Where to go in Canada

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Snow-capped mountains, rainforests, wild islands, mighty glaciers, rushing rivers: you’ll find them all in Canada, and more. With incredible wildlife, fascinating indigenous culture, epic landscapes and world-class destinations like Sun Peaks, Whistler and Victoria, Canada is certainly one of the most diverse and spectacular countries in the world. And there are so many different ways to explore: take an unforgettable road trip, book a guided tour, cruise the Pacific Coast or ride the rails aboard the famous Rocky Mountaineer. Whether it’s your first visit or a repeat visit, First Class Holidays is here to help you plan your ultimate Canadian adventure.

For great nature, BC is hard to top. This Pacific province offers a wealth of wilderness experiences, whether it’s hiking in the Rockies, braving the whitewater rapids of the Kicking Horse River, hitting the ski slopes in Whistler or to watch whales on the shores of Vancouver Island. For the ultimate wilderness experience, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the amazing Great Bear Rainforest, the largest temperate rainforest in the world and one of the best places in Canada to see grizzly bears. But there’s more to British Columbia than natural adventures: there’s something for everyone here, from vibrant nightlife in Vancouver and Victoria to world-class wine tasting in the Okanagan Valley, the indigenous culture along the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, the soothing geothermal waters of Halcyon or Radium Hot Springs or the sandy beaches of the Gulf Islands and Pacific Coast.

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Vancouver

Known colloquially as the “City of Glass” due to its adventurous architecture (and numerous skyscrapers), Vancouver is one of Canada’s most dynamic cities. There aren’t many cities on the planet where you could have lunch on the beach, spend a morning shopping on Robson St and Main St, have lunch in Chinatown, enjoy an afternoon of skiing on Cypress Mountain and finish with a night on the tiles in Gastown. Framed by mountains, forests and the sea, it’s a city immersed in nature – a fact epitomized by the green strip of Stanley Park, an urban rainforest covering 405 hectares and criss-crossed by hiking and biking trails. And we can’t forget Vancouver’s much-loved culinary scene where you can enjoy Chinese feasts and the best sushi outside of Japan, farm-to-fork, ocean-to-table and molecular gastronomy.

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whistler

If it’s adrenaline you’re looking for, Whistler is where it’s at. This gorgeous alpine town perched at the foot of the Blackcomb and Whistler mountains is legendary for outdoor pursuits. Whatever the season, there’s something to get your pulse racing. Whether it’s top-notch skiing at North America’s largest resort or epic summer hikes once the snow melts. In summer, the mountain turns into a hiker’s paradise, with an extensive network of trails suitable for all ages and abilities. For thrills, explore the valley on an ATV and take in breathtaking mountain views, zipline through an ancient forest, or fly in a helicopter to an ice cave. Enjoy the best mountain bike park in the world with trails for adrenaline junkies or beginners. Then relax in our pedestrian village with a mouth-watering local craft beer, tuck into delicious sockeye salmon and watch the sunset over the mountain ranges.

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sun peaks

A few days drive from Vancouver or Whistler, Sun Peaks is another great destination if you’re looking to experience the great outdoors. Home to Canada’s second largest ski area, it’s a great place for winter sports and must-do activities like dog sledding, snowmobiling and ice fishing. In the summer, Sun Peaks blossoms into a mecca for outdoor adventure opportunities. After a quick chairlift ride up the mountain, hiking among alpine wildflowers and 360-degree panoramic views of the valley below are a guest favorite. Cross-country and downhill mountain biking is another for those looking for a little more adventure while touring Western Canada. Be sure to spend a few days at Sun Peaks and enjoy the peaceful nearby lakes by canoe, kayak or paddle board. Chances are you’ll be alone on the water with the silence broken only by the occasional call of the loon. With only 1,500 residents, Sun Peaks maintains a friendly, small-town vibe. You’ll start to feel at home immediately – and you’ll probably be on good terms with the locals by the end of the day.

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About the Experts

Over the past 27 years, First Class Holidays has grown into one of the UK’s leading travel agencies. She prides herself on her exceptional customer service and friendly, personalized approach. First Class Holidays’ team of Canadian experts can provide first-hand knowledge on all aspects of your holiday, from flights and hotels to sightseeing and excursions, and are proud to have won numerous awards and accolades industry for its services. All public holidays are protected by ABTA and ATOL, allowing you to book with confidence – so drop a line to First Class Holidays at [email protected], call 0161 888 5632 or download the FREE Canada brochure

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