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Making the Most of Your Cruise to Canada

By HarryMonday 20th October 2014

Glacier at Lake Louise, Canadian Rockies Glacier at Lake Louise

If you’re planning to set sail on a cruise holiday to Canada, you won’t be disappointed. This vast, unspoilt country offers endless opportunities for adventure, with breathtaking scenery and amazing wildlife, it’ll be a holiday you’ll never forget. To help you make the most of your time onboard as well as on land, here at Royal Caribbean, we’ve put together the handy guide of all the exciting things you can get up to on your  Canadian adventure!

Vancouver, Canada

Vancouver at night Vancouver at night After spending any amount of time in Vancouver, be it a day, or weekend, it’s not hard to see why this city is often featured amongst the top places to live in the world. Probably the most memorable way to arrive in Vancouver is by sea; as your ship sails toward the city, you can take in the beautiful view of this glittering metropolis rising from the water’s edge. There is plenty to do in this charming city that’ll keep you occupied. Head to Stanley Park where you can take a relaxing stroll or hire a bike and cycle over to see the famous totem poles. If you’re with the kids, take them to the Vancouver Aquarium for the day, where they can learn about the local sea life, and see their favourite marine animals up close. For time out, a visit to the Museum of Anthropology is always fascinating; or you could simply while away the hours along Commercial Drive, sipping coffee and browsing the quirky shops for a glimpse of real Vancouver life.

Canadian Rockies

rocky mountains A trip to the Canadian Rockies is one that you won’t soon forget. There is something so atmospheric about this wild landscape that stirs something deep in your soul, as you gaze at the lofty mountain peaks, skirted by dense, ancient forests. The sheer scale of the wilderness is breathtaking, and there are plenty of opportunities to make the most of it. If you’re looking for adventure, you’ve definitely come to the right place, and more so if you’re a fan of winter sports! Head to Whistler and tackle the famous Olympic slopes on your skis or snowboard, or spend some time wandering around the village where you’ll find plenty of cosy, warm places to recoup after a day in the snow. For those of you who prefer your sports a little less chilly, there are plenty of incredible hiking trails to explore in Banff National Park. Or why not take to the water for a spot of surfing up in Tofino, or kayaking across a serene, mirror-like lake.

Halifax, Canada

Seagulls at Peggy’s Cove, Halifax, Nova Scotia Seagulls at Peggy’s Cove There is something so charming and effortlessly appealing about Halifax. This lovely city on Canada’s east coast is renowned for its idyllic quality of life, with fresh, clean air breezing in straight from the sea, an easy attitude to life and a real sense of community. And with it playing host to a couple of different universities, Halifax’s population is young and hip, which has a real influence on the whole of the city. To make the most of your time here, the best way to see the sights and gain an insight into the culture of the place is by joining up with a tour. With Royal Caribbean, you can book a place on the fascinating ‘Best of Halifax & Peggy’s Cove’ tour, which will show you all the local highlights; from an invigorating stroll along the rugged coastline, to an in-depth look at the city’s maritime history, including the world’s foremost collection of Titanic artefacts. Plus, there’s even the opportunity for a lobster lunch at the popular Murphy’s Restaurant overlooking the ocean!

Canada calling

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada Halifax, Nova Scotia

If you’re feeling inspired and want to find out more, head to our destinations page to browse all of our Canadian cruises. Whether you’re still in the planning stages, or have just returned from your holiday, let us know which highlights of Canada you’re most excited about in the comments below!

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