Canada is a destination for everyone, with backpackers through to cruisers finding something to suit their tastes. During the New Zealand summer, thousands give up their thongs for skis, while Canada's cities welcome visitors year-round.
Because of their location in North America, Canadian airports offer easy access to the USA as well as Central and South America. Canada's also a lot closer to Europe than New Zealand is, making it a great stopping off point on a round-the-world trip.
Where to go in Canada
Vancouver is the closest Canadian city for travellers from New Zealand. Coupled with its close proximity to the Whistler ski fields, this makes it an attractive proposition. Vancouver is often voted as the world's most liveable city, and many visitors quickly fall in love with the place and its thriving craft beer scene.
As well as the skiing at Whistler, Canada's west is home to the snowy Rocky Mountains, where you're likely to run in to as many Kiwis and Aussies as you are Canadians. The two main towns in the Rockies are Jasper and Banff. Banff is the bigger of the two, so it has more going on at night, and its slopes also host the famous Slush Cup at the end of the ski season.
Canada is a huge country, and whether you take the train through the prairies or fly from city to city, there's plenty to see from coast to coast. Quebec is the French-speaking state and Montreal, its biggest city, has a completely different atmosphere to the country's English-speaking cities.
Where to go after Canada
Just a short flight from Vancouver, Seattle – and the rest of the Pacific Northwest – is arguably the trendiest part of America. As well as being the birthplace of the world's most successful coffee chain, Seattle is famous for Pike Place Market, the Space Needle and its Gum Wall.
Found on Mexico's west coast, Puerto Vallarta is a tourist-friendly town that still retains much of its original flavour. Get a taste of authentic Mexican cuisine, relax on the beach during the day and then watch the sun set over the Pacific Ocean while pelicans dive for their supper.
There are a number of options to get to Europe from Canada, but flying into Charles de Gaulle Airport is often the cheapest option. With the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and all the cheese, wine and baguettes you could wish for, there's plenty of reasons to say oui, allowing you to put your French lessons to use in two separate countries.
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Please note: all information is correct as of November, 2016.
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