The wait is over: Canada has finally reopened its borders to fully vaccinated residents of the U.S. and other countries, after 17 months of closing to non-essential travelers. Before you plan your trip to this wildly massive and beautiful country, make sure you read up on travel requirements. Here are a few of our top picks for a visit to the Great White North.
A Perfect Vacation Match: Montreal + Mont-Tremblant
Artsy, European, stunning—Montreal sits on a scenic island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River. Here, in Canada’s second-largest city, you can feel the pride of its French heritage where many residents speak French as their first language. Discover prestigious museums, open-air markets, exciting nightlife, and unique neighborhoods, including Old Town Montreal—or Vieux-Montréal—a historic part of town with buildings dating back to the 17th century.
Just 80 miles northwest of Montreal lies Mont-Tremblant, home to the Laurentian mountains. Any time of year, a Montreal-plus-Mont-Tremblant vacation packs a big punch, serving both cultural and outdoor exploits.
The charming Mont-Tremblant village boasts cobblestone streets lined with buildings reminiscent of the Old City but with vibrant red, teal, and gold facades. And the skiing is some of the best in eastern North America. If the slopes aren’t your thing, the quaint resort town offers tons of other activities, from spas to dogsledding to fine dining.
Eat Your Way Through Toronto
Sometimes planning a trip for the food alone is worth it. One of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet, Toronto is Canada’s best bet for sampling international cuisine. In neighborhoods like Toronto’s Little Italy, two Chinatowns, Greek Town, and Little India, you’ll be transported abroad with each bite. In trendy neighborhoods like Queen West, Kensington Market, and the Annex, you can easily go around the world via your tastebuds.
Road Trip Through the Magnificent Canadian Rockies
The Canadian Rockies are home to some of the most jaw dropping scenery in the world. Stretching 900 miles northwest from the Montana border, these jagged peaks hover over numerous glacial lakes with intensely colored waters, thanks to the glacial melt. The lakes and peaks combined are beautiful to drive through year-round, but road tripping is best during warmer months thanks to better road conditions.
The two most popular destinations—Banff and Jasper—are connected by a 140-mile highway offering spectacular alpine views on both sides. A must-see in Banff is the stunning Lake Louise and its extensive network of hiking trails where you can easily escape the crowds.