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Canada

Canada is a country of extremes where visitors can experience a little bit of everything from indigenous dogsledding and incredible snow sport locations to surfing in the warmer waters and hiking through some of the world’s most incredible national parks. With the best of both worlds on offer, a superb luxury holiday in Canada is almost guaranteed.

Although Canada has 10 outstanding provinces, by far the most popular with visitors are British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. Each of these provides an entirely unique culture, history and choice of activities – even Poutine, Canada’s national dish, differs from place to place.

British Columbia, most often referred to as B.C., is Canada’s westernmost province and really packs a punch with its breathtaking scenes of woody mountainsides, white-capped peaks, and rugged coastlines. The area is a favourite among those who enjoy their holidays slope-side as it is home to one of the greatest ski destinations in the world, Whistler. Here, guests can indulge in a wild variety of cool sports from snow-shoeing up Whistler Mountain to snowboarding on glaciers.

Not only for nature loving thrill seekers however, B.C. has its cosmopolitan side too. The world famous city of Vancouver lies just a three-hour drive from Whistler and is the start of a mesmerising drive called the Sea to Sky route (or Highway 99). Increasingly one of Canada’s most vibrant cities, Vancouver is the ultimate destination for luxury shopping sprees and high-class eateries.

Another of Canada’s must visit regions is the province of Alberta. Even more of a spot for nature lovers than B.C., this haven of heavenly visions is home to UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff National Park. Here, visitors will find Lake Louise, a beautiful aquamarine mirror so colourful that it could almost have been given an Instagram filter. Photographers, mountaineers and spelunking enthusiasts simply have to put this area at the top of their Canadian to-do list.

Like the rest of the country, Ontario offers much in the way of outdoor pursuits but being in the eastern-central region, doubles as a hotspot for culture vultures. Visitors to this area will see such iconic sights as the Thousand Islands Lake which stretches between Canada and the U.S. and the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. But they will also be treated to a city breaks in either the capital, Ottawa or the vibrant Toronto with its sky-scraping CN Tower.

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Deciding when to visit Canada is a tricky choice. Do you go when the snowfalls for a skiing holiday or in the summer for a surf’s-up beach break? While both of these offer the opportunity for an amazing getaway, here at Winged Boots we have to recommend a trip to Canada during its Autumn months (September – December). The forest-covered country is transformed, almost overnight, into one of the most beautiful scenes on earth, with red leaves everywhere you look.

 
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Good to know

  • Capital: Ottawa
  • Currency: CAD
  • Time to destination: 9 hours and 45 minutes from London
  • In A Word: Stunning

Best Time To Travel

Average Temperatures
Jan: -10°c   Feb: -9°c   Mar: -3°c  
Apr: 6°c   May: 14°c   Jun: 18°c  
Jul: 22°c   Aug: 20°c   Sep: 16°c  
Oct: 9°c   Nov: 2°c   Dec: -6°c  

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Canada in a nutshell

  • Canada is a country full of sporting opportunities everywhere you look, it’s almost impossible to put them all in one place. From lacrosse and American football to ice hockey and bobsleighing, every season, every terrain and every skillset is catered to somewhere in this amazing country. So, whatever your preferred action-packed activity, don’t forget to pack your kit, because this place is going to blow you away.
     
  • Golf enthusiasts get ready for some of the most on par experiences of your life with a never-ending list of championship courses. Ranked by a number of organisations as Canada’s leading spot for the sport, Cabot Cliffs in Nova Scotia is a seaside layout on a cliff with an unusual design of three par threes, three par fours and three par fives on each of the nines. Coming in a close second to this renowned venue is the 18-hole course at Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta. Set amidst a world-famous national park, the green is adjacent to a truly superb lake, with mountain views in every direction.
     
  • Visitors to Canada are required, practically by social law, to watch or engage in at least one game of ice hockey. Although officially not the country’s national sport (that being lacrosse) the game of pucks and ice is a world-recognised symbol of Canadian culture. The best arena in which to watch a game is indisputably the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens. Go on, book your tickets then pick one of the seven NHL teams of Canada and get ready to support them in full colours, if you truly want to blend in like a local.
     
  • No list of active pursuits in this country could be considered complete without a reference to its menu of snow sports. Aside from ice-skating, snow-shoeing, glacier hiking, bobsleighing and husky sleigh-rides, North America is home to the world’s best collection of ski and snowboard destinations. B.C., Alberta and Quebec in particular are well known for their snow-covered resorts like Whistler, Mount Tremblant and Lake Louise. These locations offer double diamond slopes, thrilling black runs, powder bowls and various terrains where pros can perfect and novices can begin their journey into the adrenaline-fueled world.

     
Soak Up the Culture
 
  • With cities like Toronto offering a population speaking more than 140 languages, it’s safe to say that Canada has a lot of culture going for it. Generalised as splitting into four distinct cultural groups, you’ll find that there is no such thing as an ‘average’ Canadian. The categories include the indigenous peoples and the Franco-Canadians or Canadiens, both of whom have highly contrasting cultures. There are opportunities galore for art lovers, foodies, theatre enthusiasts and history explorers to learn about these groups and their way of life in a magically diverse country.
     
  • For a real taste of Canadien living, visitors should make a stop in the province of Québec where French is still spoken as a first language. Home to the cities of Montréal and Quebec, you can really soak up the culture with trips to the iconic Old Montreal. Here, you’ll find such buildings as the Notre-Dame Basilica, and old cobbled lanes which have been practically unchanged in the last hundred years. In Quebec City, sights like horse-drawn carriages are common and a wonderful way to tour the city.
     
  • If you’re looking for an indigenous experience, head to Haida Gwaii an archipelago of native territory where you’ll see totem-filled villages and National Park reserves. On top of this, the area also provides incredible surfing beaches, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, natural hot springs and lush rainforests.

     
  • Due to its combination of cultures, Canada has truly flourished on the world’s culinary radar in recent years, consistently hitting the lists of the best eateries on the planet. Every taste can be catered for with a range of cuisines, dining venues, styles and chefs. Do you want sushi in Saskatchewan or tuna steak in Toronto? Consider it done.
     
  • One dish you simply have to try while you’re here is the national food, poutine. Made with French fries and cheese curds topped with gravy, this culinary offering might sound like something you’d have after a night out but is actually a tasty treat that is served in fine-dining venues as well as pubs. A favourite eatery that dishes up this delicacy is Ivan’s Restaurant in North Bay, Ontario.
     
  • For a taste to remember, Toronto’s O.Noir is a signature experience that every visitor should try for the sheer novelty! Originating in Zurich, this socially conscious eatery hires blind waiting staff to lead guests to their seats where they are then served their dishes in complete darkness. The aim of this is to simulate the experience of eating as a visually impaired person. None of this, however, has any impact on the food, which is simply superb, if a bit of a surprise.



     
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