Canada is the second largest country on Earth, has the world’s longest coastline, has coastlines on three different oceans, and its largest island - Baffin Island - is almost twice the size of the UK. Most visitors head to the western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta or the eastern provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Where to stay on holiday to Canada
Base yourself in the heart of a buzzing downtown or relax far away from it all in the countryside. Wherever you decide to stay, luxury's in no short supply.
- For a romantic holiday to Canada, book in at the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Based within Banff National Park on the slope of Sulphur Mountain, this hotel offers luxury suites, panoramic views and mouth-watering French cuisine at the AAA Eden Dining Room.
- If you’re travelling to Jasper with the family, Lobstick Lodge's spacious suites give you plenty of room to spare – with the added bonus of an impressive mountain setting. Don’t miss the chance to unwind in the outdoor hot tubs.
- Moraine Lake Lodge in Alberta has a classic rustic charm. Its shoreline setting is the perfect location if you’ve come to hike. Walk the trails by day and relax in the Walter Wilcox Dining Room by night.
- For modern architecture, head to the Delta Ottawa City Centre. Try the LIFT Resto Lounge for exquisite meals cooked from locally sourced ingredients and wine tasting at the sommelier's table.
- Views over the bright city lights are in abundance at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, where you can take in the skyline from your bed. A tunnel leads you to the Bay and Eaton Centre, so you can spend a day shopping without even having to put a coat on.
When to go
Canada is famous for its snowy winters, making it the ideal spot for skiing. Outside of January, you might be surprised to find that Canada has a comfortable climate. Here are the best months for Canada holidays.
- Days are longer in April and, with sunny blue skies, it's a great time for skiing. Visit the west coast for the most pleasant weather.
- The weather starts to warm up in June and there are fewer crowds so it’s the ideal month for a relaxing break. You can also spot whales on the Atlantic coast at this time of year.
- June through to August is peak summer for Canada, when you can expect the highest temperatures. There are plenty of summer festivals to check out.
- The autumn months can get chilly but it stays fairly mild until late November. You also get to see the beautiful changing colours of the leaves – New Brunswick's a favourite for its gold and red foliage.
Skiing in Canada
With snowy weather and lots of mountainous ground, Canada is one of the top countries in the world for skiing. There are plenty of resorts to explore for both pros on the slopes or beginners who fancy trying their hand.
- One of the best skiing spots in the east is Tremblant, Quebec. This one is just right for families as it has slopes for all levels. When you’re done sporting, check out the quaint village with its French-style bistros and cafés.
- Lake Louise, Alberta has one of Canada's most reliable snow records and is easy to reach, at only two hours from Calgary Airport. For something a little different, take the nighttime snowshoe expedition – little ones will love it.
- Whistler in British Columbia has world-class skiing – it was the mountain host for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. The village is pedestrian-only, making for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life.
Natural beauty spots
Canada is renowned for its vast swathes of wilderness, from frozen tundra to towering mountains. Even if you're on a city break, you're rarely far from undeveloped countryside.
- Peyto Lake in Banff National Park is a must-see for nature lovers. You can get exceptional views just a short ten-minute hike from the car park so your trip can be as energetic or laid-back as you like.
- For outdoor activities, head to Stanley Park, Vancouver, where the mountains meet the sea. Visit in September to admire the changing colours of the scenery.
- Experience the Great White North in all its majesty on our tour around Churchill, Manitoba. It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see polar bears up close and discover local traditions in an authentic small tundra town.
- One of the most world-renowned natural sights in the country is the Niagara Falls. The three waterfalls are right on the American-Canadian border, with Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, American Falls on the US side and Bridal Veil Falls split between the two. There's also a nature reserve where you can go geocaching or visit the butterfly conservatory (wear bright clothes if you want the butterflies to land on you).
- Spot wildlife on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where you can spend the day bird, whale or even bear-watching.