Canada's vast expanse is home to some of the most dramatic and sublime wilderness destinations in the world of almost unsurpassed natural beauty, including pristine glaciers, mountains, verdant forests and lakes. But Canada's allure is not limited to its incredible natural wonders as it also has world-class cosmopolitan cities.
Canada's cities are renowned for being multi-cultural, friendly, safe and clean, which is why Canada is repeatedly praised for being one of the world's most desirable places to live. Visitors will rarely get around all the major cities, but the most popular include Toronto, Quebec, Montreal and Ottawa in the east and Vancouver and Calgary in the west.
Canada is perhaps most famous for its Rocky Mountains, which straddle the British Columbia/Alberta border. Distinctly different to the American Rockies, the heavily glaciated Canadian Rockies have sharp pointed peaks which sparkle amid the breathtaking scenery. Nearby, the stunning Lake Louise is Canada's hiking capital and also the venue for the continent's best powder skiing. To access this area you can base yourself at hotels in Calgary or Edmonton or at well-known hotels such as the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Alternatively, hotels in Jasper, Alberta provide a superb base from which to explore another region of the Rockies, the Jasper National Park. Once an outback trading post, Jasper's rich history charts the experiences of early settlers and railway pioneers.
A visit to Canada would not be complete without a trip to the majestic Niagara Falls, which consist of three huge waterfalls known as the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls. The falls sit on the Niagara River in southern Ontario, bordering the United States and really are one of the world's most incredible natural wonders.
Hotels in Toronto provide easy access to the falls and also the extraordinary Thousand Islands, an archipelago straddling the Canadian and US border. The idyllic islands are ideal for exceptional walking tours and cycling holidays and the stunning beaches provide an incredible location to get away from it all.
A city break at a hotel in Vancouver also affords an incredible cosmopolitan experience, with night life to rival many US cities, but just a twenty-minute plane ride away you will find serenity and the natural splendour of pristine coastlines, tranquil islands, lush emerald forests and snow-capped mountains on Vancouver Island. Renowned internationally for its warm hospitality, exceptional scenery and multiple attractions and activities, Vancouver Island also benefits from the Pacific's warming currents due to its west-coast location and it is sheltered by the Coast Mountains. Vancouver is also a great starting point for Alaskan cruises, for whale watching, trekking, hiking and skiing.
Canada hotels are as varied as the landscapes and all cities have a full range of accommodation from basic two-star hotels to luxury brands. Every major chain is represented, such as Hilton, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Howard Johnson, Ramada, Ritz Carlton, Westin, Park Hyatt, Days Inn, Intercontinental and Marriot and also budget brands such as Travelodge. Outside the cities, you can experience authentic Canadian hospitality at ranches and lodges.
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