Canada’s wilderness is a force to be reckoned with, its cities home to one of the finest cultures.
Canada is a land of Rocky Mountains cloaked in deep green forest. It’s a land of endless lakes, such as the turquoise-coloured Lake Louise, glistening like a gem in the shadows of cliffs. It’s a natural wonderland, with camping, kayaking and hiking trails that never fail to inspire. But Canada’s attractions don’t end there. Glorious cities like Ottawa and Victoria will indulge you in the arts, while Vancouver Island offers up hot springs, wildlife safaris and world-class surf.
Canada travel highlights
Watch out for wildlife in Tofino
Nestled on the edge of Vancouver Island, Tofino is the perfect place to spot some of Canada’s iconic wildlife. Watch for whales, bird and bears (from a distance, of course), and end your day with a soak in the hot springs.
Get closer to nature at Lake Louise
Lake Louise truly is a sight to behold. Famous for its iridescent turquoise waters and dramatic mountain ranges, Lake Louise is a wonderful spot for hiking, canoeing or simply sitting quietly and soaking up the view.
Take a stroll around Victoria
Named after Queen Victoria, it’s no surprise Victoria (BC) was once touted at Canada’s most English city. These days, the town has shed its colonial cloak and come into its own, boasting great restaurants, interesting boutiques and an abundance of coffee shops. While you’re here, visit the colourful Butchart Gardens.
Experience Jasper’s wildlife wonderland
Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper is the perfect part of the world for wildlife watching. Keep your eyes peeled for bears, elk, moose and Bighorn sheep.
Go for a drive on the Icefields Parkway in Banff
Learn about glaciers while admiring Banff’s breathtaking scenery, such as cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes and dramatic mountain ranges on the Icefields Parkway. This 232 kilometre stretch of highway is also known for being one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
Learn a 4,000 year old tradition at Grise Fiord
During the cold war, Inuits from the mainland were relocated to this desolate land. If it wasn’t for their ancient Beluga hunting skills they’d never have survived.
Spot polar bears at Mc Dougall Sound
Polar bears have spiritual and folkloric significance to many of the arctic peoples. Spot them as you pass through the sound and see why they’re so revered.
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Canada travel FAQs
- Australia: Not required
- Belgium: Not required
- Germany: Not required
- Ireland: Not required
- Netherlands: Not required
- New Zealand: Not required
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: Not required
- United Kingdom: Not required
Tipping is a big part of Canadian culture. Add 15% to your bill at cafes and restaurants or more if the service is exceptional. Tips are also expected for services provided by cabs and valets.
Internet is readily accessible in Canada unless you’re in a particularly remote part of the country.
Your mobile will work across most of Canada except for in remote areas where service may be unreliable. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling.
Canada has western-style toilets.
- Cup of coffee = 1.70 CAD
- Local bus fare = 2.25 CAD
- Budget takeaway meal = 5 CAD
- Restaurant meal = 20 CAD
Drinking tap water is safe in Canada unless otherwise specified. For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you.
Credit cards are accepted at major stores, malls and restaurants in Canada. You’ll need cash to make smaller purchases or buy from small businesses.
ATMs are easy to find in major cities and towns of Canada.
Yes. All peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day.
For a current list of public holidays in Canada go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/canada/public-holidays