I just got off the phone with Paulette - she has had enough. Enough of working from home, cooped up with her husband. Enough of not being able to go out to a restaurant or a movie. She needs a break and she needs something to look forward to. And while Europe is opening up, she is not quite ready to take that plunge. But a trip in Canada? "Sign me up" she exclaimed.
So I went to work and lined up some trips that are currently available. Here is a selection of the best trips in Canada this summer and fall, active, not-so-active, rail journeys and self-drives. They are booking up fast so you should book soon.
Discover Alberta & BC
There are several small-group tours on which you discover the best of Canada's Rocky Mountains between Vancouver, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. Visit BC's capital Victoria, the resort town of Whistler, the small community of Blue River, Jasper and its beautiful surrounds, the Icefields Parkway, stunning Lake Louise and Banff. En-route do some light walking, enjoy a boat cruise, perhaps do some whitewater rafting or find some of the wildlife the region is known for.
Self-Drives Alberta & Bc
If you don't feel like being in the company of others, we can offer you this as a self-drive as well: think The Icefield Parkway, the Pacific Coast, or a combination of the two. We can tailor these and adjust the length, the overnight stops, the inclusions and the comfort level to suit your needs.
Active Alberta & BC
For those more actively minded, Johnstone Strait, separating Vancouver Island from British Columbia's mainland, is recognized as one of the best places in the world to kayak with orcas. This fantastic kayak adventure may also have you encounter black bear, bald eagle, seals and sea lions, dolphins, and occasionally even other whale species. And if you really want to experience wilderness, the stunning West Coast Trail on Vancouver Island is an experience not to be taken lightly. Weather, tough trail conditions and tides can conspire to make this a tough trek. Yet the rewards are enormous: stunning scenery, incredible wildlife and a sense of being out in the middle of nowhere make this one of Canada's premier treks.
With the US border still closed, perhaps this is the year you should do that once-in-a-lifetime dream trip by train through the Rocky Mountains? With Rocky Mountaineer, you get the best of both worlds: maximum views from custom-designed coaches, and maximum comfort: stay in beautiful hotels at each destination. You'll be delighted by the West Coast-inspired cuisine, the memorable onboard experienceand the stunning experience. Choose from itineraries as short as three days or as long as 11 days. Contact us for details.
With Newfoundland set to open it's borders, Gros Morne is now within reach. Virtually every Canadian knows the iconic image of Western Brook Pond, a boat tour on which is included in your vacation. This tour takes you on the best day hikes in the park, including the Look Out Hills and the summit of Gros Morne Mountain.
Or perhaps you have always wanted to hike the East Coast Trail? Enjoy famous hospitality in vibrant fishing communities, spot whales, icebergs and bald eagles and discover some of the best coastal scenery this part of Canada has to offer.
Alternatively, we can offer you all the charm, history, stunning scenery and stories (yes stories) of Newfoundland in one great self-driving holiday. Discover bustling St. John's, see whales and puffins on the Avalon Peninsula and be charmed by the clapboard houses of Trinity. Go hiking in the many national parks, take a boat tour on Western Brook Pond in Gros Morne before making your way up to Canada's only Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows.