Overview for Canada
The offers for travellers are endless. In summer, raft wild rapids or paddle along placid lakes, venture on a wilderness trek or cycle around quiet islands and down steep mountains. In winter schuss down the slopes of Whistler or Big White, warm your spirits at an outdoor carnival or spend a steamy night at the amazing Ice Hotel near Quebec City. No matter where or when you travel in the world’s second largest country, you’ll find exceptionally hospitable people and a delightful mélange of cultures. Canada welcomes the world and we welcome you to keep exploring this beautiful country.
Best time to visit
A year round destination, Canada’s magnificent scenery and cultural treasures welcome visitors especially during summer. Fall (Autumn) particularly during September and October, offers stunning colour across the country.
Canada lends itself to many enjoyable modes of transportation. Vancouver and surrounds is perfect for self drive itineraries. The Rocky Mountains are best travelled by rail, with the Rocky Mountaineer providing a quintessentially Canadian experience. VIA Rail is Canada's long distance rail operator, with services running from coast to coast.
Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city, bordered by beautiful harbours and soaring mountains. The bustling main streets of Robson and Georgia are where you will find the most popular activities. Vancouver is great for families, with plenty to see and do. Foodies will love the culinary diversity on our Vancouver Culinary Experience tour.
Victoria is the capital of BC, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The town is small enough to get around on foot or horse-drawn carriage. A must do is 'high tea' at the Fairmont Empress Hotel, and viewing Parliament at night. To really explore the entire island, a Vancouver Island self drive itinerary is the perfect way to go.
Some of the most varied and spectacular scenery can be found in British Columbia, with the Rocky Mountains in the east and the northern interior full of mountain ranges, forests, lakes and wilderness. Whistler is one of North America’s top ski resorts and with its European-style pedestrian village atmosphere is the ideal place to relax. Our Whistler Summer Adventure offers a plethora of outdoor activities suitable for all fitness levels.
Alberta is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places on earth, as vast as it is varied in landscapes and experiences. Situated in the heart of western Canada, Alberta is bordered on the west by the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains. To the east lie the Canadian Badlands, a wind-eroded moonscape of multi-hued canyons and coulees, home to some of the greatest dinosaur finds in the world.
Alberta is home to five UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Rocky Mountain National Parks of Banff, Canmore and Jasper, plus Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Waterton Lakes National Park, and Wood Buffalo National Park.
Canadian Rockies: Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff
One of the most popular ways of exploring the famous Canadian Rockies is to take a tour that incorporates coach and rail. Jasper is where you are almost guaranteed to see elk wandering around the streets. Follow the Icefields Parkway between Jasper and Lake Louise, en route stop at the Columbia Icefield. Our Lakes and Mountains tour visits the must-see destinations. Banff is Canada’s leading resort town in both summer and winter. There is a large array of outdoor activities to suit most people including hiking, swimming, fishing, canoeing, horse riding, mountain climbing and skiing.
For an all-round Canadian Rockies wildlife experience, a self-drive itinerary including admission to many local attractions is easiest way to organise your journey.
Edmonton & Calgary
It's international gateway cities of Edmonton and Calgary offer an unparalleled urban experience. Calgary is most famous for the greatest outdoor show on earth the annual Calgary Stampede, while Edmonton is known to be the shopping capital of Canada, home to the West Edmonton Mall.
Toronto is an international crossroads where people from all over the world come, either to live or to visit, enriching the city with an incredible fusion of traditions, passions and ways of looking at life from the perspectives of over 100 cultures. Diverse neighbourhoods flourish and fashion, entertainment, the arts, food and architecture thrive. Visit Toronto on the Best of Ontario & Quebec Tour.
In the far-north Churchill is billed as the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’, as Churchill sits on the migration route from September to October. From mid-June to end of August beluga whales can be seen in the Churchill River.
Montreal & Quebec City
The heart of French Canada, Quebec City is the only walled city in North America. Highlights include Saguenay Fjord; hiking the Gaspe Peninsula; view Rocher Perce (Pierced Rocks), one of Canada’s most recognisable landmarks; and take in the autumn colours of the Eastern townships and Charlevoix. See these cities plus Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara Falls on the 'Best of Ontario and Quebec' self-drive tour.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Here you will find a destination of unique character, with rugged weather-beaten land. Highlights include St John’s - the oldest city in North America; hiking the fjords in Gros Morne NP, visiting a 1000 year old Viking settlement, and the isolated fishing villages along the shores of Labrador. This region is best discovered on the 'Circle Newfoundland and Labrador Tour'
Prince Edward Island
Canada’s smallest province is a quaint place of natural beauty and rich history. Known as ‘the island’ or PEI, little has changed from the descriptions in the novel ‘Anne of Green Gables’. The Best of Prince Edward Island five day tour takes in the must-see sights.