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Introducing Canada

Canada beyond the wilderness.
Canada is a massive nation, stretching from the U.S. border to the Arctic Circle, the Pacific to the Atlantic, and is sparsely populated for its size (only about 37 million people live here). It’s also home to more diverse terrain and attractions than many travelers are aware. Mountainous national parks with world-class skiing and trekking neighbor cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver and Toronto, each a distinct cultural melting pot.

When is the best time to visit?
July-August is peak tourist season across the nation, with most travelers coming to enjoy the pleasant weather in Canada’s cities and national parks. Winter lasts from December to March (with frigid January being the coldest month) and is the best time for sports like skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, and even dog-sledding. Late April through June is a nice shoulder season, offering good weather with fewer tourists to contend with.

Where should you go?
For the great outdoors, visit Canada’s world-renowned national parks. Jasper, located in western British Columbia, is the largest, great for whitewater rafting and canyon hiking. Banff, in Alberta, offers some of the best ski conditions in the winter. Prince Edward Island, off Canada's east coast, is a tranquil retreat featuring green hills, red sandstone cliffs, long beaches, and fluffy white harp seals.

Then there are the cities. Montreal has a thriving culinary scene, Vancouver offers great beaches and skiing, historic Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with 17th- and 18th-century buildings. And this is just the start—from the Yukon Territory to Nova Scotia, you never need to stop exploring Canada.

How many days do you need?
It all comes down to how much free time you have. You could spend the entire winter season on the ski slopes, or take the summer to raft and hike through those same mountains. Travelers with less than two weeks should stick to one region—or at least one coast. For example, you could enjoy the highlights of the east coast—Montreal, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, and Niagara Falls—while a west coast trip could include beautiful Vancouver and Alberta's famed Banff National Park.

Canada Tours & Itineraries

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Uncrowded roads and non-stop views
Map of Alaska & Yukon Summits Road Trip - 5 Days
Alaska & Yukon Summits Road Trip - 5 Days

North America's Golden Circle route offers some of the continent's grandest scenery and best wildlife, with opportunities for viewing the midnight sun or aurora borealis depending on the time of year. With this five-day adventure tour, you'll travel between Alaska and the Yukon, encountering White Pass and Chilkat Pass (and their villages) used during the Klondike Gold Rush. You'll also reach Haines by ferry and continue to the edges of Kluane National Park, boasting Canada’s highest peak.

 Have fun on the ice in the Artic
Map of Arctic Winter Road Trip - 8 Days
Arctic Winter Road Trip - 8 Days

Explore some of the most remote corners of Canada with this exhilarating eight-day itinerary around the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Travel overland from the Pacific to the Arctic on scenic highways through the mountains and along ancient roads made of ice. Meet the First Nations people who call this icy wonderland home, and make sure to keep an eye out for the northern lights!

Canada's northwest territory is prime for viewing the northern lights
Map of Aurora Viewing in the Yukon - 4 Days
Aurora Viewing in the Yukon - 4 Days

The aurora borealis (northern lights) take center stage on this four-day winter jaunt in northwest Canada. Based in the Yukon's capital of Whitehorse, you'll spend each evening at an idyllic location called the AuroraCentre for relaxed viewing beside a cozy wood stove or roaring campfire. Meanwhile, daylight hours are free for winter sports and hot springs, not to mention shopping and dining in a slow-paced city surrounded by untouched nature.

The Northern Lights
Map of Yukon Winter Adventure - 5 Days
Yukon Winter Adventure - 5 Days

Take a trip to the far north and experience five days of snowy adventures in a winter wonderland. From snowmobiling to dogsledding to a sightseeing flight above the frozen landscape, you'll explore everything the Arctic has to offer. Stop and see wildlife up-close at the Yukon Wildlife Preserve before relaxing with a luxurious soak in the Takhini Hot Springs.

Aurora borealis (northern lights) in the Yukon
Map of Northern Lights, Wildlife & Hot Springs - 4 Days
Northern Lights, Wildlife & Hot Springs - 4 Days

Discover scenic Whitehorse, endless mountains, and a winter wonderland on this tour of the frozen north. Spend your days viewing Arctic animals in a wildlife preserve, soaking in hot springs, and exploring the mountainous landscape by dog sled. In the evenings, head just outside of town for clear skies and a stunning view of the northern lights from the comfort of a roaring campfire.

Untouched mountain vistas in Canada's northwestern territory
Map of Active Summer Adventure in the Yukon - 5 Days
Active Summer Adventure in the Yukon - 5 Days

This guided tour explores Canada's spectacular far north during optimal daylight hours for a unique summertime adventure with few crowds. In less than a week, you'll partake in hiking, canoeing, wildlife viewing, as well as hot springs and a seaplane ride for aerial views of the country's highest peaks. Base yourself in the walkable city of Whitehorse for restaurants, microbreweries, and Gold Rush history.

Canada Travel Advice

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Canada in March: Travel Tips, Weather & More

March is late winter in Canada, meaning snow and cold temperatures linger in some parts of the enormous country, but tentative spring-like conditions can be found. If you want...

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Alpine lake in the Canadian Rockies
Map of Self-Drive Western Canada: Vancouver to Calgary - 10 Days
Self-Drive Western Canada: Vancouver to Calgary - 10 Days

Marvel at western Canada's beauty on this adventurous 10-day journey through British Columbia and Alberta. Set off from Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy stunning landscapes on your way to Whistler. Go hiking and wildlife-spotting in Jasper National Park and cruise across the turquoise waters of Lake Maligne. Soak in hot springs, climb summits, and walk across glacial ice, then head to the charming town of Banff for gondola rides and two-stepping at the local saloon.

Canoes with a backdrop of the Canadian Rockies
Map of Scenic Drive Through Western Canada: From the Rockies to the Pacific - 10 Days
Scenic Drive Through Western Canada: From the Rockies to the Pacific - 10 Days

Hit the road for a spectacularly scenic 10-day road trip that starts and finishes in Vancouver. Wind through the Okanagan Valley, stopping for wine tasting and hot springs, then enjoy the quaint town of Banff before taking a gondola ride to Sulphur Mountain. See the Athabasca Glacier, witness the alpine lakes of Jasper National Park, and spot wildlife on the way to Whistler. Head into the mountains for bear-watching and hiking, then take the famed Sea-to-Sky Highway back to Vancouver.

View of Grouse Mountain
Map of British Columbia Road Trip: From Vancouver to Kelowna - 7 Days
British Columbia Road Trip: From Vancouver to Kelowna - 7 Days

Get a taste of British Colombia during this week-long road trip chock full of summits and lakes. Start in Vancouver, where you'll explore Granville Island and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Visit the chalet village of Whistler and see its towering twin peaks by gondola. Discover Okanagan Valley's sumptuous views as you visit nearby markets and go wine tasting. Finish your trip exploring the shores of Shuswap Lake and the pristine wilderness of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park,

Canada Travel Maps

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Canada map: Alaska & Yukon Summits Road Trip - 5 Days
Alaska & Yukon Summits Road Trip - 5 Days
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Canada map: Arctic Winter Roadtrip - 8 Days
Arctic Winter Roadtrip - 8 Days
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Canada map: Aurora Viewing in the Yukon - 4 Days
Aurora Viewing in the Yukon - 4 Days
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Canada
Travel specialist Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon

Proud of our country in all his beauties and specificities. From our languages to our landscapes, you'll get the best experiences possible while you in Canada. Always trying to support the...

Travel specialist Marie-Christine Desjardins

Marie-Christine Desjardins

I feel very lucky to live in such a beautiful country and to be able to share it with the rest of the world!

Travel specialist Maude Pepin

Maude Pepin

According to me, traveling and learning about different cultures brings people together and makes us grow as a person. I have always felt a strong sense of belonging to my Québec / Canadian origins...


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Trip Reviews for Canada

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Excellent vacation and Carl was very helpful ...
Canada | Sep 27 - Oct 3, 2022

Aaron G.
Port Haywood, VA | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Excellent vacation and Carl was very helpful in trip planning in advance as well as help during the trip. Will definitely continue to use KimKim for our next vacation.

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Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Reviewed on Oct 05, 2022

Thank you !
Really glad that you enjoyed your time in Canada.
It will be a pleasure to help you for another trip maybe one day.