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Canada Holidays

Rocky Mountains and Arctic tundra; Canada is a land of captivating variety. Explore this expansive and beautiful country with us and you will meet some interesting locals, like grizzly bears and orcas.

Canada is vast, varied and vibrant – a great destination for an adventure, whether in pursuit of bears, hurtling along an iconic railway line or soaking up city life.

As the second-largest country in the world, it is hardly surprising to find modern cities, traditional cultures, vast mountains, lakes, plains and deserts. But it is surprising 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.

Whilst Canada’s cities have great energy, for us, it is this wilderness that really makes it special. From the magnificent Rocky Mountains in the west to the Arctic tundra in the north, it has much to offer. And with such great wildlife – from the grizzly to polar bear – a wildlife-viewing holiday in Canada is among the very best.

Grizzly Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada
Grizzly Bear, Great Bear Rainforest, Canada

Canada's Great Wilderness

The wilderness of the north is a haven for wildlife watching and remote lodges have been built to accommodate the adventurous – they are often only accessible by float plane in the summer months. The forests teem with grizzly and brown bears, making Canada one of the premier bear-watching destinations in the world. Meanwhile, the rich waters of the west coast attract orcas, dolphins, otters and beluga whales. It is the expertise of our hand-picked naturalist guides that will really make your trip – we know first-hand that their knowledge and experience will get you as close as possible to the creatures of this great wilderness.

Swell, Haida Gwaii, Canada
Swell, Haida Gwaii, Canada

Sailing in Canada

For such a vast and often inaccessible region, small boat cruising is an ideal way to maximise your time and see the wildlife and landscapes of British Columbia and the archipelago of Haida Gwaii. The rugged coastline of British Columbia is over 25,000 kilometres in length, marked by deep inlets and scattered with over 40,000 islands.

Arctic Safari Camp, Canadian Arctic
Arctic Safari Camp, Canada

Off the Grid in the Canadian Arctic

Some truly extraordinary accommodations can be found in Canada’s wildest and most remote locations. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, they are ideal for solo travellers, couples and families alike.

Explore Canada

  • Vancouver City
  • The Canadian Rockies
  • Yukon
  • Haida Gwaii
  • Vancouver Island
  • Churchill
  • Newfoundland and Labrador

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Our experts have created and curated these holiday ideas to get you started. Take the time to search through them and find something that is the spark for your unique adventure.

Experiences

Ride in a Seaplane

All at once a spectacular scenic journey and a way to speed up transfer times, seaplanes are the sky taxis of Canada. Ideal for both romantic getaways and families keen to cut down on driving, we can arrange seaplane journeys between most destinations (even cities).

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Snorkel with Humpbacks

Grab a wetsuit, put on some fins and pop on a mask before jumping in for an incredible snorkeling adventure with humpback whales off the coast of Newfoundland.

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Private Dinner at Sea

Head out on a culinary adventure atop the waters off Newfoundland in a privately chartered boat, feasting on local and seasonal produce en route to scenic Bell Island.

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Boat Building in St. John’s

Get stuck in and partake in the construction of a classic Newfoundland wooden rodney boat, which are used by the locals for fishing and exploring the coastline.

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Bell Island with a Paleontologist

Spend a day at sea during a private zodiac adventure to Bell Island, exploring its sea caves, sea life and century old fossils in the company of an expert paleontologist.

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Finer Things Food Tour

Hop between Gros Morne’s top rated restaurants, sampling their selections of fresh seafood, garden herbs and handpicked berries while sipping carefully paired wines.

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See the Niagara Falls

Ride a bike through Niagara’s wine country, take a helicopter flight over the falls, embark on an all-access tour with a private guide, join a classic sailing trip through the spray or dine at the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

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Behind the Scenes of Montreal

Wander the Museum of Fine Arts after hours with one of its curators, travel with a local insider on a guided VIP tour of the city’s iconic sites and off-the-beaten track places, go on a culinary walking tour or get behind the wheel of a super car or Mustang on a rally racing track.

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Museums & Eateries of Quebec

Embark on a private tour of Quebec’s museum of fine art, sail the St. Lawrence River in a private boat experience that passes the historic skyline, sample French-Canadian delicacies or travel further afield to the Beaupre Coast to visit the first settlements.

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Lakes & Wildlife of Algonquin

Go canoeing, kayaking, biking or hiking in scenic Algonquin, observing moose, beavers, foxes, deer and other wildlife species in their environment. At night, listen as the breeze whistles through the pines and wolf howls pierce the air.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Roxy Dukes

Roxy’s love for Canada is limitless and she has returned on an almost yearly basis since her first visit as a child. From hiking the high alpine trails, riding with local cowboys to kayaking with humpbacks, she has likely been there and done it.

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Paul Bird

Watching bears interacting without any care of his presence was fascinating for Paul, and being a privileged onlooker in their natural habitat created a lifelong fascination with Canada.

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Frequently asked questions about Canada

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 at it’s peak from late August through to October. but for the snow lovers, there is a multitude of winter sports to try in the colder winter months. We personally prefer the shoulder months during spring and autumn when national parks are quieter but the scenery and wildlife no less wonderful.

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 the pristine wilderness.

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 August, the famous salmon run begins making this a fabulous time to see the grizzly bears, this continues through to October; however, the run is at its peak in September.

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 Johnstone 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.

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I could not have wished for a better and more efficient itinerary in terms of both the destinations we visited and how the timing coincided. Plus, the communication from Roxy was excellent throughout.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

We had a truly amazing trip and everything was so very well planned by Paul - this trip will be hard to beat.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Not only is Steppes an excellent organisation, but the friendliness, great advice and superb attention to detail provided by Paul meant that we had a seamless booking experience and a wonderful trip to Canada.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

As always, Paul married his knowledge with our preferences which resulted in a superb trip.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Paul

Roxy was FANTASTIC at recommending the best place and season to go to see bears in Canada. We saw 47 in total, and 3 of these were up close and personal. Roxy was very professional and helpful, especially when my friends circumstances changed.

Destination: Canada
Travel Expert: Roxy

Great Bear rainforest lake, Canada
Great Bear rainforest, Canada

Raincoast Conservation Trust

We support projects right across the planet. Explore below to see where and how we’re making a difference – in some cases, we can even arrange a visit as part of your tailor-made itinerary.

Support from The Steppes Fund for Change will be used to acquire further commercial trophy hunting rights for the Kitlope tenure in the Great Bear Rainforest, to stop such activities occurring. This will add to the approximately 33,500 square kilometres acquired so far.

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