Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. 

During my  career as a travel advisor, I have been to most of the major Canadian cities, more than once.  Canada is easy to get to by plane, car or rail.  Trains are one of the best ways to see some great scenery, history, animals and visit some great restaurants, museums and meet great locals.  Trains travel all across Canada by rail starting in Toronto, then connecting in Jasper to the Rocky Mountaineer to include Lake Louise, Banff, Jasper and onto Vancouver.  Train on the Rocky Mountaineer including a start point of Calgary!  Toronto is the home of the Niagara Falls, and it is just north of Detroit, so it is easy to travel to.

I personally  have been coast to coast by plane, train, car or cruise.  I’m been to Vancouver many times, each experience was totally different in addition I’ve been to Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, Lake Louise, Banff, and  Calgary to name of few.


Montreal is a wonderful French city. I flew here for a few nights prior to taking a train to Quebec City for the start of a Holland America cruise that ended in Boston. There were some truly amazing sights.  Cruising is truly a home away from home and allows total comfort and the ability to see many places.

Nova Scotia

Cruising is a wonderful way to see get to Alaska and Canada, starting in one of my favorite cities in the world Vancouver.    Or start in Quebec City to view the fabulous and beautiful fall colors by sailing through the St. Lawrence seaway up to the gorgeous Nova Scotia and beyond.  So many options to see this immense country and many do not require flying!


More photos from our trips