There's almost too much to do on a Canada vacation - one of the most interesting and vibrant countries in the world. Most of the country's 3.5 million square miles are filled with a population of 36 million living in diverse cities such as Toronto and Montreal. If you're looking for a Canada tour you're spoilt for choice. You could follow the St. Lawrence River from lush Nova Scotia to the mountainous Atlantic provinces, navigating through the Canadian Rockies to the breezy coasts of British Columbia. No matter where you visit in Canada, our Tourlane Travel Experts are here to plan your perfect trip.
Niagara Falls-need I say more? A staple in any Canada vacation, this beloved destination consists of three individual waterfalls, with Horseshoe Falls being the most powerful, producing six million cubic feet of cresting water every minute. Platforms from Queen Victoria Park offer dizzying views from the top of this powerful natural phenomenon or zip up your anorak for a boat trip to the basin.
The fjords, forests, and fresh air of this island conquer all the senses. Take a canoe along the famed Sayward Forest route or hike along the forested paths. Discover the island's First Nations history, one that includes the world's tallest totem pole. Like one of the island's 7,000 black bears, enjoy a supper of local crab at one of the small harbourside restaurants dotted around the island.
Banff lies in the province of Alberta, Canada's wild heartland. If you're looking for photos worthy of a postcard, then this is a must-have on your Canadian tour. In the park, you'll find moose, elk, and grizzlies, along with hundreds of species of birds. Lose yourself hiking, biking, or skiing in 2,500 square miles of pine forest and alpine peaks that fill this tranquil park.
A favourite of skiers and beanie-clad snowboarders, the town of Whistler lies snugly in the shadow of Blackcomb Peak in British Columbia. Once the snows have cleared, the slopes transform into mountain tracks and trails explorable by mountain bike or walking boot. Keep your ears peeled for hoary marmots, or "whistle pigs" to the locals, whose high-pitched calls gave Whistler its name. Less
The real heart of Canada is the great outdoors making it an adventurer's dream. You could be wandering Banff National Park, the country's oldest, or be mesmerised by the Northern Lights in Yukon. A visit to Canada is also a unique wildlife experience. Whichever direction you choose to go, you'll surely meet some local animals, such as elk and moose. The Canadian landscape manages to display both serenity and drama in equal measure, whether fishing on a glassy lake or perching on a Rocky Mountain precipice gazing down on the Valley of the Ten Peaks. A fun-filled family vacation, romantic getaway, or a solo expedition-a Canada tour has it all.
Thanks to Canada's vast size its geography and climate vary from east to west, though it's favourable to travel the country in summer. Nationwide, travelling from May to late June allows you to avoid peak tourism found in June through September. Warm winds and relative dryness bless the east coast, the west coast's sunlight and warmer breezes make it the ideal location for outdoor activities. Winter runs from October to March when most of the hiking and biking trails are impassable without skis or a snowboard. Ask your Tourlane travel expert about the best time to travel based on what adventures you want to have on your Canada vacation.