With a population density roughly 100 times lower than that of the United Kingdom, it is fair to say that Canada is not short of open spaces. This vast country’s wildernesses stretch up from the straight edge of the US border to the distant cold of the Arctic Circle. See the breathtaking Rocky Mountain Range, pristine lakes and spectacular Canadian wildlife. Wander the streets of glittering modern cities, and take a step back into the past in historic Quebec City, with its city walls and famously European feel.
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Reasons to visit Canada...
With over 40 per cent of Canada’s land given over to forest, it's little wonder that the country is home to an incredible array of wildlife. No fewer than three types of bear vie for the naturalist’s attention along with majestic moose, roaming herds of caribou and a myriad species of bird. At sea, pods of humpback, orca, minke, beluga and the bizarre but beautiful narwhal make Canada’s coastal waters some of the best in the world for whale watching.
Canada’s culture revolves around the seasons. With so much beautiful scenery and such incredible seasonal weather, Canadians have the chance to enjoy the outdoors to the full. In the spring and summer, Quebec’s city streets heave with locals enjoying European-style cafe culture, and Vancouver’s pristine parks are as flames to a moth for weekending city dwellers. During the chilly winter months, Banff, the unofficial capital of the Rockies, comes to life with world-class skiing and snowboarding slopes and stunning vistas to match, and ice hockey becomes the national sporting obsession.
Canadians could be excused for boasting about their access to the world’s natural wonders. The country offers visitors wide-open spaces, incredible snow-capped peaks, rushing rivers, rugged coastlines and 10 per cent of the world’s forested land. Evergreen spruce, poplar and pine carpet the slopes of Canada's many mountains, and skirt the edges of brilliant blue waters like Lake Louise, while the Eastern Provinces share New England's changing colours in the autumn as the trees light up in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.
Food and Drink
Canada’s national dish is poutine (cheesy chips and gravy to British visitors). But this simple, hearty and moreish snack is just one side of Canadian food. From the bright orange-red of Pacific sockeye salmon to delicate Nova Scotia lobster and lean caribou meat, meat and fish lovers will find plenty to celebrate, while those with a sweet tooth should keep an eye out for Nanaimo bars as well as the obvious maple syrup. When it comes to drinks, Canada has taken advantage of its chilly winter to become the world’s leading producer of ice wine (which is only made from grapes that have frozen while still on the vine) and has one standout peculiarity, the Cesar cocktail, a Bloody Mary made with a mix of tomato and clam juice.
What our customers say...
I can thoroughly recommend this holiday. The Canadian scenery is breathtaking and our tour manager took us to all the beautiful places you see in the brochure. Lynn, our tour guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable and sensitive to everyone's needs. Our coach driver, Bill was also entertaining and an excellent driver. All the hotels were good or very good and well situated. The Calgary Stampede was a great experience with a wonderful finale show and fireworks. I can honestly say it is one of the best holidays I have had and would definitely return to Canada."
"We covered a lot of miles in a short space of time, but I really enjoyed the holiday, we were met at the airport and as with every morning the transfers were hitch free. The falls were fantastic and the scenery along the Maple Trail was beautiful. The optional guided tours are well worth doing and the guides were very good. You do fit a lot in on this tour , but for a sample of what Canada has to offer it's a great way to see what's out there."
"An excellent holiday showcasing the very best of this part of Canada. We were exceptionally lucky with the weather and viewing wildlife. Our tour guide was at all times informative without being intrusive and our driver also deserves a mention for contributing to the overall experience."