Canada is a vast country with wilderness in abundance. The journey is all part of the adventure here – hire a car and enjoy some of the world’s most scenic drives, take a seaplane to a remote lodge or travel through the magnificent Rockies by train. With outdoor adventure on tap, plus opportunities to spot incredible wildlife, from grizzly bears to orca whales, this is a fantastic summer holiday destination for active families.
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Thank you Abi and team for arranging a spectacular family holiday to Canada and Hawaii. There were 2 clear highlights - the stunning scenery, bespoke activities and unparalleled service of Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge in BC and the relaxed tiki style of Mauna Lani on the big island of Hawaii takes some beating for a chilled beach holiday.
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Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, Canada is a huge country. Our holidays centre around British Columbia, Canada’s most westerly province, with diverse landscapes ranging from windswept beaches to towering mountain ranges. This is the best place in Canada for exciting wildlife encounters; spot whales breaching off the coast, grizzly bears fishing in the fjords and bald eagles circling the skies above.
Vancouver is the province’s largest city and the first stop on most west coast adventures. Sandwiched between ocean and mountains, it’s easy to see why it has earnt a reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Delve deeper and you’ll also discover a modern, multicultural city with world-class dining, shopping and a thriving arts scene.
Vancouver Island is an easy ferry ride from Vancouver, with rainforests, wild beaches, mountains and lakes to discover. The historic city of Victoria is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. It’s small enough to explore on foot (or by horse-drawn carriage!) and features beautiful gardens, colourful Victorian buildings and a lovely harbour.
The wild and windswept towns of Tofino and Ucluelet lie on the island’s pristine west coast. The sheltered islets of Clayoquot Sounds are popular for sea kayaking, while the churning coastline appeals to surfers.
Wilderness Lodges offer immersive wildlife experiences, and Knight Inlet is one of the best places to see grizzly bears. This floating lodge can only be accessed by seaplane. Other activities include hiking, kayaking and whale watching.
Two hours north of Vancouver, the mountain town of Whistler is renowned for its snow-covered ski slopes. But visit during the summer and enjoy the beautiful lakes and alpine scenery, plus activities including white water rafting, zip-lining and mountain biking.
If you have longer, continue your journey through the majestic Rocky Mountains, famous for their glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks and some of the most incredible scenery you will ever witness. To add some leisurely beach time to your trip, Hawaii works well in combination.
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When to go
To enjoy our suggested itineraries, we recommend visiting during the warmer summer months of July-September. Summers are hottest in central British Columbia, particularly in the south, whilst it is cooler on the coast.
Flights: British Airways and Air Canada have direct flights to Canada from the UK. Fly London to Vancouver in approx. 9 hours 30 mins.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 510 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/canada
Time Zone: GMT-7 (Vancouver)
Capital City: Ottawa
Where to Stay in Canada
Nita Lake Lodge - Whistler
Fairmont Chateau Whistler - Whistler
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge - Wilderness Lodges
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver - Vancouver
Fairmont Pacific Rim - Vancouver
Inn at Laurel Point - Victoria
Moraine Lake Lodge - Rocky Mountains
Fox Hotel & Suites Banff - Rocky Mountains