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Canada

Continent: North America

Ideal Duration: 12 - 16 days

Best Time: March - May and September - November Read More

Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Budget: Expensive

"The Epitome of Ethnic Diversity"

Canada Tourism

Canada is the second largest country in the world, and it continues to attract tourists with its diversity, hospitality and magnetic. beauty. Whether you are a daredevil or a nature lover, Canada has something for everyone. It is considered to be one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the world. Blessed with all of its natural attractions, it is the ideal place for fishing, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, etc. making it every adventurer's paradise. Everyone in Canada has the luxury of being able to taste food from all over the world thanks to the various communities who have settled here and sprinkled some of their cultures into Canada. Canada is a living example of the magic that can be created when you put all ethnicities together.

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Best time to visit Canada

March - May and September - November is the best time to visit Canada

The best time to visit Canada is Spring (March to May) and Fall (September to November). These are the shoulder months when the crowds are less, and the weather is neither hot nor cold. Not only the weather is pleasing, but it provides fantastic opportunities to be outdoors hiking, canoeing, kayaking, etc. But, if you would love to explore the winter wonderland, the best time to visit Canada is between November and March. But if you are not a fan of cold and harsh weather, then it might not be the best time to travel. Summer (June to August) is a busy time in Canada as it is the peak season with travellers coming from all over the globe. Canada is a country of extremes. It has two coasts, six time zones, Rockies and with Arctic tundra in consideration, a lot is going on. But, it embraces all seasons and weather conditions and offers the best for their tourists.

Regions in Canada

Canada can be divided into Western, Central, sea foodAtlantic, and Northen Canada.The Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Novascotia, Newfoundland, and Labrador.This region is known seafood and Celtic music.To admire the architecture and history, the french-influenced Quebec city in Central Canada is a must visit.The southeastern part of the Canadia rockies is a treat for all the adventure lovers where one could ski, take a helicopter tour.Vancouver, which is in the British Columbia on the west coast is known for its theaters, music, and art. One could go toYukon, Nunawat and the Northwest territories to catch a glimpse of the ethereal Northern Lights.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

People are very polite and friendly. Lot of actvities and festivals. It's natural beauty is indescribable.

What's Not So Great?

Winters can be extremely chilly. It can also be a bit expensive.

For Whom?

Adventure seekers. Nature lovers. People who love colors and celebrations. It is a large country with a lot of flavors and activities all kinds of people can enjoy.

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Currency of Canada

The Canadian Dollar is the national currency.The smallest denomination is 1 cent coin, followed by the 5 cents, 10 cents, 25 cents and 50 cents coins. Canada also has 1 dollar coins (a.k.a looney) and 2 dollar coins (a.k.a tooney). The Canadian banknotes include 5 dollars, 10 dollars, 20 dollars,50 dollars, 100 dollars. US dollars are widely accepted in this country. Major acceptable cards include ÊVisa,ÊMasterCard and American Express. It is advised to bring money in a variety of forms including cash, cards, and traveller checks. However, hard cash should be carried for tipping, transportation, and emergency purposes.

Exchanging Money in Canada

You can get your currency exchanged at the airports and transit hubs which will have currency exchange counters. Besides that, you can go to a currency exchange business or an ATM. However, there will be a transaction fee for international transactions.

Nightlife in Canada

Living in a snow covered land for a fair share of the year, Canadians don't miss an opportunity to enjoy the nightlife. Whether you are looking for a dance club, a pub,  or a casino, you can find it all in Canada's major cities. Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa St, Johns, Vancouver, and Halifax have the most vibrant nightlife. Toronto is known to have the best nightlife with its dance clubs. Ottawa offers a plethora of bars inviting you to forget your troubles.If you're looking to mingle with wonderful people in a club or cocktail bar, Vancouver is the place for you. With its 3 am curfew and over 300 bars and clubs, Montreal is the ideal place to relax with your friends and get your drink on.

Shopping in Canada

You can do a lot of shopping in Canada. Canada offers delicious food, excellent wines and whiskies, exquisite handcrafted articles, magnificent paintings, sculptures, and textiles. Some of the popular choices include Hudson's Bay blankets, British Columbian jade products, prints by Canadian artists in Quebec, handmade rugs in Nova Scotia. The province of British Columbia is perfect for buying smoked and fresh salmon, Niagara for wines andÊQuebec for maple syrup and maple sugar.ÊOne just has to try Canada's Great Rye Whisky. Stores in the major cities stay open until 6 pm while small shops shut earliest in the day. There are many 24-hour convenienceÊstores, super markets, and chemists.

Festivals of Canada

Canada's energetic and diverse vibes reflect in its festivals making them a worldwide attraction. Some of these festivals include Vancouver's celebration of lights. Marvel at the world's largest firework competition. All the cowboy enthusiasts head over to the Calgary Stampede. Don't forget to hit one of the world's largest film festivals in Toronto. What would be the point of visiting Canada if you don't attend Ottawa's Winterlude (winter festival)? If you're looking for musical festivals, Montreal's Jazz Fest and Cape Breton's Celtic Colors Festival are god choices.

History of Canada

Initially, Canada was inhabited by Aboriginal people who were spiritual and had distinct trade networks. At the beginning of the 15th century, the French and the British explored and colonised Canada. However, the British defeated the French in the Seven Years' War. The British province of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and Labrador formed Canada in 1949. In 1982, Britain's control over the parliament was removed. The influences of Aboriginals, French, British and the recent immigration customs has formed Canada's unique and vibrant culture.

Hygiene in Canada

Canada is a very clean country, and travellers should make sure not to litter as it is frowned upon. The country has an excellent healthcare system. Visitors should ensure that they are up-to-date on routine vaccines including measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, polio vaccination,Êvaricella (chickenpox) vaccine, and a yearly flu shot. Travellers who are going to be involved in outdoor activities are advised to take a rabies shot as well.

Customs of Canada

Travellers should dress according to the weather. All the rules of common courtesy are practised in Canada as Canadians are known to be very polite. Using a mobile phone is considered to be impolite during a movie or theater performance. A 15%-20% tip is customary in restaurants. A 10% tip should be given to the bellboys, hairdressers, taxi drivers, etc.

Tips for visiting Canada

Check the weather and pack accordingly especially during the winter. During the winter, remember to pack winter coats, boots, gloves, hats, etc. During the summer, a light jacket should suffice. Make copies of all important documents and make sure they are translated into English. Keep them in your hotel safe. In the case of an emergency dial 911.

Culture of Canada

Initially, Canada was influenced by the British and French culture. However, over time it has developed its Canadian mainstream culture. Canada is a very progressive and multicultural nation especially due to its social emphasis on immigration. Canada is applauded for its cultural values due to its government policies including progressively funded healthcare, outlawing capital punishment, strict gun control, and most importantly the legalization of same sex marriage. Canada does not have an offical religion but 75% of its people of its people are Christians. Due to its increase in immigration, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism practitioners can also be found. Canada's two official languages rare English and French. However, other countries have bought in Punjabi, Chinese, Spanish etc.

Food of Canada

The earlier cuisines of Canada are related to the British and French cuisines. However, due to increase in the wave of immigration, Canadian cuisine has been influenced by numerous cultures making it difficult to define. The most popular Canadian food differs from region to region. Sea food is widely consumed along the atlantic coast while Quebec food is influenced by its french heritage. Canada is known for its maple products reflecting the significance of its maple trees.

Stay options in Canada

There numerous hotel options in Canada, depending on how much you are willing to spend. Budget hotels, guesthouses, B&Bs are readily available. Other options include Lodges, youth hostels, apartment hotels, kayaking , and cabins. Many people choose lodges if they are planning on kayaking, or spending time in the wilderness. If you are looking for some different kind of accommodation, Canada also has houseboats cruising its lakes and rivers. Another such option would be renting a tree house in the forests of Vancouver.

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