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 - Canada offers incredible diversity and is an ideal destination for tailor-made holidays.
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 wilderness. Home to wild, pristine landscapes, this is the land of the grizzly, black and polar bear as well as moose, wolf, arctic fox, lynx, beaver, caribou and seal.
Head to Prince Edward Island to walk along a beautiful stretch of sand, visited by seals and porpoises. Holidays to PEI, as it's affectionately known, are characterised by a laid-back approach to life and a neighbourliness that invites all travellers to relax and go with the local flow. Wander through the sandy dunes and tall sea grasses of Prince Edward Island National Park, or just sit back and enjoy a bowl of the famous local mussels.
In Nova Scotia, holidaymakers can enjoy whale watching or visit the iconic lighthouse at Peggy's Cove, while taking in the cultural mix of French, Scottish and indigenous peoples. The people of Nova Scotia are proud of their maritime heritage, and make for warm and welcoming hosts.
For an active holiday, discover Canada's forests in the Rocky Mountains. For superb walking, climbing, camping and more, take a tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks, or disappear into northern Canada and Nanavut for genuine wilderness in Auyuittuq National Park, the chance to meet the Inuit people and to see the Northern Lights. No Canada holiday is complete, however, without a journey to the Great Lakes to experience the deafening roar of Niagara Falls. For a truly awe-inspiring experience, witness the Falls from a small boat, and then retreat to a luxurious lodge to cast off the chill of the spray and enjoy a hearty meal and spot by the fire.