Honeymoon in Canada

Great diversity in Canada: wildlife, lakes, mountains, vast wilderness, seafood, cosmopolitan cities, ice and Inuits...

Atlantic Canada

See the world’s highest tides, catch a lobster, tour the Anne of Green Gables house, tap to Maritime tunes.

Almost every driving route and trail on Canada’s East Coast hugs magnificent beaches, coves, parks and bays. Visit tiny fishing villages along the breathtaking Acadian Coastal Drive. Discover lively Celtic hospitality while feasting on fresh seafood along the 185-mile Cabot Trail. Follow the Viking Trail to a 1,000-year-old Norse settlement and two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Stand on Cape Spear: scan the horizon for icebergs, whales and the phantom wrecks of ships lost at sea.

You’ll meet some of the most welcoming people in Canada in Atlantic Canada. Stop to chat with a Cape Breton Islander—you’ll have a friend for life. Join the locals at a jubilant Tintamarre. Party at a beachside clambake, learn how to boil lobster, shop the farmers’ markets for Maritime favorites like cod tongues, colcannon and braised rabbit pie. Discover why Atlantic salmon, Malpeque oysters, PEI mussels and Nova Scotia Digby scallops are featured on menus in the finest restaurants across the country.

Canada’s East Coast has more than its fair share of wonders. One hundred billion tons of sea water flows in and out of the Bay of Fundy in one daily tide cycle. PEI offers beaches of rare red, pink, champagne and singing sands. The oldest known European settlement in North America is located in Newfoundland’s L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site. In Labrador’s Torngat Mountains National Park Reserve, black and polar bears share their territory with the Inuit people and the over 700,000-strong George River Caribou Herd. Welcome to the East Coast.


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Canada’s North

Travel the Northwest Passage in an icebreaker, mush across permafrost, cross the Arctic Circle, see narwhals at the floe edge.

The drive for riches has motivated kings to search for a Northwest Passage since 1497, when Henry VII dispatched explorer John Cabot to what is now Canada’s North. Go on a polar expedition of your own to Frobisher Bay, charted in 1576 by Martin Frobisher. Investigate a 19th-century mystery: the doomed 1845 voyage of Sir John Franklin; his two ships and all 129 crew vanished into the ice and snow.

With mystery and danger comes the raw, unspoiled beauty of one of the world’s last wilderness regions. Canada’s North—encompassing the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut—is home to white wolves, polar bears, massive walrus and giant bowhead whales up to 59 ft in length. Fly over the greatest caribou migrations in the world, Thule archeological digs, vast wildlife preserves and inukshuks, stone figures pointing the way across tundra. In summer, golf, fish and dance at an outdoor music festival under the midnight sun.

The search for treasure fueled a frenzy of immigration to the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush in the late 1800s. The rush for ice-white diamonds, discovered in 1991 in the Northwest Territories, has brought a sparkling new city skyline to its capital city, Yellowknife. And in Nunavut’s capital, Iqaluit, on the edge of Frobisher Bay, treasured Inuit art is attracting its own frenzy of interest from around the globe. Come see it for yourself.

Central Canada

Tour the Niagara wine region, visit Parliament Hill, try maple taffy on snow, see the masters at the National Gallery.

Central Canada’s cosmopolitan cities have it all: history, culture and multi-ethnic flair. In Toronto, Canada’s largest city, bask in the flash of bright lights as luminous stars walk the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival. Toronto’s celebrity chefs have earned their share of international accolades as well, serving such creative fare as seared bluefin tuna and lemon mascarpone mousse. In Canada’s national capital, Ottawa, see the changing of the guard, and outdoor theater on spectacular Parliament Hill. Skate outdoors on the Rideau Canal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Montréal is Canada’s French-speaking center. European influences flavor the food, the fashion and the city’s architecture. In summer, dance in the streets at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. Experience a sense of old-world romance on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the cobblestoned streets of Québec City. Laugh at the procession of colorful, 100-lb “Giants” during Les Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France. Watch ice sculpting and visit the gleaming ice palace at Carnavale de Québec, the largest winter carnival in the world.

Watch a nightly fireworks show reflected in the spray of Ontario’s spectacular, 187-ft Niagara Falls. Go on a tour of the lush Niagara wine-producing region; stop at boutique wineries at Niagara-on-the-Lake, home of the Shaw Festival. In spring, head to Québec where the tapping of the maple trees leads to toe-tapping sugar bush parties and lavish Québécois feasts. Along the St. Lawrence River, follow the Lighthouse Trail to see 43 of these beautifully preserved historic sentinels and keep looking for the next surprise.

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Mountains West

Paddle emerald-green glacial lakes, track dinosaurs among hoodoos, try the 100-mile diet, go snowboarding at night.

Nature nudges up to the cities’ edges in this region, which encompasses British Columbia and Alberta. In Vancouver, sail and ski within minutes of downtown; be back in time for a hot-stone massage at a day spa and dinner at one of the city’s many five-star eateries. After, go clubbing in upscale Yaletown or mingle at a pub in the gay-friendly West End. Victoria, with the country’s most comfortable climate, begins its annual flower count in early March. You can golf almost 365 days a year here and visit renowned Butchart Gardens in all four seasons. Anytime, you can sip martinis in colonial splendor next to the capital’s politicos at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

If you want to take in all of Mountains West, from Vancouver’s coast to Calgary’s foothills, the sleek blue-and-white Rocky Mountaineer train will rocket you through five vast, unspoiled Canadian national parks. Ride past foaming waterfalls, ancient glaciers and towering snowcapped peaks. This is nature enjoyed from a glass-roofed dome car with gourmet service, white linen tablecloths and luxury cuisine.

Ski, hike, rock climb or go caving through alpine landscapes in the Rocky Mountain playgrounds of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. Dine on prime Alberta beef accompanied by a fine BC Okanagan red wine in arty, affluent, oil-rich Calgary. Find hoodoos and prehistoric fossils in the Badlands around Dinosaur Provincial Park, or take in one of 30 festivals in Edmonton. Out West, you’ll find just about anything you want. 

The Prairies

Kiteboard on Lake Winnipeg, run through prairie grass, see white pelicans, visit an Arctic research center on the tundra.

For those who like their space wide open, Canada’s Prairie provinces— Saskatchewan and Manitoba—go from golden wheat fields and tallgrass prairie to active sand dunes and Arctic tundra. This is a region where you can strap on a pack and disappear, camping and hiking in boreal forest or rafting and canoeing on swift-flowing rivers and countless lakes. Follow the Red Coat Trail—taken in 1874 by the North West Mounted Police while tracking whiskey traders—through historic sites and friendly Saskatchewan towns.

Manitoba’s license plates once read “100,000 Lakes.” Swim, paddle, sail and windsurf or fish for goldeye, pickerel and whitefish off the sandy shores of Lake Winnipeg, one of the world’s largest freshwater lakes. Or discover a unique geo-wonder of the Prairies at Spirit Sands, a vast, natural sandbox in Spruce Woods Provincial Park. Hike the 1.5 km (under a mile) trail surrounding the ancient dunes for a view of the spring-fed pond at the Devils Punch Bowl, as well as pincushion cacti and the occasional hognose snake.

A variety of cultures thrive throughout the Prairies, from First Nations and Métis to Ukrainian and German to French and Scandinavian. Fresh ingredients reign, too—a well-known Winnipeg chef has even taken guests to visit producers of farm-raised elk, wild boar and golden caviar. It’s in his kitchen, too, where the humble Ukrainian perogy has been elevated to star status, made with Yukon Gold potatoes, white truffle oil, duck sausage and walnut cream sauce.


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