Canada. home to some of the most amazing mountain ranges and scenery that you will ever see and some incredible wildlife. There are an abundance of different and amazing experiences that you can have here from east to west, north to south. Canada is made up of ten different provinces that mostly border the United States in the south and three different territories in the north. There are hostels in most of the provinces and territories. The most popular of the provinces to visit are British Colombia, Alberta, Quebec, and Ontario, and these are where you will find majority of the hostels to stay in.
On the east side of the country is the province of Quebec. Montreal is the largest of the cities in the province. There is an obvious shift in cultural towards a more liberal and European feel as you arrive into this city. Getting around Quebec can be quite expensive and difficult as the public transport infrastructure in poor, but check with your hostel for other alternatives or hire a car if you are wanting to travel Quebec more thoroughly.
Just to the west you will find the province of Ontario, home to the capital city, Ottawa and the largest city in Canada, Toronto. Toronto is a cultural melting pot with so much to see and do. It is the city in Ontario with the most hostels for you to stay at and to base yourself out of. It's a great destination to fly into or out of when you first arrive into Canada. Or you can take the overnight bus easily enough to here from New York City. Getting around is fairly easy on the Greyhound buses which run frequently towards the west and towards Montreal with Megabus.
There are also some amazing sights to be seen in the other provinces through central Canada, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and all the way out through the Maritimes out east. You will find that there will not be as many hostels out in these provinces and that the public transport system is not great. If you do have access to a car, plan your trip around the hostel locations throughout New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as these are some stunning provinces with amazing seafood and nature. The people here are also some of the friendliest you will ever meet. If you get a chance, head up north to the Yukon and see the northern lights, a spectacular experience.
For those who like their mountains a little bigger and more spectacular, head further west to Alberta the Rocky Mountains. The most popular town to visit for exploring the mountain regions is Banff. There are quite a few hostels in and around the Banff National Park in the different towns along it, and a few others that head up towards the Jasper National Park as well. Some of these hostels are seasonal and only open in the summer, so make sure you do your research first. The two larger cities to explore are Calgary and Edmonton, although a couple of days tops in each of these places should be enough as there isn't really a great deal to do here.
British Columbia in the west side of the country is known for its more chilled out and relaxed nature. You can take some time out and spend a few days at a Vancouver Island hostel chilling out in the summer. Or enjoy the gloriousness that the city of Vancouver has to offer. Or in the winter months, head up to Whistler and to enjoy the ski season.
There is so much to see and do here in Canada, you could spend an entire lifetime exploring the country and still never see it all or fail to be blown away by its beauty.
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The Okanagan is the most beautiful place I've been to on the planet. Crystal clear lakes perfect for swimming in the hot summer days and spectacular desert and mountain scenery. It is too often passed up for the tourist traps of the rockies, but make sure to include at least a few days here, and Penticton is the best …
The skimboarding at Roberts Creek is amazing.
Fernie is simply a great place to get away from all of the garbage. The town has a wicked ora to it and is very laid back, great mountain biking and hiking. Both Same Sun and the Raging Elk hostels rock and keep the town cool. Have fun... and I'm coming back.
Must sees in Calgary are the Stampede (if you're in town in early - mid July), Prince's Island Park, Glenbow Museum, Heritage Park, Glenmore Resevoir/Weasel Head, Bowness Lagoon. Calgary is close to the mountains, beautiful city, friendly people.
Niagara Falls is very touristy, and there's not much to see asides from the main tourist strip. If you want to see the Falls, just one night, or even a day trip from Toronto is generally enough to get your fix of this place. There's the huge waterfall (you can take the Maid of the Mist boat right up close), and Clifton …
Vancouver has got to be one of the best cities on earth. Too many people stop here for just a few days on the way to other places -- give yourself a little longer here and you won't want to leave. The best thing I did here was a speedboat trip up Indian Arm from Deep Cove on the North Shore -- get six other people …
I am from Germany and I visited Nelson this year with my whole class for 2 months. It was the graetest time I ever had. Thank you. I really enjoyed the trip and love this small town. I live in Hamburg, that's a really big town, with 2 million people. So I hope I can visit Nelson again!!!
Edmonton is a fun city all year round. They have a huge river valley for running, biking, blading etc. It's better to come in the summer when there are loads of festivels and concerts. It's a sports city. They love their hockey (Oilers), their football (Eskimos), and lots of other sports. So if you want to see great …
Kelowna is a great place -- the Okanagan has the most beautiful scenery of anywhere I've been in the world, crystal clear lakes perfect for swimming on hot summer days and amazing desert and mountain scenery. Too many people pass straight through on the way to places like Banff, but make sure to give yourself a few …
I love Dawson City. Its so far away from everything but when arriving it feels right at home. Its small with only maybe 2000 people but full of stuff to do and with more bars and saloons than any other place with only that few people. especially the music festival in mid July is worth the trip (make sure you have a bed …
Whitehorse is a great city for the outdoor enthusiast. Make sure you take a dip in the Takhini Hot Springs. If you're looking for nightlife though, look elsewhere.
Quebec City is a lovely city!!!
You'll have the time of your life in Whistler!
Lots of stuff to see in Ottawa, but the city basically shuts down at 9:00 PM. Go to Montreal for the night.
Wow! Algonquin Park is the best place to eat sleep party and play!!! If you ever get into some hard core camping, with serious scenery, go to Algonquin, it's worth the drive!