Canada draws hoards of tourists to its shores with its myriad of experience. To get you in the mood for a Canadian adventure, here are our suggestions of where to eat, stay and love.
Eat (or drink)
Niagara New Vintage Wine Festival in September is when the regions finest wineries open their doors to allow visitors to discover for themselves the vast range of internationally acclaimed wines.
Whether it’s a cheeky Sauvignon Blanc from Creekside Winery in Jordan or a fun glass of Red Over Heels from Strut Wines on the Niagara Peninsula, this region has something to cater to everyone’s taste. And of course, what would be a delicious glass of wine without the accompaniment of some equally tasty gourmet cuisine? Set over two weekends, the Niagara New Vintage Wine Festival has both in abundance. A Discovery Pass at $40CAD offers access to six of the regions wineries to enable you to experience this decadent journey at your leisure.
Or for those who like to work up an appetite before they indulge in some gourmet food, Edible BC has created just the gastronomic getaway for you.
Spend the day kayaking around Vancouver Island, alongside river otters, harbour seals and you may even spot a bald eagle on the way. Once you have exerted yourself, retire to the beach where your multi-course meal awaits.
The location of the Queen Victoria Hotel helps make the most of the sights and attractions on Vancouver Island
Situated across from the Royal BC Museum and right in the heart of all Victoria has to offer, the QV, as it is affectionately known, is a charming retreat for when it’s time to take a breath and relax. A junior suite on the sixth floor is as big as some city centre apartments and the view over the city and harbour was glorious and, if you squint just a little, you can even see the Legislative Building and its terrific display of twinkling lights at night.
The hotel itself is everything you’d expect from such a local icon, the restaurant serves the best pancakes and the pool gave me the perfect opportunity to work them off! But more than anything, it has a homely feel and the helpfulness of the staff will have you making a return visit, along with the many other guests who stay there year after year.
With Canada extending into the Arctic Circle, some of the more northerly provinces lie well within the aurora belt. Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory is a great option for a Northern Lights holiday.
Many companies offer tours centred around witnessing the Northern Lights over a few nights, leaving you plenty of time to experience some of the other sights which the Yukon and Canada have to offer.
Banff National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for breathtaking scenery and an abundance of protected wildlife. Breathe in fresh mountain air whilst enjoying the many biking and walking trails. Challenge yourself with an invigorating hike to an alpine teahouse, saddle up on horseback, or relax and enjoy a gondola ride to the mountaintop. Break from the trails and head to the pure waters and canoe on Lake Louise, hop on a Lake Minnewanka boat cruise or take a gentle float trip down the Bow River.
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