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Ask the Experts: where in Canada should I spend my summer?

Our Travel Experts are a hard working bunch. Not content with imparting their travel knowledge to the masses in our stores, at the end of the phone, on Live Chat and over on Twitter, they just couldn’t resist strutting their stuff here on the blog, too.

The result? You’re looking at it! Ask the Experts is a weekly blog post that sees our Experts answering those travel questions that have got you wracking your brains and feeling all flustered.

If you’ve got a travel related question that you want our Experts to take a look at, just drop us an email and they’ll answer it right here over the next few weeks.

This week’s question comes from blog reader Stacey, who’s got a serious case of itchy feet. Stacey, tell us what’s on your mind:

I’m thinking about going to Canada next summer. I love travelling and just want a change from the same old daily routine. Where in Canada is best to go? I’m looking for somewhere with good nightlife. Stacey

There’s no better way to shake up your daily routine than with a bit of travelling, Stacey! Canada is a great choice – maple syrup, awesome skiing and, err, Celine Dion. What more could you want? Our Travel Expert Jess is a big fan (of Canada, not Celine Dion), and is here to answer Stecey’s question. Read on and find out what to see, where to stay and, of course, where to drink.


Jessica Ambrose from STA Travel Leeds Vicar Lane says…

The main cities in Canada have some amazing nightlife, Stacey, but obviously the country is also known for its awesome natural scenery. The majestic Rockies stand on the west side while to the east of the country, Niagara Falls continually thunders.

I’d suggest taking a trip to Toronto and staying at the Global Village Hostel.

Toronto is the perfect place to start a Canadian adventure

As Toronto’s biggest hotel you’re sure to find some like-minded travellers to accompany you on your nights out! It has its own bar and huge common areas, so it’s definitely a sociable hostel. The best bit is the pancake breakfast to help you recover from the night before!

With a huge range of clubs and bars you’re sure to find something to tickle your fancy in this amazing city; from the trendy, flashy bars to the arty underground booking-only bars, there’s definitely something for everyone. If you’re looking for live music head downtown and you’ll find something any day of the week. Check out the crowd favourites Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace.

Aside from the nightlife, from Toronto you can take a trip across to Niagara Falls. We have a great day trip that also includes some time in the wine region of Ontario. You’ll then stop in the town of Niagara, where you can explore the shops and stop for a coffee pick me up if the wine didn’t do the job, and then head off to the main attraction of Niagara Falls. There are options to take in the best views of the Falls by helicopter or the Maid of the Mist boat ride will take you right up to the swirling waters at the base of the Falls – get your stylish poncho out!

Niagra Fall (Closeup)

A trip to Niagra Falls is a must | Image by williams_jt

Canada is well known for its ski resorts, but the Rockies are also stunning in the summer time. We have some hop-on hop-off passes or adventure tours which will allow you to really explore this area. They’ll take you to the best viewpoints for turquoise blue lakes and mountain ridges while you get to make new mates along the way.

One thing you cannot miss is the Columbia Icefield. You get there by travelling along the Icefield Parkway which is simply one of the most stunning routes in the world, then you get to travel onto the glacier itself in an Ice Explorer.

If you’re an outdoors kind of person then the HI Alpine Centre in Banff is the perfect place to stay to get involved in loads of summer activities including canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking and white water rafting! It’s a very sociable hostel so you’ll never be short of people to hang out with.

If you really want to get out and explore rather than stick in one place then we have some adventure tours which cover the country east to west. Or rail passes (which have a bonus student/youth rate) let you be flexible with your time. Alternatively, if you’re travelling with mates you might want to consider hiring a campervan so you can wake up with a new bit of Canada’s scenery on your doorstep each morning!

How’s that for inspiration? Hope that’s given Stacey a few ideas. If you’ve spent some time in Canada, share your own ideas for Stacey’s trip in the comments thread below. And remember to email us with your own travel questions for our Experts to answer.
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