The Culture Curious
If you love a healthy dose of culture and history on your holiday, Canada has plenty to offer you. In Whistler, the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre will give you an authentic insight into First Nations culture. You’ll love being welcomed by a traditional song at the centre and learning about the medicinal plants in the forest. Canada also has a wealth of over 2,000 diverse museums, covering science, aviation, war history and human rights. At the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa, the country's largest and most popular cultural institution, you can partake in an insightful tour of an indigenous village, then witness a vibrant performance of traditional styles of Pow Wow dancing.
You’ll be in your element. Canada offers unrivalled nature viewing opportunities that can have you exploring for days. From the colossal Niagara Falls to the iconic Canadian Rockies, it’s all here. The incredible colours of the ‘Diamond in the Wilderness’, Lake Louise has to be seen to be believed. The lake region is perfect for both canoeing in summer as well as skiing in winter. On the Icefields Parkway, take in the breathtaking mountain scenery as you pass rugged peaks and glaciers fringed by thick forests and shimmering lakes. In Banff National Park, keep your eyes peeled to spot meandering grizzly bear, moose, elk or beaver.
Make sure you try a delicious maple-laden meal at an authentic Canadian Sugar Shack. 'Cabane à sucre' or sugar shacks are a Québécois specialty and an absolute must try on your trip to Canada. Don't miss dribbling some warm maple syrup on to freshly fallen snow to make your very own maple taffy, a Canadian springtime tradition. Or why not try the national dish poutine? This is a dish of warm gravy and soft cheese curds poured over freshly made hot chips. But Canadian cuisine is much more than maple syrup and poutine. Take the time to try its melt-in-the-mouth desserts such as Nanaimo bars, butter tarts, Saskatoon berry pie and beaver tails.
The Experiential Traveller
For those who like to view the world through a different lens, Canada has some of the best scenic routes for you to explore through various means of transport. Set off on a two-day rail experience on ‘The Most Spectacular Train Journey in the World’, the Rocky Mountaineer, and enjoy incredible views from your SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf carriage of the soaring mountains.
If you’ve ever dreamed of setting foot on an actual glacier, then board the Ice Explorer to travel to the top of the 10,000-year-old Athabasca Glacier to walk on and even drink from it. In Banff National Park, you will have the chance to explore the region’s scenic beauty from a number of different perspectives. Whether you hike through the national park, board a helicopter flight or a take a float trip along the river, you are sure to be blown away by Banff’s splendour.
The City Lights Lover
From the quaint, historic district of old-world Quebec to the cosmopolitan financial capital Toronto, Canada is a big city lights paradise. Take in the sights of Ontario’s Romanesque-style Parliament buildings from the University Avenue in Toronto, soak up Montreal’s very French charm on an idyllic horse-drawn carriage ride over cobblestone streets or enjoy the beautiful harbour-side vistas of the ocean-fringed city of Vancouver.
For more information on the wonders of Canada or to book your trip, contact your local Travellers Choice agent
Canada is home to a world of breathtaking natural wonders, from the imposing Canadian Rockies in the West, to the elegant, European-styled cities of the East Coast, Canada’s diverse personality has something for everyone.