Things to do in Canada
The type of traveller looking for an action-packed adventure through Canada cannot go without sporting activities such as skiing, snowboarding and rafting on their holiday wish list. The well-maintained, state-of-the-art slopes at Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia are both easy to access and a favourite with all types of winter weather thrill seekers. The ski season starts in November and finishes up around April, giving you ample time to explore the approximately 1,821 hectares of skiable terrain. Whistler also boasts being a year-round destination. The amount of trails and hill walks available are countless, and in summer, mountain biking is a popular activity. After a long day, a huge variety of top restaurants and busy bars await. Rest assured, Whistler Blackcomb is one of the best places on Earth to ski and snowboard - it leads the way, setting the trend.
There is no getting away from the picturesque beauty of Canada. Coming home with at least one snap of the majestic Niagara Falls is a must-do. Visit in the day to appreciate the sheer volume of water thundering down Horseshoe Falls - around 113,267 cubic metres per minute to be exact. At night, usually between 5pm and midnight, see the cascading falls light up with ambient lighting and an impressive firework display for a 'pinch-yourself-it's-real' Canadian moment.
While the beauty and grandeur of the Canadian wilderness draws visitors from far and wide to see its pristine natural environment up close, Canada's cities are also a drawcard from the capital, Ottawa, to edgy Toronto, and from French-speaking Montreal to vibrant Vancouver. You'll experience small-town warmth and world-class dining, shopping, sporting and entertainment options in the major cities.
Here's a more in-depth look at some of our fave destinations to visit in Canada.
Locals wear a smile around the city of Vancouver, and for good reason. The city was ranked as the fifth best city to live in the world, according to a 2012 quality of life poll. Catering for both big spenders and backpackers on a shoestring budget, Vancouver is a true gem.
The gateway to nearby Niagara Falls and a popular multicultural destination, Toronto is a bold and modern city pushing the point of being tolerant and accepting. Its cultural diversity sits at the forefront for all to see and appreciate.
Whistler Blackcomb is a year-round destination that takes a lot of pride in its constantly renewed facilities. For a holiday centred on winter sports and wilderness, Whistler takes a lot more planning than a run-of-the-mill destination, but it’s definitely worth it.
Postcards are in envy of the landscape around the leafy town of Banff in Banff National Park. This is a top destination for any adventurer, keen photographer with an eye for natural beauty, powder hound and seasoned hot spring spa connoisseur.
The community of Jasper has firmly held roots to its heritage and clearly feels a sense of pride to share its natural wonders with so many visitors. Take the time to realise the sheer beauty of Jasper National Park – it can take a few days to truly sink in.