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Five reasons to visit Canada in the spring

Destinations

17th January, 2019

We all know how beautiful Canada is in the fall – a sea of vibrant red from the turning maple leaves that are so quintessentially Canadian. We can almost be forgiven for forgetting that Canada has some other equally beautiful seasons.

Spring time here is a magnificent site - teaming with fauna just out of hibernation and blooms of vibrant flora, freshly free of its icy embrace, it’s a nature-lover’s dream. Nowhere more can you feel the air of new beginnings than a place that comes to life after the thawing of winter snow.

Spring arrives early on the west coast, usually around February time. On the east coast, it arrives later, in April. So, you have a large window of opportunity to experience Canada’s springtime beauty.

If you’re considering heading to Canada between February and June, here are five reasons to help you to make your mind up:

1. The Tulips

Tulips galore in front of the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa during the Tulip Festival

April and May in Ottawa are renown for their stunning show of colourful tulips. There are said to be a million tulips in public places, in an array of spectacular colours. There is even an annual festival in May to celebrate them, the largest tulip festival in the world, with an estimated 650,000 visitors each year.

2. The Marine Life

A humpback whale in the water at Cape Spear

Newfoundland in the spring is a key time for the migration of whales and seabirds. If you’re cruising or out on a sea excursion, you can get up close and see them on this northbound journey. Head to Cape Spear and you may even see breeding colonies of gannets.

3. The Icebergs

Icebergs in a mountain lake in Yoho National Park

Whilst the thawing of snow and ice represents the end of winter, the floating shards of ice are representative of the emergence of warmer weather. They are quite breathtaking when you see them moving freely through the water, as if trying to escape the heat.

4. The National Parks

A black bear cub climbing down a tree trunk

Marvel at the luscious green landscapes that are adorned with delicate wild flowers, like jewels on a piece of fabric. At Gros Morne National Park, you may even be lucky enough to spot caribou and black bears.

5. The Mountains

Cable car over Mont Tremblant Lake in Quebec

With the snow and ice thawing, the mountains are much more accessible and look strikingly different. In contrast to their white covering, the spring reveals brilliant blue lakes and green pine forests. Take a cable car ride up the mountains and perhaps spot undisturbed wildlife, going about their business.

Discover the raw beauty of Canada’s spring on our Emerging Canada cruise. The cruise on board Saga Sapphire, departs from Dover and takes in the vast majority of the highlights listed above.

Book now by calling us on 0800 096 0079.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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