55 Coziest Cities in Canada

There is a moment when a trip becomes a vacation—and that’s when you get to melt into the cozy bed of your suite. A truly relaxing holiday is time spent in a remarkable city all afternoon and coming back to a welcoming hotel when you’re ready to unwind. Here at Expedia.ca, we believe in vacations that can leave you happy from dawn to twilight, and have the perfect recommendations for you.

We analyzed thousands of verified Expedia.ca hotel user reviews from our 2015 data, and found the top Canadian cities with the highest comfort ratings. These reviews referenced everything from pillows to fireplaces and anything in between. We’re shining our spotlight on the top 10 cities, with shout-outs to the other top choices—all which were rated 4.0 and higher out of 5.0. Without further ado, here are the top picks for the coziest cities in Canada!

1. Emerald Park, Saskatchewan

Maybe it’s the 18-hole Aspen Links Country Club or maybe it’s the feeling of being away from it all while still staying close to city life, but Emerald Park knows what it means to be a cozy city. Give those muscles a workout at Communiskate or fill up on some comfort food at The Ice House, and feel perfectly at ease on your vacation.

2. Waterloo, Ontario

Your phone could be ringing, your to-do list might only be half checked off, but when you’re getting your muscles kneaded at Sanctuary Day Spa in Waterloo, Ontario, nothing else matters. After your massage, take a seat on the Waterloo Central Railway for a relaxed trip around the countryside, then enjoy some suds at Innocente Brewery or pinot at Sole Restaurant and Wine Bar. You’ll quickly figure out why this is one of the best places to travel to in Canada.

3. Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario

Sitting in a plush chair with a glass of swirling cabernet is cozy personified. And for the best wines in the country, you simply have to make a trip to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Make some time to visit Konzelmann Estate Winery for lakeside views, Silversmith Brewing company for some brews, and soak it all up with dinner from esteemed spots like The Cannery and The Irish Harp Pub. You might also want to pick up souvenirs from the Scottish Loft or a comfy hat from BeauChapeau.

4. Yorkton, Saskatchewan

Give yourself a much needed break with a visit to Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Stretch out those irons at Deer Park Golf Course, try out some new flavours at OLiV Tasting Room, stroll through Godfrey Dean Art Gallery, and sink into a cozy booth seat at Browns Social House to round out the night.

5. Enfield, Nova Scotia

Fresh air, good food, a quiet place away from the bustle? Yes, Enfield, Nova Scotia, is one cozy spot to visit. Breathe it in when you walk through the shaded pathways of nearby Shubenacadie Wildlife Park. When you start hearing your tummy rumble, just head back to town for a warm meal from Curly Portables Pub and Grub.

6. Brossard, Quebec

Life is pretty grand when you find yourself on a rooftop spa in Brossard, Quebec. Home to SkySpa, this cozy town offers you total relaxation. Feel free to continue your ‘treat yourself’ vacation with dessert at Zyara or wine at Siam Thai. A town that’s both relaxing and sophisticated? Oh yes: This is why Brossard is one of the best cities to visit in Canada.

7. Edmundston, New Brunswick

With old-fashioned lights and a quaint bridge over calm waters, Edmundston is both a scenic and cozy city. Find peace and quiet with time in De la Republique Provincial Park, which is located along the Madawaska River. After your walk, make a trip to Petit-Sault Brewers for some suds, Frank’s Bar and Grill for a good steak, or Acadie Gourmet for snack.

8. Levis, Quebec

If views of the St. Lawrence River weren’t enough, sitting in your cozy hotel room with a box of sweets from Chocolats Favoris is what dreams are made of. Spend some time in Levis, Quebec, and remember to swing by Maison Alphonse-Desjardins to learn more about the town, and Le Corsair for some craft beer with the locals. You can cheers to vacationing in one of the most beautiful Canadian cities.

9. Airdrie, Alberta

Simple pleasures make Airdrie a comfortable refuge on the prairies. With afternoon tea at Hayloft and locally sourced food at the Airdrie Farmers Market, this town knows the good life. And when you want to get to know it a little better, just head to Nose Creek Valley Museum to learn more about the area or Brewsters Airdrie to savour local ingredients blended together.

10. Vaughan, Ontario

You might be surprised to find that a city known for its amusement park is also well-regarded for its cozy atmosphere, but somehow Vaughan, Ontario, does it. When you’re not spending time with your family on the coasters, you can also enjoy cakes and sweets at Sorelle and Co., or sink your fork into a truly authentic bowl of pasta at Anna Maria Trattoria.

11. Sidney, British Columbia

12. Nisku, Alberta

13. Lloydminster, Alberta

14. Markham, Ontario

Feel totally at ease in the world when you find yourself at the Markham Civic Centre overlooking the calm waters. Good entertainment and beautiful views are just some of the reasons this town is beloved.

15. Drummondville, Quebec

16. Halifax, Nova Scotia

17. Chilliwack, British Columbia

18. Leduc, Alberta

19. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec

20. Abbotsford, British Columbia

21. Riviere Du Loup, Quebec

With a hot cup of tea and savoury crepe from Café L’Innocent, it makes perfect sense why Riviere Du Loup is considered such a cozy town (not to mention a top city to visit in Canada).

22. Sun Peaks, British Columbia

23. Sherwood Park, Alberta

24. Gatineau, Quebec

25. Leamington, Ontario

26. Oakville, Ontario

27. St. John’s, Newfoundland

Take a walk along the coastline and admire the boats bobbing in the habour when you visit St. John’s. This isn’t just a top cozy town, it’s also one of the coolest places in Canada.

28. Winnipeg, Manitoba

29. St. Catharines, Ontario

30. Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia

31. The Blue Mountains, Ontario

32. Vernon, British Columbia

33. Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Slip into a cozy seat by the window and enjoy a train trip around the forest trees and valleys in Sault Ste. Marie. With views like these, it’s easy to understand why people consider this place as welcoming as home.

34. Timmins, Ontario

35. Invermere, British Columbia

36. Ucluelet, British Columbia

37. Quebec City, Quebec

38. Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

39. Squamish, British Columbia

40. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

It’s hard to feel anything less than perfectly relaxed when you’re floating down the largest indoor mineral pool in Canada. Experience it for yourself when you visit Moose Jaw’s Temple Gardens Mineral Spa.

41. West Kelowna, British Columbia

42. Sydney, Nova Scotia

43. Tofino, British Columbia

44. Stratford, Ontario

45. Moncton, New Brunswick

46. Courtenay, British Columbia

With cheese from Comox Valley Farmers’ Market and wine from Beaufort Winery, you’re in for a beautiful vacation in cozy Courtenay.

47. Hamilton, Ontario

48. Swift Current, Saskatchewan

49. Fernie, British Columbia

50. Osoyoos, British Columbia

51. Richmond, British Columbia

You simply can’t beat the flavours of a hot, traditional-style dinner. Add authentic Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Malaysian dishes to your list of vacation comfort food when you visit Richmond, British Columbia.

52. Victoria, British Columbia

53. Whistler, British Columbia

54. Nelson, British Columbia

55. Dieppe, New Brunswick

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Jennifer Cuellar

Jennifer Cuellar is a writer, an avid explorer, and fan of all things Games of Thrones-related. When she’s not sipping tea in a café by the beach, she’s off writing about wondrous cities you simply have to visit. From mountain peaks to downtown streets, there’s a world of adventure waiting to be explored. She spotlights top cities to tour, which attractions you’ve got to see, and off-the-beaten path activities to try during your next vacation. Let’s go travel!

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