabulously kitschy selection and being featured in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Visit Quebec City

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Quebec City is an old-school European haven in a sea of American influences. Built in 1535 by the famous French explorer Jacques Cartier, Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Over the past 400 years, the city has grown into Canada’s 10th largest city and still holds the title of one of Canada’s most beautiful cities. Old Quebec is surrounded by fortifications which sits beside the St. Lawrence River, lending itself to a one-of-a-kind view. Bikes and bike paths are available for those looking to take in the river scenery and see the beautiful city from afar. If you’re more the type to stay on foot, the cobblestone streets wind and twist, revealing a slew of quaint and colorful little buildings.

In the middle of all of this stands the impressive Château Frontenac. The hotel is recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world, and it can be seen from almost anywhere in Quebec City. The hotel has been fully operational since 1893 and modifications to it over the last hundred years had only served to make the Château more spectacular. Its sparkling facades and enormous size impress even the most well-seasoned travelers.

Travel Tip: 95% of the Quebec City population speaks French, so be prepared to test out your French skills and bring a translator (or you know, your phone).

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