The Best Destinations in Canada for a Relaxing Vacation

Canada is known for its sprawling scenery, towering mountains and culture-rich cities. While many areas boast their all action and adventure activities, there are plenty of things to do for those looking for a less wild, more calming break from reality.

Banff National Park

The perfect balance of nature and luxury, the Canadian Rockies hold this area of natural beauty as one of its most prized possessions. Found in the picturesque province of Alberta, the quaint little town is the perfect spot for heading off and exploring all the surrounding areas. Why not enjoy the Scenic Drive loop before taking a relaxing picnic by Lake Minnewanka, then hop on a cruise tour explore the area from the water? Find yourself gliding through the air with ease on one of the gondolas at Sulphur Mountain, and taking a stroll at the summit to Sansons’ Peak for some of the most spectacular views in the area. For a small fee, you can take a dip into the Upper Hot Springs. It is easily one of the most relaxing experiences in the area, with some of the most breathtaking views of Mount Rundle and The Alpine Valley.

The Best Destinations in Canada for a Relaxing Vacation

Quebec City

Teeming with culture, history and charm, Quebec City has more of a small-town vibe that is sure to have you hooked in no time. Explore the historic areas by foot, stopping off in little boutiques in the Quartier Petite Champlain and grabbing an ice cream on the go while admiring the buildings that made up Old Quebec. Make your way to the Basilique Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Quebec (Notre-Dame Cathedral of Quebec) and other monumental points of religious and historic interest, like La Citadelle de Quebec, The Parliament Building and Museum of Civilization.

Or, if you are more into arts than history, try out Le Musee National des Beaux-Art (The National Museum of Beautiful Arts). Book in for a posh dining experience at the Fairmont Châteaux le Frontenac luxury hotel and restaurant before spending the evening trying your luck on Of course, you must add a little of the natural world into your visit, taking in the monumental Cascade de Montmorency waterfall. Whatever your interests, Quebec has something for you.

The Best Destinations in Canada for a Relaxing Vacation

Niagara Falls

How can you have a trip to Canada without seeing one of the most famous waterfall complexes in the world? Of course, before you do anything, you need to go and admire one of the biggest and most beautiful natural water features you may ever lay your eyes upon. Niagara Falls is known for its accessibility: you can view the cascades from a walkable platform, a cruise tour, above and even at the base. Once you’ve had a fun-filled day at the falls, why not end it from the upscale revolving dining room in the Skylon Tower for yet another spectacular view? A scenic drive along the Niagara Park Way has you stopping off at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Rapids and even the Butterfly Conservatory. The perfect mix of nature and relaxation.

Niagara Falls lit at night by colorful lights New York State

Whether you’re into that relaxing city break or prefer to be at one with your natural surroundings, Canada can offer you the perfect wind-down vacation that will be sure to have you wanting more.

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