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Canada Tours

A superb year round destination, Canada’s landscapes and cultural highlights offer the perfect setting for coast-to-coast journeys or intimate exploration.

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Things to See & Do

  • Rocky Mountaineer Train

    Rocky Mountaineer Train

    A 2-day journey which travels during daylight hours, ensuring that you don't miss any of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes or majestic mountain vistas. There are 3 levels of service available from the comfortable Redleaf to the upgraded Silverleaf or Goldleaf carriages.

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  • Vancouver

    Vancouver

    The very essence of a Canadian city, Vancouver has it all. Nestling between snow-capped mountains and sparkling waters, this cosmopolitan of cities boasts a seemingly endless array of highlights such as Stanley Park and Grouse Mountain as well as the city's waterfront.

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  • Banff

    Banff

    Lying at the centre of the spectacular Banff National Park, this resort provides a wealth of year-round activities, wildlife experiences and unsurpassed landscapes. Here you have the opportunity to join a local excursion and explore the surrounding area by foot, canoe or horseback.

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  • Jasper

    Jasper

    The largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain parks, Jasper has an endless choice of trails for hikers to explore. Other available outdoor excursions include wildlife tours or river rafting.

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  • Lake Louise

    Lake Louise

    Lake Louise is a truly breathtaking vision of turquoise serenity with icy glaciers and tumbling waterfalls, hemmed in by a ring of towering peaks.

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  • Northern Lights

    Northern Lights

    The celestial grandeur of the Northern Lights is one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena; flowing curtains of light that transform the night skies above the Canadian wilderness into a shimmering canvas of stunning reds, greens and blues.

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  • Polar Bears

    Polar Bears

    For many, a sight of a polar bear in the wild will be a lifetime memory. After the mating season, throughout October and November the females dig a den, most often in snowdrifts or along mountain slopes, making this a great time of year view these ambling beasts.

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  • Whale watching

    Whale watching

    Board a cruise to Brier Island where you will have an opportunity take part in a scientific survey. Look out for humpbcks, dolphins, porpoises and an array of different seabirds.

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  • Victoria

    Victoria

    The city of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia is best known for its maritime heritage and colonial charm. Recommended activities include a visit to the renowned Butchart Gardens, afternoon tea at the exclusive Fairmont Empress Hotel overlooking the Inner Harbour, a whale watching excursion or the Royal British Columbia Museum.

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  • Bear watching

    Bear watching

    Guests staying at Sonora Resort are offered the rare chance to observe the elusive west coast grizzly bear as it moves freely in its natural environment. Step aboard an eco-tour boat for a one-hour trip to the lands of the Homalco First Nations band. From one of three viewing stands you will have an unobtrusive view of the bears’ home territory with the opportunity to catch a glimpse of these shy, yet magnificent animals.

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Highlights of Canada

Travel Experts

  • Steve Manley

    When planning your holiday in the Rockies try to include a drive or coach transfer between Lake Louise and Jasper - one of the most scenic roads in the country.

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  • Mike Gurrey

    Try and make time for a helicopter flight over Niagara Falls, a totally different view to all the viewpoints on the ground.

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  • Mike Gurrey

    While in Vancouver take a float plane and experience the city and mountains from above…and then get the best experience of landing on water.

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Best Time To Go and Weather

British Colombia and the Rockies are known for their temperate weather. The highest rainfall being in spring and autumn. The departure dates in Newfoundland are planned to take advantage of the short summer period. There is always the possibility of rain, even in the summer months, particularly in the coastal areas. The weather is quite changeable, so be prepared. It is not unusual for people to wear T-shirts and shorts while viewing 15-storey-tall icebergs. In October on our polar bear migration departure along the coast of Hudson Bay, the weather is variable, with temperatures capable of moving from 0° C to minus 30° C within the same week, sometimes even within the same day. Wind is a major force of nature in this region. Not only is the wind strong but there is no shelter from it. Daylight is limited to between 8 and 10 hours a day at this time of the year. Evenings are very dark, which does, however, improve the possibilities of seeing the Northern Lights. Passengers should therefore be prepared for very cold and windy conditions. Spring and autumn are good times to visit Quebec (we have planned a departure to coincide with the autumn colours). Summer months are hot and humid.

Essential Information

  • Time differenceGMT +5 to 8hrs
  • Flight Time7.5 hrs
  • VisaNot for British passport holders*
  • ImmunisationsNone**
  • CurrencyDollar (Can)
  • CapitalOttawa
  • Area10 million sq km
  • Population30.5 million
  • Dialling Code+001
  • Electricity110V
  • LanguageEnglish and French

* Please check with the tourist board to confirm

** Please check with your health professional to confirm

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Events
January – Winterlicious, Toronto In the biggest winter culinary celebration to date, foodies flock to nearly 200 of the city restaurant’s special culinary events February - Quebec Winter Carnival Night parades, dog sleigh rides, concerts and snow sculptures all gather in this largest winter carnival in the world June to July – International Jazz Festival, Montreal Norah Jones and Diana Krall are among the musical successes to come from this 2,000 musician and 500-concert strong event August – Edmonton Folk Festival, Alberta World-class talent guarantees the best in folk music from around the world September - Toronto International Film Festival After Cannes and Sundance, this is among the biggest star-studded film events in the world November – Cornucopia, Whistler A large appetite and an interest in epicurean delights is essential for this calendar of winery dinners, gala tastings and hands-on seminars December and January - Festival of Lights Illuminations in Kensington market are an unmissable annual celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah
Food & Drink
Buffalo burgers A gourmet take on the US fast food market using high quality American bison meat Maple syrup Not a dish in itself but a widely used condiment in Canada (world’s largest producer) Best served in generous amounts on pancakes Salmon jerky West coast and pacific north west salmon are dried or smoked to create this tasty snack Flipper pie A typical Eastern Canadian dish filled with harp seal flipper Montreal bagels Unlike the New York-style, these wood-fired bagels are smaller, and boiled in honey-sweetened water giving them a sweeter taste Canadian Whiskey and Yukon Jack A whiskey based liqueur Caesar A common Canadian cocktail similar to the Bloody Mary, made from clamato juice, Tabasco, vodka and Worcestershire sauce
Tipping
Tipping is widely encouraged in Canada and it is acceptable to tip up to 20% for most services including restaurants and taxi fares. Tip housekeepers around 2 Canadian dollars per day ($1.90) and porters 2 dollars per bag.
Books to Read
Fables of Brunswick Avenue (Katherine Govier) These 16 stories follow the years of Katherine Govier and the loves and dreams of her and a group of young hopefuls.
Movies to Watch
Take This Waltz This comedy drama set in Toronto’s leafy Little Portugal neighbourhood is tells the story of freelance writer Margot, her struggling relationship with her husband of five years and the tempting attraction to artist and rickshaw driver Daniel.
Music to Listen to
Leonard Cohen Montreal born, Cohen is among the most influential musicians and has world-wide recognition for his poetic folk sound
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