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Top Trip Memories

  • Exploring Vancouver Island.
  • Take a boat tour to see the spectacular Niagara Falls.
  • Visit the beautiful Banff National Park to see wildlife and breathtaking scenery.
  • Skiing in Whistler.
  • During the winter, you can skate in the largest ice skating rink, The Rudeau Canal in Ottawa.
  • Sampling the best seafood in North America, including oysters, salmon, Pacific cod, and hake, at one of Vancouver’s many seafood restaurants.
  • Seeing the Victoria Symphony play Holst’s “The Planets” against the background of the flowers and natural splendor of Butchart Gardens.
  • Visiting the Anne of Green Gables museum and various sites on Prince Edward Island
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Tour Tips

  • Canada is quite similar to the United States in terms of most cultural protocols, which includes tipping, shopping, and dining
  • French is spoken predominantly in Quebec so if you head to Montreal or elsewhere in the province, do not assume English will always be preferred! The good news is that much of the population in Montreal speaks both and in the rest of Canada, English is the dominant language.
  • Do not underestimate the Canadian winter – plan your packing list accordingly!
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Canada Travel Reviews & Ratings

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52 Reviews

  • Excellent 37
  • Great 15
  • Average 0
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 0

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Tour Reviews

Trip of a Lifetime!

Blackfish Waters Orca Kayak Tour

December 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Absolutely loved this trip with ROW! It was my first time sea kayaking and the guides were very helpful with making me feel comfortable throughout the trip. The areas we visited were very beautiful and we also experienced such unique wildlife encounters! I have a new love for that area and a passion for the Orca's & Humpback whales. Can't wait to go again next year!
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Incredible adventure in the Saguenay Fjord wilderness and Quebec City

Kayaking & Camping in Quebec’s Saguenay Fjord

November 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
This trip provided incredible access to remote parts of Quebec and the Saguenay Fjord, while still allowing you to soak in the beauty of Québec City and Tadoussac, two charming French inspired cities. We had the opportunity to paddle the entire Saguenay Fjord in search of Beluga Whales, which we saw plenty of! The cuisine in Quebec is fabulous and we enjoyed many great meals while on tour, even when camping! The ROW guides were wonderful, providing a welcome introduction to the culture, food, history and wildlife in the region. This is a trip not to miss!
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November 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
The scenery is stunning - not dissimilar to parts of the Alps, but a lot more of it. Our guides (Mac and MP) were both very good - knowledgeable, informative and nothing was too much trouble - and were obviously very passionate about the Rockies. Mac is a great cook, and managed to produce food you really wouldn't expect when camping - pizza and homemade granola to name two highlights.
The Sentinel Pass walk was a highlight, as was jumping into the lake at Waterton after a long, hot day.

Take insect repellant (and use it).

This trip is graded 5 and, in comparison to other Exodus trips, I don't think that's quite right. Four of the day walks are probably 4-5s, but overall the trip is a lot easier than other 5-graded trips I've done.

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Memorable trip to the Canadian Rockies

Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks

August 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Really fantastic trip! I got to experience the totally breathtaking Canadian Rockies with a lovely group of people, and led by knowledgeable and passionate guides. The hiking is brilliant, and this trip allows you to walk on the less touristy trails and really get a taste for the wilderness. The itinerary is really well thought-out, meaning you get to walk in a few of the national parks to get a fuller and more varied sense of the landscape, and also the longer hikes are perfectly spread out with easier walking in-between. The guides worked really hard and were incredibly considerate of the group's preferences. The meals were varied and delicious, and nothing beats sitting by a campfire after a long day of hiking. Such a memorable way to see the Rockies, and definitely served to convince me that I'm going back!
Hiking up to the summit at Lineham Ridge in Waterton Lakes national park towards the end of the hike - the most breathtaking view, and it just our group at the top! We stopped to have lunch at the summit and I was completely lost for words. Definitely one of the most memorable moments of our trip.

Mac was the best leader! You'll be lucky if you have Mac or M.P with you on the trip - they really worked hard to make sure everyone was looked after. Mac cooked us a different delicious breakfast almost every morning, and there was also always a really fantastic vegetarian option for me. He was a passionate guide and always considerate of each person in the group, making sure we all felt comfortable on the hikes. I couldn't fault the guides, they really made the trip!

Pack insect repellant and sun cream, and make sure you remember a warm jacket for the evenings and early mornings. Plastic bags are also really useful for damp or wet clothing, and for packing the lunch boxes in your backpack. I also wished I had brought some waterproof trousers for when it rained while we were in the middle of a hike, but they're not absolutely essential. The guides do a fantastic job of looking after you, and there are outdoor stores at regular intervals if you need or forget anything.

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Rocky Wilderness Walk

Canadian Rockies Wilderness Walks

August 2016
ROW Sea Kayak Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Excellent organization, a lot of fun and beautiful places. Perfect evenings with excellent grill food from best guide I ever had. Great people all over the world!
First view of tourqase colour Lake Louise.

Best leader I ever had. Mac, thanks for all joy, lot of information about nature and all the beautiful places we saw!

Be positive and just enjoy!

More that kind of hikes!

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Classic Itineraries

Highlights of Western Canada

Western Canada showcases the incredible Rocky Mountain Range as well as the stunning nature of British Columbia and Banff National Park. The anchor city is typically Vancouver, which is a very popular spot for foodies, as well as television enthusiasts - multiple shows are shot here and recognizable landmarks are around every turn!

Day 1, Vancouver: Gastown, Vancouver Island, Pacific Rim National Park

Day 2, Victoria: Butchart Gardens, take a guided walking tour.

Day 3-5, Whistler: Blackcomb Mountain lodge, mountain biking, explore popular Whistler Village

Day 6-8, Banff National Park: Gondola rides, peaceful nature, and beautiful scenery

Day 9-10, Jasper: Lake Louise, Columbia Icefield, hike around the Rocky Mountains, Maligne Canyon, take a ride on the Jasper SkyTram to see Mount Robson, the highest peak in Canada.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Whales & Bears of British Columbia with Exodus - 10 Days, value trip

Iconic Rockies and Western Canada with Trafalgar - 13 Days, premium trip

Grand Canadian Rockies with Intrepid - 12 Days, premium trip

National Parks of the Canadian Rockies with G Adventures - 15 Days, camping trip

Or see All British Columbia Itineraries in Canada

Highlights of Eastern Canada

Eastern Canada is home to some wonderful attractions ranging from quaint towns, including French speaking Quebec, to the thundering Niagara Falls, to Prince Edward Island which attracts literary fans from all over the globe. Give yourself enough time to enjoy it all.

Day 1, Toronto: Niagara Falls, walking tour of the city.

Day 3, Kingston: Spend some time exploring Lake Ontario, take in the architecture of beautiful historic buildings.

Day 4, Ottawa: Take a walking tour through Canada’s capital, Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall.

Day 5-6, Quebec City: Enjoy the delicious pastries and other French inspired cuisine, explore Old Town, Plains of Abraham

Day 7, Montreal: Either end your journey in lovely Montreal or take a short flight to Nova Scotia and continue on to explore the Canadian Maritimes.

Optional Extension - Canadian Maritimes:

Day 7-9, Nova Scotia: Halifax Citadel, Prince of Wales Tower, Peggy’s Cove, Lunenburg Old Town

Day 10-11, St. John: King’s Square, Reversing Falls rapids, Kingsbrae Garden. enjoy the rich history on a walking tour through the historic district. Go whale watching near Campobello Island.

Day 12-14, Prince Edward Island: go sea kayaking, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings on this small island. Take an Anne of Green Gables tour.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

Best of Eastern Canada with Trafalgar - 9 Days, value trip

The Canadian Maritimes with Linblad Expeditions - 8 Days, luxury trip

The Canadian Maritimes with Grand Circle Travel - 16 Days, value trip

Or see All Canada Itineraries

Canadian Rockies Adventure

Day 1, Calgary: prepare for your Rockies adventures in Calgary, the so-called “gateway to the Canadian Rockies”. Visit the Calgary Tower for great views of the city and surrounding area.

Day 2-3, Banff National Park: Hike to the Lake Agnes tea house from the banks Lake Louise, learn about wildlife and nature photography from an expert

Day 4-5, Jasper National Park: Explore Lake Louise, visit the Columbia Icefields and go on a Glacier walk. Keep an eye out for moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and bald eagles.

Day 6-7, Whistler: Visit the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, take a day trip for whale watching in Victoria

Day 8, Vancouver: After the end of your active journey, take a day to unwind in Vancouver. Explore the streets of Gastown, and enjoy delicious local seafood at any one of Vancouver’s delicious restaurants.

Trips that follow this itinerary:

North America: Canadian Rockies with Abercrombie & Kent - 8 Days, luxury trip

Discover the Canadian Rockies - Eastbound with G Adventures - 12 Days, premium trip

Grand Canadian Rockies with Intrepid - 12 Days, premium trip

Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park with Caravan - 9 Days, value trip

Or see All Canada Adventure Tours

Canada Trips & Tour Advice

Land-wise, it's one of the world's largest countries, but most of Canada's population lives within a fairly short distance north of the U.S. border. Here you'll find world-class cities like Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, all beautiful and diverse. Whether you want an adventure in the Rockies or a historic jaunt through quaint maritime towns you're sure to find your ideal slice of Canada.

A Vast Landscape

The summertime provides the best opportunity to see Canada. With long days of sunshine lasting well past 9 PM (and even later at higher latitudes), long strolls, outdoor dinners, and daytime adventures are all easily accommodated. Count on lots of places to run, hike, and explore. The larger cities of Vancouver and Toronto might appeal to international travelers who want to see urban landscapes, but escapes to smaller communities like Tofino on Vancouver Island can prove just as appealing.

Don’t underestimate the beauty of Canadian winter though! Head north to the Northwest Territories and to the town of Yellowknife where views of the Aurora Borealis are without equal. Although opinions vary on when is best, mid-August to end of September and winter/early spring (usually November to April) are widely considered great times to see the Aurora.

From a transportation perspective, there are many options with which to see this beautiful country. Taking a cruise along the western coast is an easy way to see multiple cities in one trip and shore trips can be convenient as compared to driving or flying. But if you’re seeking a patient, longer trip, then consider the Rocky Mountaineer, a beautiful train journey through the Canadian rockies.

British Columbia: Diversity in Everything

The province of British Columbia is an enigma wrapped in paradise. For the winter months, there’s a chill to the air but the region is still majestic with the slopes of Whistler a short 90 minute drive from Vancouver. In summer, long days and fresh air off the water provide a clean getaway from toxic, traffic clogged cities of the world. For the urban adventurer, Vancouver provides a big city with the some of the best food in North America. Sushi, Indian, and Chinese specialties all imbued with local ingredients are not to be missed. For Asian food especially, head south to the enclave of Richmond where most restaurant signs will sport two languages to attract customers.

If smaller appeals to you, head over to Vancouver Island (despite the name, Vancouver is not located on Vancouver Island and is in fact a short 30 minute helicopter ride or 2 hour ferry ride away) and to the provincial capital of Victoria. The capital boasts the oldest Chinatown in Canada, a quaint downtown that lives to serve the hordes of tour boats that dock here, and the picturesque Butchart Gardens, a floral park that has preserved the splendor of this fantastic island. Head north to Tofino, a small town on the northwestern coast that is about 3 hours’ drive from Victoria, and take in a relaxing weekend free of urban pollution.

The last stop in BC should be the Okanagan Valley. A five hour drive from Vancouver might sound daunting to some, but the region sports some of the best wine in the world.

Prince Edward Island: A Literary Destination

Fans of the wildly popular book series Anne of Green Gables, will immediately recognize the name Prince Edward Island. The tiny island off the coast of Nova Scotia has been a tourist destination for kindred spirits of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s spunky red haired heroine for decades.

Visit the Green Gables house, several museums dedicated to the series, and feel the spirit of Anne all through the island. Those uninterested in the book series can still get a lot out of a visit to the area, including gorgeous photo ops, fresh seafood, and a multitude of outdoor activities.

Overall Canadian Thoughts

Take all of those ridiculous stereotypes you have about Canada – the ice hockey, the poutine, the Robin Sparkles jokes – and accept them. They’re true. People do love hockey. Poutine is quite rich and satisfying. And yes, Tim Horton’s is a common breakfast destination. But it’s also easily one of the safest and most naturally beautiful places to travel. Grab your camera and embrace all this beautiful country has to offer!

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