Canada tailor-made holidays

Once derided by Voltaire as just a few acres of snow, Canada is so much more. The second largest country in the world, it is sparsely populated and has vast tracts of wilderness, which can be explored on our Canada holidays. [See Canada itinerary ideas]

Canada's four major cities each have their own character. Montréal has delightful eighteenth century enclave and a lively music scene; Québec City is distinctly European; Toronto is ethnically and culturally diverse whilst Vancouver is perfectly positioned to enjoy both mountain and coastal pursuits in the same day. The main draw though is the outdoors. Home to some wild and pristine landscapes, this is the land of the grizzly, black and polar bear as well as moose, wolf, arctic fox, lynx, beaver, caribou, seal and so forth.

Head to Prince Edward Island to walk along a beautiful stretch of sand, visited by seals and porpoises, Nova Scotia for whale watching, central Canada for dinosaur parks, into the Rocky Mountains for superb walking, climbing, camping and more in national parks such as Banff and Jasper, northern Canada and Nanavut for genuine wilderness in Auyuittuq National Park, the chance to meet the Inuit people and to see the Northern Lights, Churchill to spot polar bears and to the Great Lakes to experience the deafening roar of Niagara Falls from a small boat.

Canada offers incredible diversity and is an ideal destination for tailor-made luxury holidays.

Wexas Travel brochure for Canada

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Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.

When to go

Canada is geared up to visitors at all times of the year and though winters are dark and bitterly cold, some of the world's most impressive ski resorts open their doors and the cities host a festival of winter carnivals.

That said, summer is generally the most popular time to visit. The lakes and the Pacific coast sparkle with sailing boats and kayaks, hikers take to the mountains, the cities are buzzy with cyclists and bladers and much daily living takes place al fresco. In the south, summer lasts between May and September. It starts slightly later in the north, sometime in June and lasts until the first snowfall, which is sometimes as early as the beginning of September.

Alternatively, beat the crowds and enjoy reasonable weather by visiting in the shoulder seasons - April/May, September/October.


Essential Experiences

We’ve rounded up our list of recommended sites and things to do. Click on the map to enlarge it and see what we suggest or follow the links in the list to discover how to get the best out of your holiday.

Practical Information

Capital - Ottawa 

Size - 9,984,670 sq km

Language - English (official), French (official), other 19%

Population - 34.6 million  

Religion - Roman Catholic, Protestant, United Church, Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Muslim, none 16%

Currency - Canadian dollar

Time zone - GMT -3.5 to -8

Flight time from the UK - 6.5hrs to Toronto, 10hrs to Vancouver


January - Jasper in January

February - Winterlude, Ottawa

April - Calgary International Spoken Word Festival

May - Banff Festival of the Arts

June - Pride Week, Toronto, one of the world's largest

June/July - Montreal International Jazz Festival

July - Calgary Stampede, the world's largest rodeo held over 10 days

August - Edmonton Folk Music Festival

September - Toronto International Film Festival

October - Okanagan Wine Festival

November - Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls

December - Christmas Carol Ships Parade, Vancouver  


Please note that entry requirements and visa regulations can change often and at short notice. We can provide general information about the passport and visa requirements for your trip and this information may be included after the itinerary section of your quotation. Your specific passport and visa requirements and other immigration requirements are your responsibility and you should confirm these with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates. Neither we nor the principal(s) or supplier(s) accept any responsibility if you cannot travel because you have not complied with any passport, visa or immigration requirements. Please call your WEXAS specialist if you wish to discuss entry requirements.

Passport requirements

Passports must be valid for the full duration of your stay. If you are visiting another country or countries en route to or from Canada, be sure to check any further entry requirements.


The Canadian dollar ($) is the official currency. Coins come in denominations 1¢, 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1 and $2; notes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, $100.

$1 coins are often referred to as a 'loonie', due to the common loon, a common Canadian bird, pictured on the reverse side. $2 coins have subsequently been nicknamed 'toonie'.

ATMs are available at all times of the day throughout the country. There is likely to be a small charge for foreign transactions, but exchange rates at ATMs are generally as good as you'll find anywhere else. Be sure to notify your bank of your travels to avoid them from blocking your card when an international transaction is made. Credit and bank cards are accepted at most shops, hotels, bars and restaurants, but it's worth carrying some cash with you for tipping purposes.

Regions [10]

Click on a place name below to find out more. Alternatively, to start planning where to go in Canada, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0635.

Alberta & The Rocky Mountains

A spectacular part of The Rocky Mountains lies in Alberta and can be explored by train. Visit the mountainous wilderness and spot grizzly bear, elk, moose and caribou in Banff, Yoko or Jasper National Parks. Complete your holiday with a tour of Calgary bringing you back …

Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada captures the natural beauty of its four provinces - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador - which all offer unique heritage. Enjoy the selection of great outdoors lifestyle, fresh seafood and brilliant nightlife …

British Columbia

British Columbia is located in the west of Canada on the Pacific Ocean. Escape to one of the many islands or the Sunshine Coast to sample water sports or try your hand at fishing on the Campbell River. The mild weather also makes British Columbia travel perfect to …

Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Visit Lake Winnipeg and Prince Albert National Park - in Manitoba and Saskatchewan respectively - for their selection of wildlife and sandy beaches. Or travel to north Manitoba to find ‘The Polar Bear Capital of the World' - Churchill. And while there why not try bird …

Northwest Territories, Nanavut & Arctic Canada

Northwest Territories and Nunavut have been established as separate provinces since 1999. Visit Yellowknife to kayak along Great Slave Lake or relax on Long Lake Beach. For an Arctic Canada tour, fly north to Nunavut where the majority of islands are located above the …

Itinerary ideas [65]

The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Canada. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0635.

Winter Wonderland of Québec Province

From £1,825 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure History & culture Luxury travel

The province of Québec, Canada is a winter wonderland. Here's how to experience the best of what is on offer.

City & Ski - Montréal & Mont Tremblant

From £1,250 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Luxury travel

Combine an exciting city break in Montréal with a week's skiing in Mont Tremblant - Québec's premier ski resort.

Eastern Canada Explorer

From £1,640 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City History & culture

This 15-day tailor-made self-drive combines the history and culture of Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal and Québec City, with the breathtaking landscapes of the …

Whales, Bears & Vancouver Island

From £2,490 pp incl. flights
Natural world Self-drive Wildlife

Exciting wildlife viewing is at the heart of this action-packed tailor-made self-drive tour through the forest and waterways of beautiful Vancouver Island.

Cultural Québec

From £1,645 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

Québec has a rich and fascinating history, routed in French-Canadian heritage, and the unique customs, culture and traditions of the Iroquoian Huron people, …

Sonora and Clayoquot Wilderness Resort & Vancouver

From £8,799 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Natural world Relaxation

This tailor-made tour is ideal for those who want to experience the wilderness, wildlife and adventure of British Colombia, but also want to stay in the height …

Northern Lights & Winter Nights, Canada

From £3,695 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Escorted tour

Churchill, in the Canadian province of Manitoba, is one of the best places in North America to witness a display of the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis (Northern …

Wildlife of Québec

From £1,745 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

Canada's wildlife is as unique and diverse as its landscapes. An incredible array of bird and animal species, as well as some truly remarkable marine life, make …

Ocean sights & Rocky Mountain heights

From £2,755 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

This exciting ten-day tailor-made journey takes you from the vibrant city of Vancouver on Canada's sparkling Pacific coast and into the heart of the Canadian …

Bear Watching at Spirit Bear Lodge

From £3,135 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Natural world

This weeklong wildlife trip, including a three-night stay at Spirit Bear Lodge, makes an ideal extension to a rail journey through the Rockies or a cruise that …

Alberta’s summer sensations

From £2,425 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City History & culture

Experience nature in its purest form on this 10-day tailor-made holiday to the spectacular Jasper and Banff national parks. This superb summer escape introduces …

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

From £3,020 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Food & wine

Travel only in daylight through the beautiful landscapes of the Canadian Rockies in style and comfort aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, seven-time winner of …

Toronto and Niagara twin-centre break

From £1,725 pp incl. flights
City Food & wine History & culture

Toronto is Canada's largest city, an exciting multicultural metropolis brimming with world-class museums, galleries, restaurants and shops. Its theatre scene is …

Northern Lights Canada Winter Adventure

From £2,395 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City History & culture

The Yukon, in Canada's wild northwest, is a vast region of spectacular landscapes, rustic frontier towns and fascinating native cultures. It's also one of the …

Atlantic Canada Self-Drive

From £1,935 pp incl. flights
Natural world Self-drive Wildlife

This two-week tailor-made self-drive begins in Halifax before traversing Nova Scotia's picturesque fishing villages and rugged coastal landscapes at the Bay of …

Winter Adventure at Sacacomie Lodge

From £1,795 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Lodges

Located on the shores of the tranquil Sacacomie Lake between Montréal and Québec City, Hotel Sacacomie offers a unique getaway, perfect for a winter escape in …

Heli-Hiking at Bugaboo & Bobbie Burns Lodge

From £1,695 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure Natural world Short break

Bugaboo & Bobbie Burns are two sister lodges set in the remote wilderness of Canada's Columbia Mountains. Accessed only by helicopter - or highly adventurous …

Highlights of Eastern Canada self-drive

From £1,470 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

Explore the provinces of Ontario and Québec on this 13-day tailor-made self-drive holiday.

Edmonton & Jasper winter break

From £1,670 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Luxury travel

This weeklong winter holiday in Canada begins in the city of Edmonton, capital of Alberta, with a one-night stay at the superb Fairmont Hotel MacDonald …

Polar bears of Churchill

From £4,599 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

On the picturesque coastline of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba, sits Churchill. Once a prosperous trading post it is now regarded as the 'Polar Bear Capital …

Northern Lights in Yellowknife & the Rockies

From £2,599 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

This 11-day tailor-made winter holiday sees you travel to north to the remote city of Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories and Canada's most …

Quebec’s Fall Colours Self-Drive

From £1,995 pp incl. flights
Activity adventure City Natural world

With an unusually high number of spring maple trees, yellow birch and American beech, Quebec is one of Canada's top destinations for fall foliage. This …

Eastern Canada with Fairmont Hotels

From £1,595 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

The name Fairmont is well known in Canada for its association with some of the country's most famous historic hotels and resorts. This eight-day tailor-made …

The Rocky Mountaineer Seattle to Calgary

From £3,635 pp incl. flights
City Escorted tour Luxury travel

Begin this unforgettable journey in Seattle, on the shores of America's north-west Pacific coast. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this vibrant city before …

Montréal and Québec City

From £1,470 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Luxury travel

Québec's east coast is just a six-hour flight from the UK, meaning it's ripe for a trans-Atlantic city break at any time of year. This four-night affair sees …

Whistler and Canada’s Pacific Coast

From £1,795 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

Vancouver basks in a glorious natural setting, right on the water yet surrounded by the Coast Mountains. The downtown area is easy to explore on foot, while …

Atlantic Maritimes Escorted Tour

From £3,295 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour History & culture Tailor-made travel

This escorted tour will take you to the key areas of the Atlantic Maritimes, including Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Vancouver Island self-drive

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Luxury travel

Wilderness isn’t wilderness if you’re not discovering it for yourself. This self-drive tour is the perfect way to see the scenery without the tour guide.

Winter fun with Fairmont Hotels

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Activity adventure City History & culture

This fun five-day break, staying in luxurious Fairmont hotel, offers the chance to enjoy the very best of cosmopolitan Montréal, where a vast underground city …

Alberta winter highlights

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More than seven million visitors a year flock to Alberta's national parks, which include Banff and Jasper. They come of course for the sublime beauty of the …

Newfoundland & Labrador Discovery

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History & culture Natural world Self-drive

Beginning in Nova Scotia’s capital Halifax this self-drive itinerary will take you to the dramatic landscapes and magnificent coastlines of Newfoundland and …

Winding Rails & Mountains of the West

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Rail journey

Cowboy country is your starting point for this journey through the dramatic landscapes of Alberta & British Columbia. Highlights include a stay in Banff, …

Whistler Blackcomb Ski Break

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Activity adventure Natural world Ski

This eight-day ski holiday, staying at the Hilton Whistler Resort, offers chance to enjoy one of the world's finest ski resorts, the legendary Whistler …

Trans Canada by Rail

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Rail journey

Travel in luxury from Torontos urban excitement through a stunning diversity of landscapes to Vancouver on the Pacific Coast. Explore Toronto before boarding …

Canada’s Big Five Safari

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Activity adventure Escorted tour Natural world

Canada is known for its vast tracts of wilderness, whose diverse ecosystems provide sanctuary to a huge array of wildlife. Some of the best whale-watching in …

Treasures & Lighthouses of Nova Scotia

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Coastal beauty, stunning landscapes, gingerbread houses and storybook lighthouses give this Atlantic province its own distinctive identity and it has truly …

Yukon & Alaska Explorer

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Activity adventure History & culture Natural world

Inspiring landscapes, rich wildlife and quaint towns and villages are among the attractions on this highly rewarding self-drive tour. Gold rush cities, the …

Canada self-drive tour

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The stretch of Lake Erie, Niagara River, Lake Ontario and St Lawrence River shoreline known as the Seaway Trail connects in diverse and fascinating ways to …

Vancouver & Whistler winter break

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Activity adventure City Natural world

To many, the giant twin peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb combine to make North America's biggest and best ski resort. But there's more to Whistler than just …

Toronto, Ottawa and Niagara winter wonders

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City History & culture Natural world

Ontario is surely the most diverse of all Canada's provinces, where you can feel the power of Niagara Falls; wander the wilderness landscapes of Algonquin …

Birds, Bears and Belugas

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Activity adventure Escorted tour Natural world

The Arctic wilderness that surrounds the remote town of Churchill in the Canadian province of Manitoba is breathtaking in both its scale and beauty. This …

Winter fun in Ontario and Québec

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City History & culture Natural world

Explore Toronto, Niagara Falls, Ottawa, Montréal and Quebéc City on this unforgettable, nine-day tailor-made winter journey through the Canadian provinces of …

Quebec’s Lighthouses & Whales

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Activity adventure City History & culture

This superb 14-day tailor-made self-drive, starting and ending in the vibrant city of Montreal, takes in the spectacular scenery, charming villages and abundant …

Discover the Yukon

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History & culture Natural world Self-drive

Canada's Yukon is a spectacular region of mountains, lakes, glaciers and rivers, home to an abundance of wildlife including moose, elk and grizzly bears. But …

Portraits and Wildlife of British Columbia

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Activity adventure Luxury travel Natural world

The wilderness of British Columbia is a unique environment, home to an abundance of wildlife that has adapted perfectly to the region's rugged and often remote …

Discover winter in Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise

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Activity adventure Natural world Wildlife

While rightly famed as a world-class ski destination, Western Canada has much more to offer during the winter months than the standard winter sports options, as …

Winter Escapades: Vancouver to Calgary

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City History & culture Natural world

This ten-day, tailor-made Canadian adventure takes you across the spectacular landscapes of the Rocky Mountains from the exciting coastal city of Vancouver in …

Toronto – Winter Wines and Wilderness

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Activity adventure City Food & wine

This five-day winter break combines four nights in Toronto - Canada's cultural and entertainment capital - with an unforgettable heli-dog-sledding tour - a …

Highlights of Vancouver

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Short break

Vancouver sits between the snow-capped mountains and the ocean and is one of the most scenic cities in the world.

Québec dog sledding adventure

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Activity adventure City History & culture

This six-day tailor-made self-drive holiday to Canada's stunning Québec province combines a stay in historic Québec City and vibrant Montréal with an …

Skiing in Canada

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Ski Winter

Mesmerising mountain scenery, world-class resorts, unbeatable powder and an unbelievable variety of terrains suitable for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, …

4-day Toronto Experience

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Short break

Experience the best Toronto has to offer on this great Canadian city break. As well as enjoying a sightseeing tour of this fascinating city, with its wealth of …

Rocky Mountaineer Train Experience

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Rail journey

Enjoy the diverse beauty of Canada’s west aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer, consistently voted the ‘World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train’. A …

Winter in the Canadian Rockies

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History & culture Natural world Tailor-made travel

This incredible seven-day tailor-made tour visits some of the Canadian Rockies' most spectacular and popular locations. Your weeklong winter holiday begins in …

A taste of Québec

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City Food & wine History & culture

This five-day break takes in the best of Montréal and Québec City's culture and cuisine, taking you to the very best of these wonderful city's gastronomic …

A journey through the Rocky Mountains

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History & culture Rail journey

Join the celebrations of the Calgary Stampede (also known as ’The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth’) before embarking on a journey on board the famous Rocky …

Vancouver to Whitehorse: Under Canadian Skies

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Activity adventure City History & culture

This 10-day tailor-made tour encapsulates the true spirit of Canada as you journey by train from the Pacific coast city of Vancouver, deep into the breathtaking …

Great Canadian Cities

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City Short break

The Canadian cities of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, as well as being fantastic spingboards from which to explore the rest of this vast, wild country, are …

Discover Montreal & Quebec City

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City History & culture Short break

Cosmopolitan Montréal & heritage rich Québec City are the highlights of this short itinerary. Explore delightful Québec City on the banks of the St. Lawrence …

Rockies Highlights Escorted Tour

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Escorted tour

Discover the spectacular natural beauty of Canada with this excellent escorted tour. Sightseeing, accommodation, transport, tipping and the services of …

Places to stay [24]

The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Canada. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Canada, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0635.

Listel Vancouver

The Listel has been dubbed Vancouvers most art-full hotel, and is committed to art, elegance and comfort, from the Museum Floors, where each guestroom showcases …

Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

Emerald Lake Lodge, Yoho National Park

Sitting on the edge of a glacier-fed aquamarine lake amid the awe-inspiring scenery of Yoho National Park, you cannot fail to be captivated by Emerald Lake …

The Fairmont Empress

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Possibly one of the most photographed buildings on Vancouver Island, the Fairmont Empress offers luxurious guest rooms and five-star facilities. This is a …

Summer at Sacacomie Lodge, Quebec

Sacacomie Lodge is situated between Montréal and Québec City in the beautiful Mauricie region of Québec. It’s the perfect place for families, summer …

North American Vacation Homes


A self-catering apartment or private home and offer you flexibility, relaxation and privacy that you may not otherwise find in some traditional hotel …

Painters Lodge

This well-known salmon fishing lodge is the perfect place to relax, re-charge and reel in the big one. Three miles from Campbell River, the lodge offers a …

Chateau Lake Louise

Luxury travel

Gourmet Magazine voted this hotel Best View in the World. It is located within the UNESCO-listed Rocky Mountain National Park, on the edge of aquamarine Lake …

The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

Luxury travel

On a rocky promontory on Vancouver Island's rugged west coast, this superb hotel has a dream setting at the gateway to the Pacific Rim National Park and …

The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary

The Fairmont Palliser is an historic landmark hotel located in the heart of downtown Calgary.

Summit Lodge

The Summit Lodge is a friendly boutique hotel that offers exceptional value just steps away from Blackcomb and Whistler village. Rooms and suites are …

Fairmont Château Frontenac, Québec City

A grand dame of hotels, Le Chateau Frontenac is Québec City’s most famous landmark, a century-old castle high on a bluff over the St. Lawrence river.

The Westin Resort & Spa

The Westin is built right on the slopes of Whistler Mountain, making it ideal for skiing in winter and all manner of summer adventures, from canoeing the River …

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

In the central western region of Vancouver Island youll find Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, a fragile and breathtaking temperate rainforest surrounded by …

Four Seasons Resort, Whistler

Enjoy the scenic splendour of one of North America’s top mountain resorts. With easy access to the slopes of Whistler Blackcomb, site of the 2010 Olympic …

Chic-Chocs Mountain Lodge Gaspé Peninsula, Québec

Perched at an altitude of 615m among the soaring peaks of the Chic-Chocs mountains on the Gaspé Peninsula, this friendly and welcoming mountain lodge offers 18 …

Chateau Whistler Resort

This superb hotel has several accolades to its name, including being rated number one golf and ski resort by readers of CondéNast Traveller magazine. At the …

Fairmont Banff Springs

There are few hotels in the world that can rival a setting like that of the Banff Springs Hotel. This is a year-round resort located in the heart of the Rocky …

Sonora Resort, Canada

Activity adventure Golf Natural world

Discover the breathtaking wilderness landscapes of British Columbia at Sonora Resort, located on a beautiful archipelago on Canada's Pacific coast. Spend your …

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The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Canada. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0635.

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