I had visited Canada once before. Back then, when I wasn’t yet taking pictures because I couldn’t effort the equipment and didn’t have the time. Now, I cannot even imagine leaving the house without my camera.
The Province of Ontario
Ontario is not only home to the country’s government in Ottawa and to Canada’s largest city, Toronto, but also to Niagara Falls.
Among its many attractions, Toronto offers CN Tower. If you’re not afraid of heights, you should definitely go up and enjoy the view over the city. Other attractions include a number of great museums and a great skyline perfect for night photography.
Ottawa’s biggest attraction is without a doubt Parliament Hill. You can tour the Parliament Buildings and enjoy the Lightshow at night. Rideau Canal should also not be missed, especially seen from MacKenzie King Bridge with the Parliament and Chateau Laurier overlooking the waterway.
Finally, who hasn’t heard of Niagara Falls. We were a bit out of luck weatherwise, but it was still an impressive experience. If you have a choice, you should definitely view the falls from the Canadian side as you can walk up close to the Canadian Falls and get a nice panoramic view of all the falls together.
The Province of Quebec
A trip to the province of Quebec is like a trip back in time and a vacation in Europe as French is the predominant language spoken here.
Montreal is beautiful. I love Old Montreal (or Vieux Montreal) and the port area. It is perfect if you just want to walk around and offers a variety of cafes and benches for breaks. Along the way you can explore Basilique Notre-Dame-de-Montreal and Place d’Armes, Marche Bonsecours, and Hotel de Ville. Make sure to stroll along Promenade des Artistes and stop for lunch at one of the restaurants on Place Jacques Cartier.
You should also not miss Oratoire St-Joseph and Parc Mont-Royal. The former is a beautiful church while the latter is not only a great park, but also offers the best view of downtown Montreal. It is especially popular in the evening hours.
Quebec City was a beautiful surprise for me. Sure, I had seen pictures of Chateau Frontenac and La Citadelle but I did not expect the atmosphere and charm that greeted us. Quebec City truly must be experienced.
Its landmark, Chateau Frontenac, offers great photo opportunities during the day and at night. The historic city center or Basse-Ville (Lower Town) is as charming as it gets with winding staircases, small cafes, and delicious treats. And La Citadelle (the fortifications) offers a variety of attractions, including the Changing of the Guard.
If you have time and transportation, make sure to stop by Sainte -Anne-de-Beaupre, Parc de la Chute Montmorency (Montmorency Falls), and Ile d’Orleans, all located just outside Quebec City.