TripAdvisor.com has announced the winners of the 2011 Travelers’ Choice Destination Awards for the most popular destinations around the world, including their top 25 vacation choices in Canada.
The winners were selected based on opinions garnered from millions of TripAdvisor travelers. Final selection included a combination of travelers’ favorite places and the popularity of each destination. In addition to Canada, top 25 lists were created for the United States, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and Mexico.
The selections for Canada include:
1. Banff, Alberta – nestled in the Canadian Rockies, known for amazing skiing, luxury lodges, fine dining and stunning scenery.
2. Vancouver, British Columbia – The site of the 2010 Olympic Games is full of great restaurants and a variety of activities ranging from great music to whale watching.
3. Victoria, British Columbia – known for the world famous Butchart Gardens and the Royal BC Museum, visitors also flock to the Empress Hotel for high tea each afternoon.
4. Whistler, British Columbia – showcased during the 2010 Olympics for skiing and snowboarding, Whistler is a dream for every snow sport.
5. Niagara Falls, Ontario – You don’t have to be a honeymooner to enjoy Niagara Falls. Though countless other attractions exist in the town, the breathtaking falls exceeds expectations.
6. Quebec City, Quebec – enjoy the history of Old Quebec in the only fortified city north of Mexico, or pick the right time of year to enjoy the finest winter or summer fests in the world.
8. Toronto, Ontario – Soar to the top of CN Tower for an unparalleled view of the area in one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Canada.
9. Halifax, Nova Scotia – visit the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, eat on the waterfront, and make sure to check out the Titanic Museum.
10. Tofino, British Columbia – One of the hottest year-round surfing spots in Canada, this is the perfect place to watch powerful Pacific winter storms.
11. Jasper, Alberta – use this mountain town as a base camp to explore some of Canada’s most extraordinary wilderness areas.
12. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario – home to several fantastic wineries as well as the famous Shaw Festival, offering a wide assortment of repertoire theatre each summer.
13. Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island – fan of Anne of Green Gables? Wanna tong for oysters? This is the place to do both.
15. Ottawa, Ontario – Canada’s capital is full of history and tradition, including the Changing of the Guard and locations like Parliament Hill.
16. Mont Tremblant, Quebec – the hottest skiing spot in Quebec since 1939, with plenty of cozy ski lodges to keep visitors happy off the slopes too.
17. St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – a hot new stop for cruise lines, home of the Bay of Fundy with the world’s highest tides and a chance to walk the ocean’s floor.
18. Whitehorse, Yukon – in summer it’s the land of the midnight sun, in winter the home of the Northern Lights.
19. Edmonton, Alberta – the capital of Alberta, host to more than 30 festivals each year ranging from arts and music to the Canadian Rodeo Finals.
20. Kelowna, British Columbia – on the shores of Okanagan Lake, offering both wilderness and vineyard experiences.
23. Kingston, Ontario – on the shores of Lake Ontario, a stone’s throw from New York, check out Old Fort Henry.
24. Thunder Bay, Ontario – the scenic Sleeping Giant formation is the official city mascot for this city on the shores of Lake Superior
25. London, Ontario – stop by the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum and the Banting House National Historic Site honoring Sir Frederick Grant Banting.
Information on each of these locations is available through the local tourism authorities or through the Canadian Tourism Commission.