Formidable mountain ranges, cosmopolitan cities, rolling green vineyards and some of the best national parks on the planet; it’s easy to see why Canada is referred to as ‘God’s Country’. Although often associated with world-class skiing during the winter months, the diversity of the boundless landscapes make it a year-round playground. When the sunshine arrives mid-June, it’s the perfect time to discover what a luxury holiday to Canada can include.
Attend The Famous Festivals
Originally named the ‘Symphony of Fire’, Vancouver’s world-famous ‘Celebration of Light’ becomes more astounding year on year. The dazzling firework festival draws in thousands of local and international visitors, with the very best in local street food, live music and, of course, a firework display beyond the imagination. The world’s largest jazz festival has also called Canada home for the last 40 years. Across the 10 days of Festival de Jazz de Montreal, music fans are treated to performances by over 3000 artists from approximately 30 countries, with the city’s bustling downtown transformed into a stage for local and global acts.
Travel on the Rocky Mountaineer
Operating between mid-April and mid-October, the iconic Rocky Mountaineer brings travellers closer to the wild beauty of Canada, scaling the sides of mountains and weaving alongside deep canyons. Choose from multiple start points, routes and destinations; with itineraries typically lasting two days, some journeys incorporate further excursions and activities, while others let you remain in the comfort of your seat, watching the world pass by in laid-back luxury. Travel in ultra-luxury and experience the highest level of service in GoldLeaf. The luxury two-storey glass-domed coach includes full-length windows, comfortable reclining seats and treats GoldLeaf guests to an exclusive restaurant car serving gourmet cuisine.
Hike in Banff National Park
Towering greenery, turquoise lakes and a sea of rugged peaks has made Banff popular with those wanting to explore on their own two feet. With multicoloured wild blooms leading the way, the national park’s trails range from easy walks to epic hikes, with wonderous wildlife often spotted lingering alongside the flowing creeks. Regardless of which path you choose, you can expect incredible vistas and lofty views as the sun highlights the region’s unspoilt wilderness. Looking to heighten your experience? Fairmont Banff Springs can help organise a fabulous heli-hike, where you’ll venture to the peak of Banff’s beauty and maybe even stop to practice a spot of yoga along the way.
Spend The Day On Granville Island
Beloved by locals and equally fascinating for travellers, the ‘island’ neighbourhood is home to the Granville Island Public Market. Transformed into a market in the 1970s, having previously been the site of iron works and saw mills, this mecca of gastronomic delights, homemade products and charming stalls portrays a truly authentic view of Vancouver and the multitude of characters who reside here. From artists selling their elaborate work, to the fun-filled Kids Market, they have expertly crammed in something for every personality. Outside, the amusements don’t stop; a musician on a pan flute, acrobats tumbling across the paths and a juggler practicing his act are not unusual sights to see.
Go Wildlife Watching in Whistler
Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are home to more than 60 black bears and their adorable cubs. Guided by local experts, travel by 4x4 through the trails, mountainside and parks, with the chance to venture even closer as you’re carefully led on a short walk to the bear’s feeding sites and spots where bears may have hibernated throughout the winter. The experienced and qualified team you travel alongside can provide fascinating insight into how these animals peacefully reside in the Canadian countryside, providing travellers with an incredible outdoor learning experience.
What is the weather like during summer in Canada?
Summer in Canada usually arrives mid-June, bringing the average temperature up to approximately 20° Celsius, but high humidity can leave it feeling more like 30° Celsius in some regions. With dry and bright days, it’s the idyllic time for sightseeing, exploring and making the most of the spectacular scenery. As the sun sets, the evening can bring the occasional rain shower, so don’t forget to pack something waterproof so you can still indulge in a multitude of activities and adventures at dusk.
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