Bespoke Holidays and Honeymoons to Canada – fly drives, trains, national parks.
TRAVEL VISA UPDATE ISSUED MAY 2015: We have been advised by the Canada Tourism Commission that the regulation for Canada’s Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) has been confirmed. Travellers from countries other than the USA, who do not need a visa to enter Canada, will need to apply for an ETA prior to travel. The new entry requirement will be mandatory from 15th March 2016, however from 1st August 2015, eligible travellers will have the opportunity to apply online for their ETA.
Staggering facts and figures from Canada – did you know it’s the largest country in the world? The billion year old ‘Canadian Shield’ covers most of the country, folded around Hudson Bay and reaching the surrounding mountain ranges. With a coastline about 151,400 miles long and being bordered on three sides by oceans and containing over two million lakes, it’s not surprising that travel around Canada involves covering long distances! The geography of Canada is hugely varied from the frozen barren north, through mountains and forests to wheat plains, it is a beautiful country of amazing proportions.
Canada’s wildlife has evolved from the ice age and still to this day copes well with this country of harsh extremes. The pre-historic looking Musk-Ox has a huge thick layer of guard hair and fleece that keeps it warm even at temperatures of -45c! One of the most famous of Canada’s residents is of course the Polar Bear, which lives in the frozen lands and tundra on the Arctic circle. Head to the Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast for fabulous wildlife and bear watching – see the Grizzly’s catch salmon! Vast herds of Caribou migrate across the Arctic in herds of 10,000 animals as they head to the tundra for spring and the forests in winter.
Home to the stunning Canadian Rocky Mountains and offer a dramatic coastline and national parks. With winter sports centres at Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff and summer activities in the parks and cities, this region attracts visitors from all over the world. Luxury wilderness retreats can be found in the parks and Knight Inlet is a fabulous location to see Grizzly Bears. The Campbell River sits between Strathcona Park to the west and Discovery islands to the east and sits on the ‘inside passage’ famous shipping route. Many wildlife resorts and retreats are accessed from Campbell River. Travel through the Rockies by train for stunning views. Vancouver is the gateway city for Alaska Cruises and is one of the nicest cities in the world for sightseeing and food! World class salmon fishing, orchards, vineyards and lakes fill the valleys of British Columbia. Famous ski resorts can be found here including Whistler. Hop over to Vancouver Island for Bear and Whale watching around Tofino and Ucluelet, quaint seaside towns and botanical gardens. Alberta is home to majestic Rocky Mountain scenery in Banff and Jasper National Parks. Walk on the surface of a glacier, travel through the ‘Icefields Parkway’ and look out for moose, elk and bears…
The heart of Canada has amazing landscapes, cosmopolitan cities and a variety of culture. Travel from the regions capital, Winnipeg, to Churchill to see Polar bears in October to November (viewing from a Tundra buggy) or watch Beluga Whales in July or August. In the winter this region has amazing opportunities for Northern Lights viewing. Ride in the national parks whilst spotting wildlife and birds from the saddle! Fly in fishing lodges.
Unmistakably full of French flavour and life, Quebec is Canada’s oldest and largest province with unique Gallic charm. Quebec City is North America’s only ‘walled city’. Whale watching can be enjoyed on the St Lawrence River including Beluga whales and one of the world’s longest inlets is here at Saguenay Fjord. Montreal Grand Prix is held here and the city has a vibrant night life with fabulous restaurants set on cobblestone streets. Festivals, fireworks, fast cars and cool jazz abound in Montreal! In the winter there are easily accessible downhill ski slopes and loads of winter activities to enjoy.
This area is of course famous for the Niagara Falls and other magnificent lakes – Niagara is an award winning wine region and also has spas and golf courses. Tour the 1000 islands on the waters of Lake Ontario. Visit Ottawa, the capital of Canada with its historic centre. Here you will find stunning ‘colours of the fall’ to rival New England! Toronto is Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city and the capital of Ontario. Visit the CN Tower and walk it’s glass floor, explore the museums and art galleries or enjoy the ferry to the Toronto Islands. There is a famous theatre district and world class hotels and restaurants here.
Maritime traditions here are still strong and culture links the Celtic past to modern day Atlantic Canada. Some of the best whale watching in the world can be found at Nova Scotia and if you like walking then New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have attractive trails and beach walks. The Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia has some of the finest coastal scenery in the world. Walk the ocean floor at Hopewell Rocks, home to the highest tides in the world. Atlantic Canada is a great option from the UK as the flying time is only 6 hours. Fly drive holidays here are popular, stopping in B&B’s a friendly small hotels – enjoy delicious seafood. Some of the earliest settlements of North America and rock formations have been found in the national parks around Halifax and Nova Scotia.
This is the ultimate outdoor wilderness adventure! Hiking, canoeing and kayaking are the main activities. Dawson City attracts visitors to learn about the Klondike Gold Rush and of course one of the most dramatic and spectacular natural phenomenon in the world, the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), can be witnessed here. Cross the Arctic Circle when you drive the Dempster Highway or take a trip on the White Pass and Yukon Railroad.
Escorted tours by coach or rail are popular in Canada and a great way to pack a lot into this vast country with a knowledgeable guide to help you along the way. If you’d rather be independent, book a fly drive holiday to Canada.
Tailor made trips are the way to go if you want to be independent, we can mix and match accommodation and modes of transport to help you get the most out of your time here.
Cruises are an amazing way to see the West coast and travel up to Alaska.
Wildlife and adventure holidays in Canada are a must for those who love the great outdoors! Small group or tailor made, explore the national parks and wildlife on foot, by vehicle, horseback, canoe or learn outback skills and ride a husky sled! Bears are a must see in Canada – head to Knight Inlet Lodge for spectacular sightings!
Rail journeys include a stunning two day trip by rail through the stunning scenery of British Columbia and Alberta on the Rocky Mountaineer. The ‘First Passage to the West’ runs from Banff and Lake Louise to Vancouver, the ‘Journey Through The Clouds’ runs from Jasper to Vancouver via Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls and Thompson and Fraser Canyons. There is also a two day ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ route between Jasper and Whistler through the historic Cariboo Gold Rush region. There is also a cross Canada train adventure from Toronto all the way to Vancouver!
There are three levels of coach accommodation on the Rocky Mountaineer (and the overnight in Kamloops is in a hotel). Red Leaf Service offers comfortable seats with scenic views through picture windows. Selection of chilled meals and snacks served at your seat. Silver Leaf Service enjoys the new single level glass dome service with panoramic views from oversized windows. Hot breakfasts and lunches will be served at your seat with a choice of entrees and a glass of wine or beer with lunch. Gold Leaf offers the top service in the luxurious custom designed GoldLeaf domed railcar, with panoramic view of the mountains in full length dome windows that extend to the roof of the coach. Gourmet breakfast and lunch are served in the lower level dining room.