Yes, direct flights to Canada are frequently operated from all the major airports in the UK. Heathrow, Manchester, Gatwick are some of the major airport's choices for tourists for international departures. Flight connections are available from Birmingham Airport. The popular stopover for indirect flights to Canada is Frankfurt.
There are fifteen international airports in Canada. Being a country renowned for public spending, Canada has provided excellent air transportation facilities to its people. Out of those fifteen airports, here are the busiest.
Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is the airport that serves the city of Toronto. It is the busiest airport in all of Canada. The airport is only 22.5 kilometres away from downtown Toronto. The airport is also the second busiest airport in North America after JFK and in just 2017 alone, it has served 47 million passengers. The airport also has 5 runways in various directions; two of them are 3.2 kilometres long.
Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is the airport that serves the city of Vancouver. It is located in Sea land, Richmond, British Columbia and is only is only 9 kilometres away from downtown Vancouver. It has won the award of 'the best airport in North America' by Skytrax for the last 9 years in a row. The airport has three runways and was a host of 24.1 million passengers in 2017.
Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) is the airport that serves Montreal. The airport is 20 kilometres away from Downtown Montreal. The airport has three runways and last year was host to 18.1 million passengers.
The best time to book a flight to Canada is in February and in October. February sees the end of the Holiday traffic and to high flight fares, however, the long-awaited summer is yet to begin. In October, the summer has been defeated and the cold comes back, keeping the casual tourists away. Buying a ticket at these times of the year could be cheaper than usual. As a rule of thumb though, whenever you go, book a flight three months in advance.
A British Citizen with a valid UK passport does not need to have a visa, before travelling to the country. However, the traveller does need an ETA or an electronic Travel Authorization from the Canadian immigration department. This is applicable to all foreign nationals in Canada. Please visit the link below for further information.
The Best time to visit Canada is from May to September. Canadian winters are legendary, so avoid them if you are not in a mood for a white Christmas. From May onwards, however, things get pleasant. Cities on the eastern side of the country, like Montreal and Toronto, get the most snow. So, if you do intend to go to Canada in the winters, pack the snowshoes and a thick coat. Otherwise, in the summers, jeans and a casual shirt to attend the many carnivals would do.
The Province of Quebec in Canada was a French territory for a long time. Later when the British conquered all the land from coast to coast, English culture spread within the community. Canada has a bit of both, though. Both the French and English languages are taught and celebrated by all its citizens. This also reflects in the major landmarks in Canada.
- The Notre-Dame Basilica in the francophone city of Montreal is the grandest landmark in Canada. The Basilica is the oldest ever church in Canada and was built in 1656. The neo-gothic architecture is beyond gorgeous. The roof on the inside is of a star-studded cobalt blue and complementing it is the aisle floor, also of the same hue. Holding the vibrant ceiling and the floor together is the shining dark brown wood of the benches, walls and the choir stage.
- The CN Tower dominates the Toronto skyline. At its very top is the revolving restaurant. If there is a special occasion, Canadians head to the CN tower to celebrate it. The food there is excellent and always fresh. After the meal, you can visit the glass balcony outside, and watch all of Toronto from above.
- Apart from the man-made megastructures, Canada is also known for its untouched natural beauty. The Canadian Rockies are beautiful any time of the year, however more trackable in the summers. If you want to breathe, feel and witness nature, just indulge in a tour of the Canadian Rockies.
Montreal is the cultural capital of Canada. Toronto maybe richer and shiner, but only Montreal knows how to throw a party. The festivals are therefore usually Montreal concentric, but other cities do pitch-in, in a big way.
- The Montreal fireworks festival is the biggest fireworks festival in the world. Beginning in early July, pyrotechnician teams arrive from around the world to present a pyro-musical performance at the festival. The festival is not only a festival, it is also a competition. The best pyrotechnician team gets the coveted “Golden Jupiter”. The Spaniard won last year, and before that the English were victorious.
- Over two million people come to attend the Montreal international jazz festival in late June each year. The festival brings three thousand artists, from more than 30 different countries who collectively conduct around seven hundred concerts, all through the week of the festival.
- The Winterlude festival is celebrated in the National Capital city of Ottawa. The festival is a celebration of winter. Parks around the city are transformed into a winter wonderland. The largest skiing rink in the world at Gatineau attracts thousands of tourists and the park is transformed into a museum of ice sculptures.
- Mid-July is the time to laugh until your stomach hurts at the 'Just for Laughs' festival in Montreal. Comedians flock to the festival to present their material to the audience and fuel the unending laughter that roars the Saint-Denis Theatre. The festival is so successful that it has been exported to Chicago and London.
Being the second largest country in the world, Canada has been focused on building its transportation infrastructure, especially which could connect its east coast to the west. Railway lines and highways make the transportation of goods and perishable produce quickly and efficiently. Greyhound buses zoom from city to city, facilitating the citizens with cheap travel. Moreover, intercity mobility is also easy since major cities of Canada, namely Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver all have mass transit systems aided by intracity bus networks.
There are the most exclusive five star hotels available in Canada. However, cheaper and more economical options are also offered.
- The Adelaide Hotel, Toronto
- Fairmont Pacific Rim
- Wedgewood Hotel & Spa
- Rosewood Hotel Georgia
- The Hazelton Hotel