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Canada trip ideas

Canada trip ideas

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Canada offers a wealth of landscapes and experiences from the lush forests and mighty peaks of British Columbia and the Rockies through to the modern metropolis of Toronto. With so much to see and such a large area to cover, it helps to have a well planned itinerary. Our travel ideas are the product of extensive exploration and are inspired by routes that our specialists have taken and enjoyed. We can advise on the logistics of getting around and how best to combine the country's highlights with lesser known experiences.

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Ideas for your trip to Canada

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Canada, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

Highlights of Canada's West Self-Drive


  • Go hiking, kayaking and mountain biking in the rugged scenery of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Look for wildlife such as bears, moose and elk in Banff and Jasper National Parks.

  • Drive through the rugged interior of British Columbia, stopping to admire lakes, glaciers and mountains.

  • Take in the sights of Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Chinatown and its beautifully wild coastline.

Charms of Charlevoix: Québec Self-Drive


  • Delve into the fascinating history of Québec with a three night stay in the old city.

  • Enjoy the quiet charm of La Malbaie, one of the region's first tourist destinations.

  • Go whale watching on the mighty St. Lawrence River.

  • Explore lovely Lac St Jean, its historic villages and nearby wilderness areas.

Ultimate New Brunswick Self-Drive

  • Drive the Acadian Coast and explore the delightful settlements along the way.

  • Try your hand at salmon fishing on the famous Miramichi River.

  • Wander around historic Fredericton, New Brunswick's capital.

  • Visit Manan Island, the ideal place to discover beautiful beaches and lighthouses.

  • Enjoy wildlife viewing in the Bay of Fundy, where you will also find the world's highest tides!

11 Days from £1,740pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Ultimate New Brunswick Self-Drive


  • Drive the Acadian Coast and explore the delightful settlements along the way.

  • Try your hand at salmon fishing on the famous Miramichi River.

  • Wander around historic Fredericton, New Brunswick's capital.

  • Visit Manan Island, the ideal place to discover beautiful beaches and lighthouses.

  • Enjoy wildlife viewing in the Bay of Fundy, where you will also find the world's highest tides!

Hidden gems of the Rockies self-drive

  • Discover the lovely scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park and adjoining Glacier National Park in the USA.

  • Participate in outdoor activities in Yoho National Park.

  • Look for wildlife in the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Explore hidden mountain back-roads.

11 Days from £1,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Hidden gems of the Rockies self-drive


  • Discover the lovely scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park and adjoining Glacier National Park in the USA.

  • Participate in outdoor activities in Yoho National Park.

  • Look for wildlife in the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Explore hidden mountain back-roads.

Canada's Eastern Cities by Train

  • Gaze across Toronto from the CN Tower and take a boat trip on Lake Ontario.

  • Explore the many excellent museums, parks and galleries of Canada's capital, Ottawa.

  • Visit Montréal's superb Biosphere and Planetarium and enjoy a cruise along the St Lawrence River.

  • Discover tangible history amongst Québec's cobbled streets on a guided walking tour.

  • Take a day trip to admire Niagara Falls and explore the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

11 Days from £1,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Canada's Eastern Cities by Train


  • Gaze across Toronto from the CN Tower and take a boat trip on Lake Ontario.

  • Explore the many excellent museums, parks and galleries of Canada's capital, Ottawa.

  • Visit Montréal's superb Biosphere and Planetarium and enjoy a cruise along the St Lawrence River.

  • Discover tangible history amongst Québec's cobbled streets on a guided walking tour.

  • Take a day trip to admire Niagara Falls and explore the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Splendours of Québec Self-Drive

  • Stay in the buzzing cosmopolitan city of Montréal, discovering its history, chic shops and many excellent restaurants.

  • Enjoy lots of varied outdoor activities or simply relax and contemplate the sublime scenery in the Laurentian Mountains.

  • Discover the charm, history, bistros and artists' shops of Québec City.

  • Explore the craft shops and art galleries in La Malbaie.

  • Visit the magnificent Saguenay Fjord.

13 Days from £1,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Splendours of Québec Self-Drive


  • Stay in the buzzing cosmopolitan city of Montréal, discovering its history, chic shops and many excellent restaurants.

  • Enjoy lots of varied outdoor activities or simply relax and contemplate the sublime scenery in the Laurentian Mountains.

  • Discover the charm, history, bistros and artists' shops of Québec City.

  • Explore the craft shops and art galleries in La Malbaie.

  • Visit the magnificent Saguenay Fjord.

A Glimpse of Nova Scotia Self-Drive

  • Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch by the harbour.

  • Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal.

  • Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island.

  • Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress.

14 Days from £1,995pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A Glimpse of Nova Scotia Self-Drive


  • Explore Halifax's historic buildings and perhaps enjoy an al fresco lunch by the harbour.

  • Discover the history of quaint historic towns such as Lunenburg and Annapolis Royal.

  • Drive the famed Cabot Trail in the north of Cape Breton Island.

  • Step back in time and visit Louisbourg's reconstructed 18th century fortress.

Jewels of Western Canada Self-Drive

  • Spend two full days exploring cosmopolitan Vancouver, visiting Stanley Park, Chinatown and its many shops and museums.

  • Drive through some of North America’s most spectacular landscapes, passing snow-covered mountains and glittering lakes.

  • Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, whether on foot, mountain bike or kayak.

  • Admire the frothing waterfalls of Wells Gray Provincial Park.

  • Spot wildlife such as black and grizzly bears, moose, bald eagles, deer and elk.

16 Days from £2,100pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Jewels of Western Canada Self-Drive


  • Spend two full days exploring cosmopolitan Vancouver, visiting Stanley Park, Chinatown and its many shops and museums.

  • Drive through some of North America’s most spectacular landscapes, passing snow-covered mountains and glittering lakes.

  • Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, whether on foot, mountain bike or kayak.

  • Admire the frothing waterfalls of Wells Gray Provincial Park.

  • Spot wildlife such as black and grizzly bears, moose, bald eagles, deer and elk.

Glorious Ontario Self-Drive

  • Visit Toronto and nearby Niagara Falls.

  • Explore the beaches and pretty villages along the shore of Lake Huron.

  • Watch for wildlife and get close to nature in Ontario's magnificent Killarney Provincial Park.

  • Experience First Nations culture on Manitoulin Island.

14 Days from £2,155pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Glorious Ontario Self-Drive


  • Visit Toronto and nearby Niagara Falls.

  • Explore the beaches and pretty villages along the shore of Lake Huron.

  • Watch for wildlife and get close to nature in Ontario's magnificent Killarney Provincial Park.

  • Experience First Nations culture on Manitoulin Island.

Authentic New Brunswick self-drive

  • Fish for sturgeon on the Kingston Peninsula

  • Take in Fredericton's heritage architecture

  • Enjoy a day trip to Campobello Island

  • Spot whales in the Bay of Fundy

9 Days from £2,680pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Authentic New Brunswick self-drive


  • Fish for sturgeon on the Kingston Peninsula

  • Take in Fredericton's heritage architecture

  • Enjoy a day trip to Campobello Island

  • Spot whales in the Bay of Fundy

A Taste of Alaska & Yukon Self-Drive

  • Discover Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, with its museums, shops and many activities.

  • Explore the fascinating little town of Skagway, discovering its Victorian wooden buildings and learning about its pivotal role during the gold rush.

  • Take the ferry over to the pretty little town of Haines.

  • Explore the monumental peaks of Kluane National Park.

13 Days from £2,765pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A Taste of Alaska & Yukon Self-Drive


  • Discover Whitehorse, the capital of the Yukon Territory, with its museums, shops and many activities.

  • Explore the fascinating little town of Skagway, discovering its Victorian wooden buildings and learning about its pivotal role during the gold rush.

  • Take the ferry over to the pretty little town of Haines.

  • Explore the monumental peaks of Kluane National Park.

Newfoundland explored self-drive

  • Spot icebergs as they drift south on the Labrador Current and past Newfoundland's rocky harbours.

  • Explore St. John's many pubs and restaurants, well-known for their live music.

  • Marvel at the magnificent scenery of Gros Morne National Park.

  • Visit the site of the authentic Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.

  • Lose count of moose and caribou as you drive north along the Northern Peninsula.

15 Days from £2,815pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Newfoundland explored self-drive


  • Spot icebergs as they drift south on the Labrador Current and past Newfoundland's rocky harbours.

  • Explore St. John's many pubs and restaurants, well-known for their live music.

  • Marvel at the magnificent scenery of Gros Morne National Park.

  • Visit the site of the authentic Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.

  • Lose count of moose and caribou as you drive north along the Northern Peninsula.

Canada's Maritime Treasures Self-Drive

  • Experience whale watching in the Bay of Fundy.

  • Explore the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.

  • Relax in the historic waterfront city of Halifax.

  • Go back in time at the pretty UNESCO heritage village of Lunenburg.

19 Days from £3,090pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Canada's Maritime Treasures Self-Drive


  • Experience whale watching in the Bay of Fundy.

  • Explore the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.

  • Relax in the historic waterfront city of Halifax.

  • Go back in time at the pretty UNESCO heritage village of Lunenburg.

Canada's Western Wilderness & Wildlife Self-Drive

  • Visit Vancouver Island's temperate rainforests.

  • Go bear watching from Tofino and Campbell River.

  • Walk amongst magnificent mountain meadows.

  • Stay in charming character accommodation.

  • Explore the stunning Rocky Mountains.

19 Days from £3,215pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Canada's Western Wilderness & Wildlife Self-Drive


  • Visit Vancouver Island's temperate rainforests.

  • Go bear watching from Tofino and Campbell River.

  • Walk amongst magnificent mountain meadows.

  • Stay in charming character accommodation.

  • Explore the stunning Rocky Mountains.

Spectacular Yukon Self-Drive

  • Re-live the excitement of the 1890s gold rush in historic Dawson City.

  • Drive through breathtaking mountain scenery with barely another car on the road.

  • Look for wildlife and try some of the many activities available whilst staying near the southern lakes.

  • Explore the small historic towns of rural Yukon and coastal Alaska.

  • Meet the friendly and colourful locals that make the Yukon such a different and special place.

17 Days from £3,290pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Spectacular Yukon Self-Drive


  • Re-live the excitement of the 1890s gold rush in historic Dawson City.

  • Drive through breathtaking mountain scenery with barely another car on the road.

  • Look for wildlife and try some of the many activities available whilst staying near the southern lakes.

  • Explore the small historic towns of rural Yukon and coastal Alaska.

  • Meet the friendly and colourful locals that make the Yukon such a different and special place.

Maple Leaf Trail Self-Drive

  • Soak up the bright lights of New York.

  • Board the 'Hornblower' boat to explore magnificent Niagara Falls.

  • Take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

  • Delve into the fascinating history of the old walled city of Québec.

  • Tour the picturesque villages, vineyards, lakes and mountains of New York State.

17 Days from £3,360pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Maple Leaf Trail Self-Drive


  • Soak up the bright lights of New York.

  • Board the 'Hornblower' boat to explore magnificent Niagara Falls.

  • Take the Cog Railway to the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire's White Mountains.

  • Delve into the fascinating history of the old walled city of Québec.

  • Tour the picturesque villages, vineyards, lakes and mountains of New York State.

Canada & USA Pacific Northwest Self-Drive

  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Pike's Place Market in Seattle.

  • See the totem poles of Vancouver’s Stanley Park and visit vibrant Chinatown.

  • Take a trip by gondola to the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain for far-reaching mountain views.

  • Visit the iconic Spirit Island on Lake Maligne in Jasper National Park.

  • Hike in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Montana's Glacier National Park.

21 Days from £3,390pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Canada & USA Pacific Northwest Self-Drive


  • Enjoy the hustle and bustle of Pike's Place Market in Seattle.

  • See the totem poles of Vancouver’s Stanley Park and visit vibrant Chinatown.

  • Take a trip by gondola to the summit of Banff’s Sulphur Mountain for far-reaching mountain views.

  • Visit the iconic Spirit Island on Lake Maligne in Jasper National Park.

  • Hike in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at Montana's Glacier National Park.

Grand Western Canada Self-Drive

  • Explore the vibrant cities of Vancouver and Victoria.

  • Watch bears in the wild on Vancouver Island.

  • Cruise along the famed Inside Passage.

  • Travel through B.C.'s scenic wilderness by train.

  • Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

22 Days from £3,725pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Grand Western Canada Self-Drive


  • Explore the vibrant cities of Vancouver and Victoria.

  • Watch bears in the wild on Vancouver Island.

  • Cruise along the famed Inside Passage.

  • Travel through B.C.'s scenic wilderness by train.

  • Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Rocky Mountains.

Best of Western Canada Self-Drive

  • Explore the buzzing coastal city of Vancouver and go whale watching off the coast.

  • Admire western Canada's mountainous scenery from aboard the comfortable Via Rail Canadian train.

  • Explore the Rocky Mountains at your own pace, enjoying hikes through mountain and lake scenery.

  • Take a tundra buggy ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier.

13 Days from £3,790pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Best of Western Canada Self-Drive


  • Explore the buzzing coastal city of Vancouver and go whale watching off the coast.

  • Admire western Canada's mountainous scenery from aboard the comfortable Via Rail Canadian train.

  • Explore the Rocky Mountains at your own pace, enjoying hikes through mountain and lake scenery.

  • Take a tundra buggy ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier.

Alaska & Yukon Explorer

  • Explore Denali National Park with its many bears and other wildlife as well as Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.

  • Follow the gold rush trail of the Klondike gold rush in the Yukon cities of Whitehorse and Dawson.

  • Drive along the majestic edges of Kluane National Park mountain ranges.

  • Cruise across Prince William Sound, keeping your eyes open for icebergs and whales.

  • Visit the Kenai Fjords with towering cliffs and abundant wildlife.

21 Days from £4,545pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Alaska & Yukon Explorer


  • Explore Denali National Park with its many bears and other wildlife as well as Mount McKinley, the tallest mountain in North America.

  • Follow the gold rush trail of the Klondike gold rush in the Yukon cities of Whitehorse and Dawson.

  • Drive along the majestic edges of Kluane National Park mountain ranges.

  • Cruise across Prince William Sound, keeping your eyes open for icebergs and whales.

  • Visit the Kenai Fjords with towering cliffs and abundant wildlife.

Fjords of Alaska: Inside Passage cruise

  • Drift among icebergs and breathtaking fjordland

  • Spot seals, whales and sea otters

  • Discover First Nations art and culture

  • See ice calve from the Hubbard Glacier

  • Explore a Klondike frontier town

11 Days from £4,670pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Fjords of Alaska: Inside Passage cruise


  • Drift among icebergs and breathtaking fjordland

  • Spot seals, whales and sea otters

  • Discover First Nations art and culture

  • See ice calve from the Hubbard Glacier

  • Explore a Klondike frontier town

British Columbia: Haida Gwaii by Yacht

  • Explore the fascinating culture of Haida Gwaii.

  • See wildlife in its spectacular natural setting.

  • Explore the hidden coves and landscapes of the Queen Charlotte Islands.

  • Enjoy the company of fellow passengers on board a 68' ketch.

13 Days from £5,325pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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British Columbia: Haida Gwaii by Yacht


  • Explore the fascinating culture of Haida Gwaii.

  • See wildlife in its spectacular natural setting.

  • Explore the hidden coves and landscapes of the Queen Charlotte Islands.

  • Enjoy the company of fellow passengers on board a 68' ketch.

Bears of British Columbia

  • Explore Vancouver, one of Canada's most vibrant cities, and join a food tour here.

  • Go looking for humpback whales and Orca in Victoria Harbour.

  • Encounter black and grizzly bears in their natural environment around Vancouver Island.

  • Enjoy a scenic flight along the rugged coastline to Bella Bella.

  • Stay at Spirit Bear Lodge, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, and spend a few days in this stunning wilderness setting.

16 Days from £5,745pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Bears of British Columbia


  • Explore Vancouver, one of Canada's most vibrant cities, and join a food tour here.

  • Go looking for humpback whales and Orca in Victoria Harbour.

  • Encounter black and grizzly bears in their natural environment around Vancouver Island.

  • Enjoy a scenic flight along the rugged coastline to Bella Bella.

  • Stay at Spirit Bear Lodge, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, and spend a few days in this stunning wilderness setting.

The Great Polar Bear Gathering

  • Maximum of 15 guests per large tundra vehicle ensuring wonderful uncrowded polar bear viewing.

  • Explore the highlights of Churchill, including the Eskimo Museum and the "Polar Bear Jail".

  • Experience the frozen wilderness of Hudson Bay from the comfort of warm tundra vehicles.

7 Days from £6,200pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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The Great Polar Bear Gathering


  • Maximum of 15 guests per large tundra vehicle ensuring wonderful uncrowded polar bear viewing.

  • Explore the highlights of Churchill, including the Eskimo Museum and the "Polar Bear Jail".

  • Experience the frozen wilderness of Hudson Bay from the comfort of warm tundra vehicles.

Newfoundland Circumnavigation Cruise

  • Visit L'Anse aux Meadows, a former Viking settlement.

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Bay.

  • Hike in Gros Morne National Park's astounding fjordland.

  • Spend time with the First Nations community of Miawpukek.

  • Stroll through the historic streets of St Pierre, a French overseas territory.

13 Days from £6,335pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Newfoundland Circumnavigation Cruise


  • Visit L'Anse aux Meadows, a former Viking settlement.

  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Red Bay.

  • Hike in Gros Morne National Park's astounding fjordland.

  • Spend time with the First Nations community of Miawpukek.

  • Stroll through the historic streets of St Pierre, a French overseas territory.

Nunavik: Wildlife & Inuit Culture

  • Look for polar bears along the shores of Ungava Bay.

  • Explore the Payne River in search of migrating caribou.

  • Travel by motorised canoe to hike and look for musk oxen on Diana Island.

  • Learn about the fascinating Inuit culture.

  • Travel in a small group of no more than eight passengers.

10 Days from £7,680pp

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Nunavik: Wildlife & Inuit Culture


  • Look for polar bears along the shores of Ungava Bay.

  • Explore the Payne River in search of migrating caribou.

  • Travel by motorised canoe to hike and look for musk oxen on Diana Island.

  • Learn about the fascinating Inuit culture.

  • Travel in a small group of no more than eight passengers.

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