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Canada travel guides

Canada is a truly gargantuan country, and while its cities are just as frenetic and cosmopolitan as any in the world, its vast and unpopulated countryside, home to Inuit communities, striking blue glacial lakes and fresh mountain air, are the real draw.

If you’re planning a holiday to this diverse country, our Canada travel guides are packed full of useful information on how to make the most of your time. From whale watching and grizzly bear spotting, to immersing yourself in the world-class rodeo at the Calgary Stampede, there’s plenty to see and do in Canada.

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Ideas for how to explore Canada

Our travel guides share our specialists’ passion and knowledge for Canada. We travel here regularly to discover new experiences, explore untried areas and dig deeper into the better-known places and attractions. At the same time, we gather advice and up-to-date information on the best-quality guides, new hotels and restaurants, and the most memorable forms of transportation.

  • Lake Louise

    Honeymoons in Canada

    Country specialist, Caroline, picks some of her top places to stay and things to do on honeymoon in Canada. Her highlights include where to spot Canada’s wildlife, taking a food tour in Vancouver, finding seclusion in the Rockies and staying on an authentic ranch.

  • Jasper National Park

    Self-drive holidays in Canada

    Whether you choose a route circuiting western Canada’s renowned mountains, glaciers and lakes, or you’d rather go off-grid exploring the traditional fishing villages and coastal drives of the Maritimes, Canada’s well-maintained, easily navigable roads make it an excellent self-drive destination.

  • Algonquin Provincial Park

    Canada self-drive holidays: Ontario and Québec

    By self-driving in Canada’s Ontario and Québec provinces, you can explore peaceful parks filled with wildlife, secluded towns and villages, and multicultural cities at your own pace. Canada specialist Rebecca shares her ideas for self-drive routes that take in the best of each province.

  • Whale Watching, British Columbia

    Canada’s Maritime Provinces

    Canada’s Maritime Provinces offer a quieter alternative to the west coast. Here, you can follow coastal roads to secluded coves and traditional lighthouses. Visit peaceful fishing villages where saltbox houses line the waterfront. And, explore the area’s Celtic roots. Canada specialist Jon shares his highlights of the region.

  • Québec City, Québec

    Highlights of Québec

    Offering perhaps the most complete mix of culture, scenery and wildlife of any of Canada’s provinces, there are lots of things to see and do in Québec. Our specialists will be happy to design an itinerary to suit your preferences.

  • A pod of orca off Vancouver Island

    Highlights of Vancouver Island

    Canada specialist Jamie shares the best things to see and do on Vancouver Island. You could observe black and grizzly bears in temperate rainforests. Look for orcas on boat trips from Victoria. Or hike to secluded beaches in the remote north.

  • Jasper, Alberta

    Hiking in the Canadian Rockies

    There are literally hundreds of hiking and walking trails in Canada's Rocky Mountains, appealing to all levels of fitness. Here we pick out some of the best places for you to put on your walking boots and experience the Rocky Mountains at your own pace.

  • White Water Rafting

    Activity holidays in Canada

    Canada is a country where much of your time is spent outdoors, so it makes sense that this region of the world is one of the best for activity holidays. Try your hand at white water rafting, canopy walking or dog sledding.

  • Polar Bear in Fireweed near Churchill

    Canada's Arctic, the Yukon & Prairie Provinces

    Canada's northernmost territory is a remote and starkly beautiful landscape. We can recommend lodges or expedition cruises to provide the best opportunities of seeing wildlife and exploring the highlights of this spectacular wilderness.

  • Polar bear, Churchill

    Polar bear watching in Canada

    Churchill in northern Canada is known as the polar bear capital of the world. Every year, hundreds of bears congregate around nearby Hudson Bay waiting for the water to ice over so they can hunt seals. Canada specialist Mike shares the best ways to see them.

  • Banff National Park

    Highlights of the Canadian Rockies

    With glacier-fed lakes, thick pine forests and sharp, triangular mountains, the Canadian Rockies are a true wilderness area. Activities can include hiking, canoeing and visiting glaciers. Canada specialist Emily explains how you can make the most of your trip to the Rockies.

  • Algonquin Provincial Park, Ontario

    Family holidays to Canada

    Whether you’re visiting the east or the west, Canada offers a wealth of things to do for families, from helicopter rides over Niagara Falls to whale watching around Vancouver Island. Canada specialist Kayleigh outlines her ideas for a memorable family holiday in Canada.

  • Grizzly, British Columbia

    In the path of the grizzly: bear watching in Canada

    Canada is well-known for its wildlife, but the stars of the show are arguably its resident bears. These often solitary creatures can be difficult to find, but our Canada specialists can recommend intimate bear-watching experiences that allow you to see them in their natural habitat.

  • Niagara Falls

    Highlights of Ontario

    Seeing far fewer overseas visitors than Canada’s western provinces, Ontario offers forested landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and First Nations culture in a relatively compact area. Canada specialist Kayleigh outlines the region’s highlights, from touring Toronto’s markets to canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park.

  • Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park

    Self-driving in western Canada

    Canada specialists Kerry and Annie share their tried-and-tested self-drive routes in western Canada. You might want to follow a lesser-known loop through the Canadian Rockies, detouring to the Okanagan wine region. Or, take in British Columbia’s coastline and Vancouver Island.

  • Cruising the Canadian Inside Passage with BC Ferries

    Cruises in Canada

    Canada is ideally suited for adventure cruises, especially with the abundance of marine wildlife around its enormous coastline. We can recommend a variety of boats and suitable activities to help you get the most out of your visit.

  • Lake Louise, Canada

    Walking holidays in Canada

    If you're planning a tailor-made walking holiday in Canada our specialists can advise on the best places to visit and where to stay to get the most out of your trip. Canada is also home to one of the most exhilarating forms of walking holiday - the heli-hike.

  • Icefields Parkway, Alberta

    Driving the Icefields Parkway: what to see and where to stop

    One of Canada’s most celebrated scenic drives, the Icefields Parkway runs through the Rockies between Jasper and Lake Louise. With so much to see and do along the route, specialist Jamie shares her tried-and-tested highlights, from waterfall hikes to elevated viewpoints.