Canada is a vast and beautiful country, measuring well in excess of 4000 miles from Atlantic to Pacific coasts with an incredibly varied landscape. It is often split for description purposes into Eastern and Western Canada and I will be focusing on Western Canada for the purposes of this article.Western Canada has the Pacific Ocean bordering it, giving it a dramatic coastline.

Western Canada has the Pacific Ocean bordering it, giving it a dramatic coastline.

Much of the region is dominated by the Rocky Mountains. To the far north beyond British Colombia and the Yukon Territory is Alaska (owned by the USA) and the most south western point of Canada proudly sits Vancouver and Vancouver Island, just south of here is also where Canada meets the USA.Within the Rockies there are many stunning national parks such as Banff and Jasper which are fabulous to visit both in summer and winter with snow sports, trekking, mountain biking and horse riding all on offer.

Within the Rockies there are many stunning national parks such as Banff and Jasper which are fabulous to visit both in summer and winter with snow sports, trekking, mountain biking and horse riding all on offer. One of the best ways to see the Rockies is by way of the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the greatest rail journeys in the world.

It takes you from Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise through beautiful British Colombia passing by snow-capped mountains, deep blue glacier fed lakes, cascading waterfalls and much more. There is also a high likelihood of seeing local wildlife such as bears, moose and mountain sheep along the way.

The service on board is exemplary and you can choose a 2 or 3-day journey, depending on what you would like to experience. The Rocky Mountaineer is often combined with a cruise from Vancouver up to Alaska.

Vancouver is a beautiful city, friendly, clean and very easy to negotiate with its waterfront setting. It has great shopping and museums as well as 1000 acre park called Stanley Park which is fabulous explored on foot or by bicycle. From Vancouver, a visit to Vancouver Island and its capital Victoria are a must. It is an island whose nature and wildlife both on land and at sea rival most places so close to a city. You can get to Vancouver Island by ferry or floatplane if you prefer!

Still in Western Canada, heading slightly Eastwards is the Yukon Territory, part of it lies within the Arctic Circle, making it one of the best places to see the Northern Lights. It is a nature lovers paradise and has a rich history (remember the Klondike Gold Rush?), fascinating towns and an abundance of wildlife.

The Yukon, Alaska and British Colombia can be visited together on escorted tours, fly dive adventures or cruise and stay holidays, so whether it is bear watching, snow sports, city breaks, rail journeys or simply stunning scenery that interests you, western Canada is a great place to visit.

Flight times to Calgary are approx. 9 hours, Vancouver approx. 10 hours and the time change is either 7 or eight hours behind GMT. A visa is not necessary, but an Electronic Travel Authorization is.

Here at Milford Travel we can arrange everything for you, no matter what you would like to do and we can also arrange your ETA. Please call 01590 644899 or email enquiries@milford-travel.com for more details.