When should I go to Canada?

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When should I go to Canada?

When should I go to Canada?

When should I go to Canada?

So when should I go to Canada?

In case you hadn’t noticed Canada is a vast country, it is over 8,000 km wide (from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts), is only slightly smaller than the whole of Europe, has 6 time zones and 10 provinces across 3 territories.

If you want to know the best time to go you will need to consider what you would like to see and do while you visit and where that is in this amazing country.

The chances are you wont be able to do everything as you wont have that much time, even if you do have time some of the places you want to be at the same time will be so far away from each other that you cant do it all.

Different parts of Canada offer different sites and experiences so I would say consider these first. Once you have an idea about what you want to do, take a look at the info on the seasons below and try to match some of this together then you can narrow your list and focus on when you want to be there.

You could always just do what I did though, you know just turn up and see how it goes along the way. You would be amazed by the amount of things I got to see that I never knew was there to see and also how experiencing the unknown stopped me seeing some of what I thought I wanted to see.

I don’t regret it at all, I know where the popular places are, I couldn’t tell you where some of the best places I experienced were and doubt I could ever find them again…

Prairies

And so, on to some info about the provinces…

When should I go to Canada? not too sure yet?

The Prairies

Manitoba, Saskatchewan and the Alberta flatlands

The prairies are often referred to as “The breadbasket” of Canada. Here you will find small cities such as Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, and Calgary just brimming with enthusiasm.

You can discover the wide open expanses and observe the inherent beauty of the wheat fields or the mountains, hills and lakes.

If you are interested in architecture, art, museums, and culture you should head to Winnipeg. I did but didn’t stay too long.

It was there in Winnipeg that I discovered my first buffalo roast, a local truck driver who had broken down was waiting for a part to his truck to turn up, he had just cooked it up and was serving out to the travellers in the hostel when I arrived.

This generous guy shared it round with anyone who wanted some along with nice a cold beer and some doughnuts for desert. I had never tasted anything like it before, the meat was amazing, soft, succulent and full of flavour!

You don’t get that kind of moment every day on your travels so when you do make sure to savour it…

British Columbia – “BC”

Stunning view BC

BC is well known for its beautiful Rain Forests, Rugged Coastline with its capital Victoria situated on Vancouver Island.

Did you know that Victoria has the worlds tallest totem pole? Standing at 127 feet and 7 inches, that is one impressive structure…

A little place you may have heard of is The Rockie Mountains, which are located in BC Canada and offer Breath-taking scenery across back to back mountain ranges, beautiful Turquoise lakes, Glaciers and National Parks.

If you are thinking of going skiing change your mind and pick up a snowboard but either way this is one of the best places to go for that in Canada along with Banff, Calgary and Lake Louise…

When should I go to Canada? I am sure you are starting to get it now?

The Maritimes

A grouping of 3 Provinces (Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick)…

Visit here and you are sure to find a definitive Scottish-Celtic flavour. These provinces are dominated by forests, farming Fishing Villages and Coastal Scenery.

Newfoundland and Labrador

This is where the Vikings first landed in Canada. Expect to discover Rugged Coastline and an area dominated by Forests and Rocks.

Ontario

When you arrive in Ontario you will probably get the feeling that the area it is dominated by water. The capital city is Ottawa and sits alongside the mighty Ottawa river.

You can discover the 1000 Islands on the St Lawrence River, historic canals, Cottage Country tailored to those of you who adore the outdoor life and the amazing “Great Lakes” of Lake Erie and Lake Superior.

Southern Ontario

Southern Ontario is the most largely populated part of Canada and forms a horseshoe around the western end of Lake Ontario.

As you would expect the area with the largest population is home to Canada’s largest city which is Toronto. Toronto is well known for its world-class Theatre, Dining & Entertainment along with the CN tower.

Southern Ontario is also home to the truly magnificent and magical Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region is also known for its Wine, Agriculture, Historic Sites, the Shaw Theatre and the Welland Canal.

Northern Ontario

Northern Ontario is dominated by the Canada Shield which sits on an area mostly composed of igneous rock which relates to its long volcanic history.

Her you will find Forests, Rock Faces, Rivers & Lakes and rugged wilderness.
With its untouched beauty it has surely become a favourite with Fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts.

Quebec

Quebec is Canada’s predominant French Speaking Province and was the birthplace of the North American Settlement Quebec City which is the cradle to French-Quebecois Culture.

In Quebec you will find plenty of things to discover including a Historic Quebec City, a more Cosmopolitan Montreal, Whale Watching on the St Lawrence river, The Laurentians and Mont Tremblant home to Eastern North America’s best rated ski resort.

When should I go to Canada? errrrr NOW?

Temperatures

Temperatures can vary wildly depending on the time of year and the location you are visiting so make sure you do some research and be prepared.

Canadian Seasons

While this is a useful bit of info to help you answer that question; when should I go to Canada? I have covered a fair bit off in this post already and as you can see Canada is going to take some serious visiting time to do it justice.

It is clear that I could spend some time going through the seasons and what you can do in each part of Canada in each of the seasons.

To be honest I don’t have that much time and sure you wouldn’t want to read that much.

Instead here is a bit of a summary of each season and I will be telling you what there is to see and do etc in Canada in further posts.

Enjoy the below and I look forward to catching you on the next posts…

Spring

Spring in Canada is from March to May

Spring arrives at different times as you travel across the country but as it does you can expect to see the ice melting and the Canadian people starting to venture out a little more looking like they have been hibernating themselves after their long and in the most part really cold winter.

As with spring in most places around the world the flora and fauna begin to flourish and grow bringing new life to the landscape, fishes begin to spawn and large volumes of migrating birds begin to arrive to set up their summer nesting grounds.

Summer

Summer in Canada is from June to August

Canadian summers bring the heat to many parts of the country, especially in the central and mid-western provinces.

Summer usually brings the perfect weather for outdoor activities. There is literally loads to do in Canada when the sun is out such as hiking, swimming, climbing, fishing, canoeing or simply lying on a beach.

If you are on the coast such as in Nova Scotia summers temperatures range from 14 ˚C to 28 ˚C

Autumn

Autumn in Canada is from September to November

Autumn temperatures in Nova Scotia usually hover between 5C (41F) and 20C (68F), making for pleasant days and cool evenings and a perfect time for Nova Scotia’s Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton and the annual Nova Scotia Fall Wine Festival to take place.

Unless you have been to Canada it is very difficult to imagine what such a picturesque place it really is, couple that with the stunning colours of Autumn and you couldn’t think of a place you would rather be.

The temperatures drop and this is perfect for hiking in the mountains, round the lakes along the endless trails.

There is nothing more perfect and Canadian that picking up a canoe and getting your paddle on in Ontario the yellow, orange and crimson leaves littering the trees in an explosion of Autumn colours.

Lets not forget how popular Montreal can be at this time of the year with the Magic of Lanterns event. Scores of people come from all over to visit the botanical gardens with their hand painted Chinese lanterns hanging in the trees and floating on the ponds in the stary evening skies.

Like I said before I could probably pick somewhere or something out for each destination for each season but I think you are getting the idea 🙂

Winter

Winter Weather in Canada is from December to February

By late December, most of Canada is transformed into a winter wonderland, blanketed in a layer of snow.

There are some exceptions if you want to avoid snow particularly on the west coast where snow is more of a rarity but until you have seen this place at winter you will always be wanting to visit Canada in the winter time.

Can you imagine a vast and beautiful country, fantastic scenery all year round, some of the worlds largest lakes,
prairies, mountains, rivers etc covered in snow?!?

How awesome is that going to be? Think of all the winter activities you can do…

    Skiing
    Snowboarding
    Ice climbing
    Ice skating (on a massive frozen lake)
    Sledging
    Huskie rides
    Snow shoeing

Lets face it it is going to be seriously cold in some parts of Canada throughout winter but then you aren’t stupid right?!? Make sure you have some decent quality warm clothes with you if you are here at this time of the year…

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