What you need to know before visiting Canada
Whether you've never thought about a holiday in Canada until now, been considering a trip to Canada for a while, or it's been on your bucket list forever, one thing is guaranteed. You won't be disappointed.
From west coast to east coast, North Pole to US border, Canada is filled with wonderful, unique experiences that scratch the itch of so many different traveller desires.
For the young, and young-at-heart, you can find excitement on the buzzing streets of Canada's hip cities and ski resorts - in chic and luxurious hotels, must-do hot spots, to-die for restaurants, pumping nightclubs and thrilling activities.
If your spirit for adventure is fuelled by a desire to seek out, discover, embrace and immerse yourself in a destination and its ways of life, then the diverse people, events, sites and settings of Canada will gift you experiences and new understanding unlike anywhere else in the world.
Of course, few people arrive in, or depart from Canada without a rousing appreciation of Mother Nature's breathtaking work here.
Known for its stunning and distinct landscapes, Canada is home to soaring mountains, lush rainforests, remote coastlines, aqua lakes and winking glaciers.
Across the 9306 km breadth of the world's second largest country - and six time zones, no less - you can explore and discover a plethora of truly stunning nature reserves, World Heritage Sites, hiking trails and more.
The wildlife of Canada
Canada is the playground and home to an abundance of awe-inspiring animals you would never have the opportunity to see in the wild back home.
In its oceans swim Right and Beluga whales, orcas and seals. Across the forested land wolves, moose and bears of all colours from black to grizzly brown to spirit bear white. And, to the far North where only the hardy venture, are caribou, arctic foxes and magnificent polar bears.
Open for fun 24/365 days Canada
While visiting Canada in winter may seem the obvious choice to some, don't underestimate how stunning and exciting summertime can be.
Yes, the snow season is a unique chance to take a black run into the on-and-off slope adventures available at ski resorts boasting some of the most exquisite powder and lovely villages on the planet.
However, summer unveils a whole new life in this exquisite country.
Once the ice melts away, Canada's stunning lakes and surrounds welcome you to try out an array of water sports, mountain treks, untouched beaches, mountain biking and much more.
Of course, it's not just the bears that come out of hibernation once things warm up. Canadians are deliriously excited about their glorious spring and summer months - and they enjoy nothing more than sharing it with international visitors and admirers.
Whether you're into festivals of art, music or culture, parties by the dock or sporting events in the arenas, one thing's for sure - you'll never suffer a case of the summertime blues in the land of the Canuck.
Suave cities of Canada
Canada’s dynamic cities may be quite the contrast to her magnificent outdoors, but they are equally memorable, exhilarating and unique.
There are so many wonderful cities and towns to explore, and locals to meet, but a visit to Canada wouldn't feel complete without a few days in one or more of her most famous cities, including:
culinary capital Vancouver
Montreal, a city that pays a brilliant homage to its French heritage
Ottawa, the buzzing capital
oozing with charm and history, World Heritage listed Quebec City
sitting upon the picturesque shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto is big and busy, and the gateway to the natural wonder of Niagara Falls
One last piece of advice
Canada is a big place. Almost 25% larger than Australia. If you're planning on visiting more than one Canadian destination, you’re more likely to run out of time than things to see and do.
So, just as we remind people from overseas to allow enough time to discover Australia, you may like to think about tacking on another week of leave when you plan your trip Canada.