Canada Travel Blog

Discover Canada Through Our Stories

At Canada by Design, our vacations are inspired by our own adventures, be it heli-hiking in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, taking the train through a winter wonderland, driving along the rugged east coast or searching for polar bears on Manitoba's tundra. Our team has traveled by rail, car and coach from coast to coast to ensure every detail of our trips are up to our standards, and to pick up expert tips and recommendations to pass on to you, our travelers. So go ahead, settle in and dive into one of our stories. It might just spark an idea or inspire you to plan your next trip.

The Rocky Mountaineer train in the Canadian Rocky Mountains

6 Classic Rail Vacations in Canada

Discover 6 classic rail vacations in Canada onboard both VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer as we take you through the Rocky Mountains, along the East Coast and over to the Maritimes.

Dining on the beach in Nova Scotia

15 Must-Do Experiences in Atlantic Canada

Intriguing and alluring, Atlantic Canada calls travelers who seek authentic experiences in spectacular landscapes. Here we share the 15 must-do experiences in Atlantic Canada.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

The Top 20 Bucketlist Trips in Canada

Whether it's dancing under the northern lights, bonding with grizzly bears in temperate rainforest or road tripping along the rugged coast of the Atlantic, we all have a list of dream bucketlist trips in Canada.

12 Festive Things to Do in Vancouver, Tried & Tested by Local Experts

12 Festive Things to Do in Vancouver, Tried & Tested by Local Experts

Whether it's a Whistler ski trip, a winter train journey to the Rockies or a northern lights adventure that brings you to the city, extend your stay with these 12 festive things to do in Vancouver.

Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge

VIDEO: Unique Canadian Wilderness Resorts by Canada Travel Experts

When you picture a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Canada, what do you see? For our team of Canada travel experts, unique Canadian wilderness resorts are inarguably part of the picture.

Vancouver Skyline in Winter

72 Hours of Winter in Vancouver

The theory that Canada completely freezes over in the winter is a myth. Uncover what makes Vancouver the ultimate winter destination and learn what to do, where to stay, what to eat and where to go, all curated by Canada travel experts.

Rocky Mountains Heli-Hiking with CMH

Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies: Tips by Canada Travel Experts

From soaring over glaciers to strolling near spires, our heli-hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies wow-ed us with stunning landscapes, spoiled us with attentive service, and inspired us to share the adventure with other travelers.

A couple at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Canada

6 Magical Winter Vacations in Canada for Making Memories Together

Looking for the best winter vacations in Canada? As Canada Travel Experts we're well-versed in everything the season has to offer, and here we'll outline the best winter vacations for making memories together.

The Rocky Mountains in Alberta

Canada Train Tours, Self-Drives & Lodges: 3 Ways to Reconnect with What Really Matters

This summer, we're calling on you to reconnect with what really matters by spending time with those you care about. Our legendary train tours, must-do Canadian road trips and once-in-a-lifetime wilderness lodges are just the ticket.

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

How to Plan a Trip to Atlantic Canada

The East Coast of Canada has undeniable appeal, yet understanding where to start, how to get around, where to stay and what to do requires extensive research unless you have someone to turn to for expert insight. Enter Canada by Design.

Canada By Design team in Banff, Alberta

Video: Canada Travel Experts Reveal our Most Popular Winter Trip

Winter travel in Canada has been on the rise, and it isn't hard to see why. With crackling fires, cozy lodges, sparkling snow and frozen waterfalls, it's your opportunity to see this magical season at its best – and we've got it all on video.

Ice Skating on Lake Louise, Alberta, in Winter

The Way to Winter in Alberta: 3 Secrets to the Perfect Trip

If the wintery air has been whispering to you of a magical place abroad, allow us to let you in on a secret. Alberta is Western Canada's very own winter wonderland and yields the kind of festive experiences that holiday dreams are made of.

Boating in British Columbia

How to Travel Beyond, According to Canada Travel Experts

Travel means something so different to everyone, and is much too personal for such a broad, all-encompassing term. We asked our Canada travel experts to unpack what it means to Travel Beyond, and relate it to their personal experiences. Take a look and let us know, what type of traveller are you?

The Rocky Mountains in Alberta

Dinosaurs, Lakes and Glaciers: Expert Approved Trip Ideas in Alberta, Canada

As Canada's 4th largest province, Alberta entices travelers with over 600 lakes, 75 provincial parks, 5 national parks, and 587 species of wildlife to discover. After 18 years of designing (and experiencing) Canada travel itineraries, we know a thing or two about the must-do activities in Alberta, Canada.

A Grizzly Bear in British Columbia

Bear & Wildlife Viewing in BC - Farewell Harbour Lodge

From a grizzly bear stare-down in the Great Bear Rainforest to gasp-worthy humpback whale sightings, discover tales and travel tips from our wilderness adventure at Farewell Harbour Lodge in BC.

Driving in Newfoundland

Road Trip in Newfoundland: a Travel Experts' Guide

The must see highlights, best driving routes, and tastiest seafood spots on an 11 day road trip in Newfoundland, Canada. The ultimate guide to your driving trip in Newfoundland.

Rocky Mountains in Winter

11 Winter Wonderland Trip Ideas in the Canadian Rockies

Last March, alongside a few travel experts from the Canada by Design team, I embarked on an action packed 6 night journey through Alberta's Rocky Mountains on a mission to scout as many new winter experiences as possible.

Knight Inlet Lodge British Columbia

Bear Viewing Adventures at Knight Inlet Lodge

We just returned from a grizzly bear viewing adventure at Knight Inlet Lodge with full hearts and full memory cards! Discover the best time to see bears, our favorite memories, and other tips from the 4 epic days of bear viewing, sea kayaking, and whale watching.

Skyline Trail, Cape Breton Highlands National Park

4 Reasons Travel Addicts Love Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia - the land of endless seacoast, Alexander Keith's beer and the friendliest people in the world. It's often overlooked as a travel destination, but is increasingly on more people's radar, and here you'll see why.

Nk’MIP Desert Cultural Centre, Osoyoos

5 Authentic Cultural Experiences on a Road Trip in British Columbia

Discover authentic cultural experiences in British Columbia. At Canada by Design, our vacations are inspired by our own adventures and are customizable to ensure every detail is covered so you can relax and enjoy the drive.

Quebec City in the wintertime

5 Reasons to Experience Quebec City in the Wintertime

Quebec City's winter season has grown increasingly popular over the years putting it on the map as a top destination for celebrating the holidays in. Find out why visitors are braving a little Canadian cold for a lifetime of winter-wonderland memories.