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Mother Nature really excelled herself in Canada. This vast country is a feast for the eyes, with snow-topped mountains, thundering waterfalls and ancient forests. Canada holidays are all about hiking through national parks, kayaking across mirror-like lakes, and searching for native wildlife, like bears and whales. So if you love the great outdoors, this place should definitely be on your bucket list.

The hardest part of any Canada holiday is deciding where to go. Your trip will probably start in one of the country’s vibrant cities, like cosmopolitan Toronto or glittering Vancouver. Conveniently, these urban spots serve as the perfect introduction to Canada, as you’ll have the chance to learn about its culture and history. Quebec City is crammed with grand architecture, while Toronto is home to the Royal Museum of Ontario and the CN Tower. Over on the west coast, meanwhile, Vancouver gives a great insight into First Nations’ culture through its galleries, museums and authentic totem poles.

But the best Canada attractions lie outside the cities. In the east, you can spend time exploring Nova Scotia’s charming villages, where you’ll find quaint churches and pretty beaches. Plus, this neck of the woods offers fantastic whale-watching between June and October. Or you could start your Canada holiday in Calgary, then journey through the stunning Rocky Mountains in Alberta. This is arguably the most impressive province in the country, as it’s where you’ll find must-see sights like Banff National Park, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Or maybe you’d prefer to kick things off in Vancouver? You can spend a few days exploring Vancouver Island – which is famous for its surfing and wildlife – then head to Whistler for all sorts of daredevil activities.

Wherever you want to go on your Canada trip, our experts will help you plan the perfect itinerary. You can hire a car and enjoy a road trip or – for a hassle-free holiday – consider one of our Canada tours. Speak to our Travel Specialists to tailor-make your getaway.

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Best places to visit in Canada

Canada holidays offer endless choice. This diverse country serves up bustling cities and beautiful national parks – so, whatever you’re in to, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

In the east, French-speaking Quebec boasts UNESCO-listed architecture and leafy parks, while the province of Nova Scotia – meaning “New Scotland” – is all about picturesque towns, maritime history and amazing marine life. Multicultural Toronto should also be on your list. On the shores of Lake Ontario, this trendy city is packed with quirky bars and brew-pubs, as well as street art-covered laneways. Plus, it’s within easy reach of roaring Niagara Falls – a must-visit on any holiday to Canada.

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Alternatively, you could focus your attention on West Canada. In the province of Alberta, you’ll be able to discover the Rocky Mountains’ jaw-dropping scenery, including the dramatic peaks, lakes and forests of Banff National Park. In British Columbia, meanwhile, Whistler takes the crown for postcard-worthy views. And popular Vancouver is where you’ll find famous sites like Stanley Park, Granville Island and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

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Things to do in Canada

Outdoor enthusiasts will find all sorts of wonderful things to do in Canada. In Whistler, for instance, you can try everything from mountain biking to zip-lining to white-water rafting – plus the skiing during winter is fantastic. Similarly, the Rocky Mountains offer a variety of activities. You can go canoeing across Moraine Lake, hike around wolf-shaped Peyto Lake, and explore the walking trails of Banff National Park.

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Eager to see some of Canada’s famous wildlife? Consider visiting Vancouver Island, where you’re likely to spot black bears, grey whales, orcas and dolphins. You could also venture into the Great Bear Rainforest to search for elusive spirit bears.

If you’re more of a city-lover, don’t worry – Canada delivers on this front, too. In Toronto, you can admire vibrant graffiti, go up the CN Tower, and kayak around the Toronto Islands. On the west coast, glitzy Vancouver is crammed with top-notch restaurants and First Nations attractions, including intricate totem poles. And don’t forget picturesque Quebec City, where you can stroll along the cobbled streets of Place Royale and marvel at the Citadelle of Quebec.

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How to explore

Canada holidays can be enjoyed in a number of ways so, however you like to travel, our specialists will help you plan the perfect getaway. Self-drive tours are very popular, as you can hire a car or motorhome and make your way along your chosen route. This is a great way to see Canada, especially the dramatic Rockies and Banff National Park – why not fly into Calgary and work your way westwards to Vancouver?

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Alternatively, if you’d prefer to sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving, take a look at our Canada tours. We have a range of tours, which tick off major cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Some tours also include a journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer – the famous luxury train which snakes through the Rocky Mountains.

And you can easily extend your Canada holiday, if you wish. Why not combine Toronto, Niagara Falls and New York City into one incredible getaway? Or you could pair Vancouver with Alaska for staggering scenery.

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Best time to go to Canada

Canada is often associated with snow-capped mountains, but you might be pleasantly surprised by the country’s temperate climate. Canada holidays are best enjoyed during May, June and September, when the days are generally warm and sunny. Toronto and Vancouver are particularly lovely at this time of year, as temperatures hover in the low twenties. You’ll also miss most of the crowds, as July and August is Canada’s peak holiday season.

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That said, summer is still a great time to visit Canada. The Rockies and Vancouver average 22°C, while Toronto is a few degrees hotter and much more humid. There are loads of Canada festivals at this time of year, too, including Just For Laughs Montreal, Quebec City Summer Festival, and Wavelength Summer Music Festival.

Skiing enthusiasts will love Canada holidays in winter, when the mountains are blanketed in powdery snow. Popular places like Banff and Whistler offer fantastic snowsports. If you’re not into skiing, though, winter is best avoided. The roads – especially in the Rockies – can become difficult to navigate due to ice and snow, while Vancouver sees heavy rain between November and January.

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Essential Information

  • Visas: British passport holders will need to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before travelling.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollars (CA$)
  • Time difference: The East Coast is GMT -3 hours, while the West Coast is GMT -7 hours.
  • Flight duration from London: Depending on where you’re headed, a direct flight takes between seven and 10 hours.
  • Capital city: Ottawa
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Places to go

Best places to visit in Canada

Canada holidays offer endless choice. This diverse country serves up bustling cities and beautiful national parks – so, whatever you’re in to, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

In the east, French-speaking Quebec boasts UNESCO-listed architecture and leafy parks, while the province of Nova Scotia – meaning “New Scotland” – is all about picturesque towns, maritime history and amazing marine life. Multicultural Toronto should also be on your list. On the shores of Lake Ontario, this trendy city is packed with quirky bars and brew-pubs, as well as street art-covered laneways. Plus, it’s within easy reach of roaring Niagara Falls – a must-visit on any holiday to Canada.

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, you could focus your attention on West Canada. In the province of Alberta, you’ll be able to discover the Rocky Mountains’ jaw-dropping scenery, including the dramatic peaks, lakes and forests of Banff National Park. In British Columbia, meanwhile, Whistler takes the crown for postcard-worthy views. And popular Vancouver is where you’ll find famous sites like Stanley Park, Granville Island and Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Show More
Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Canada

Outdoor enthusiasts will find all sorts of wonderful things to do in Canada. In Whistler, for instance, you can try everything from mountain biking to zip-lining to white-water rafting – plus the skiing during winter is fantastic. Similarly, the Rocky Mountains offer a variety of activities. You can go canoeing across Moraine Lake, hike around wolf-shaped Peyto Lake, and explore the walking trails of Banff National Park.

Show More
Show Less

Eager to see some of Canada’s famous wildlife? Consider visiting Vancouver Island, where you’re likely to spot black bears, grey whales, orcas and dolphins. You could also venture into the Great Bear Rainforest to search for elusive spirit bears.

If you’re more of a city-lover, don’t worry – Canada delivers on this front, too. In Toronto, you can admire vibrant graffiti, go up the CN Tower, and kayak around the Toronto Islands. On the west coast, glitzy Vancouver is crammed with top-notch restaurants and First Nations attractions, including intricate totem poles. And don’t forget picturesque Quebec City, where you can stroll along the cobbled streets of Place Royale and marvel at the Citadelle of Quebec.

Show More
Show Less

How to explore

How to explore

Canada holidays can be enjoyed in a number of ways so, however you like to travel, our specialists will help you plan the perfect getaway. Self-drive tours are very popular, as you can hire a car or motorhome and make your way along your chosen route. This is a great way to see Canada, especially the dramatic Rockies and Banff National Park – why not fly into Calgary and work your way westwards to Vancouver?

Show More
Show Less

Alternatively, if you’d prefer to sit back, relax and let someone else do the driving, take a look at our Canada tours. We have a range of tours, which tick off major cities like Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver. Some tours also include a journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer – the famous luxury train which snakes through the Rocky Mountains.

And you can easily extend your Canada holiday, if you wish. Why not combine Toronto, Niagara Falls and New York City into one incredible getaway? Or you could pair Vancouver with Alaska for staggering scenery.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Canada

Canada is often associated with snow-capped mountains, but you might be pleasantly surprised by the country’s temperate climate. Canada holidays are best enjoyed during May, June and September, when the days are generally warm and sunny. Toronto and Vancouver are particularly lovely at this time of year, as temperatures hover in the low twenties. You’ll also miss most of the crowds, as July and August is Canada’s peak holiday season.

Show More
Show Less

That said, summer is still a great time to visit Canada. The Rockies and Vancouver average 22°C, while Toronto is a few degrees hotter and much more humid. There are loads of Canada festivals at this time of year, too, including Just For Laughs Montreal, Quebec City Summer Festival, and Wavelength Summer Music Festival.

Skiing enthusiasts will love Canada holidays in winter, when the mountains are blanketed in powdery snow. Popular places like Banff and Whistler offer fantastic snowsports. If you’re not into skiing, though, winter is best avoided. The roads – especially in the Rockies – can become difficult to navigate due to ice and snow, while Vancouver sees heavy rain between November and January.

Show More
Show Less

Essential Info

Essential Information

  • Visas: British passport holders will need to apply online for an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) before travelling.
  • Language: English and French
  • Currency: Canadian Dollars (CA$)
  • Time difference: The East Coast is GMT -3 hours, while the West Coast is GMT -7 hours.
  • Flight duration from London: Depending on where you’re headed, a direct flight takes between seven and 10 hours.
  • Capital city: Ottawa
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