Why We Love Canada As A Destination

Posted on Friday, October 20, 2017

Ever wonder why we love Canada as a destination? Let's look at the numbers first, shall we... As of July of this year, there has been a total of 3.2 million tourists who have visited Canada. Based on these reports, the best time to visit Canada is May, June, and July.

Here is why we love Canada...

Do you love the romance of traveling by train? Then consider Canada tours or Canadian Rockies train tours.  Virtually all of Canada’s major cities are connected by railroad, so climb aboard and relax as you gaze at the scenic countryside rolling by. Experience the spectacular Canadian Rockies or take a trip all the way across the country on “The Canadian” from Vancouver to Toronto.  From practical to luxurious, there are many options to choose from, some of which feature gourmet cuisine, impeccable service, historical commentary and all with breathtaking views.

Celebrate Canada in all seasons at one of the many year-round festivals, including Winter Carnival in Québec City, the Toronto International Film Festival, “Christmas in November” in Jasper or the noteworthy jazz festivals in Montréal and Ottawa.

Guide To Pelee Island

Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Guide To Pelee IslandPelee Island, located in Ontario, offers a laidback atmosphere for travelers. It’s rather small, but there’s a lot to do here if you know where to look. Getting to Pelee Island would require a ferry ride from either Ontario or Sandusky, Ohio. You can also get to Pelee Island by plane... If you plan on visiting Pelee Island and are wondering where to stay, what to see or what to eat, check out our guide to Pelee Island below.

 

Lodging

When it comes to lodging on Pelee Island, there aren’t a lot of options, but they don’t tend to sell out so you don’t have to worry about not finding anything. There are two campgrounds for those that are looking to spend a little bit of time outdoors. For those that want to get to know the locals, there are bed and breakfasts located throughout the island. There are also a few rental cottages and inns as well. These include The Wandering Pheasant Inn and Pelee Lake Muse B&B and Cottage Rental.

 

Getting Around

If you do plan on renting a car, pay attention to the speed limit as it’s just 30 mph (50 kilometers). Some roads even have slower speed limits that are posted. Biking is actually a pretty popular way for tourists to get around. There is a rental shop close to the ferry dock where you can rent a bike. You can also walk around Pelee Island. It is around 10,000 acres so while it is walkable, make sure you pack a comfortable pair of sneakers.

 

What To See

The Waterfront Trail is 17 miles long and has a very scenic shoreline to walk around. Lighthouse Point, that’s located on the northern part of the island, features a nature preserve. There is also another one on the south end of the island called Fish Point. A popular event that brings in visitors is  the Unplugged Music Festival that takes place in August. Something else worth seeing is the Pelee Island Heritage Centre. It is a small museum that’s located across the street from the West Dock. It features exhibits that focus on the history and culture of Pelee Island.

 

What To Eat

While there aren’t a lot of choices for food here, you certainly won’t go hungry. The campground has a store to purchase food. Places to eat at on Pelee Island include Conorlee's Bakery & Delicatessen as well as Scudder Beach Bar & Grill. There is also an ice cream stand located by the West Dock. For those that want to try some wine, the Pelee Island Winery features over 600 acres of grapes and is Canada's biggest estate winery. There’s also a tasting room, wine garden and food available to purchase.

Vancouver the Ultimate City in Canada

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Vancouver the Ultimate City in CanadaVancouver is a city like no other, effortlessly combining the buzz of a modern metropolis with the rejuvenating spirit of the great outdoors. Stunning views of temperate rainforest reflect upon glass skyscrapers, sparkling with sophistication and energy. Yet the city’s relaxed lifestyle is apparent as you explore the blue waters along the coast or taste incredible culinary creations in vibrant neighborhoods. And as the perfect launch pad to explore western Canada, you can choose the type of vacation best suited to you. As your travel specialists, we are ready to help you plan the ultimate adventure to Canada’s quintessential city. There are a great selection of Canada tours and cruises that visit Vancouver.

EXPERIENCE THE LIFESTYLE

Before relishing in the beauty of Vancouver’s outdoors, make some time to explore the city center – where you’ll be surrounded by colorful neighborhoods and laid-back locals. From historic Gastown’s cobbled streets to “Vancouver’s Soho” of Yaletown, you’ll find more than 20 distinctive districts where you can immerse yourself in dazzling gallery shows, nightlife, festivals and everything in between!

NATURALLY INVITING

Ease into the outdoors with a walk or cycle around Stanley Park’s seawall; or for a closer encounter with the sea, embark on a whale watching excursion or kayak along the shoreline and beaches. Just 20 minutes from the heart of downtown Vancouver, mountains and forests tower above the glittering city. Escape to idyllic wilderness atop Grouse Mountain, taking the one-mile Skyride journey to 3,700 feet above sea level, where stunning panoramic views of the city, sea and mountain unfold. For a change of scenery, hike through the lush temperate rainforest of Capilano Suspension Park or the old-growth canopy of Douglas firs and red cedars blanketing the canyons in Vancouver’s North Shore.

FRESH FLAVORS

Take part in the city’s thriving culinary scene, known for fresh, seasonal ingredients combined with traditional techniques and multicultural influences. A plethora of culinary tours take you to the tastiest destinations, giving you a glimpse into life as a local. At Granville Island’s Farmers Market, visit vendors to taste juicy Fraser Valley strawberries and fresh salmon caught the same morning. Compliment a gourmet dinner of Dungeness crab with internationally acclaimed wines from Okanagan Valley. Top off the night with a visit to one of the craft breweries, spirit distilleries or cocktail bars flanking the streets of trendy neighborhoods. For the best Grandville Islandcombination of cuisine and sightseeing, try a floatplane Fly ’n Dine tour. Soar above skyscrapers, fjords, mountains and ocean before landing on the water to savor an oceanfront seafood dinner.

BEYOND VANCOUVER

Have a bit more time to discover British Columbia? Travel along the Sea-to-Sky corridor – ocean vistas, soaring mountains, waterfalls and bustling communities are what you’ll encounter. Ending in Whistler, kick back in this world-class mountain resort to relax or explore the many activities available. Alternatively, relish in the blend of old and new charm in the provincial capital of Victoria – where you can explore colorful gardens and heritage architecture before afternoon tea. To enjoy the spectacular surroundings by rail, embark on a Rocky Mountaineer luxury rail tour. From the classic comfort of your railcar, see some of the most rugged and spectacular terrain in the world while indulging in first-class Canadian hospitality.

Top 10 Rated Tourist Attractions in Canada

Posted on Friday, March 10, 2017

Top 10 Rated Tourist Attractions in CanadaBeing that Canada is the world’s second largest country, it’s not surprising that they have no shortage of tourist attractions. Some of them are very well-known while others tend to be off of the beaten path. For tourists visiting Canada, they should visit a few of these 10 top rated tourist attractions.

Niagara Falls

This might be the most popular natural attraction in Canada. Every year millions of people visit it to see the breathtaking display of these powerful falls. Being that it’s only an hour’s drive from Toronto, it’s fairly, easily accessible. Walking down Clifton Hill towards the falls offers a particularly spectacular view.

Stanley Park

Located on the west side of downtown Vancouver, this 405 hectare park is surrounded by red cedar and Douglas fir trees as well as the ocean. There’s an extensive walking and jogging path and beautiful views of the ocean and mountains. One spot in particular that’s popular for tourists are the totem poles that were built over 100 years ago. Within the park there are several places to visit including Beaver Lake, the Rose Garden, Stanley Park Pavilion and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Old Quebec

Located throughout Quebec, this UNESCO World Heritage city contains numerous historic buildings and consists of the Lower Town and the Upper Town. The Lower Town is situated along the St. Lawrence River and where the original settlement took place. It is also home to Chateau Frontenac. The Upper Town has high cliffs and is frequented by tourists. Popular attractions include the Parque Historique de l’Artillerie, Place d’Armes, the Citadel and the Plains of Abraham.

Notre Dame Basilica

First founded in 1656, this is the oldest church in Montreal. It has twin towers and a neo-Gothic look. The interior was designed by Victor Bourgeau. The Basilica faces Place d’Armes.

Butchart Gardens

Located at Brentwood Bay, the gardens were first planted in 1904 by the wife of a wealthy quarry owner, Jennie Butchart. The gardens were planted in abandoned limestone workings. They have grown to 20-hectares and feature a variety of flowers including roses and exotic plants. The Butchart Gardens have fountains, pools, sunken gardens and Japanese Gardens.

Morain Lake

Also known as Lake Louise, Morain Lake is located in Banff National Park. It is one of western Canada’s most photographed places. The lake is fed by a glacier and surrounded by mountains. The blue-green waters are located close to 6,200 feet elevation in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. The lakes were featured on Canada’s $20 bill at one time and got the nickname Twenty Dollar view. Visitors can hike throughout the area or go canoeing.

Royal BC Museum

Located between the Fairmont Empress Hotel and the Parliament Buildings, this museum showcases much of Canada’s history and culture. It has three-dimensional displays, a rainforest and aboriginal ceremonial poles. There is also a replica of the ship HMS Discovery. There’s so much to see at this museum that visitors can easily spend the day here.

Inner Harbour

Victoria’s Inner Harbour is a great place to eat, drink, shop and just relax. There are street performers that frequent the harbor often. A popular place for tourists to visit or even stay at is the Empress Hotel. This historic hotel has had many famous visitors including kings and queens. During the summer months, Inner Harbour is busy with activities.

Calgary Stampede

While this rodeo only visits Canada for 10 days out of the year, it brings in a lot of money for the local economy as many tourists come to Canada each year just to go to the Calgary Stampede. In addition to the rodeo, there are free “Stampede Breakfasts” that numerous eateries hosts during this time and they feature items like pancakes. If you do plan on attending the Stampede, be sure to wear your cowboy hat and boots.

What To Do In Canada Based On The Season

Posted on Saturday, February 18, 2017


Weather In Canada

The weather in Canada can vary greatly with the season. It can be hard to determine whether you should bundle up and stay indoors or go outside and enjoy the warm weather. These are some of the top things to do in Canada based on which season it is.
Spring

Good Time To Travel To Canada

After a harsh winter at times, the days are becoming warmer and the snow is beginning to melt. It can be rainy and the nights are cooler. You will still need boots and mittens though. This is considered to be a good time to travel to Canada as the days tend to be longer. There’s still plenty of time to go skiing in the Rockies. If you are wanting to travel to Canada when it has fewer crowds, warm weather and low costs, May is a great time. Most of the snow is gone and it’s the perfect time to do some whale watching off the coast or visit a national park.
Summer

Summers In Canada

The summers in Canada tend to be hot and dry. While the days can be scorching, there can be some cooler nights here and there so you will still need a coat. Now is a great time to visit the Great Lakes of Ontario. If you happen to be in Canada in June or July, consider visiting the Festival de Jazz de Montreal. It features hundreds of concerts and global jazz artists. In July, the Calgary Stampede comes in to town. This ten-day rodeo is very popular and considered to be one of the greatest outdoor shows on earth. For those that visit Canada in late August, the salmon run starts when these fish return from the ocean in large numbers. It generally lasts until November and is quite an interesting sight to see.
Fall

Fall Foliage

Days are becoming shorter now and the cold weather is starting to return. Fall foliage starts to become present and the weather can be fairly unpredictable. One day it can be hot and the next you might see some snow, especially towards November. This time of year is prefect to visit Niagara Falls with the beautiful leaves and fewer crowds. You might even be able to catch a polar bear wandering about. In the middle of November the Toronto Santa Claus Parade takes place. It has more than a half a million spectators each year and features quite a bit of floats and performers all dressed up.

Winter Temperatures can go below zero in the winter so you need to dress appropriately in order to remain comfortable. Days are shorter so you need to get in as much outdoor activities as you can during the daylight hours. After it’s dark though, it’s a great time to see the Northern Lights. If you want to see an authentic, winter carnival, check out the Quebec Winter Festival that starts the last weekend in January and last for 14 days. Here you will see some astonishing snow and ice sculptures.
 

 

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