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Specializing in luxury and experiential travel, Vacation World creates journeys that fully engage the senses and constantly surprise and delight. Founded by Sunil Bijlani & Rohit Bijlani in 2008, with a collective experience of 40 years, our destination experts curate holidays for discerning individuals and small groups, regularly testing everything we offer to ensure that every second of each itinerary is as close to perfection as possible.
See The Eighth Wonder Of The World (Niagara Falls)
The Eighth Wonder of the World cannot be missed on any trip to Canada. With 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second, these horseshoe-shaped waterfalls coat the nearby town in a refreshing mist year-round. In the summer months, you can take a ride on the Maid of the Mist and get intimately close to the power of the falls. Keep your passport on hand because you can walk across the Rainbow Bridge to the United States and view the falls from another impressive angle in Niagara Falls State Park.
Banff National Park
Canada’s oldest national park, Banff, has plenty to offer even seasoned hikers. The park is over 6,000 square kilometres large and has mountainous terrain, countless glaciers, ice fields, alpine landscapes and a thick, beautiful forest to boot. Whether you’re seeking to reproduce your own version of the iconic image above or simply wish to dip your toes in the pristine waters of Lake Louise, climbing the pathways of Banff National Park is breathtaking all year long.
Skate Down The Rideau Canal In Ottawa
As if ice-skating wasn’t already a Canadian enough thing to do, a skate down Ottawa’s Rideau Canal makes for a really unforgettable experience. The Skateway is 7.8 kilometres long and begins steps away from Canada’s Parliament Buildings and extends all the way down to Dows Lake. Skaters can warm up at the rest stations that are scattered throughout the canal where they can enjoy toasty fires, hot drinks and yummy snacks
Walk Above Toronto With The CN Tower Edgewalk
The CN Tower is already an iconic Canadian image to locals and foreigners alike and recently the famous landmark kicked it up a notch by adding the Edgewalk experience. The Edgewalk experience starts on the ground level of the CN Tower where you’ll receive an orientation, next you’ll take an elevator up to the Tower’s main pod, which is more 116 storeys above the ground. You will be attached to a trolley and harness system before you take the first big step out onto the edge of one of the world’s tallest freestanding structures.
Visit The Hot Springs In The Canadian Rockies
There’s nothing like a hot soak after a long day of hiking through the Rockies. British Columbia and Alberta both offer a truly tantalizing selection of steamy, crystal blue waters scattered between national parks and staggeringly tall mountains. Bring the whole family and chill out in Radium Hot Springs, Miette Hot Springs or Banff Upper Hot Springs located in Kootenay National Park, Jasper National Park and Banff National Park respectively. Allow the rich minerals found in these hot springs to invigorate your body and leave your skin feeling brand new.
Walk Over The Capilano Suspension Bridge
This one isn’t for anyone with a case of acrophobia. The Capilano Suspension Bridge is truly a sight to behold as it stretches over a beautiful river, suspended 70 metres above. To put that into perspective if you dropped the Statue of Liberty into the river, the bridge would sit at shoulder height of Lady Liberty. You also don’t need to worry about the bridge giving out — it can withstand the weight of more than 90 full grown elephants! Once you’re done taking in the sights and conquering your fear of heights, feel free to explore the area’s other great amenities from its guided history and nature tours to its cliff walk and treetop adventures.
Snorkeling In Tobermory Bay
There’s no better place to get your Indiana Jones on then Tobermory Bay, Ontario. Only about a 3 hour drive from the City of Toronto, Tobermory Bay is an incredibly popular destination for swimmers and nature lovers alike. The startlingly clear waters of Georgian Bay almost make snorkeling unnecessary, since the waters are so blue and transparent that you can easily see to the lake’s bottom. Tobermory Bay is a particularly interesting snorkeling destination because it’s also the Shipwreck Diving Capital of Canada. Check out over 20 shipwrecks up close and also enjoy submerged forests, canyons and underwater waterfalls that date back to a time before modern man. View the remains of ancient coral in this once tropical sea or watch the modern inhabitants, crawfish, bass and sculpin.
Watch The Tide Roll In At The Bay Of Fundy
Another gem of the east coast, the Bay of Fundy (located in New Brunswick) is so great it was designated one of North America’s Seven Wonders in 2014. Why? You just have to see it to truly understand its coastal charm and wonder. With the highest tides on earth, the rarest whales in the world and precious fossils and minerals scattered throughout the area, the Bay of Fundy is amazing. When the tide is at its highest, it’s more than 9 storeys tall. Other activities in the area include impressive hiking trails, kayaking and boat tours as well as tidal rafting expeditions
Visit The Polar Bear Capital Of The World In Churchill, Manitoba
When you’re planning your great Canadian road trip you might not think about adding Churchill, Manitoba to your list of stops — but you’d really be missing out. Churchill is one of the few human settlements where polar bears can be observed in the wild. Thousands of visitors from around the world visit each fall to see these magnificent animals in person. To ensure your best chance of seeing these fuzzy bears in action make sure to stop by in October or November, when the bears begin their move from their summer habitat on the tundra back to seal-hunting territory – the solid ice that forms every winter over Hudson Bay.
GASTRONOMIC EXPERIENCES In Montreal
Montreal is a little piece of Europe tucked away in Canada that people both north and south of the border can enjoy. If the city’s bustling comedy scene and dramatic European architecture isn’t enough to entice you then let your stomach do the talking. If you’re in the mood for something even more delicious then of course, poutine is a must. Every Canadian will know what this is but for the uninitiated poutine is the coming together of crispy french fries, slathered in savoury homemade gravy and topped with chewy cheese curds. What more could you ask for? This culinary masterpiece is so popular that it inspired an entire chain of poutine themed restaurants that let you put everything from a full egg breakfast on your fries to lobsters and crab.
SHOP TILL YOU DROP At The West Edmonton Mall
Even if you wouldn’t define yourself as a shopaholic the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta is guaranteed to impress you. It was known as the world’s largest mall until 2004 and we have the Ghermezian brothers, who emigrated from Iran in the 50s, to thank for its creation. There are over 800 stores to choose from as well as an indoor amusement park (with 24 rides and attractions), a water park (featuring the world’s largest indoor wave pool), an 18-hole miniature golf course, movie theatres and more! There are so many different attractions and “themed” areas scattered throughout the mall that you’ll be left wondering if you’ve suddenly teleported to New Orleans when you’re walking down Bourbon Street or if you’re in Paris while strolling down Europa Boulevard. One thing’s for sure, you’ll never be bored.
Shakespeare In The Park
Do you enjoy live theatre? Was Shakespeare your favourite unit in high school? Then spend some time in Toronto during the summer and head over to High Park to watch a great Shakespearean tragedy or comedy on the park’s outdoor stage. Torontonians absolutely love this summer tradition as there’s really nothing quite like watching one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces under the stars as the warm summer air brushes past your shoulders. Performances typically run from the end of June to the first weekend of September and is the perfect date night for the cultured couples out there
With 16 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, There’s A Lot To Marvel Over - And Instagram - In Canada.
Head to Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, where you’ll find fossils up to 75 million years old, or ski the slopes at Whistler, Canada’s premier ski and snowboard resort (which, incidentally, is open seven months a year – one of the longest ski seasons in the world).
Or you could get off the beaten track and head to the Bay of Fundy, a UNESCO Biosphere, where you can walk the ocean floor at low tide, or coast along the Dempster Highway, North America’s all-season highway to cross the Arctic Circle.
Drive Along Confederation Bridge
The Confederation Bridge joins the eastern Canadian provinces of Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, creating a seamless and visually stunning connection between them. The bridge is 12.9 km long and is considered one of the country’s top engineering achievements. Originally conceived to replace the existing ferry service, the bridge offers drivers a truly unique view of the Nothumberland Strait and the ever changing weather systems that roll in throughout the day. A round trip journey will run you $45 per vehicle but there’s no better way to reach Prince Edward Island so it’s worth the moolah.
Get The Feel Of France In Canada
Walk around Old Quebec and take in the sights – Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica Cathedral and the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, stop for a shopping spree along the rue Saint-Jean and of course, grab a bite at one of the city’s many traditional French patisseries (La Boite a Pain is top of our list).
Liberal POLICY CREATES FRIENDLY PEOPLE Canada Is VERY Safe!
Renowned for its friendly locals, Canada is one of the safest countries in the world.
In fact, police-reported crime has consistently been in decline for more than two decades here.
Tourists can feel safe knowing that property and violent crime rates are both very low.
NORTHERN LIGHTS STOP SEEING IT IN PICTURES
Want to see the Northern Lights? No problem. Almost everywhere in Canada promises a great view of aurora borealis.
There are some spots that are especially stand-out, though, like Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, which is directly under the auroral oval, providing unobstructed views.
Yellowknife also has very low precipitation rates, making for clear views (most of the time!).
But there’s more than that. You can sail Haida Gwaii, the so-called “Galapagos of the North”. For those willing to step off the beaten track, Haidi Gwaii offers a first-hand look at one of the world’s oldest and most advanced indigenous cultures.
Explore The Canmore Caves
Should you find yourself looking to tap into your adventurous side then a visit to the Canmore Caves in Canmore, Alberta should be firmly situated on your bucket list. The caves maintain a consistently chilly temperature of 5 degrees celsius, making it a perfect activity year-round. Prepare to crawl, slither and climb through a complex cave system and explore stalagmites, stalactites and clearwater pools filled with fossils and interesting formations. If this sounds up your alley then pack some hiking boots, layers of warm clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and some energy bars to maintain strength while you’re caving. Don’t worry if you don’t have spelunking experience, you’ll have a guide helping you throughout the excursion.
You'll Love The Food
Few foods are so inextricably linked to Canada as poutine, a dish of chips smothered in gravy and topped with cheese curds (trust us, it tastes a lot better than it sounds).
For a doughnut fix like no other, head to Tim Horton’s, a popular cafe chain that sells great glazed doughnuts (in flavours like chocolate glazed, apple fritter and Canadian maple).
Sweet tooths should lookout for Beaver Tails (croissant-style pastry topped with berries and whipped cream) and Nanaimo bars (similar to our caramel slice, but with custard instead of caramel). And of course, there’s maple syrup everything in Canada – it’s only natural, considering Canada produces 85 per cent of the world’s supply.
Do You Love Wine?
The best known regions are the Niagara Peninsula,south of Ontario, and the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia.
Both are excellent for wine tours, but if you don’t have enough time, be sure to seek out Canadian wines when you eat out.
Look for merlots, pinot noirs and petit verdots from British Columbia, and malbecs, rieslings and vidals from Ontario.