10 Spectacular Places In Canada To Visit Now

The cold country will be a hot destination this year.

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Canada will be a hot destination in 2017. Both and have ranked the country as the #1 place to visit this year, and Princess Kate and Prince William took a highly-publicized tour of the country in the fall.

Convinced you need to visit, pronto? We've compiled this guide of the top must-see destinations in the country to get you started.

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Québec City

offers sites such as Canadian troops staging military ceremonies and snacks like the classic Canadian poutine — french fries smothered in cheese curds and gravy. It's the only walled city north of Mexico, and offers 400 years of history and charm. Feel like you're in a European village of yesteryear with beautiful, cobblestoned Old Québec, a UNESCO world heritage site.

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Banff National Park

Three Canadian Pacific Railway construction workers came across a cave with hot springs in Alberta's Rocky mountains in 1883, a site that would eventually become (the world's third national park, and Canada's first). The city of Banff within the park is the highest town in Canada. Beautiful mountains, forests and lakes cover more than 1.6 million acres, where you can ski, hike, horseback ride, canoe and much more.

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Calgary

An attractive playground for skiers, is nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Check out the (you can even use some of the facilities built for the 1988 Winter Olympic Games yourself), shop your heart away at or learn about the city's Wild West history at .

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Whistler

Another great destination for winter sports enthusiasts, is also a popular locale in the summer for its beautiful lakes and golf courses. During the winter, hit the slopes at , a ski resort that spans more than 8,100 acres of land, and join the spectators at one of the city's many ski and snowboard competitions.

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Great Bear Rainforest

Experience the (bet you didn't think that'd be in Canada) and spot black bears in the 250 miles of temperate rainforest on the central and north coast of British Columbia. The rainforest's waters are also teeming with marine life including sea otters, sea lions, dolphins and whales.

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Jasper National Park

The most massive national park in the Canadian Rockies, has magnificent mountain peaks and plenty of wildlife, including elk, grizzly bears, black bears, moose, deer, bighorn sheep, wolves, coyotes and the rare woodland caribou. Many trails are accessible straight from hotel doorsteps.

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Haida Gwaii

During their 2016 trip to Canada, Princess Kate and Prince William visited the archipelago of Haida Gwaii in British Columbia. Go there to learn about the culture and history of the (who populate half of Haida Gwaii) with a visit to the , and to experience the locale's .

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Vancouver

Vancouver offers both dense urban life and beautiful nature with popular attractions such as the large urban space and the horticultural hotspot . If you want to hit some shops, check out for home decor stores.

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Montreal

Montreal boasts the world's second-largest French speaking population after Paris, France. Visit one of the city's abundant public markets, such as , to buy city delicacies and chat with locals, or head over to , a stunning gothic chapel.

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Niagara Falls

Perhaps the most famous tourist hotspot in Canada, — the site of three waterfalls that hug the border of Canada and New York — welcomes 12 million tourists every year. Take in the natural beauty of the falls, then explore the area's wineries (the Niagara Icewine Festival is January 27 - 29), nightlife and museums.

Correction: This article originally misidentified Québec City as the capital of Canada, and Vancouver as the largest city in Canada. Québec City is the capital of Québec, and Toronto is the largest city in Canada. We regret these errors.

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