About us

Canvas Holidays and the Vacalians Group

Founded in 1964 by the Cuthbert family, Canvas Holidays is the original and longest running overseas camping tour operator in the UK. The Cuthberts were regular campers to France each year and realised how useful it would be to have pre-erected tents, with equipment already provided.

Canvas Holidays started out as a very small operation offering tent accommodation on only one campsite in Brittany in France.

With over 50 years providing camping adventures, Canvas Holidays joined the French-owned Vacalians Group in late 2014. 

Our aim is to provide our customers with the best possible holiday experience. We do this by offering our customers a variety of campsites, accommodation, travel options and also onsite extras such as linen, insurance and on certain sites, free kid’s clubs.

Most importantly we offer our customers a friendly and knowledgeable onsite courier service.

About Vacalians 

The Vacalians Group is the leader in the European outdoor accommodation market in number of pitches. Along with Canvas, Vacalians also offer camping holidays via Tohapi a part of their ‘Stay’ brand. 

Through Tohapi, Vacalians owns an estate of 49 campsites in France and offers accommodation in over 300 owned or partner campsites in some of the most beautiful European regions. 

In addition to its activities of operating and marketing accommodation facilities, the Vacalians Group also offer B2B services to outdoor accommodation professionals through their other brands, Gain and Camping Travel Club. 

With support from Vacalians, Canvas Holidays now offers our customers a choice of more than 200 destinations, over 24,800 pitches and 19,500 mobile home units.

Operating under the Vacalians group also means that Canvas is in a strong position to build on our successes in providing a wide range of family holidays throughout Europe.  Both Canvas and Vacalians bring significant assets, expertise and drive to serve local and international customers. 

You can look forward to joining a team that is passionate and determined to be the best camping tour operator in the business. So, congratulations on choosing to work with Canvas Holidays.