Canada is a very large country. That is something of an understatement as it is in fact the second largest country on the planet. With its diverse landscapes and vibrant multicultural cities, this beautiful country never fails to impress a first time visitor. As a reflection of the country’s colonial past it has English and French as its official languages.
On Canada’s eastern seaboard is the Atlantic Ocean and to the west lies the Pacific. Its neighbour on its southern border is the United States, while to the north are immense pine forests, frozen wastes and eventually the Arctic Ocean. However, do not be deceived, Canada is not all snow and dog sleds. The climate is as diverse as its terrain, with a warm spring season and hot southern summers. Much of the country is agricultural in nature producing huge quantities of high-quality wheat from its rolling prairies.
The Rocky Mountains with their beautiful lakes are perhaps Canada’s best-known geographical feature and are one of the main attractions for visitors. If you choose to stay at a luxurious mountain hotel you will find numerous ways in which to indulge yourself when not enjoying some sightseeing or winter sports. Excellent standards of accommodation are provided and the cuisine is top quality.
Here are ten very good reasons to visit Canada:
1. Skiing in Whistler
Whistler is one of the most famous ski resorts on the planet and you have a large choice of luxury hotels from which to choose. They provide all the modern amenities that you now expect from quality hotels. Explore the mountain slopes by day and retreat for some great dining, fine wine and relaxation by a cosy fire in the evenings.
2. Enjoy Banff’s Rimrock Resort
If you love spa treatments, then Rimrock Resort Hotel will be ideal for you. There is a gym, spa, pool and hot tub on offer. After you have enjoyed the stunning sights across Sulphur Mountain, you’ll be able to indulge in some fine French cuisine.
3. Banff hiking
If you’re a hiking enthusiast, Banff is a great base. With its routes ranging from easy trails through to the more physically challenging ones, Mount Rundle and the surrounding forests provide ideal daytime activities before returning to your luxurious hotel accommodation.
4. Visit the Niagara Falls
Most of the visitors to Canada try to fit in a visit to the amazing Niagara Falls in Ontario. There are numerous observations points from which to view this natural wonder. If you are adventurous you can take a trip on one of the whitewater jet boats. To view the falls up close take a more sedate boat trip on the famous Maid of the Mist – be prepared to get wet. There are numerous luxury hotels in the town of Niagara Falls.
5. Lake Louise water sports
For many visitors a holiday in Canada isn’t complete without some canoeing or kayaking, and Lake Louise is the ideal spot. With the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise located on the banks of the lake, you need only step out your hotel room to enjoy the numerous water activities.
6. Explore the wilds of Nova Scotia
Nova Scotia has a distinct air of mystery and wilderness about it and if you want to explore this area while enjoying a little luxury, the Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia is an ideal location. This boutique five-star hotel is the perfect place to relax after taking a guided bike tour or after enjoying some amazing stargazing.
7. Indulge in Montreal culture
Montreal is a much-loved Canadian city and a visit to this metropolis offers the chance to discover Old Montreal, the Montreal Museum of Arts, and the lively downtown. The excellent W Hotel is perfect for luxurious stays with its acclaimed AWAY Spa. The cuisine is certainly something special at the hotel’s Ristorante Otto.
8. LHotel, Montreal
Another very popular and beautiful hotel in Montreal is the LHotel. This former bank building is much more than a five-star luxury hotel and is home to a huge contemporary and pop art collection; works by Chagall, Andy Warhol and Robert Indiana adorn the walls. This establishment is perfectly placed for visiting Montreal’s many visitor attractions.
9. British Columbia skiing
Like Whistler, the Kicking Horse Resort in British Columbia has gained quite a name for itself amongst keen skiers. Located in the Rocky Mountains, it has famed powder snow and wonderful scenic views. If you are a very brave and accomplished skier it has some of the best vertical drops in the Rockies.
10. Explore Toronto
The Intercontinental Toronto Yorkville is perfectly placed for discovering one of Canada’s most popular tourist cities. Located near the Bata Shoe Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardener Museum, this hotel is the ideal location for a five-star trip to Toronto.