Top 10 Best Cities in Canada for Cannabis Lovers
After Canada’s legalization of cannabis in 2018, it became the second country in the world to do so. The legalization has affected Canada’s already thriving tourism industry, making it an even more popular destination than ever before. Before you hop the United States’ northern borders or jump on a plane for a Canadian cannabis tour, you should know some of the best places to visit.
Many places in Canada were already cannabis-friendly even national legalization; Vancouver was once called the “Amsterdam of North America”. After national legalization, even tourists can enjoy Canada’s unique cannabis culture. Make sure to check out some of these must-do’s while visiting Canada’s great cities.
Toronto Sometimes described as the “New York City of Canada,” Toronto is one of the country’s most metropolitan areas. Home of the world’s largest Global Marijuana March, which takes place on the first Saturday in May, Toronto has a lot to offer any cannabis enthusiast. If you prefer to vacation during the summer, take in the Hillside Music Festival, a non-profit held on a lake that features a wide range of eclectic artists. Make sure you don’t forget the Toronto International Film Festival. Get high and take in some artsy flicks.
Vancouver Vancouver has one of the largest cannabis scenes in Canada. After all, the Marijuana Party of Canada is headquartered here. One of the first places you need to visit is the New Amsterdam Café. After purchasing your desired cannabis elsewhere, the café allows you to smoke to your heart's content whilst satisfying the munchies in a fun and authentic environment. They’ve even installed a vape bar so those sensitive to smoking can vaporize their cannabis instead. If you’re looking for music, Vancouver’s got you covered with Shambal, their massive music festival, which has been there for 21 years. Want to get your nerd on? Visit Storm Crow Tavern, which comes complete with alcohol and board games.
Calgary While Calgary might seem overshadowed by its dazzling sister, Vancouver, and its metropolitan brother, Toronto, don’t be fooled, it’s still a quintessential Canadian city. When it comes to buying greenery, check out the Queen of Bud, one of the city’s premier dispensaries. After you’ve hooked up, you can check out the Calgary Zoo, home to an impressive breeding program as well as a diverse population of animals. If
you get there in July, look into the Calgary Stampede, where you can take in a rodeo or ride the midway rides reminiscent of a country fair.
Montreal The infusion of French culture and European architecture make Montreal both visually stunning and relaxed. Once you’ve had your senses heightened by some of the quality bud that’s easily found, take a trip through Montreal’s Biodome, where you can stroll through four different ecosystems. After the munchies strike, go visit Bar Brutus, everything on the menu involves the salty treat so bacon-lovers are especially welcome. Make sure you don’t miss out on tasting some poutine. It hits on every stoner craving from salty to savory featuring French fries covered in cheese curds and gravy.
Ottawa Visiting Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, is definitely on the list of 420-friendly destinations. Not only can you visit Parliament, the city also hosts a number of museums including the Canadian Museum of History, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Canadian War Museum. If you’re craving something spookier, go on the Haunted Walk of Ottawa to visit some of the city’s more infamous locals. When it comes to cuisine, poutine is a staple here, but Beaver Tails are also a must; who doesn’t enjoy sweet, deep-fried dough after vaping? Festivals are abundant in Ottawa. The biggest in winter is Winterlude, which takes place every February.
Victoria Just a short ferry ride away from Vancouver, Victoria is home to a huge student population and a low-key nightlife. One must-visit spot is Butchart Gardens which is open year-round, or spend an afternoon visiting Miniature World, which claims “The Greatest Little Show on Earth.” If you’re in the mood to see some ghosts, pop by Craigdarroch Castle, which is purported one of Canada’s most haunted locations. After that, head to the coast for a whale watching tour where, if you’re lucky, you’ll catch sight of the orcas migrating nearby.
Laval Laval is a city located within the province of Quebec and boasts a bevy of things to do and see. Once you’ve secured your cannabis, visit one of five Space Camps located throughout the world; kids aged 9 to 15 can even take a simulated ride on a rocket ship. If you’re looking to get some shopping done, Carrefour Laval is the largest shopping mall in the Montreal area. For you thrill-seekers, consider taking trapeze lessons at the Trapèze Le Voltigeur, where you can spend two hours learning the art under the careful watch of experienced instructors.
Saint-Eustache This small town, full of local charm and located just 25 miles from Montreal, Saint- Eustache offers beautiful parks and flowers. It is also home to a winery and a lavender garden and perfumery. Make sure you don’t miss the House of Culture and Heritage as well as the Mont Saint-Eustache.
Notre-Dame-de-Grace Located just a few miles west of Montreal’s downtown core, Notre-Dame-de-Grace, or NDG for short, is a predominantly English-speaking neighborhood. Famous Canadians like Jay Baruchel and William Shatner used to call this neighborhood home. By day, visit the Shaika Café for your typical indie coffee cravings, but by night it is transformed into a music and spoken word venue with open-mic nights. Venture into Monkland Village, which hosts numerous festivals and outdoor music performances throughout the year.
Verdun Another Montreal neighborhood, Verdun is credited with higher quality cannabis and an impressively organized delivery system. Once you’ve got your vape pen loaded, take a stroll through one of Verdun’s many parks along the St. Lawrence River. After that, have afternoon tea at Cha Noir Tea House, which houses more than 100 international varieties of tea along with cakes to go with them.
There you have it. Ten Canadian cities and activities to do after you’ve enjoyed the areas legal cannabis. Happy traveling!
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