The Insider Guide To Discovering Canada At Its Most Extraordinary

Located in the beautiful Bella Coola Valley, on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, Tweedsmuir Park is a thrilling place to visit during autumn as the grizzly bears come down from the slopes to feast on spawning salmon

Canada beckons visitors year-round with diverse landscapes and a bounty of outdoor adventures. Ski powdery slopes, hike scenic trails, spot wildlife in their natural habitats, or gaze at the ethereal northern lights as they dance across the night skies. Whatever the season, the Great White North offers unforgettable experiences.

As leading specialists with over 30 years of travel expertise, we fell in love with this magnificent country long ago. Continually revisiting, we’ve cultivated a deep-rooted knowledge of the nation’s treasures, ensuring tailor-made journeys that transcend the ordinary.

Canada’s Summer Bucket List

The high summer season between June and mid-September attracts outdoor enthusiasts to Canada for good reason. Hiking trails burst into bloom with colourful wildflowers, streams run clear, and the weather remains pleasantly warm.

Lakes and coastal areas teem with opportunities for swimming, paddling, kayaking, fishing, or simply lazing on the shore. Wildlife viewing abounds as well, with a diversity of creatures active during these months. Guests drift calmly along estuary sloughs to glimpse bears and birds in the lush habitat of the Great Bear Rainforest, while whales breach offshore from Tofino and moose graze in Algonquin Provincial Park.

British Columbia’s west coast is renowned for whales and sea life, but Tofino is a special place for whale watching as it lies on the migratory path for several types of whales

Ambling Across The Canadian Rockies

Immerse yourself in the Canadian Rockies’ stunning alpine scenery on our 7-night Canadian Rockies Walking Tour.  Beginning in Calgary, you’ll venture into the Banff and Jasper National Parks, pitching your tent amidst jaw-dropping wilderness areas.

If you’re traveling to Jasper National Park there are a lot of lakes to choose from, and many opportunities to canoe or kayak

Guided hikes take you on trails less travelled: trekking above the treeline through flower-filled meadows, skirting turquoise lakes (including the Peyto, Emerald, and Maligne lakes, and of course, the stunning Lake Louise), and surveying panoramic views of glaciers and iconic peaks. Evenings offer chances to relax by the campfire or explore lively mountain towns. Other highlights include a white-water rafting excursion, a drive along the famous Icefields Parkway, and, of course, plentiful opportunities for wildlife viewing in this naturalist’s paradise.

Beat the Crowds: Top Reasons to Visit Canada in Spring & Fall

For travellers seeking quieter trails and fewer crowds, we recommend the shoulder seasons of April to May and September to October. In spring, Canada is reborn as bulbs push through melting snow to paint forests with swathes of trillium, lady’s slipper, and lily of the valley, and migratory birds fill the skies with their songs upon returning north.

Autumn is equally inviting, its blazing colours rivalling any landscape as sugar maples transform into burning torches of red and orange and fresh breezes carry the spicy scents of pine and cedar. Both seasons provide comfortable temperatures for hiking, and you will experience the landscapes in peaceful solitude with fewer visitors to share the scenery.

Enjoy the kind of autumn scenery that “leaves” you absolutely breathless and travel aboard VIA Rail ©VIA Rail Canada

If you’re looking to take in vibrant autumn scenery without the guesswork, the provinces of Ontario and Quebec are tough to beat, as the fall colours in this region are incredibly reliable. A lengthy season that often stretches from September right through October, the forests and woodlands seem to catch fire with brilliant hues that linger for weeks.

One fantastic way to experience this annual spectacle is by train. Consider booking a seat on Via Rail’s route between the cities of Quebec and Montreal. As the locomotive winds its way through the countryside, you’ll be treated to a kaleidoscope of foliage decorating the trees outside your window.

Pause and Ponder: Falling For Quebec’s Charms

Alternatively, see the changing colours by car and book our 10-night Explore Quebec’s Fall Colours holiday through the province’s cultural heartland. Begin in cosmopolitan Montreal, exploring the Old Port’s charm before driving to the Eastern Townships for antiquing, culinary indulgences, and striking views from the Orford Mountains.

Experience Quebec City’s European flair by strolling the cobblestone streets in the walled old town and savouring world-class cuisine. Then venture into the tranquil wilderness at Reserve Faunique Mastigouche for hiking, fishing, and water sports. Finally, unwind at the picturesque Laurentian resort village of Tremblant, nestled amid crimson-hued peaks perfect for mountain trails, golf, and magical leaf-peeping.

Hotel Mont Gabriel’s 18-hole golf course is set on 212 acres on Sommet Gabriel within the Laurentian Mountains—the layout allows for beautiful panoramic views of the Saint Sauveur Valley ©Tourisme Laurentides

Canada’s Winter Wonderlands

When winter winds its way across Canada from November to March, snow sports enthusiasts flock to the mountains. World-class ski resorts like Whistler Blackcomb, Sun Peaks, and Revelstoke offer runs to satisfy all abilities. Powder hounds head to interior BC for legendary champagne powder, heli-skiing in untouched backcountry, or glade skiing through untouched forests. Banff and its SkiBig3 resorts entice with piste perfect slopes, terrain parks, and backcountry tours, while cross-country skiing and snowshoeing through frosted forests make for peaceful, low-key snow adventures.

Experience world-class skiing and snowboarding, breathtaking scenery, and endless adventure at Whistler Blackcomb, North America’s largest ski resort ©Peter Dobesch

Wintertime also presents the chance to witness one of nature’s most ethereal displays—the northern lights. And nowhere offers a better chance than Canada’s northern territories, including the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. Under cover of darkness, the aurora borealis’ shifting veils of light paint the skies with splashes of emerald, aquamarine, and rose. Witnessing this celestial light show with an Indigenous guide enhances the experience, as they share cultural stories and history tied to this atmospheric phenomenon.

Aurora Chasing In The Yukon

Enjoy our eight-night Northern Lights and Winter Sights holiday and experience an extraordinary adventure! After arriving in Vancouver, fly to Whitehorse, Yukon, for a four-night immersive experience at the Northern Lights Resort. Embrace the region’s winter wonders on guided Aurora viewings by the bonfire, thrilling Yukon activities like husky sledding or snowmobiling, and a city tour. Then, journey to the Canadian Rockies for three nights of luxurious respite at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel amid Banff National Park’s breathtaking alpine scenery.

​Come see the aurora borealis in Whitehorse from your modern, co​sy Aurora Glass Chalet designed for optimum northern lights viewing

Year Round Wildlife Viewing

While safaris are available year-round, your dates of travel will depend on which wildlife you are coming to see. In Canada’s arctic, June through September offer the best chances, as there is increased activity during the extended daylight hours, making them easier to observe. A treat for budding amateur photographers, during this period, beluga whales, narwhals, polar bears, Arctic foxes, birds, and all of the Arctic 5, abound.

The optimum time for polar bear viewing in Churchill, Manitoba, is from July to August and October to November so it’s wise to book well ahead of time to enjoy what is a once-in-a-lifetime wildlife encounter

For guaranteed polar bear sightings, Churchill on Hudson Bay attracts bears each October and November as they wait for the sea ice to return. On the west coast, from May through September, it is prime time for viewing orcas, humpbacks, grey whales, and sea lions from Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Supporting a variety of habitats, from jungle-like forests to lush wetlands and open savannah, birders flock to the tiny sanctuary that is Point Pelee National Park during the spring and fall migrations, as millions of waterfowl pass through. And come autumn, bears of all kinds gather streamside for the salmon run on the West coast of Canada: the country home to around 60% of the world’s bear population. Grizzlies and brown bears descend to feast, joined by the rare Kermode—the elusive Spirit Bear—whose pale coat blends into the misty forests they call home.

Hear The Call Of The Great Bear Rainforest

Immerse yourself in the best of British Columbia’s bear country on our 6-night Bears of Knight Inlet Lodge itinerary, the holiday beginning with a few leisurely days in vibrant Vancouver. Then, fly or drive to Campbell River, with car passengers perhaps pausing in Victoria for some iconic whale watching along the way. The main highlight awaits at the remote Knight Inlet Lodge, accessible only by float plane. Here, you’ll spend two to three nights surrounded by untamed wilderness, hiking through ancient forests, watching grizzlies from viewing platforms, and indulging in gourmet meals. After this extraordinary eco-adventure, return to Vancouver for some additional sight-seeing or continue exploring the wild beauty of Vancouver Island’s rugged coast.

Experience a truly wild adventure in the Great Bear Rainforest, and witness grizzlies, and possibly spirit bears, in their natural habitat

Plan Your Extraordinary Canada Holiday With Us

No matter your interests, Canada has some impressive adventures in store. With its diversity of landscapes and activities synced to the seasons, exploring this magnificent country allows for new discoveries around every corner. Of course, proper planning ensures the optimal conditions for the once-in-a-lifetime experiences that await.

As your well-versed travel concierge, our expertise ensures Canada’s wonders are always showcased at their finest, so don’t hesitate to speak to our specialists. From your wildlife bucket list to your preferred outdoor activities and your optimum level of luxury, we will ensure your trip is personally tailored to you, your family, and your friends desires. At Frontier Canada, it’s personal.

For more information and to book, call us on 020 8776 8709 or email us at ATOL PROTECTED No 5405 ABTA W3207.