Reasons to Visit
The dramatic Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, are thought to be the result of particles in solar winds emanating from the sun in the region of the magnetic North Pole. The Northwest Territories and the Yukon offer some of the best viewing of this natural phenomenon in Canada.
Canada enjoys a busy schedule of festivals and events, the majority of which take place during the summer months. Perhaps the most well-known of all the annual events is the Calgary Stampede, a ten-day festival which takes place in the second week of July. Dating back to 1912, the event showcases the area’s Wild West roots, with chuck-wagon races, a rodeo, bands, dancing and exhibitions.
There are approximately one million First Nations Canadians today. Their origins stem from the end of the last Ice Age, about 20,000 years ago, when nomadic tribes followed herds of bison and mammoth across the land bridge joining Siberia and Alaska.
Canada is well known for its salmon, as well as for fresh lobster. People travel from all over the world to fish in these amazingly clear waters, and both fish and seafood are a regular feature on restaurant menus.
Canada is blessed with some of the world’s most dramatic and beautiful scenery, from old-grown rainforests, deserted beaches and crystal-clear lakes, to rugged mountains, national parks and agricultural pastures, there is a different view to enjoy at every turn.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world, and therefore boasts a colourful maritime history which is proudly exhibited in a variety of museums throughout the country.
Canada is a mecca for the outdoor enthusiast. Each province offers a diversity of year-round activities, with walking, white-water rafting, canoeing and kayaking, horse riding, fishing, skiing and dog sledding amongst the most popular.
There are some spectacular rail journeys on offer in Canada, taking you deep into national parks and through the mighty Rockies. You can choose to travel in style whilst enjoying the scenery as many of the routes have comfortable cabins and excellent on-board services.
Canada has wonderful roads – scenic, safe and largely empty. Self-driving is a great way to explore the country at your own pace, enjoying the beautiful landscapes as you go.
Canada is rightly famous for its bears – black, grizzly and of course, polar bears can all be seen in abundance, but the country is also home to wolves, caribou, moose, must oxen, whales and an array of spectacular birdlife.
The Okanagan region of Canada, located in central British Columbia between the Rockies and Vancouver, is fast becoming a well regarded wine producing area with a unique micro climate that enables several grape varieties to be grown. The area is renowned for its vineyards, warm climate, rolling fertile orchards and its proximity to Lake Okanagan.
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Great Bear Lodge is a very special retreat, situated in remote and pristine rainforest amidst incredible scenery and wildlife.
Great Bear Lodge is a very special retreat, situated in remote and pristine rainforest amidst awe-inspiring scenery. Owned and run by a very experienced naturalist and biologist, Tom Rivest, and his partner Marg, you are assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Their small, specialist team of highly qualified and knowledgeable biologist guides will ensure that a stay here is a highlight of your trip, and will help you to see bears and other native wildlife at close quarters. Occasionally, hump-back whales can even be seen breaching in the wide estuary.
The two storey, floating lodge has five bedrooms, each with en suite lavatory and washbasin, whilst hot showers are located on the main floor. The sitting room is a congenial place to relax, read or socialise with fellow guests around the fireplace, whilst the library carries a stock of natural history books. Guides and staff are always available and enjoy talking about the wildlife of British Columbia and present regular evening presentations.
Silent wind and solar power is in keeping with low-impact eco-tourism and the natural wood decks of the lodge are a perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy some of British Columbia's most beautiful and remote scenery. Guests dine together at meal times and the food here is excellent - the chef uses the freshest local ingredients and all organic food when available. One of the specialities is freshly caught salmon roasted on a cedar plank. Complimentary wine and beer is served with lunch and dinner, and return seaplane flights from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge are included.
Canada is arguably the best country in the world to see black, grizzly and polar bears, and British Columbia is particularly renowned for black and grizzly viewing in their natural environment.
Explore Audley's guide to Responsible Travel in Canada and Alaska. View our recommended eco-accommodation options, charities we support as well as additional relevant policies and practices.
The north of Vancouver Island is wonderful for lovers of nature and wildlife. The coast of Vancouver Island is acknowledged as the most predictable location to see orcas (killer whales) in the world.
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