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Introduction

The world's second largest country has a diverse collection of metropolitan charm, cultural diversity and amazing landscapes. If it's urban fun or outdoor adventure you are after, Canada has something for you. Map of CanadaMap of Canada
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What to See


Toronto
Canada's financial hub and the biggest city in Canada, Toronto has wonderful shopping, sights, museums, nightlife and atmosphere. By far the cleanest city in Canada, Toronto has outdoor activities just a few hours away by car. For more information see our guide to Toronto.

Montreal
The biggest city in Quebec and a vibrant cosmopolitan city, Montreal has culture, nightlife and outdoor activities for all. The locals speak and understand both French and English and love to have a good time through to the wee hours of the morning. See our Montreal Travel Guide.

Vancouver
Vancouver is a coastal city set within mountains in the province of British Columbia. Although quite expensive relative to other Canadian cities, Vancouver's beauty is unforgettable. Read our guide on traveling to Vancouver for more information.

Ottawa
Corridors of Power
Ottawa is the nation's capital and you can find more information about visiting Ottawa.

Quebec City
The capital of the Province of Quebec and one of the oldest cities in Canada. Find more info on Quebec and tips about traveling to Quebec City.

The Rockies
Alpine lakes, glaciers, fantastic views are all to be had here in the Rockies situated in both Alberta and British Columbia. The major sights are Lake Louise, Banff National Park.

Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls
An hour and a half out of the city of Toronto and you are at the world famous Niagara Falls. Situated on the border with the United States, Niagara Falls is definitely more enjoyable on the Canadian side. You can walk under the falls for a price or wager some money at the Casino nearby in town.

Muskoka
Muskoka is the name given to an area about 3 hours drive north of Toronto on highway 60. The area is renowned for it's plethora of lakes, canoe trails, hiking, scenery and serves as a major summer holiday destination for Torontonians, with their exclusive cottages, and foreigners alike in the many resorts. The main towns are Bracebridge, Huntsville and Gravenhurst.

Algonquin Provincial Park
Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario is the largest in the province and the perfect image of the Great Canadian Outdoors. Located about a 3 hour drive from Toronto, the park is popular for it's great canoe routes, hiking, boating and fishing in the summer months while in winter cross-country skiing, ice-fishing and dog sledding or mushing are great activities to experience a winter wonderland. Pick up your supplies in Huntsville before entering Algonquin Park.

National Parks
Banff National Park and Jasper Park are just two of the country's more popular parks with spectacular scenery found nowhere else in the world.



What to Do


Arts & Entertainment and Sports
With major arts, theatre, concerts and sports teams in every major city in the country, Canada has a variety of cultural and sporting entertainment for everyone.

Go Skiing
Whistler-Blackcomb, Mont Ste-Anne, Mont Tremblant are but a few. These hills are some of the best in the world and have world-class facilities to make your stay all the more enjoyable. Check out the following resorts for more info -
Mont Tremblant
Whistler Blackcomb
Lake Louise Skiing
Mont Ste-Anne

Go trekking

Hiking
You can go for hiking holidays or just go for one-day walks in some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. You may be able to spot Caribou, deer, black, brown and grizzly bears. There are plenty of official trails to take so do research where you would like to go before setting off.

Go canoeing

Plenty of Lakes for Canoeing
With so much water and the Native American population to design the best canoes, who could not want to go on a canoe trip. Whether it is a short or long trip, bring plenty of clothes and water with you. Be ready to tire yourself out because canoeing is not all fun and games as it looks like on television, especially when it comes to portaging.

Whale-watching
There are plenty of spots to see whales in Canada. The Pacific coast and St-Lawrence river near Tadoussac are world-renowned for the quality of sightings. Make sure to go at the right time of the year, as they are not always around.

Party
Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal all have fantastic venues for you to dance the night away and get properly liquored.


What to Eat


Maple Syrup
Maple syrup is probably Canada's most popular and well known export to the rest of the world.

Breakfast
Canadians like their big breakfasts. Eggs, bacon, beans, potatoes, toast and coffee. Especially weekends after a night on the town! Hit a local greasy spoon.

Poutine
When in Québec, this is a must.It's a dish with fries, chicken gravy and cheese.

Bagels
Bagels are widely available across Canada. They are particularly good in Montreal.

Salmon
Canadian salmon is among the best in the world. Have it smoked, poached or oven baked.

Smoked Meat
You've got to have this hot sandwich while in Montreal.

Beer
Canadian beer is good and quite strong so be a bit careful.

Beef
Beef in Canada is very affordable and delicious, especially in the western parts of Canada.

Bacon
Canadian Maple smoked bacon is very good and always welcomed at breakfast.


Where to Sleep


Hotels
You can find excellent hotels in Canada. Many of the main hotel sites will have listings for you. Find Hotels.

Hostels
There are loads of hostels around Canada. Prices vary from hostel to hostel but are generally affordable. Search and book a hostel in Canada.

Motels
Can be found most everywhere and offer good value if you are just looking for a place to put your head down.

Bed & Breakfast
Family run Bed & Breakfasts are widely available across the country.

Camping
Find out about camping in Canada on our page about Camping in Canada.


How to Move


Airports
All the major airports of Canada have excellent connections to the nearby city centres.

Canada's national carrier is Air Canada and you can book flights with them at www.aircanada.com

Taxi
Obviously the best way around town if you don't have a car.

Car
The best way around this vast country and its major cities is by car. Rental prices are affordable and gasoline prices are very good by world standards. Drivers are quite good here and road conditions are generally good except in winter when one should very careful.

Public Transportation
Major cities have excellent transportation systems.

Train
The country's major train operator is Via Rail. Visit them here - www.viarail.ca

Bus
A cheaper option to get around the country may be by bus. Inter-Provincial connections are good with regular services. Just bear in mind that the distances to travel are large and it will be quite slow compared to the plane or train, the bus is a good option for those on a tight budget. Visit them here - www.greyhound.ca


Locals


Friendly
Canadians are extremely friendly people and may seem overly so at times but they don't mean any harm, they are just curious and hoping to get a good laugh out of you.

Language
French and English. The majority of people speak English but as a matter of courtesy to the Quebecois, address them first in French if possible.

Time Zone
Ranges from GMT -4 (-5 with daylight savings) in the East to GMT -8 (-9 with daylight savings) in the west.

Currency
Canadian Dollar split into 100 cents.

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