15 photos that will make you wish you lived in Canada

nicepix/ShutterstockOld Quebec City is just one of many charming spots in Canada.
  • Canada is a beautiful country in North America.
  • Its provinces include Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Whether you’re strolling outdoors at Butchart Gardens in British Columbia or ogling at the architecture inside of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal in Quebec, there’s no shortage of sights to see.

Oh, Canada.

It really is a majestic place, and whether you’re an indoor or outdoor person, there seems to be something for everyone.

In the winter months, you can ice skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway, which has more skating area than over 100 NHL ice hockey rinks. In the summer months, you can stroll through the lush and colourful Butchart Gardens, and sample some of their homemade sorbetto.

Here are 15 photos that will make you seriously consider moving to Canada.

Canada is a beautiful country located in North America, stretching from the top of the US to the bottom of the Arctic Circle.

Arterra/UIG via Getty ImagesBow Valley in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.

These magnificent views can be seen in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada.

Its provinces are Ontario, Alberta, Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Joe McNally/Getty ImagesStanley Park in Vancouver, Canada.

The green and peaceful Stanley Park (pictured above) overlooks the water and is located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Montreal is a city and popular destination in Quebec, Canada.

EVA HAMBACH/AFP/Getty ImagesPlace des Arts in Montreal, Canada.

Montreal is a bustling city with no shortage of things to do or see, from Mount Royal (a volcanic hill) to the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal.

It’s known for its old European charm, which shines through in places like the Notre-Dame Basilica.

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty ImagesNotre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

The church was the first in Canada to be built in theGothic Revival style.

The Basilica boasts stunning views inside, too — and you’ll totally think you’re in Europe.

Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty ImagesInside the church.

The church was “designated as a place of national historic significance by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, in 1989,” per its website.

And over in Toronto, Canada, the city’s old world charm blends with the new at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty ImagesRoyal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Canada.

The modern, edgy museum boasts countless art and history exhibits.

Outdoors, Canada is just as ogle-worthy.

Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty ImagesButchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada.

Butchart Gardens is located on Vancouver Island near Victoria, British Columbia. Its lush, colourful greenery is an immediate draw, and the Sunken Garden (pictured above) rests on over 5 acres of land and took nine years to create.

And the Italian Garden will make you feel like royalty.

Santi Visalli/Getty ImagesButchart Gardens in British Columbia.

The Italian Garden at Butchart Gardens offers homemade sorbetto and gelato in the summer months, so you can get the full effect while you stroll in the sun.

Speaking of royalty, it doesn’t get much grander than the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec.

Thierry Falise/LightRocket via Getty ImagesFairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec, Canada.

Believe it or not, this castle-like building is a luxury hotel located in Quebec City. It boasts 611 unique rooms, as well as views of the St. Lawrence River.

Back on the ground, there are tons of shops, historical sites, and cobblestone streets to explore.

ALICE CHICHE/AFP/Getty ImagesOld Quebec City, Canada.

The Old fortified city of Quebec was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Canada offers some scrumptious local foods, like poutine …

Rick Madonik/Toronto Star via Getty ImagesPoutine.

According to Food & Wine, the origins of poutine – a dish composed of French fries, gravy, and cheese curds – are widely disputed, but its name most likely comes from Quebec restaurant owner Fernand Lachance. After one of Lachance’s customers asked for cheese curds to be added to fries and gravy, Lachance supposedly replied, “Ça va faire une maudite poutine,” which means, “That’s going to make a dreadful mess.”

We couldn’t disagree more, Fernand.

… and, yes, maple butter tarts.

Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty ImagesMaple butter tarts with a maple leaf on top.

“The butter tart is 100% Canadian,” according to Food Network’sAnna Olson. This popular treat is made of flaky pastry with a buttery filling – and sometimes a maple leaf on top.

What better place to snack than along the Rideau Canal in Ottawa?

Lars Baron – FIFA/FIFA via Getty ImagesRideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada.

The Rideau Canal, also known as the Rideau Waterway, is located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It’s Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From January to early March, the Canal freezes and turns into the “largest naturally frozen skating rink in the world.”

Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesThe Rideau Canal Skateway.

Alternatively labelled the Rideau Canal Skateway, the frozen canal draws over a million visitors annually. You can skate your way through downtown Ottawa all the way to Dows Lake, as the total surface area of the Skateway is larger than 105 National Hockey League rinks.

Lastly, some of the world’s favourite superstars have come from the country.

Popstar Shawn Mendes is based out of Toronto himself.

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