Accommodation for everyone in Vancouver

Stunning Vancouver, BC

Stunningly beautiful Vancouver was named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor’s 2012 Travelers’ Choice awards, and the Top City in Canada in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.

The eighth largest city in Canada, Vancouver has been chosen as the “World’s Most Liveable City” not onece or twice but eight times since 2002 by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Situated at sea level, scenic Vancouver features both ocean and mountain views and a temperate climate – one of the warmest in Canada.

Accommodation for everyone in Vancouver

Up there among the best

Vancouver is vibrant, progressive, cosmopolitan and culturally diverse, with world-class restaurants, entertainment and sports facilities. Tourists frequently comment on the cleanliness and the safety of the city, and the friendliness and hospitality of Vancouverites. Accommodations are affordable compared to other first-rate destinations such as London and New York.

Attractions

Vancouver’s core is compact and easy to get around in, with lots to do within a small area. Major attractions include:

  • Historic waterfront Gastown
  • Canada Place convention centre cruise ship port, and hotel, with its fabric roofs which resemble sails
  • One of the largest and most exotic Chinatowns in North America, including the classical Dr. Sun Yet Sat Chinese garden
  • The world class Vancouver Art Gallery
  • The over 70,000 sea creatures in the Vancouver Aquarium
  • The 1000-acre urban oasis of Stanley Park, including almost 9 kilometers of seawall
  • The futuristic domed Science World at Telus World of Science (a children’s favourite)
  • Numerous beaches (with incredible sunsets)
  • Granville Island Public Market (including the Arts Club Theatre)
  • The 167-meter-high Vancouver Lookout at Harbour Centre, with a spectacular 360° view of Metro Vancouver. Warning – the trip up in the exterior glass elevator is not for the faint of heart.

Other popular activities with both tourists and locals include skiing, sailing, swimming, golfing, major sporting events, live music, dance, theatre, shopping (check out world-renowned Robson Street), night clubs, and dining out in any type of restaurant you have a craving for.

When in Vancouver, it’s a short trip across the Burrard Inlet to one of the top attractions in the Vancouver area, the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in the city of North Vancouver.

Don’t forget Whistler

And it’s a day trip (about one and three quarter hours away) up the winding, picturesque coast-hugging Sea to Sky Highway to the well-known resort municipality of Whistler. While Whistler, nestled at the foot of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, is famous as a ski destination, it has plenty to offer tourists year-round, including dining, shopping, golfing, mountain biking, events and festivals, and sight-seeing opportunities second to none, including breath-taking chair and gondola lifts, and even bear-viewing tours.

Visit www.hellobc.com/vancouver for more information on this enthralling city, including a list of the many festivals and special events happening in Vancouver year-round. Don’t forget your travel insurance either. It pays to feel safe after all, especially if you go for the wilder side of Vancouver!

Buffalo in the Canadian winter

Video – Canada condensed in 2 minutes

It’s hard to find a country as varied as Canada. As well as its huge size, Canada has a lot to offer to adventurous travellers. You could settle for a city break among the skyscrapers of Toronto or brush up on your French in Montréal, but when you have the huskies of the north straining on their straps to pull your sledge, why stop there?

Wonders and beauties of Canada

Buffalo in the Canadian winter

Brown bears, buffalos from the plains of Alberta, salmon in the rivers, whales in the sea, wildlife is everywhere waiting to be photographed and admired. And why stand and just watch? Get active too – white water rafting, kayaking, hiking through vast forests, ice hockey, skiing and fishing… One country and all this to discover and experience.

You could even step off land and take a cruise from Vancouver, making your way to another wilderness – Alaska.

Here’s a taster of Canada:

St Lawrence River, wide enough to be mistaken for the sea

10 of the best hotels in Canada

If you are wondering where to stay during your holiday to Canada, here is a list of Canada’s highest rated hotels. These Canadian hotels provide all the comfort, luxury and facilities you’ll ever need.

St Lawrence River, wide enough to be mistaken for the sea

Auberge Saint Antoine, Quebec City

The combination of an ideal location and a beautiful interior make this hotel number one on the list. Auberge Saint-Antoine is a stunning hotel situated in the Old-Port area of the city and is close to the St. Lawrence River and shopping on Le Petit Champlain. Its features include goose down duvets on all the beds, heated bathroom floors and impeccable facilities.

Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

From the moment you walk into this luxury hotel you’ll feel as though you are a treasured VIP guest returning for another visit. Despite its stylish appearance, you’ll feel like you have arrived home as you settle into your spacious yet cosy room.

Hotel Le St. James, Montreal

At around £214 per night, staying at Hotel Le St. James is a pricey experience, but while you may expect a pretentious atmosphere what you’ll actually get is friendly service and absolutely everything you’ll need for a comfortable stay.

Fairmont Pacific Rim, Vancouver

This chic and cosmopolitan downtown hotel delivers 5 star services and offers a range of wining and dining options, including a trendy cocktail bar with live music six times a week.

The Hazelton Hotel, Toronto

The Hazelton Hotel is located amongst the finest restaurants in Toronto, and is “upscale” in every sense of the word. It has 62 unique rooms and stunning suites, including the prestigious three-bedroom, four-bathroom “presidential suite.”

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

The enchanting location and castle-like building will make you feel as though you have stepped into a fairy tale as you stay at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac. In 1980 it was designated a National Historical Sight of Canada, making it the perfect accommodation for a stay in Old Quebec.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

If your holiday to Canada is taking you to Lake Louise, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is ideal. Although this hotel is expensive, I don’t think you will ever come across better scenery. Waking up to unrestricted views of Lake Louise will soon make you forget the price.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

In addition to the pretty building and luxurious rooms, the staff at the Four Seasons will treat you like a King or Queen. Whistler is said to be the best place in Canada to ski, and the hotel take this into account and creates the perfect atmosphere for a skiing trip.

The Fairmont Banff Springs

In the heart of Banff National Park you will find this idyllic hotel styled on a Scottish Baronial Castle. This is the perfect option for a family looking to spend the Christmas period in Canada, with Santa’s workshops and bedtime stories for kids to enjoy.

Prince of Wales, Niagara-on-the-Lake

This attractive inn was established in 1864 and has become one of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s beloved landmarks. The hotel’s interior designers have kept to the style and opulence of the late nineteenth century, decorating each room individually to ensure a unique experience for every guest.

 

A Canadian moose

10 reasons why you should visit Canada

Travelling is a great way to broaden your horizons and take a rest from the monotony of everyday routine. With such a vast territory to choose from, there’s no shortage of things to do when taking a holiday to Canada. Here are 10 suggestions to inspire you.

A Canadian moose

1. Gaze out from the world’s tallest building.

If you’re going to Toronto, be sure to visit the 553m CN tower, declared one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World in 1995. Gasp at Toronto and Lake Ontario from the 147th storey “SkyPod” observation deck.

2. Take the snow train to the Rocky Mountains.

A holiday to Canada would not be complete without a trip to the iconic Rockies. The VIA Rail service to Jasper leaves from Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver.

3. Shop ’til you drop at the West Edmonton Mall.

You’ll be sure to find a bargain at the world’s largest mall – especially since this mall has no sales tax! Features more than 800 shops, plus an ice rink, water park and amusement park.

4. Hang out with bison and moose at Elk Island National Park.

Just 35km east of Edmonton, Alberta is the densest population of hoofed animals in Canada. As well as the massive moose and wood bison, you’ll also find beavers, coyotes, deer, elk and the pygmy shrew.

5. Go out on the piste at Whistler Blackcomb.

If you love winter sports, then this British Columbian resort – one of the largest of its kind in the world – is for you. Its 8,000-acre site contains amazing skiing and snowboarding runs, plus great restaurants and hotels.

6. Enjoy Carnival in Quebec.

Taking place at the end of January, Quebec City’s Carnaval de Québec is the third largest public carnival in the world, and the biggest in the winter months. Enjoy parades, concerts, snow baths, dog-sled rides and ice fishing.

7. Hike the Canadian wilderness on the Cabot Trail.

On Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia can be found this 298km trail, which will take you via many towns and villages, plus the gorgeous Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

8. Get up close to polar bears.

Come to the small town of Churchill, Manitoba around September and meet another visiting group – migrating polar bears. At this time they come so close to the town that regular bear-watching tours take place.

9. Experience Canada’s own Wild West.

Every July, the city of Calgary hosts the Calgary Stampede and Rodeo, showcasing all the best cowboy skills, plus chuckwagon races and a stunning evening arena show.

10. Visit Niagara Falls.

The sight of these iconic falls fills tourists and locals with wonder and astonishment at this natural phenomenon. If you are tired of the city hustle and bustle this location is an ideal getaway.

Hopefully our travelling inspirations will help you enjoy Canada to the most!

 

Picture credit:  Fisherga

Magnificient landscape of Canada

Why I love Canada so much

Magnificient landscape of Canada

From a young age I travelled a lot with my parents, mainly to the usual family places like Spain, Italy, Austria and various other places within Europe but reaching 17 was a turning point in my travels.

Over the next 3 years I travelled to the Maldives, Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa and Brazil for the summer holidays but it was the winter of 2009 when I discovered Canada. Banff was my home for 3 weeks in January; Banff Springs Castle is possibly the most monumental hotel I have ever seen, not to mention the views, immediate access to the ski slopes and a great town full of evening entertainment.

Carp fishing in Canada

I loved Canada, the food, the culture, the people, the hiking opportunities and the country as a whole and for that reason I decided to take my love of carp fishing and see how Canada’s reputation for having huge shoals of carps patrolling the river stood up to my expectations. Needless to say it was again an amazing experience, I document a lot of what happened on the trip on my carp fishing blog but in brief, the carps were huge, the scenery was amazing, the experience was out of this world and I was again totally enchanted by Canada.Carp fish

So here I sit, counting down the days until I return to Canada and then I am heading back to my ‘neverland’ for 3 months come September, to once again sample the glorious outdoors that Canada has to offer. Firstly I will be based on the St Lawrence River in Ontario, a small town called Peterborough to be exact, for 6 weeks again carp fishing and sampling the autumn air for the first time.

Banff and the Rockies

For the second stage of my trip I am heading over to the Rocky Mountains, unfortunately not to Banff this time but I’ll be not too far away. Skiing is on the agenda; the Rockies offer an amazing ski environment, and deep snow falls for several months of the year, amazing scenery and wildlife and above all some great ham and cheese Panini’s available all over the mountain!

I can only speak highly of Canada as a country; the spring, summer, autumn and winter offer completely different experiences that cater for the whole family. The balance of a new, huge world to discover but the home comforts of English Speaking residents and recognizable menus is just perfect for me.

2 tips

A couple of tips when heading over to Canada:

  1. Be sure to take some spare cash, the Ralph Lauren shops offer top quality merchandise for the equivalent of Matalan prices here.
  2. Take some trousers a waist size bigger than your current; the food is enormous and cheap!

So anyway, there you have it, why I love Canada so much. I can’t recommend Banff enough for skiers, the slopes and variety of runs available are second to none in my experience and far eclipse the quality of their European equivalents.