Official language: English
Currency: The Canadian Dollar
Welcome to Canada!
This definitely isn’t a “stop-over” destination considering the vast landscapes and the opportunities they offer, you might find yourself never wanting to leave. If you’re considering Canada as your next destination, you’d be better of asking yourself if you’ll have enough time to see it all, rather than pondering about what it is you’ll see. Picture this: indulging beach escapes, trekking up scenic mountain trails, exploring lush rainforests, hitting the big cities for an unforgettable shopping experience or just enjoying the blissful atmosphere, soaking up the sun at an emerald lake. Yes, Canada has ALL this…and more! But Canada is not just about its natural beauty (although it is what makes them “pop”); the locals play an unmissable role in completing the Canadian experience. Multiculturalism seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings, all coming together to create a unique culture that thrives on offering visitors gripping experiences, foodie feasts and a trip they’ll never forget. The Big Red Leaf has a little something for just about everyone. With adventure activities, to abundant national parks, cosmopolitan shopping experiences and one of the most magical winters you’ll ever experience, Canada is no rookie when it comes to acing the game of tourist satisfaction.
Must see places in Canada
Toronto is an exciting, modern and busy city. It is the largest city in Canada, which is why it is often incorrectly assumed to be the capital. While Toronto is the capital of Ontario, it is not the federal capital (that’s Ottawa, another amazing city). From sports to nightlife to theatre, there is more than enough to fill any itinerary in this city. Anyone who wants to experience big-city attractions and excitement, live theatre or cultural attractions such as museums will love Toronto.
Banff National Park
Things to do in Canada
Take a boat tour at Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls is one of the most famous waterfalls in the world and without a doubt one of the must see places that should be on any visitor’s list. To make the most out of this place it is best to take a boat tour to experience the power, the sound and the most beautiful and breathtaking views of this magnificent beauty of nature.
Cross the river on Capilano Suspension Bridge
Definitely one of North Vancouver district's top attractions, Capilano Suspension Bridge in British Columbia offers a cross over the Capilano River. This bridge is suspended 70 meters (230ft) above the river and is 140 meters (460ft) in length, both facts guarantee stunning views and breathtaking walk across.
Go on a polar bear safari
If you have not seen a polar bear in the wild, and always wanted to, then this is a great opportunity to safely do so! There are a great variety of tours available in Churchill, Manitoba that will take you to places to see polar bears close up in their natural habitat!
Enjoy snow sports in Whistler British Columbia
It will not come as a surprise that Canada is a perfect destination for winter activities and Whistler resort area in British Columbia offers the best of it! With 8000 acres spanning across 2 mountains this is the largest skiable area in all of North America. So if you are into skiing or snowboarding or other extreme sports then put this destination in your travel schedule. Whether you are a skier or a snowboarder or would like to try then needless to say this is a place for you. By the way, Whistler offers activities both during and off winter months.
Relax the hot springs after climbing a mountain in the Canadian Rockies
If you are into hiking, why not book a tour to climb one of the mountains in the Rockies - there are a number of trails to suit any level! Enjoy incredible views and one of the best experiences Canadian amazing landscape has to offer. The perfect way to finish the day is to visit the mineral hot springs in the heart of the mountains.
See Iceberg Alley in Newfoundland and Labrador
Take a boat tour and set on a voyage beside magnificent ice giants. There are icebergs of all shapes and sizes and this experience is only the “tip of an iceberg”. This location also offers World’s largest concentration of humpback whales. Discover the place where Atlantic Ocean meets the edge of the earth and embrace the breathtaking views – this experience is surely not to be missed!
Best time to visit Canada
Tourists travel to Canada from May to September
Spring is a good time for general site-seeing and city visits. Many attractions open late May, so travel during this time will ensure you can see such attractions. Early spring can be wet, cold or even snowy in places. So, for the best weather, waiting until the later part of May will be best.
Summer is high-tourist season. Some places can be very hot and humid, and this may be too much for those sentative to such conditions. It’s the best time for seeing tourist attractions, as they will all be open. However, they will be crowded and most expensive during this time. Folk and music festivals take place during the summer and are ways to enjoy local culture.
Autumn/Fall – This is a good season to travel as it is not too hot or cold. It can, however, be rainy. During September and early October, the leaves change to vivid orange, yellows and reds. The opportunity to see these colours should not be missed.
Winter – Winter is the time to go for skiing and winter sports. Some famous winter carnivals take place during the winter too and are worth seeing. Overall, it is not recommended to travel during winter.
Did you know?
Canadians are friendly and open-minded, known for their politeness and acceptance of diverse faiths and cultures. In return, they expect visitors to show the same courtesy to them. Canadians are happy to help visitors with directions, advice or just to stop and chat.
The main culture is Anglo-Saxon Protestants but French Canadians (Catholics) are also common in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. Additionally, the indigenous people (called First Nations) are found throughout the country either on designated lands (called reserves) or as part of regular cities. In the far north, Inuit people still live according to ancient traditions."][sp_accordion_item title="Festivals and Holidays" icon="" content="
- New Year’s Day – Jan 1 – This day features various types of revelry such as concerts, celebrations and fireworks at Midnight. It is when Canadians mark the start of the New Year.
- Victoria Day - May 24 - The day we celebrate the Queen’s birthday is called Victoria Day, in honour of Queen Victoria, a past monarch of England. While May 24 is the official holiday, the long weekend is the one before the week in which Victoria Days is celebrated. Fireworks are set off at night to mark this day.
- Canada Day – July 1 – This is the day Canadians celebrate their country’s independence. It is a statutory holiday where businesses and services are closed. Parades, concerts and festivities are held throughout the day. Firework displays are customary after dark.
- Labour Day – First Monday in September – The First Monday of September is Labour Day. This is a statutory holiday and most places are closed. There are no official observances, but Canadians use this a day to relax and enjoy the end of summer.
- Boxing Day – December 26 – The day after Christmas is called Boxing Day, and most businesses are closed during this time. It is not a celebration, but a tradition that came down from the English past, when nobility would give presents to their staff and servants as a token of thanks for their hard work.
- We also observe Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter.
Canada is a country that came together from different people and cultures. As such, we do not have key dishes like many other countries do. However, there are a few dishes and drinks that are considered unique to Canada:
- Maple Syrup – Real maple syrup can be expensive, but it is worth the price to have as a treat. It is made from the sap of maple trees. It’s a thick syrup with a delicious, sweet taste. It is used as a flavouring and poured over waffles, pancakes and ice cream. Authentic, pure maple syrup contains many nutrients such as minerals, but is also very sugary.
- Poutine – This one makes people skeptical, but is considered true Canadian creation. Poutine is French Fries and cheese curds with beef gravy poured over top to melt the cheese. There is nothing healthy about this treat. If you are in Quebec, try one. It is in this province the dish originated and they are said to have the best types.
- Tourtiere – This dish likely originated in France, but Canadians consider it a French Canadian dish. It is a meat pie that combines beef, pork and spices. Which is traditionally, it is served on Christmas Eve.
- Bannock-The First Nations have their own kind of fried bread that you can easily make yourself. It’s often a campfire treat at children’s camp. This is similar to the Scottish bannock, and it’s possible that early fur traders (many of whom were from Scotland) either borrowed the food from the first nations, or brought the recipe to them. You can sometimes find vendors of traditional bannock at fairs.
- Nanaimo Bars – These are sweet layered confections that originated in the British Columbian city of the same name. They contain a chocolate and nut wafer on the bottom, a thick vanilla filling and a chocolate layer on top. The origin of the bars is not known, but the deliciousness is famous in Canada.