Boasting landscapes of breathtaking beauty, vibrant cities and a friendly vibe, there’s no doubt you’ll be captivated by Canada. From Niagara Falls to the Rocky Mountains, from multicultural Toronto to historic Old Montreal, there’s something for everyone in the world’s second largest country. When booking cheap flights to Canada, the best deals are to be found if you land into the major urban centres of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Enjoy awe-inspiring views over Lake Ontario from the top of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower. Explore the cobbled streets of Old Montreal in a horse-drawn carriage. Keep an eye out for Indian totem poles as you stroll through Vancouver’s scenic Stanley Park. Take a day trip from Vancouver to the mountain resort town of Whistler and enjoy a game of golf or a spot of mountain biking in summer and, of course, snow sports on the slopes in winter.
The best months to snap up cheap flights to Canada from Ireland are February and November. But you’ll want to wrap up warmly as temperatures can drop to well below freezing during the winter months. In November you can get into the festive spirit with Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade and take a twirl on an outdoor ice-skating rink. The world’s largest winter carnival, Quebec Winter Festival, runs for two weeks from the last weekend in January. April is the height of the ski season with blue skies and sunny days on the slopes, while May is the ideal time to catch sight of humpbacks, minkes and belugas on a whale-watching tour along the Atlantic coast. In July and August you can enjoy long, balmy days and experience summer festivals such as Canada Day and the Calgary Stampede, a rodeo and festival celebrating cowboy culture.
The only direct flights to Canada from Ireland are from Dublin. Toronto is the destination with the most options, served by no less than three different airlines including Air Canada, Air Transat and Aer Lingus. Air Transat operates one flight a week from Dublin to Montreal, while Air Canada flies from Dublin to Vancouver three times weekly. Popular connecting flight combinations from Cork to Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver include Aer Lingus and Air Canada via Heathrow. You can also choose Aer Lingus and KLM via Amsterdam to Toronto and Vancouver or Aer Lingus and Air France via Paris to Montreal. From Shannon you can fly to Toronto and Montreal with Air France via New York and Aer Lingus via Heathrow.
There are many options for making the trips from Canada’s airports as stress-free as possible. Airport taxis, minivans and limos all charge a flat rate fee from Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to the city centre, however, the quickest option is the Union Pearson Express train. There are fixed fares for taxis and limo services from Montreal-Trudeau airport to the city centre. A taxi costs around CA$40, while a limo will set you back CA$60. A cheaper alternative is the 747 shuttle bus service. The CA$10 fare gives you access to all public bus and metro services for 24 hours. A taxi into the heart of Vancouver from the airport costs around CA$30.
If there is one attraction you have to visit on your Canada holiday it’s Niagara Falls. The group of three magnificent mind-blowing waterfalls is situated on the Canadian/US border and you can get to see them from many different angles. Start off with a bird’s eye view from the observation deck at the top of Skylon Tower. Then make your way to the lookout point close to Horseshoe Falls where the water tumbles 57 metres over the edge into the gorge. After that, take the lift to the base of Horseshoe Falls and hear the thunderous roar of the water as you watch from a viewing portal in a tunnel behind the waterfall. To really get up close you can take a cruise on a catamaran to the base of all three waterfalls – just make sure to put on the raincoat that’s provided – you’ll certainly need it.
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