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Canada

Breathtaking beauty at every turn

Tailor-made holidays to Canada

Introduction

From vast painterly landscapes to exciting winter adventures; from multicultural cities to thrilling, dirt-lined rodeos, the world’s second-largest country is as dazzling as it is hard to define.

Canadian culture

Big, boisterous and exceptionally beautiful, Canada is a traveller’s dream. Culturally, it’s a cross-stitch of a thousand threads, combining indigenous traditions, especially in it's northern territories, and a mix of European, Asian and other immigrant influences. It’s a rich diversity that’s showcased across all of its ten provinces, with French-speaking Québec regarded as one of the world’s finest examples of cultural preservation. Canada is tolerant, inviting, and, according to many, far friendlier than its flashier neighbour.

Canada's cities

The country’s cities are exciting and varied, each with its own distinct character and charm, from the delightful, eighteenth-century architecture of Montréal to the Wild-West sensibilities of Calgary and the distinctly European atmosphere of Québec City, whose World-Heritage-listed old town is one of North America’s oldest settlements. Multicultural Toronto – gateway to Niagara Falls and the Great Lakes – is where you’ll find some of Canada’s finest restaurants, while the west-coast city of Vancouver is perfectly positioned to enjoy an endless array of mountain and coastal pursuits.

Canada's natural world

Canada’s greatest star is surely its natural world, so diverse in topography and rich in animal life. Coastlines – all cragged cliffs and secluded bays –shelter whales, seals and dolphins, while inland the countryside mixes turquoise lakes and snowy mountain ranges with frozen tundra and endless forests home to birds, bears and bison. Listen carefully and you might even hear grey wolves howling in the distance.


At a glance

Flying time from UK
8 hours

Time zone
GMT -3½ to -8

Currency
Canadian dollar (C$)

Language
English and French

Travel advice
Check the FCO for latest visa & travel advice

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Special offers in Canada

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Circle Tour

14-day luxury rail journey from £3,855 pp

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offer

2019 Early Booking Bonus Offer – Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

Between expert-led tours, handpicked hotel stays and, yes, an ultra-scenic rail journey, this curated itinerary showcases Canada’s dramatic landscapes in style. Along the way, you’ll step out onto glaciers, sweep alongside rushing rivers and summit national-park peaks.

Alaska to Tokyo on Silversea

23-day stay & cruise from £5,620 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive tailor-made cruise offer. Book by 31 July
Book by: 31 July 2018

This tailor-made itinerary contrasts Vancouver's natural wonders with city-slicking in Tokyo, exploring Alaska and Japan's epic landscapes in between. Stay in luxury hotels and on the spectacular Silver Shadow, where you'll enjoy opulent suites, endless amenities and all-inclusive dining.

Rocky Mountaineer and Holland America’s Canada & Alaska Explorer

16-day tailor-made journey from £4,990 pp

Special
offer

2019 Early Booking Bonus Offer – Save up to £300 pp
Book by: 31 August 2018

With a journey aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and an all-inclusive Holland America cruise, this luxury holiday showcases the beauty and wildlife of the Canadian Rockies and Alaskan wilderness.

Oceania's Autumn Inspiration

13-day cruise from £3,625 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
cruise offer

Exclusive offer. Special fares, pre-paid gratuities & more
Book by: 31 July 2018

Sailing from New York to Montréal, this luxury Oceania cruise takes in the spellbinding cities and stunning nature of New England, Atlantic Canada's maritime provinces and Québec.

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Top itineraries in Canada

Vancouver, Whistler and the Rockies‬

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,575 pp incl. flights

Make the most of Canada’s national-park drama with this superb-value trip that combines impossibly scenic drives with plenty of included excursions. Enjoy everything from glacier walks and hot spring dips to gondola trips into Banff and Jasper’s snow-capped mountains.

Alberta’s Summer Sensations

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,175 pp incl. flights

This superb summer escape introduces you to the exciting cities of Calgary and Edmonton, followed by a journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most spectacular highways. Take in Canada's Rocky Mountains and the charming mountain resorts of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff.

Grizzlies, Orcas & Black Bears Self Drive

11-day tailor-made self-drive from £2,785 pp incl. flights

Leave the urbane charms of Vancouver behind to take in the unique wildlife of Vancouver Island with ultra-scenic drives, expert-led excursions and stays in remote lodges.

Rocky Mountaineer: Canadian Rockies Highlights

7-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £2,535 pp incl. flights

Sweep through the Canadian Rockies on a truly legendary rail journey, stopping off for scenic helicopter flights, gondola rides and guided tours of Banff and Yoho National Park. You'll even stay right on the shores of Lake Louise.

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What our clients say about our Canada holidays

  • I thought I knew Western Canada very well but your specialist was able to find some very exciting additions that added real value to our holiday. Where there was a choice of hotels we were very pleased with their locations and quality. The Wedgewood was a special favourite. Booking of unusual travel requests like seaplane flights and flights into the northern forests were accomplished in seconds. Flawless and accomplished sum up the service we received.

    Peter P

  • The trip was extremely well organised and we were well advised by Patrick Griffin. We managed to do and see everything we had planned with him. We had a very good set of information and instructions on arrival at our first destination with a well prepared series of maps of our itinerary. There were no hitches and everything progressed very smoothly. Altogether excellent, and even the weather was good.

    Braham B

  • We were delighted with our Destination Specialist, Heather, nothing was too much trouble and she was able to provide 'local' knowledge on so much. The hotels/lodges she booked for us were superb. All round Excellent! The holiday was a real joy and 'holiday of a lifetime' experience. We have a visit to Australia planned for January and I am sure this will be just as good, thank you

    Stephen S

  • Good friendly service. Emma responded to any queries we had both before and during the trip very quickly. She planned a wonderful itinerary to Canada for us which includeda short stay on an island only accessible by helicopter and a trip on the world famous Rocky Mountaineer

    Barbara B

  • Catherine Blackburn gave us the itinerary we enjoyed and the hotels we stayed in were very good. Our change of flight and upgrade to first class that she arranged for us on the way out at an extremely reasonable cost was a real joy!

    Alan A

  • The planned journey fully met our expectations with the time in Quebec and Montreal balanced perfectly with a stay in the woods bear watching at Sacacomie Lodge. Thanks to Patrick for his advice and organisation.

    Trevor T

  • Catherine Blackburn was extremely helpful, especially when we changed requirements to incorporate a stop over, with different travel arrangements for each of the party (of two).

    Julie J

  • I feel very confident using Wexas for my travel arrangements. The regard given to detail in organising the trip is excellent.

    Isobel I

  • For the money I paid, faultless. The Canadians I spoke to about my package were well-impressed too.

    Michael M

  • We were really able to relax with confidence in all the arrangements.

    Carol C

  • I gain confidence knowing I have Wexas backup should I need it.

    Sandra S

  • Tim Tan's service is always excellent.

    Peter Charles P

Top places to stay in Canada

Sonora Resort

Traditional lodge from £1,520 pp incl. flights

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

Siwash Lake Ranch

Traditional ranch

Siwash is small yet sophisticated and a luxurious dude ranch that offers the opportunity to indulge in authentic adventures amidst breathtaking scenery.

The Wickaninnish

Contemporary lodge

The Wickaninnish Inn or ‘The Wick’ as it is known locally, is a superb resort in the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Fogo Island Inn

Contemporary hotel from £3,275 pp incl. flights

Located on quiet Fogo Island off the Northeast coast of Newfoundland, Canada, Fogo Island Inn is a unique retreat halfway between the equator and the North Pole.

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Where to go in Canada

While travellers will find world-class cities and an international feeling in Canada’s diverse communities, wherever you go you’ll be met with a warm welcome—and you’ll never be far from some truly breathtaking scenery.

Rocky Mountaineer

The luxurious Rocky Mountaineer ventures where many can't – deep into the Rockies, along mountain ridges, over waterfalls and alongside looming mountains. This is what places it among the world's top train journeys, and it's all experienced with Michelin-star chefs and glass domed carriages.

British Columbia

Located in the west of Canada on the Pacific Ocean, British Columbia is home to many islands, a stretching coastline and numerous rivers that offer superb fishing. The mild weather makes travelling here pleasant while there's a huge amount of excellent national parks to enjoy.

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 or Jasper National Parks. Complete your holiday with a tour of Calgary bringing you back to modern city life.

Ontario

As with the rest of Canada, everything in Ontario is on a grand scale. Its cities are all Gothic-revival architecture and pretty tree-lined canals; launchpads for the adventures that lie beyond. There's provincial parks of forests and trails, the Great Lakes and headline-grabbing Niagara Falls.

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What to do in Canada

Explore glaciers, deciduous forests, coastal retreats and Arctic landscapes. Nature tours, guided walks and adventure holidays all bring you close to the land, but the scenic beauty of the country is accessible to everyone with picturesque rail journeys, road trip options, and cosy winter hideaways.

Self-drives

With by far the world's longest coastline, Canada is a nation that demands to be explored. Idyllic surrounds, superb driving roads and warm welcomes will greet you everywhere you go – it's a dream destination for those looking to explore a country for themselves.

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When to go to Canada

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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 …

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    From soaring mountains and glittering lakes to dinosaur fossils and the world's greatest rodeo - Alberta has it all, and plenty more besides.

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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

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