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Luxury Travel: All-time Favourites

Gina Riley, Sales Consultant at Carrier

I have been visiting Canada for over 20 years, and for me, it is the only place that perfectly combines cosmopolitan living with the picturesque rush of vast mountain peaks, lush forests and an abundance of unforgettable wildlife. As a nature enthusiast, I love the exclusivity of Sonora. Only accessible by sea or air, I have spent many days venturing through rugged woodland grizzly bear spotting, and kayaking across the serene waters of Surge Narrows Marine Park. There is no better city to complement this outdoor vibe than Vancouver, where a bike ride through the greens of Stanley Park promise views of the North Shore Mountains and the string of hidden beaches are ideal for a romantic picnic. For a taste explosion, Grandville Island is a food haven of fresh seafood, middle-eastern treasures and the best honey-dipped doughnut I have ever tasted. And, if you’re still seeking thrills, zip-lining across the Kennedy River or surfing the swells of Chesterman Beach are my picks when staying in or passing through Tofino.

Hike, ski, cycle, cruise or simply stand and savour; however you choose to experience Canada’s diverse geography, it’ll always be spectacular. The endless fir tree forests and snow-capped mountains of the Rockies and beyond are made for exploration and adventure; snow revellers can take to the slopes at Mont Tremblant, enjoy husky-sledding in Quebec or climb the frozen waterfalls in Whistler. In warmer climes, a hike through ancient cedar forests to see the Kermode bear first-hand will have your adrenaline rushing, whilst a moonlit canoe expedition in Southern Ontario is simply a tranquil experience. Flourishing wildlife can be seen in every province; journey along the Icefield Parkway to capture deer and black bears on camera or venture to Grouse Mountain to visit a grizzly bear orphanage. One of the best ways to experience Canada’s remarkable terrain is aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train, which takes on several routes of equal appeal. Beyond the mirror-flat mountain lakes and thriving ecosystems, Canada is also a land of cosmopolitan delights. From the capital Ottawa to charming Quebec City, Canada’s metropolises are steeped in rich history and stately architecture. Capture the grand, neo-Gothic stature of Parliament Hill as you cruise along the Ottawa River, mirrored by kilometres of green cycle paths. The largest of Canada’s cities, French-speaking Quebec City offers a delightful blend of old cobblestone streets and modern pleasures; enjoy a stay at the famous Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, savour a gourmet food tour of charcuterie and scallops in St-Roch or make yourself comfortable in the ‘boites à chansons’ and alternative lounge bars in rue St-Jean. An artsy, more eclectic vibe exists in Toronto, Ontario, where you can discover a wealth of trendy nightspots; we recommend exploring the Art Gallery of Ontario and Graffiti Alley, before witnessing the famous CN Tower illuminated at night.

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Canada Essentials

Approx. Flight Times London to Vancouver: 9 hours 25 minutes, Calgary: 9 hours 25 minutes, Toronto: 8 hours 10 minutes, Montreal: 7 hours 20 minutes, Ottawa 7 hours 45 minutes.
Time Difference GMT British Columbia -8 hours in winter, -7 hours in summer. Alberta -7 hours in winter, -6 hours in summer. Ontario & Quebec -5 hours in winter, -4 hours in summer.
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Canada Hotels & Itineraries

Introducing some of the best 5 star resorts in Canada.

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Best experiences in Canada

  • In Banff National Park, the lucid turquoise waters of Lake Louise are almost ethereal; stop to admire the crisp reflections of the Canadian Rockies on the lake's surface
  • A Relais & Chateaux property, Sonora Resort on Sonora Island is the ultimate place to experience a wilderness adventure; watch the Orca whales breeching or partake in a once-in-a-lifetime grizzly bear excursion
  • Jump on-board the Maid of the Mist boat for a fully immersive Niagara Falls experience - one of the best ways to witness this natural wonder up close
  • Vancouver and Victoria command the most glorious harbour-front settings; indulge in afternoon tea at the historic Fairmont Empress hotel in Victoria's Inner Harbour
  • Relish in the many delights of Vancouver's Stanley Park; observe more than 70,000 animals in the Vancouver Aquarium or relax on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the luscious green expanses
  • If you're into history, Old Montreal is the place to visit; admire exquisite 17th Century buildings and study the archaeological origins of the great Notre Dame Basilica

When is the best time to visit Canada?

British Columbia’s coastal areas enjoy mild temperatures year round, with long sunny days in summer and cooler evenings in spring and autumn. Inland, the winters are cold and snowy. Alberta is Canada’s sunniest province with warm summers and mild springs. Snow in the Rockies is expected from November to March. Central Canada and the Provinces of Québec and Ontario offer year-round possibilities from the perfect winter wonderland to hot and sunny summers.

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Carrier has been tailoring holidays worldwide for over 35 years and has firmly established its reputation as one of the leaders in the luxury holiday market. We have been voted ‘Favourite Tour Operator’ by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller magazine more times than any other company in the past decade, and have been featured in The Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Top 10 Tour Operators for 2016. Carrier has also won several national travel industry accolades, including ‘Luxury Tour Operator of the Year’ from TTG Luxury and Advantage Travel Centres.

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