Canada Two Week Holiday Guide

Long Beach Vancouer Island

Long Beach Vancouer Island

Canada takes up an immense section of North America and is the world’s second-largest country by total area. The country is a popular holiday destination for tourists from around the world. The friendly people, safe travel and beautiful expansive landscapes make this huge country an attractive place to visit and explore.

The vast expanse of land is made up of ten provinces and three territories. Canada reaches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, and northward to the Arctic Ocean.

Many tourists will spend just a week or two exploring the country, so it is worth doing some research before you travel to ensure that you make the most of your stay and take in as many sights as possible.

The country is made up of  ten provinces which are: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan. The three territories are: Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.

While Canada has much to offer throughout the land, in this article the focus will be on the three most popular provinces for tourism which are Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Backpackers will generally be less restricted with time constraints and this article is more for the tourist wishing to visit for two to three weeks.

Montreal Skyline

Montreal Skyline

Quebec

Many holidays in Canada begin in Quebec. Quebec is Canada’s French speaking province and its history harks back to the early European settlers who landed on the eastern Canadian shores.

The country is very beautiful with forest landscapes, wooded hills and valleys and low lying lands. Most of Quebec’s territory lies within the Canadian Shield and is generally flat with an exposed mountainous type terrain, with some high peaks like the Laurentian Mountains in southern Quebec, the Otish Mountains in central Quebec and the Torngat Mountains near Ungava Bay.

Quebec can be warm in summer months but winters can be extremely cold with heavy snow falls.

The city of Quebec is picturesque with the Saint Lawrence river as a main feature. Quebec City exists as one of the oldest cities in North America. Old Quebec or Vieux-Québec is made up of old ramparts and a fortified city wall within which are some of the city’s finest old streets. The skyline of Quebec City’s is completely dominated by the mighty Château Frontenac Hotel which perches on top of Cap-Diamant.

For those looking for culture and music, Montreal is the place to be. With French influenced architecture and bars, the city fo Montreal offers tourists a different side to Canada and an insight into how more of North America could have been had France been more prevalent in early American settlements. The city skyline is modern and the streets below are great for exploring, from French inspired boutiques to bohemian vintage shops.

Ontario

Toronto Skyline

Toronto Skyline

Ontario is dominated by the immense city of Toronto. Toronto offers up great skyscrapers and the 553.33 metres (1,815.4 ft) tall CN Tower which is ideal for viewing the surrounding city and lake-scattered landscape.

Toronto is a fast moving city with modern architecture and busy streets. There is an impressive China Town and some wonderful Flea Markets which compliment the city’s cosmopolitan feel.

Other local attractions include the shores around Lake Ontario.

Ontario’s big wildlife attractions include the vast lakes which spread for many miles. These Lakes consist of inlets and bays which are peppered with holiday lodges and accommodation.

Perhaps one of Canada’s most famous tourist destinations sits in Ontario, and that is Niagara Falls. Visitors to Niagara can take a walk into the heart of the waterfall and for the more daring tourist, a boat trip on the Lady Of The Mist will navigate beneath the water falls.

Lonely Lake Louise

Lonely Lake Louise

Bristish Columbia

The far west side of Canada is made up of British Columbia. Many claim this to be Canada’s Jewell in its crown. The province consists of the mighty Canadian Rockies. The Rockies are an immense swathe of mountains which straddle the west coast of North America.

Popular tourist destinations in the Canadian Rockies include Banff, the ice flows of Lake Louise and farther north.. the destination of Whistler. All have ski resorts in the winter and become very busy with skiers, snowboarders and tourists, however, summer and autumn months are equally as busy with changing seasons and breathtaking scenery all year round.

There are various ways to enjoy the Rockies, from hiring a car, to taking a scenic train journey such as the Rocky Mountaineer and for those on a tight budget the Greyhound Coach regularly weaves its way through the forest valleys and mountain routes.

BC’s largest city is Vancouver and the skyscraper skyline rests against the mountainous backdrop of the Rockies. Grouse Mountain dominates the skyline of Vancouver and can be reached by cable car or even walked if you’re fit enough.

The views from Grouse Mountain are second to non and the forest islands and Pacific Ocean can be seen stretching out onto the horizon with Vancouver nestled below.

For those with enough time, Vancouver Island is well worth investigating. Victoria is the islands main town and is very English in its architecture. But beyond the city, the island offers whale watching and specifically Orca whale watching. There is bear watching and endless stretches of Pacific beaches fringed with pine forests. A tour guide is recommended.

However you choose to create your perfect Canada holidays, you will want to return and explore time and again. The landscape captures the hearts of many tourists, some eventually live the dream by becoming permanent Canadian citizens.

Article by Simon Lucas

 

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