Named Travel + Leisure’s Destination of the Year for 2017, Canada offers something special for every kind of traveler. With its warm culture of hospitality and tolerance, visitors feel welcomed the moment they touch down in the Great White North. Read on to see our top places to visit plus a list of our exclusive partners who can help make your stay a little more permanent.
For those that prefer the great outdoors, it doesn’t get much better than Banff National Park in Alberta. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, this World Heritage Site was Canada’s first national park and is known for its turquoise-hued, glacier-fed lakes.
One of the park’s most famous hamlets is Lake Louise. Take a canoe out during the summer or go ice skating on top of the frozen lake in the winter. Book a room at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and you won’t be more than a stone’s throw away from this natural wonder.
For the more metropolitan traveler, Montreal is a city not to be missed. With half the population speaking French as their primary language, it’s like taking a trip across the Atlantic minus the jet lag. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Vieux-Montréal, one of the oldest districts in the city and stop at one of the sidewalk cafés for something warm to drink.
During the day, visit the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal (Museum of Fine Arts) to view a diverse collection of works ranging from Monet and Picasso to Inuit artifacts. At night, don’t miss a production of unparalleled acrobatic feat by Cirque du Soleil. The theater was founded in the city in 1984 by former street performers.
No matter what your travel goals are for 2018, Canada is a destination meant to be explored.
Ready to make your visit permanent? Our Leverage partners are here to help you explore the possibilities. On the west coast, VPG Realty is the exclusive representative in Vancouver, British Columbia, a vibrant coastal city that’s only a day’s drive away from the beauty of Lake Louise. While on the Atlantic side, Leverage partner Forest Hill Real Estate has specialized in luxury real estate in the Greater Toronto area for more than three decades.