The land of adventure awaits: see cosmopolitan cities, towering mountains, stunning glaciers and turquoise lakes and waterfalls in breathtaking Canada.
From vibrant Vancouver to historic Montréal, Canada has plenty to offer. Witness the Northern Lights, take an epic cross-country train or motorhome journey to explore the landscapes and see amazing wildlife up close including whales, bears, moose, eagles and bison. This is sure to be a trip you’ll never forget, and offers the chance to experience the incredible First Nations and French-Canadian cultures.
When planning your trip of a lifetime, we recommend visiting the magnificent Niagara Falls, exploring colourful Québec and experiencing the unforgettable Rocky Mountaineer rail trip that’s sure to leave an impression.
September in British Columbia is lovely with warm daytime temperatures and cooler evening temperatures. Days are usually sunny and clear. Heading into October you will see more rain as the leaves begin to change into their spectacular autumn finery.
We love British Columbia from June through September. The warm, sunny summer months are glorious for getting outside and enjoying the activities British Columbia has to offer, and the lovely weather usually sticks around for most of September.
Spring is warm and pleasant in British Columbia. The days brighten and temperatures rise and the entire province bursts into blooms. Expect rain throughout most of spring.
Summers are long and glorious in British Columbia, with warm temperatures and sunny days. Summer kicks into gear in July and August when the parks open and outdoor activities become readily available. The coast is cooler than the interior.
British Columbia winters on the coast are temperate with more rain than snow. The interior of British Columbia is significantly colder with snow falling from November to March. January and February bring the best snow conditions to the ski resorts.
Autumn in Ontario is typically rainy with cooling daytime temperatures. Autumn foliage unfolds in September or October but some areas start getting snow by October.
Don’t miss out on the spectacular, sunny days and warm temperatures of Ontario in the summer. We love this summer season for its brilliant lakeside beaches and plethora of outdoor activities.
Rain falls pretty consistently throughout most of spring in Ontario and the temperature stays cool. The farther north you are the colder it stays. Gradually the weather improves, with comfortable days and cool evenings.
Summer is sunny and warm, with hot, humid temperatures spreading throughout Ontario in July and August. Severe thunderstorms can occur throughout the summer but rarely last long.
Snow falls regularly throughout winter in Ontario. The temperature is very cold, usually below freezing day and night and sometimes dropping below -30°C in some areas. The Great Lakes region stays moderately warmer than the rest of Ontario.
Crisp, sunny days are common throughout early autumn in Quebec. Sometimes the Indian summer continues from late September to early October. Snow starts falling by November.
Visiting Quebec between in the warmer summer months of June to August is the most popular, as these months tend to be warm and mostly sunny. Night time temperatures can still be cool so make sure and bring a jacket.
Winter often lasts well into spring, with cold temperatures and snow rarely abating until April at the earliest. This is maple season so you can enjoy watching the sap be made into sweets.
Summers are warm and sunny but short, thanks to the high latitude and Arctic air. The weather can be quite humid and severe thunderstorms and sometimes tornadoes occur in the region.
Winter in Quebec is long, cold, and snowy, with snowfall starting by November. The wind chill factor throughout the region makes it seem even colder than it is. The arctic northern Quebec regions sometimes see snow into May.
Autumn days remain warm and outdoor activities possible well into autumn. The vegetation changes to the colours of autumn by October and numerous harvest festivals occur. Snow begins to fall by November.
We love visiting Alberta from June to September when the temperatures are comfortably hot and the days long and sunny. Outdoor activities like hiking and camping are easily available and the cities host numerous festivals.
Alberta’s very cold winters quite often extend into spring, especially throughout March. Spring can be damp but brings lush vegetation to the plentiful forests and parks around Alberta.
Long, sunny days are the norm in Alberta throughout the summer months. From June the temperatures rise and tourists and locals alive flock to the parks, lakes, campgrounds, and golf courses throughout the region.
Alberta becomes a winter wonderland from about November through February. The snowy weather is stunning, with snow-capped mountains and frozen lakes. Temperatures are well below freezing, especially during January and February, but most days have clear, blue skies.
There are a number of carriers offering flights to Canada from the UK.
Direct Carriers: Air Canada offers direct daily scheduled services from London to many Canada cities; including Calgary, Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, St Johns and Vancouver.
British Airways offers direct daily scheduled services from London to Calgary, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver.
Air Transat offers direct charter services from London Gatwick to many Canada cities; including Calgary, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. Regional services from Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow are also available.
Indirect Carriers: Delta Airlines, United Airlines all offer flights to Canada from London via the USA. Whilst KLM offer indirect services via Amsterdam.
It is normal practice to tip your server 15 percent or more in restaurants, bars and nightclubs. In your hotel, leave maids and cleaners two or three Canadian Dollars and tip porters one or two per bag. Taxi drivers tend to expect a 10 to 15 percent tip.
No special vaccines required.
Effective March 15, 2016, passengers who are visa-exempt for travel to Canada will be required to obtain an electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) prior to their departure to Canada. Visa-exempt passengers transiting via Canada are also required to obtain an eTA prior to their departure. Exemptions include U.S. nationals and individuals who are in possession of a valid Canadian visa.
Alternatively, please check on the Canadian Embassy for all Visa FAQ’s.
The official currency is the Canadian Dollar, which you can buy them before leaving the UK. There are no restrictions on taking local or foreign currency in and out of the country, but amounts of 10,000 CAD or more should be declared. If you need to buy currency in Canada, you can do so at any bank or currency exchange and at some hotels.
Major debit and credit cards like MasterCard, Visa and American Express are accepted everywhere except some rural areas. Cash machines are easy to find in towns and cities, and traveller's cheques can be used in banks, hotels and tourist establishments. Before travelling to more remote areas, make sure you have a good supply of Canadian Dollars in cash as you may not have access to banks, currency exchanges or cash machines.