From the relaxed Pacific vibe of Vancouver to the unique and colorful culture of Montreal, Canada encompasses a wide range of options to suit any vacation style, whether sophisticated urban outings or expeditions in the great Canadian outdoors. Vacation rentals are an attractive option due to the low cost of living in Canada compared to Western Europe or the United States. The three most important cities in Canada are Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Each city is unique, with its own culture and style that set them apart from any other place in the world.
Vancouver, right on the Pacific Ocean, features a laid back West Coast vibe, to which generations of Asian immigrants have contributed their own flavors and traditions. Those who enjoy culinary delights will enjoy the variety of Ethnic restaurants in Vancouver.
Vancouver's climate is pleasant year round, though rainfall is frequent in winter. Vancouver is the perfect base from which to explore the fantastic ski resorts within driving distance of the city. The most famous, Whistler, hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics various ski competitions.
Vancouver is also located fairly close to the Canadian Rockies, where you can observe abundant wildlife, stunning turquoise lakes, and ancient glaciers, backed by mountain ranges of unforgettable majesty.
Toronto is the business and financial capital of Canada, and the country's largest city. It has a rich, multicultural heritage that is the pride of its citizens. Toronto features a bustling Chinatown, a Little India, as well as a Koreatown, where you can sample affordable, authentic dishes from Canada's many immigrant cultures. As a diverse metropolis, the city also features great shopping and dining, as well as a vibrant nightlife scene. From Toronto, you can catch a bus to visit the famous Niagara Falls, as well as Ottawa, Canada's charming capital city.
Montreal is the largest city in Quebec, and the heart of French Canadian culture. Although English is widely spoken in Montreal, the dominant language is Quebec's own colorful French dialect. Montreal is famous for its eclectic mix of North American and European influences, its vibrant and passionate culture, as well as its diverse and enthusiastic food scene, featuring many dishes unique to the city. In the summer, the city comes alive with countless festivals, including Just for Laughs festival and the Festival International de Jazz.