Vancouver offers a fantastic balance of city life and wild outdoors. The natural surroundings are what draws many visitors to the destination. While there are plenty of things to do in Downtown Vancouver, if you’re visiting the city you just have to get outdoors. Hiking in Vancouver was one of the highlights of my trip, …
If you’re an adventure and nature lover, then you will love Canada. Canada is the land of the great outdoors. Epic waterfalls, vast turquoise lakes and dramatic mountain views are the first things to pop to mind when I think of Canada.
I’ve only been to Vancouver and surroundings, but it was enough for me to fall in love with the country. I’d love to go back one day and visit Toronto, the Niagara Falls and see more of Canada.
I’d also love to go back in winter and hit the slopes! We did a road trip to Whistler (home to some of the most famous slopes in Canada!) but we were there in April so were limited by the weather.
In this section you will find all my top Canada travel advice, focused around Vancouver and British Columbia.
Quick travel facts about Canada
Where is Canada? In North America.
How to get there: You can find the cheapest flights via SkyScanner. You can also travel to Canada overland from the US by bus, train or with a rented car.
Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD) – see the latest exchange rate here.
Capital city: Ottawa
Best time to visit: Canada is a huge country with a variety of climates. The best time to visit ultimately depends on what you’re looking for. It has the same seasons as most European and other northern hemisphere countries.
Canada has some incredible slopes, so if you’re heading to Canada for a skiing or snowboarding trip you will want to go there between November and February. In summer the weather is warmer and you can go for epic hikes.
How to travel around Canada: Canada is a pretty huge country. The best way to get around for short distances is to rent a car. That way you have complete freedom on where you go, timings and any extra stops you want to do.
Canada also has excellent train, bus and public transport systems. If you have limited time in Canada you can also find cheap national flights on SkyScanner for longer distances.
Visa requirements: Most passport holders can travel to Canada with a Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA). This costs 7 CAD and you can stay in Canada for up to six months. Click here to find out more.
My Canada travel guides
Canada is the place to go if you love being outdoors. This first section about my Canadian road trip is all about Vancouver; the best things to do in the city and its surrounding areas. While the surrounding Vancouver hikes are a treat for any outdoor enthusiast, there are also plenty of Vancouver attractions to …
The final part of my Canada series is now here! This one is dedicated to Vancouver whale watching. There’s something incredibly beautiful about seeing these massive yet graceful creatures glide through the water. If you’re going to be spending a fair amount of time in the city, and like spending time outdoors, be sure to …
If you’re planning on driving from Vancouver to Whistler you will most likely find yourself driving on the Sea to Sky Highway. The Vancouver to Whistler drive is only 120km and takes around one hour and a half, but the surrounding landscape is so beautiful you will want to do some stops along the …
Ah, Vancouver! The bustling city in British Columbia (BC) that has perfected the balance between urban development and breathtaking nature. You just have to go beyond Downtown Vancouver to find incredible natural landscapes. From whale-watching to beautiful hikes and delicious seafood, Vancouver promises an unforgettable experience for all who visit. In particular, the waterfalls in …