Off the Beaten Track: Exploring Canada in Style

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For families or those over 50, Canada has so many benefits

Holidays to Canada promise to be one of epic proportions with bustling cities, vast landscapes and stunning mountains and lakes. If you are looking to explore a new country, consider exploring Canada for its diverse geography and fascinating culture. You might be travelling solo, as a couple or taking the entire family – Canada offers accommodation and experiences to suit every scenario.  

How to plan an unforgettable trip

To create your own personalised itinerary, start by jotting down the type of things you love to do. Are you looking to tick off the big cities and embrace sightseeing, shopping and museums? Or is an outdoor adventure more your thing, soaking up breathtaking scenery and activities such as hiking and kayaking? What about delving into the history, and culture and exploring Canada? Or perhaps you’re looking for a combination of everything – anything is possible in this vast country. 

Some of Canada’s most popular places include:

  • Toronto. This thriving metropolis is home to Casa Loma, North America’s only castle. It also has great attractions such as the CN Tower, museums and galleries, plenty of outdoor space, and of course, it’s the gateway to the unmissable spectacle of Niagara Falls. 
  • Old Quebec City. This is a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site characterised by quaint streets and cobblestones. With 400 years of French Canadian history pouring out through artisanal boutiques and enticing restaurants, it’s a visit that’s sure to make memories. 
  • Churchill in Manitoba. Known as the polar bear capital of the world, take a Tundra Buggy tour to see the bears in their natural habitat then enjoy boating, paddling and other watersports in the Hudson Bay. A great option for outdoor pleasure-seekers who love adventure. 

Varied accommodations for every traveller

For those that like to travel in comfort, concierge services and executive airport lounges provide rest en route to Canada. If you’re heading to Toronto, the DoubleTree by Hilton boasts an indoor heated pool, exercise suite and restaurant, right in the middle of all the city centre action. 

There are plenty of boutique options too. If your destination is Banff then you could try the Buffalo Mountain Lodge. This lovely accommodation brings comfort to the beautiful wilderness with stunning mountain views. For travellers to Quebec, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is a historic place that’s sure to charm you. 

Other ideas include hiring a Winnebago or camper van or staying in one of many B&Bs across the country. 

Things to consider when visiting Canada

Before you go, it’s good to be prepared for your trip to Canada. If you’ve got any questions at all our team at Silver Travel Advisor will be happy to help. 

Make sure you know what weather to expect for the time of year you’re visiting and that you’ve got appropriate clothing. If you’re exploring wilderness areas then be cautious and respect wildlife. It pays to know local safety guidelines and emergency procedures in more remote places. 

The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar and ATMs and banks are widely available for you to access cash. All major credit cards are also accepted in shops and restaurants. It’s always handy to have a spare credit card kept in a safety deposit box at your hotel in case you lose your wallet or card while out and about.

As an English-speaking country, you won’t have to worry about language barriers while getting around exploring Canada. However, if you are visiting the province of Quebec, home to Quebec City and Montreal, then it’s worth knowing that the official language here is French. A few basic phrases will help get by with locals but most tourist areas will also speak English.

Canada offers activities for all ages

From kayaking in the pristine wilderness to watching an ice hockey game, Canada has superb activities for every age. 

For wildlife lovers, Vancouver Island offers an opportunity to see black and grizzly bears catching salmon when the waters warm up. You can kayak on the rugged coast of Tofino or enjoy a whale cruise in Victoria. 

If you want to be wowed by nature, try the beauty of Banff and Lake Louise or a dramatic bike trail across British Columbia. Prince Edward Island will offer you soothing sands if the beach is what takes your fancy. 

And if sports are your thing, Canada has a wealth of basketball, baseball or ice hockey (the national sport) matches you can catch. It’s recommended that you pre-book tickets if there is a particular match you want to see, the team at Silver Travel Advisor can help with this.

Get off the beaten track in Canada

Unlike some far-flung destinations, the language and culture of Canada are easy to slip into but offer you experiences that are unlike anything else. A holiday here is the perfect chance to revitalise your sense of adventure and try new things, creating memories you’ll never forget. 

Whether you’re looking for solo holidays to Canada and venturing out alone or travelling as a multi-generational family, you only live once… Grab Canada with both hands for an unforgettable travel experience. 

To start planning your holiday to Canada call Silver Travel Advisor on 0800 412 5678.

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