Flights to Canada: practical information
Regular and low cost flights to Canada
Canada is one of the most accessible countries in the Americas thanks to a number of hubs (Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver) spread out across the country and dozens of airlines flying there from the UK with regularly cheap air flights to Canada. British Airways offers direct flights to Montreal and Toronto as well as connecting flights to 30 other Canadian cities from the Pacific to the Atlantic. Air Canada also operates flights from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
Canada is equally accessible with charter and low cost airlines offering very cheap flights from UK to Canada. Air Transat offers discounted airline tickets to Canada from London, Birmingham, Exeter, Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Don't forget Sunwing Airlines which also offers low cost connections between Canada and Europe.
When to book the cheapest plane tickets to Canada
Knowing when to book tickets to Canada largely depends on what kinds of things you'd like to do there. With great winter skiing and snow-sport options and expansive parks for summer outdoor enthusiasts, Canada caters to a lot of different tastes.
- Peak season: Winter sports: November-March; Outdoor activities: Victoria Day (mid-May) to Labour Day (September).
- Low season: Winter tourism is huge in Canada so if you're not overly excited by ice and snow, avoid travelling from November to February. Spring and autumn are lovely and air tickets to Canada are generally cheaper than summer.
Flights from London to Montreal take 6h 45min, to Toronto 7h 25min, to Calgary 9h and to Vancouver 9h 50min.
Experience Canada: what to do, what to see
Canada is famous for its size. It's huge. Coast to coast the country boasts an impressive abundance of natural merits: unique wildlife, protected forested areas and wild waters. A combination of all of these make holidays in Canada a must for travellers from around the world.
Essentials in Canada
Travellers can't help but love Canada. Cosmopolitan cities like Toronto and Montreal please, historical cities like Quebec and St. John's don't disappoint and when it comes to spending time outdoors, practically 10 million sq km are your playground.
Banff National Park: Big mountains, wild yak, unwavering pine forests, turquoise-coloured lakes, glaciers, hot-springs, grizzly bears, Black Diamond ski runs... this is just the beginning of Banff. Banff is best enjoyed with the freedom of a Canadian car hire to access hiking trails and camp sites. Every view will take your breathe away.
Old Quebec: Reminiscent of Old World France, Quebec City is a city to be rivalled. Looking out onto the great St. Lawrence River, the old town serves up café-au-lait in over-crowded cafés for a couple of dollars. It's charming and like no other place in North America.
Toronto: Don't judge Toronto's sprawling suburbs too quickly. This city is a culture magnet, with 1 in 2 Torontonians coming from some place else. Immigration and cultural diversity live strongly here in its different boroughs. All you have to do is save enough time to discover them all.
Niagara Falls: While not the tallest waterfall, Niagara is all about power... more than 1 million bathtubs full of water fall over its edge a second. It roars, sprays and delights. You know it's something to see when it continuously attracts 14 million tourists a year.
Queen Charlotte Islands: Also known as Canada's Galapagos Islands, the Queen Charlotte Islands are the hub of First Nation's Haida culture. From towering totem poles to fire dances, crafts and stories, a trip to these islands and its unique old-growth forests is a trip like none other.
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Accommodations in Canada
Hotels in Canada come in all sizes and price points, depending where you are. More than hotels you can find bed & breakfasts in almost every city, which are cosier, usually more expensive but much more personal than the franchise hotels that have floated up from the US.
In regards to hotels though, the offers are similar in price as in the USA. You'll always find a motel or inn along the highway and especially on the outskirts of large cities. If you are travelling long-haul by car, they offer clean rooms, general good amenities for a decent price. On top of that, parking is free, unlike hotels in the city centres.