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...
When to go to Canada
Canada has a dry continental climate with warm summers and cold winters, influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity.
Summer - June to August
In British Columbia, summers are relatively dry and sunny with warm temperatures, but the interior is hot in July and August, with temperatures surpassing 30°C. In Alberta, summers tend to be warm and dry, with the warmest months being July and August. In the Arctic, summers can be warmer with t-shirt conditions during July and August although night temperatures still drop below zero. Ontario and Quebec experience hot and dry summers.
Autumn - September to November
Autumns are often quite mild and pleasant in BC, and also the best months for bear watching. Rainfall can be heavy. Autumn is a crisper version of summer, and means hiking season and fall foliage in the National Parks. Evenings can be chilly so layers are a good idea. Toronto is truly sublime in the fall. The climate is brisk but temperate, the skies are sunny, the city parks are a riot of colour, and the cultural scene is in full swing.
Winter - December to February
Winters are mild in Vancouver and Victoria, with only brief snowfalls. In Alberta, winters can get cold, when the temperature can plummet to a bone-chilling -20°C. In Newfoundland, winter comes with generous amounts of fresh powder. Ontario and Quebec experience cold winters with considerable amount of snow.
Spring - March to May
In British Columbia, springs are often quite mild and pleasant but the rainfall can be heavy. In Alberta, the weather starts to warm up, but snowfall can still occur. Visiting Newfoundland in spring means dressing in warm layers, and preparing for a shower or two. Spring in Ontario and Quebec brings beautiful colours, dramatically reduced prices and thinner crowds.