It's cities continue to make the top ten lists for best quality of life and if you ask a Canadian they will tell you the rumours are true, Canada is one of the best places to live on earth! eh!
Sure, it can get pretty chilly but believe it or not, the country has a summer and temperatures have been known to hit the mid 30s in the southern regions of the country. British Columbia is the western-most province in the country and for some folks it is what they call 'god's country.' Once you visit you will understand why, for you will understand that whoever created out lovely little earth likely spent a little extra time on British Columbia.
The mountains are stately, the waterfalls heavenly and the rivers melodious. The province is also home to the renowned Okanagan Valley where some of the country's finest wines are produced. A growing wine tourism industry has led to the establishment of boutique inns and hotels popping up on vineyard property. Additionally, many vineyards have also opened up restaurants where they are able to pair wines with dishes made from locally-sourced foods from area farms. The province has numerous parks and is popular on the camping circuit and if you head there in the summer you will likely see more camper cans in the interior and north of BC than you will see passenger vehicles. Painter trips are also popular and Whistler Is considered home to one of the finest ski resorts in the world.
Next door sits the province of Alberta, which could be called modern cowboy country. It is where Grade AAA Canadian beef is produced and also where the country's oil sands are located. The major cities include Calgary and Edmonton, both of which have grown in size alongside the oil industry. Alberta is also home to the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Camping is popular in the national parks that envelope the mountains and great care is taken to ensure the environment is maintained in its most natural form so expect wildlife ranging from deer to bears.
Now over to the central-east part of the country and to the province of Ontario. The provincial capital is the city of Toronto, which is also the largest city in the country and a hub for finance and entertainment. Popular attractions include the CN Tower, Roger's Center as well as the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. About an hour and half's drive from Toronto sit one of nature's most incredible accomplishments - Niagara. The falls are humongous but pictures can't quite do them justice, the sheer force of millions of cubic feet of water thundering down a sharp incline must be experienced. You can get close and personal by taking a ferry ride to the bottom of the falls, however it is definitely not for the faint of heart. The worldwide interest in the falls has triggered the creation of an entertainment district nearby that includes casinos, restaurants, bars and shows like Ripley's Believe it or Not. The Niagara region also rivals the Okanagan Valley when it comes to wine tourism.
Next to Ontario is French Canada also known as the province of Quebec. With its cobblestoned streets, chic restaurants and outdoor cafes, a visit to Quebec City is more like visiting a European city, however when winter and hockey season arrives you will definitely know you are in Canada.
The country has a lot to offer in both summer and winter. While summer is great for camping and hiking, the winter is equally great for ski vacations and ice fishing among a host of other cold weather activities like skating and snowshoeing. Canada has something to offer for everyone in the family from the nature fanatic to the wine connoisseur and regardless of where you go you will be greeted with old-fashioned Canuck hospitality.
Airlines flying between Australia and Canada include United States, Korean Air, Delta Airlines, American Airlines, Air Canada and Jet Airways, Cathay Pacific.
Australia to Canada
Popular stopover cities include Los Angeles, Seoul and Hong Kong as well as possibilities for doing a multi-city tour of Canada.
More information at the Canada Holidays guide.