West Coast Canada

Vancouver harbour and city skyline
Vancouver

The best places to visit on the West Coast

If you’re looking for Canada’s biggest-hitting scenery, the West Coast is the place to be. It is here, among the glaciers, lakes and mountains, that you’ll find the country’s most impressive sights: the lively city of Vancouver, the Rocky Mountains, the whale watching hotspots and the vast bear-filled wilderness. To help you plan your ideal West Coast Canada holiday, we’ve broken the region down into its best bits.

If you're planning a holiday to the West Coast, talk to a Travel Expert today on 0800 707 6010.

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Stanley Park, Vancouver

Vancouver & Vancouver Island

Vancouver & Vancouver Island

Between the mountains and the ocean

With the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Coast Mountains on the other, Vancouver is one of the world’s most spectacularly situated cities. Spend at least two days here, making time to browse the food markets and craft breweries of Granville Island and joining the outdoors-obsessed Vancouverites for a spot of hiking, swimming or boating among the beaches and forests of Vancouver Island and its English-esque capital city, Victoria.

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The Whistler Peak Gondola Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Whistler

Whistler

World-class skiing

A popular weekend destination for Vancouverites, Whistler is known the world over for its abundant powder snow and top-notch ski runs, as well as its rather lively après ski scene. Come outside of the ski season for rock climbing and cross-country mountain bike trails, as well as the stupendous views from Blackcomb Peak on offer from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola.

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Canoeing in Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

The Jewel in the Rockies’ Crown

It’s easy to run out of superlatives when talking about Banff. The most famous of the Rocky Mountain national parks is awash with forested mountains, impossibly blue lakes, and natural hot springs. Aside from the sublime scenery, there’s adventure to be had skiing the slopes, hiking the trails and riding the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Banff or Jasper. 

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Lake Louise in winter Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Turquoise mountain lake

Alberta’s Lake Louise, a sparkling, glacial-fed mountain basin, is an arresting sight. Its turquoise water, fringed by crashing waterfalls and snowy mountains, is best appreciated from various forest hiking and cycling trails or, if you’re here in winter, from a horse-drawn carriage. Remember to keep your eyes peeled for elk, deer, moose and eagles, or even a grizzly bear, if you’re very lucky.

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At Round the World Experts we have a team dedicated to creating tailor-made holiday itineraries in Canada. With insider information on where to visit, to advice on driving times and what it's like to ride the Rocky Mountaineer, our team are the best people to speak to about your Canada holiday. To start planning or for a tailored quote, get in contact today.

Round the World Expert Victoria Grept

I recommend booking in gold on the Rocky Mountaineer. The gold carriage features a glass dome and an outdoor viewing platform which you don’t get in silver.

- Victoria Grept, Expert
A view of Lake Louise from a helicopter
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