ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS IN CANADA
Family Holiday Overview
Embark on an unforgettable family adventure holiday taking in the wilds of Western Canada, a place where scenery unfolds with heart-stopping beauty at every turn. Start your journey in the Canadian Rockies, a place where saw-toothed peaks stand guard over deep turquoise lakes and streams fed by ice fields cascade through rock-walled canyons. See elk and deer grazing by the roadsides, and caribou, comedic moose and grizzly bear roaming the backcountry.
Explore the Okanagan Valley, home to countless orchards and wineries. Watch Shakespeare performed in a hilltop amphitheatre at sunset, go horse-riding through silent sagebrush-covered hills or tour a First Nations desert cultural centre. Take the ferry across to Vancouver Island; studded with colourful, quirky communities and the perfect place to ‘crank up’ the activity notch. Take a whale-watching trip to spot majestic humpbacks and playful orcas or a grizzly trip to see bears fish for salmon in a coastal inlet. Explore the vast wilderness of Wells Gray Provincial Park with its majestic waterfalls and opportunities for camping, canoeing and star gazing.
End your Canadian adventure holiday in Vancouver, the ‘City of Glass’, with its sunset-framed beaches squeezed between unfurling ocean and mountain panoramas. Add on as much adventure as you wish with white-water rafting, kayaking, cycling, rock climbing, canyoning and glacier hikes available.
- The UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of four national parks (Banff, Jasper, Yoho and Kootenay) covering 20,000sqkm
- The highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies is Mt. Robson at 12,972ft
- Banff National Park’s wildlife can cross the Trans-Canada highway on specially built over and under passes
- The largest lake in Banff National Park, Lake Minnewanka (yes that really is its name) is man-made. When it was dammed the tiny resort village of Minnewanka Landing was drowned
- It is possible to see the Northern Lights in the Canadian Rockies. The best time to see them is in August and September
- Nanaimo, on Vancouver Island, is the Bathtub Racing capital of the world
- All of the grey squirrels in Stanley Park, Vancouver, are descended from eight pairs given to Vancouver by New York City in 1909
- Whistler is named after the hoary marmot which gives a piercing whistle sound to warn of danger
- Famous people who were born or lived most of their life in Vancouver include Michael Buble, Bryan Adams, Pamela Anderson, Michael J. Fox and Ryan Reynolds