The vast country of Canada offers a giant slice of nature alongside some of the best cities on the planet. Where will you head to?
With the United Stated of America to the south and the Arctic to the north, Canada is one of the world's largest countries and everything comes in size XL. The mountains, the food, the wildlife, the skyscrapers - these huge monuments of Canada are matched in size by a booming tourism industry. There has never been a better time to visit.
Holidays in Canada can be spent in any number of magical places. The call of the wilderness draws many visitors, who simply cannot resist the charms of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains and the wildlife of Jasper National Park. While for others it's the vibrancy of Canadian cities that beckon them to return again and again.
Sample city life in the major hubs of Toronto, Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa in the east, plus Vancouver and Calgary in the west of Canada, and find a varied and cosmopolitan mix of cities. Some are heavily influenced by Britain, and some by America, in some you'll have to polish up on your French.
Canada's cities are brimming with shopping opportunities, while the eating scene is packed with everything from world-class restaurants to down-to-earth diners. Standards of accommodation are high, and, though the nightlife is quieter than that of neighbouring America, there's plenty going on in the big tourist centres such as Toronto and Vancouver.
The natural wonders of Canada are evident in places such as Jasper and Banff national parks, where moose, bears, wolves and mountain goats make their homes in thick forests and on towering mountains.
Visiting spectacular Niagara Falls is a must as the Canadian side offers the best views of the waterfalls compared to the views from bordering America.
Ottawa's Thousand Islands, which actually total almost 2,000, also show off the glory of Canadian nature and geography. The country is a rich playground for active types and you'll find everything from trekking to rafting to skiing.
If you plan on venturing further than diverse Canada, Vancouver is a great starting point for cruises to the great wilderness in the north that is Alaska.