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...
The Fairmont Empress
Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Best for: Honeymoon, Family
Standing proud in the most prominent position in the harbour, iconic hotel The Fairmont Empress is a hugely impressive building. Grand and elegant in design, it comes complete with a fascinating heritage and newly renovated contemporary guest rooms.
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As you approach the harbour, from whichever direction and whether by air or by sea, the Empress is completely unmissable. A rich history and opulent décor flow through its hallways, maintaining its old-world luxury feel. It’s a tourist attraction in itself, with many visitors flocking to take pictures or to have afternoon tea in the newly designed Q bar.
Guests wishing to make an entrance in Victoria will undoubtedly want to stay at the Fairmont Empress. Nowadays it is a little more modern in style, but remains a heritage hotel that is proud of its past with original features and classic décor. We think no stay is complete without experiencing the famous Afternoon Tea at the Empress restaurant where you can indulge on delicate sandwiches, delectable sweet treats and the Fairmont’s signature brewed tea.
Dinner at the Q restaurant will also be an experience to remember, with world-class service and even better food, guests will delight in the mouth-watering goodies that are on offer.
Housing one of the first Fairmont Willow Stream Spas, the Empress truly is an iconic property. With over 80 spa treatments that are completely customizable , it is the perfect spot for a touch of pampering.
With 474 guest rooms, the Fairmont Empress is certainly not a boutique hotel, and takes pride in its grandeurs, however, the remnants of traditional style and décor allow guests to feel like they can enjoy more of an intimate atmosphere.
For those booking the Fairmont Gold rooms, there is an excellent dedicated lounge and concierge, with complimentary drinks and hordeourves as well as an idyllic outdoor patio overlooking the harbour, perfect for watching the sunsets in the evening.
A stay at the Empress is sure to be lavish, so kick back, relax and enjoy the full Fairmont experience in one of Canada’s oldest luxury hotels.
When to go
BC’s varied climate is influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity but it’s generally warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Winters are mild in Vancouver and Victoria, with only brief snowfalls, while other regions – especially the north and the interior – are subject to freezing temperatures and heavy snow from November to March.
Spring and fall are often warm and pleasant but rainfall can be heavy, particularly on the coast. Summers (June to September) are mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures, but the interior is hot in July and August, with temperatures surpassing 30°C
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Things to do
Butchart Gardens Tour
From Victoria's Inner Harbour, we take you to the stunning Butchart Gardens, named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004. Explore gardens inspired from around the world, take a ride on the carousel or enjoy a picnic on the lawn.
Whale Watching in Victoria
You will be collected from your hotel this morning and taken to the harbour for your whale watching cruise with Orca Spirit. Vancouver Island is incredibly famous for its abundance of marine wildlife and the whale watching is brilliant.