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Soak up the city sights in Canada's welcoming cities and wilderness.

Halifax and Canada’s Atlantic coastline is almost considered to be more Scottish than Scotland.  Experience the epicentre of Canada's music, film and fashion industries in Toronto, visit the Parliament building in the Canadian capital of Ottawa, follow the Saint Lawrence River to multi-cultural Montréal, or continue to Québec City, where bronze church spires rise above the city walls.

Central Canada is home to Winnipeg and Churchill, famed for year-round Polar Bear viewing. And, in Saskatoon the young and happening population are surrounded by ranches and prairies.

Over on the west coast to experience Calgary's cowboy culture, see the glass pyramids of Edmonton and enjoy Vancouver's laid-back city life, glittering coastline and water-front forests.

Between 25℃ and -5℃ °C

Canada weather varies greatly from region to region and season to season.

In summer,  Vancouver has an average high of 25 (℃) with 8 beaches within the city to soak up the sun. Take a dip in Lake Ontario as average highs of 26 (℃) are ideal for sunbathing and swimming.

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In winter, Whistler Blackcomb near Vancouver gets almost 12m of snow each year at the summit, great for snowboarding! Ice skate along the frozen Rideau Canal in Ottawa and enjoy the Winter Carnival in Quebec City.

Between 5 1/2 and 9 1/2 hrs

Canada is a vast country and flight times from the UK vary. St. Johns in Newfoundland in Eastern Canada is just over 5½ hours from the UK, while Vancouver in the west is 9½ hours.



Eastern Canada

With flights to St John's, Newfoundland, taking just over 5 ½ hours, Canada's closer than you think. From here or Halifax you have an ideal base to explore Atlantic Canada. The rugged landscapes of Newfoundland and Labrador complement perfectly the rolling meadows and colourful cliffs of Prince Edward Island, Canada’s smallest province. Then there's New Brunswick with its warm sandy beaches. Finally, you have Nova Scotia, which hosts many festivals and events throughout the year.

Moving inland from the Atlantic Coast, step in Quebec with its mix of lively cities and stunning scenery.  Montreal is a cosmopolitan mix and a haven for shoppers with a 19-mile underground city network, meaning there's no need to go above ground. Especially useful during the cold winters! Quebec City, sat above the St Lawrence River is one of North America’s oldest cities and the old town has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ontario is a proper four-season destination with a mix of experiences available. Home to Canada’s capital city, Ottawa, which has a fascinating blend of history, culture and arts. Toronto, the largest city in Canada sits on Lake Ontario and offers a mix of architecture, food and shopping. Then you have Niagara Falls, a combination of natural beauty and the bright lights of entertainment. Away from the cities there are many parks to visit, such as Algonquin Park and further to the east the shorelines of the Great Lakes, Huron and Superior.

Central Canada  

Manitoba’s provincial capital is Winnipeg and as befits a capital is home to many great museums. It's also the gateway to Churchill, Canada’s premier destination for Polar Bear viewing. It's not just a winter destination though, as Polar bears can often be seen in summer when it's also a perfect time to view Beluga whales.

Saskatoon, like many Canadian cities is on the Trans-Canada highway and sits right in the middle of Saskatchewan’s prairies. Head out of Saskatoon and in the north of the province, where you'll come across large untouched forests, which is a complete contrast to the land to the south.

Western Canada

Alberta is home to the majestic Canada Rockies, with the towns of Banff and Jasper two of the highlights on any visit. At either end of the Rockies you'll find Calgary and Edmonton. Calgary is probably most famous for its Stampede, held every July, when the city goes cowboy crazy! Edmonton straddles the North Saskatchewan River and mixes history with shopping in some style with the West Edmonton Mall, the largest in North America, housing both an indoor waterpark and amusement park.

Vancouver combines the best of outdoor life with a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. With Stanley Park and beaches within walking distance of the downtown core it is easy to get away from it all. One of Canada’s leading mountain resorts, Whistler is less than two hour’s drive away, it's ideal for skiing in winter and during the summer months you can mountain bike or hike the same mountain trails. The city of Victoria is located at the south end of Vancouver Island, it's a great place for whale watching and as a starting place for those wishing to explore the island further. The interior of British Columbia is the perfect place for those whose passion is wine as many of Canada’s vineyard can be found around Kewlona and is an ideal area to break a journey between Vancouver and the Rockies. 

We’ve put together some fantastic packages for holidays, where you can create fantastic memories that'll last a lifetime. These are real once-in-a-life experiences that'll change your outlook on the way you see the world around you. Our ten hand-picked wildlife resorts all allow you to really escape the hustle and bustle of ordinary life and immerse yourself in some wonderful surroundings; where you can truly awaken your senses to the great outdoors, the animals and people you share it with.

Spend 1, 2 or 3 nights on this floating lodge located in Glendale Cove in the wilderness of British Columbia. Here you'll spend time viewing bears, either from bear watching platforms or from boats, depending on the time of year, along with opportunities on the longer stays to look for Bald Eagles.

To get to Knight Inlet Lodge you will take a float plane from Campbell River (weight restrictions apply). Please also note that lodge rooms do not have a telephone or television.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Experience something totally unique with a 3, 4 or 5 night stay at Spirit Bear Lodge. Located at Klemtu, British Columbia, on First Nations land, this 12 room lodge will be your base while you spend time looking for these amazing creatures. Other activities on offer are sea kayaking, rainforest walks and grizzly bear tracking.

To get to Spirit Bear Lodge you will fly from Vancouver to Bella Bella Town and then take a water taxi to Klemtu.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

At the mouth of Bedwell River this safari-style retreat is in the heart of the biosphere reserve. Stay for 3, 4 or 7 nights in this amazing resort. Sleeping in deluxe tents with en-suite bathrooms, during the day there are numerous activities to choose from such as hiking, kayaking, bear and whale watching or for something truly special a helicopter trip (at an extra cost).

To get to Clayoquot Wilderness Resort you'll fly by floatplane from Vancouver to Clayoquot Sound and then transfer by horse-drawn wagon.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Located in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in Nimmo Bay, you can choose to stay 3, 4 or 7 nights. With a choice of floating intertidal cabins or streamside rooms, you can immerse yourself in nature. Here you can start the day with a yoga class or just take a walk along the shore. There'll be ample opportunity to go bear viewing either from the water or on a hike. You might even see seals and eagles too.

To get to Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort you will fly by floatplane from Port Hardy to Nimmo Bay (luggage restrictions apply).

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Spend 3 or 6 nights at this floating lodge in the Great Bear Rainforest, British Columbia. With only 8 bedrooms you're guaranteed an intimate experience.  After an introductory presentation on the grizzly bears, you'll experience morning and afternoon bear viewing sessions. And, between sessions other activities are on offer.

To get to Great Bear Lodge you'll fly by floatplane from Port Hardy to Great Bear Lodge (luggage restrictions apply).

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Set within British Columbia’s largest protected provincial park, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is made up of 11 chalets and one main lodge. Amongst the facilities here are a spa with yoga room, outdoor whirlpool, sports bar, retail shop and media room. During your 3, 4 or 5 night stay, you'll be able to go grizzly bear viewing, hiking and to take a drift on the Atnarko River.

To get to Tweedsmuir Park Lodge you can either meet lodge staff at Bella Coola who'll transfer you to the lodge or you may choose to drive there if part of a bigger itinerary.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Spend 2 nights at this luxury wilderness resort in the wilderness of British Columbia. As well as zodiac tours, which will take you out on a search for brown and grizzly bears, you can fish in the resort stocked trout pond or you could try fishing for pacific salmon on an optional morning trip (at an extra cost). The resort also lists tennis courts, an outdoor swimming pool and movie theatre amongst its other facilities.

To get to Sonora Resort you'll fly by helicopter from Vancouver to Campbell River and from there transfer by water taxi to Sonora Resort.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Situated in deep in the Quebec countryside, but only 90 minutes from Montreal, the Hotel Sacacomie is a unique experience. With its own private beach, bordering Mastigouche wildlife reserve and overlooking a majestic lake you can either watch nature go by or explore by yourself on a kayak, canoe or pedal boat or hike along some of the 65km of hiking trails. And at the end of the day, you can relax at the GEOS Les Bains Spa.

To get to Hotel Sacacomie you'll need a car, it is easily accessible from both Montreal (90mins) or Quebec City (2 hours).

Please note that the minimum age for this package is 14 years.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.  

This 6 night package offers an experience like no other. With a night in Winnipeg at each end and 4 nights in Churchill, you'll be able to see the best that Manitoba has to offer. During your 4 nights in Churchill at the Lazy Bear Lodge, you'll be taken out on the tundra to look for polar bears, on a boat tour on Hudson Bay searching for whales as well as a full day coastal tour. 

You'll need to make your own way to and from Winnipeg on this tour, but flights between Winnipeg and Churchill are included.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Polar bear viewing in Churchill is one thing that appears on most people’s bucket list. And this 5 night tour will allow you to do just that. With 3 nights in Churchill, 1 night is spent in Winnipeg at either end, you'll have ample opportunity to track down this amazing animal. And between trips out on the tundra you'll have a tour of Churchill and take a 2-3 mile dog mushing tour.

You'll need to make your own way to and from Winnipeg on this tour, but flights between Winnipeg and Churchill are included.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for further details.

Canada is a vast country and making the most of your time here's important. We can offer a number of different ways of seeing the sights, from motorhomes where you're in charge of where you go and stop,  to rail journeys where you can sit back and watch the country pass by to cruises, which stop in places inaccessible by road.

Choosing a motorhome holiday combines the benefits of camping in the wilderness with the security and comfort of your own home on wheels. Your motorhome comes equipped with a kitchen, bathroom and comfy beds for all passengers. And, extras such as televisions and bicycles are available to rent.

Choose the pace of your holiday. Wander from town to town, stop and admire the views or points of interest along the way, stay as long as you like.

Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto are just some of the locations available and with one-way rentals available too you can be sure that you can go where you want to.

Please call 0844 871 6650 for more details on motorhome rentals.

Hop on board the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer train, to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies from the comfort of a luxurious glass dome coach. This unforgettable journey takes you back to a time when travelling was just as much about the journey as the destination. Guests from across the globe come to appreciate the exceptional on board experience as much as the stunning Western Canadian scenery. Throughout your journey, Rocky Mountaineer hosts keep you fully engaged and entertained with stories on the region, including iconic destinations such as Seattle, USA, Vancouver and Whistler, BC and Jasper, Banff, and Lake Louise. With over 65 holiday packages available along rail routes rich in culture, history and natural wonders, there's a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey to suit every taste. 

For suggested itineraries and details of Rocky Mountaineer holidays with Signature from Thomas Cook, please click here for more details about Rocky Mountaineer.

Established in 1977, Canada’s national rail company takes the strain out of travelling across Canada while at the same time allowing you to enjoy all of the scenery the country has to offer. Sleeping accommodation is available on overnight journeys* and upgraded seats on offer on the day trains. Some of the main train routes are:

The Canadian train, which operates between Toronto and Vancouver and takes four days to complete the full journey. Stops along this route include Jasper, Edmonton and Winnipeg.

The Corridor operates from Niagara Falls up to Quebec City. Stops along this route include Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal.

The Ocean is a two-day journey between Halifax and Montreal. Stops along this route include Charny and Moncton.

The Skeena is a two-day journey between Jasper and Prince Rupert. There's just one stop on this route in Prince George*.

*The overnight stop in Prince George is not spent on board the train and a hotel must be booked.

Vancouver's a major gateway for cruising to Alaska and is a great add-on to a Canadian itinerary. Cruises to Alaska go to many places that aren't even accessible by road. And, therefore are a perfect fit for a trip to Canada.

We offer cruises with both Holland America and Norwegian Cruise Line. 

Our Holland America cruises operate on a round-trip basis sailing up to Ketchikan, via Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay National Park before returning to Vancouver, while our Norwegian Cruise Lines cruises sail through to Seward (Anchorage), via Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Glacier Bay National Bay. This itinerary is also available in reverse. 

With numerous shore excursions to choose from you'll always find something to do at each of the stops. 

Canadian Destinations

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