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Travel Segment: The Best of Canadian Cities

Whether you're making your first visit up north or planning to see more of your own country, Canada will be sure to wow you on your next escape. Here are some of the cities that you can't afford to miss.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Why? The ocean. The mountains. The ever-expanding dining scene. Do you really need any more reasons than that?

Places to visit: Stanley Park, Canada Place, Kitsilano Beach

Victoria, British Columbia

Why? With its small-town feel and waterside charm, Victoria is the place to be for both taking a break and having a good time.

Places to visit: Parliament Buildings, Butchart Gardens, Royal British Columbian Museum,

Calgary, Alberta

Why? In the last 20 years, the city's been growing at an almost overwhelming pace. Come here for the Stampede (held in July of each year), the nature and the arts scene.

Places to visit: Canada Olympic Park, Calgary Tower, Philharmonic Orchestra

Ottawa, Ontario

Why? This is the place to go for those who want to learn all about the country's history and parliament. But aside from that, the capital city has a unique charm that shouldn't be missed by even the most seasoned traveller.

Places to visit: Rideau Canal, Peace Tower, Château Laurier

Québec City, Québec

Why? With its cobblestone streets, sidewalk cafés, picturesque churches, Québec City is decidedly the most European of all Canadian cities. This is also the place to go for those who want to brush up on their French.

Places to visit: Old Québec, Château Frontenac, Plains of Abraham

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Why? With its tree-lined parks and historic harbor, Halifax is steeped in both natural beauty and history. The bustling arts scene also warrants a visit, as all those galleries and museums will make you never want to leave.

Places to visit: Citadel Hill, Point Pleasant Park, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia