Top 5 European countries visited by Canadians

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We all know that Canadians love to travel but which European countries do Canadians visit most? Thankfully Statistics Canada has provided and published data that answers just that. Its findings detail the top destinations for Canadian travellers.

Though the countries Canadians visit most change each year, the highest countries on the list tend to keep their spots. Considering the fact that the US and Mexico are currently in first and second place on the list, this comes as little surprise. However, it remains to be seen which are the most popular European vacation spots for Canadians?

Below you’ll find the top five countries visited by Canadians in Europe listed as well as the reasons they are such fantastic destinations. Remember in order to visit them from 2022, Canadians will need to enrol with ETIAS before travelling to any of the countries in the Schengen Area.


1. The United Kingdom

The historical connection and the shared English language makes it a natural choice for Canadian holidaymakers. Its rich culture and history mean that there’s an incredible amount of things to see.

The Beatles, William Shakespeare, and football are just a few of the most famous cultural exports. London is the most popular place to visit. Its iconic sights such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the London Eye, and some of the best museums in the world, continue to draw travellers from all over.

The UK also has spectacular countryside, particularly in Scotland, Wales, and the south-west of England.


2. France

France is unsurprisingly very near the top of this list. Not only does it have the historical and cultural Canadian connection, but it’s also the most visited country in the world.

Visitors are treated to the finest cuisine, art galleries brimming with masterpieces, as well as rivers, forests, sandy beaches, and picturesque vineyards.

The most popular sights are generally in Paris: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Champs-Élysée, and the Louvre can all be found here. The birthplace of modern European democracy never disappoints visitors.


3. Germany

Germany and Canada have a lot in common. They are two of the most picturesque places on Earth and the people are warm and welcoming.

Canada has the Rockies, Germany has the spectacular Bavarian Alps. It is deservedly known as the Cradle of Modernism and its contribution to the world can’t be underestimated. Einstein, Beethoven, and Marx and just a few German household names.

The rise of Berlin as one of the most interesting, edgy, and atmospheric cities in Europe has played a key role in boosting tourism in Germany.


4. Italy

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It is surprising that Italy is only fourth on the list of countries visited by Canadians considering it has more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other country in the world.

The Roman Empire, the Renaissance, and the world’s most popular food mean that there is an unbelievable amount to see and do.

Whether you want to see the masterpieces of da Vinci and Michelangelo or see iconic sights like the Colosseum, Rome is a must-see living museum. The Italian Alps, sandy beaches, and Venice are other reasons why travellers head there.


5. Spain

spain destination canada travelersSpain is an incredibly diverse country and each region has its own unique appeal.

The Basque Country, Catalonia, Galicia, and Andalusia all have their own identities, climates, and their own language in most cases.

Whether its golden coastlines, spectacular mountains, otherworldly architecture, fiestas, or world-class food, Spain has something for everyone. Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí are just a few of the most famous creative souls who have inspired so many around the world.