Old Quebec named Best Attraction in Canada

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights takes runner-up spot

From the rugged Canadian Rockies to cosmopolitan hubs like Vancouver and Montreal, Canada appeals to travelers of all types. In honor of the 150th anniversary of Canada, USA TODAY 10Best teamed up with a panel of Canadian travel writers to nominate 20 of the nation's must-see attractions. For the past four weeks, USA TODAY 10Best readers have been voting daily for their favorites. 

  • Lake Louise

    Named after Queen Victoria's fourth daughter, Lake Louise is famous for its bright turquoise waters surrounded by the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Over a mile long and 295 feet deep, this iconic lake is at its most vibrant in the summer, when melt water flow is at its highest, but during the winter months, it transforms into a natural skating rink.
    Photo courtesy of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism / Paul Zizka Photography

  • Old Montreal
    Montreal

    Once surrounded by thick stone walls, Old Montreal (Vieux-Montreal) is the oldest part of the city and one of its most catching. This vibrant part of town oozes European charm, thanks to its cobbled streets, Victorian architecture and the majestic Notre-Dame Basilica, a Gothic Revival church famous for its gilded blue interior.
    Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission

  • The Butchart Gardens
    Victoria

    When the limestone quarry on the Butchart family estate was exhausted, Mrs. Butchart decided a bit of landscaping would spruce up the area. A few years later in 1904, the magnificent Sunken Garden was opened to the public. Since then the family has added a rose garden, an Italian garden and a Japanese garden. More than 1 million plants are displayed throughout the course of a year, including 700 varieties of flowers. 
    Photo courtesy of The Butchart Gardens

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    Vancouver

    Hanging 230 feet above the Capilano River, the wobbly Capilano Suspension Bridge has been daring visitors to cross its 450-foot expanse since 1889. In addition to taking in the rainforest scenery from the bridge, visitors to the park can tour the canopy on the Cliffwalk or get a squirrel's eye view from seven additional suspension bridges in the Treetops Adventure.
    Photo courtesy of Tourism Vancouver/ Capilano Suspension Bridge Park

  • Peggy's Point Lighthouse
    Peggy's Cove

    Perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in all of Canada, Peggy's Point was built in 1915 along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. The ground floor houses North America's only lighthouse post office, where visitors can mail postcards home to friends and family.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Athabasca Falls
    Jasper

    Situated within Jasper National Park, 75-foot Athabasca Falls may not be the tallest in the Canadian Rockies, but it is the most powerful. Hiking trails and outlooks offer multiple views of the mighty Athabasca River as it thunders through this narrow gorge.
    Photo courtesy of Thinkstock

  • Royal Tyrrell Museum
    Drumheller

    Canada's only museum dedicated exclusively to paleontology, the Royal Tyrrell Museum houses and displays one of the world's largest collections of dinosaur remains. Highlights include the skeleton of "Hell Boy," a new dinosaur unearthed in 2005, and a 67-million-year-old T-rex named Black Beauty.
    Photo courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission

  • Bay of Fundy

    The world's most extreme tidal change occurs twice daily in the Bay of Fundy when 160 billion tons of seawater flow in and out. One of the best places to experience this dramatic change is at the Hopewell Rocks, where visitors can walk the exposed seabed at low tide or kayak amid the tree-topped islands at high tide.
    Photo courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick

  • The Canadian Museum for Human Rights
    Winnipeg

    Opened in 2014, The Canadian Museum for Human Rights takes lessons from the past in hopes of forging a better future where we can all make a difference in the lives of others. The museum's 10 core galleries cover topics ranging from Canadian Journeys and Indigenous Perspectives to Turning Points for Humanity and Breaking the Silence.
    Photo courtesy of Canadian Museum for Human Rights

  • Old Quebec
    Quebec

    Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Old Quebec feels very European. A funicular links the high and low parts of the historic district, where horse-drawn carriages clop down cobbled streets and 400-year-old buildings now house museums, galleries and cafes. 
    Photo courtesy of Asymetric/Finn O'Hara

The top 10 winners in the category Best Attraction in Canada are as follows:

  1. Old Quebec - Quebec
  2. The Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Winnipeg
  3. Bay of Fundy 
  4. Royal Tyrrell Museum - Drumheller
  5. Athabasca Falls - Jasper
  6. Peggy's Point Lighthouse - Peggy's Cove
  7. Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - Vancouver
  8. The Butchart Gardens - Victoria
  9. Old Montreal - Montreal
  10. Lake Louise 

Other attractions nominated for the title included the Churchill polar bears, CN Tower, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Green Gables Heritage Place, Mount Royal Park, Niagara Falls, Parliament Hill, Peak 2 Peak Gondola, Rideau Canal and Stanley Park.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Gregory B. Gallagher (Michelin Green Guide Canada 2017), Janet Gyenes, Maureen Littlejohn, Jody Robbins (25 Places in Canada Every Family Should Visit), Jenn Smith Nelson (travelandhappiness.com) and Nadine Sykora (Hey Nadine) were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of travel in Canada.

Congratulations to all these winning attractions!

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