Top 10 Canadian Hotspots

Ten of the hottest places to visit in Canada.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Top 10 Canadian Hotspots

While the weather is still tolerable and (mostly) warm, here are the top 10 Canadian hotspots that are always “in” when you’re looking for somewhere cool to go out.

Top 10 Canadian Hotspots

10- Winnipeg, ManitobaPortage and Main
This is one of the most recognizable intersections, as Portage and Main meet at the very heart of downtown Winnipeg. Take in the “best of” at this city centre.

9- Edmonton, AlbertaWhyte Avenue
In the district of Old Strathcona, Whyte Avenue’s close proximity to the University of Alberta makes it an exciting destination because of its array of eateries, bars, nightclubs, and, of course, street performers.

8- St. John’s, Newfoundland George Street
A street reputed to have more bars per square foot than any other street in North America is definitely worthy of a spot on the Top 10 Canadian hotspots, even if Newfoundland is so far away.

7- Toronto, OntarioThe Black Hoof
This bustling charcuterie may have a long waiting time, but it’s well worth it – apparently, Toronto’s top chefs can be spotted noshing there after their own shifts.

6- Ottawa, OntarioThe Byward Market
Nestled in the heart of Canada’s capital, The Byward Market has everything from cool Irish pubs, festive eateries, cozy cafes, and fantastic piano bars. Take your pick.

5- AlbertaBanff
It wouldn’t be fair to choose just one locale in the Canadian hotspot of Banff, Alberta, but to really get a sense of this majestic mountainous ski town, check out a classy lounge or two at one of the many resorts (I like the Ramsay Lounge at the Fairmont Banff Springs).

4- Montreal, QuebecCrescent Street
If you want to take in the rowdiest street in Montreal, then Crescent Street it is. Home of Electric Avenue (an 80s dance club), Vocalz (a karaoke bar), and slews of pubs, this downtown street of debauchery is a Montreal must-do.

3- Toronto, OntarioThe Ossington strip
The newly revamped Ossington strip is quickly becoming one of the hottest hangouts for trendy Torontonians.

2- Vancouver, British ColumbiaGranville Island
A public market, a myriad of shops, an array of gastronomic delights – Granville Island has a little something for everyone.

1-Montreal, QuebecSt. Laurent Street
Depending on your taste (upscale lounge vs. down and dirty dance club), Montreal’s diversified St. Laurent Street has got to be number one on the top 10 Canadian hotspots list.