The Canadian wilderness is home to some of the world’s most incredible wildlife. In a day, you can witness grizzlies fishing for salmon, come face to face with a majestic moose and watch a breaching humpback whale off the coast. For wildlife photographers, the dramatic landscapes of Canada provide the ultimate setting whilst nature lovers are bound to be blown away by the diverse flora and fauna that awaits around every corner.
Canada’s landscapes are primed for a hiking adventure and its many thousands of trails are fit for any age and ability. Whether it be heli-hiking in the mountains, or a gentle stroll around one of its many alpine lakes, no matter your fitness or walking preferences, there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
Canada’s formidable scenery is primed for discovery on four wheels. Roads skirt majestic mountain passes, shimmering blue lakes and endless wilderness making for a journey you and your loved ones will never forget. Whether its that of a sparkling ocean, a lush pine forest, a thundering waterfall, a craggy peak or a gurgling stream, there is a postcard perfect view awaiting at every turn in the road.
The soaring mountains and thick forests of inland British Columbia are a thrilling wilderness where hikers roam through flower-filled meadows and grizzly bears fish for salmon, but venturing to the coast provides just as much fun and adventure. Our specialists have handpicked their favourite ways to spend their days in Coastal BC.
A pristine wilderness on a scale difficult to imagine, Canada’s glaciated Rocky Mountains are a true adventure playground with a huge range of activities on offer. From hiking to horse-riding and of course wildlife spotting, there is no end of things to do. Here’s our lowdown on the top ten ways to spend your days in this grand region, which spans the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia...
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Honeymoon, Culture History, Highlights
L'Hermitage is a stylish boutique hotel set in the heart of Vancouver, British Columbia's dynamic hub. All the comforts, friendly service and an unbeatable location make L'Hermitage our standout pick, and a great base for culinary and cultural adventures.
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Fantastically positioned on Robson Street in the heart of downtown Vancouver, L'Hermitage is a modern classic – a thoroughly excellent urban boutique hotel with bags of style but zero attitude. Behind its Chicago-inspired façade is a clean-lined contemporary aesthetic and 60 carefully thought-out rooms, each with all the accoutrements (HD plasma screens, iPod docks king beds, marble baths oversize Parisian mirrors and Nespresso machines) you’ll need for a supremely comfortable stay. Every room beyond the petite comes with a fireplace, and the one- and two-bedroom signature suites additionally provide balconies and stainless steel kitchens if you fancy rustling something up yourself.
Dive into the lovely outdoor heated salt-water lap pool or soak in the Jacuzzi after a workout in the fitness studio or a sweat in the steam room. Breakfast is served in L'Orangerie which leads to a small library and free computer terminals, and coffee and tea are complimentary all day. While L’Hermitage does not serve dinner, there are lots of good restaurants within easy walking distance. The service is friendly and helpful.
Despite the regular rain, Vancouver is a great city to explore. Granville Island is one of the most popular spots in the city with a lively artisan market, interesting boutiques and picturesque lanes to wander, while on Sundays a visit to Stanley Park, North America’s largest urban park, offers spectacular waterfront views. You can browse the fashion racks in Gastown, and a culinary tour of Vancouver’s Chinatown will bring you face to face with steaming dim sum and Cantonese specialities. Afterwards, explore the sights of Chinatown and in summer try to catch the Friday Chinatown Night Market.
When to go
Vancouver is arguably most famous for being the wettest city in Canada. However, unlike other cities, it doesn't get that cold in winter and only experiences small amounts of snow. The best time to visit is during the summer months, when the weather warms up considerably. The months of June, July and August are also the driest, but be sure to pack for light rain and chilly breezes, especially if you're heading up to the mountains.
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Things to do
Attractions Trolley Tour (Hop on/off)
The Hop-On, Hop-Off City Attractions Tour is the easiest way to enjoy Vancouver’s most popular areas: Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more!
Granville Island Market Tour
Granville Island is Vancouver's destination for lovers of food, art and culture. Eat your way through one of Canada's most loved markets and hear the intriguing stories behind the tasty creations made and sold by some of the locals.
FlyOver Canada is located on the Canada Place pier in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Buckle up your seatbelt and prepare for the flight of your life!
Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Spanning three kilometres between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the world record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a breathtaking journey with 360-degree views. Access via the Whistler Village Gondola.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Walk across the magnificent Capilano Suspension Bridge, rise high above the canyon along a new granite Cliffwalk and climb through old growth fir trees on the Treetops Adventure. Don't forget to take a complimentary guided nature walk.
Whistler and Sea to Sky Gondola Tour
Traverse from the scenic coastline of Howe Sound fjord to the lush forested peaks of the Coast Mountains. This escape from the city is an ideal way to experience the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver and Whistler.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Calgary, Field, Jasper, Clearwater, Whistler, Tofino, Vancouver
This self-drive itinerary from Calgary to Vancouver is a fantastic option for first time visitors to Western Canada. Enjoy the majestic mountains and turquoise tinted lakes of the Rockies, wildflower meadows and wild Vancouver Island beaches.
Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Great Bear Rainforest, Port Hardy, Vancouver
Experience British Columbia’s iconic wildlife on this magnificent trip which includes world-class whale viewing on Vancouver Island, thrilling floatplane adventures and a stay at the spectacular Great Bear Lodge.