Welcome to Canada! A life without a visit to Canada & Alaska is a life that remains unfulfilled. Whilst Canada seems faraway, direct flights from Australia have brought our two countries closer together than ever before. A visit to Canada in winter is a completely different experience than seeing Canada in summer and regardless of when you travel we have the experience and know-how to guide you through the many travel options to ensure your holiday ticks every box you've always dreamt about.
When to visit
Canada is a vast country, and the weather can be quite different in the East and in the West.
When to visit in summer. Mid-May to late June is a great time to visit Canada! The summer tourist season has officially begun. There are new leaves in the trees; nature is in full bloom. July-August is peak tourist season right across Canada, from Halifax to Vancouver. Cities and national parks are full of tourists from around the world. September-October is what is called the Indian summer, when the forests don their brilliant hues of red and gold and nature is in full splendour. The weather is still very pleasant, especially in September, although evenings can be quite chilly. This is generally the lower season.
When to visit in winter. The Canadian winter lasts from mid-December to mid-March. It is a great time to enjoy exciting winter activities like snowmobiling and dog sledding and skiing. Mid-December to early January is a very busy time of year because of all the Christmas and New Year's festivities along with the ski resorts enjoying their peak time. The weather is pleasant and snow conditions are at their best. January and February are the coldest months of the year. In March the weather starts to warm and can be almost spring-like. Winter sports can still be enjoyed in early March.
The main International Airports in Canada are
Toronto Pearson International Airport Trains run downtown every 15 minutes from 5:30am to 1am; private car transfers takes around 45 minutes to the city.
Montréal Trudeau International Airport A 24-hour airport shuttle bus runs downtown. Private transfers take 30 to 60 minutes.
Vancouver International Airport Trains run downtown every six to 20 minutes; private transfers take around 30 minutes.
Canadians definitely love the open road. Travelling by motorbike, car, truck or RV is an amazing way to see the country. With vast open roads and incredible scenery a self-drive experience provides freedom and flexibility to appreciate the small things on the way. You’ll be able to explore areas that often large coaches can’t access as well as enjoy as much time as you wish at each destination. Our diverse self-drive itineraries have been thoughtfully designed to offer you the road trip of a lifetime. Explore one of the world’s most scenic drives along the Icefields Parkway winding its way through the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Our packages can be combined with rail on either Rocky Mountaineer or VIA Rail to offer you the best experience of both worlds.
The Canadian Pacific Railway has over 22,500 km of track across Canada. From East Coast to West Coast, Canada is bursting with a wide variety of rail tours. The Alaskan Railroads carries both freight and passengers throughout its system, including Denali National Park. The railroad has a mainline over 760 km long. Enjoy incredible scenery as you travel across Canada’s vast countryside from the temperate Pacific Coast, to the majestic Canadian Rockies, the prairies of the mid-west to the metropolises of Ontario and Québec all the way to the Atlantic Coast – rail travel enables you to relax and enjoy the scenery rolling by in your comfortable seating options.
The two major operators in Canada are Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail. Rocky Mountaineer offers daylight travel options on 2 or 3 day itineraries operating from mid April to early October between the Pacific Coast and the Canadian Rockies, whereas VIA Rail operates year round with a variety of routes, seating and cabins from coast to coast.
Some popular Canada Packages
The ultimate driving itinerary for curious and adventurous personalities, you'll encounter Canada's rugged west coast, Whistler and the Canadian Rocky Mountains with plenty of time to take in the sights and relax in wonderful wilderness lodges. Enjoy the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver and Calgary, the small-town resorts of Banff, Jasper, Whistler and Tofino and take your choice of included tours and activities along the way.
Over 125 years ago, this route united Canada and helped define a nation. Travelling between the Pacific Coast and Banff, you'll witness mountains and wilderness, much of it seemingly unchanged since the days of the first explorers.
From the vibrant city of Vancouver to the quaint towns of Kamloops, Banff and Jasper, this epic circuit links the sigh-triggering sights of the Canadian Rockies on this nine night package. Keep a lookout for a jaw-dropping range of wildlife on a Circle Journey that includes two rail routes, Journey Through the Clouds and First Passage to the West. This inspirational adventure includes a visit to Yoho National Park, a gondola ride with beautiful views of Banff and six mountain ranges and Lake Louise, a phenomenal turquoise-hues lake set against a breathtaking backdrop of rugged peak and glaciers.
Adventure in the Canadian Rockies! This journey brings you to stunning mountain towns with stays in Banff and Lake Louise. Enjoy a trip to the Columbia Icefields and a helicopter tour through the soaring peaks of the Rockies.
A sensational two day journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with a night in Vancouver, Kamloops, and the peaceful town of Jasper.
Explore the Canadian Rockies by visiting the iconic resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper before travelling to the vibrant coastal community of Vancouver onboard the famed Rocky Mountaineer during this exciting, 10-day rail tour.
Navigate the diverse eastern provinces of Ontario and Quebec on this sensational Eastern Canada road trip. Uncover countless highlights showcasing Canada’s assorted culture, history, scenery and wildlife. From the magnificent Niagara Falls to the alluring French culture of Montreal, a journey through the eastern provinces will undoubtedly reveal Canada’s quirkier side.
Discover the magnificent harbourside city of Vancouver, with its diverse neighbourhoods, decadent dining, outdoor pursuits and multicultural attractions. You’ll understand why this city is regularly ranked as one of the most liveable places in the world.
Why we love it!
Canada’s road trips start or end in an iconic gateway city. Cruise quiet highways and intriguing back roads that wind through incredible national parks, picturesque hamlets and friendly communities. Keep the camera poised for road-side wildlife along the way!
Canada’s north offers front-row seats to the enchanting northern lights. Visit the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Churchill, Manitoba, during winter for an extraordinary light show that will dance into your heart and change you forever.
They’re dazzling, beautiful and permanently trending on social media. From polar bears, narwhals and caribou, to grizzly bears, bald eagles and beluga whales, Canada’s most famous inhabitants will leave you awestruck.
From coast to coast, Canada’s cultural destinations, diverse cuisine and innovative arts scene reflect the true spirit of Canada. Explore National Historic Sites, world-renowned museums and national galleries. Celebrate at artisan and culinary festivals, and get to know some of Canada’s remarkable Indigenous communities.
Stay in a wilderness lodge where wildlife roams free; experience a white Christmas at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; eyeball a polar bear (from a safe distance) in the wilds of Churchill. Experience Canada’s legendary adventures – we promise you’ll never be the same again.
Lose yourself in Canada’s tranquil forests and national parks. Reach for new heights on a heli-yoga adventure that gives new meaning to ‘salute to the sun’. Relax in a 5-star spa or soak in a natural hot spring for a full mind, body, spirit rejuvenation.
Ski Canada’s perfect powder on runs that seem to go on forever and stroll through ancient canyons adorned with icy sculptures. From dogsledding to ice-skating on iconic frozen lakes, Canada’s cool winter adventures are the stuff of daydreams.
With its soaring mountain ranges, wild rivers, picturesque hiking trails and urban green centres, Canada’s unparalleled outdoor adventures offer something for everyone. Four-season active escapades offer horse-riding, skiing, cycling, mountain biking and everything in between.
Sample masterful craft beers and new release wines in British Columbia, feast on traditional fare like poutine and bagels in Quebec or salivate over fresh lobster rolls in Nova Scotia. Canada’s culinary scene is as vibrant as the multicultural people who call this country home.