What’s new in Canada: Summer 2023

From new flights and attractions to entire package holidays, we detail whats new in Canada this summer...

Prestige Travel

Prestige Travel released its largest-ever Canada programme in late June. The 168-page brochure includes new products in Atlantic Canada and the Yukon and more self-drive tour itineraries and guided hiking tours, Agents making bookings in July qualify for a series of vouchers that can be as high as £100, depending on the value of the booking, and are also entered into a prize draw for a place on a fam trip to Canada.

A separate incentive, applying to bookings made from June 1 to October 16 2023, gives agents the chance to win a £10,000 holiday, which they can use on any Prestige holiday either in Canada or beyond. prestigetravel.co.uk

First Class Holidays

First Class Holidays has a new Toronto and the Northern Lights package that takes advantage of the Air Canada flight between Toronto and Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) that starts in December. The seven-night package features both cities, a range of activities and includes flights from Heathrow. It is priced from £2,499pp. (January departures). fcholidays.com 

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Onwha’ Lumina

Onhwa’ Lumina is a new experience that opened this summer close to the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Wendake, a short distance from Québec City. Visitors get to meet the Huron-Wendat First Nations people through an immersive multimedia experience that sees them walk a 1.2 km nature walking trail. On the sensorial journey they are surrounded by lighting, videos and sound that have been inspired by Wendat myths and cultural symbols. onhwalumina.com

Metis Crossing

Metis Crossing, in Smokey Lake, Alberta, one of the most important Metis heritage destinations in Canada and one conceived, designed, built and operated by Metis People, is adding stargazing pods in September. The 40-room boutique lodge offers a range of cultural activities. metiscrossing.com

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Ahous Adentures

Ahous Adventures in Tofino, British Columbia, is a new eco- and cultural tour company owned by the Ahousaht First Nation that opened this spring. Offerings include a hot springs tour, whale watching and bear watching whilst journeying through the clear waters of Clayoquot Sound, a wilderness area that has been the home of the Nuu-chah-nulth Nations for thousands of years. ahousadventures.com

Lumina Night Walk

Making its debut in August 2023, the family-friendly Lumina Night Walk is a new immersive experience at Le Pays de la Sagouine in Bouctouche, New Brunswick. Inspired by Acadian culture, the 1.5-kilometer enchanted walk through the woods will reveal the beauty of the natural landscapes after dark. A light show, projection, special effects, soundscapes and music will bring local storytelling to life through a show of colour and light. The new attraction will also allow the Pays season to be extended from mid-May to mid-October. sagouine.com/fr/lumina

GO Train

There is now an extended train service between Toronto’s Union Station and Niagara Falls. The GO Train has added two daily round-trips during the week and one daily round-trip at weekends. The train has seasonal bike coaches that offer passengers the opportunity to bring along bicycles to explore the 56-kilometre Niagara River corridor. gotransit.com

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Parks Canada

In 2024, Parks Canada will launch guided hikes to Burgess Shale in Yoho National Park, British Columbia, and Miette Hot Springs in Jasper National Park, Alberta. parks.canada.ca

SAM Centre

Set to open in Calgary in spring 2024, SAM Centre will be an interactive, year-round facility that will share the story of the city’s famous Stampede, as well as Calgary’s Western culture. samcentre.calgarystampede.com

Churchill Wild

Churchill Wild, the Churchill-based company that offers polar bear tours and safaris from three remote ecolodges on Canada’s Hudson Bay coast, is planning to open a new lodge next year, with a provisional name of Blueberry Lodge. churchillwild.com

Air Canada

Air Canada has resumed its non-stop service between Edinburgh and Toronto hub. The service is operating daily during the summer months and will continue three times a week into the winter season, until January 8 2024, before returning in early spring 2024. 

Air Canada was recognised as the Most Family Friendly Airline at this year’s Skytrax World Airline Awards. Skytrax cited the airline’s work in family seating policies, dedicated family check-in facilities, priority boarding, children’s meals, children’s amenities/toys/activity packs, child specific onboard entertainment, free checked luggage and policies for carrycot/pushchairs. aircanada.com

Air Transat

At the same Skytrax Awards, Air Transat was named the World’s Best Leisure Airline for the fifth time. The airline operates flights from London-Gatwick, Glasgow and Manchester to Montréal, Quebéc City, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. airtransat.com 

Fly Play

Icelandic budget airline Play has flights to Ontario from several European destinations this summer. 

Hamilton’s John C. Munro Airport – located 80 miles from Toronto – is connected to London, Dublin, Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Brussels and Stockholm, with travellers connecting through Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. Play is the successor of Wow Airlines, which folded in 2019. flyplay.com