Discover a country of spectacular landscapes characterised by turquoise lakes, majestic forests and glittering glaciers: this is Canada, The Great White North.
From the rugged wilderness of the Rocky Mountains to the extraordinary wildlife of its coastline, our escorted tours in Canada give you the ultimate curated experience of this jewel of a country.
With a population density roughly 100 times lower than that of the United Kingdom, it’s fair to say you won't be short of open spaces on a Canada tour. The country’s wildernesses stretch from the straight edge of the US border to the distant cold of the Arctic Circle, and include the vast openness of the prairies as well as the pristine beauty of the Rockies.
Evergreen spruce, poplar and pines carpet the slopes of Canada's mountains, and skirt the edges of brilliant blue waters like Lake Louise, while the Eastern Provinces share New England's changing colours in the autumn as the trees light up in brilliant reds, oranges and yellows.
Discover the breathtaking Rocky Mountains on your Canada tour holiday, with their crystal clear lakes and spectacular Canadian wildlife; while at sea, pods of humpback, orca, minke, beluga and the bizarre but beautiful narwhal make Canada’s coastal waters some of the best in the world for whale watching.
Head further inland and explore winding mountainside roads, spot moose amongst the pines in the delightful mountain settlement of Jasper and take in spectacular views of the landscape on the charming Sky Tram, before heading to one of the town’s eateries to enjoy a hearty plate of poutine.
As well as vast open spaces and endless, forested wildernesses, Canada is home to glittering modern cities, including some of the world’s most desirable urban locations. Experience glittering skylines, acres of parkland, vibrant music and dining scenes, and historic enclaves during your Canada tour.
Marvel at Toronto’s sky-piercing icon, the CN Tower, and enjoy the view from over 440 metres in the air, make the bold choice to walk on the famous glass floor, or even venture outside to take what is officially ‘the world’s highest external walk on a building’, taking in the breathtaking city skyline and the crisp Canadian air.
Enter the bustling city of Montreal where gorgeous European buildings meet contemporary metropolitan architecture. A melting pot that is home to hundreds of cultures from around the globe, Quebec’s largest city is brimming with bars, restaurants and heritage sites to explore, plus the Mount Royal Park with its ever-changing greenery and maple-lined walkways.
Head westwards and encounter the streets of Quebec City heave with locals and tourists enjoying European-style cafe culture, exquisite architecture and buzzing nightlife.
Meanwhile, Vancouver’s luscious parks are as flames to a moth for weekending city dwellers during the spring and summer, or embark on a day trip up to the Montmorency falls and experience the landscape from atop one of the impressive suspension bridges.
Head northeast to Banff, which turns into a skier's and snowboarder's paradise in the winter months, as well as boasting several elegant hotels and boutiques where you can find souvenirs.
Whatever season you choose to visit on one of our Canadian tours, you’ll always enjoy the outdoors to its fullest potential with a Canada tour of a lifetime.
Things to see and places to visit on your escorted tour of Canada.
Discover the unspoilt beauty of Banff's spectacular surroundings, where the beautiful Canadian Rockies await.
Frequently topping the list for world’s most liveable cities, meandering through the Canadian city of Vancouver is a relaxing delight.
Take in the scenic splendour of the delightful mountain town of Jasper, and enjoy spectacular views of its mountain ranges, glacier-fed lakes, and the town itself.
Take in the highlights of Montreal, the world's second-largest French-speaking metropolis.
Marvel at the striking Toronto skyline, marked by the sky-piercing CN Tower. Discover the highlights of the largest city in Canada.
Canada offers some of the world’s most incredible sites and, of course, the very warmest of welcomes. Whether you choose to spend your Canada tour exploring the delights of cosmopolitan Toronto and vibrant Vancouver, or spot bears in Canada’s mountains, the country truly has something for everyone, whatever type of experience you’re looking for.
Choosing what to see on a single visit can be a tough decision, and we want you to make the most of your experience in this incredible country. We’ve compiled a list of things we think are not to be missed on your Canada tour, and that you can enjoy to their fullest potential with Newmarket Holidays.
Head to Ontario’s capital Toronto to experience a whirlwind of sights and sounds: this bustling city is home to many attractions including museums, galleries, restaurants and retail opportunities, and the captivating Toronto Island Park is just a ferry ride away.
Travel south from Toronto to stay in the shadow of breathtaking Niagara Falls, which can be experienced via boat cruise, zipline, or helicopter. Stroll amongst beautiful trees and carefully cultivated flower beds including the heavily scented rose garden at Niagara Parks’ Botanical Gardens, relax and unwind at a luxurious spa, and enjoy a bite to eat at one of the area’s cafes or fine dining restaurants.
Take a trip to Banff, the ultimate place to experience the Rockies in all their glory, where you can enjoy a breathtaking tour of the area’s rugged cliffs and pine-backed turquoise lakes, including Lake Louise, one of the most stunning locations in the whole of Canada, and follow the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park.
Take in the bright mountain sunshine in the gorgeous Sun Peaks resort, and take a high pass through the Rockies to the bustling city of Vancouver, where dozens of cultures from all over the world come together in a delightful fusion of sights, sounds and tastes. Visit vibrant Chinatown, charming Gastown and discover some incredible artwork at Vancouver Gallery.
Travel through Ottawa along the Maple Leaf Trail, enjoying the fresh green of deciduous forests during spring and the fiery colours reminiscent of New England in the autumn along the way; onwards to Montreal, a delightfully European city with stunning architecture and a charming cafe culture that will transport you to the cobbled streets of Paris.
Quebec City is another Canadian destination with a rich heritage just waiting to be explored: take in the sights around the Terrasse Dufferin, where you can enjoy the clear Northern air and grab a great cup of coffee from one of the charming cafes, walk in the footsteps of Samuel de Champlain (one of the first European settlers) with a trip to the Place Royale, take in the gorgeous ceilings at the Notre-Dame-de-Quebec, and take a thrilling cable car ride up to Chute-Montmorency waterfalls.
Escorted tours in Canada will allow you to experience remarkable landscapes studded with unique settlements, transporting you back to the 15th Century origins of the country, while at the same time boasting contemporary attractions and architecture. Canada offers vibrancy and vastness like no other place on earth: Canada tours will certainly provide you with memories that will last a lifetime, and have you yearning to return to the Great White North.
Canada’s national dish is poutine (cheesy chips and gravy to British visitors) with an extra indulgent twist: the gravy is made from a rich and hearty meat stock, and the cheese is traditional velvety cheese curd. This simple, hearty and moreish snack is arguably the country’s most famous food, but this is just one side of Canadian cuisine.
From the bright orange-red of Pacific sockeye salmon to delicate Nova Scotia lobster and lean caribou meat that’s often served smoked, meat and fish lovers will find plenty to celebrate. Vegetarians and vegans won’t be left out though, with wild mushrooms and pulses featuring heavily on veggie-friendly menus, as well as sweet potatoes and rich cheese and pasta dishes.
Those with a sweet tooth should keep an eye out for the indulgent Nanaimo bars, a delicious dessert comprising layered coconut wafer, custard icing and silky smooth chocolate ganache. Canadian tours wouldn’t be complete without the ubiquitous maple syrup - drizzled over fluffy pancakes, folded into pastries, and packed into pecan pies, Canada tours are the place to experience this smoky-sweet nectar in its most authentic state.
Among its national drinks, Canada has taken advantage of its chilly winters to become the world’s leading producer of ice wine, made only from grapes that have frozen while still on the vine, and has one standout peculiarity, the Cesar cocktail, a Bloody Mary made with a mix of tomato and clam juice - don’t knock it ‘til you try it!
First trip to Canada? Here are a few questions you might have.
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Canada is known for its unspoilt natural environment, winter sports and liveable cities. The nation is enriched with vast mountain ranges, forests, and lakes - approximately 60% of the world's lakes are located in Canada. The country also has some of the cleanest air in the world, ranked highly for its low pollution levels.
Its cold climate makes Canada the ultimate winter sports destination, with hockey being a much-loved national sport. Canada is also home to the most scenic and popular skiing destinations in the world.
The country is also widely known for the liveability of its cities. In 2019, Canadian cities Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto featured in the top 10 most liveable cities in the world.
British Citizens don’t typically require a visa to visit Canada for short trips, but you’ll still need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) before your holiday. These only cost $7 CAD and can be applied for online.
The Canadian dollar is the official currency of Canada. Visit XE to see the current exchange rate.
Canada is a country with four seasons. From winter through to summer, the country’s stunning natural landscapes change to reflect the seasons. As such, autumn - September to November - is a beautiful time to visit Canada and experience the vibrant change in colours and scenery. During this time, the weather isn’t too chilly and the summer crowds have dropped off.
Generally, most Canadians eat a western diet not altogether different from what you’d find in the US or UK. When in Canada, be sure to sample poutine. These gravy-and-cheese-curd-topped fries are the ultimate comfort food. If you’re looking for a must-try dessert, you can’t go past Canadian maple syrup. Sourced from the maple tree - you’ve no doubt seen the leaf on the national flag - this high-quality liquid is irresistible on pancakes and pie.
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