When to Visit
As bears across the country start to emerge from hibernation, Canada is positively blooming – from the countless cherry trees of BC to the riotous tulips of Ontario. From May it’s possible to see the first whales of the season, as well as icebergs drifting south along the Newfoundland coast. This time of year also offers some great price savings.
Summer brings long days and the best weather, and is the ideal time for independent exploration on a self-drive holiday. Wildlife lovers can swim with belugas in the Hudson Bay whilst humpback whales congregate off the Newfoundland & Labrador coast. Orcas and grizzly bears are frequently seen around the Pacific coast, whilst expedition voyages reveal a wealth of experiences in the Canadian Arctic.
Early autumn offers mild days and fewer crowds, as well as the vivid spectacle of fall colours - from the golden yellows of the west to the startling scarlet maple forests of the east. Salmon spawning means that grizzly bears are very active, whilst towards the end of autumn a visit to Churchill offers an unparalleled opportunity to see the world’s largest land predator - the mighty polar bear.
Winter brings with it a blanket of snow, celebrated at ski-resorts on both sides of the country. But escape the resorts and head into the wilderness – a trip to the Yukon or Northern Alberta offers excellent chances of seeing the Aurora Borealis, whilst winter activities such as dog-sledding and snow-shoeing are a great way to explore rural Ontario and Québec or the snow-covered Rockies.