Im starting my travels on May 3rd going to singapore, Oz, Newzealand, Fiji and then to Canada! Im travelling on my own and so would love to hear from anyone else who might be in Canada at that sort of time or doing the same kind of route as i am (ive never done anything like this before!)??
Also what will the weather be like at that time of year??
What the best places to visit and best ways to get around...ive planned to be in Canada for about 6 weeks, i fly into Vancouver and out of there too!
Any help and info would be much appreciated!
Look forward to hearing fom people
British Columbia is usually quite nice in the springtime -- maybe a little rain depending on where you are (Victoria and Vancouver in particular) but the further you go inland the nicer it gets, imo ;D
The great (and sometimes not so great) thing about Canada is that the weather will depend entirely upon where you are! I am in Calgary, Alberta and we are having an absolutely GORGEOUS spring -- temperatures between 15 °C - 20 °C everyday and LOTS of sun!
As for what you should see ... I'm going to be totally cliche here and say SEE THE MOUNTAINS! Jasper, Banff, Whistler ... check them all out. They're full of great people and beautiful scenery.
I would suggest to stay on teh west coast of Canada, unless you want to fly to the east for a couple weeks. But there is so much to do in BC and Alberta. Go to Vancouver Island to Victoria, Nanimo, tofino. IN BC ofcourse Vancouver, Pentiction, Kelowna, In Alberta, Calgary, Banff, JAsper.
There is so much to do in thoes places it could easily keep you occupied.
If you want to venture out, I would fly to the maritime (into Halifax) however this flight is going to cost you about 800 Canadian. It is so beautiful there though.
I would skip TOronto, it is just a big city. ANd everything in the middle, sorry Canadians! hahaha. I am just partial to the ends of Canada.
I have lived on both sides of the country, and more questions let me know!!!
Vancouver Island, whistler, Okanagan valley wine region, kelowna penticton. If you make it farther east, Banff, the ice fields between Banff and Jasper are very cool. Six weeks, plenty of time!
I'm orignally from the Martimes, have worked in Banff and hiked on Vancouver Island and spent lots of time in Toronto, Ottawa.
So, here are my recommendations:
Fly into Victoria and spend some timeon Vancouver Island in all the smaller towns and the coastal areas. It is such a contrast, you can see the ocean and the mountains at the same time.
After you are finished in Victoria you have to go to the mountains. Either Whistler or Banff, they are ideal. It would be even better if you could take the train or a bus through the mountains.
If you can time it right you should make every effort to see the Calgary Stampede. It is a an amazing spectacle to see.
Once you are finished with Calgary go to Ottawa or Montreal (or both). Ottawa has a lot of history, you can see the Parliament and one of my favorite things to do is walk along the Rideau canal in the Spring. Montreal is an amazing city, you can read tons of posts on this. (I would skip Toronto, once you've gone up the CN Tower and done all the other touristy stuff, it's another big city, there are better places to spend your time/money).
Once you finish in Ottawa/Montreal get down to the Maritimes. Fly into Halifax and spend some time there. Eat some seafood, drink some beer and just relax. (if you are going out, go to the Split Crow on Thursday nights, get there early.) Halifax in the Spring is one of the most relaxing cities to be in. All the Universities are finishing up, so all the students are out partying.
If you have time and money after this trip rent a car and go to PEI or Cape Breton. Both are absolutely gorgeous and you can get some really good Lobster!
That would be my ideal trip, obviously time and money would play a factor. Have fun wherever you go.
There are some great rivers in the North West Territories if you are into kayaking/canoeing. Other than that I would stick with the "ends" of Canada. The middle is nice and that's where I live - big sky, lot's of sun.
In Alberta go to Drumheller and wander around the Badlands and check out the Royal Tyrell Museum. The best place in Alberta and one of the best places in Canada in my opinion.
Thanks for all your information, its really helpful!
Keep it coming!
I would like to register a vote for Jasper and Jasper National Park. Nature, outdoor sports, wildlife.