Summer travel ideas for Canada are wide ranging. July and August are high travel season, so expect prices to jump and crowds are common. Nevertheless, Canada is a big place and it's not hard to find some peace and quiet in a remote location. Or, if crowds are your thing, some of the biggest festivals occur in July and August, so parties are equally easy to find.
From the serenity of Shakespeare performed on the beach in Vancouver to the colourful and spicy Caribana parade in downtown Toronto, Canada's summer festivals suit a wide range of tastes and interests.
Everyone has heard of the Calgary Stampede, but there are plenty other lesser known festivals well worth checking out.
Canada train trips offer stunning scenery and are considered more than just transportation from point A to B. Although train travel tends to be more expensive than bus or even air travel, train travel is relaxing and scenic. The romance of the train is alive and well on Canada's major rail systems.
Some Canada train adventures, such as Rocky Mountaineer, only operate in the summer.
3. Take a Theater Vacation in Southern Ontario
Toronto is a top theater (Canadian spelling: "theatre") destination. Canadians and Americans flock to Toronto to take in one of the many Broadway-style musicals, plays or concerts. See Toronto's Top 10 Theatres.
Stratford has the Stratford Festival, featuring the best works of theatre in the classical and contemporary repertoire, with special emphasis on the works of William Shakespeare.
Next door to Niagara Falls, the Shaw Festival highlights works by George Bernard Shaw and his contemporaries. The lineup of plays also includes those by forgotten female playwrights and "undiscovered" or otherwise undervalued works.
This 11-day/10-night itinerary takes you on an exclusive journey through Eastern Canada that provides an exclusive look at the scenery and culture between Toronto and Canada's Atlantic provinces.
The trip by coach, rail, and ship includes two nights in each of Toronto, Montréal, Iles de la Madeleine and Charlottetown, plus a full-day Niagara excursion (including lunch, Maid of the Mist boat tour and wine tasting). Also included is one-way Comfort Class Via Rail Ticket Toronto to Montréal, guided walking tour of old Montréal and a three-day MV Vacancier cruise from Montréal to the Iles de la Madeleine, including all meals and port fees.
Algonquin Park is one of Canada's finest and most famous parks. Located in northern Ontario, Algonquin Park covers 7,725 square kilometers of lakes and forests, bogs and rivers, cliffs and beaches.
Book ahead online to choose from one of hundreds of campsites. Be sure to pay attention to the type of campsite you reserve - some are large and have trees and shrubbery to give you privacy from neigbours. Others are quite public.
Read the About.com Guide to Camping review of Algonquin Park and those of other readers.
Cruise North offers a land-based safari to give you an up-close look into the life, culture and spectacular wilderness of Northern Labrador.
Enjoy a scenic charter flight through the Koroc River Valley. Embark on daily land and sea adventures with scientists, Inuit and Parks Canada wardens. Experience the region's culture, archaeology and wildlife, including polar bears, whales and caribou. At night, enjoy fine and traditional Inuit cuisine and relax in comfort at our secure safari-style tent camp.
8. Bike the Okanagan Valley
Whether on your own or with a tour group, a bike ride through British Columbia's Okanagan Valley is a beautiful journey: lakes, mountains, ancient Douglas Firs.....even wineries.
Though you can cycle most of its trails year round, the region's best weather conditions occur between April and October.