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Introducing Canada

Canada beyond the wilderness.
Canada is a massive nation, stretching from the U.S. border to the Arctic Circle, the Pacific to the Atlantic, and is sparsely populated for its size (only about 37 million people live here). It’s also home to more diverse terrain and attractions than many travelers are aware. Mountainous national parks with world-class skiing and trekking neighbor cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver and Toronto, each a distinct cultural melting pot.

When is the best time to visit?
July-August is peak tourist season across the nation, with most travelers coming to enjoy the pleasant weather in Canada’s cities and national parks. Winter lasts from December to March (with frigid January being the coldest month) and is the best time for sports like skiing and snowboarding, snowmobiling, and even dog-sledding. Late April through June is a nice shoulder season, offering good weather with fewer tourists to contend with.

Where should you go?
For the great outdoors, visit Canada’s world-renowned national parks. Jasper, located in western British Columbia, is the largest, great for whitewater rafting and canyon hiking. Banff, in Alberta, offers some of the best ski conditions in the winter. Prince Edward Island, off Canada's east coast, is a tranquil retreat featuring green hills, red sandstone cliffs, long beaches, and fluffy white harp seals.

Then there are the cities. Montreal has a thriving culinary scene, Vancouver offers great beaches and skiing, historic Quebec City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with 17th- and 18th-century buildings. And this is just the start—from the Yukon Territory to Nova Scotia, you never need to stop exploring Canada.

How many days do you need?
It all comes down to how much free time you have. You could spend the entire winter season on the ski slopes, or take the summer to raft and hike through those same mountains. Travelers with less than two weeks should stick to one region—or at least one coast. For example, you could enjoy the highlights of the east coast—Montreal, Quebec City, Prince Edward Island, and Niagara Falls—while a west coast trip could include beautiful Vancouver and Alberta's famed Banff National Park.

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Canada Tours & Itineraries

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Map of Self-Drive Western Canada: Vancouver to Calgary - 10 Days
Self-Drive Western Canada: Vancouver to Calgary - 10 Days

Marvel at western Canada's beauty on this adventurous 10-day journey through British Columbia and Alberta. Set off from Vancouver along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and enjoy stunning landscapes on your way to Whistler. Go hiking and wildlife-spotting in Jasper National Park and cruise across the turquoise waters of Lake Maligne. Soak in hot springs, climb summits, and walk across glacial ice, then head to the charming town of Banff for gondola rides and two-stepping at the local saloon.

Autumn on the Icefield Parkway in Jasper National Park, Alberta
Map of Western Canada Panorama: Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip - 10 Days
Western Canada Panorama: Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip - 10 Days

See the best of two provinces and three national parks on this spectacular 10-day road trip through the Canadian Rockies. Setting out from Calgary, you'll drive west along some of the world's most scenic highways, traveling through a landscape of rugged mountains, alpine lakes, and wide-open skies. Your adventure ends at the Pacific, where nature meets metropolis in the coastal gem of Vancouver.

Visit the mighty Niagara Falls
Map of Canadian Culture & Nature: Toronto & Niagara Falls – 5 Days
Canadian Culture & Nature: Toronto & Niagara Falls – 5 Days

Experience Canada's urban and natural wonders on this fast-paced five-day tour. Touchdown in Toronto, where historical buildings, aquariums, and sprawling markets await. You'll scale the iconic CN Tower for panoramic city views and tour the epic Royal Ontario Museum. For a dose of nature, ride the ferry to the scenic Toronto Islands and take a day trip to mighty Niagara Falls.

Take in the many spires of Québec City's iconic Château Frontenac
Map of Explore Québec's Food & Culture: Québec City & Montréal – 5 Days
Explore Québec's Food & Culture: Québec City & Montréal – 5 Days

Get a taste of Québec's food and culture on this compact five-day tour. Touchdown in Québec City, where you'll explore its UNESCO-listed Old Town and art galleries before day-tripping to the Ile d'Orléans, a mecca for history fans and food lovers. Enjoy a scenic train journey to Montréal to feast on Canadian cuisine, soak up fine art, and admire panoramic city views from Montréal's observation wheel.

Disembark the Train de Charlevoix from Québec City at scenic La Malbaie along the north shore of the St. Lawrence
Map of Eastern Canada by Train: Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City & Charlevoix - 14 Days
Eastern Canada by Train: Toronto, Ottawa, Montréal, Quebec City & Charlevoix - 14 Days

Experience the historic cities and stunning landscapes of Ontario and Québec on this epic two-week journey by train. Start with views from Toronto's CN Tower and a day trip to Niagara Falls, then hop on a train to Ottawa to cruise down the Rideau Canal. Sample poutine and patisseries on a food tour of Montréal, step back in time amid the cobblestones of UNESCO-listed Québec City, then ride the rails to Charlevoix for hiking in Grands-Jardins National Park and whale watching on the St. Lawrence River.

Canada's northwest territory is prime for viewing the northern lights
Map of Aurora Viewing in the Yukon - 4 Days
Aurora Viewing in the Yukon - 4 Days

The aurora borealis (northern lights) take center stage on this four-day winter jaunt in northwest Canada. Based in the Yukon's capital of Whitehorse, you'll spend each evening at an idyllic location called the AuroraCentre for relaxed viewing beside a cozy wood stove or roaring campfire. Meanwhile, daylight hours are free for winter sports and hot springs, not to mention shopping and dining in a slow-paced city surrounded by untouched nature.

Make the Most of Your Time in Canada

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Mountains, forests, and lakes in the Rockies
How Many Days to Spend in Canada

When planning a trip to Canada, two weeks is an ideal amount of time to visit multiple regions or immerse yourself in one province, getting to know the area well. Alternatively,...

Visit Lake Moraine on an itinerary that covers Alberta's Banff National Park
Map of 1 Week in Canada - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
1 Week in Canada - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

You can explore the Canadian Rockies via train in one week, covering destinations such as Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, and Jasper. Or, concentrate on the country's city culture...

Take to Grands-Jardins National Park to hike amid forests of balsam and black spruce and spot wildlife like moose and beavers
Map of 10 Days in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Canada - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Explore the best of Canada's west coast in 10 days, covering destinations like Vancouver, Whistler, and lakes Louise and Moraine, or add visits to Banff, Jasper, and Kamloops to...

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Vancouver, the jewel of the Pacific Northwest, is a culinary explorer's dream. Known for its diversity and thriving food scene, the city's dining landscape is a vibrant blend of cultures, flavors, and traditions. From cozy cafés offering pastries and artisanal coffees to vibrant markets with local produce and world-class restaurants serving up everything from farm-to-table delights to exquisite seafood and global cuisines, Vancouver's food scene offers something for everyone.

Canada Place
Highlights of Vancouver - 5 Days

Explore Vancouver through its vibrant markets, thrilling parks, and local delicacies. On this five-day tour in West Canada's bustling metropolis, you'll discover Granville Island's artistic and culinary scenes, traverse the high walkways of Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, and browse craft stalls at North Vancouver's Shipyards Night Market. Each day promises a new adventure set within a different corner of Vancouver's rich and diverse cityscape and surrounding nature.

Aerial View of Granville Island in False Creek
24 Hours in Vancouver - an Urban and Nature Adventure

If you only have one day in Vancouver, this itinerary offers a whirlwind tour of the city's cultural scene and natural beauty. Kick off your 24 hours with breakfast in hip Yaletown, then explore the artsy district of Granville Island. In the afternoon, head into the nearby rainforest to traverse the Capilano Suspension Bridge, then wrap up in Downtown Vancouver with dinner at one of the city's best restaurants. This short-but-sweet itinerary promises a sampling of both the city life and natural wonders that make this Canadian city so captivating.

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1 Week in Canada - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Trip Reviews for Canada

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

It's so crazy to just get to book a trip and ...
Canada | Nov 6 - Nov 10, 2023

Shane
Shane M.
Chicago, IL | Reviewed on Nov 18, 2023
It's so crazy to just get to book a trip and essentially forget about it until the day of. My guide, Fernanda, did her best to get as much as she could in the short time I had. I chose a weird time of year to go to Canada, but she still pulled some strings and I got to see some cool stuff. I see myself using KimKim for any vacation I plan. The cost was really fair, too. Read more

It's so crazy to just get to book a trip and essentially forget about it until the day of. My guide, Fernanda, did her best to get as much as she could in the short time I had. I chose a weird time of year to go to Canada, but she still pulled some strings and I got to see some cool stuff. I see myself using KimKim for any vacation I plan. The cost was really fair, too.

Hotel Review
Le Nouvel Hotel
Montreal

The loft bedrooms are so pretty, and the hotel is positioned close to a lot of interesting places. The metro entrance isn't far either.

Authenticity & Character
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Activity Review
City & Country Tour
City & Country Tour
Québec City

The bus tour guide is really awesome. If you're considering it, you NEED to do the city and country tour. There's so many interesting spots I never could have found on my own.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Local specialist: Fernanda Coindreau
Fernanda
Fernanda Coindreau
Local specialist in Quebec | Replied on Nov 20, 2023

Hi Shane!
Thank you for this amazing review! it was a pleasure working with you. I aml glad you had an amazing time, if you ever want to visit Canada again, please do not hesitate to reach out to us!

Have a great day!

Both of the hotels we stayed at in Montreal a...
Canada | Sep 6 - Sep 12, 2023

Susan
Susan K.
Saint Paul, MN | Reviewed on Sep 13, 2023
Both of the hotels we stayed at in Montreal and Quebec worked well. Our food tour in Montreal was a favorite for all four of us. The guide was exceptional and the food was wonderful and different. Okay, I'm not a pureed liver person, so I passed on that, but that's just me. If I liked liver, I'm sure it would have been great. The ride on the inspirational ferris wheel was fun! The tour we did of Old Quebec was also very enlightening and again, the guide was fun and very informative. ... Read more

Both of the hotels we stayed at in Montreal and Quebec worked well. Our food tour in Montreal was a favorite for all four of us. The guide was exceptional and the food was wonderful and different. Okay, I'm not a pureed liver person, so I passed on that, but that's just me. If I liked liver, I'm sure it would have been great. The ride on the inspirational ferris wheel was fun! The tour we did of Old Quebec was also very enlightening and again, the guide was fun and very informative. UBER and cabs worked great for getting around when we weren't walking. The Five-course dinner cruise was okay, but I think I would skip it on another trip. I enjoyed the food on the food tour more, and while the lights at night were pretty, I'd rather see the shoreline in the day time. We took a cab to the waterfall and enjoyed that. Carl was very helpful and Kim Kim again came through for us.

Hotel Reviews
Hôtel Le Concorde Québec
Quebec

The big circular restaurant at the top made it easy to find when we have been our walking. The location was conventient to everything we wanted to see. I loved our room. Beautiful view out of two sides since we had a corner window. Looked out at the lights of the city and the river.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Worked well for us since we like to walk. Convenient for taking UBER or a cab to the Falls, the airport, and whereever else we wanted to go if we couldn't walk that far.
Staff
The staff could not have been more pleasant or helpful, at all levels. One of us dropped a ring down the drain whlle showering because there wasn't a drain cover, but maintenance quickly came up and retrieved it.
Cleanliness & Comfort
All the areas seemed well cleaned and taken care of: the entry way, waiting area, restaurants, rooms, elevators.
Le Saint Martin
Montreal

The hotel was located in the downtown area which was a very busy area and hard to find an grocery stores, but it was convenient, clean , very comfortable, and the people at the hotel were always helpful.

Authenticity & Character
Location
It's fine, but in a rather busy, trafficy area. Next time, I think I'd like to be closer to the older area.
Staff
The staff were friendly, welcoming, knowledgable, and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Old Quebec Walking Tour
Old Quebec Walking Tour
Québec City

Our guide was a fun guy, and we enjoyed being in a group of just the four of us. He had done a group of 45 the day before, and I would. not have been interested in a group that large.

Quality of Experience
Excellent guide, fun activities, educational.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Our guide seemed to know what he was doing and he did it well.
Transport
We walked and it was close enough from our Hotel to work out well.
Old Montreal VIP
Old Montreal VIP
Montréal

We enjoyed having some open time to just head out and see what we could see. Stopping by local shops and restaurants was fun. We had a fun time riding the Inspirational Ferris Wheel. Beautiful weather.

Quality of Experience
Just relaxing, hanging out , and walking around discovering the city was fun.
Mile End Montréal Food Tour
Mile End Montréal Food Tour
Montréal

This was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Canada. The Food Tour included six interesting, tasty examples of local food, and they were DELICIOUS and fun to try. Our guide was exceptional. She was fun, knowledgable, and tuned in to our needs.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
The guide was the best.
Transport
No problems.
Local specialist: Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Carl
Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Replied on Sep 14, 2023

Hi Susan,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your trip in Canada..
It was a pleasure to work on this for you and your friends.

Take good care,

Memorable experiences in Montreal
Canada | Jul 1 - Jul 4, 2023

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Kristin M.
Bethesda, MD | Reviewed on Jul 05, 2023
Carl planned a food tour, bike tour, and Ferris wheel experience for our family of five while visiting Montreal. The tours were superb and memorable. Specifically, the food tour in the mile end neighborhood provided a history of a multicultural section of Montreal and delicious sampling of food from five different local restaurants. The bike tour was led by an expert in architecture and we learned many interesting architecture and historic facts about Montreal. The guide was attentive and... Read more

Carl planned a food tour, bike tour, and Ferris wheel experience for our family of five while visiting Montreal. The tours were superb and memorable. Specifically, the food tour in the mile end neighborhood provided a history of a multicultural section of Montreal and delicious sampling of food from five different local restaurants. The bike tour was led by an expert in architecture and we learned many interesting architecture and historic facts about Montreal. The guide was attentive and catered to what we wanted to see. Our trip to Montreal was more than we expected and Carl did an excellent job in planning these experiences for us.

Activity Reviews
Bike Tour in Montreal
Bike Tour in Montreal
Montréal

Our tour guide was an expert in architecture and led us on a fascinating tour of Montreal where she shared history and architectural insights. The ride was interesting and well paced.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
High quality bikes, well paced tour.
Mile End Montréal Food Tour
Mile End Montréal Food Tour
Montréal

Memorable tour of a multicultural section of Montreal. The food tour helped us understand the history of the neighborhood while enjoying delicious food from local restaurants.

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Well paced walking tour
Local specialist: Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Carl
Carl Saulnier-Gagnon
Local specialist in Québec | Replied on Jul 09, 2023

Thank you Kristin for you message :) I'm so glad you enjoyed Montreal. The food tour is in fact amazing :)
Cheers,