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1. Posted by JamesUK (Inactive 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi there everyone. I am new here so take it easy on me!

I am planning to hit Canada around November 05 and work for approx a year. Could you guys help me on the best places to visit at various times of the year? Would like to do a bit of ski in the winter. What are the must see places?

I am 22, would like a bit of fun but also a bit of work experience to boot. Thanks for your help.


2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi JamesUK,

Welcome to the gang. There is a James hanging around here quite a bit so I hope I can keep you apart :)

There were a few threads on working holidays to Canada recently. I haven't been so I can't help you that much, but I am heading to Canada later in the year for a business/pleasure trip and will be touching on Montreal and Toronto at least. There is a Travellerspoint meetup planned for late September in Montreal too so if you're around then, be sure to drop in!



3. Posted by JamesUK (Inactive 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Sam, If I decide to go earlier than first planned will try and say hello to everyone at the meet.

At the moment I think I will start in Vancouver and then move from there.


4. Posted by bethy (Full Member 49 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi James
I am about to finish working a season at Big White, BC and have had an awesome time here. We got (and are still getting) decent snow where as some area's really missed out. We did a road trip to the rockies that was real nice, I definately recommend Banff. And the Okanagan region in the summer is apparently awesome, especially Kelowna.
Happy planning

5. Posted by JamesUK (Inactive 6 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Beth

As I look for more info on places in Canada to visit I keep hearing that Baniff is a cool place to go. Might have to add it to my list of possible places to head out to.


6. Posted by ChubbDub (Full Member 132 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


I live an hour from Banff and spend much time skiing in and around the area. It is just great... Lots of tourist come the summer months though. There's lots of work too around the ski resorts (Lake Louise, Sunshine etc.)

Calgary is a pretty nice city too and only half an hour from the rockies.

The most attractive thing to me about Canada is how "wild" it is... its untouched and Pristine and just full of similar cliches. The further you get from the US Border the more land there is and less people. If your interested you should read of some of the Fur Traders and Explorers in our history...

Besides that, check out the East Coast for sure... Nova Scotia's real nice... Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto...

7. Posted by ChIqUiTtA (Respected Member 278 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

heya james!! glad to hear you're coming to canada!!! (good choice!!)
i live in vancouver, but i have lived in many different places in canada, so if you know of any particular place and want to know more about it, i may be able to help you! just let me know...!!
as for recommendations, i'd have to say vancouver is a beautiful city, toronto....well.....its okay, but its big, polluted and stuffy.... montreal is also a gorgeous city and there's lots of stuff to do there! victoria is a great place as well, (on vancouver island), but you can't go wrong... anywhere you go, im sure you'll have a good time!!
happy travels!! (if you decide to stop by vancouver, then let me know!!)

8. Posted by moonflower (Full Member 39 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi James!
I've been to Canada twice so far and go back next year so you can see - it's definitely worth it checking it out!!;)

The first time I went to Montreal for two months to study french (yeah - you can really learn real french there!;)) and during this time i've visited various places like Toronto, Quebec City, Ottawa and afterwards I travelled to Prince Edward Island (gorgeous in early June) and Halifax (interesting).

The second time I went a year ago to Vancouver to work as a trainee in a travel agency. What a city!!! If you want to have the sea, mountains and forests around you, go there! In about two hours by car you're in Whistler for skiing - or you can just check out Grouse Mountain which is easily accessible by bus. And don't forget to go to either the Gulf Islands or Vancouver Island...

Well, that's it - I hope you'll have fun!

9. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Just don't 'hit' Canada, oww! !!

It would be wonderful to see you come to Canada! I would really encourage you to swing through Calgary durring The Exhibition and Stampede that is held for 10 days in July every summer and starts, usually, shortly after July 1st (Canada Day, another good time to be in Calgary. We were confederated as a nation on July 1, 1987.). It's a blast!!

Canada Day is pretty neat, but the best party outside is usually at Shaw skateboard park and then at Canada Olympic Park durring the evening fireworks, or you could watch it on top of Scotchman's Hill or Nose Hill...

Just don't get stuck down in Bowness with all the inbreeds..-

Afterwards, Folk Fest at Prince's Island is really cool and popular and just intense. Lots of people are devotees and diehards.