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Hidden gems of Canada

Canada offers a wealth of landscapes and experiences from the lush forests and mighty peaks of British Columbia and the Rockies through to the modern metropolis of Toronto. With so much to see and such a large area to cover, it helps to have a well-planned itinerary.

My Canada tour ideas are the product of extensive knowledge and many years of arranging these type of trips. And are inspired by routes that my clients have taken and enjoyed.

I can advise on the logistics of getting around and how best to combine the country's highlights with lesser-known experiences.

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Canada, and they showcase some of the routes that I have found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration because your trip will be created uniquely for you by myself based on your particular tastes and interests.

Canada is such a versatile destination; on the one hand, you have Toronto, just 7 hours 30 mins from London to the west coast and Vancouver, the shortest flight is actually from London to St John's, which takes just 5 hours 30 mins, believe it or not! The country also caters for year-round travel too, spending summer on the eastern seaboard, winter in the Rockies; it really does have it all.

Hidden gems of the Rockies self-drive tour

  • Discover the lovely scenery of Waterton Lakes National Park and adjoining Glacier National Park in the USA.

  • Enjoy the many outdoor activities in Kootenay National Park.

  • Look for wildlife in the craggy peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

  • Explore hidden mountain backroads.

11 days from £2,865pp

Canada's Eastern Cities by Train

  • Gaze across Toronto from the CN Tower and take a boat trip on Lake Ontario.

  • Explore the many excellent museums, parks and galleries of Canada's capital, Ottawa.

  • Visit Montréal's superb Biosphere and Planetarium and enjoy a cruise along the St Lawrence River.

  • Discover tangible history among Québec's cobbled streets on a guided walking tour.

  • Take a day trip to admire Niagara Falls and explore the village of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

11 days from £2,505pp

Jewels of western Canada self-drive tour

  • Spend two full days exploring cosmopolitan Vancouver, visiting Stanley Park, Chinatown and its many shops and museums.

  • Drive through some of North America’s most spectacular landscapes, passing snow-covered mountains and glittering lakes.

  • Immerse yourself in the great outdoors, whether on foot, mountain bike or kayak.

  • Admire the frothing waterfalls of Wells Gray Provincial Park.

  • Spot wildlife such as black and grizzly bears, moose, bald eagles, deer and elk.

16 days from £3,475pp

  • Explore Vancouver, one of Canada's most vibrant cities, and join a food tour here.

  • Go looking for humpback whales and Orca in Victoria Harbour.

  • Encounter black and grizzly bears in their natural environment around Vancouver Island.

  • Enjoy a scenic flight along the rugged coastline to Bella Bella.

  • Stay at Spirit Bear Lodge, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, and spend a few days in this stunning wilderness setting.

16 days from £7,610pp

  • Spot icebergs as they drift south on the Labrador Current and past Newfoundland's rocky harbours.

  • Explore St. John's many pubs and restaurants, well-known for their live music.

  • Marvel at the magnificent scenery of Gros Morne National Park.

  • Visit the site of the authentic Viking settlement at L'Anse aux Meadows.

  • Lose count of moose and caribou as you drive north along the Northern Peninsula.

15 days from £2,595pp

  • Experience whale watching in the Bay of Fundy.

  • Explore the famous Cabot Trail on Cape Breton Island.

  • Relax in the historic waterfront city of Halifax.

  • Go back in time to the pretty UNESCO heritage village of Lunenburg.

19 days from £3,510pp

  • Visit Vancouver Island's temperate rainforests.

  • Bear watching from Tofino and Campbell River.

  • Walk among magnificent mountain meadows.

  • Stay in charming character accommodation.

  • Explore the stunning Rocky Mountains.

19 days from £3,995pp

  • Explore the buzzing coastal city of Vancouver and go whale watching off the coast.

  • Admire western Canada's mountainous scenery from aboard the comfortable Via Rail Canadian train.

  • Explore the Rocky Mountains at your own pace, enjoying hikes through mountain and lake scenery.

  • Take a guided ice walk onto the Athabasca Glacier.

13 days from £3,995pp

  • Follow in the footsteps of 19th and 20th-century explorers.

  • Cruise past icebergs, fjords, mountains and calving glaciers.

  • See whales, narwhals and bears, plus a myriad of birdlife.

  • Enjoy spectacular aurora borealis displays.

  • Travel through some of the most stunning polar regions on the planet.

20 days from £19,580pp

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