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Land of the maple leaf

Unique cities that expertly blend urban life with the great outdoors, photogenic landscapes, spectacular natural wonders, open spaces, incredible wildlife and some of the longest skiing seasons in the world. It’s no wonder Canada must be on everyone’s travel list. This is a country that remains unspoiled, where travellers can be free to unwind and experience this unique blend of magnificent wilderness and city charm.

Overview

There are many reasons for visitors to make at least one trip to Canada: incredible scenery, the opportunity for outdoor adventures, or just getting close to magnificent wildlife. Take a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the most quintessential railway journeys or explore the rocky mountains. Take a drive along the Icefield Parkway, ride on the Athabasca Glacier or the new Glacier Skywalk. 

Visit vibrant cities such as Toronto and watch the sun set from the CN Tower, marvel at the Niagara Falls or explore the cobbled streets of Montreal. Skiing enthusiasts will be in their element at Banff, Lake Louise or Whistler during winter – places that also provide some amazing outdoor pursuits during summer. Enjoy a taste of the Wild West in Calgary and don’t miss the annual stampede.

Top Cities Toronto (largest city), Ottawa (capital), Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal Languages English, French Currency Canadian dollar Time Zone There are six time zones across Canada. East coast is GMT-5 making it 5 hours behind London, and west coast is GMT-8, making it 8 hours behind London. This time difference remains the same most of the year (with the exception of Saskatchewan although winter and summer time switches take place at different times to London in March and October/November. Drinks Imported beer: £4.25/$5.85 Domestic beer: £3.40/$4.40 Water: £1.05/$1.45

Meals Inexpensive restaurant: £9.70/$13.35 Meal for 2, mid-range, 3-courses: £40.00/$56.15 Hostels Hostel prices start from £23.00/$31.70 for a dorm room, depending on the city or town, all the way up to £70.00/ $96.50 for a private room. Hotels The average price for a 3-star hotel varies, with the lowest around £64.00-£130.00/$88.20-$179.25. For 5-star hotels, the averages can range from £110.00-£335.00/$151.65-$461.85. Tipping There is a strong tipping culture in Canada, and it is customary to tip 15-20% of the pre-tax amount in restaurants. Tip porters between £0.75-£1.50/$1.00-$2.00 per bag and around £2.25/$3.00 per day for housekeeping (more if it is a higher-end hotel). Tip the concierge £7.50-£15.00/$10.00-$20.00 at the end of your stay. In bars, a tip of £0.35-£1.50/$0.50-$2.00 is appreciated and for tour guides, allow 10-15% of the tour price. Taxi drivers will expect a 10% tip, or you can just round the fare up to something close to that figure.

Taxi Finding taxis in Canada is very straight-forward. In large cities such as Toronto, you’ll find an abundance downtown, at taxi ranks, outside hotels, major attractions and transit stations. Taxis can be hailed in some cities such as Toronto, but not in Calgary, so do check first. In smaller towns, you can simply call, use an app or book online. Public transport There is a good public transport service in Canada with efficient rail, road, air, bus and ferry networks that connect the various towns and cities across the country. Long-distance train travel is run by VIA Rail Canada and offers some excellent scenic journeys. A trip from Toronto to Montreal takes just under five hours and from Montreal to Quebec, just three hours. There is also the transcontinental from Toronto to Vancouver, which takes an incredible four nights! Of course, the fastest way to travel across Canada is by air. In British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces, there are also extensive ferry services operating. Within the towns and cities, you’ll find excellent regional bus services as well as trams in some cities. There are also three rapid transit systems: the Montreal Metro, Vancouver SkyTrain and Toronto subway.  The average cost of a one-way ticket on public transport is around £1.85/$2.55, but there are many passes available that offer excellent value. Highlights Toronto is the perfect city for casual exploration with its architectural surprises and green spaces. The city’s heritage, culture and waterfront provide plenty of attractions to discover. A trip to the top of the CN Tower will surely be on every itinerary, but don’t miss the opportunity to take a trip out to the Toronto Islands to visit the beaches and enjoy the Toronto skyline. Take a tour to see the beauty and power of the Niagara Falls where you can join an exhilarating boat trip for an even closer view, or even take a helicopter ride to get a bird’s eye view. Away from the falls, the city itself is fun and quirky with plenty of attractions for all types of visitors. Visit the Skylon Tower for a panoramic view of the falls, the escarpment and the city.  Head to Montreal in the French province of Quebec. This stunning city boats quaint cobblestone streets, a famous basilica and an old port. The city’s charm lies in its historic centre, downtown area and quaint shops. As one of Canada’s oldest cities, there are plenty of museums and French heritage to explore. The west coast of Canada is renowned for its spectacular scenery and the perfect location for winter sports in stunning locations such as Banff, Lake Louise and Whistler. Don your hats for the Calgary Stampede which takes place every July, uncover the city’s wild west past or enjoy exploring the surrounding area on horseback. Visit Vancouver to see the local seals and whales before exploring the city. Wander around Stanley Park or visit Granville Island with its vibrant market. Take a short ferry ride to Victoria and explore the harbour, local history and culture. From Vancouver, why not take a trip to see the bears at Tofino as they search for shellfish along the shore? For more wildlife encounters and dramatic scenery, visit the north of Canada, perhaps even venturing into the arctic circle. Visit remote national parks where lucky visitors can see the aurora borealis and adventure seekers can go white water rafting, hiking, snowmobiling and even sea kayaking.

Interesting Facts

Canada is home to the most natural lakes in the world – over half of the world’s lakes are found here.

Canada is the second-largest country in the world after Russia.

Despite its size, Canada is among the top most sparsely-populated countries in the world, and over 90% live close to the US border.

The longest river in Canada is the McKenzie River at 3,241 km.

The highest mountain is Mount Logan at 5,959 metres, near the border with Alaska.

There are 48 national parks in Canada – the largest is Wood Buffalo National Park in Alberta.

Calgary is Canada’s sunniest city with 333 days of sunshine each year.

The Calgary Stampede features the largest rodeo in the world.

Niagara Falls is not one of the tallest falls in the world, but it has the world’s highest flow rate.

The Toronto CN tower is the ninth tallest freestanding structure in the world and took just over three years to build.

The coldest temperature ever recorded in Canada was -63.C in February 1957 in Snag, Yukon.