A Canadian destination for each season

12 April 2019

Spring, summer, fall or winter - there’s no shortage of things to do in Canada. Harsh winters and glorious summers allow for a wide variety of activities. From soaring mountains and stunning beaches to lush farmland and vibrant cities, Canada is a country that has it all.  We’ve chosen our favourite Canadian destination for each season. Read on to find out which one takes your fancy.

Welcome spring in Ottawa

What better way to welcome spring than watching over a million blooming flowers. Ottawa is the ultimate place to celebrate the return of spring when the city’s urban landscape is filled with colourful tulips and the capital literally blooms with festivals, tours, biking and much more. Every May, the Canadian Tulip Festival celebrates spring with over 300,000 tulips in dozens of varieties. Stroll through the giant beds of dazzling blooms and enjoy live music, art and even fireworks.

If that doesn’t make you fall for this city, then their maple syrup will. Spring is the ones of the best times to visit Ottawa as not only does the capital celebrate the blooming of tulips, but the region also loves to celebrate the sweet and natural treat that is maple syrup.

Surrounding the city, you can experience Ottawa’s liquid gold in all forms, from tasty treats to sugar-making demonstrations and even spa treatments. Choose from a maple manicure, pedicure, massage or maple sugar body scrub and wrap.

Where to stay: Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre, Marriott Ottawa, Lord Elgin

Spend your summer in Banff

Summer in Banff is magical, as the weather warms and the days become longer, you’re sure to be wowed by the natural beauty of Banff National Parks. With clear blue waters and never-ending views, paddling on one of the many lakes Banff has to offer is one of the most relaxing things you can do in summer.

Banff National Park is the ultimate summer playground and you can enjoy one of the many activities Banff has to offer. Your day can be filled with action and adrenaline, or you may wish to choose the tranquillity of Banff’s quieter spots. Whether you want a relaxing canoe ride, exhilarating helicopter experience, spectacular gondola ride or thrill-seeking rafting trip, there is something for everyone.

Hiking is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the spectacular landscapes. Wander along the shore, trek up a mountain or for a more relaxed approached, enjoy awe-inspiring views and the chance to spot the grizzly bears on a remarkable gondola ride.

Where to stay: Banff Rocky Mountain, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Moose Hotel & Suites

Autumn colour in Victoria

As the warm days become a little crispier and the leaves begin to turn a vibrant sweep of reds, oranges and yellows, there is no better way to savour the autumn colours than by visiting Victoria. Autumn is one of the best times to visit the famous gardens, offering fantastic mild weather and autumn blooms, and you’re sure to fall in love with Victoria during this time of year.

Brimming with hundreds of trees, the beautiful Butchart Gardens is the first place that comes to mind to watch the seasonal transition from summer to fall, with 55 acres of captivating scenery.

Embrace the impending changing of seasons by taking a walk through Beacon Hill Park, where you will be greeted by roaming peacocks and picturesque ponds, or get lost in the fairytale Japanese Garden at Hatley Castle. For the ultimate photo-op, stand on the arched bridge near the teahouse. After wandering through the Japanese garden, why not opt for their famous afternoon tea overlooking the gardens themselves?

The endless number of spectacular gardens provide an easy escape from the concrete jungle, soak in autumns vibrant colours and enjoy the crunch of the leaves underfoot.

Where to stay: The Parkside Hotel & Spa The Oswego, Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Winter wonderland in Québec City

Québec province becomes Canada’s icy adventure playground when skiers flock here during the winter months. There is no city more beautiful in the middle of winter than Québec City and there is so much to do, whether you want to take on the toboggan slide in the centre of town, cheer on paddlers in an enthralling canoe race on the half-frozen, ice-floe-ridden Saint Lawrence River, or try your hand at cross-country skiing.

Make the most of the incredible winter by visiting the Hôtel de Glace, one of only a handful of ice hotels in the entire world. The impressive hotel is rebuilt each year with a different theme and provided the inspiration for Elsa’s glass palace in hit film Frozen. This is a unique experience, so why not experience an overnight stay?

There’s always something on the go in Quebec with a line-up of events, and no winter trip is complete without celebrating the Québec City Winter Carnival (Carnaval de Québec). The Winter Carnival runs every year from the end of January to mid-February and is considered one of the best things to do in Québec City. See a spectacular display of snow sculptures, street parties and family-friendly rides and activities.

Where to stay: Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Hotel Le Concorde Québec, Phenix Quote, Hotel PUR, Quebec, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

Spring or fall, winter or summer, Canada is waiting for you. Contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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