Canada: the cheapest flights, top tours and best times of year to visit

The best time to travel to Canada and how to get the best deals.

hand holding a mini maple leaf in vancouver

Travelling to Canada always rates consistently high in our annual Bucket List surveys of members, especially so after Kaye’s latest visit.

To help you plan your own Canadian adventure, Ben spoke to Flight Centre’s North Lakes expert Charles Moscato, who explained there were many package deals targeted at the baby boomer market. Mr Moscato, who is Canadian, said that APT and Travelmarvel were two of the companies offering the best packages to older Australians, which sometimes included fly-free and business class offers.

lady standing on a mountain at whislter

If you want to traverse multiple destinations within Canada, Mr Moscato recommends booking with tour companies such as Trafalgar or Costsaver, which offer discounts for booking multiple-destination trips. One current good option combines an eight-day tour of the Rockies with another tour of the country’s maritime provinces.

Mr Moscato said there was no ideal time to travel to Canada as it depended on what sights you are most interested in seeing.

“If you want to visit the amazing Rockies or ski on Olympic Mountains you will want to head to the west coast between December and March for the best snow,” he said. “If you want to visit cottage country in the 'Thousand Islands' on the east coast of Ontario, you will want to be travelling during June to September.”

One of the best ways to save money on a trip to Canada is to travel at off-peak times.

“Flying into Vancouver and heading up to Whistler during April/May/June means you can ski on the glacier, play golf at a world class resort and swim in one of the many lakes, all in the same day,” he explained.

autumn vancouver 

You can now fly direct to Vancouver from Brisbane Airport with Air Canada, otherwise you can stop over in Auckland with Air New Zealand or Los Angeles with Virgin or Qantas.

If a Canadian sojourn appeals to you, there are some great deals available for a short time:

Flight Centre deals
Vancouver airfares

Economy return flying Air New Zealand:

  • Adelaide from $1379*
  • Brisbane from $1295*
  • Melbourne from $1277*
  • Perth from $1422*
  • Sydney from $1294*

Airfare offers end 28 August 2017.

*Conditions apply. Valid for select travel 1 Feb - 15 Mar 2018.

Vancouver Accommodation from $175pp*

Three nights at the four-star Sheraton on the Falls.

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 1 Feb - 31 Mar 18. Deal number: 4814650

Vancouver & Whistler Combo from $1325pp*

Four nights, four-star accommodation at Whistler and three nights, four-star accommodation in Vancouver, includes Tree Trek Canopy Walk, Zipline Adventure, Grouse Mountain entry and transfers throughout.

*Conditions apply. Valid for travel 20 Jan – 30 Apr 18. Deal number: 4882756

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    To make a comment, please register or login
    26th Aug 2017
    Interesting that Mt Moscato is promoting the high cost tour companies. APT? One to avoid I would have thought. As always organise your own itinerary and avoid the cost.
    I'll drink to that!
    Ted Wards
    30th Aug 2017
    Thats a personal view Mick Ive just paid through APT for another part of the world. As a single traveller they offered me more than any other company and more discounts and turned out to be $7000 cheaper with more inclusions from my front door than any of the others.
    Old Geezer
    26th Aug 2017
    Who are the tour companies the Americans and Canadians use?

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