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Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Canada , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

A great place to start your Canada holiday is in Vancouver, which nestles between the mountains and the ocean. Stroll through Stanley Park and admire the forests, gardens, beaches and totem poles, ride a cable-car up Grouse Mountain or take a sea-safari to look for seals and sea birds.


From Vancouver you can easily access Vancouver Island, an area of beautiful natural wilderness incorporating landscapes of unspoilt coastline, secluded bays, thick forests, snow-capped mountain peaks and wild rivers. It is quintessential Canada and home to an array of wildlife; you can enjoy outdoor activities, including whale-watching and bear-watching, or go kayaking, horse-riding, fishing or hiking.


The wilderness lodges and Canadian hotels showcase some of the country's excellent-quality wine (although produced in Canada, the wines are not exported, so you can only sample them here), along with excellent locally sourced fresh produce that features in superb seasonal menus – ideal sustenance after an energetic day. The Rocky Mountains are another major icon of Canada and one of the best ways to appreciate the terrain and scale of the mountain range is on the glamorous Rocky Mountaineer , the railway track through the Rocky Mountain National Park passes along unique spiral tunnels that allows the train to ‘climb', whilst the full-length dome windows and reclining seats maximise the breathtaking scenery.

General Information
CapitalOttawa, Ontario
LanguageEnglish
Time Difference-11 hours
CurrencyCanadian Dollar
Voltage110v

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Climate+

March through to July enjoys moderate temperatures, cooling at night, while July and August are the best months, cooling from September to December when the winter arrives and days and nights are cold. (The guide to the right is for Vancouver.)

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Canada.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January6191
February8155
March11135
April1397
May1773
June2056
July2248
August2350
September1980
October14152
November9207
December6228

Highlights+

Vancouver
This cosmopolitan city features over a thousand acres of cultivated gardens and woodland and an eighteen-kilometre-long paved trail winds around the city, join the locals either on foot, by bike or on roller blades for an authentic way to discover the city. Stanley Park's thousand acres of forest and gardens include Vancouver Aquarium, a children's' farmyard and miniature train, as well as tennis courts, a cricket pitch and several excellent beaches. Take the ferry to Granville Island Public Market for last-minute gifts and souvenirs to take home; this rejuvenated industrial sector is one of Vancouver's greatest success stories, home to a host of craft and art galleries, restaurants, theatres and a very popular food market.

Banff
Families will enjoy Cascade Ponds, with its shallow waters, swimming and barbecue areas whilst the summer-based Banff Culture Days offer self-guided walks, town events, open heritage homes and artist demonstrations. Jasper Admire the two sets of waterfalls at Athabasca Falls on the Icefields Parkways, accessed via various steps and walkways. Alternatively, take a boat cruise on the stunning Maligne Lake or plunge into the natural mineral waters of Miette Hot Springs.

Tofino
The waters around Tofino are rich in salmon and halibut and, between March and May, Grey Whales stop to stock-up as part of their migration to the Arctic Ocean, while 'resident' Grey and Humpback whales can be viewed between June and November.

Whistler
A superb year-round destination, Whistler's emerald-green forests, spectacular lakes and surrounding mountains are the perfect setting for the outdoor-loving family. Between May and October, a local Researcher offers guided tours through the cedar forests of Whistler and Backcomb Mountains, some of Canada's most pristine Black Bear habitat. A number of Black Bears make their home here, providing you with excellent opportunities to see their dens and feeding sites - you may even be able to watch a mother and her cub at play.

Getting There+

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Travel Gems+

Grizzly Bears
Canada's Great Bear Rainforest, in British Columbia, allows you to view Grizzly Bears in their natural environment. Only a maximum of sixteen guests can stay at one time, allowing privileged guests to spend their days observing the bears and discussing the day's adventures while dining on gourmet cuisine and wine in the evening.

Black & White Adventure
For a truly astonishing and unique eco-safari experience in the wilds of rural western Canada and the Arctic, the Black & White eco-adventure is inspired by the hues of the creatures you'll encounter on your journey: some are coloured in shades of black and others are snowy white. In the UNESCO-protected biosphere reserve and rainforests of Clayoquot Sound, there are opportunites to view - at close quarters - Black Bears, Orca and Grey and Humpback Whales, while in the Arctic area of Churchill, Manitoba the possibility of viewing up close magnificent Polar Bears, inquisitive Beluga Whales and Arctic birds is very real indeed.

Families
- The Kids' Market at Granville Island's Public Market features specialist shops and play zones to delight children of all ages.

- The Kidding Around programme , offered by the Four Seaons Resort Whistler will keep childre occupied with dinner, arts and crafts, movies, games and bedtime stories.

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