This immense country stretching from the Atlantic Ocean in the east, to the Pacific Ocean in the west and to Arctic Sea in the north, is home to 35 million people, from literally all over the world.
Up to the 16th century, this vast territory was inhabited by several tribes, who, millennia ago arrived from Central Asia through the Bering Strait in the northwest and gradually wandered south and east.
Canada is the second largest country in the world with a land territory of 9984670 square kilometres, and most populous province is Ontario measuring 1,076,395 square kilometres. Compare this landmass to
the total of the European continent with a territory of 10,180,000 square kilometres home to more than 750 million people. You can well imagine the size of Canada. It takes eight hours to fly from coast to coast. There are five time zones within the country.
You can drive the well-maintained highway No. 1 from St. John’s Newfoundland to Victoria in a week, if you rush it, but actually you would appreciate the scenery more if you take four weeks. There are many companies than can supply well-equipped recreational vehicles, thus eliminating the search for accommodation every night.
You can also take the luxury train from Toronto to Vancouver, and this offers the opportunity to see the land from the specially designed domed cats. If you want to cross the land by bus, you can do it, but you have to be prepared to change several buses in major city hubs.
Most tourists visit Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, the biggest cities of the country, but there are many more that deserve your attention. Quebec City, Victoria, Niagara Falls, Niagara-On-The-Lake at only some that come to mind.
Canada’s many federal national parks represent unique opportunities to enjoy pristine landscapes, and lakes. Visit Banff National Park, Jasper, Waterton Lakes (Alberta), cape Breton Highlands (Nova Scotia), Forillon, La Mauricie, Fundy, New Brunswick), Glacier, Kootenay, Mount Revelstone, British Columbia, Gros Morne (Newfoundland), Nahanni (North West Territories), Point Pelee (Ontario), Prince Albert (Saskatchewan), Quittinirpaaq (Nunavut), Riding Mountain (Manitoba), Vuntut (Yukon) or any other one, and you will be mesmerized by the scenery and serenity.
Unlike central European countries, everything is laid out generously, and allow you to enjoy the scenery at your leisure. This is one of the biggest advantages of Canada.
Museums are well organized, entrance fees are reasonable, and above all, you don’t’ have to make reservations for your visits as is the case in some popular Italian and French museums or sites.
If you want to experience a chateau-style hotel, stay at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, or Banff Hotel in Alberta.
In an immense country like this, the tourist can experience various cuisines pending on local ingredients.
In the east, seafood dominates.
In Quebec, a cuisine influenced by settlers and their French origin remains as the main staple.
In Toronto, and generally in Ontario you can eat in a range of restaurants from Chinese, to French, to Italian to Japanese, Middle Eastern, and East European; the choice seems endless.
In the Prairies provinces, beef specialties become more prevalent, and in British Columbia on the Pacific Coast the seafood is freshest you can ever get.
Visiting Canada is an experience you will not soon forget, and once you have visited, you will want to return.
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