18 October 2018
Experience the vast and varied land of Canada. Boasting spectacular scenery, incredible wildlife, fascinating cultures and vibrant cities, the world’s second-largest nation is perfect, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned travel veteran. Here’s a taste of what you can see and do on a Canadian adventure.
Explore the Rocky mountain range with its national parks and world-famous resorts such as Banff, which is surrounded by the splendour of snow-capped peaks, evergreen trees and radiant blue waters, and Jasper – a land of glaciers, vast blue lakes and steep-walled canyons.
Drive down the Icefields Parkway and see glistening mountain lakes, rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, alpine ski slopes and Lake Louise, the region’s crown jewel, which is great for photographers and those who love the great outdoors.
“Lake Louise was beautiful, with its turquoise water and mountain backdrop. I think the morning is a great time of day to visit for taking photographs before the sun gets too high and affects the lighting. At this time, there are also fewer crowds, so the early bird does catch the worm in this instance.”
If you’re looking for an urban adventure, head to Vancouver. With a glorious waterfront setting, combining the energy of a modern city with scenic bliss, Vancouver is home to the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, which features totem poles, a heated beachside swimming pool and over 27km of walking trails, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, offering fantastic views of the city’s rainforest, and the lively Gastown district, known for its whistling steam clock, boutique shops and indie art galleries in Victorian buildings.
Nestled in the Coast Mountain Range north of Vancouver, Whistler – one of the world’s best ski resorts – it is also a year-round destination. In winter it has two mountains with kilometres of open pistes, while in summer it offers mountain-biking, horse-riding, golf, hiking and much more.
Visit the coast of British Columbia to find black bears and the rare spirit bears roaming around their natural habitat or take a boat from Vancouver Island and go in search of sea lions, orca and minke whales, and dolphins.
There’s something for everyone in Ontario, a region where bright city lights are within touching distance of thundering waterfalls, and where you can sit by tranquil lakes closed in by forest-clad slopes and watch the world go by.
Toronto is the region’s cultural hub – a melting pot of cultures that’s vibrant, exciting and full of fun. It has more restaurants and cafés per head than anywhere else in Canada, so you won’t go hungry or thirsty and you’ll be kept entertained by an exciting theatre scene, fantastic shopping and renowned sites such as the CN Tower with its glass floor from which you can see 342m down to the city streets.
Toronto is also the gateway to the iconic Niagara Falls, one of Canada’s most-visited attractions, where over 2.5 million litres of water a second cascade over 46m of rockface to the river below. Take a cruise to get close to the action and feel the spray of the falls and visit Niagara-on-the-Lake for its old-world charm and local wineries.
Canada is a land steeped in history and tradition, with a diverse culture and a distinctly European feel to many of its cities. The island-city of Montréal, once a small village in the middle of the St Lawrence River, is the third-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris and Kinshasa, and has a French-inspired elegance a lively café and nightlife culture and a certain joie de vivre. Take a walk down Montréal’s picturesque cobbled streets, visit world-class museums and galleries, shop in the 29km network of connected shopping outlets or take in Canada’s favourite pastime at a Canadiens hockey game.
UNESCO-listed Québec City, Canada’s other French-speaking centre and the only walled city in North America, is full of history and charm. Don’t miss the Citadel, the mansions of Place Royale, the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre Dame or the Plains of Abraham.
If you’d like to book your Canadian adventure or to find out more about the itineraries on offer, contact your Travel Counsellor.