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Introduction to Canada

 

A melting pot of natural wonders sprawled far and wide, there is no doubt that Canada offers something for everyone. From the bustling metropolis of Toronto to the 170-foot dolomite at Niagara Falls, Canada is a country of stark contrasts. And so, too, is its weather. Winters can be harsh in many regions of the country, with daily average temperatures of around -15 degrees Celsius, but summers can see the mercury rise to 30 degrees. Book one of Expedia’s package holidays to Canada and visit this unique country in a climate that suits you. While much of the country is cold throughout the year, its welcome is certainly warm: you will find lots of local communities who like to make visitors feel right at home.

Best Places to Visit

 

Canada has a whole host of interesting cities waiting to be explored. Home to 9.2 million people (over 26 per cent of Canada’s population), Toronto is a must-see on your holiday to Canada. Brimming with soaring skyscrapers, one of which is the world-famous CN Tower, this ultra-modern city is bursting with culture. During your stay, be sure to visit the Rocky Mountains; the picture perfect scenery couples with unique wildlife to make a phenomenal experience on your holiday to Canada. Another place of significant interest is Vancouver: a city stooped in art, theatre and music. This hugely popular tourist destination is famed for being used in countless movies – so make sure to pack your camera!

Top Landmarks

 

It would take a lifetime to visit all of Canada’s attractions; there are just too many to count. However, Niagara Falls is one landmark of considerable note; straddling the US-Canadian border, this humongous collection of waterfalls boasts 12 million visitors per year, and for good reason. Serene and savage, this famous attraction perfectly epitomises Canada’s unmistakable landscape.

Another attraction which begs for your attention is Banff National Park, in Alberta. Brimming with glistening glaciers, snowy peaks and breath-taking lakes, Banff National Park makes the perfect stop off on a Canada package holiday. Other attractions include the verdant Stanley Park in Vancouver and the colourful Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal.

Entertainment

 

There certainly isn’t a dull moment on package holidays to Canada. Choose from an endless ream of entertainment and excursions. Why not visit The Columbia Icefield and explore the Canadian Rockies? Or perhaps visit the picturesque resort town of Whistler and zip line through its forest? Whatever your preference, Canada offers something for all ages. From whale watching experiences in Vancouver to climbing adventures in Canada’s alpine world, there’s something for adrenaline junkies and sun worshipers alike.

If you’re in search of nightlife, Canada won’t disappoint. From underground bars to high-end restaurants, there is entertainment hiding in every nook and cranny of The Great White North. Whether you choose to visit Toronto in the east, or Vancouver in the west, you will find sumptuous food and legendary venues at every corner. Other popular entertainment includes bike rides, beer tours and helicopter trips.

Dining Out

 

Canadian food may not be as famous as Italian, Indian and Chinese cuisine, however, you are guaranteed some delicious dishes during your stay. Rural parts of the country are excellent for game, warming soups and stews. Coastal towns serve up the freshest seafood all year round. Head into the cities on your holidays to Canada and you will find a plethora of international eateries to choose from.

Fans of seafood should head for the Atlantic provinces. This largely coastal expanse of land is as rugged as Canada gets. Colossal changes in tide and unique natural phenomena make for some interesting catches. Clam chowder is a common staple on local menus, as are mussels. Prince Edward Island is home to some world-beating lobster, which may be a little easier to stomach for the uninitiated than the seal-flipper pies, sometimes served up in Newfoundland.

What the east coast provides for the plate, the west coast can match for the glass. British Columbia is very much a part of the 'craft beer revolution', housing dozens of breweries, both large and small. Sample the produce in the local bars or go all-out and book yourself a brewery tour.

Surprisingly, given the cool climate, there is a thriving wine industry in British Columbia. The Okanagan Valley is a warm, waterside valley which produces some world-class wines. This is a favourite summer spot, as good for swimming as it is for supping on vintage wines.

Need to know

Language

 

Both French and English are the official languages of Canada. What you hear more of will depend entirely on where you stay during your holidays to Canada. More than 60 per cent of Canadians give English as their first language. Close to 20 per cent of Canadians use French regularly. A good deal of French speakers will also speak fluent English, making life easy for those arriving from the UK.

Currency

 

The main currency used in Canada is the Canadian dollar (CAD). For the best rates, it's worth changing your money before you set off on your Canada holidays. If you do run out of cash, though, there are plenty of ATMs throughout the country – not just in the big cities. Currency exchange shops are also common in commercial centres.

Canada shares a huge border with the United States. In fact, it's the longest land border in the world. If you're staying close to the States, you might find that some local businesses are happy to accept both US and Canadian dollars.

Visas

 

Travelling to Canada from the UK is straightforward in terms of paperwork. Package holidays to Canada, for example, don’t require a visa. You will, however, need to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorisation before you set off.

You can apply for an ETA online, and it will only cost you CAD$7. The process is simple, but it's one you will need to complete in advance of your flight.

Climate

 

Canada is a vast country with different climates in just about every corner. For the most part, though, it's rather cold. Winter temperatures regularly drop below zero and stay that way for several months. Expect temperatures in the remote northern territories to be considerably colder. If you're in the south of Canada, though, summers can be warm. June, July and August enjoy average temperatures in the mid-20s, which is warm enough to ripen the grapes needed to make the country's fabulous wines.

Main Airports

 

Canada is well connected to the rest of the world by air. Most long-haul flights will take you into one of the five largest airports in Canada – Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa or Toronto. Smaller, regional airports are scattered around the country.

Flight Options

 

Direct flights are available from the UK to several of Canada's major airports. Flight times vary depending on your destination. Short hops from London to Halifax are just 7 hours. The longer stint to Vancouver is closer to 10 hours. From the major airports, you can get connecting flights to smaller airports all over the country.

Travel Advice

 

The biggest factor to consider when deciding when to take your holidays to Canada is undoubtedly the weather. If you're planning to travel to the most remote regions, it's worth waiting until summer time. The winter, conversely, can be a quieter time to visit the southern cities. Prices aren't affected that dramatically throughout the year.

Other Transport

 

Canada's huge border with America means it's easy to get in via road or train. American trains can be expensive, but are also fairly luxurious. Border stops should be easy to navigate, so long as you've obtained your Electronic Travel Authorisation in advance.

Overview

 

Canada's vast landmass is a pleasure to travel across. Extensive road and rail networks make it easy to connect from one city to the next. To make matters even easier, city centres generally benefit from superb public transport.

Bus

 

Greyhound buses run across Canada, providing a low-cost and convenient way to get from A to B. The buses themselves are typically fairly basic, but they are clean, cheap and reliable, making them a great option if you want to see Canada on a budget.

All the major cities have impressive bus networks, allowing you to get around for a relatively low fee.

Car

 

If you've got time, hiring your own car in Canada is one of the best ways to get out and explore. The vast rural spaces offer so much room for improvisation, and your own vehicle will take you to places well off the beaten track.

Train

 

Canada's rail network isn't the most cost-effective way to get around the country, but it does offer the best view. Long distance routes are normally served by dining carts and comfortable sleeper cabins are available.

Air

 

If you're planning on seeing all of Canada, the only real way to travel from A to B is by air. Domestic flights are frequent and inexpensive.

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FACTS

  1. Canada is the world's second biggest country, trailing only Russia.
  2. The country has 6 different time zones: Newfoundland, Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific.
  3. Canada boasts the longest coastline in the world, at over 200,000km.
  4. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was in Yukon. It was a frosty -63°C.
  5. Canada is the record-holding nation for medals taken in a single Winter Olympics. At their own event in Vancouver, they collected a whopping 14.

FACTS

  1. Canada is the world's second biggest country, trailing only Russia.
  2. The country has 6 different time zones: Newfoundland, Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain, and Pacific.
  3. Canada boasts the longest coastline in the world, at over 200,000km.
  4. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was in Yukon. It was a frosty -63°C.
  5. Canada is the record-holding nation for medals taken in a single Winter Olympics. At their own event in Vancouver, they collected a whopping 14.

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