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When is the Best Time to Visit Canada?

When is the Best Time to Visit Canada?

Unknown to many tourists and travelers, you can visit Canada all year round. Each season offers something different. It has its own food, festivals, and natural displays. You just have to decide which season you want to enjoy in Canada.

Winter

Winter in Canada is from November to February. Layers of snow cover the landscapes of forests, rivers, and mountains. But, Canada’s west coast can have rainier, but milder winders.

If you plan to go during the winter, you can include these winter highlights in your Canada travel plans:

  • Snow-covered landscapes and mountains: Winter sports like skiing, snow-shoeing, sledding, and ice skating are popular, especially in British Columbia, Yukon, Alberta, and the Northwest territories.
  • Wonderful Quebec: This province provides a delightful European vibe. Quebec City and Montreal are the best places to visit in the winter months.
  • Frozen Niagara Falls: You will find Niagara Falls colorfully lit during the Winter Festival of Lights.
  • Sumptuous Winter Food: Maple taffy is delectable. Also, you will enjoy a cup of mulled wine in this cold weather.
  • Winter Festivals: Ensure to check local events for the winter. You can experience the Winterlude in Ottawa, Quebec Winter Carnival, Montreal’s Festival of Lights.

Spring

Spring in Canada is from March to June. If you decide to go to Canada in Spring, please note that there are fewer tourists and festivals during this season. Spring brings a lot of rain, so be prepared for wet days.

  • 10,000-year old glaciers: Labrador and Newfoundland offer an optimal view of the Iceberg Alley from April to June.
  • Outdoor activities: You can enjoy white water rafting in early snow.
  • Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver: You will find the city embellished in hues of pink.

Summer

Summer is a favorite season of the Canadians. From June to September, the temperature averages from 20 to 30 degrees. People try to squeeze in to get as much sunshine as possible.

  • Hiking or camping: Elusive animals are more active during the summer. It is your chance to see bears, beavers, moose, deer, and other wildlife.
  • Festival season: Big festivals include Alberta’s Calgary Stampede, Quebec’s Montreal Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s Celebration of Life, and the nationwide Just for Laughs.
  • Outdoor sports: You can enjoy kayaking, canoeing, and portaging, which is alternate between canoeing and land-based exploring.

Fall

Fall in Canada is from September to November. Autumn is world famous because of the spectacular changes in leaf color. You can see the forests and mountains turn to rustic shades of red, yellow, and orange.

  • Polar bear spotting: You can head to Baffin Island in Nunavut or Churchill in Manitoba if you want to see beluga whales and polar bears from October to November.
  • Spirit bear watching: You can spot these mystic creatures from August to September on the west coast.
  • Toronto’s Nuit Blanche: This occurs every October. You can experience all-night eclectic art events across the city.

As you can see, Canada welcomes tourists and travelers any time of the year. It offers unique experiences any season you want to visit. So, include the places listed in your Canada travel plans to have an enjoyable experience.

 

What Not To Miss Out On In Vancouver

What Not To Miss Out On In Vancouver

You will find a lot of things to do in Vancouver. So, better include it in your Canada travel plans. But, if it is your first time in the city, you first need to orient yourself. Harbour Center has an observation deck where you can see the city skyline. If you are bringing your kids, they will surely enjoy the Vancouver Aquarium with at least 7,000 creatures. Also, the Vancouver Art Gallery and Science World are a must see.

You can take a harbor cruise to give you a whole new perspective of the city. Then, take a 15-minute drive to the Grouse Mountain. At least 1 million visitors take the gondola ride every year. They also ski and hike. Moreover, the visit the wildlife refuge and try the zipline.

Stanley Park

Stanley Park is a serene oasis in the middle of an urban jungle. It is a National Historic Site with at least 8 million guests yearly. It has a rainforest, picturesque beaches, wonderful local wildlife, mountainous vistas, and historic landmarks.

You will find Stanley Park in the north-western part of downtown Vancouver. Before 1888, it was home to the first settlers of Canada like the Squamish, Musqueam, and Burrard. Named after Canada’s Governor General Lord Frederick Stanley, it was an early official green space.

Stanley Park has tennis courts, beaches, picnic areas, water park, kid’s playground, and the popular Vancouver Seawall. You cannot finish touring Stanley Park in one day. The Brockton Point boasts of nine totem poles. Stanley Park’s indigenous people carved most of these poles.

You can tour Stanley Park via shuttle, by bike, or by foot. But, if you want a relaxing and comfortable tour, you can jump aboard the horse-drawn carriages for a tour. If you want to experience the hikes and nature trails, you can sightsee by foot.

Kitsilano Beach

If California has its Venice Beach, Vancouver has Kitsilano Beach. Kits Beach, as it is fondly called, is popular to Canada’s citizens and tourists during the summer. The Kitsilano Pool is known as the longest pool in the country. Also, it is the lone heated saltwater pool in Canada.

Kits Beach offers white sand, quiet swimming conditions, and stunning views of the city. You can take a stroll of the Seaside Greenway, the world’s longest and uninterrupted waterfront pathway. Kitsilano Beach is accessible by ferry, car, or bus.

Canada Place

Located in the vibrant harbor area of Vancouver, Canada Place is the entry point of tourists who arrive by ship. It offers a lively promenade with different facilities like a flight simulation center, waterfront cinema, walking tours, hotel, etc.

You will recognize Canada Place through its five white sails that comprise its roof. You can visit The Canadian Trail, the Heritage Horns, and the Dream of Canada Exhibit for an experience of Canada’s enchanting culture and heritage.

Beginning with The Canada Trail, you will learn about Canada’s histories. You can take the nostalgic walkway as you go through the tiles and colored glass that showcase Canada’s ten provinces and three territories. Guided tours are available if you want to learn the history in detail.

 

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