Stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast and as far north as the Arctic, Canada’s vast size is one of its chief attractions. From the Rockies to the Great Lakes, the bright lights of Toronto to the unfettered wilderness of Yukon, there’s always something new to discover. Will it be a heritage trail of Quebec’s historic landmarks or a brush with the great outdoors in Alberta’s wildlife-rich prairies? Shopping in chic Montreal or skiing in scenic Whistler? Whatever your tastes, thanks to a range of cheap flights to Canada that’s as wide as the country itself, it’s easier than ever for British travellers to cross the Atlantic and embark on the vacation of a lifetime.
With several international airports at your disposal and plenty of airlines competing for your custom, you should be able to bag cheap flights to Canada with a little research. Toronto and Vancouver are major hubs for business travellers as well as holidaymakers, which keeps prices keen all year round. Seasonal variations come into play for destinations such as Edmonton, gateway to the ski resorts of the Rockies, or the town of Halifax, which serves the summer playgrounds of Nova Scotia. If your travel plans are fixed, book as far ahead as possible for the best deals – especially if you’re visiting at peak holiday times such as Christmas or high summer. If you’re a free agent in terms of season and itinerary, you’ll be well placed to snap up the best bargains. But bear in mind that distances between cities in Canada are large, so take into account onward travel costs – it may work out cheaper in the long run to fly to the airport that’s nearest to your final destination.
For direct flights to destinations other than the major hubs of Toronto and Vancouver, you’ll probably find the best range of departures from the main London airports. For example, Air Transat flies from Gatwick to Calgary in under 10 hours, Air Canada covers the journey from Heathrow to St John’s in 5 hours 35 minutes and British Airways links Heathrow to Montreal in 7 hours 30 minutes. For Toronto and Vancouver, the choice is even wider. A host of airlines operate non-stop flights from London airports to both cities, while direct regional departures include Air Transat’s service from Birmingham or Manchester to Toronto; the same airline also flies from Manchester to Vancouver. Alternatively, check the major international carriers for one-stop routes via European or North American hubs – KLM from Glasgow to Vancouver via Amsterdam is just one example of many.
Canadian airports are experts at welcoming international visitors, so wherever you land you’ll find plenty of facilities for onward travel. Most visitors opt for a rental car to explore this vast country at their leisure, and even if you’re planning a city break you’ll appreciate the flexibility and freedom of your own wheels. At the country’s largest airport, Toronto Pearson, express trains link the terminal with the city centre in around 25 minutes. Vancouver Airport is conveniently located around 7.5 miles from the city centre, with a rapid-transport rail service to downtown or nearby Richmond. If you’ve booked accommodation in advance, check whether your hotel provides free shuttle transfers for guests – many do.
Canada is the world’s second-largest country, and its border with the USA is the world’s longest land border. Daunting statistics – so it’s quite possible that you won’t see more than a fraction of this diverse and fascinating country in just one visit. Instead, concentrate on one area and really get under its skin. Discover its multicultural roots in Quebec, be dazzled by world-class culture in Montreal, shop till you drop in stylish Toronto, test your nerve on the ski slopes of the Canada Olympic Park at Calgary or check out the buzzing live-music scene in Vancouver. Better still, see it all in 6 days from the panoramic windows of the legendary TransCanada Rail Express.
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