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 to explore. [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


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 0622.

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 [53]

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 0622.

Montréal and Québec City

From £1250 pp incl. flights
City History & culture

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 …

Northern Lights Canada Winter Adventure

Natural world 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 …

Québec dog sledding adventure

From £1795 pp incl. flights
Activity & adventure Natural world City

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 …

Northern Lights & Winter Nights, Canada

History & culture Natural world City

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 …

Polar bears of Churchill

History & culture Wildlife 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 …

Winter Adventure at Sacacomie Lodge

City Activity & adventure Spa

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

Wildlife of Québec

From £1670 pp incl. flights
Wildlife Self-drive 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 …

Cultural Québec

From £1595 pp incl. flights
History & culture City 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, …

Winter Wonderland of Québec Province

From £1695 pp incl. flights
Adventure cruise Ski & winter City

The province of Québec, Canada is a winter wonderland. Here's how to experience the best of what is on offer. This nine-day tailor-made itinerary takes you to …

Canada’s Big Five Safari

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 …

Whales, Bears & Vancouver Island

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. We …

Discover Montreal & Quebec City

Short break City History & culture

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

City & Ski - Montréal & Mont Tremblant

City Activity & adventure Ski & winter

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

Toronto – Winter Wines and Wilderness

Activity & adventure Natural world City

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

Toronto and Niagara twin-centre break

From £1299 pp incl. flights
City History & culture Natural world

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

Ice Hotel & Quebec City

Short break City History & culture

North America's first ice hotel, Hotel de Glace, is made entirely of snow and ice and features ornate furniture, carved from from ice blocks, two art galleries, …

Edmonton and Rockies Explorer

Special offer From £1449 pp incl. flights
Escorted tour Wildlife History & culture

Alberta is one of Canada's most beautiful and fascinating regions; a province that features mile after mile of breathtaking scenery and some of Canada's most …

Quebec’s Lighthouses & Whales

From £2095 pp incl. flights
Activity & adventure City Self-drive

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 …

A taste of Québec

From £1635 pp incl. flights
Food & wine History & culture City

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 …

Heli-Hiking at Bugaboo & Bobbie Burns Lodge

From £1960 pp incl. flights
Short break Activity & adventure Natural world

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

Gems of the Rockies Tour & Alaska

Activity & adventure City Cruise

This comprehensive escorted touring program from APT takes you to all the highlights Canada and Alaska have to offer.

Québec’s Ultimate Winter Experience

For the Ultimate Winter Experience in the province of Québec you need look no further than this tailor-made itinerary, which features the cosmopolitan city of …

Pampering & Polar Bears Experience

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 …

A journey through the Rocky Mountains

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 …

Discover winter in Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise

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 …

The Rocky Mountaineer Western Explorer

Canada, the world's second-largest country, is home to some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere on earth. The western provinces of British Colombia and …

Portraits and Wildlife of British Columbia

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 …

Belugas, Bears & Blooms

During the summer, the small town of Churchill in northern Manitoba hosts the world's largest congregation of beluga whales, with more than 3,000 of the white …

Rocky Mountaineer Train Experience

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

Bear Watching at Spirit Bear Lodge

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 …

Character Inns of Québec

This 15-day self-drive tour features stays in charming auberge-style hotels that are so typical of the Québec region. From cosmopolitan Montréal and …

Atlantic Canada Self-Drive

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 …

A short break in Montréal

On this short four-day break, you'll get to see the best of Montréal with a fascinating sightseeing tour of the historic and modern landmarks of this …

4-day Toronto Experience

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 …

Eastern Canada with Fairmont Hotels

Fairmont is well known in Canada for its famous historic hotels and resorts. This self-drive itinerary combines stays in some of these national treasures with …

Vancouver Island self-drive

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.

Highlights of Vancouver

Vancouver sits between the snow-capped mountains and the ocean and is one of the most scenic cities in the world. Now you can get to know it a little better …

Yukon & Alaska Explorer

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

Newfoundland & Labrador Discovery

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

Treasures & Lighthouses of Nova Scotia

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

Churchill Polar Bears

Churchill, Manitoba on Hudson Bay is considered the polar bear capital of the world, and this 2-day trip will introduce you to its star citizens at a comfort …

Rockies Roundup

The scenery and wildlife around Banff and Jasper are incomparable and this 9-day adventure assures your experience is up to the same standards. Scamper across …

Canadian Rockies Active Escape

Hike and bike your way through the beautiful canyons, glaciers and mountain passes that make the Canadian Rockies so enticing. This trip is perfect for the …

Canadian Arctic Polar Bear Migration

The polar bear is one of nature's most ferocious stars—see them for yourself in their native land. Travel to the Inuit town of Arviat—in the middle of one …

Quebec and Ontario Explorer

From sugar shack maple syrup to Niagara vineyard wines of note, from French food to French fries, this 1-week trip serves up the best of central Canada. Get a …

Canadian Rockies Trail

Stunning scenery and wildlife abound in Western Canada. This 12-day trip offers fresh air in Jasper, Banff and Wells Gray, a whale-watching tour off Victoria …

National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Westbound

The Rockies are a great reason to explore the Canadian West, but why stop there? We asked that question, then answered it with this trip—a sprawling, …

National Parks of the Canadian Rockies Eastbound

Vancouver’s North Coast Mountains are just the appetizer for this journey from the Pacific Coast to the Canadian Rockies. Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, …

Places to stay [20]

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 0622.

Listel Vancouver


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WEXAS accommodation rating

  • EXCEPTIONAL: Ultra-luxury hotels that look to redefine the boundaries of experience, service and facilities (typically higher than 5 stars)
  • DELUXE: Outstanding accommodation with top-of-the-range facilities and excellent service, usually in a fantastic location (typically 5 stars)
  • SUPERIOR: A higher standard of accommodation with a better range and quality of facilities, often in a good location (typically 4 stars)
  • STANDARD: A good standard of clean and comfortable accommodation with a reasonable range of facilities (typically 3 stars)
  • BASIC: Simple accommodation with limited facilities that can be in remote areas where accommodation is extremely limited (typically 1 or 2 stars).

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch

Experience the ultimate horse-riding holiday in the heart of Canada's spectacular Rocky Mountains at Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch, located between the Banff …

Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver

The Fairmont Waterfront is a striking glass and steel structure in an excellent location overlooking the harbour and city of Vancouver.

Fairmont Vancouver

In the very centre of Vancouver, the Fairmont hotel is only a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Robson Street and convenient for nearby attractions …

The Fairmont Empress

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Chateau Lake Louise

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 …

Jasper Park Lodge

If you have any affinity at all for the outdoors then you will be impressed by Jasper Park. The Jasper Park Lodge, a collection of cottages, cabins and chalets, …

The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary

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

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 …

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.

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 …

The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino

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 …

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