If you’re looking for the ultimate holiday destination with something to suit everyone’s tastes, Canada is the place that has it all. From cities packed with trendy shops, independent boutiques and Canadian culture to awe-inspiring natural wonders just minutes away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Nature, culture and adventure await your arrival in Canada.
Calgary is home to an abundance of things to explore whilst still being perfectly-located near the breath-taking Canadian Rockies. Stop off on the way to this famous area of natural beauty and journey to the top of Calgary Tower for 360 degree city and mountain views. Visit Heritage Park Historical Village, Canada’s second largest living history museum for an immersive cultural experience unlike any other. Downtown Calgary is home to a pedestrianised mall on Stephen Avenue with everything from sophisticated boutiques to pubs and steakhouses. Travel to Calgary in July and head to the iconic annual Calgary Stampede with bare-back riding and spectacular shows.
The Rockies are home to a diverse range of idyllic towns, including Jasper, featuring the longest and highest aerial tramway in Canada providing unforgettable views of the surrounding landscape. Banff is filled with outdoor activities galore including cross country skiing and hiking along with town centre shops, bars and museums, as well as art galleries and upscale restaurants. No trip to Banff is complete without a trip to Banff’s Upper Hot Springs. Last but not least is Lake Louise, known globally for its turquoise lakes and rugged mountain views, and an array of activities allowing you to immerse yourself in nature, such as paddling, dog sledding and a lakeside path for a walk with magnificent mountain views.
Whistler is the ultimate year-round destination, with plenty to explore no matter throughout the seasons. In summertime, head up Whistler Mountain in a glass-bottomed gondola on the Whistler PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience for panoramic views of this unique landscape; relax on a pristine beach by a mountain lake or keep your eyes peeled for black bears in their natural habitats on a bear viewing tour. In wintertime, the mountains come alive. Lace up your ice skates and zip around the heart of the Whistler Olympic Plaza, ski or snowboard on over 200 marked trails or head to the home of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games for a professional-guided bobsled ride of a lifetime.
Vancouver is ideally-located between the snow-capped mountains and the Pacific Ocean, with a range of diverse attractions. Top spots in Vancouver include Granville Island Market, where you can live like a local and sample local produce, handcrafted gifts and more. Yaletown has a host of cafes, unique shopping and luscious parks including Stanley Park. There’s beaches, miles of paved trails, totem poles, the largest aquarium in Canada and many more hidden gems, including a miniature railway and water park. Gastown is a historic Vancouver landmark, with converted Victorian buildings that are now home to restaurants, cocktail lounges, independent art galleries and souvenir shops. Take to the seas on a whale watching tour or to the trees at Treetops Adventure, with suspension bridges hanging over an evergreen forest. For unparalleled views of Vancouver, take the Red Skyride up Grouse Mountain, also home to grizzly bears, ziplines and eateries, as well as walking trails and seasonal skiing.
Vancouver Island is has a rich heritage and many stunning places to visit. Victoria boasts historical sites, outdoor adventure sites and a culinary scene influenced by coastal flavours. Tofino is nestled in the UNESCO Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Region, home to an extensive environmental culture, stunning beaches for surfing or kayaking and plenty of hiking and biking trails. It also has a long whale watching season and seasonal bear watching tours. Ucluelet is a chilled fishing village near the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Campbell River hosts a diverse culture with shopping along Pier Street and an expanding downtown area. Take the ferry to nearby islands including Quadra and Cortes to explore somewhere off the beaten track.
Whether it’s a family holiday, shopping trip, outdoor adventure or cultural experience, a trip to Canada comes with lifelong memories and plenty to discover. Beaches, national parks, mountains and thriving cities: a Canada holiday leaves lasting memories and provides a wide range of experiences for all tastes and ages.