Canada is matchless in its beauty, from its awe-inspiring mountains that loom heavy with snow to azure lakes, so pristine they look like a painting. The landscapes here are vast, spectacular and staggeringly diverse, ranging from the snaggletooth Rockies in the west to sweeping sandy bays in the east and untamed Arctic wilderness in its far-flung northern reaches.
As such, it's the outdoors where Canada really excels. And, while winter resorts such as Whistler and Banff have long been recognised as some of the world's best, there's far more to this country's wild expanse. In summer, these same regions are transformed, their forested slopes paving the way for magnificent hikes and bike rides while lakes, frozen over during the colder months, set the scene for lazy days spent fishing and kayaking. These great swathes are perfectly explored from a collection of luxury lodges where the likes of fine dining and hot-tub soaks provide the perfect counterpoint to days of exhilarating adventure.
In Alberta and the Rocky Mountains, you'll find the emblematic national parks of Jasper and Lake Louise, bordered by desert badlands, boreal forests and colossal ice fields. There's perhaps no more iconic way to witness these scenes than with a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey, traversing rushing river canyons and cascading waterfalls, and bookended with city stays exploring Vancouver's coastal charm and Calgary's Western brashness.
Perhaps you want to embark on an epic self-drive along the rugged cliffs and sandstone beaches of Prince Edward Island, or taste fresh lobster and learn of Acadian culture in New Brunswick. More drama can be found in the majestic peaks and plunging fjords of Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland & Labrador, and in the far north provinces of Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and The Yukon, polar bears and Northern Lights dominate the vast sub-Arctic tundra.
Sample delicious poutine among Montreal’s European cobbles or Quebec’s colonial delights – a region fiercely proud of its French heritage, or explore the country's First Nations history and gold-rush heritage in Saskatchewan's prairie towns. And, in Ontario, the epic roar of Niagara Falls provides one of the country's true icons.
Canada’s spectacular experiences vary wildly from season to season. Come summer, waterfalls swell and emerald lakes are revealed; perfect for hiking, biking, fishing and rafting among the unspoiled wilderness in the mountains of Alberta or along the lighthouse-dotted beaches on the Atlantic Coast. Go wildlife-spotting on epic self-drives through Jasper and Banff, or head east to take in national parks home to roaming caribou herds and grizzly bears, taken in on expert-led wilderness hikes, while the coasts offer endless opportunities to spot, and even swim with whales in iceberg-studded seas. And, in the northern wilds along the shores of Hudson Bay, walk with polar bears or spot them from specially built tundra buggies under the Midnight Sun or Northern Lights.
Luxury cruises are a wonderful way to explore Canada's seemingly endless coastal landscapes, while inland the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train pairs five-star service and included gourmet dining and fine wines with unmatched views from glass-domed carriages; there can be few better ways to take in the Rockies' granite jags and rushing rivers.
Experience indigenous traditions in the northern territories and prairies, head to French-speaking Québec to return to a time gone by, or immerse yourself in Montréal's 18th century architecture. Come winter, go skiing and snowshoeing in some of the world's best alpine resorts, or seek the aurora borealis in distant Nunvanut, the Northwest Territories and The Yukon.
Highlights of the Canadian Rockies on Rocky Mountaineer
9 days from £3,445 pp incl. flights
Travel in style between Vancouver and Calgary, enjoying included gourmet dining and drinks throughout, while taking in spectacular national parks on expert-led tours and a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rockies.
Vancouver & Bear Watching at Knight Inlet
8 days from £3,525 pp incl. flights
Explore the beauty of Knight Inlet's British Columbia on this seven-day break, where you'll bear watch at one of the world's best grizzly viewing sites, bookended with Vancouver's coastal charms.
Rocky Mountaineer: Rockies & Vancouver Island
9 days from £5,470 pp incl. flights
This once-in-a-lifetime trip takes in some of Canada’s most striking landscapes on its most iconic journey: Rocky Mountaineer. Traverse over rushing canyons, mountain passes and waterfalls otherwise unreachable, enjoying all-inclusive Michelin-starred dining and luxury hotel stays throughout.
Grand Adventure Circle Tour on Rocky Mountaineer
13 days from £7,615 pp incl. flights
From snow-covered summits to azure lakes, Rocky Mountaineer is one of the world’s most spectacular rail journey. Enjoy gourmet dining, stays in the region's best hotels and included cable car rides, off-road excursions and wildlife spotting as you head from Alberta's Wild West to Pacific Vancouver.
The Wickaninnish Inn & Vancouver Break
8 days from £2,880 pp incl. flights
Experience Vancouver Island’s rugged west coast as you go bear watching in ancient rainforests and spot humpbacks and orcas on guided boat trips. It's all enjoyed alongside a stay in vibrant Vancouver.
Historic cities of North America on EXPLORA I
22 days from £9,840 pp incl. flights EXPLORA ISave up to £475 pp – ends 23 June
This is your chance for an in-depth exploration of America’s Atlantic coast aboard the world’s newest luxury cruise line – Explora Journeys.
Sonora & Clayoquot Wilderness Discovery
11 days from £11,545 pp incl. flights
Enjoy scenic seaplane flights as you travel from Vancouver to the intimate inlets and coves of Discovery island. Then, journey deep into the British Columbia rainforest to seek out iconic Canadian wildlife from a secluded tented lodge.
Atlantic Canada: Maritimes by rail
10 days from £3,210 pp incl. flights
A unique exploration of Canada's Maritimes and Ontario, covering everything from the dramatic tides at the Bay of Fundy to the craggy Southern Shores of Nova Scotias. Join some of Atlantic Canada's iconic towns and cities together by rail.
Western Canada Self-Drive: Rainforest to Rockies
15 days from £4,260 pp incl. flights
Discover the stunning scenery of Vancouver Island and the Canadian Rockies on this epic road trip, taking in everything from pristine national parks to turquoise lakes and mammoth glaciers.
Rocky Mountaineer & Calgary Stampede 2023
10 days from £4,900 pp incl. flights
Combine the Wild-West wonders of the Calgary Stampede with a journey aboard one of the world's most luxurious trains – the iconic Rocky Mountaineer.