Travelling Solo in Canada should be pretty convenient as far as language is concerned as English is spoken just about everywhere in Canada, though outside of Montreal and Quebec City it may be less available in the province of Quebec. With the exception of the Indigenous people of Canada, Canada is a country of immigrants. In sweeping terms, first came the French, then the English. Canada made multiculturalism an official national policy in 1971. In cities like Toronto, slightly over half the population was not born in Canada. Most of the diversity in the population is in the larger cities making for a great culinary scene and cultural events. Interestingly, 80% of the population lives within 100 miles of the American border.
The joke about Canadians is that they are really polite. When you travel solo in Canada, you’ll hear them say, “Sorry!” all day long. Well, as with many stereotypes, it’s not far from the truth. They are polite, quite friendly and helpful people as a whole. Generally, Canadians are good hosts for solo travelers.
Canada is a fantastic country to explore alone. Its west and east coasts are very different, in terms of architecture and landscape, while its locals are known for being too polite.
Vancouver is the perfect city for traveling alone. The public transport infrastructure is excellent, with the world’s longest automated driverless train system.
There are also economical and centrally located hostels such as Samesun Vancouver. Some of the best parks in the city include Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park, plus there are cool neighborhoods such as Main Street, Gastown, and Commercial Drive.
The best thing about Halifax in Nova Scotia might just be the excellent day trips available from the city. Visit Peggy’s Cove and Peggy’s Point Lighthouse (perhaps the most photographed lighthouse in the country), as well as Mahone Bay and Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Canada’s largest metropolis, and one of the world’s safest and most diverse cities (50% of the population are not Canadian-born), Toronto is a great city to explore alone.
Although Whistler is a doable day trip from Vancouver, it’s perfect for solo travelers too, especially the adventurous ones. Because a lot of the town’s staff is seasonal, the local hostels are always filled with people ready to team up for a Whistler adventure.
The nation’s capital, Ottawa, is another easy city to explore on foot. For a unique experience, spend the night at HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel. As the name suggests, it was, in fact, a former prison, and it is now one of the most haunted places in Canada.
Although French is the primary language in Quebec, the majority of people speak English as well. So don’t let the slight language barrier deter you from visiting this incredible city.
Winnipeg is fast becoming a top travel destination in Canada. Located in the middle of the country, Winnipeg is known for its frigid winters but gorgeous summers.
Quebec City is known as one of the most beautiful cities to visit in winter—if you can handle the cold temperatures! But no matter what time of year you visit, you are guaranteed to have a safe and enjoyable time alone in the only walled city north of Mexico.