It's a great time to visit our neighbors to the North.
Any time is a great time to take an adventure to Canada, but 2017 is a special year! Head up to see our neighbors to the north and celebrate their 150th Anniversary of Confederation with them. Here are some other reasons to visit Canada:
- Ooh and aah at the Northern Lights
Escape the light pollution of the big cities and head to Northern Canada where the aurora borealis dance across the sky in spectacular display. On a clear winter evening, the Northern Lights will delight you and take your breath away. Even if you don't want to journey north during the winter, the brilliant night sky in summer, bright with stars galore, is well worth the trip.
- Take in Niagara Falls
The American side is spectacular - no doubt about it, but for the sweeping panoramic views, you'll want to head to the Canadian side. And if your hotel accommodations having a view of the falls is important, you'll want to book your stay in Canada.
- See Some Polar Bears
Head to Churchill, Manitoba for an up close and person look at this beautiful symbol of Northern Canada. There are options for getting up close and personal...well, not too close!
- Enjoy Their National Past Time - Hockey
Whether you just want to take in a game or you actually want to get in on the game, Canada is a great place to enjoy hockey.
- Experience Lots of Natural Beauty
The Northwest Territories are an incredible area for escaping into nature. For an extraordinary adventure, consider a canoe journey down one of the pristine rivers in the area, such as the Keele River.
- Capture Your Own Lobster
Vacation at Prince Edward Island and you can haul in your own lobster trap! It may be Canada's smallest province, but it's an area rich in sights and tastes.
- Take a Rail Journey of Your Dreams
Combine the romance of the rails with the extraordinary beauty of the Canadian countryside. Our premium partner, Rocky Mountaineer, offers a wide variety of rail adventures that will show you Canada at its finest.
When you're ready to plan your journey to Canada, let AAA Travel be your guide!
We've compiled a quick summary of some essential Must See and Must Do options from the AAA TourBook. For even more suggestions, check out the complete Online TourBook or stop by your local office and pick up a paperback TourBook to take along.
From former cow town to major metropolitan wonder, Calgary is bustling with activity. Highlights include:
- Calgary Stampede - 10 day western extravaganza billed as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth"; held each July
- Self guided walking tours - meander down Stephens Avenue to enjoy historical buildings, murals, art, and more
- Get outdoors - find an extensive array of parks and natural areas; golfers will enjoy choosing from over 40 options; in the winter enjoy ice skating at Olympic Plaza
- Shopping - downtown you'll find a five block shopping complex linked by a handy walkway; for Unique specialty shops, kiosks and restaurants are the draw at Eau Claire Market , adjacent to the Bow River and Prince's Island Park at 2nd Avenue and 2nd Street S.W.
- Calgary Tower - take in the 360 degree view of the city from the top of this iconic landmark.
- Heritage Park Historical Village - a history lover's paradise where you can explore a century's worth of history.
- Lougheed House - see how one of the wealthiest and most influential families lived by touring their beautiful estate.
You'll enjoy a getaway to this beautiful river valley metropolis. Edmonton got its start as a humble trading post, but over the last centuries has grown into a thriving community, well known for its natural resources and beauty. Highlights include:
- High Level Bridge Streetcar - The narrated, 6-kilometre (3.7-mi.) trip offers excellent views of the city and the North Saskatchewan River Valley. The Strathcona Streetcar Barn Museum features exhibits relating the history of the Edmonton Streetcar System.
- Sports and recreation - you'll find a plethora of parks, nature trails, golf courses, and lakes to get your outdoors and enjoying nature. If you're visiting during hockey season, be sure to cheer on the Edmonton Oilers.
- Fort Edmonton Park - travel back in time and enjoy this living-history park.
- West Edmonton Mall - touted as the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America, it's a great place to take the family. In addition to a large selection of stores and restaurants, you'll also find an amusement park, ice rink, shooting range, water park and aquarium.
- Muttart Conservatory - Readable by smartphones, matrix barcodes posted in four futuristic pyramid-shaped greenhouses put descriptions of walking tours and changing exhibitions in the palm of your hand. Low-tech printed tour brochures also are available, as are weekend guided tours.
- Take in a festival. Nicknamed the Festival City, Edmonton offers more than 30 fun filled and memorable events...from the International Street Performers Festival to Edmonton's K-Days
This vibrant city is a treat for the senses. Set on an island in the St. Lawrence River, the city is a photographer's delight. Its imposing modern skyline punctuated with skyscrapers confirms its status as one of Canada's leading contemporary, metropolitan areas. Highlights include:
- Take in nature - Montreal offers an abundance of options: the Montreal Botanical Gardens (especially the Chinese and Japanese gardens), the topical rainforest in the Montreal Biodome, Mont-Royal Park where you can relax in beautiful serenity.
- Delight the taste buds - be sure to indulge in a smoked meat sandwich during your visit.
- Be awed at the architectural wonder of the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montréal.
- Step back in time - enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride down the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal.
- Get soaked - and have a great time doing it aboard a Lachine Rapids Jet Boat Tour. You'll have a blast as you navigate the rapids of the St Lawrence River.
Who would not be transfixed by the three separate cataracts that make up Niagara Falls? Experience the cool mist, the thundering roar, the utter violence of a half million gallons of water crashing into a rocky gorge every second. It's not just a spectacular scene; it's a spectacular scene in unrelenting motion.
- Meander along the spectacular Niagara Parkway for stunning views.
- Feel the mist on your face and more on a Hornblower Niagara Cruise. You'll be in for a drenching, deck-rocking rendezvous with the seething caldron of river water churned up at the base of the massive Horseshoe Falls.
- Enjoy the Cave of the Winds tour which takes you just 20 feet from the Bridal Veil Falls.
- Enjoy the variety of entertainment and restaurant options available at the Clifton Hill area, just a short walk from the falls.
- Take in floral beauty at Queen Victoria Park and then treat yourself to a carriage ride.
Head to British Columbia to see this beautiful Valley wonderfully shaped by glacial movement years before. Known for its great farming, particularly for that of fruit trees, it is also a great area for wine production and you'll find picturesque wineries tucked into the rugged landscape.
- For the wine lover, you'll want to be sure to visit Quails' Gate Estate Winery and have lunch on the outdoor patio at the Old Vines Restaurant.
- In October, take in the wonderful Okanagan Fall Wine Festival where you'll find special events, free samples and more.
- Take in the breezy town of Penticton and enjoy the Coney Island type atmosphere, complete with parks, recreation and lots of family fun.
- Art lovers will delight in a stroll through Vernon, where you'll find a variety of outdoor murals illustrating local folklore and history.
- Natural beauty abounds at Elysium Gardens just outside of Kelowna.
Explore Canada's capital, known for its wealth of cultural attractions, elegant architecture, and tree lined streets. You'll find all the loveliness of nature...an abundance of parks, farms and scenic landscapes but with the modern conveniences of typical city life. Highlights include:
- Take the Haunted Walk of Ottawa - enjoy a 90 minute guided tour conducted by lantern light and learn the "ghostly" history of this beautiful city. Add on a Crime & Punishment Jail tour and Time Travel Trail Adventure for an even better adventure.
- Get active - you'll find an abundance of recreation opportunities all throughout Ottawa. During the winter months, ice skating takes center stage, especially at the Rideau Canal Skateway. The path system around the city provides wonderful biking opportunities in summer and a place to hike and cross country ski in the winter. You'll also find wonderful places for canoeing, white water rafting, downhill skiing, golfing, playing tennis and so much more.
- No trip is complete without a souvenir and you'll find great shopping, especially at Sparks Street Mall, a pedestrian-only area with a good range of small shops in interesting old buildings and entertainment from street performers.
- See how the natives celebrate at one of the many festivals that take place throughout the year.
- Check out over 130 different types of aircraft at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
- Built in 1839 and not completed until 1885, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica has been restored to its original glory, highlights include its painted and carved neo-Gothic interior, stained-glass windows, and more.
Head to the oldest and one of the most beautiful cities in the country. From a fledgling settlement to a stunning, romantic and vibrant city, Quebec City offers a wide array of options for everyone. Highlights include:
- Step back in time as you wander the cobblestone streets of Old Quebec. You may find a fabulous bistro where you can indulge in some wonderful French cuisine.
- Get a "two-for-one" when you wander through the iconic and elegant Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac and then meander down the wide wooden boardwalk of Dufferin Terrace, located conveniently behind the landmark hotel.
- Take in a lot of history all throughout the city: Artillery Park Heritage Park, The Citadel, Battlefields Park, the Museum of Civilization and more.
- Take a stroll down the pedestrian-only rue de Trésor, devoted to the display of original paintings, watercolors, etchings and silkscreened works by local artists.
- Take your taste buds on quite the adventure: try tourtière (meat pie, usually veal or pork, in a pastry crust); poutine (french fries topped with squeaky cheese curds and gravy); soupe aux pois (pea soup made with whole yellow split peas and salt pork); and tarte au sucre (a very sweet sugar pie).
A combination of modern city and Old World charm, Toronto is a perfect host to those who want a big city but crave more than steel and glass. Home to a very multicultural population, Toronto combines the character and charms of a variety of cultures into one fantastic adventure.
- No trip is complete without a visit to CN Towers where you can choose to be brave and walk across the glass floor or enjoy the tamer experience of the Sky Pod observation area.
- Head to Casa Loma, a beautiful 98 room castle with stunning gardens, opulent furnishings and a stunning view of Toronto.
- See a first rate theater performance.
- Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame to learn everything there is to know about the game.
- Take the kids to Toronto Island park, featuring a farm, a boardwalk, a wading pool, an amusement park and so much more.
- Explore the many cultural facets on a guided or self guided tour of the various neighborhoods around the city.
Set perfectly amidst majestic snowcapped mountains and on a peninsula that juts into the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver offers an amazing getaway. Another Canadian city with a diverse cultural population, it gives visitors so much to explore and a wide array of things to do. Highlights include:
- A delight for the taste buds and senses - visit one of the great world food markets - Granville Island Public Market. Find an impressive selection of the freshest fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more.
- Amazing views - enjoy a waterside stroll around Stanley Park, an urban sanctuary in a very bustling city. Tour more of the park aboard a horse-powered trolley, play a game of tennis or golf, and let the kids enjoy the playgrounds and miniature steam train.
- Adorable white beluga whales - a chance to get up close. Head to Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre to see these whale steal the show and to check out thousands more marine animals.
- Checking out the great views from atop Grouse Mountain. On a clear day, you'll think you can see forever. Enjoy fantastic views of Vancouver and the harbor, and take in other fun activities. You can zip line, ski, para-glide, snow shoe and more.
- Walking along the tops of the trees by crossing the Capilano Suspense Bridge. Get a beautiful view of the Capilano River Canyon and check out the Totem Park.
- Shopping and dining in a vast array of multi-cultural establishments. Local favorites for restaurants include CinCin and Joe Fortes Seafood and Chop House.
- Enjoying nature in a variety of ways - whale watching opportunities in the harbor, great garden views at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, biking, skating, hiking and so much more.
The Queen's namesake, this spectacular city is home to stately parliament buildings, glorious gardens, breathtaking scenery and so much more. You'll find a very British vibe in Victoria - tea houses, double decker buses, fine china, and more - but also a contemporary edge you'll enjoy as well. You'll love the uncluttered streets, the gentle spirit, the multicultural influences and so much more. Highlights include:
- Oohing and aahing at Butchart Gardens. The extravaganza displays of color delight gardeners and nature lovers from all over the world. Don't miss the spectacular Japanense Garden.
- Even more beauty at the Victoria Butterfly Gardens. In addition to the free-flying butterflies, you'll find tropical plants and koi-filled ponds.
- The small wonder of Miniature World. Enjoy scaled down doll houses, a tiny sawmill, miniaturized castles, and more.
- Lots to see and do on Government Street. Enjoy shops, art galleries, all types of dining and more.
- Experiencing British tea. Stop by Point Ellice House overlooking the scenic Gorge Waterway for a delightful afternoon tea.
- Visiting Chinatown. You'll find fabulous murals, wonderful restaurants and fantastic shopping.
When you're ready to plan your journey to Canada, let AAA Travel be your guide!
We offer a variety of vacation options for exploring Canada. Here are just a few of our suggestions:
Rail Adventures with Rocky Mountaineer
This world-renowned, luxurious train travels by daylight through the wild beauty of Canada's West and is the best way to experience the majestic Canadian Rockies. National Geographic even named Rocky Mountaineer as one of the World’s Greatest Trips.
Indulgence In Eastern Canada
English and French cultures melt into this romantic journey through the picturesque and historic cities of Eastern Canada. From high-rise Toronto to the thundering thrills of Niagara Falls, and quality time in the beautiful cities of Ottawa and Quebec, this luxury journey is a medley of excitement, culture and quaint charm.
Majesty of the Rockies
Testify to the supreme majesty of Western Canada and Alaska by road, rail and sea. The first part of your incredible journey is luxury, escorted touring through historic towns and verdant National Parks. Then you have options to experience one of the world's most romantic train journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer; and/or embark on a classic cruise on the glacial waters of Alaska.
The Best of Eastern Canada
From the European-styled, old world elegance of Quebec City to the thundering magnificence of Niagara Falls, you'll love every moment of this 8-day tour of eastern Canada. Board a boat to experience Niagara Falls up close and cruise through the spectacular unspoiled 1000 Islands. Watch the busy St. Lawrence River from high atop Montreal's Mount Royal and experience the energy of multicultural Toronto. From picturesque countryside to glistening skyscrapers, a truly unforgettable cultural and historical experience awaits you.
A luxury blend of transport showcases Canada's idyllic landscapes, as you embark on one of the most renowned train journeys in the world. From the vibrant city of Vancouver, set out for the majestic Rocky Mountains before boarding 'The Canadian' train for a unique rail journey through the western Prairies and lakes of northern Ontario to cosmopolitan Toronto.
When the call of the open road beckons but you're not sure where exactly it should take you, we're here to help! We've assemble a collection of Drive Trip suggestions to get you on your way. Focus on a specific area or combine a few for a more extensive experience.
Explore the cities along the beautiful coastline of the Atlantic while enjoying the pampering service a cruise offers. While the Fall Foliage season is the peak time for cruising around Canada, you can find departures year round. You'll find a wonderful variety of options perfect for any time frame...take a quick peak with a 4 day getaway, linger awhile with a week-long journey or go more in depth with a 16 day adventure.
When you're ready to plan your journey to Canada, let AAA Travel be your guide!