Cheap Holidays to Canada
Popular Destinations in Canada
Canada Holidays and Hotels
Hotels in Canada
Ski resorts, bustling cities and mountain retreats: wherever your heart takes you in on your holiday to Canada, there’s a wealth of hotel accommodation to choose from. Cosy lodges, cheap hostels and sumptuous hotel rooms are found across the incredibly diverse country, ensuring there’s something to suit everyone.
Millions of holidaymaker’s flock to Canada each year to experience its natural beauty, bucket list sights and incredible food scene. With French influences in the east and national parks to the west, there’s so much to cover during your getaway. Be sure to time your trip well; with pleasant summers and below-zero winters, each destination takes on a totally different feel throughout the year.
Where to stay
Popular with first-timers to the country, Toronto has it all: vibrant city sights, family friendly experiences and the spectacular Niagara Falls just a short train or car ride away. Downtown Toronto is the best place to base yourself during your holiday if you want to be a short walk away from all of the key attractions, while the eclectic Chinatown neighbourhood has a whole host of budget hotel options. Consider the Entertainment District if you want to be close to the harbour, tourist sights and food opportunities galore.
Found in western Canada not far from the border with America, Vancouver is the perfect destination for families, couples and solo travellers alike. Surrounded by mountains, lakes and the ocean, Vancouver offers much more than just your usual city experience. Gastown is the city’s oldest neighbourhood, and is popular with holidaymaker’s who like a thriving nightlife and delicious eateries. The West End district is home to many of the city’s beaches, while Kitsilano offers up a quieter area with more green space.
As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is brimming with history, with an abundance of museums ready to delight all members of the family. Although just a four-hour drive from Toronto, Ottawa offers a completely different vibe, with plenty of nearby parks for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Stay in a hotel around Sparks street in the heart of all the action for easy access to key sights, or embrace the trendy side of the city in the Westboro Village neighbourhood.
Calgary is a cosmopolitan city that’s home to museums, amusement parks and skyscrapers, but it’s also popular for those who want to explore the nearby Banff and Jasper National Parks. Stay in the heart of Downtown Calgary to be close to shops, museums and restaurants, or base yourself around Eau Claire to be close to the city’s many summer festivals.
What to see
With an area of 9.985 million km², there’s a lot of ground to cover during your holiday in Canada - luckily, by sticking close to one of the main city hotspots, you’re bound to be close to many exciting once-in-a-lifetime attractions. In Toronto, head up the CN tower for panoramic views out across the city and over to the islands, catch a baseball game at the Rogers Centre, and take in the exhibitions at the family-friendly Royal Ontario Museum. Quebec City is the place to head to if you want to experience the French side of the country; the majority of residents speak French, giving this city a completely different feel to other parts of Canada. Take a tour of the Old Quebec district to explore more of the city’s history.
There’s plenty to see over in the western corner of Canada too. Get the best views of Vancouver from the 405-hectare Stanley Park, and be sure to visit Granville Island for shops, markets, and even a water park! Keen skiers can even take the opportunity to visit the famous ski resort of Whistler, found an hour-and-a-half drive from Vancouver. Other popular areas to visit include Banff National Park, with its Instagrammable, picture-perfect Lake Louise and Emerald Lake, plus Jasper National Park.
There’s plenty of nightlife to experience all across Canada, no matter what age you are! Toronto is well-known for having a vibrant after-dark scene, with clubs, pubs, comedy venues and more. The theatre scene is big in Ottawa, but the area around York Street offers plenty of drinking opportunities, whatever your preferred tipple is. Dip into whiskey bars, try a range of craft beers in the pubs, or head out to the nightclubs for an evening to remember. Over in Vancouver, there are all sorts of cocktail bars, champagne lounges and underground nightclubs spread out across the city.
What to eat
There’s nothing better to tuck into during the colder months than a plate of hearty poutine. Made up of chips, cheese curds and gravy, poutine is a beloved delicacy that can be found no matter where you are in Canada. Beavertails are another popular snack, comprised of deep-fried dough that’s topped with sweet toppings such as Nutella or peanut butter. Other favourites include ketchup crisps, nanaimo bars (featuring layers of biscuit, custard and chocolate), plus Montreal-style bagels. Try many of the best Canadian delicacies in food markets across the country, including St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Richmond Night Market in Vancouver, and the Night Market in Calgary.
Be sure to take plenty of spending money with you, as Canada is a veritable shopper’s paradise! Nowhere is this more obvious than in Toronto, from its high-end boutiques and designer shops in the Yorkville neighbourhood to the local souvenirs in the St. Lawrence Market. ByWard Market in Ottawa is unmissable, especially in the summer months when stalls line the streets with a variety of stalls selling everything from jewellery through to Canadian food delicacies. And over in Vancouver, there’s one place that shouldn’t be missed: Granville Island, with its 150+ retailers covering everything from homemade crafts, for your holiday souvenirs to clothes, toys and homeware.
Fast facts about Canada
Direct flight time from London: From 7 hours
Transfer time: Varies
Time zone: Varies (GMT-4 in Toronto, GMT-7 in Vancouver)
Currency: Canadian dollar
Language: English and French
Average price of a domestic beer: $6
Average price of a bottle of wine: $15
Number of Brit tourists per year: 724,000