Canada

Take a holiday in Canada and explore the sprawling Canadian Rockies or savour the Atlantic Ocean's salty breezes. The bustling multiculturalism of Vancouver and Toronto will make your holidays in Canada an exciting escape. Go fishing at one of thousands of freshwater lakes, or surf the waves at Pacific Ocean beaches in British Columbia.

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Eastern or Western Canada?

Canada is an immense country. Covering six time zones, it would take 75 hours of driving – plus almost nine hours on two different ferries – to drive the 7,500km from the western-most provincial capital along the Pacific coast (Victoria, British Columbia) to the easternmost (St. John’s, Newfoundland). But which region wins the ‘best of‘ contest? Canadian writer Johanna Read shares the cultural, foodie and wild highlights of both.

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A Calgary to Vancouver road trip

Making the epic drive over the Rockies is ideal for a short trip or an ambitious adventure. Take a week and stop off at the main sights such as Banff and Lake Louise or extend your trip and linger at Kamloops and unwind at the tranquil thermal springs surrounded by pine forests. Check out our ideas for making the most of your Canadian road trip.

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Uncover Vancouver

Wrapped up in the sea and served with a side of mountains, Vancouver’s surroundings are as integral to its DNA as its shiny skyscrapers. From roller-skating the seawall to bombing down the ski slopes, this friendly, green city has something for everyone.

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Things to do in Calgary.

Exploring Calgary and beyond

Nestled in the foothills of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Calgary buzzes with a dynamic energy, and city slickers will love the soaring skyscrapers, active arts scene, upscale restaurants and lively nightlife. An hour west, and it’s all about the fresh air: Banff National Park is teeming with wildlife, jaw-dropping scenery and outdoor activities. Here’s how to have the best of both worlds…

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48 hours in Toronto.

48 hours in Toronto

Vibrant, multicultural Toronto is Canada’s arts and entertainment capital, dubbed ‘The 6’ by its famous son, rapper Drake. Buzzing with festivals and activities inspired by its global citizens and an energetic food scene, residents are justifiably proud of urban neighbourhoods and a glittering waterfront skyline. Local film and travel writer Linda Barnard let us in on the best places to eat, sleep and visit in her home city.

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48 hours in Montreal.

48 hours in Montreal

Montreal is often described as the perfect blend between Boston and Paris, and this cosmopolitan Canadian city offers both the lifestyle and architecture of Europe and the fast pace of its American counterparts. Local writer Catherine Maisonneuve shares her tips on where to sleep, eat and visit during your 48-hour trip in the most vibrant city in ''la belle province".

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City breaks in Canada

Canada.

Canada's largest city, Toronto offers cultivated holidays with celebrated fashion, film and music festivals throughout the year. Vancouver prides itself on its world-class shopping, galleries and attractions, such as the spectacular one mile aerial journey to The Peak. Explore the 17th-century fortified city of Quebec or get a taste of Canada's cowboy country in Calgary.

Luxury holidays in Canada

Canada.

Explore the eastern maritime villages and Prince Edward Island on your holiday to Canada. Discover historic Quebec to enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere in French-speaking Montréal. Canada's West Coast province of British Columbia brings ice-capped peaks and expansive forests, while Alberta's Rocky Mountains promise pristine skiing holidays.

Skiing in Canada

Skiing in Canada is a national treasure, from the epic knee-deep powder runs in British Columbia to the stunning landscape of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta. Canada has some of the biggest snowfalls of any destination and when you add the picture postcard scenery and wide immaculately-maintained pistes then you have the perfect place for snow bunnies around the world.

Banff
Banff.

Banff

Deep within the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest, and perhaps most impressive park. Banff itself is a fantastic resort which promises snow-sure conditions and spectacular scenery and is seen as the link of three big mountains - Mount Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise. The pistes or trails, as they are known in Canada, are perfect for beginners and intermediates, but the real challenges lie in wait for those more advanced. Snowboarders and veteran skiers will find some of the best off-piste riding in the world in Banff, such as the unbelievable Delirium Dive.

Banff ski facts
Nearest airport Calgary
Ski season December to April
Piste area 200 km
Resort height 1,476 m
Lifts 26
Runs Total 135
Beginner 36
Intermediate 46
Advanced 53

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