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Summer holidays in Canada

Make use of the cheap flights and book a trip to the Rockies, Vancouver or Toronto

Published on February 9th 2011.


Summer holidays in Canada

Canadian Affair's cheap flights from Manchester to Canada have opened up a new world of possibilities for people who thought their holiday budget only stretched as far as a beach holiday.

The park is home to Vancouver Aquarium which is well worth visiting to see the white, rubbery beluga whale which bears an uncanny resemblance to a giant hard-boiled egg.

Return flights from Manchester to Canada in May start from £298pp rtn including taxes – and that doesn't include the 10% discount that Confidential readers get if you book before 15 February. And once you get there, you'll find accommodation to suit all price ranges.

Canadian Affair tailor makes each holiday and they also have a selection of ready-made holidays including fly-drives, cruises up to Alaska from Vancouver, and even cross-continent train tours.

Or you can go it alone and create your dream holiday yourself. Here's our guide to what to expect from a holiday in and around their three flight destinations from Manchester – Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.

For flight deals from Manchester to Canada, click here.

Vancouver
Perched between the Coast Mountains and the Strait of Georgia, Vancouver regularly makes the top ten of the most beautiful and most 'liveable' cities in the world.

Imagine strolling down Deansgate into an ocean-side forest complete with beaches, lagoons and basking turtles. In Vancouver, it's taken for granted. Stanley Park borders the city centre and is the ultimate urban retreat where sunbathers gather, and skaters, cyclists and pedestrians follow the trails along the coastline and through the woods.

The park is home to Vancouver Aquarium which is well worth visiting to see the white, rubbery beluga whale which bears an uncanny resemblance to a giant hard-boiled egg. And spend a day or so exploring the downtown shops, bars and restaurants – Vancouver has a very slick dining scene and a diverse, lively night-life.

Leaving the city, we recommend you head out to Vancouver Island. For paradisical beaches, whale watching, and kayak trips go to Tofino and Ucluelet on the west coast.

Sticking to the mainland, take the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway which heads from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond. In summer, Whistler is all about hiking and mountain biking – though you can still ski and board if you want a long trip up to the glacier on a cable car.

For flight deals from Manchester to Vancouver, click here.

Calgary
Calgary is best known for two things – it's your jump-off point for the Canadian Rockies, and it's the home to the Calgary Stampede – a 10 day festival of all things western (wild western).

The 2011 stampede takes place from 8-17 July. Get a ticket for the rodeo to watch a chuck-wagon derby, barrel racing, and steer wrestling. There's also live music, a fairground, parades, evening shows, and lots of young men strolling around in cowboy hats, most of them probably office workers.

The mountains of the Canadian Rockies are a couple of hours drive from Calgary. With jagged, towering rock faces, turquoise-coloured lakes, and spectacular waterfalls, glaciers and canyons, you'll spend much of your time here with your mouth agape and camera clicking.

Look for accommodation in Banff, Jasper or Lake Louise and keep your eyes peeled for bears, elk and moose. You don't have to go deep into the wilderness to encounter a wild beast around here.

For flight deals from Manchester to Calgary, click here.

Toronto
Toronto might not have the startling scenery of the Rockies and Vancouver, but it has its own share of world-renowned attractions.

There's the CN Tower – dare you step on the glass floor 112 stories above the city. Then a few hours away there's a very big, loud waterfall that goes by the name of Niagara. You've may have heard of it.

Back in downtown and the tower is also a very handy landmark for getting your bearings as you explore the city. Toronto has shops, restaurants and night life galore. Foodies should head to the Lawrence Street Market for deli and gourmet snacks. Deal-loving shoppers go to Honest Eds – it's essential just huge bargain shop but one lit with 23,000 light bulbs.

If the great outdoors is more your thing, travel to Algonquin Provincial Park for camping, fishing, horseback riding and the weekly wolf howls in August and early September.

Toronto is also a good fly-to place for a trip to the other great Canadian cities of Ottawa and Montreal.

For flight deals from Manchester to Toronto, click here.

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