08 January 2018
Travel to Canada and expect rugged peaks, snowy landscapes, proud maple stands and chic coffee joints. There’s so much more to Canada, and you can uncover all the lesser known delights this popular destination has to offer by signing up to one of these signature Canadian experiences…
For rural retreats and city escapes, head to British Columbia. Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria where you can view 14 million historical artefacts and even ride in a secret lift. See why foodies love Vancouver with Edible Canada’s ‘Granville Island Market Tour for the taste buds,’ where an experienced chef will guide you through the maze of food stalls. Ride a narrow-gauge train and tour 210km of tunnels at the Britannia Mine Museum with the ‘unearth the miner in you’ tour, observe grizzlies at Knight Inlet Lodge or try the ‘Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience’ at Whistler Blackcomb and soar over the mountains in an exclusive sky gondola.
For the bold at heart Ontario is ideal, as it’s a top adventure sports destination. A must is the ‘Unique Sky High Adrenaline Rush’ experience at CN Tower, where you’ll ride up this iconic 131-storey building in a glass-bottom lift before bungee jumping down! With Hornblower Niagara Cruises’ ‘Voyage to the Falls’ boat tour, journey through Bridal Veil Falls to Canadian Horse Shoe Falls, where the roar of 600,000 gallons awaits! For something impressive go heli-dog sledding over Algonquin Park and enjoy a campfire lunch, or sign up for Scenic Caves Nature Adventures’ ‘Out of the Ice Age’ trip where you’ll stroll 60-ft above the treetops and ride a 1000-ft zipline in Southern Ontario.
Holiday in Québec and expect delightful cultural experiences. Stay in August and attend the ‘Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France’ festival which celebrates Canada’s French heritage, where you can sample local maple syrup, have a coat of arms created for your family and try town crying! A must is the ‘Atikamekw First Nations Cultural Immersion’ excursion in Manawan, which allows you to paddle in a birch-bark canoe and listen as elders tell you age-old tales by the fire. Cap off your itinerary with the ‘Historical Québec & Culinary Walking Tour’. Here a guide will show you the city’s lesser-known neighbourhoods, as well as its top traditional restaurants where you can savour local delicacies!
Your itinerary will be packed with exciting escapades in Alberta. A great time to visit its capital is July when it holds the annual ‘Calgary Stampede’ where there’s a parade with over 150 floats and the planet’s best rodeo athletes race on wild horses and bulls! Meet even more dangerous creatures at the province’s Dinosaur Provincial Park by taking an ‘Authentic Fossil Prospecting Hike’ where you’ll encounter 75-million-year-old fossils buried in the bedrock. For something to tell the grandkids, try the ‘Johnston Canyon Icewalk’ with Discover Banff Tours. You’ll see two frozen waterfalls and coral reef fossils, stroll above hanging catwalks and trek up frozen cliff faces with ice-cleats and picks!
An adventure is never far away when you holiday in Newfoundland and Labrador. Here’s a new twist on an old favourite. Dine al fresco at the edge of the continent with ‘Lighthouse Picnics’, where your meal will be presented in a woven basket by someone emerging from a century-old lighthouse. This lighthouse is a great whale watching spot with 22 species visiting annually, while if you take Ocean Quest Inc’s ‘Whale Close Encounter Tour’ you’ll snorkel with these majestic marine mammals. Another unique experience is ‘Take your place among Vikings’ at L'Anse au Meadows, North America’s earliest known European settlement, where you’ll learn how to live like 10th Century Vikings!
A host of other signature experiences await in Canada. Travel 200 years back in time at Fort William Historical Park with the ‘Enter the World of the Fur Trader’s Life’ excursion where you’ll canoe and sample authentic fare. Soar over British Columbia’s peaks while heli-skiing with Mike Wiegele’s ‘Powder Skiing Perfection’ trip with over 1,000 mountains at your disposal. Get to know dangerous predators on Algonquin Provincial Park’s ‘Calling the Wolves’ experience, watch a 350,000-strong Qamanirjuaq caribou herd migrate across Nunavut at the Arctic Haven Wilderness Lodge or ride across five provinces in VIA Rail Trans-Canada Experience!