Known for its stunning landscapes and great outdoors, Canada is at the top of the list when it comes to wilderness adventures. Not only is the Land of Maple Syrup a dream camping destination, but the country also boasts many beautiful and bustling cities that overlook large bodies of water. These cities have all found a way to celebrate the lakes, seas and rivers they are built next to or around. Let’s take a look at the most beautiful Canadian locations by the water.
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver is nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coastal Mountains. Look one way, and you’ll get the fantastic skyline; look the other, and have the magnificent sight of Burrard Inlet, English Bay, and False Creek. These beautiful seafronts have a number of attractions for you to enjoy while you admire the dazzling view.
Take a ferry ride out onto the water or walk along the pier to admire the magnificent view from both sides — you won’t be disappointed. This beautiful city is easily accessible via train, boat, and, for those who enjoy a touch of luxury, private jet charter too.
Known for being Canada’s largest city, the next waterfront location on our list is Toronto. This city has received a lot of attention in recent years as it has undertaken a series of projects that promote modern architecture and aesthetically pleasing recreational spaces that are free for the public to use.
The waterfront can be explored in multiple ways, including via bicycle tours and boat cruises. The Harbourfront Center, Toronto Islands and Waterfront Trail all offer magnificent views and provide visitors with the opportunity to enjoy the cosmopolitan charm of Toronto while looking out over the isles.
Quebec City, Quebec
This spot is a must for those seeking historical treasures and the chance to explore nature. The city runs alongside the St. Lawrence River and epitomises all things French. Perched on the hill above the river, you’ll find the historic district of Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Old Town has a distinct European charm to it, with cobblestones, boutique shops and architecture that dates back to 1608.
If this city is on your bucket list, it will provide endless allure and great photo opportunities.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Connecting Canada to the Atlantic Ocean, Halifax is a maritime city that knows how to celebrate its surroundings. It is famous for its vibrant art scene and numerous historical sites, offering tourists many things to do.
The Waterfront Boardwalk provides an uninterrupted view of the harbour and leads visitors to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. You will also be able to book a boat tour from the harbour to view Halifax from the water.
Victoria, British Columbia
This City of Gardens gets its name for being a city packed with beautiful gardens and horticultural wonders. The inner harbour is at the centre of this vast city and can be enjoyed in comfort and luxury from a room at the Fairmont Express Hotel.
The Fisherman’s Wharf is another popular spot that became famous because of all the postings across social media. The multicoloured floating houses attract plenty of visitors who linger to enjoy the delicious and varied seafood on offer.
For a laid-back holiday, don’t miss this unique destination.
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
You’ll find our final spot perfectly placed on the eastern edge of North America. This city is the coûtas of Newfoundland and Labrador and features several more locations with unique names. The Jellybean Houses overlooking the Atlantic Ocean attract many for their colourful exteriors. The scene is nothing if not picturesque.
The coastline can be viewed from the challenging East Coast Trail or by joining one of the harbour cruises. This town is not as well-known as the others, yet it still maintains the charm small fishing villages seem to do so well.
Something for Everyone
Coastal towns are always something special. Whether it’s a sea view, lakeside or river spot, being near moving water takes a relaxing holiday to the next level. Whether you’re looking for culture, nature, history or charm, these cities have got it all. The urban vibrancy they all boast is truly something special and unique to the Canadian coastal cities and towns. These locations have something for everyone, with nature trails, historical sites, and delicious fresh seafood spots along the boardwalks. Don’t miss out on a chance to visit one of these Canadian waterfront cities.