All you need to know Canada
Aaron Jennings, Canada expert at Cox & Kings, shares his insider knowledge about vast and diverse Canada.
LOCATION: Encompassing the majority of the northern half of North America, Canada stretches from the Atlantic Ocean right across to the Pacific.
LANGUAGES: English & French.
POPULATION: 35 million.
TIME ZONE: -3.5 to -8 GMT.
CURRENCY: Canadian dollar (CAD / C$) £1 = C$1.67.
VISAS: British passport holders do not require a visa to visit Canada for short periods.
POTTED HISTORY: Canada’s first inhabitants were likely hunter-nomads who crossed over the land bridge that once linked Siberia and Alaska. Around 4,500 years ago, a second wave of migration from Siberia brought the ancestors of the Innuit to Canada. Vikings settled in Atlantic Canada around 1,000 years ago, 500 years before the arrival of Columbus and the next wave of European settlers who went on to establish modern day Canada.
Don’t try and cram too much into a holiday to Canada. It’s a vast country with lots of different experiences, so chose an experience or a region to focus on. Then see something different the next time you visit.
BEFORE YOU TRAVEL
WHEN TO GO
Generally late May to early October is the best time to visit Canada when the temperatures are pleasant and there is plenty to do outdoors.
WHAT TO READ
Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
A collection of short stories, most set in Ontario or British Columbia, written by Canadian author Alice Munro who recently won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
FIND OUT MORE
The official website of the Canadian Tourism Commission.
WHERE TO STAY
Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver.
An elegant 5-star hotel in the heart of Vancouver city centre, Rosewood Hotel Georgia was first opened in 1927.
The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff
The 5-star Rimrock Resort Hotel is located on the side of Sulphur Mountain overlooking the Bow Valley.
WHAT TO EAT
Fiddlehead Fern This cooked leaf vegetable is very popular in New Brunswick.
THROUGH A WRITER’S EYES
‘Such a land is good for an energetic man. It is also not bad for a loafer.’
Rudyard Kipling, 1908.
SET YOUR COMPASS
Vancouver: Home to Stanley Park – Canada’s largest urban park – Vancouver is a cosmopolitan city that offers excellent shopping, bars, theatres and clubs.
Banff: Set high in the Canadian Rockies, the small town of Banff was established in the 1800s as a holiday destination for wealthy Victorians.
Churchill: A hotspot for wildlife spotting, including polar bears, beluga whales and more than 200 species of bird, Churchill is also an excellent location for experiencing the northern lights.
Québec City: North America’s only walled metropolis north of Mexico City, Quebec is one of Canada’s cultural highlights.
TRAVEL WITH COX & KINGS
Classic Canada – 11 Days / 10 Nights from £1195 per person. This self-drive Private Journey is the perfect introduction to Canada.