Canada is one of the most popular destinations in the world which has spectacular landscapes and offers something for everyone whether you are planning a adventure holiday, activity break or a gap year. Bordered by beautiful oceans, Canada is an amazing country to visit and boasts some of the highest standards of living in the world which is a great reason to choose to visit. There are also spectacular National Parks which you can explore, this country is huge, diverse in landscapes and culture. Famous locations include Banff, the Rockies, Niagara Falls, Lake Louise, Toronto, Halifax, Quebec City and Victoria. We also have some amazing gap year trips which can be joined all year round.
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Due to the size of Canada the weather varies depending on where you located. Canada stretches from the Pacific to Atlantic Ocean, covering five time zones. In winter temperatures plumet and snow can cause havoc so its best to be prepared if you are visiting around October - April time.
Any trip to North America would not be complete without visiting Niagara Falls which is on the border with both New York State and Ontario in Canada. The waterfalls are breath taking and huge, the waters comes from the great lakes of North America and lots of small group adventure holidays stop off here. You should visit Horseshoe Falls which is probably the most magnificent waterfalls of Niagara. You can also join a river cruise and get up close to the famous falls. There are also plenty of places to see in the surrounding areas of Niagara Falls, you could take a trip over to Boston or sample the wine in Canada's wine growing region. The city of Buffalo in Canada is not far and quite enjoyable for a weekend too.
We recommended exploring the Canadian Rockies, this area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the highlights of the country. The weather is fairly mild most of the year because of Pacific winds, so even though it might be less expensive to get hotels when the weather is very cold, it would be best to go sometime between March and October. Snow is common, so unless you are looking for a snowed-in holiday, the extra cost is worth it. Still, check flight sites for when the prices are lowest. Then you could plan your trip accordingly. Art, water sports, mountains, and more than enough fun to fit in to a break here. One favorite North American destination for holidays is Vancouver, British Columbia. The city with many sky scrapers has so many public art that walking through the city feels like walking through an outdoor modern art museum. You should also try to see the Shuswap Lakes, checking out the Columbia and Icefields Parkways, going to visit Prince George, catch a ferry through he inside passage and go to the Ksan Indian Village.
National Parks in Canada which we recommend checking out include the Jasper National Park, Banff National Park and Yoho National Park whilst taking a trip to Vancouver Island & Tofino can be a great experience.
So you are possibly taking a gap year before you head off to university, or after, or you are just seeking a fresh break somewhere new, well you are one of the increasing numbers of students who are electing to travel to Canada,. A gap year in Canada is a fantastic opportunity to explore the world and discover more about yourself. Some people will use it to find out what they want to do with their lives while other people want an action-packed, fun-filled year crammed with excitement and unforgettable memories. Make sure you make the most of every moment and pack as much adventure into your year out as you can. Canada is one of the most popular gap year countries to visit in the world, thousands of students, graduates and gappers visit every year to experience the laid back lifestyle and adventure activities on offer. Canada has spectacular mountains and landscapes, amazing diverse cities, numerous national parks and natural beauty spots - this will be the gap year of a lifetime.
Canada is a very easy country to navigate and local people speak English in Canada so booking transport and getting around the country is very easy. Ideally you'll need around a month to see as much as possible, it might be an idea to hire a car or meet people at a hostel to travel with if you are looking to get off the beaten track. On official trips you will be with experienced guides who know the best places to visit, they will be able to tell you lots of information you might not otherwise find out and can really improve your experience. This is one of the many highlights of booking an overland experience but try to book before departing as spaces can fill up quick. The public bus service is very reliable and will certainly be able to connect you to most towns and cities at low prices. If you hire a car or campervan its best to shop around for the best deal, also check notice boards in hostels as there are always travelers looking to sell their vehicles. There are also trains and internal flights but if you want to see as much as possible we don't really recommend these modes of transport.
There are many places to stay while you visit, hostels are popular with travellers from all over the world but there are also other options. If you have a larger budget you can stay in world class hotels, or you might want to rent your own campervan to see more of the country. If you are planning to stay for a long period, you can find cheap accomodation by reading hostel message boards for people offering flat / house shares. Generally if you stay outside of the main city centres or out of the main tourist areas you will get cheaper accommodation. Some companies offer trips which include accommodation which is great as Canada can be quite expensive to visit. There are ways to save money though, for example not drinking too much alcohol and shopping at local supermarkets rather than eating out.
Places you might want to check out on a gap year in Canada include: