After nearly a year and a half, Canada has begun the process of reopening its borders to tourists. With fully vaccinated Americans allowed to visit as of August 9th, it’s safe to say our northern neighbor is about to get a whole lot of attention. From cosmopolitan cities to pristine, untouched wilderness, there is a lot to love.
Here’s our guide to the best things to do and places to stay. Let’s break it down, season by season.
Fall in Canada is a time of changing foliage and crisper temperatures. It’s also the perfect time to hop aboard one of Rocky Mountaineer’s luxury trains for their "Journey into the Clouds" experience. Starting in Vancouver and ending in Jasper, highlights of the two-day journey (which is of course, customizable) include cruising along the mighty Fraser River, taking in views of the stunning Pyramid Falls, and even catching a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
End your journey at the Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge. Inspired by safari-style glamping, you’ll stay in a luxury camp, completely free to immerse yourself in the tranquility of the Canadian wilderness.
The seemingly obvious answer to a winter vacation in Canada is skiing. While many Americans will gravitate towards large resorts like Whistler, checking out a less-trafficked area like Lake Louise Ski Resort is ideal for anyone still easing back into the travel experience.
Spectacular scenery awaits at Lake Louise with uniquely beautiful terrain that is both vast and varied. Located in the heart of majestic, historic Banff National Park, Lake Louise is truly legendary and offers the world's finest terrain. With 4200 skiable acres, Lake Louise is one of the largest ski areas in North America.
While Canada is known for its outdoor activities, visitors can’t forget its cities. The largest city in the Québec province, Montreal is a perfect late spring destination for its mild weather. Spend an afternoon wandering the streets of Old Montreal and its 18th-century buildings. The Basilique Notre-Dame, the Hôtel de Ville, and the Old Port are all notable sites. The Montreal Botanical Garden is also at its peak this time of year—with ten greenhouses, each tailored to a specific theme.
Toronto, Canada’s largest city, is best visited in late summer (around September) when the sudden rains and humid temperatures begin to settle. A fantastic family-friendly destination, it’s easy to keep the kids entertained with visits to the Toronto Zoo and Toronto Islands—which are home to an amusement park and plenty of outdoor recreation facilities.