About Canada - Bordered to the west by the Pacific Ocean and Alaska, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, and to the south by the lower 48 states of the U.S., Canada is the world’s second-largest country - it racks up an astonishing diversity of landscapes; vast prairies rise abruptly to glacier-topped mountains; rugged, unspoiled coastlines give way to immense forests and emerald lakes; and Arctic waters lap upon frozen tundra. So, whether you’re a hardcore adrenaline junkie, a wildlife enthusiast, or a city slicker looking for cutting-edge culture, Canada ticks all the boxes. Finally exploring this beautiful country or going back to see more of it? Owner Direct Vacation Rentals has accommodations ranging from chalets to log cabins, beachfront homes and condo rentals to ski lodges and cozy cottages, townhomes and mountain retreats, to downtown apartments, and more!
Where to Stay & Why - Perfect for couples, friends, small or big families, with or without pets, big or small groups - there definitely is lodging for everyone here with Owner Direct. All the vacation rentals have spacious bedrooms with cozy beddings and enough storage for your personal stuff, clean bathrooms, and laundry facilities, fully equipped kitchen with dining space and/or breakfast bar, a living room for relaxing or enjoying a movie by yourself or with everyone.
Outside, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, tea, or a glass of wine while also enjoying the view from the deck, patio, or balcony. You can take a dip from the pool, hot tub, or the lake. Want more? Some of the accommodations have a recreational room that can entertain the kids! Some of the owners even provide bikes during your stay, beach stuff and toys, board games, movies, and kitchen staples. There’s also the parking lot(s), free WiFi, and other amenities.
What to See & Do - Have an adventure in Banff National Park where you’ll see the stunning cerulean Lake Louise, and the striking peaks and shimmering glaciers of the Icefields Parkway. Get soaked under Niagara Falls or gaze down on Toronto from the CN Tower’s glass floors which are 1,122 ft. Say ‘bonjour!’ to Montreal for its romantic yet cutting-edge French flair. Visit Vancouver - explore the gorgeous west coast city; ski or hike Grouse Mountain; cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge; bike or blade around the Stanley Park or hit Chinatown.
See the whales off the Bay of Fundy or drive the Cabot Trail, one of the world’s most scenic drives. Learn the history of Quebec City or whistle down the side of Whistler, the place to ski or snowboard. Witness the Northern Lights or experience the tundra of Baffin Island, Canada’s largest island. Visit a UNESCO World Heritage site - Kluane National Park and Reserve or sunbath on Prince Edward Island’s glorious beaches. Roam the prairie provinces or spot an iceberg off the Twillingate Islands.
Where to Eat & Drink - Whether you’re craving a monster-sized burger and fries, a juicy rare steak, freshly caught seafood or Oriental stir-fry - Canada has a panoply of eateries to satiate your appetite. The French influence in Quebec is easily discernible. Look for German-style cuisine in southwestern Ontario, Ukrainian dishes in the Prairies, and Asian foods in Vancouver.
Canada’s largest wine-producing areas are the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia and the Niagara Peninsula in Ontario. A particular specialty is ice wine - a dessert wine made from grapes that have frozen on the vine. Canada is also home to numerous microbreweries, whose inventive variety of ales (complete with imaginative names & eye-catching labels) can give all kinds of drinkers their happy-hour(s)!
How to Get Here & Getting Around - By plane, Air Canada is the country’s flag carrier airline and currently operate routes between Canada and 81 international destinations. If traveling by car, the road access to Canada is through the southern border with the USA or from the west through Alaska. There are numerous road crossings between the two countries. There’s also the Greyhound bus that runs several coaches between the USA and Canada. If you want to get here by boat, Canada has many ports served by international shipping lines. Montreal is a popular port for cruise ships. The port of Vancouver is Canada’s busiest port on the west coast and is a common starting point for cruise ships traveling to Alaska. Toronto’s port is on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario.
Canada is so vast, domestic flights can save you many hours and even days versus driving or taking the train, and are sometimes essential if visiting isolated settlements. Though getting around Canada by road is easy and generally excellent, routes to remote destinations may be unpaved. Winter roads formed of snow and ice are common in northern communities in winter. On country roads, you should be mindful of wild animals roaming, such as deer or moose. You can also rent a car or hail a cab from the airport or a designated rank in all Canadian towns and cities. Speaking of which, cycling is usually pleasant given the courtesy of drivers in towns and cities. There are many excellent car-free cycle paths making for a fun ride. Where the country really excels is in the wide network of off-road routes, often in tranquil and challenging forest settings. You can also try getting around by coach, by rail, or by water.
When to Go - When to go to Canada depends on where exactly you’re going and/or what you’re planning to do. If you’re planning on skiing or enjoying winter sports, or the snow, the best time to visit is between December and April, though some resorts open as early as November and extend their seasons as late as June. If you want to enjoy the great outdoors without the snow, travel between May and September, but you’ll get the best of the weather in the month of June and September.
Generally speaking - Spring is from mid-March to mid-June, Summer runs from mid-June to mid-September, Fall is from mid-September to mid-November, and Winter is from mid-November to mid-March. Pick the season best suited to your tastes and plans, and go have some fun!
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