A Gap Year in Canada

Why go backpacking in Canada?

Backpacking in Canada is a must for any die hard traveller. While its neighbour to the south, the USA, has more famous sights, Canada more than makes up for it in jaw-dropping wilderness and vibrant cities.

Located in North America, Canada is the second largest country in the world and a prime backpacking destination.  Because of its incredible size, much of the Canadian landscape has been left untouched, creating some of the most beautiful places in the world. A gap year in Canada is an essential entry on any travel bucket list.

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PR & Marketing Internship in Toronto

from £4700

56 - 180 days

Canada

Get ahead in the competitive world of PR & Marketing by pursuing an internship in one of the world’s most...

Whistler Snow Sports Instructor Course

from £2720

28 - 77 days

Canada

Join our fantastic 4 or 11 week CSIA/CASI Instructor programme to gain ski or snowboarding qualifications in Whistler Blackcomb. Turn...

Entrepreneur Internship in Toronto

from £5540

56 - 180 days

Canada

Learn from successful entrepreneurs in one of the world's most important cities. Launch your career while discovering the diverse culture...

Hotel Work in the Canadian Rockies

from £1995

112 - 180 days

Canada

Get a guaranteed job in the hospitality industry organised before you leave home. Work in a hotel in the Canadian...

Big One

from £750

26 - 26 days

Canada

Experience it all. Great outdoors, national parks, epic citiesm quant towns. Gaspesie, Laurentians, Algonquin, Bay of Fundy, and Cabot Trail.

Ultimate Ski / Snowboard Experience

from £8875

70 days

Canada

The ultimate way to spend an entire season on the slopes gaining your instructor qualifications. Have fun and experience a...

Become an Instructor with Ski and Snowboard Training

from £4579

100 - 150 days

Canada, United States of America

When you join an EA Internship you will get trained, certified and receive a guaranteed job offer as a ski...

School Assistant in Canada

from £2500

300 days

Canada

Whether you love living in large cities or prefer a more rural setting, you’re bound to find something that suits...

Work at Whistler’s Tube Park

from £2495

150 - 150 days

Canada

Work for Whistler Blackcomb as a Tube Part Assistant this winter with Oyster Worldwide.

Hospitality Job and Learn French

from £2055

91 - 150 days

Canada

Earn a wage whilst improving your French. Work in the ski resort of Mont Tremblant and ski/board on your days...

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The cities

To experience a slice of Europe head to the city of Quebec, once settled as part of New France. French is the common language here, and medieval and gothic influences can be seen in the architecture, although the maple syrup here will remind you that you are in fact across the Atlantic Ocean.

Other big cities in Canada are Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, and Niagara Falls to see one amazing waterfall.  The thing to do in these cities is to go shopping, watch an ice hockey game, and try the cuisine of the worldly restaurants.

For film and TV buffs, Vancouver is the place to go. Television and movies shows such as Smallville, Supernatural, Final Destination, and the Twilight Saga, just to name a few, were all filmed here. Take some time out from backpacking around Canada and stop in Vancouver you can go on an On Location Tour to see where scenes were shot, and get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes process.  You might even get to see some filming taking place.

The scenery

The cities should be a small part of your gap year in Canada; the national parks are where this country really shines.  In the Prairies region lies the beautiful Banff National Park in Alberta. In Banff and Jasper National Parks backpackers can go on incredible hiking trails which take you past tall snow capped mountains and crystal blue lakes.

To spot arctic wildlife head to the desolate location of Nunavik. This frosty region is not only the place for more striking landscapes, but it also offers the chance to experience the Inuit culture and maybe spot a polar bear, if you’re lucky.  Other wildlife here is the musk-ox, arctic foxes, caribou, seals and beluga whales.

Skiing and snowboarding is another awesome way to pass the winter months backpacking in Canada. Whistler and Banff are two of the most beautiful locations to speed past at 40 mph. You can choose to do Cross Country skiing down the Canadian Rockies, or heli ski in the Banff region.

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