16 stunning photos that will make you want to travel to Canada

Canada is calling.

This week, The New York Times named Canada the number-one place to visit in 2017. One reason: the Canadian government has made it free to visit any of the country's more than 200 national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas for all of 2017, in honor of its 150th anniversary of confederation.

Another reason is that the weak Canadian dollar makes it an especially economical destination for American travelers.

The timing is appropriate. Just after the US presidential election in November, many Americans were looking for ways to move to Canada and become citizens. The Government of Canada's immigration website even crashed as the US election results came in.

So whether you're leaving your home country for good or just looking to get away for a while, here are 16 things to do in the Great White North.

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With a population of about 2.6 million, Toronto is Canada's largest city, with world-class restaurants, museums, universities and historic districts.

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Dine on inventive small plates at Chef Lorenzo Loseto's George Restaurant, one of the best restaurants in Toronto. Menu highlights include an ahi tuna wrapped in sweet potato and a Cornish hen served with goat cheese and broccoli.

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If skiing is your hobby of choice, Whistler in British Columbia has some of the best slopes in the world.

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The town of Whistler itself has all of the charm of an alpine village in Europe.

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Over on Vancouver Island, the charming city of Victoria receives more than 3 million tourists every year.

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Its harbor is busy with whale-watching boats, seaplanes, and other seafaring vessels.

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Just outside of Victoria proper, Hatley Castle is an administrative center that once served as a dorm for cadets at Royal Roads Military College. Tourists can now take guided walking tours of the estate.

Source: Hatley Castle

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No grand tour of Canada would be complete without a visit to Banff National Park. The glacier-fed Moraine Lake makes for an especially dramatic vista.

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Just a few miles to the north, Jasper National Park offers more than 4,000 square miles of pristine wilderness for hiking and camping.

Source: Parks Canada

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In Edmonton, Canada, you'll find the world's second-largest indoor water park inside the largest mall in North America, West Edmonton Mall.

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Edmonton is a great place to sample cuisines from other cultures, especially Ukraine. The capital of Alberta is home to the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, where you can learn about Ukrainians' immigration to Canada and learn how to make pierogis.

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To the east, Quebec City's claim to fame is the fact that it's the only walled city with cobblestone streets north of Mexico. There's a budding creative scene in the city as well as numerous festivals and fairs during the summer, thanks to the many artsy types who have settled there.

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The similarly French-speaking Montreal also has a European flavor. Visit the city's world-class museums and admire its quaint cobblestone streets and boutiques.

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And at classic shops like St-Viateur Bagel, you can try the famous Montreal-style bagels that some argue are even better than those from New York.

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Prince Edward Island may be best known as the home of Anne of Green Gables, but it's also an insanely beautiful spot packed with gorgeous beaches, lighthouses, and quaint towns.

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But if you live in the Northeast and want to keep your Canada visit short, consider a jaunt to Niagara Falls. We hear the view from the Canadian side is quite nice.

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