Peyto Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

Canada Holidays

Canada is vast, varied and vibrant – a great destination for a holiday, whether with your family or whale watching or bear watching. Whilst Canada's cities have a great energy, for us it is the wilderness and wildlife of Canada that really make a Canada holiday. From the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the west to the Arctic tundra in the north, Canada has much to offer and with such great wildlife, from the grizzly to polar bear, a wildlife viewing holiday in Canada is among the best.

Bear Viewing
 

Bear Viewing

  • Experience some of the world’s best bear viewing
  • Go in search of the elusive spirit bear in the pristine area of the Great Bear Rainforest
  • Experience close encounters with grizzlies in the Yukon
Orcas
 

Adventure

  • Kayak with Orcas
  • Travel to the Canadian Arctic for incredible wildlife experiences including polar bears and belugas
  • Book a flying safari in British Columbia

 

Pacific Yellow Fin
 

Family

  • Canada is a wonderful destination for families especially Vancouver Island
  • Stay in a luxury wilderness resort such as Clayoquot
  • Charter the Pacific Yellow Fin for the ultimate family sailing experience
Train
 

The Rocky Mountains

  • Travel on the Rocky Mountaineer, for one of the world’s most spectacular rail journeys
  • Experience glaciers by helicopter
  • Discover the emerald waters of Lake Louise

Why we like Canada

It's the expertise of the Canadian wildlife holiday guides that will really make your trip. Their knowledge and experience will get you as close as possible to the bears in the wild. Accommodation in Canada is great – you will stay in lodges with personality and run by big characters and as a result you'll appreciate the natural environment all the more. Make your next trip a Canada wildlife viewing holiday.

What to expect on your Canadian holiday

As the second largest country in the world it is hardly surprising to find modern cities, traditional cultures, vast mountains, lakes, plains and deserts. What is more surprising is to find that almost 90% of the country remains uninhabited and the vast majority of the population live clustered in a handful of cities along the US border.

The wilderness of the north is a haven for wildlife watching and remote lodges have been built to accommodate the adventurous, often only accessible by float plane in the summer months – hence why our Canadian wildlife holidays are so popular. The forests teem with grizzly and brown bears – Canada is one of the best destinations for bear watching holidays - while the rich waters of the west coast attract orcas, dolphins, otters and beluga whales. Don’t forget the autumn when the forests turn a golden yellow.

For families, Canada is an outdoor paradise of activities. There are some wonderful family-friendly properties – Clayoquot springs first to mind – and guides who are expert at pitching their level to children and enthusing them about Canadian wildlife. A Canada holiday is one giant playground of outdoor fun.

Some ideas for a Canada holiday

  • Step into bear territory and stay at a grizzly bear floating lodge learning of these spectacular creatures and the habitats they occupy.
  • Cruise the west coast in a small luxury boat watching whales and orcas.
  • Take the train through the incredible Canadian countryside.
  • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Banff with a stop en-route for a heli-adventure and lunch on a glacier.
  • Head north into Newfoundland on the east coast.

Beyond the ordinary

Charter a yacht and explore the Great Bear Rainforest in search of spirit bears.

Our Canada holiday experts

Sue has a passion for polar bears and has seen more than most people can dream about. She has cruised the Canadian Arctic in the summer and taken land-based expeditions in spring and autumn so can provide first hand guidance on which of the various ships and lodges are the most suitable for your Canada holiday.

Whilst Roxy’s expertise is bear watching and remote lodges, her real obsession is sailing and cruising the inlets that few visit and giving you the true spectacle and range of scenery on your Canada holiday.

Canada FAQs

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Do I need a visa to visit Canada?

UK Nationals do not need a visa to visit Canada, however since 15 March 2016 the eTA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) is a mandatory requirement.  Visa-exempt foreign nationals are expected to have an eTA in order to fly to or transit through Canada, unless otherwise exempted.

As a first time visitor to Canada, where should I go?

Most first time visitors to Canada explore British Columbia. A self-drive through the Rocky Mountains is a popular route for spectacular scenery. For wildlife lovers the Great Bear Rainforest is unbeatable. Or for the adventurous the Canadian Arctic has a wealth of activities and wildlife to enjoy.

When is the best time to go to Canada?

Canada has something to offer year round and travel is possible from May through to October. The most popular time to travel is during the summer (July and August). Grizzly bear viewing is great through to early Autumn but for the snow lovers, there is a multitude of winter sports to try in the colder months. We personally prefer the shoulder months during spring and autumn when national parks are quieter but the scenery and wildlife no less wonderful.

When is the best time to see grizzly bears in Canada?

The bears emerge from hibernation in the spring when food sources are increasing and the weather is mild and warm. In July, the famous salmon run begins making this a fabulous time to see the grizzly bears, this continue through to October, however the run is at its peak in September.


During November, the weather turns colder but it is still possible to see grizzlies in the Canadian Arctic and Yukon. Stay at one of the specialist Bear viewing lodges for a truly immersive experience. Many are floating lodges, only accessible by float-plane located within pristine wilderness.

What is the Kermode or Spirit Bear?

The spirit bear is a black bear with a recessive gene resulting in snow-white fur. It is an extremely rare species and can only be found in certain areas of west coast Canada. Join one of our sailing trips or stay at the specialist spirit bear viewing lodge which is located in the remote area they inhabit. 

When is the best time to see whales in Canada?

During the summer months from July through to October it is possible to see orca and humpback whales off the west coast of Canada, some of which are resident and some transient. The Johnston Strait is one of the best places in the world to see orca as there are 16 pods who reside in the area between May and October.


See beluga whales in the Canadian Arctic between mid June and late August as they migrate and congregate in the shallow waters of the Cunningham River estuary.

When is the best time to see polar bears in Canada?

It is possible to see polar bears in the Canadian Arctic anytime between July and November. In July the bears can be seen against the floral backdrop of the arctic tundra and are often at their most active during this time. For almost guaranteed sightings due to the high concentration of bears, visit Churchill and the surrounding areas in October when the bears congregate near Hudson Bay as they wait patiently for the 'big freeze' to occur so they can head out onto the ice to hunt. This is also the time to see them in a more iconic snowy setting.

Holidays

Canada - British Columbia Grizzly Bear Photography

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Canada - British Columbia Grizzly Bear Photography

Explore the wilderness and wildlife of Bella Coola at one of British Colombia's premier bear view...

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Canada - Classic Polar Bears

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Canada - Classic Polar Bears

Head out over the frozen tundra of the Canadian Arctic in search of the world's largest bear, the...

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Canada - Great Bear Rainforest Cruise with Sue Flood

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Canada - Great Bear Rainforest Cruise with Sue Flood

This is a unique opportunity to join an exclusive photographic cruise in British Columbia, s...

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Canada The Ice Bears of Yukon

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Canada The Ice Bears of Yukon

This group tour provides a truly once in a life time opportunity to experience the world's only i...

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Canada - A First Time Visit

A First Time Visit to Canada

This holiday through the Canadian Rockies combined with the wildlife of Vancouver Island is perfe...

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Canadian Arctic - Adventure and Wildlife

Canadian Arctic - Adventure and Wildlife

Discover a remarkable wilderness from an extraordinary camp.  This holiday idea to the Canad...

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Canada - Newfoundland and Wild Labrador

Voyage to Newfoundland & Labrador

Showcasing the awe-inspiring landscapes, culture and wildlife of Canada & Greenland, this 15-...

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Canada - A Family Adventure

A Family Adventure to Canada

With wide open spaces, breath-taking scenery, thrilling outdoor pursuits and extraordinary wildli...

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Canada - Culture & Wildlife Sailing in Haida Gwaii

Canada - Culture & Wildlife Sailing in Haida Gwaii

Sail the remote waters of Haida Gwaii and explore the ancient culture of the Haida First Nat...

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Canada - Flying Safari in British Columbia

Flying Safari in British Columbia

As part of a longer trip discovering British Columbia, our flying safari element offers a unique ...

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Canada - Kayaking with Orcas

Kayaking with Orcas in Canada

This is a magical journey to the north eastern tip of Vancouver Island to witness some of the gre...

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Canada - Sail The Great Bear Rainforest

Sailing Canada - Sail The Great Bear Rainforest

Join a small sailing boat for the adventure of a life time. The Great Bear Rainforest is one...

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Canada - British Columbia Self Drive

Two week Self-Drive holiday in British Columbia

Our classic self-drive holiday to British Columbia encompasses a number of highlights i...

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Canada - Birds, Bears, Belugas

Canada - Birds, Bears and Belugas

An exceptional opportunity to swim with beluga whalesStay at the remote Seal River Heri...

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Canada - Newfoundland Self-Drive

12 Day Newfoundland Self-Drive

Just 5 hours flying time from the UK will bring you to Canada’s most Easterly point and the spars...

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Canadian Arctic - Narwhal Safari

Narwhal Viewing Holiday in the Canadian Arctic

This exclusive expedition is an Arctic safari exploring the rich wildlife of Lancaster Sound, an ...

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Canada - Yukon Self Drive

A Self-Drive Holiday Yukon

A self-drive through the Yukon Territory in northern Canada is one of the best ways to experience...

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Inspiration

Black Bear, Haida Gwaii, Canada

Haida Gwaii's black bear - the taan returns to the region

The 2017 season has seen increased sightings of Haida Gwaii's resident black bear, North America's largest subspecies of the black bear family and known in the local language as taan.  
The islands of Haida Gwaii are known for their folklore and ancient beliefs and it does seem incredible that the increase in bear sightings, around Haida House coincides with the fact that the lodge, which was once a privately owned trophy bear hunting lodge is now owned by local Haida people...
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Ocean House, Haida Gwaii, Canada

NEW: Ocean House, Haida Gwaii

Ocean Lodge is a new 12 room lodge due to open in May 2018. Sister to Haida House, this floating lodge is anchored in a secluded bay on the east coast of Moresby Island, part of the archipelago of Haida Gwaii, a stunningly beautiful and culturally rich part of British Colombia. 
Reachable only by air, the lodge is taking bookings now for May 2018 with some excellent savings when booked before 31 August 2017. A stay here will offer a chance to explore the beaches, woodland and ancient villages of the mysterious Haida people, a little visited area of Canada. 
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Fogo Island Inn Architecture ©Alex Fradkin

Fogo Island Inn - Amazing Hotel on the BBC

In episode 5 of BBC2's Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby, Giles Coren and Monica Galetti travelled to Newfoundland's dramatic coastline to spend time at the striking architectural retreat of Fogo Island Inn. Why not tag a stay at this contemporary hideaway onto a longer adventure around Newfoundland.
Banff, British Colombia, Canada

Free National Parks in 2017

It has never been a better time to explore the wonderful Canadian wilderness. 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and all the national parks are free to visit for the whole year.

Bison, Yellowstone National Park, USA

Bison return to Banff National Park

More than 100 years after they were nearly hunted to extinction 16 bison have been successfully reintroduced to Banff National Park
The herd will be kept in an enclosed section of the park and observed until summer 2018 when they will be allowed access further into the park. Once there were as many as 30 million bison on the plains of the park but were hunted by aboriginal Canadians as a food source and for their thick hide.
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Client Reviews

Bear Lying Down, Canada
''Excellent organisation, advice and attention to detail - and friendly.''

Roy Abrahams

Canada
Grey Wolf, Canada
"As with previous experiences, everything was excellent. I could not have wanted for a better and more efficient itinerary. Communication from Roxy and Rosie was excellent"

Sarah Jane Whitsed

Canada

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