Within the sweeping reach of its nearly four million square miles, Canada combines spectacular natural beauty, sophisticated cities, and a spine-tingling array of history and culture — both ancient and modern. Which of Canada’s pleasures will make your heart beat faster? Is it the thrill of the hunt — discovering a local wine that you can’t wait to share with your friends back home, or a treasure that you picked up while shopping in Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown or Granville Island?
Perhaps it’s seeing a natural wonder up close by going whale watching or feeling the rumble of 600,000 gallons of water per second tumbling over Niagara Falls. Try to spot the mist of Niagara Falls when you’re at the top of Toronto’s CN tower, which gives you a view of 60 miles from 1,815 feet. Paddle a canoe through glacial blue waters surrounded by the majesty of the soaring Canadian Rockies or hike among sea-carved rock formations in Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland and see why this province is affectionately called, “The Rock.”
Ski cross-country or downhill on sparkling alpine powder in one of the top-rated resorts of Whistler, Banff, Lake Louise or Jasper in the winter and come back in the summer to go mountain biking or play golf. Try your hand at fishing on pristine rivers and lakes, or cycle from vineyard to vineyard in Ontario’s wine region in the Niagara Peninsula.
Do you love the romance of traveling by train? Virtually all of Canada’s major cities are connected by railroad, so climb aboard and relax as you gaze at the scenic countryside rolling by. Experience the spectacular Canadian Rockies or take a trip all the way across the country on “The Canadian” from Vancouver to Toronto. From practical to luxurious, there are many options to choose from, some of which feature gourmet cuisine, impeccable service, historical commentary and all with breathtaking views.
Are you a city person at heart? Is it history and culture that you crave? Immerse yourself in one of Canada’s vibrant cities, where nature is never very far away. Hike an ancient rainforest in the morning and return to your five-star hotel for mouth-watering regional cuisine in the evening. Watch the scenery go by as you sip a café au lait at a sidewalk café in Montréal. Wander the quaint, winding streets of St. John’s, Newfoundland – North America’s oldest city. Experience the life of a Viking at Newfoundland’s thousand-year-old L’Anse Aux Meadows, the only authenticated Viking site in North America. Witness the pageantry of the changing of the guards at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Walk the cobblestone streets of Québec City, the 400-year-old cradle of French civilization in North America. Visit the Museum of Man & Nature in Winnipeg, Manitoba. See the latest plays in Toronto, the third largest theatre city in the world after New York and London.
Celebrate Canada in all seasons at one of the many year-round festivals, including Winter Carnival in Québec City, the Toronto International Film Festival, “Christmas in November” in Jasper or the noteworthy jazz festivals in Montréal and Ottawa.
What will you do in Canada? Our near neighbor is unique and unforgettable, enormous and rich in extraordinary experiences. From the remote reaches of the far north to the prairies and cities and picturesque mountains and coasts, Canada is more than a place to take a vacation – it’s a lifetime of vacations waiting to be discovered. The hardest part is deciding what to do first.