Staggering facts and figures from Canada – did you know it’s the largest country in the world? The billion year old ‘Canadian Shield’ covers most of the country, folded around Hudson Bay and reaching the surrounding mountain ranges. With a coastline about 151,400 miles long and being bordered on three sides by oceans and containing over two million lakes, it’s not surprising that travel around Canada involves covering long distances! The geography of Canada is hugely varied from the frozen barren north, through mountains and forests to wheat plains, it is a beautiful country of amazing proportions.
Canada’s wildlife has evolved from the ice age and still to this day copes well with this country of harsh extremes. The pre-historic looking Musk-Ox has a huge thick layer of guard hair and fleece that keeps it warm even at temperatures of -45c! One of the most famous of Canada’s residents is of course the Polar Bear, which lives in the frozen lands and tundra on the Arctic circle. Head to the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast for fabulous wildlife and bear watching – see the Grizzly’s catch salmon! Vast herds of Caribou migrate across the arctic in herds of 10,000 animals as they head to the tundra for spring and the forests in winter.
Western Canada (British Columbia & Alberta)
Home to the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains and offer a dramatic coastline and national parks. With winter sports centres at Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff and summer activities in the parks and cities, this region attracts visitors from all over the world. Luxury wilderness retreats can be found in the parks and Knight Inlet is a fabulous location to see Grizzly Bears. Travel through the Rockies by train for stunning views.
Prairies (Manitoba & Saskatchewan)
The heart of Canada has amazing landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and a variety of culture. Travel from the regions capital, Winnipeg, to Churchill to see Polar bears in October to November or watch Beluga Whales in July or August.
Eastern Canada (Ontario and Quebec)
Unmistakably full of French flavour and life, Quebec has interesting culture and history. This area is of course famous for the Niagara Falls and other magnificent lakes.
Atlantic Canada (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland)
Maritime traditions here are still strong and culture links the Celtic past to modern day Atlantic Canada. Some of the best whale watching in the world can be found at Nova Scotia and if you like walking then New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have attractive trails and beach walks.
This is the ultimate outdoor wilderness adventure! Hiking, canoeing and kayaking are the main activities. Dawson City attracts visitors to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and of course one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural phenomenon in the world, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), can be witnessed here.
Types of holiday in Canada
Escorted tours by coach or rail are popular in Canada and a great way to pack a lot into this vast country with a knowledgeable guide to help you along the way. If you’d rather be independent, book a fly drive holiday to Canada.
Tailor made trips are the way to go if you want to be independent, we can mix and match accommodation and modes of transport to help you get the most out of your time here.
Cruises are an amazing way to see the West coast and travel up to Alaska.
Wildlife and adventure holidays in Canada are a must for those who love the great outdoors! Small group or tailor made, explore the national parks and wildlife on foot, by vehicle, horseback, canoe or learn outback skills and ride a husky sled!
Rail journeys include a stunning two day trip between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper in the heart of the Rocky Mountains or to Calgary. There is also a two day Rainforest to Gold Rush route between Jasper and Whistler. There is also a cross Canada train adventure from Toronto all the way to Vancouver!
A September holiday to Canada, wildlife watching around Vancouver Island including Bears & Whales. Watch grizzly bears catch salmon and sea kayak amongst seals!
With stunning scenery, often empty roads, clear and easy directions and a wealth of variety, Canada is the perfect destination for self drive holidays.
Experience one of the greatest wildlife spectacles of the world at the McNeil River Sanctuary in Alaska or Knight Inlet Lodge, Canada. Bears fishing for salmon!
Two weeks travelling across the whole of Canada from East to West by rail through stunning scenery, including Niagara Falls, Banff & Lake Louise and the Rocky Mountaineer Train.
Small group adventure holiday involving paddling 400km and camping in the wilds of Canada! Sleep under the stars and observe bears, eagles and moose.