City Stopovers

Building a city break or an excursion into your holiday itinerary is both easy to do and relatively inexpensive, and is a great way to experience a little bit more of Canada.

From the Atlantic to Pacific coasts, Canada is a vast country with an amazing wealth of things to do and see, from trans-Continental rail journeys through spectacular mountain scenery, to whale watching off Vancouver Island, to a visit to the impressive Niagara Falls. Add to that an array of vibrant and culturally diverse cities to visit, and you have the perfect compliment to your Canadian ski holiday.

Here’s a brief introduction to our top 10 Canadian stopovers and excursions, however we can tailor any itinerary to suit your individual requirements – call us for details and advice.

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A vibrant, energetic, cosmopolitan city with a strong Pacific Rim influence and a great climate – stay at the Fairmont Waterfront, Fairmont Pacific Rim, Sheraton Wall Centre Vancouver, Paradox Hotel Vancouver or the Listel Hotel Vancouver. Check out Vancouver as a pre or post ski holiday stay here.


Calgary is a great city for a quick break after an Alberta or BC ski trip – stay at the excellent Fairmont Palliser in downtown.


Victoria is a lovely smaller city on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, only a short float-plane flight, or a ferry through the Gulf Islands from Vancouver. Stay at the Fairmont Empress.


Whale watching in the Pacific Ocean off the west coast of Vancouver Island from late March onwards. Spectacular scenery with a choice of first-class beach-front hotels. Self-drive car rental is required. Ferry crossings required. Stay at the impressive Wickaninnish Inn.


A must-visit culturally diverse city with great shopping – stay at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in downtown.


Best combined with a Toronto stopover. Can be done both as a day-trip or stayover trip. Great choice of hotels close to the Falls. Self-drive car rental recommended, but we can offer day trips including transfers.


Stay in Montreal’s largest hotel – Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth – which is connected to the extensive underground shopping network and subway.


Stay at the impressive Fairmont Chateau Frontenac (the centre of old Quebec) and ski nearby Mont St Anne, Stoneham and Le Massif.

Rail through the Rockies

Unique overnight scenic rail journeys through the Rockies from Jasper to/from Vancouver. Prices include cabins and all meals. Prices on request.

NHL Ice Hockey match

Watch NHL Ice Hockey at its very best – The Canucks (Vancouver), the Flames (Calgary) or The Canadiens (Montreal).