Canada has a lot to offer. From spectacular scenery to busy cities, vast wilderness to rich maritime life, there is something for everyone...
Travelling by car will help you to make the most of your stay.
Picking up your hire car when you arrive can give you the maximum flexibility and freedom to explore. Airports such as Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Montreal (YUL), Ottawa (YOW), Quebec (YQB), Toronto (YYZ), Vancouver (YVR) and Winnipeg (YWG) all have Canada car hire pick-up points, making it easy to start enjoying your visit as soon as you arrive.
Canada is a huge country and it is unlikely that you will be able to see it all in one trip. There are six distinct areas to consider when planning your visit. The Atlantic Provinces such as Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are situated in the east and you will find some spectacular coastal scenery here. Be sure to visit the city of Halifax, which has a rich maritime history and a thriving cultural scene.
Whilst Canada has a strong history of links to the UK, the French-speaking Quebec region remains culturally very different. Quebec City's Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and taking a horse-drawn carriage through it can be a charming way of enjoying the historic setting. The renowned city of Montreal is located in this region too. With its classic architecture and lively reputation, the city is also home to many events, including the Montreal International Jazz Festival.
From east to west, Canada is a vast country. It's ideal for a long road trip or to complete in shorter holidays, area by area...
Ontario is the region with the largest population and there are countless things to see and do here. The bilingual capital of Ottawa and regional capital of Toronto are bustling metropolises with all the facilities and amenities that you would expect, from museums and art galleries to excellent restaurants and shops. There are plenty of things to do at night as well, such as visiting theatres and comedy clubs.
Whilst in Ontario be sure to visit the famous Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes. The archipelago that straddles the Canadian and US border, known as the Thousand Islands, can be found to the north east of Lake Ontario and is popular with those who enjoy fishing and boating.
The Prairies, encompassing the provinces of Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan, also have plenty of diversity. From rolling hills to rich farmland, the region eventually ends up at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The Jasper National Park, which is on UNESCO World Heritage List, is situated here. The area is also known for its skiing, with resorts such as Lake Louise, Banff and Canmore offering a wide range of winter-sports activities. The city of Calgary gives access to the mountains and is well worth a visit in its own right.
British Columbia can be found on the west coast. Four times the size of Great Britain, the region is known for its mountains, wilderness and coastline. Vancouver Island, with its capital of Victoria, is at the heart of this region which has much to offer those looking for hiking, walking and fishing opportunities. Vancouver is also a starting point for many whale-watching cruises to Alaska.
The north of Canada has some of the most remote regions in the world. Home to the Inuit, the vast wilderness is rich in wildlife and natural resources. The areas of the Northwest Territories, Yukon and Nunavut are best explored by car. The Northern Lights are often visible in the winter months.