Peppered with aquamarine glaciers, sprawling pine forests and snow-capped mountain ranges, Canada is one of the least densely populated countries in the world. Unsurprisingly, this means it is a popular hotspot for a quiet but unforgettable break. Outdoors enthusiasts flock from all over the world to book a hotel close to the Canadian Rockies, but if you prefer city life, Canada obliges with pleasant places to stay in Toronto and Vancouver offering culture, top-class museums, world-renowned music venues and fantastic dining. Add into the mix Canada’s affordable cost of living and it’s easy to see why this country is so popular with those seeking the holiday of a lifetime.
Toronto — Reminiscent of New York, the action-packed multicultural city of Toronto is Canada’s largest. Rising on the shores of Lake Ontario, it is home to cosmopolitan museums, markets, and trendy shopping and hotels, not to mention the impressive TN Tower with its revolving restaurant that offers breathtaking views across the city below.
Vancouver — In its time, this seaport city in British Columbia has topped more than its fair share of ‘Best Places to Live’ polls. It’s easy to see why. Vancouver’s vibrant cultural hub and mountainous coastal surrounds attract arts lovers, whale watchers and outdoors enthusiasts alike. Get a feel for this wonderful city from your hotel in Vancouver.
London — Though considerably smaller than its European namesake, what London lacks in size, it makes up for in enthusiasm! London has a thriving nightlife and over half a dozen annual music festivals taking place to pep things up – and plenty of hotels to call home while you explore it all.
Ottawa — Canada’s capital city is a historic gem nestled on the banks of the Ottawa River in southern Ontario. Positively dripping with unique architecture, Ottawa has splendid examples of the Gothic Revival and Victorian styles. Amongst its other areas of historic interest is the Rideau Canal, the oldest continuously operating canal in North America and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re planning a visit to Canada, don’t forget your camera! Above all else, this unique and sparsely populated part of the planet is famous for unspoilt vistas and fabulous coastlines that will stop you in your tracks. From the iconic Niagara Falls to the heart-stopping beauty of Banff National Park on the edge of the Canadian Rockies, Canada is packed with glaciers, alpine forests and lakes that will take your breath away. Just keep an eye open for grizzly bears!
Fancy hiking in the Jasper National Park? Tempted by white water rafting on one of Canada’s clear water rivers? Or skiing in Whistler? If you’re looking to get outdoors there are plenty of tours that can place all these experiences at your feet. A whale watching tour in Vancouver offers you the chance to see some of these majestic beasts in their natural environment. Alternatively, take a jaunt up the CN Tower in Toronto for panoramic views of Ontario, or head out to the Niagara Falls. The only real limit on what you can do is the time you have available - so get it booked up so you can pack it all in.