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A Quick Guide to Canada

 

Canada is the second largest country in the world. So, unless you are planning to spend some serious time travelling the country, you need to make sure that you are heading to the right areas to find what you are looking for.

Our quick guide to Canada will help set you off on the right foot.

 

How to get there

Flight time will vary depending on where you are heading in Canada itself, and which airline will be taking you.

As a guide, if you are heading to the popular Toronto, you can get a direct flight from Dubai taking approx. 14 hours.

 

If you are heading to Vancouver on the west coast you will need to make a stop on the way and the total flight time will be approx. 21 hours.

 

Best time to visit

You might think that the weather will vary greatly due to the sheer size of the country, but Canada’s weather is largely the same throughout despite this.

 

The country has 4 clearly defined seasons, like Europe; it is warm just about everywhere (except high altitudes) in the summer and cold everywhere in the winter.

 

January – March

The start of the year in Canada is cold, but there are many activities that you can enjoy during this time including skiing, hiking and of course, viewing the great northern lights!

 

April – June

The turn of warmer weather in Canada means fewer crowds and lower costs for travelers. Around may is a great time to view Humpback whales, Minke wales and Belugas.

 

July – August

You can enjoy the great outdoors and beauty of Canada in the pleasant summers. There are several summer festivals including Canada Day and the Calgary Stampede. Eating outdoors at restaurants is common at this time!

 

September – October

Autumn in Canada is pleasant, but colder. As the plants change colour, it creates quite a spectacular view. September is the start of the Salmon run which also means a good time for spotting bears.

 

November - December

Days are darker at this time of year, and the temperature will have dropped. Now will be the time of reopening of Ice rinks and the start of the holiday season!

 

 

Where to go? Where do we start!

 

For the City visitor, Canada has 4 very well-known cities – Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and the capital Ottawa, each offering its own slice of Canadian life.

  • Toronto is the largest with a population of over 6million, with attractions such as the CN Tower, and is situated near Lake Ontario.
  • Vancouver is a coastal city on the west of Canada and is popular with tourists for its stunning, natural beauty.
  • Montreal is an island city in the St Lawrence river and the official language is French, not English. It is also the second-largest primarily French speaking city in the world after Paris.
  • Ottawa, the capital, is situated close to the U.S boarder and Montreal.

 

Top Attractions in Canada:

 

Niagara Falls

Just 90mins south of Toronto you can find the world-famous Niagara Falls! As you would be coming from the Canadian side of the falls, you will be lucky enough to be able to view all 3 falls that make up Niagara Falls, which the US side doesn’t quite get.

 

Visiting the falls in September is recommended as there are fewer crowds and the changing colours of autumn are stunning.

 

Banff National Park

Canada’s oldest national park can be found around an hour north west of Calgary. Many visit the park to see it’s un spoilt ecosystems and breath taking views of lakes, mountains and ice fields.

 

There are a number of accommodation options around the park, including lodges, bungalows and the famous Fairmount Chateaux on Lake Louise.

 

Other activities in Banff National Park include golf, hiking, hot springs, icefield tours and much more.

 

 

Toronto’s CN Tower

The CN Tower stands at a whopping 553meters high and is still one of the world’s tallest structures. At the top, you will find 360 degree views, as well as a revolving restaurant, aptly named, 360.

 

If you are scared of heights, the tower is still stunning to be looked at from the ground. You can see it from almost everywhere in Toronto and is lit up at night.

 

Whistler

This famous ski resort and village can be found just a two-hour drive from Vancouver. It became most well-known after the 2010 winter Olympic games were held here.

 

Our article just skims the very surface of what Canada has to offer, but hopefully now you know where to start your holiday planning!

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