The travel website TripAdvisor published on May 1 the ranking of the 2012 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. Several lists evaluate cities by regions and by countries as chosen by travelers. The city of Vancouver occupies the top spot in Canada.
On May 1, the website TripAdvisor announced the winners of its 2012 Travelers’ Choice Destinations Awards. The travel and tourism website considered the popularity of 440 destinations worldwide, based on millions of reviews and opinions posted on the site by travelers. There is a ranking of 25 Top World Travel Destinations, and separate rankings for several regions and countries across the world including Africa, Asia, Canada, China, Mexico, South America, and the United States.
The three top world travel destinations are London, New York City and Rome. In the United States the three top choices were New York City, San Francisco and Chicago. In Canada the list is headed by Vancouver, British Columbia. In a brief description of the city’s attractions TripAdvisor writes:
“Check out the Victorian architecture in Gastown, take a kayak out on English Bay or explore Stanley Park. The elevated Sky Train is a great way to view the city. Foodies should make a beeline for the Granville Island Public Market. And don't leave town without trying dim sum in Vancouver's Chinatown."
Vancouver's skyline in the evening, seen from North Vancouver, across the Burrard Inlet.
The brief description on Ottawa, Canada´s capital city, reads: "Ottawa is a compact, clean, cleverly planned centre of culture and politics. And it's an ideal choice for a weekend getaway. Start downtown at the architecturally stunning National Gallery of Canada, and don't miss the Canadian Nature Museum and the National Aviation Museum. Rideau Canal offers boating in the summer and ice-skating in the winter. Gatineau Park attracts cyclists and walkers, while Byward Market blends old and new Ottawa."
Ottawa's beautiful Rideau Canal was opened in 1832 in preparation for a possible war with the United States and is still in use. It’s the oldest continuously operated canal system in North America. In 2007 it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Ottawa. The glass and granite building of the National Gallery is located on Ottawa's Sussex Drive and has a remarkable view of the Canadian Parliament buildings on Parliament Hill.
The second place as a favorite destination in Canada, according to TripAdvisor’s contributors, is Montreal. Toronto occupies the third place in the ranking. The list of top ten travel choices in Canada is completed by Quebec City, QC (4), Victoria (5) and Whistler (6) in British Columbia, Calgary, AB (7), Ottawa, ON (8), Banff, AB (9) and Niagara Falls, ON (10).
Toronto’s CN Tower stands 553,3 metres tall. It was completed in 1976 and it’s the 5th tallest free-standing structure in the world.
TripAdvisor.com is a user-generated content website founded in February 2000. Its objective is assisting travelers in gathering information about destinations, tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants. Travelers can participate in interactive travel forums by posting reviews and opinions on travel-related matters.
The Fairmont Empress Hotel, better known as "The Empress", is one of the oldest hotels in Victoria, British Columbia. It faces Victoria's Inner Harbour. It's famous for it classic Victorian afternoon tea service. Because of its national significance, The Empress was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
The BC Parliament in Victoria. The Neo-baroque buildings face Victoria's Inner Harbour and is located diagonally across The Empress Hotel. Atop the main dome is a gold-covered statue of Captain George Vancouver.
Horseshoe Falls. Located by the Canadian city of Niagara Falls, Horseshoe Falls and the adjacent American Falls have a vertical drop of about 50 meters and are one of the main tourist attractions in Canada. Located on the Niagara River flowing into Lake Ontario, the combined falls have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.