With its natural beauty, Canada is one of the world’s best destinations for outdoor adventures. It’s also equally enjoyable as a luxury holiday or a backpacker experience. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, and read on for our top 5 things to do in Canada .
Catch a train from coast to coast
The best way to see Canada in all its glory is by rail, from one coast to the other. Journeys from Toronto to Vancouver take in the sweeping prairies and ranch-lands of the east, the stunning Rocky Mountains and dramatic canyon ranges. You can make the journey in a few days, or a few weeks, stopping off to explore glaciers and national parks along the way.
Go fly fishing in the Yukon
Fancy fishing somewhere so remote you have to fly in by seaplane? The stunning Ruby Ranges in Canada’s westernmost territory are incredibly peaceful and awe inspiring, with luxury accommodation and cheap camping sites on offer. Fish next to a herd of moose in the morning then cook your own catch as you watch the sun disappear behind the mountains.
Kayak with whales off Vancouver Island
You may have experienced whale watching from a large vessel packed with fellow tourists, but have you seen them up close, one on one?
The best time to launch a kayak off Vancouver Island is between May and October, when about 200 Orcas, or killer whales, come close to the coast to feed. You can idle close enough to taste the salty spray as they dive and play. It’s also a great way to see dolphins, sea lions, minke whales and black bears – all from the safety of the kayak!
Stroll through old Montreal
Founded in 1642 when the area was known as New France, the once walled ‘old’ Montreal is a fascinating and well-preserved living museum. Filled with 350 years of architecture, cathedrals, galleries and restaurants, wandering the narrow cobbled streets and down to the Vieux Port will give you a good view into Canada’s earliest colonial days.
Visit Niagara Falls
One Sunday morning in 1848, Niagara Falls stopped flowing, causing an ‘end of the world’ panic. In fact, an ice jam was the culprit, but the reaction was understandable when six million cubic litres normally thunder over the falls every minute. The world’s most famous falls are beautiful in winter or summer, by day or by night – when they are lit up by an array of coloured lights.
And don’t forget your travel insurance before you head out into the wild – or the city. Then you can relax and enjoy your experience.