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Canada tours

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 Canada tour 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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Our recommended tours in 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.

  •  Jasper National Park, Canada

    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.

    9 days from £2,355pp

  • Clapboard houses, St John's

    Newfoundland explored self-drive tour

    • 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 £2,595pp

  • Harbour sailing trip on the tall ship Silva

    A glimpse of Nova Scotia self-drive tour

    • 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 £2,730pp

  • Horsedrawn Carriage Tour, Quebec City

    Charms of Charlevoix: Québec self-drive tour

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

    • Enjoy the quiet charm of Baie St Paul, 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.

    11 days from £2,740pp

  • Moose, Algonquin Provincial Park

    Essential Ontario self-drive tour

    • Admire the view from the top of the CN Tower.

    • Get up close to Niagara Falls on a Hornblower cruise.

    • Take in the magnificent Thousand Islands archipelago.

    • Explore the highlights of Canada's capital city, Ottawa.

    • Paddle a canoe and spot wildlife in Algonquin Provincial Park.

    11 days from £2,870pp

  • Niagara Falls cruise

    Glorious Ontario self-drive tour

    • 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.

    15 days from £2,985pp

  • White Pass and Yukon Railroad

    A taste of Alaska & Yukon self-drive tour

    • 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 £3,115pp

  • Place Royale, Québec City

    Hidden highlights of Québec self-drive tour

    • 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 grand estates, antiques shops and art galleries in the Eastern Townships.

    11 days from £3,345pp

  • Banff National Park, Alberta

    Best of western Canada by train and 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 guided icewalk onto the Athabasca Glacier.

    13 days from £3,995pp

  • Yukon, Canada

    Spectacular Yukon self-drive tour

    • 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 £4,140pp

  • Train track in the Rockies

    Wonders of Western Canada by train

    • Experience one of the world's great train journeys through the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in your own private cabin.

    • Travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway.

    • Explore the alpine panorama of Jasper National Park.

    • Sample Canadian gourmet cuisine in Vancouver.

    • Travel to Victoria for the day by seaplane and visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens.

    11 days from £4,320pp

  • Grizzly bear at Mount Denali, Alaska

    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 £6,320pp

  • Vancouver, Canada

    Grand western Canada self-drive tour

    • 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 £6,800pp

  • Polar Bear, Canada

    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.

    8 days from £8,715pp

  • Walrus

    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 £9,130pp

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