There’s always more to see in Canada. Beyond the stunning landscapes and luxury resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Canada offers the wide open urban spaces of Vancouver and the international vibe of Montreal and Quebec City. Travel the spectacular lighthouse route in Nova Scotia. Embark on a timeless rail journey past coastal forests, roaring rivers, and the snowcapped peaks. Walk the pristine beaches of Prince Edward Island. See the Hopewell Rocks of New Brunswick. Hidden cultural and natural wonders abound. Your own experience will take you many different places as you discover your own corner of this incredible country.
Explore Labrador, a place where time stands still, nature remains untouched by modernism and the people welcome you whole-heartedly. The newest of Canada’s 10 provinces, it is large in size but has a small population in comparison. Labrador features some of the oldest rocks in the world that tell the remarkable story of earth’s evolution. Just off its coast, the meeting of its cool current and the warm Gulf Stream creates a home for an abundance of marine life and seabirds.
See Iceberg Alley, one of the best places in the world to see these colossal floating 10,000-year-old glacial blocks in many shapes, colors and sizes. On a sunny day, you can see these glaciers from many points along the northern and eastern coasts by boat tour, sea kayak or by hiking along the coast. The best time of year to view them is in late May and early June.
Take in Canada's diverse, captivating scenery! From mountain ranges and glaciers to pastoral land and coastal natural wonders, Canada is simply brimming with wildlife and adventures for every age and activity level. Photographers who visit the region are never disappointed and always leave with truly incredible photos. With its abundance of colors and diverse landscapes, Canada deserves a top spot on every nature lover’s bucket list.
You're in for a treat! The foods of Canada offer your palate a variety of spices and flavors. The cuisine is influenced by local sources, the traditions of the First Nations, and a multi-ethnic population. Each region has its own specialty, like the seafood of the Maritimes, Vancouver’s fantastic Asian restaurants, the meat produced by Alberta’s sprawling ranches and the wine from British Columbia.
Trains (VIA Rail):
Aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian, admire the majestic beauty of the Rockies and experience train travel like it used to be in your private cabin. Listen to the peaceful sounds of the train while natural beauty dances to life before your eyes in a scenic wonderland; it’s a veritable journey back in time as you travel from Vancouver to Jasper. Enjoy first-class meals and awe-inspiring vistas during the day. Spend the night in the comfort of your private sleeping room that includes a private washroom. From the moment you board The Canadian, you’ll embrace the nostalgia of a golden era; rail lines trace history while whisking travelers through scenery far removed from the highway.
Winding along the Continental Divide, the Icefields Parkway is one of Canada’s national treasures and a favorite destination for many. It will take you past waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped mountains. Be sure you bring your camera. You’ll want to take lots of pictures to capture the incredible sights to share with family and friends back home. This is a journey through natural history and captivating landscapes that will change you forever. You will revisit this close encounter with nature’s grandeur over and over again in your dreams as long as you live.
Behold Niagara Falls, an incredible natural wonder where a staggering four to six million cubic feet of water flows over the falls every minute. Straddling the international border of Canada and New York State are the three waterfalls known as Niagara Falls. They’re called Bridal Veil, Horseshoe and American and have a vertical drop of over 165 feet. Providing hydro-electric power and majestic beauty, the Falls are best viewed from one of the many cruise boats operating on the river below, or from the new zip line that borders the Falls. Also, if given the chance, go see the falls at night. They are lit up and look incredible in the night sky. You may even see fireworks.
The Calgary Stampede:
Kick up your heels and celebrate western heritage, culture, and community spirit at the Calgary Stampede’s world-famous rodeo. Since 1912, this "Greatest Outdoor Show in the World" has been hosting the world’s most competitive tournament style rodeo, featuring barrel racing, bull riding and chuckwagon races in addition to country fairs, agricultural exhibits, music festivals, spectacular variety shows and fireworks. All this takes place during 10 days in July, drawing spectators from all over the world to enjoy the iconic festival.
One of the best parts of traveling is coming back home with souvenirs that really reflect the place you’ve just been. In the Canadian Rockies, native handcrafts such as wood carvings and artwork by aboriginals are very popular. Look for jewelry made from Canadian materials such as ammonite (a rare fossil that produces a precious gem stone) and jade in British Columbia.
Please be sure to pack a warm sweater and jacket as well as gloves and a hat, as temperatures at higher elevations can change very quickly. Summer temperatures can also vary greatly when in the mountains. It is suggested that you bring a pair of sunglasses, especially while visiting the Icefields — it can be very bright.