As polar bear viewing takes place primarily in October and November there’s a temptation to simply fly in and fly straight home as, at this time of year, a lot of Canada is winding down for winter. However, it is possible to add a city stopover – Vancouver, Toronto or Montreal – and enjoy the sights and sounds without the summer crowds. The museums, galleries and indoor attractions are open all year round and even some outdoor activities and sightseeing excursions run to the end of October.
Alternatively you could add a few days in the mountains before the snow falls. From Montreal the Laurentian Mountains are a short drive away and in October will normally still be holding on to the spectacular oranges and reds of the fall colours. Alternatively if you fly via Calgary you can head in to the Rockies. Banff is only an hour and a half away and at this time of year the snow is slowly creeping down the mountain-sides and the frost across the lakes, making for the beginnings of a magical winter wonderland. The weather can be a little unpredictable in both places but if you are well prepared you can still enjoy some lovely late autumn walks and then get to snuggle up in front of a fire at the end of the day.