Canada is a prosperous country, one of the safest and most peaceful in the world, qualities that make it very attractive to migrants who arrive by the hundreds of thousands each year.
Let’s get to know the 10 most important cities in Canada, places with a high quality of life, development, nature and happiness.
Montreal is a spectacle of a city with beautiful natural landscapes all year round. It is the largest city in the province of Quebec, the second most populous in the country and the fourth with the most French-speaking inhabitants in the world. After Vancouver and Toronto, it is the third most visited tourist site in Canada.
Montreal is in addition to the main industrial and commercial center of the country, the second financial center after Toronto. It has the highest concentration of students in North America as it has 4 universities, two English-speaking and two French-speaking.
Its seasons of the year are very marked. Autumn, from September to November; winter, from December to February; spring, from March to May and summer, from June to August.
Any time of the year is ideal to get to know Montreal, as its security and transportation system are efficient, so you will feel safe walking through its streets and admiring its beautiful landscapes.
It is the capital of the province of Ontario and the most important financial center in Canada, with a population of over 2.5 million inhabitants.
Toronto’s economy is primarily led by the financial, business, transportation, and telecommunications sectors. Worldwide, it occupies the second place of cities with the highest competitiveness for business, so its quality of life is solid.
Art and culture have an influence in the city that celebrates more than 70 film festivals a year. It is also a very tolerant metropolis since 49% of its inhabitants were not born in Canada, which makes it a multicultural place.
Toronto’s climate is mainly humid due to its proximity to Lake Ontario, which also causes very cold winters and mild summers.
At 553 meters high, the CN Tower is the fourth tallest non-cable-supported structure in the world and the main attraction of the city, with an average of 25 million tourists a year.
Victoria is the capital of the province of Vancouver with a Mediterranean climate that makes it a very popular place for tourists, especially for its outdoor activities.
Also known as the garden city, it has about 80,000 inhabitants who made tourism the main economic activity.
Victoria has a great British influence that is manifested in its architecture, mainly in the first buildings such as the Parliament of Victoria. His motto is, “always free.”
At first it was a fortress called Camosun, inhabited by the Songhees ethnic group. In 1862 it obtained the title of city with the name of Victoria and 4 years later it became the provincial capital with the union of the island and the mainland city of Vancouver.
Regina is the capital of the province of Saskatchewan and the second largest after Saskatoon. Most of its 1.2 million inhabitants are concentrated in the south of the city.
The Saskatchewan Plains, as it is also known, is rich in wildlife in its surroundings with extensive prairies, lakes, parks, rivers and other spaces to enjoy nature, freshwater fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, doing camping or canoeing.
Regina is famous for being home to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Legacy Centre, where members of this legendary police force are trained.
The city’s climate is continental with cold, dry winters and hot summers. Between June and August the rains begin.
What characterizes Quebec, like almost all of Canada, is the kindness, respect and tolerance towards the different cultures of those who live in the city, by its citizens.
Its old town is the most emblematic place because it preserves the Victorian-style architecture of its colonizers, which made it be classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Quebec is one of the oldest settlements in North America whose foundation dates back to 1608. The predominant language is French.
Its proximity to the North Pole makes it a cold and humid place with at least 178 rainy days a year. Its autumn is a very beautiful season because the leaves of the trees melt into shades of red, which makes the forests a fairytale landscape.
Calgary is a vibrant and prosperous city with the highest levels of per capita income in Canada, due to the oil industry, agriculture and tourism. It also has the lowest taxes in the country.
Despite not being the capital of Alberta, it is the largest city in the province, the third most populous in the country with one million 230 thousand inhabitants and according to Forbes magazine, the cleanest in the world.
Calgary is 1,048 meters above sea level, which makes it a temperate city with a climate that is usually extreme, with winters of up to 5 months and temperatures that drop to -13°. The highest recorded is 36°.
It is a city that favors cyclists with more than 500 kilometers of roads adapted to travel through this medium.
Vancouver is considered the fifth city with the best quality of life in the world.
This major seaport on Canada’s west coast is inhabited by just over 2 million people, making it the most densely populated city in the country after Toronto and Montreal.
Although Vancouver’s cost of living is high, its transportation system, environment, and safety make up for it. Despite having one of the warmest climates in the country, it is also very humid with frequent rains during the winter.
Vancouver is the most popular city in Canada because it is also rich in natural resources. It has beaches and lots of snow in winter, just a few kilometers away.
His comes from the English explorer, George Vancouver.
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Edmonton is the capital of Alberta with more than 800,000 inhabitants and an area of 683 square kilometers. Although technology achieved a major presence with IBM, Telus and General Electric, the city’s economy is based on oil and gas.
Also known as the “festival city” for its 53 events held during the year, it has what was once the largest shopping center in North America.
Edmonton grew because of the gold rush as the roads to the Yukon and Alaska passed through the city. Its proximity to the rocky mountains make it a site of great interest to its visitors.
Winnipeg is characterized by having 217 sunny days a year and for being the second place in the world with the clearest sky. It is in the center of the country and is the capital of the province of Manitoba.
Its most emblematic symbol is the old Garry fortress built at the beginning of the 19th century. Another interesting feature is the buildings in the central neighborhood decorated with picturesque landscapes or important historical events.
Winnipeg has 665 thousand inhabitants distributed in the 236 neighborhoods that make up the city, which makes it an important cultural center with events such as the Jazz Winnipeg Festival, the International Writers Festival or the Fringe Theater Festival, among the most important in North America.
Winter is from December to February with temperatures as low as -20° and summer is from June to August. Spring and autumn are usually very changeable.
The capital of Canada and one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. It is considered the best city in the country to live for its quality in housing, commerce, education and health services.
The official languages of Ottawa are English and French, although, as in almost the entire country, other languages such as Chinese, Arabic and Hindi are also spoken. One million people live in the Canadian capital.
Half of its population is under 35 years of age with a high competitive level in terms of education, which makes it a city of young people.
As for the weather, this is very extreme. Ottawa is the seventh coldest city in the world with winters in which the snow can reach 235 centimeters high. Its summers, on the other hand, are usually relatively humid and warm, but very short.
Ottawa is surrounded by majestic natural settings such as Niagara Falls, a must-see if you are a tourist in Canada.
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