Today we’re looking at the best party cities in the Canada. Since the drinking age for the majority of Canadian cities is 19 years of age, in the province of Quebec it is 18, we’ve decided to focus on the top 19 party cities.
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#1 Montreal, Quebec
The number one party destination is, with out a doubt, Montreal. With the legal drinking age being only 18 and the bars and clubs serving until 3am, the party never stops in this beautiful city. On weekends there are also many after-hours clubs where the dancing lasts until dawn. Even the residents of the biggest and most beautiful cities in Canada head to Montreal to party.
#2 Toronto, Ontario
The largest city in Canada, Toronto, is also one of the best party cities the country has to offer. With its eclectic mix of cultures and neighbourhoods, Toronto also has a vast array of party places. From an immense and thriving live music scene to electronic clubs that go to the early hours of the morning, Toronto is one city where you wont have to search too hard, or too long, for a party.
#3 Vancouver, British Columbia
Although the Vancouver lifestyle is suited to the more casual establishments, bars and pubs, there is still a pretty good club scene here. But even in the bars and pubs, there is always a party. Some of the best areas to party in Vancouver are Yaletown, Gastown and of course, Granville Street and Downtown.
#4 Halifax, Nova Scotia
In Halifax the festival season never seems to end, and with their influx of live music, and plenty of bars and nightclubs to choose from, this small maritime town is one of the best party cities in Canada.
#5 Ottawa, Ontario
The capital city of Canada may be smaller than the other major cities on this list, but this town knows how to party just as hard. From live music to electronic dance clubs that are open until the wee hours of the morning, Ottawa has some of the best partying spots, all within a few blocks of each other. It is an easy city to get around at night and the close proximity to practically everything makes bar hopping a breeze. Best of all, when the bars close at 2am in Ottawa the party doesn’t have to end. Just a short jaunt across the river is Quebec, where the bars are open until 3am.
#6 Québec City, Quebec
The jewel of Quebec is without a doubt its capital city, Quebec City, or Quebec as the locals refer to it. Over looking the St. Lawrence River, this Old World European styled city is much more than meets the eye. It is also an incredible party town. For the best nightlife head on over to Grande-Allée Street or Boulevard Laurier.
#7 Sudbury, Ontario
Known for its nickel, both the mining operations and the giant nickel that adorns the city, this small Ontario town is an oasis of hipster hangouts, trendy dive bars and all night dance clubs. So whether it is a stop-over for a longer drive to one of our other party cities, or a destination in itself, Sudbury has earned its place in the top 19 party cities in Canada.
#8 Charlottetown, PEI
From brewpubs, like The Gahan House Brewery, Pub & Mercantile, to nightclubs, dive bars and lounges, such as Baba’s Lounge; this quaint little capital city is much more than meets the eye. Think small town appeal meets big town party.
#9 Victoria, British Columbia
The famed capital city of British Columbia is hidden away on the province’s island gem, Vancouver Island. With friendly and welcoming locals, the party is anywhere you end up. And with over 16,000 University of Victoria students, that can be practically anywhere, from the bar, to the club and even a beach party.
#10 Calgary, Alberta
Known as ‘Cowtown’, this Albertan city is much more than cowboy boots and country music. One of the fastest growing cities in Canada, Calgary has a thriving nightlife to match. From comfy pubs to all night dance clubs, and everything in between, partying in Calgary is “the most fun you can have with your boots on”.
#11 Edmonton, Alberta
Know for their giant mall, Edmonton is much more than Alberta’s shopping mecca. This place knows not only how to party, but how to attract the country’s most beautiful women with the annual indie arts and cultural festival, the Fringe festival, held each year in August.
#12 Winnipeg, Manitoba
Winnipeg is one Canadian city that many do not assume to be a party town, and those people have most likely never been. With it’s thriving music scene, and such events as the Winnipeg Folk Festival, this city, nestled in the heart of the prairies, is not only a great place to stop on your way West or East, but it is also a party destination in itself.
#13 St John’s, Newfoundland
With its steep roads adorned with multi coloured homes that end in a harbour, St. John’s has been described as a miniature San Francisco. This capital city may have the look of an American metropolis, but it definitely doesn’t have the attitude. Newfoundlanders are a welcoming bunch that love to party. So whether you are throwing back a few pints at one of the many George Street pubs, or have been invited to a kitchen party, this maritime city is one hell of a place to party.
#14 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, known to some as the Paris of the Prairies, is a party destination in itself. With a growing live music scene and lively downtown area that is populated much of the year with students from the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon knows how to throw a party.
#15 Fredericton, New Brunswick
This capital city may look like a quaint sleepy little village by day, with its well-maintained flowerbeds and Georgian and Victorian homes, but come nightfall, when the bars and clubs open their doors, it is another story altogether. With over 50 bars, lounges, and nightclubs, and new ones opening all the time, you won’t have any trouble finding a place to party.
#16 Regina, Saskatchewan
It should be no surprise that the city that rhymes with fun knows how to party. Whether it is clubbing in the iconic Old Warehouse district or throwing back a few craft beers at some of the original brewpubs, Regina is more than just a stop-over city. It’s a party town worthy of a destination.
#17 Hamilton, Ontario
Some may refer to Hamilton as, the armpit of Canada for it’s unappealing smell – if you have ever been, you know what I mean – but this hard-working steel town still knows how to party. With students from McMaster University and Mohawk College partying it up each and every night, there is a little something for everyone, from the club district to Hess Village you are bound to find your party destination.
#18 Kingston, Ontario
Although Kingston may be a rest stop for those travelling between Toronto and Montreal, and vice versa, those who do not stay for the party are definitely missing out. During the school year Kingston is jammed packed with university students attending Queen’s University, who set out each weekend to party it up in the many bars, pubs and clubs sprinkled throughout the city. In the summer, one of the best music festivals in Canada, the Wolfe Island Music Festival, which sadly did not make our Top 12 ‘Must Attend’ Music Festivals Of 2012, is just a short ferry ride away.
#19 Niagara Falls, Ontario
Home to one of the natural wonder of the world, Niagara Falls is more than just a tourist destination, it’s also a party spot. Featuring everything from dive bars to strip clubs and everything in between, Niagara Falls is a miniature Vegas. After a night of partying, head on over to one of its two casinos that are open 24/7/365, and try to win back some of your drinking money.
Author: Corey Rozon