Canada is a vast country that features a clash of cultures and so many options to consider when planning an extended break.
Many tourists wish to see parts of both eastern and western Canada in the same trip. A popular combination is a holiday that features the cosmopolitan city of Toronto, with Calgary – the gateway to the Rockies – and Vancouver, located between the sparkling Pacific Ocean and snow-capped Coast Mountains.
Beginning your trip in Toronto allows you to get acclimatised with modern Canada. It’s a city with plenty to see and do, such as a trip to the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium or Entertainment District, with its selection of theatres. The opportunity to organise a day trip to Niargra Falls also shouldn’t be passed up, as it is accessible in under 90 minutes from the city centre.
Once your stay in Toronto is over, taking a flight to Calgary. Like Toronto, there is plenty within the city to keep you occupied, however venturing outside the city limits is well worth the additional effort.
Should you head west for Banff, you will find a stunning national park, Lake Louise and a chance to jump aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, which works as a luxury mode of transport, with breath-taking views, to your final destination: Vancouver.
Vancouver is a vibrant city, with some superb areas to explore on foot or bike, such as Stanley Park and Kitsilano Beach. You will also get a good contrast in atmosphere if you spend time in both the main downtown area, with its sky scrapers and busy shopping streets, and Gastown, the oldest neighbourhood in Vancouver which features some of the best food and drink options.
There is also an array of attractions further afield such as the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Queen Elizabeth Park which is the highest point of the city and features excellent views.
Due to the winters being harsh, the most popular months for tourists heading to Canada are between June and October. However, if winter sports are likely to feature on your itinerary then January through March should be considered.