Canada Map

Canada map of main tourist destinations. Zoom if you wish.

Why vacation in Canada?

Not just a greener, gentler version of USA, Canada is a huge, picturesque, sparsely populated country, with a multicultural identity and an interesting clash between English and French influences.
Canada is most attractive to outdoor types, particularly skiers in winter and hikers in summer, though the relaxed urbanity of Vancouver and lively culture of Montreal draw city lovers too.
For land viewing of arctic wildlife – especially polar bears – Canada’s Churchill is unbeatable.
It’s safe, spacious, spectacular, serves good, varied cuisine and speaks your language. . . what more do you want?

However, although extremely cold in many places (-20C is not uncommon), the short summers can be very hot (30C+), it’s not cheap (nor expensive), while distances are massive, requiring time and money for a proper look around.

Best Seasons

Best: May-September, summertime. Worst: November-March (cold, wet, or both), unless going for winter sports.

Main  Attractions

Best cities: Vancouver (British Columbia), Toronto ( Ontario), Quebec City and Montreal (Quebec) province.

Best wildlife: Churchill (Manitoba), British Columbia, Alberta.

Best winter festival: Ottawa Winterlude, Ontario.

Best summer festival: Calgary Stampede, Alberta.

Best beaches: New Brunswick (Atlantic Provinces) and Vancouver (British Columbia).

Best natural wonders: Banff lakes and mountains (Alberta), Niagara Falls (Ontario).

Best cuisine: Quebec province.

Best landscapes: British ColumbiaAlberta and North West Territories.