Oh, Canada! The best of the big countryIt's a good story, and I have a feeling it will come in handy one day. I'm thinking that our first vacation as residents of this immense bulk will be a cross-country drive - we'd rent an RV and bring the dogs. We haven't made a great trip in several years - saving money for this stupid emigration thing! - and by next summer I will be really ready to hit the road. Maybe we can visit you all as we drive west.
Stunning scenery, vibrant cities, wilderness adventures and friendly airport security.
This summer, armies of Brits are expected to swallow the hassles and humiliations of US immigration for the amazingly restorative payoff of getting nearly two dollars for every pound in their pocket. Fair enough, but before you rush to join them, consider another America — a place where your money goes twice as far as at home, your passport is stamped with a smile and the travel experience still feels big, raw and full of surprises.
Canada is not only kind on the wallet (one English pound buys 2.25 Canadian dollars), but well stocked with the pleasures you find south of the border. It has world-class cities and a big mash of cultures; stunning scenery and profuse wildlife; spectacular roads and railways; and a full suite of activity holidays, from riding to canoeing.
What's more, the place has gone and become fashionable. Celebrities such as Robin Williams now holiday there regularly, and so many movies are made in Toronto that the hotels are awash with Willises, Jolies and Paltrows. Currently in town are Michael Douglas, Kim Basinger, Alan Rickman and Antonio Banderas. [Ed note: This cracks me up!]
Before you start planning, though, be warned: Canada is immense, second only to Russia for bulk. [Must be the donuts.] So how should a first-timer tackle the Big Moose in a two-week holiday? Simple answer: focus on one experience and save the rest for a second visit. Here are six classic ways to begin your adventures above the 49th Parallel.
big, raw and full of surprises
The Times (UK) has some vacation tips for Brits looking for wide open - and friendly - spaces.