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Canada Holidays

Canada is the second largest country in the world and impressive in its size, diversity and beauty. A country of contrasts, western Canada is centred on charismatic Vancouver which is the main gateway to the region. From here explore the wilds of Vancouver Island or head east through spectacular national parks and the dramatic scenery of the Canadian Rockies to Calgary in Alberta. Further north, the remote landscapes of the Yukon support a wide range of animal and bird life and possess a proud First Nation heritage. Eastern Canada is the location of the nation’s capital and the cities here have delightful historic centres. Parts of this region, particularly Quebec City and Montreal, are also bastions of French-Canadian culture and there is a definite Gallic feel. Admire the thundering Niagara Falls that straddle the US and Canadian international border or time your visit to coincide with fall when the region’s maple forests turn crimson. Untamed and rugged, the rocky shoreline of the Atlantic Coast protects pretty coastal communities and produces some of the best seafood in the country.

Places to visit in Canada

In Canada the cities are vibrant and culturally diverse, a country that offers ethical animal viewing experiences and has some of the most magnificent landscapes and natural wonders in the world. The Yukon is full of gold-rush heritage, British Columbia and Alberta share the mighty Canadian Rockies and vast national parks that offer some of the country’s most striking scenery. Embark on a ranch holiday, observe Polar Bears in Churchill or explore the colonial charm and UNESCO World Heritage Sites found in Quebec and Ontario’s delightful cities. Experience the sheer force of the thundering Niagara Falls or cycle to lighthouses, savour fresh seafood and spot whales off Atlantic Canada’s rugged shores.

When to Visit Canada

This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country.
Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

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For those wishing to enjoy Canada's legendary great outdoors, the ideal months to travel are from May through to September. The warmest months tend to be July and August and this is also the most popular time for visitors with it being the main tourist season. Spring and autumn experience slightly cooler temperatures, and the occasional shower, but are equally good times to visit the majority of the country – especially British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Unless visiting for winter sports, the period from the middle of November to the end of February sees very low, sometimes sub-zero, temperatures notably in the north of the country, the Maritime Provinces and other remote regions. In general British Columbia and the west remain milder than much of Canada but conversely the risk of rainfall is higher, particular from late autumn to early spring.

Essential Information

Capital: Ottawa Main Language: English / French
Time Zone: GMT -3.5 / GMT -8 Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Accommodation in Canada

There is a vast range of accommodation on offer in Canada. In cities and large towns there are a variety of hotels that will cover every budget and requirement. In more rural areas such as national parks or the Rocky Mountains, accommodation options may be limited to rustic cabins, luxurious lodges or specialist wildlife observing centres. Bed and breakfasts in Canada provide a homely option or, if you want to immerse yourself in nature, there are endless campsite options for your tent or campervan – all of which provide excellent facilities. Ranches offer fantastic riding experiences and are typically found in British Columbia and Alberta.

USA & Canada Holiday Review

We’re home after an amazing holiday. All went well with flights etc., the hotels were lovely and very good locations in both Toronto and New York.

We loved Niagara Falls and in Toronto the CN Tower was really good and would recommend the hop on hop off bus tour which included a boat trip around the islands giving a good view of the city skyline. We also went to a baseball game at the nearby Rogers centre.

In New York we used the airport super shuttle bus which worked well. We did all the sights including 9/11, water taxi hop on hop off including Brooklyn Bridge and Statue of Liberty. Loved Central Park, Top of the Rock and Empire at night and loved grand central station. Did a radio city tour which was great and also saw Kinky Boots, again fabulous. Walked everywhere and the high line was lovely.

Many thanks for your help and recommendations. It has been a truly memorable trip.

JD - USA & Canada - June 2018

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