04 February 2019
Picture Canada. Are you gazing at wildlife, or exploring cosmopolitan cities? Wide-eyed, holding your breath as you and your group spot a grizzly bear? Paddling across the bright blue waters of Lake Louise with towering peaks and forests surrounding you? From the rugged peaks of the Rocky Mountains to the vibrant cities, the jaw-droppingly beautiful turquoise lakes to the 46 national parks and national park reserves, there are so many places to explore in Canada.
Best time to visit Canada
Canada certainly offers an incredible holiday experience, no matter the season. If you’re a fan of winter sports, December to March is the idea time for snow activities. From June to September is the peak season for summer touring programs. May and October offer some shoulder season advantages with less crowds and milder weather.
Recommended length of stay: Given the flight time to reach Canada, and the size of the country, it’s best to select a region that you’d like to focus your holiday on. 2 weeks would allow a good visit in Western Canada or the Eastern provinces, but 3-4 weeks would allow a greater exploration across both.
Local currency: Canadian Dollars (CAD)
Top three experiences
Orca's & Grizzlies
If wildlife is your thing, then Western Canada is sure to excite you. Head to Telegraph Cove, located in the majesty of the Coastal Mountains on Vancouver Island in British Colombia. The area around this former fishing and cannery village is home to the magnificent Grizzly bear. With the nearby Johnstone Strait and the Blackfish Archipelago welcome migrating Orca’s each year too, this region offers some truly incredible wildlife experiences.
British Colombia by Sea Plane
There is something special about travelling from sea to sky aboard a seaplane and with so many highlights in British Colombia, a seaplane safari not only cuts travel time, but also offers incredible views! Imagine flying in over incredible Whistler to land on Green Lake, to stay a few days. Then, take off over the Coastal Mountain range to the quaint city of Victoria on stunning Vancouver Island. Depart the island and take in the views on your return to Vancouver.
Canadian Rockies by Rail
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver through the heart of British Columbia to stunning to Lake Louise. You will discover dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment, while being treated to unforgettable service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.