Whistler to Winnipeg. Vancouver to Victoria. Calgary to Charlottetown. The vast and beautiful country of Canada is just waiting to be explored. It's all here: fantastic food, great hospitality, a thriving arts scene, and mile upon mile of rugged natural landscape. Whether you're walking the ramparts of Quebec City, lying low in a lakeside resort, living it up in Toronto or skiing in the Rockies, a Canada holiday is sure to put the spring back in your step.
Things to do
There are so many things to do in Canada, with the mountains, lakes and biking trails offering the very best of outdoor adventures. Even in the big cities you'll always feel close to nature. In Montreal, you can soak up the atmosphere in the old town or while away the day in the Botanical Gardens. In Vancouver, take a post-shop stroll in tranquil Stanley Park and spot the birds along the water's edge, before stepping back into the bustle to try the city's cool nightlife.
Food & restaurants
There are scores of great restaurants in Canada. Top off your stay in Vancouver with first-class seafood at the Blue Water Café, or something spicy and Caribbean from the Calabash Bistro. You can take your pick from all sorts of international cuisine in multicultural Toronto, but if you just want a simple hearty feed head for The Burger's Priest. If you're visiting friendly Calgary, don't miss the short rib and mac and cheese at Brava Bistro.
Canada accommodation comes in all different types, from budget dorms to luxury boltholes. On Prince Edward Island, stay in comfort at Charlottetown's Great George Hotel or at the family-run Banbridge Inn. When exploring the prairie province of Manitoba, bed down in one of Winnipeg's reliable chain hotels or in a lakeside resort. For boutique chic, try the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto or The Opus in Vancouver.
Whether you're after picnic supplies or one-off clothing designs, you'll always find what you're looking for when shopping in Canada. Trendsetters will love the string of independent boutiques and vintage stores along Vancouver's Main Street and the Marché Bonsecours in Montreal. For premier shopping centres try the Eaton Centre in Toronto, the Chinook Centre in Calgary or the Complexe des Jardins in Montreal. Market-lovers should try the host of famers' markets in Calgary and the Summer Boutiques in Montreal, set up in shipping containers around King Edward Pier.