|Niagara Falls||C$ 130|
|Québec City||C$ 164|
When to fly to Canada
A four-season destination, there really is no bad time to take cheap flights around Canada.
Varies according to province and activity. Unsurprisingly, the summer months are when most travellers book cheap flights around Canada to make the most of the great outdoors. For skiers and snow-boarders, November through March is peak season.
The weeks following Christmas and the New Year celebrations are traditionally soft.
With its stunning array of destinations – the Rocky Mountains and national parks in British Columbia to Niagara Falls in Ontario, the Nahanni National Park Reserve in the Northwest Territories to the Bay of Fundy in the Maritimes – and friendly, safe and cosmopolitan cities, it’s no wonder that travellers from around the world search for cheap flights to Canada.
And, with such natural wonders on the doorstep, it’s not surprising that so many Canadians choose to book domestic flights and vacation “at home”.
There’s plenty to see and do. The festivals alone would provide a challenging itinerary. Spanning the country from West to East, Vancouver hosts the largest fireworks competition in the world, Calgary has the stampede, Toronto the International Film Festival, Quebec City the Winter Carnival and Nova Scotia the Celtic Colours International Festival.
For centuries this has been a country offering better opportunities and the different communities all live tolerantly together enhancing Canada in both tradition and cuisine.
Canada is an enormous country and its climate ranges from long, cold winter nights in the Arctic Circle to the mild seasons of British Columbia. Both Montreal and Quebec City have warm summers that can become hot and humid. The cities’ winter season lasts from October to early May with cold and snow. You‘ll find the warmest summers in Toronto. The bitter winter cold has become part of the country’s culture. In Ottawa you can enjoy the warm summer days, but head inside to escape the chilly nights that can drop below 0 C. Snow starts to fall in October and temperatures can drop close to zero.
Air Canada flies nationally and internationally to more than 150 destinations. Other airlines offering domestic Canada flights include WestJet, Air Transat, Air North, First Air, Canadian North and Porter Airlines.
Via Rail, the national rail service, connects most cities. It also offers two kinds of national rail passes. The Canrailpass offers 12 days of unlimited rail travel. The North American Rail Pass covers travel for 30 days on any VIA train in Canada and almost any Amtrak train in the United States.
Greyhound’s bus network covers more than 1,000 destinations in Canada and offers cross-border links to many cities in the U.S.
Public transit: several cities have subway, metro or light rapid transit service. In Vancouver it’s the SkyTrain, in Calgary the CTrain, in Edmonton the LRT, in Toronto the subway, in Ottawa the O-Train and in Montréal the metro. Fares are cheap, about $2 per adult.
One of the neatest ways of getting around Canada is by ferry. Several provinces have seasonal and year-round services to nearby islands and coastal regions.
(prices quotes are from London)