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Majestic mountains, cosmopolitan cities, small mountain towns, stunning lakes, French speaking cities, wildlife abounds: Grizzlies, White Kermode Spirit Bears, Moose, Elk, Polar Bears, Whales – the list goes on. You can be staying at a stunning wilderness lodge only a short floatplane flight from Vancouver, travel through the Rockies aboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer, stay in an Ice Hotel or on a ranch – Canada has something for everyone and more!

Vancouver & Whistler
Vancouver is a city worth spending at least three days as there is so much to do! Explore beautiful 1,000 Acre Stanley Park either on foot, bike or horse drawn carraige, eat your way through the food markets of Granville Island, or wonder the streets of Chinatown and historic Gastown. From Vancouver travel up the stunning Sea to Sky highway to Whistler and take a ride on the longest and highest lift in the world for an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop – from incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks to coastal rainforest.

Vancouver Island
Travel by ferry or floatplane to the capital Victoria and explore the city’s English charm including beautiful Butchart Gardens. Wander through the 55 acres of breathtaking gardens on the 130 acre estate.  If you have time the island is worth exploring with access to bear lodges and the wild rugged west coast.

Banff National Park including Lake Louise
Explore this pristine wilderness destination by road or train – either way you will be blown away by Canada’s oldest national park!  The alpine landscapes are simply stunning with towering mountain peaks, turquoise glacier lakes and ice fields and at every turn – have your camera ready!  Lake Louise is located within the National Park and famous for the beautiful chateau which sits on its shores. The summer months will see the lakes turn a spectacular turquoise with the winter months transformed into a snowy winter wonderland.

Calgary Stampede
Fondly known as the greatest outdoor show on earth, the Calgary Stampede is an annual, 10-day rodeo, exhibition and festival held every July in Calgary. The city takes on an incredible party atmosphere with office buildings and storefronts are painted in cowboy themes, residents don western wear and events held across the city include hundreds of pancake breakfasts and barbecues.

Quebec City
Located at the intersection of the St. Lawrence and the St. Charles River Quebec is the heart of French Canada and is the only walled city north of Mexico with 4.6 kilometres of walls.  The city looks and feels very European; perhaps that is why the entire old section of the town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.

 

Canada stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans, sharing the southern latitude of Rome and reaching all the way up to the Arctic. Across such a vast landscape the temperature and climate varies dramatically. In May alone, you can ski the Olympic-caliber mountain terrain of the west coast or attend the world’s largest tulip festival in central Canada. If you are a skier, then November to April is the best time to visit the ski slopes of Whistler, Banff, Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Fernie, Marmot and Sun Peaks, to name a few. The majority of visitors to Canada is during the spring and summer season from May though to mid September. Late September/October (Autumn/Fall) on the East Coast in particular has the most spectacular fall colours.

I have had so many wonderful experiences in Canada and find it very hard to narrow it down to my favourite. I’ve been fortunate enough to stay at Sonora Resort three times now and would go again and again. An all inclusive resort and if you want to get away from it all and be spoilt beyond belief, then this is the place to go. The cuisine is superb and not only are all drinks included, your fully stocked mini bar is too. They also let you call home anywhere in the world free of charge, so you can ring and gloat to friends and family. For the men (or women), you can go out fishing in the boats they have available, or practice in the fully stocked catch and release pond. Whilst the husbands are out fishing, wives can relax at the beautiful spa, and hubbies can join them at the end of a busy day of fishing. The Resort will also cook the fresh salmon catch for you at dinner that evening.

From Sonora we were fortunate enough to do a bear viewing excursion and saw several Grizzlies trying to catch salmon from the river. A memorable experience and one I will never forget! Add to that wandering around the French flavoured cities of Old Quebec and Montreal, travelling GoldLeaf on the Rocky Mountaineer, browsing the markets of Granville Island in Vancouver, a helicopter ride over Grouse Mountain, trudging through the snow to see beautiful Peyto Lake on the Icefields Parkway, travelling by floatplane to the English city of Victoria, and seeing moose and elk wander up the main streets of Banff and Jasper. Its hard to aptly describe how wonderful Canada really is.
Kim

Currency The unit of currency is the Canadian Dollar

Language English is spoken throughout, but French is also an official language, and is the predominant language in the province of Quebec, which has its own local accent and vocabulary.

Why we love it There’s no greater an outdoors than in Canada! The iconic Canadian Rockies, vast plains where the buffalo roam, plentiful lakes, rivers and fjords, and glaciers galore. Even the Canadian people seem to exude that fresh-faced wholesomeness that such surroundings produce. Friendly and relaxed, there is a natural affinity between Canadians and Kiwis that make it a great place to get amongst the locals. Of course other locals include the likes of moose and grizzlies – perhaps less friendly, but amazing to see in the wild. We highly recommend getting out into the more remote wilderness areas to view bears in their natural habitat, and particularly love the area called the Great Bear Rainforest on the Pacific Coast which is home to not only grizzlies, but wolves, humpack whales and the elusive all-white Spirit Bear. But Canada is about more than whales and wilderness. The cities are sophisticated with vibrant arts scenes, and in the East offer a fascinating French flavour. Each region boasts a unique angle, from the outdoor activities of alpine-style towns of the Rockies, to the rustic fishing villages of Novia Scotia, and the vast ranches of the Yukon. And of course we must recommend a dose of the wild west at the annual Calgary Stampede. Aside from this obvious reflection of Western culture, you’ll also find that increasingly there are opportunities to experience the cultures of the First Nations people who have lived in the region for thousands of years, such as the Tsimshian of British Columbia – you may not be able to pronounce it but will find learning about their culture and traditions will add a quite enriching dimension to your holiday. A relatively new option to consider for your visit is a stay at one of the gorgeous Spa Resorts that have begun to spring up in wilderness areas, for a refreshing and restorative break from the hustle and bustle of travel. Getting around Canada is a breeze! The Rocky Mountaineer or Whistler Mountaineer are the ‘best of the best’ rail journeys in terms of stunning scenery, and VIA Rail offers scheduled services which are great for covering long distances. Self-drive is also a good option, as the roads are excellent, and outside the cities at least there is surprisingly little traffic. Just be aware when doing a self-drive itinerary that it pays to have all your accommodation booked in advance, as demand is heavy in the popular months. So – maple syrup, mounties and more bears than you can shake a stick at – what can we say – we LOVE Canada!

Weather Canada’s spring, summer and autumn (generally May to October) are all ideal for travelling, but for skiing you’ll aim for November through to April. The further north you go the cooler it gets, so leave that for July and August, whereas further south things can get very hot over those months. Peak tourist season is between Victoria Day (late May) and Labour Day (early September). Although spring and autumn have fewer crowds, lower prices and a more relaxed pace than the summer months, some attractions and facilities may be closed during these shoulder seasons.

Festivals & events Summer is when many of the country’s festivals take place. Whether it be beer, jazz, films, gardens, wine, comedy or tango – there’s a lot going on! The Montreal Jazz Festival is one of the largest in the world, attracting over 2 million people to its hundreds of concerts. Alberta is where you’ll find the Stampede, rodeo and chuckwagon type events, not to mention the intriguing sounding Lac La Biche Pow Wow and Fish Derby! Vancouver’s International Children’s Festival is jam packed with music, arts and activities. Victoria celebrates the First Peoples’ Festival in early August with traditional craftwork, dancing and war-canoe rides. Basically you’ll find something going on of interest, just about wherever you are!

Travel to Canada from Australia may require a visa – to check current requirements go to https://visalink.com.au/visa-quick-check

Health* As you would expect of a developed western country, no special immunizations or medications are necessary for travel to Canada, but insect repellents and other measures to prevent mosquito bites are advised after dusk in the late summer and early autumn if out in the wilderness.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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Arctic to the Pacific
Price from$24,205 SELECT

Canada & USA 12 Days / 11 Nights

Nature lovers will enjoy every minute of this wildlife experience. Encounter majestic polar bears and belugas outside of Churchill at a lodge that maximise...

Peggy's Cove. credit: Tourism Nova Scotia
Price from$5,993 SELECT

Canada & USA 13 Days / 12 Nights
Group tour

The world's highest tides, fresh salt air, sandy beaches, rocky coves, cosmopolitan cities, remote lighthouses, rich history, warm hospitality, rustic fishing villages, succulent seafood,

Belugas Bears and Blooms
Price from$6,162 SELECT

Canada & USA 6 Days / 5 Nights Roundtrip Winnipeg
Small Group Tour

Summer is the perfect time to visit Churchill, Manitoba! Thousands of belugas whales migrate into the Churchill River and the surrounding landscape erupts into...

Best of British Columbia
Price from$2,685 SELECT

Canada & USA 13 Days / 12 Nights
Self Drive Journey

This self-drive tour takes the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway from Vancouver to the alpine resort of Whistler to ride the Peak to Peak Gondola for...

Best of the Western Arctic: Canada and Greenland
Price fromUSD$22,995 SELECT

Arctic 20 Days / 19 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing 2021 and 2022

The rugged beauty of these pristine places will have you marveling at the soaring cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord and the dazzling icebergs dotting...

Big Five Safari in Canada’s North

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights Roundtrip Winnipeg
Small group tour

Experience the spectacular wildlife of Manitoba with an adventure from dense forests to colourful tundra. Begin your journey in Winnipeg, travelling over-land to Riding...

Photo credit Martina Gebrovska
Price from$2,479 SELECT

Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights

The most spectacular phenomenon on earth, the aurora borealis, will embrace you in all its majesty during this this aurora borealis package on Blachford...

Canada's Great Western Parks Self Drive

Canada & USA 14 Days / 13 Nights

Enjoy the best of Western Canada's great national parks and stunning coastlines on a self-drive journey. Explore the heart of the Canadian Rockies before...

Churchill Town and Tundra

Canada & USA 6 Days / 5 Nights
Small group journey

This Churchill hotel-based adventure allows you to experience the excitement of polar bear viewing from an official Tundra Buggy, as well as enjoy the...

Circle Newfoundland & Labrador Tour

Canada & USA 13 Days / 12 Nights
Group Tour

This comprehensive tour features the best of "the Far East of the Western World". Travel from the northernmost tip of the island of...

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Canada & USA 4 Days /3 Nights

Clayoquot features 25 white canvas prospector-style tents, each richly appointed with luxurious comforts including cast iron stoves, ensuite bathrooms with heated floors, private outdoor...

Discover Newfoundland Self-Drive

Canada & USA 14 Days / 13 Nights

Untouched coastline, magnificent whales, lovable puffins, majestic icebergs, Viking history and incredible natural beauty - this self-drive of Newfoundland truly has it all!

Discover Toronto and Ottawa

Canada & USA 7 Days/6 Nights

Combine the bustling city life of Toronto with the history of Ottawa, topped off with a visit to the spectacular Niagara Falls.

Eastern Townships
Price from$6,965 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights

Explore the enchanting province of Quebec in style on this seven night journey. Delight your palate on a tasting tour of Montreal, soak up...

Bones Bay Lodge
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Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights

Experience the profound beauty of the Broughton Archipelago and the Great Bear Rainforest at this family-run wilderness lodge. Located between Vancouver Island and BC's...

Fly In Fishing: Painters Lodge

Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights

Located in the 'Salmon Capital of the World' Campbell River, BC, Painter's Lodge is a world-famous resort. This site has been home to recreational...

Fogo Island Adventure
Price from$17,585 SELECT

Canada & USA 7 Days / 6 Nights

An unforgettable introduction to Newfoundland and its prized gem, the Fogo Island Inn. You will enjoy two nights in St. John's, the oldest city...

Fraser River Fishing Lodge and Resort

Canada & USA 3 Day/ 2 Nights

Located just 75 minutes by car from Vancouver, tucked away on the shore of the mighty Fraser River in British Columbia sits a freshwater...

Great Bear Nature Lodge
Price from$4,354 SELECT

Canada & USA 5 Days / 4 Nights

This floating lodge assures a personalized wilderness experience, as it holds a maximum of sixteen guests, with only eight rooms. Each bedroom has an...

Knight Inlet Lodge

Canada & USA 7 Days / 6 Nights

A circle self-drive itinerary from Vancouver focusing on wildlife viewing. Bring your camera - you'll enjoy a whale watching cruise in search of grey...

Grizzly Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge

Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights

Located 80 km north of Campbell River, British Columbia, is a wild and remote area of the Great Bear Rainforest known as Knight Inlet.

Haida Gwaii
Price from$11,575 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights

Haida House The Haida House at Tllaal is a cedar lodge located on the banks of the Tlell River with easy beach access. The lodge...

Inuit Lands & The Road to the Arctic

Canada & USA 9 Days / 8 Nights
Small group journey

On this tour, you will be introduced to two of Canada's northernmost provinces, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, making memories that will stay...

Narwhal & Polar Bear Safari
Price fromCAD$20,090 SELECT

Arctic,Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights Roundtrip from Ottawa
Small group departure with expedition leader and Inuit guide

Experience the classic spring floe edge where you may have the opportunity to view polar bears, narwhal and icebergs under the Midnight Sun. Travel...

Nimmo Bay Resort
Price from$9,610 SELECT

Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights
Luxury Wilderness Retreat British Columbia

At the family owned and operated Nimmo Bay Resort come peacefully face to face with the coastal rainforest's most beloved creatures, from humpback and...

Northwest Territories Northern Lights

Canada & USA 4 Days / 3 Nights Roundtrip Yellowknife

There are two great aurora viewing seasons: Fall (mid-August to early October) and winter (mid- December to mid-April). Yellowknife is set in the wondrous...

Picturesque Canadian Maritimes Self Drive

Canada & USA 16 Days / 15 Nights

See the best of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island on this delightful self-drive tour. Feast on exceptional seafood, drive scenic coastal...

Polar Bear Migration Fly-In Photo Safari

Arctic,Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights
Small Group Journey

Safely see polar bears up-close on this exclusive viewing and photography experience. This safari is specially designed to get you as close to one...

Polar Bears and Glaciers of Baffin Island

Arctic,Canada & USA 7 Days / 6 Nights
Small group journey

This safari takes you through the rarely visited, spectacular landscapes of eastern Baffin Island. Glacier-capped coastlines, majestic mountain peaks, and dazzling icebergs create the...

Grand Rail Circle Tour
Price fromCAD$7,166 SELECT

Canada & USA 13 Days / 12 Nights

Book by 2 April 2021 for 3 free gifts.

An epic trip made up of two successive rail routes and a motor coach journey! Grand Rail Circle fuses the sights of the Canadian...

Journey through the Clouds Explorer
Price fromCAD$3,909 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights

Book by 2 April Jan 2021 for 3 free gifts.

Travel through dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by...

Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer

Canada & USA 9 Days / 8 Nights

Book by 2 April 2021 for 3 free gifts.

Experience the natural beauty of the Coastal Mountain Range, travel alongside glacier-blue lakes and through desert-like ranchlands, and be awestruck by the towering peaks...

Sonora & Siwash Resort
Price from$17,295 SELECT

Canada & USA 8 Days / 7 Nights

Sonora Resort The exclusive Sonora Resort offers 5-star accommodation, an extraordinary level of attention and service, and breathtaking outdoor adventure without compromise. Sonora is an...

Southwest BC Seaplane Safari

Canada & USA 9 Days / 8 Nights

Traverse some of Canada's most vibrant cities by seaplane, taking in the sights of Vancouver, embarking on a marine life safari in Tofino, visiting...

Three Bars Ranch
Price from$4,228 SELECT

Canada & USA 7 Days/6 Nights

Experience the ultimate horseback riding vacation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Offering one of the most diverse activities programmes available. Included...

Kingdom of the Ice Bear

Canada & USA 7 Days / 6 Nights

This Enthusiast programme is designed for those who wish to visit Churchill to not only see the magnificent Lord of the Arctic, Manitoba's polar...

Vancouver, Whistler & Victoria

Canada & USA 7 Days / 6 Nights

See the best of these three BC hotspots, from the culinary capital of Vancouver to the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the charming alpine resort of Whistler,

Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories

Canada & USA 11 Days / 10 Nights
Small Group tour

Watch the scenery change from prairie grasslands to lakes and boreal forests as you travel north. See the almost untouched land of the Northwest...