Banff National Park
Canada, the second-largest country in the world (after Russia), spans North America. With ten provinces and three territories, there is something for everyone to do in Canada, no matter what your passion. Within this expansive land, hugged by massive mountains and rocky coastlines, numerous modern cities and towns welcome you. Take a road trip and go moose-spotting or indulge in the stunning varieties of landscapes around every corner.
The nature in Canada is supreme. Drive, hike, or bike through rainforests, past mountains clad with snow to shiny glaciers and deserted beaches where whales and dolphins play. View an ice hockey game - the Canadians are passionate supporters of their teams, and it's a 'game' that gets very competitive. Skiing, and snowboarding reign the slopes during winter, while spring means the rivers run, rafting and fishing returns, and gardens bloom.
Nature lovers are pampered in Canada. Head north to Churchill and visit the polar bears on their annual tuna fishing expedition or follow the grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, and elk who roam the vast wilderness areas of Canada. Arctic wildlife thrives with whales, seals, and walrus, among a few. Try spotting the big five: polar bear, musk ox, walrus, narwhal and beluga whale, it is possible.
Fundy National Park is one of Canada's many stunning parks. It boasts the world's highest tides, over 25 waterfalls, campgrounds, and more than 100kms of hiking and biking trails. Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland is the second largest national park in Atlantic Canada and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Whistler, Banff, and Lake Louise remain the most famous ski resorts in the country.
If you're not a skier, don't fear, there are plenty of activities, and the apres parties are plenty. Indulge in the cuisine from Montreal's croissants to Vancouver's Asian markets. Canada's cosmopolitan cities boast eclectic cafes, restaurants nightlife, markets, and shopping.
As with visiting most countries, choosing your time for activities in Canada is no different. Fall from September through November and spring from April (snow occasionally falls while tulips bloom) are the two fabulous seasons to visit. Summer, from late June to August, usually has the best weather and therefore its high season with high prices.
Canada is a country that has four distinct seasons, and those vary from east to west. British Columbia, including Vancouver, in the west, has a typically moderate climate year-round. Toronto and Montreal, in the east, are usually cold in winter and perfect for outdoor ice skating.