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How to get to Canada

Canada is divided into 13 provinces. Families are most likely to visit British Columbia on the west coast, and Ontario and Quebec to the east. International airports in these states are Vancouver, Abbotsford and Kelowna in British Columbia, Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, London and Thunder Bay in Ontario, and Quebec City and Montreal in Quebec. Flights from London to Vancouver take about 9 hours 30 minutes; to Toronto it’s 8 hours. Other international airports are Halifax in Nova Scotia, Calgary in Alberta and St Johns in Newfoundland.

You could alternatively fly into the United States and enter Canada from there – you might get a competitive fly-drive deal to New York, for instance.

Once you’re in Canada, journey times are huge, but there are alternatives to internal flights. Canada offers some of the world’s greatest rail journeys – we particularly recommend the transcontinental ride between Vancouver and Toronto, aboard the Canadian, with the ability to break your journey at various stops, scheduled and unscheduled (your best bet with kids is Jasper in the Rockies, gateway to the Jasper National Park with its hiking, climbing, riding, fishing, skiing, skating, snow-biking, ice-canyon walking and more).

Those on family holidays in Canada with older children and teens can go on the family road-trip of a lifetime by taking some of the planet’s most stupendous wilderness drives, either by car or by motorhome (the latter allowing for greater flexibility).

Otherwise, see some jawdropping scenery and engage in whale-watching on one of the many cruises that run up the east coast, or even as far as Alaska in the USA.

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